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Call for Presenters for CATE 2014 Convention
Feb. 14-16 — San Diego, Town & Country Resort
The call for proposals to present a session at CATE 2014 San Diego is now open.
Theme: Paying It Forward
Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2013
All proposals must be submitted electronically using the 2014 Call for Proposals.
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Presented by FACET, TUCATE, and the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project
A return to Yosemite: Surveying the Landscape of Common Core
October 18, 19, & 20, 2013
1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623
Cost: $150.00 for members and non-members
Deadline for signing up/RSVP: September 27, 2013
A bus will be available for travel into Yosemite Valley on Saturday afternoon for a cost of $20 per person and will cover the cost of park admission. Bring a spouse, child, significant other, etc. on the bus ride into Yosemite Valley for $20 per person.
Contact or visit the the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project’s Yosemite Conference site for more information.
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Carrie Danielson, Secretary
CCTE (Capitol): Angus Dunstan
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Nancy McHugh shared so much of her 87 years of living with the Southern California community, but also statewide (was CATE president 1978-80), and even nationally (NCTE president 1986-87). For many years, at conferences, when I would bump elbows with Nancy, and intone, "So, whatsup with you Valleygals?" (She taught at Chatsworth and Grant High Schools in Van Nuys, as well as at University High.), she would deadpan back, "And with you Flatlanders?" In Valley spirit, Nancy, during the raucous sixties, righteously challenged school officials who seemed to think that her son's hair length was more important than what was being put into his head.
If Nancy had any downtime, I never saw it. Indeed, she earned a couple of M.A.s to follow up her Smith College English Literature major. Additionally, she was one of the earliest female NCTE presidents and one of the few NCTE heads to remain a fulltime classroom teacher during her tenure. She actively promoted women's roles in the organization, particularly the hiring of an Executive Secretary. She also advised WILLA (The Women in Literature and Life Assembly), while heading up many various committee chairs herself.
Nancy's contributions to LAUSD were extensive: obtaining funds to run a writing project, publishing materials which developed curriculum, shared nationwide; and exploring new teaching methods. It was her stands, her firm beliefs, however, for which I shall remember her most. She felt that the teaching of English must be inclusive—of the immigrant cultural experience as well as in international gatherings. She helped to create a place for middle school teachers' and two-year college instructors' involvements in NCTE. She fought censorship and even "media fixation," which both usurped the students' rights—and their proclivities—to read. And one of my favorites—and phrased in a typically McHughesque way: "How can we prove that class size does make a difference?"
After everything was said, though, Nancy felt NCTE's future would be evolutionary; not revolutionary. Having a seat at the table was what counted. Still—and this is the voice that will be missed most, I think—Nancy flatly stated for our teaching futures, "Decreased funding for education is a national disgrace." Yes, on the shoulders of a giant such as Nancy McHugh, thankfully, do many of us presently stand.
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