Yosemite Conference

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


Register Online   Registration Form

Creating Spaces: Narratives, Processes, and Products

November 3, 2017 – November 5, 2017

Tenaya Lodge, 1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

Dr. Kim Jaxon, associate professor of English; Co-author of Composing Science: A Facilitator’s Guide to Writing in the Science Classroom

Dr. Peter Kittle, professor of English at CSU, Chico; director of the Northern California Writing Project

Tim Haydock, director of YouthWire at New America Media

Conference Fees:

  • $ 180.00: Registration for CATE members
  • $ 230.00: Registration for non-CATE members
  • $ 110.00:  Registration for current Student Teachers

Registration Deadline: September 29, 2017 (or until we reach our maximum number)

Payment by Check or Purchase Order payable to:  FACET
Send registration form & payment to:

Carol Surabian
589 E. Sycamore
Reedley, CA 93654

Receipts may be requested. There is no refund of payment for registration cancellation.


Tenaya Lodge
1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623

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 FACET & CATE Yosemite Conference 2017, or using the group code 3177AE to receive the group rate.

For more information, please contact Carol Surabian at or (559) 638-1086.

Asilomar Sixty Six – The Language Arts Conference

Sponsored by: The Curriculum Study Commission and CCCTE

Excellence Through Equity: From Powerful Vision to Everyday Reality

October 6, 2017 – October 8, 2017

Asilomar Conference Center
800 Asilomar Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Excellence Through Equity: From a Powerful Vision to Everyday Reality marks what many believe to be a rising tide toward a deeply felt desire—the desire to provide a brighter future for all our country’s students. We convene to learn the ways in which school leaders and classroom teachers better educate all students.


CATE 2018 Convention

With Literacy and Justice for All

March 9, 2018 – March 11, 2018

San Diego Town & Country Resort
500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108

with Literacy & Justice for All



Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am-4:00 pmPre-Convention (registration opens at 8:00 am)
Friday, March 9, 2018
7:00 am-5:00 pmCATE 2018 Registration
7:30 am-5:00 pmExhibit Hall Open
8:00 am-9:15 amSuper Session
9:30 am-10:45 amWorkshops Session A
11:00 am-12:15 pmWorkshops Session B
12:30 am-2:30 pmCYRM Luncheon
2:45 pm-3:15 pmExhibit Hall Dedicated Visitation Time
3:30 pm-4:45 pmWorkshops Session C
5:00 pm-6:00 pmMeet Up Time for Councils
6:30 pm-9:00 pmFriday Night Dinner
Saturday, March 10, 2018
7:00 am-5:00 pmCATE 2018 Registration
7:30 am-3:15 pmExhibit Hall Open
8:00 am-9:15 amSuper Session
9:30 am-10:45 amWorkshops Session D
11:00 am-12:15 pmWorkshops Session E
12:30 am-2:30 pmSaturday Luncheon
2:45 pm-3:15 pmExhibit Hall Visitation & Drawing
3:30 pm-4:45 pmWorkshops Session F
6:30 pm-9:00 pmSaturday Night Banquet
Sunday, March 11, 2018
7:30 am-8:30 amCATE Annual Business Meeting
8:45 am-10:00 amWorkshop Session G
10:15 am-12:00 amSunday Brunch



2017-18 Creative Writing Contest for Students

Prompt: Considering the contest’s theme, With Literacy and Justice for All, write a poem, short story,
essay, or speech about a message that needs to be heard.

All entries must be sent to and judged in the local council where the teacher’s school is located before they are eligible for statewide consideration. See the flyer for counties and local contact information.

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Rules for both the writer and the teacher submitting the entry can be found on the writing contest flyer.

Winners from previous years are posted on the CATE Creative Writing Contest page.

CATE 2018 Professional Writing Contest

The theme of CATE 2018’s Convention is With Literacy and Justice for All.  How are the concepts of literacy and justice linked in your own day-to-day teaching?


Deadline for submissions: August 31, 2017

First Place:  One basic registration to CATE 2018 in San Diego, plus publication in California English and on

Second Place: One CATE membership, plus publication in California English and on

Directions for submitting the entry:

  • Include writer’s name, address, phone number, school and district, and email address.
  • Articles limited to 1500 words.
  • The deadline for submission is August 31, 2017.
  • Email manuscripts formatted in Microsoft Word to
  • Click on the Contest and Awards tab to read previous winners’ essays at

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.

California English Call for Manuscripts

California English

Call for Manuscripts

September 2017 Issue

Due Date: August 1, 2017


What can students learn from biographies about history,  about the world,  about themselves? How does the study of exceptional lives, from the picture book Six Dots: A Story of the Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant to Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beautiful Life, inspire young readers to work toward lofty goals of their own? What memoirs, biographies, or autobiographies do you choose to put in your students’ hands and how do you invite them to respond to the lives of others?

Manuscripts are peer reviewed. Please send submissions to California English editor, Carol Jago. Articles should be limited to 2,500 words. Please submit manuscripts via email to

Call for Presenters at CATE 2018 Convention

Submit your proposal to present a session at CATE 2018 in San Diego.
The call for presenters is now open.

with Literacy & Justice for AllThe theme for the convention is “With Literacy and Justice for All.” We are looking for a variety of presentations to appeal to English language arts teachers across the state.

Thank you!

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.