The California Reading & Literature Project (CRLP) is a collaborative, statewide network of classroom teachers and university scholars that provides quality, standards-based professional development in language and literacy instruction to ensure that every student is academically prepared to finish high school ready for college and career. Scholars and teacher leaders from across the state work collaboratively to develop, implement, and evaluate professional development programs designed to help districts support and sustain continuous improvement in academic literacy and language development for all students. CRLP focuses on student achievement and grounds all professional development activities in student work and outcomes, in order to inform teacher practice and assess teacher leadership.

CRLP is a network comprised of 11 regional sites situated across the state, housed in departments of education and university outreach centers. Each year, scholars and teachers from these sites work collaboratively to design, implement, evaluate, and refine professional development programs in an effort to enhance K-12 teacher's content knowledge and instructional strategies in accordance with the California State Board of Education-adopted Common Core State Standards in English-Language Arts and the California English-Language Arts Content Standards. CRLP programs engage educators in concrete tasks of teaching, assessment, peer coaching, inquiry, and reflection.

This collaborative network is dedicated to providing the highest quality reading and literature instruction, with a special focus on meeting the needs of English learners (as articulated through the Common Core State Standards), native speakers with low literacy, and students from economically disadvantaged communities. Headquartered at the University of California - San Diego, CRLP belongs to a larger network of discipline-specific programs known as the California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP), administered by the University of California, Office of the President. The CSMP is a network of nine statewide projects that support on-going quality professional development. Activities and programs are designed by university faculty, teacher leaders, and teacher practitioners to improve instructional practices and lead to increased achievement for all students.

CRLP is affiliated with the Center for Equity for English Learners with Dr. Magaly Lavadenz serving as Principal Investigator of the initiative, and Chair of the statewide CRLP Advisory Board.