CATE 2017 Convention

Sponsored by: California Association of Teachers of English

CATE 2017 Convention logo

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Text and Tech: Blending Tradition with Innovation

February 17, 2017 – February 19, 2017

All convention events and sessions will be at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara and the adjacent Convention Center.

See the event’s major speakers on the CATE 2017 Convention home page.

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara
5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

You must use the reservation link above or the contact info below to get the discounted room rates.

Discounted room rates:

  • Single/double:    $149
  • Triple:                    $174
  • Quadruple            $199


If you prefer to call, the phone number is: 888.421.1442. Remember to say you are with the California Association of Teachers of English.

The hotel is just a short 10-15 minute cab ride from the San José International Airport. There is no hotel shuttle from the airport.

Parking fees:

  • Self-parking is complimentary and based on space availability.
  • Valet parking is $18 per day/car.

For more information, please contact Michelle Berry, Convention Coordinator at

Capitol Council Fall Workshop

Sponsored by: Capitol Council of Teachers of English (CCTE)

CCTE Fall Workshop

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Presentations you may have missed at this year’s CATE Convention

October 1, 2016

8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

University of Phoenix
2860 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95833

Yolanda Jimenez, Highlands HS
Finding Student Voices Using Spoken Word Poetry

Ruben Gonzalez & Tracey Williams-Anderson, Florin HS
Narrative Writing as an Act of Healing Historical and Present Traumas

Amy Goldman, River City HS
Improving Student Writing Through Practice and High Expectations

Angus Dunstan, CSUS (retired)
What Competent Writers Can Do: Restating the Composition Basics

Registration is free thanks to CCTE members, but please  RSVP so we can provide refreshment.

2.5 hours of Professional Development are available for attending this workshop.

For more information, please contact Angus Dunstan at

Promising Practices

Sponsored by: Greater San Diego Council of Teachers of English

Promising Practices

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It’s Time to Go Digital!

October 8, 2016

8:00 a.m. - Noon

PLNU Liberty Station Conference Center

The center is near the small retail mall where Massage Envy, Starbucks, and the USS Never Sail are located, past the airport on the way to Point Loma. The address is 2600 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106.

Cracking the Code: Digital Tools and Best Practices in the Common Core ELA Classroom

Presenters Alice Chen and Jen Roberts will share the best classroom-tested units and strategies from their digital ELA classrooms. From tips and tools for faster formative assessments to standards-based units that engage students in research and writing, Alice and Jen have ideas you can use right away and suggestions for improving classroom workflow. Not just gadgets and gizmos, this session is designed around pedagogy and practical classroom practice. Learn to leverage digital resources for efficiency, engagement, and learning. *Bring your laptop (preferred) or tablet for hands-on practice.

Jen Roberts
Jen Roberts
Alice Chen
Alice Chen


  • Easy Tech Tips
  • Successful Units
  • Digital Workflows
  • Close Reading Ideas
  • Formative Assessments

For more information, please contact Carole LeCren at or 619-276-7868.

Kern Reading and Writing Series 2016-2017

Sponsored by: Kern


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October 28, 2016 – March 4, 2017

8:30 AM-3:30 PM

Sheraton Four Points
5101 California Ave., Bakersfield

Kern County Teachers of English (KCTE) and California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) present a reading/writing professional development series.

You are invited to attend one day, two days or three days with:


Ernest Morrell

October 28: Ernest Morrell

(Reaching At-Risk Students, K-16)


January 13: Cris Tovani

Kelly Gallagher

Chris Tovani

(Academic Vocabulary and Reading)

March 4: Kelly Gallagher

(Academic Writing)


$75 per session (CATE Members)
$125 per session (Non-Members)


8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Lunch Included)

For more information, please contact Jill Hamilton-Bunch at

SCTE Fall Conference 2016

Sponsored by: SCTE

Writing with Mentors

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Writing with Mentors

October 22, 2016

7:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

United Teachers of Los Angeles, 3303 Wilshire Blvd, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

Join SCTE for a day of working with mentors and sharing with colleagues.

Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell, authors of Writing with Mentors will be our morning keynote speakers

Carrie Arcos, author of young adult novels, will describe her mentors and lead us as we write with a mentor.

Excellent teachers will lead workshops on helping our students read like writers and write like mentors.

Writing with Mentors


Ask about a continuing education unit upon check-in.

Cost: $110 for members; $160 for non-members; $35 for student

Homeboy Industries will cater a continental breakfast and a fantastic taco bar for lunch.

For more information, please contact Tracy Sprague at


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.

Online Registration Coming Soon

We’re excited to announce online registration for CATE’s annual convention will be available by the end of this week. Notification will be posted here on CATEweb, on CATE’s Facebook page, and on Twitter.

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.