Historic Downtown Los Angeles Tour with the LA Conservatory

Sponsored by: SCTE

Event Flyer   Register Online  

March 25, 2017

10:30 a.m.

Meet in the Center of Pershing Square Park, 532 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles

Park in Pershing Square Garage ($7.00) and meet at 10:15 a.m.

This walking tour will include the Downtown Library, the Bradbury Building, Angel’s Flight, Pershing Square, and the US Bank tower. Our guide will regale us with the history of these landmarks and the people who made them come alive.


After the tour, enjoy lunch at Grand Central Market

Cost: $18 for the tour ;  Lunch will be extra
– your choice at  Grand Central Market


For more information, please contact Tracy Sprague at or Courtney Lockwood (310) 633-4080.


California Young Reader Medal Voting

CYRM 2017 Voting for Students


Voting is taking place for the California Young Reader Medal now through April 1.

For ballots and further information visit:

2017 Nominees

Picture Books

Night Animals by Gianna Marino

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

The Snatchabook By Helen Docherty

The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak

Gaston by Kelly DiPuccio

Picture Books for Older Readers

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus

  by Jennifer Fisher Bryant

Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss

The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kadinsky’s Art by Barb Rosenstock

Intermediate Books

Ms. Rapscott’s Girls by Elise Primavera

Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen

Dash by Kirby Larson

Middle School/Junior High

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

Tesla’s Attic by Neil Shusterman

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Conner

Young Adult

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Salt to the Sea by Ruda Sepetys

The Hired Girl Laura Amy Schlitz



The program for CATE 2017 Convention has gone to print and is available for viewing and downloading. All sessions, meal events, awards, times and locations – everything you need to know to plan your Convention experience!

CATE 2017 Program

Convention Video

Have you ever been to a CATE convention? Here’s a primer – tips and tricks to help you

  • navigate to and through Registration
  • listen to the speaker at every meal event
  • decide which sessions you want to attend and plan your experience
  • figure out how things roll at the hotel and Convention Center

Watch this video for a great overall introduction to all things Convention!

Update Your Membership Information

Do you need to change your membership address? If you recently moved or changed your name, drop us a line to make sure your contact information is up-to-date. You can also update your current position, school or district, grade levels, etc.

Change of address form

How Do I Know If My Membership Is Current?

CATE Members:

Register as a Member if your membership expiration date is after February 16, 2017.

Membership number and expiration date are found above your name on the mailing label of California English. If you haven’t received a copy of California English in the last four months and your address has not changed, chances are your membership has expired. Plan to renew your membership when you register for Convention.

NCTE membership is NOT the same as CATE membership.

Special Notice

CATE is sad to announce the death of Olga Kokino, long-time journalism teacher at University High School in Los Angeles, where she established an outstanding journalism program.

Olga earned her BA and teaching credential at UCSB and a Masters degree at UC Riverside, received National Board Certification, published a textbook series on journalism, and served as president of the Los Angeles Journalism Teachers’ Association.She was an active CATE member and coordinated the CATE Professional Writing Contest.

Her friend and colleague, Bill Younglove, notes that Olga was “not defined so much by her valiant eleven year struggle against breast cancer as she was by her influence upon thousands of journalism students.”

Because of this news, we are extending the deadline for the current Professional Writing Contest until January 31 2017. Details can be found at

Please send your entry to the acting coordinator, Bill Younglove:

And if you have already submitted an entry, please resubmit to Bill Younglove.

Thank you for your patience.

CATE 2017 Convention Flyer Available Now

Flyers will be mailed to current members.

Online registration will be available mid-September. Register now by mail with your check, purchase order, or credit card payment.

Download the CATE 2017 Convention Flyer to register by mail or purchase order.

Student Creative Writing Contest 2016-17

The flyer for CATE Student Creative Writing Contest is now available.

The deadline for submissions is November 1.

Download and share the writing contest flyer for all the details:

  • Writing Prompt
  • Award Categories
  • Rules for the Writer
  • Rules for the Teacher Submitting the Entry
  • Local Council Contacts and their Counties

CEL Exemplary Leadership Award

Carol Jago Receives Prestigious NCTE Award

Carol JagoEach year the Conference on English Leadership identifies one individual who has made truly exceptional contributions to literacy leadership across his/her career. After reviewing many highly deserving individuals, the CEL selected Carol Jago as the recipient of the CEL Kent Williamson Exemplary Leadership Award.

Carol is the editor of CATE’s own California English journal. We are honored to have her as part of the CATE family. Please join us in congratulating Carol for this prestigious award.

Carol Jago – Exemplary Leader 2016

Access Presenters’ Files and Slides

We have invited our presenters to upload their files to share with all convention attendees.

Access the files here:  CATE 2016 Presenters’ Files

CATE 2016 Program

2016 Convention Program Available for Download

Download the 40-page program (11.5 MB PDF)

The Convention Program is now available for download. This 40-page book includes all things convention so you can plan your sessions and events before you get to Costa Mesa in February. We know it’s hard to decide which sessions to attend, so we’d like you to be able to prepare your own itinerary in advance.

The program includes the full schedule of events, sessions, meals and speakers, sponsors and exhibitors, award presentations, and all the details for our annual convention.

This program will be printed and distributed at the onsite registration desk. You will receive a program when you arrive to pick up your name badge.

Annual Board Reports 2015

CATE Leadership Reports

Want to know all the great things CATE leaders are doing?

Wonder what’s going on in your council?

CATE is your organization!

Read the Annual Board Reports for 2015, now posted to CATEweb.