The California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) is a non-profit organization promoting communication, collaboration, and educational knowledge among all responsible for teaching English and the language arts. CATE provides good teaching ideas, analysis of educational bills and policies, and a way for friends and colleagues to connect. CATE publishes a journal, California English, which is mailed to all CATE members five times a year.
California Library Association (CLA) is the community for California libraries. The California Library Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization established in 1895. The Association provides leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library services, librarianship and the library community. CLA is perhaps best known for its legislative efforts, which have resulted in the successful passage of numerous library bills. Currently, CLA has nearly 3,000 individual, business, and institutional members, including librarians, library employees, library students, friends group members, trustees, retirees, members of the general public who wish to support California libraries, a wide range of library-supporting businesses, and library institutions and systems that support the Association's advocacy programs. Annually, CLA provides professional development and advocacy support for its members and the California library community at large. Additionally, CLA supports the administration of the California Summer Reading Program as well as other summer enrichment programs. The California Library Association is committed to helping library staff develop the knowledge and skills needed to work for 21st century libraries.
The California Reading Association (CRA) is a non-profit professional organization of educators actively involved in all aspects of reading and language arts education, from kindergarten through university levels. The state organization, an affiliate of the International Reading Association (IRA), consists of active local reading councils located in different service areas around the state.
The California Reading Association is committed to promoting standards-aligned instruction consistent with the California Reading/Language Arts Framework and Common Core State Standards, designed to meet the needs of all learners. CRA supports the use of research-based teaching strategies designed to enable students to decode, comprehend, think critically, and communicate effectively. CRA began the California Young Reader Medal Program in 1974 to help achieve the following goals of our mission.
- Promote literacy for all
- Support the activities of the local reading councils and provide a concentrated focus and dialogue about literacy
- Advocate for strong balanced reading and language arts programs for all learners in which essential literacy skills and high-quality texts are used effectively to create a seamless curricular approach
- Promote timely instructional materials, resources, and information on current reading and language arts research, trends, and instructional approaches
- Promote the pursuit of life-long reading
Founded in 1915 by librarians, the California School Library Association (CSLA) advocates for excellence in school library programs, develops leaders in the school library field, and collaborates with other educational leaders to ensure that all California students are effective, responsible users and creators of ideas and information. To this end, CSLA offers state and regional scholarships and grants to encourage professional growth and support library services in educational settings. All librarians working and teaching in a school setting are encouraged to join the association. CSLA publishes CSLA Journal twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, as an electronic publication; it contains articles that focus on significant issues and ideas that are relevant to building-level library staff as well as to those in supervisory positions. CSLA shares current news and information updates through its blog, available on their website at csla.net.