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Present a
session at
CATE 2016
Costa Mesa

The Call for
is now OPEN

SCTE Event
Sat. May 30:

A private
walking tour
of Chinatown LA

Buy tickets
on Eventbrite

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Save the Date:
Nov. 6-8, 2015

Board Meeting
minutes updated

Board Meeting
agendas updated

  CATE Policies
Jan. 2015

CATE 2015
San José

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Writing Contest
for Teachers
and Educators:

2015 PWC

2014 PWC

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California English
Latest Issues:
September 2014
November 2014

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Former CATE
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CATE 2016 Costa Mesa: Inspiring Literate Lives

Feb. 19-21, at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

Call for Presenters!

CATE invites you to present a session at our annual convention in February 2016.

Theme: Inspiring Literate Lives

Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2015

  • All proposals must be submitted electronically using the Call for Proposals form.

  • If your proposal is accepted, CATE will provide a screen, if requested by October 1st.
    Presenters are encouraged to bring their own LCD projectors and laptops for audiovisual displays. Wifi will be available in all breakout rooms.

  • All presenters must register for the CATE convention and pay regular convention registration fees by December 1.

Submit your proposal today for CATE 2016 Costa Mesa »


The Southland Council of Teachers of English invites you to join us for

A private walking tour of Chinatown LA

Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 11:00 - 12:30

$15 per person for Members, non-members and/or guests!

After the tour, stay, shop and enjoy lunch at one of the many Chinatown restaurants or cafes.*

"The Undiscovered Chinatown Tour"
To Uncover History, Treasures, and Great Shopping

“Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more when guided to the unique treasures—not to mention great bargains—to be found in Chinatown. See why Chinatown is touted by Sunset and Los Angelesmagazines as one of the hottest destinations for urban adventurers! Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A.’s Chinatown.” www.chinatownla.com

* Lunch is not included in the price of the tour.

Eventbrite - Southland Council of Teachers of English: The Undiscovered Chinatown Tour

Contact for more information.

Download the flyer


From the Westside
Take the 10 east to the 110 north and exit at Hill Street.

From Pasadena
Take the 110 south and exit at Hill Street.

From Hollywood, the San Fernando Valley, Ventura Co.
Take the 101 south. Exit at Broadway and turn left.
Drive a few blocks north past Cesar Chavez to Chinatown.

From the Inland Empire
Take the 10 or 60 west to the 101 north and exit at Alameda or Grand. Follow signs to Chinatown.

From Long Beach or Orange County
Take the 5 north or the 710 north, to the 101 north and exit at Alameda or Grand. Follow signs to Chinatown.

Save the Date for Yosemite Conference 2015
Nov. 6th - 8th

Yosemite Conference 2015, November 6-8

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, Fish Camp

Student Autonomy: Students as Explorers, Teachers as Guides

Sponsored by CATE, FACET, and TUCATE

View/print the Yosemite Conference Save the Date flyer


Use this online reservation link to purchase rooms at our group discount:

Tenaya Lodge Conference Reservations

When you arrive on the reservation page, enter the dates you would like to stay, then enter the group code 30Y856 located under Special Codes Section, prior to checking availability.

If you are unable to use our online reservation system, you can make a reservation by calling
(800) 635-5807, Option 2 and identify you are with the FACET & CATE Yosemite Conference, or using the group code 30Y856 to receive the group rate.

Submit Speaker Proposals to:

For registration questions, contact Carol Surabian:


CATE Professional Creative Writing Contest for Teachers
and Educators

2014 PWC Winners Announced

First Place: Brandy Price, Ingenium Charter School Principal

"Feeling Home: Our Minds, a Palace"

Second Place: Mary Adler, CSU Channel Islands

"Reader, Teacher, Text, Poem: Paying It Forward"

Read the winning entries from this and previous years on the Professional Writing Contest page.

Download the 2015 Professional Writing Contest flyer

2015 Prompt:

Write about a time about when you made an uncommon connection that resonated with your students, that impacted your life, or that sparked a revelation or understanding about the real world, college or career.

First Place: Basic Friday-Sunday CATE Convention Registration (valued as $180 for a CATE member/$220 otherwise), plus publication in California English and on CateWeb.org.

Second Place: one CATE membership, plus publication in California English and on CateWeb.org.

Directions for submitting the entry:

  • Include writer's name, address, phone number, school and district.
  • Articles limited to 1500 words.
  • The deadline for submission is August 31, 2015.
  • Click on the Contests tab to read previous winners’ essays at cateweb.org.
  • Email manuscripts formatted in Microsoft Word to Olga Kokino at and mail hardcopy to:

Olga Kokino
CATE PWC Coordinator
3652 Brayton Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807

First Place: one CATE annual convention registration, plus publication in California English and on CATEweb.org

Second Place: one CATE membership, plus publication on Cateweb.org

Download and print the 2015 Professional Writing Contest flyer

CATE Membership

The CATE Board of Directors, at its meeting on May 4, 2014, approved presenting to the CATE Annual Meeting, to be held on February 22, 2015, a proposal to increase membership fees.

General membership fees have not increased for 15 years. Of the $40 collected for a 1 year membership, $16 of the fee goes to local CATE councils, and $24 goes to CATE.

Of the $24 that goes to CATE, $23 is used to provide 4 issues of California English to the member. That only leaves $1 for expenses such as sending flyers and newsletters, processing memberships, and maintaining and updating the membership database. For reduced fee memberships of 2 or 3 years, CATE actually loses money in providing services to the member.

Membership Type Proposed Current
1 year $50 $40
2 years $90 $75
3 years $135 $110
Retired $40 $30
Lifetime $300 $250
Student teacher $25 $20

If you have any questions about the proposed changes, please contact me at CATEweb.org/membership.

Joan Williams
CATE Membership Chair

CATE 2014 Video

The California Teachers of English has much to offer. Look at the benefits of membership.

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Join CATE now!

Enjoy the Benefits of CATE Membership

  • A free subscription to the award-winning California English
  • Connections with colleagues statewide
  • A professional learning community
  • Reduced fees at local and state CATE conferences
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Current ELA information
  • Writing contests for you and your students
  • and much more!

Use our mail-in form or online application to join CATE today.

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About CATE

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.

Welcome to CATEweb, the official website of the California Association of Teachers of English. It is our hope that this website can serve as a resource for English teachers throughout the state who are looking for more information about our organization, searching for good teaching ideas, hunting for analysis of a particular educational bill or policy, or just hoping to find friends and colleagues who share similar interests.

Please e-mail us with any suggestions you have to make this site more useful to the K-college English teacher. The CATE Board of Directors, composed of 35 people throughout the state, welcomes your questions and advice. Please use this directory to reach us.

CATE publishes a journal, California English, that is mailed to all CATE members five times a year. You can advertise in California English to get you company's message out to all of CATE's members.

CATE is an affiliate of NCTE

California Department of Education

California Reading Association

California Teachers Association

California Young Reader Medal

California Writing Project

Award Winning Website
2004 & 2006 NCTE Top Award



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