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San José

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your proposal
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ELA +1 Stockton

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ELA +1

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SCTE Fall 2014

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Oct. 10-12, 2014

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Kern Workshop

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Oct. 11, 2014

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CATE 2014-2015 Creative Writing Contest for Students:
Uncommon Connections

California Association of Teachers of English presents the CATE 2014-2015 Creative Writing Contest:
Uncommon Connections

Download the Creative Writing Contest for Students flyer for all the details on award categories, rules for the writer, and rules for the teacher submitting the entry.

Write about a time when you made a connection. How was this connection unusual, special, or revealing? How did this connection impact your life? You can write about yourself, someone you know, or a character you create in a poem, essay, or piece of fiction.

Deadline for entries: November 1, 2014

Award Categories: Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12, College

Entries must be judged in the local council where the teacher's school is located before they are eligible for statewide consideration.

Local contacts for submission and contest rules are listed on the contest flyer.

CATE Professional Creative Writing Contest for Teachers
and Educators

2014 PWC Winners Announced

First Place: Brandy Price, Ingenium Charter School Principal

"Feeling Home: Our Minds, a Palace"

Second Place: Mary Adler, CSU Channel Islands

"Reader, Teacher, Text, Poem: Paying It Forward"

Read the winning entries from this and previous years on the Professional Writing Contest page.

Download the 2015 Professional Writing Contest flyer

2015 Prompt:

Write about a time about when you made an uncommon connection that resonated with your students, that impacted your life, or that sparked a revelation or understanding about the real world, college or career.

First Place: Basic Friday-Sunday CATE Convention Registration (valued as $180 for a CATE member/$220 otherwise), plus publication in California English and on CateWeb.org.

Second Place: one CATE membership, plus publication in California English and on CateWeb.org.

Directions for submitting the entry:

  • Include writer's name, address, phone number, school and district.
  • Articles limited to 1500 words.
  • The deadline for submission is August 31, 2015.
  • Click on the Contests tab to read previous winners’ essays at cateweb.org.
  • Email manuscripts formatted in Microsoft Word to Olga Kokino at and mail hardcopy to:

Olga Kokino
CATE PWC Coordinator
3652 Brayton Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807

First Place: one CATE annual convention registration, plus publication in California English and on CATEweb.org

Second Place: one CATE membership, plus publication on Cateweb.org

Download and print the 2015 Professional Writing Contest flyer

SAVE THE DATES for CATE 2015 San José
February 20-22, 2015

CATE 2015 Convention, Uncommon Connections

Go to the 2015 Convention home page for details including hotel information.

Our annual convention, CATE 2015, Uncommon Connections, in San José at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Featured keynote speakers to be announced soon.

Online registration will be available soon.

Call for Presenters

Submit a proposal to present a session at CATE 2015.

Theme: Uncommon Connections

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014

  • All proposals must be submitted electronically using the Call for Proposals form.
  • If your proposal is accepted, CATE will provide a screen, if requested by October 1st. Presenters are encouraged to bring their own LCD projectors and laptops for audiovisual displays.
  • All presenters must register for the CATE convention and pay regular convention registration fees by December 1.


CATE Membership

The CATE Board of Directors, at its meeting on May 4, 2014, approved presenting to the CATE Annual Meeting, to be held on February 22, 2015, a proposal to increase membership fees.

General membership fees have not increased for 15 years. Of the $40 collected for a 1 year membership, $16 of the fee goes to local CATE councils, and $24 goes to CATE.

Of the $24 that goes to CATE, $23 is used to provide 4 issues of California English to the member. That only leaves $1 for expenses such as sending flyers and newsletters, processing memberships, and maintaining and updating the membership database. For reduced fee memberships of 2 or 3 years, CATE actually loses money in providing services to the member.

Membership Type Proposed Current
1 year $50 $40
2 years $90 $75
3 years $135 $110
Retired $40 $30
Lifetime $300 $250
Student teacher $25 $20

If you have any questions about the proposed changes, please contact me at CATEweb.org/membership.

Joan Williams
CATE Membership Chair

ELA +1: Symposium on Reading and Writing for College Readiness, Stockton, CA

November 8, 2014

Location: CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center Auditorium
612 East Magnolia Street
Stockton, CA 95202-18452

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

View the flyer: Reading and Writing for College Readiness Symposium

Sponsored by CATE & California State University, Stanislaus

When you see “+ 1” on an invitation, it means “bring a friend.”  “ELA +1” is a different concept for professional development.  We want to encourage collaboration between English teachers and faculty teaching other subject areas. California’s new curriculum standards demand that all teachers engage students in meaningful reading and writing tasks, but how can English teachers work with colleagues to make this happen?   That’s what “ELA +1:  Reading and Writing for College Readiness” is all about.  So join us on November 8, and bring a friend.  You’ll hear lots of specific ideas (and lesson plans) for improving reading and writing instruction in all the subject areas.

Cost: $30.00 per person; $25.00 for CATE Members (per person)

Register online for the ELA + 1 Symposium at CSU Stanislaus

Space is limited; register early.

Registration Includes:
– Workshops
– Conference Materials
– Continental Breakfast
– Lunch
Both participants (ELA and +1) must register for this event. Please submit a registration form and workshop fee for each teacher attending.

For questions, contact Dr. William Foreman at or
(209) 664-6509.

