About the CRLP

Who We Are

The California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP) is part of a state-wide professional development network comprised of the nine disciplines required for university admission (UC and CSU) and graduation from high school.

The 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, California State Universities, and independent California colleges.The CRLP at UC Santa Cruz is housed within the Educational Partnership Center.

The CRLP's Mission

The mission of the California Reading & Literature Project is to provide high quality, standards-based teacher professional development in reading and academic language instruction. Through collaborative partnerships with schools and districts, the CRLP supports and sustains continuous academic growth for 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.

2015-2016 Monterey Bay Regional Committee Members

 Carolyn Ames, CRLP Elementary Teacher Leader, 2nd Grade Teacher,
Landmark Elementary School, Pajaro Valley
Dr. George Bunch, Associate Professor of Education,
University of California, Santa Cruz
Jennifer Gebbie-RaAnan, Professional Development Coordinator,
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Jorge Guzman, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services,
Soledad Unified School District
Sheryl Pinard, CRLP Secondary Teacher Leader, 8th Grade ELA Teacher,
North Monterey County Middle School, NMCUSD
Lori Sanders, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services,
Salinas City Elementary School District
Emily Tsai Brownfield, Director, 21st Century Learning & Innovation,
North Monterey County Unified School District
Jennifer Wildman, Director of Curriculum and Assessment,
Santa Cruz City Schools
Joanna W. Wong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Education,
California State University, Monterey Bay