CATE (California Association of Teachers of English) is a non-profit organization promoting communication, collaboration, and educational knowledge among all responsible for teaching English and the language arts. All California English teachers are encouraged to join.
Social psychologists Emanuele Castano and David Comer Kidd have conducted
experiments whose findings suggest that reading literary fiction improves our capacity for
understanding how other people’s beliefs and desires may be different from our own. How
have you used literature to teach empathy? What works have elicited particularly poignant,
surprising, and powerful responses from your students? Can reading books make us better
people? Have you found nonfiction texts that have had the same effect?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 2018 Issue
Due Date: January 1, 2018
MEASURING WHAT MATTERS: RETHINKING ASSESSMENT
Evaluating student progress is one of the most difficult aspects of teaching. Is it
possible to measure students’ understanding of a poem? This issue of California English
invites you to share the tools and techniques you use to assess student learning. What kind
of feedback results in continuous progress? How do you create authentic incentives that
engage students in the work at hand? How have external measures influenced your
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.
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 email@example.com. Include “CATE CYRM” in the subject line.
Call for Presenters at CATE 2018 Convention
The Call for Presenters deadline was October 1. If you submitted a proposal, you will be contacted in mid-October. If you have any questions, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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.
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.
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.