Region VII of the California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP) is comprised of the following 5 counties in the San Joaquin County: Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, and Tulare, covering an area of about 17,600 square miles and home to over 3 million people (2009 census) living in a variety of contexts. As the region’s “urban” hub, Fresno has a population of 515,986 (2014 census) with Fresno Unified serving over 73,000 students. In contrast, many of the region’s 133 school districts are located in smaller rural communities, such as our partner districts of Exeter, with a population of 10, 334 (2010 census) and Parlier with a population of 14, 494 (2010 census) both serving about 3000 in their school districts. Our partner Madera County Office of Education (MCOE) services several small mountain towns, including Coarsegold with only 1,840 residents (2010 census). Demographically, the region has a significant concentration of Hispanics (48.5%, 2009census) with over 20% of those an immigrant population.
The Kremen School of Education and Human Development (KSOEHD), one of the eight schools and colleges within Fresno State academics, houses CRLP Region VII. The KSOEHD supports four academic departments, the Liberal Studies major, the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Masters programs in Education and Counseling, and Teacher Credentialing options. In addition, KSOEHD collaborates with fourteen special projects, one of which is the CRLP Region VII. The CRLP Region VII project is housed within the Literacy, Early, Bilingual, and Special Education (LEBSE) Department, a well-suited partnership to support our ability to offer the high quality, research-based practices to cultivate teacher leaders in the area of literacy development in the content areas and valuing literature with an emphasis on increasing the competency of English learners and high needs students.
CRLP is part of a statewide professional development network comprised of the nine disciplines required for university admission (UC and CSU) and graduation from high school. Together, this network forms the University of California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP).
CRLP is part of the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP), administered by the University of California Office of the President and hosted by regional campuses of the University of California (UC), the California State University (CSU), and independent colleges and universities.
Our 11 regional sites are situated across the state, housed in departments of education and university outreach centers.
The mission of the California Reading & Literature Project (CRLP) is to provide high quality, standards-based teacher professional development in reading and academic language instruction. Through collaborative partnerships with schools and districts, CRLP supports and sustains continuous academic growth for all students, Pre-K through 12th grade. The CRLP accomplishes this by:
Developing teachers' content knowledge and expanding their teaching strategies (guided by state-adopted frameworks, content standards, and instructional materials) through summer and academic-year institutes and professional development programs.
Supporting teachers in the effective use of newly adopted, standards-based instructional materials.
Focusing on academic English language development to prepare all students to meet or exceed academic content standards in the subject areas.
Creating a statewide pool of expert teacher leaders and university scholars to conduct project programs and to translate California's educational policies and priorities into sound classroom practices to improve student achievement in Pre-K through 12th grade classrooms.
Linking universities, schools, and districts together in collaborative partnerships to improve teaching and learning with professional development designed to meet district needs.
Provide Supports to Teachers and Leaders of EL Learners
Provide Academic and Disciplinary Literacy Supports
Develop Committed and Confident Teacher Leaders
CRLP is committed to supporting the California State Standards in ELA/Literacy and ELD as well as disciplinary literacy across the content areas K-12. Additionally, the core of our work is to create district partnerships focused on professional development and technical assistance in our CRLP Signature Programs and regional offerings. Based on the CRLP Capacity Building Model, the intent is moving teachers, teacher leaders and school leaders through the phases of program implementation and support from exploration, installation, initial implementation, full implementation, innovation, and sustainability in order to increase student success in literacy and language development.
JEFFERSON CHARTER ACADEMY
EXETER PUBLIC SCHOOLS
ORANGE CENTER SCHOOL DISTRICT
KINGS CANYON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
MADERA COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS