California English Journal

California English

California English, the journal of the California Association of Teachers of English, is published four times a year and features articles and research of interest to teachers of students from kindergarten to college. All submitted manuscripts are peer-reviewed. To submit to the journal, please contact Carol Jago at

About the Editor: Carol Jago

Carol Jago, Editor of California English journal
Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school for 32 years and is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She served as president as National Council of Teachers of English and chairs the College Board’s English Academic Advisory committee. She has published many books with Heinemann including “With Rigor for All: Meeting Common Core Standards for Reading Literature”. She has also published books on contemporary multicultural authors for NCTE. Carol wrote an education column for the Los Angeles Times, and her essays continue to appear in educational journals and online forums. She edits the journal of the California Association of Teachers of English and worked on the planning committee for the 2009 NAEP Reading Framework and the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework. Carol was a member of the feedback committee for the Common Core State Standards initiative and serves on the PARCC technical advisory committee.

Carol Jago Receives Prestigious NCTE Award

Each 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

Call for Manuscripts

May 2018 Issue

Due Date: March 15, 2018


This issue of California English invites you to share with colleagues how you or someone you know has made a difference as a teacher. You might describe a particularly successful lesson or an interaction with a particular student. Your story could focus on a conversation with a new teacher or with an administrator. Is there a book that made a difference in your students’ attitudes towards reading? Was there an assignment that sparked tremendous excitement in your young writers?

September 2018 Issue

Due Date: August 1, 2018


Although teachers are reading as fast as they can, the pile of unread student essays just seems to grow taller. This issue of California English invites teachers to share their best practices for moving through student papers efficiently and effectively. How do you employ peer and self-editing strategies? Have you found ways to make writing conferences work? Are there technological tools we should be trying? What kind of feedback fosters improvement from one paper to the next?

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