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.

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

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