Download the flyer: Reading and Writing for College Readiness Symposium


SCTE Fall Conference 2014

Co-hosted by Southland Council of Teachers of English and California Council for the Social Studies

Using Research to Build Literacy in English and Social Studies

View the flyer: Using Research to Build Literacy in English and Social Studies

Radisson Hotel

Saturday, October 25, 7:30 am -3:30 pm

7320 Greenleaf Avenue
Whittier, CA

Morning Speakers: Jan & Jared Stallones

Luncheon Speaker: Sonia Nazario

Other Presenters:

Olivia Santillan
Stefanie Elwood
Jennifer Collison
Hillary Wolfe

Of Note:

  • Monies raised through the sale of raffle tickets are used to provide awards to student winners of the NCTE Writing Contest
  • Some sessions will fulfill GATE conference hour requirements
  • College credit will be available through CSU Long Beach

SCTE Cost for full day:
$85 for members;
$125 for non-members (includes $40 membership to CATE/SCTE);
$25 Student Teachers (pre-employment/enrolled in student teaching program)

Add $10 to registration after October 13

CCSS Cost for full day:
$85 for members; non-members pay additional $60 membership dues the day of the event

SPECIAL PROMOTION: English and Social Studies teachers who register together earn a $10 gift certificate to local bookstore.

Register online for SCTE's Fall Conference

Mail purchase order or check payable to SCTE:
c/o Richard Hockensmith, SCTE Registrar
PO Box 363
Angeles Oaks, CA 92305

or submit PO via email to Richard Hockensmith at

Download/view the flyer: Using Research to Build Literacy in English and Social Studies

KERN Reading Strategies Workshop with Kelly Gallagher

November 1, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Four Points By Sheraton Hotel, 5101 California Ave., Bakersfield

View the flyer: KERN Reading Strategies Workshop with Kelly Gallagher

Kelly is a teacher and a former statewide trainer for the Puente Project, a University of California outreach program that prepares under-represented high school students for successful transition into universities. He has also served as a teacher leader in the California Reading and Literature Project, both at the University of California Los Angeles and University of California Irvine.

$50 for CATE members
$100 for non-members (CATE membership included)
Lunch included in registration cost.

Register online for the KERN Reading Strategies Workshop with Kelly Gallagher

Download/view the flyer: KERN Reading Strategies Workshop with Kelly Gallagher

For questions, please contact Jill Hamilton-Bunch at .

Yosemite Conference

The Fresno Area Council of English Teachers, the Tulare County Association for Teachers of English,
and the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project Present:

Demystifying the Common Core: Writing, Reading, and Discussing
Complex Texts

View the flyer: Yosemite Conference: Demystifying the Common Core

Tenaya Lodge

October 10-12, 2014

1122 Highway 41
Fish Camp, CA 93623

Saturday events include:

Carol Jago on CCSS, Exclusively Sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Evening with Fresno Poet Laureate, James Tyner

Registration Deadline: September 19, 2014 (or until we reach our maximum number)

$160 for CATE members;
$200 for CATE non-members (includes membership);
$75 for California State University, Fresno: College Unit Credit

Appetizers on Friday
Two continental breakfasts (Sat/Sun)
Saturday lunch

Check or Purchase Order payable to FACET/CATE
Mail registration form & payment to:
Carol Surabian, Registrar
589 E. Sycamore
Reedley, CA 93654

Telephone: (559) 638-1086
or email:

Register online for this event

Tenaya Lodge – Reservations
Register for conference rate hotel prices by September 19

Should you have questions, please contact Jim Kliegl at

View the flyer for Demystifying the Common Core

Promising Practices Fall 2014

Common Core State Standards: Raising Rigor in Reading

View flyer: Promising Practices Conference: Common Core State Standards

Saturday, October 11, 2014
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Point Loma Nazarene University, Colt Hall
3900 Lomaland Drive San Diego, CA 92106

Raising Rigor in Reading: Complex Texts in the English Classroom

The Common Cores State Standards in English Language Arts have energized the profession with discussion about complex texts. But wise English teachers know there’s more to it than simply assigning complex texts and hoping for the best. Nancy Frey will draw on her experience as a San Diego teacher-leader who implements practices to raise rigor in schools statewide. Annotation, text-dependent questions, close reading, fostering text-based discussion... this session promises to be chock full of practical information grounded in cutting-edge research!

Promising Practices conference presented by the Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English

Pre-registration Deadline is October 6, 2014

After October 6, fees increase by $15

$40 for GSDCTE/CATE members;
$50 for non-members;
$25 for student teachers

Mail registration to:
Registrar, Promising Practices
Carole LeCren
4285 Asher St. #29
San Diego, CA 92110

Or FAX to:

Register online for this event >

View the Promising Practices CCSS 2014 flyer

Questions about registration?
E-mail: or call 619-276-7868 to leave a message

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CATE (California Association of Teachers of English) is a non-profit organization promoting communication, collaboration, and educational knowledge among all responsible for teaching English and the language arts. All California English teachers are encouraged to join.

Welcome to CATEweb, the official website of the California Association of Teachers of English. It is our hope that this website can serve as a resource for English teachers throughout the state who are looking for more information about our organization, searching for good teaching ideas, hunting for analysis of a particular educational bill or policy, or just hoping to find friends and colleagues who share similar interests.

Please e-mail us with any suggestions you have to make this site more useful to the K-college English teacher. The CATE Board of Directors, composed of 35 people throughout the state, welcomes your questions and advice. Please use this directory to reach us.

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