CATE 2020

ELA Confidential: Investigating Teaching, Texts, & Truths

ELA Confidential: Investigating Teaching, Texts, & Truths

February 21, 2020 – February 23, 2020

LAX Marriott

Call for Presenters for CATE 2020

Submit your session ideas!

Promising Practices

Sponsored by: San Diego Council

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Promising Practices of Poetry

March 9, 2019

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

PLNU Liberty Station Conference Center 2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA 92106

The Power of Poetry for San Diego Area High School Students

Registration for this half-day workshop for San Diego Area High School Students is just $20.

PP Poetry STUDENT 3.9.19


April is National Poetry Month!

Presenters Daniela Sow and Viet Mai will engage you in the power of poetry with lessons ready to excite your students.

Daniela Sow teaches at Grossmont College and serves as the Creative Writing Program Co-Coordinator. She earned her Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (Poetry) from San Diego State University and her Post-secondary Reading and Learning Certificate from California State University, Fullerton. Her poetry has been published in San Diego Poetry Annual, A Cappella Zoo, and Encompassing Seas, and as a spoken word artist, she has competed on Team Ventura in the National Poetry Slam. She has taught poetry not only to students at Grossmont College but also to at-risk youth at Noah’s Anchorage, a transitional house in Santa Barbara, through the non-profit organization Arts for Humanity!.


Viet Mai is an educator and poet from San Diego, CA. Upon finding his voice through spoken word poetry, Mr. Viet has connected with community leaders throughout San Diego and other cities to inspire young people, promote civic engagement, celebrate art and culture, and elevate social consciousness.

Mr. Viet currently serves as a Program Facilitator with the Village of Promise Collective Mentoring Program, an Independent Consultant, specializing in Education, Data Analysis, and Community Development, and a RISE Urban Leadership Fellow. After completing his MA in Social Innovation, Viet Mai is exploring the startup community and impact sector to find ways of designing and implementing sustainable change.



Conference registration (Member): $55
Conference registration (Non/Member or Renewing member if membership expires by 3/4/19): $105 
Student Teacher Registration (includes one-year student teacher membership in CATE): $40

High School Student Registration: $20

For more information, please contact Jeannine Ugalde at

2019 Yosemite Conference

Sponsored by: FACET, TUCATE & Central

Yosemite Conference

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Awakening the Silent Learner

April 5, 2019 – April 7, 2019

Tenaya Lodge at Fish Camp
1122 CA-41
Fish Camp, CA 93623

Creator – Thinker – Speaker

Reader – Writer – Artist – Activist

Featured Speaker: Kelly Gallagher

Kelly GallagherSince 1985, Kelly Gallagher has devoted himself to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking—first and foremost, as a high school ELA teacher in Anaheim, California, and also as a author / consultant who works with educators around the world. Today, he is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education.

Always in search of a better way, Kelly honed his craft by taking on leadership positions in several key literacy programs, including the California Reading and Literature Project, the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach, and the Puente Project, a University of California outreach program that prepares under-represented high school students for transition into universities. For several years, he taught secondary literacy courses as an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton, and, most recently, he served as the president of the Secondary Reading Group of the International Reading Association (IRA).




Nationally recognized for his expertise in equity, inclusion, diversity, and communication. He is a strategic thinker, leader, and community activist who works with non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and organizations to promote change, critical thinking, and improve the lives of others. Milton was a Senior Program Associate at Facing History and Ourselves, an organization with a global footprint and staff members in nine locations from Chicago, Cleveland, and Memphis -to London, Los Angeles, New England, New York, Toronto, and the San Francisco Bay Area, in addition to education partnerships around the world, including China, France, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.


Instructional Leadership Corps Peer Support Provider, Madera Unified School District

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” – John Muir

Come walk in the woods with us. We will do some guided reflection on the meaning we create from our experiences.


A poet, educator, and organizer. She is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press and a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She also co-authored, with Traci Brimhall, the chapbook Bright Power, Dark Peace (Diode Editions, 2016). Brynn is a recipient of the Kundiman Poetry Fellowship and a two-time recipient of the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Public Education grant. In 2017, Brynn co-founded Yonsei Memory Project (YMP) with Fresno artist, farmer, and writer, Nikiko Masumoto. YMP utilizes arts-based inquiry to generate dialogue connecting the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community with current struggles for justice. Brynn was born and raised in Fresno to a Korean American mother and a Japanese American father. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at Fresno State.

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
1122 Highway 41, PO Box 159, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Rate: $205 per night

Guests unable to use our online reservation system can make their reservation by calling (800) 635-5807, option #1 and identify they are with the «Yosemite Conference/FACET/Central», or using the group code 31F9CO to receive the group rate.

Tenaya Lodge offers unrivaled Yosemite lodging. Tenaya is more than a hotel. Best Family Resort & Best Pet-Friendly Resort according to Sunset Magazine.

For more information, please contact Fresno Area Council of English Teachers at

Kern Reading/Writing Professional Development Series

Sponsored by: Kern Council

Kern Council

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March 23, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sheraton Four Points, 5101 California Ave., Bakersfield, CA

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



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


8:30 AM-3:30 PM (Lunch Included)



Sheraton Four Points Ballroom
5101 California Ave

Kelly Gallagher


March 23:  Kelly Gallagher

Academic Writing

For more information, please contact Jill Hamilton-Bunch at


Convention 2019 Presentations

CATE 2019 Session & Workshop Presenter Files

Voices of Literacy in Pursuit of Human RightsPresenter slides, downloads, and shared documents

Was there a session you missed but wanted to attend? Check out the slides, downloads, and documents uploaded by presenters after convention.

Many thanks to all our presenters for sharing and posting their materials!

CATE Seeks Member Reps to CYRM

CATE is seeking two committed, motivated individuals to join the California Young Reader Medal committee as CATE representatives.

Volunteers should be prepared to read a large quantity of books across many different categories, and should be prepared to travel to three meetings per calendar year. CATE will reimburse airfare or mileage for travel to CYRM meetings.

These individuals will participate in the nomination process and award giving for the CYRM medal recipients for a term of three years.

If interested, contact Annie Gervais, CATE Board member and CYRM Liaison, at  Include “CATE CYRM” in the subject line.

Update Your Membership Information

Do you need to change your membership address? If you recently moved or changed your name, drop us a line to make sure your contact information is up-to-date. You can also update your current position, school or district, grade levels, etc.

Change of address form

How Do I Know If My Membership Is Current?

CATE Members:

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.

NCTE membership is NOT the same as CATE membership.

Questions about membership? Contact Joan Williams, Membership Chair.