CATE 2017 Convention

Sponsored by: California Association of Teachers of English

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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.

The Hyatt rooms are now sold out. CATE has secured a block of discounted rooms at the nearby Marriott. Discount prices are available until January 31.

Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Boulevard Santa Clara CA 95054

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

Please note that parking there for CATE folks is $6/day, not the $12 quoted on the link.

The Marriott is 1.2 miles from the Santa Clara Hyatt. Don’t want to walk? Lyft is offering $50 IN FREE RIDES to attendees of the CATE Conference! Click on the link below to download the free Lyft app and enter the credit code “50BONUS” in the payment section before requesting a Lyft to claim $50 IN FREE RIDES! *Valid for new accounts, $5 off 10 rides


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

Kern Reading and Writing Series 2016-2017

Sponsored by: Kern

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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:


Kelly Gallagher

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



The program for CATE 2017 Convention has gone to print and is available for viewing and downloading. All sessions, meal events, awards, times and locations – everything you need to know to plan your Convention experience!

CATE 2017 Program

Convention Video

Have you ever been to a CATE convention? Here’s a primer – tips and tricks to help you

  • navigate to and through Registration
  • listen to the speaker at every meal event
  • decide which sessions you want to attend and plan your experience
  • figure out how things roll at the hotel and Convention Center

Watch this video for a great overall introduction to all things Convention!

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:

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.

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.