Events for California English Teachers

October 8, 2020
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

We're excited to announce one of our great fall events, in partnership with the Huntington Library. If your students work with primary sources and research, this is the perfect program for you!

Though there's no cost, space is limited in order to guarantee the most interactive experience, so register soon.

To register, visit

Taking the Fear Out of Writing & Research

Keynote Speaker: Heather Macias, CSULB/SCWRIP

Classroom-Tested Lessons from the Pros

Optional Tour: The Billie Jean King Library

Coffee, tea, and light snacks provided

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cal State University, Long Beach
$20 non-CATE members/$15 CATE members/$10 student teachers

SCTE Roundtable 2019 Flyer

To register, go to

Need to bring your writing lessons back to life? Not too scared to try something new? After a great share by Heather Macias, teacher consultant at the South Coast Writing Project, you'll choose from a menu of spook-tacular lesson ideas created by expert ELA teachers. By the end of our time together, you'll come away with a bag of writing-centered activities ready to implement in class on Monday.

An optional tour of the brand-new Billie Jean King Library will follow the workshop.

SCTE SPECIAL EVENT: Culturally Responsive Gallery Walk at the Getty Center Museum (Los Angeles)

Saturday, November 3, 2018

$15 for nonmembers/$10 for CATE members/$5 for Student teachers

Write, move, draw, and discuss as we engage in culturally responsive activities to artwork in the Getty’s collection, exploring issues of race, class, gender and more.  Activities will be participatory and readily adaptable for the classroom. Over lunch we will talk with Getty educators to help them learn more about classroom needs. Includes morning coffee, parking, and lunch. Attendees will be emailed prior to the event with meeting directions.  

Register HERE: 

Getty Museum



Join us for our Spring Fling on Saturday, April 28th as we experience Mike the Poet! See flyer for details. Register on Eventbrite, refreshments and FUN included.

A Walk and Write along the LA River with Mike the Poet! This adventure—a brief walk, a brief write, and then a brief discussion about place-based writing in the classroom.

Learn more about Mike the Poet at: 

SCTE Spring Fling 2018


Marsh Street Nature Park "Marsh Park"
2960 Marsh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Sat, April 28, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Cost: $25

Contact Tracy Sprague at with any questions.

Dear SCTE members,

We are excited to announce SCTE's 2017 fall conference:

Mark Overmeyer

Off the Page, Into the World:
Writing for Authentic Audiences

October 21, 2017 from 8:30-2:30
UTLA Building in Los Angeles

Join us for a day of workshops on teaching writing for real-world audiences. Stenhouse author Mark Overmeyer will model how to engage students in peer response modeled after a real-world writer's workshop; a panel of working folks will capture how writing works in their respective careers; experienced teachers will explore this theme in workshops, including how to use a real-world mentor text in the classroom.

Registration flyers will go out in late August—hope to see you there!

2017 Fall Conference Flyer

Register Online:

Fall Writing Conference


Fall Conference



March 25, 2017, 10:30 a.m.Grand Central Market

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

LA ConservatoryCost: $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.


NCTE honored SCTE with the 2016 Kent D. Williamson Affiliate Membership Award for membership growth this past year

NCTE honored SCTE with the 2016 Kent D. Williamson Affiliate Membership Award for membership growth this past year. With the annual CATE Convention held in Orange County – SCTE territory – we welcomed many new CATE/SCTE members to our ranks, and both organizations were recognized for membership growth during the year. Celebrating the award are board members: Joanne Fahey, Mary Adler, Tracy Sprague, Courtney Lockwood, Jennifer Collison, Randi Seligson, and April Parker, who met for the January 7 SCTE board meeting.

SCTE Teacher of Excellence Award Winner:  Jeannette Smith, Elementary School

 from left: Denise Mikkonen, CATE President; Jeannette Smith, SCTE Teacher of Excellence Award Winner, Elementary School; Courtney Lockwood, SCTE President
from left: Denise Mikkonen, CATE President; Jeannette Smith, SCTE Teacher of Excellence Award Winner, Elementary School; Courtney Lockwood, SCTE President


The Undiscovered Chinatown Tour
to uncover history, treasures, and great shopping

SCTE members – a hardy group of 12 walkers – enjoyed a tour of Chinatown in late May. Organized by vice president Julia Peacock, the tour led us through the art center, a very colorful temple, and into the historical plazas, and ended in a new street of many restaurants, where many of us relaxed our well-worked feet and satisfied our desire to eat that wonderful-smelling Chinese food.

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