Write about a time when you made a connection. How was this connection unusual, special, or revealing? How did this connection impact your life? You can write about yourself, someone you know, or a character you create in a poem, essay, or piece of fiction.
Deadline for entries: November 1, 2014
Award Categories: Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12, College
Entries must be judged in the local council where the teacher's school is located before they are eligible for statewide consideration.
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
Second Place: one CATE membership, plus publication in California English and
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
Email manuscripts formatted in Microsoft Word to Olga Kokino at
and mail hardcopy to:
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
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.
All presenters must register for the CATE convention and pay regular convention registration fees by December 1.
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.
If you have any questions about the proposed changes, please contact me at CATEweb.org/membership.
CATE Membership Chair
ELA +1: Symposium on Reading and Writing for College Readiness, Stockton, CA
Previously scheduled for November 8, 2014, at the CSU Stanislaus Stockton Center Auditorium
This event has been postponed.
SCTE Fall Conference 2014
Southland Council of Teachers of
English and California Council for the Social Studies
Using Research to Build
Literacy in English and
Kelly is a teacher and a former statewide trainer for the Puente Project, a University of California outreach program that prepares under-represented high school students for successful transition into universities. He has also served as a teacher leader in the California Reading and Literature Project, both at the University of California Los Angeles and University of California Irvine.
$50 for CATE members
$100 for non-members
(CATE membership included)
Lunch included in registration cost.
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