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What's New...

for CATE 2016

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Oct. 17, 2015

7:30 –2:30

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for students

the flyer

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Oct. 24, 2015

8 a.m.–12 p.m.

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Register for
Nov. 6-8, 2015

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Present a
session at
CATE 2016
Costa Mesa

The Call for
at CATE 2016
is now OPEN

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Board Meeting
minutes updated

Board Meeting
agendas updated

  CATE Policies
Jan. 2015

Writing Contest
for Teachers
and Educators:

2015 PWC

2014 PWC

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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

Online registration is now open! »

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 »

Convention Flyer

We are very excited to show you this preview of our CATE 2016 convention flyer for next February. Online registration will be up and running in mid-September. SAVE THE DATES, and plan to join us for a wonderful weekend of professional renewal!

CATE 2016 Costa Mesa Convention flyer preview!

CATE Creative Writing Contest for Students

Inspiring Literate Lives

2015-16 Prompt:

There are times in our lives when we are inspired. Write about how and why a text (book, movie, article, painting, photograph, essay, etc.) has inspired you to learn more, write more, read more or live diffeently. Your entry may be in the form of a poem, an essay, or a piece of fiction.

Download the Writing Contest Flyer

Deadline for submissions: November 1, 2015

SCTE Fall Conference

Visual Literacy: Image as Text

Saturday, October 17, 7:30 - 2:30 p.m.

UTLA Building, 3303 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, LA 90010

Speakers: Dale Allender, Ph.D., and Simón Silva

Visual Literacy requires students to interpret, integrate, and evaluate a wide range of visual texts: the images that saturate their everyday lives.

Simon Silva

Simón Silva Presenting:
Cultivate A Creative Mind: 21st Century Skills

Simón Silva shares an insightful view of the arts and creativity, while telling a compelling story of struggle and hope. He shares a positive message about perseverance and the determination to succeed. This inspirational keynote clarifies the importance of the arts and creativity in order to give all individuals a greater degree of success in the 21st century. Join Simón after his talk as he presents a hands-on, interactive workshop that puts these proven ideas into practice.

Dale Allender

PRESENTING: Critical Media Literacy Practices and Their Implications for 21st Century Media Literacy Education

Dale Allender, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of language and literacy in the Department of Teaching Credentials at California State University-Sacramento; and a mentor for the National Urban Alliance working directly with students, teachers and administrators in the Buffalo, New York and Minneapolis, Minnesota public school districts. Dale’s work explores multicultural literacy development in 21st Century contexts. He is the founder NCTE West at UC Berkeley, which he directed from 2003-2015. His most recent publications include chapters analyzing factors related to student engagement in urban schools based on narratives of his work, and another describing his role in building a school in rural West Africa.

View the event flyer for details and mail-in registration form


CATE/SCTE Member: $95

Non-Member: $145 (includes $50 CATE membership)

Student Teacher/Preservice Teacher: $35 (includes communication about future events from CATE)

Continental breakfast and lunch provided

For conference inquiries, email

Register online for SCTE Fall Conference

Promising Practices

Saturday, October 24, 2015
8:00 a.m. - noon
at PLNU Liberty Station Conference Center

The center is near the small retail mall where Massage Envy, Starbucks, and the USS Never Sail are located, past the airport on the way to Point Loma. The address is 2600 Laning Road San Diego, CA 92106.

Featuring Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher

Building Reading and Writing Lives That Last in the Age of the Common Core

Kelly Gallagher has devoted himself to the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking—first and foremost, as a high school ELA teacher in Anaheim, California, and also as an author/consultant who works with educators around the world. He is considered one of the leading voices in literacy education. Inspired by his classroom, mentors and professional development experiences, Kelly has written six books for teachers, many used in education schools around the world, including In The Best Interest of Students (2015), Write Like This (2011), Readicide (2009), Teaching Adolescent Writers (2006), Deeper Reading (2004), and Reading Reasons (2003). See more at www.kellygallagher.org.

Download and print a hard copy registration form here.

Or you can register online.

Before you register online, read these directions:

TO FINANCIAL CLERKS/SCHOOL SECRETARIES USING SCHOOL CREDIT CARDS: If you are a school that is registering multiple participants, you can pay online using one transaction with a school credit card (with the name and billing address of the credit card holder); however, PLEASE list ALL participants (first and last name, and school name) in the "Special shipping instructions or comments" box, so that we can match up the payment with the participants who are coming to the conference. Or you can pay for each participant as a separate transaction if that is easier for your bookkeeping.

TO INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS PAYING ONLINE: Make sure as you go through the process and when you get to the credit card payment part, in the "Special shipping instructions or comments" box, type your first and last name, and the name of your school. This helps us create the nametags for the conference.

Register online for Promising Practices

REGISTER NOW for Yosemite Conference 2015
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, Fish Camp
Nov. 6th - 8th

View the Conference Flyer

Yosemite Conference 2015, November 6-8

Student Autonomy: Students as Explorers, Teachers as Guides

DEBORAH DEAN, Keynote Speaker


Sponsored by CATE, FACET, and TUCATE

Download the flyer for all the conference details


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:

Conference Registration:

Deadline: October 2, 2015

Download the registration form to mail with a check or purchase order →

Payment by Check or Purchase Order payable to: FACET/CATE

Send registration form & payment to:
Carol Surabian, 589 E. Sycamore Reedley, CA 93654
Telephone: (559) 638-1086

Register online for Yosemite 2015 →


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

 CATE members voted unanimously at the CATE Annual Business Meeting on February 22, 2015, to approve an increase in membership dues, effective July 1, 2015.

Membership Type Dues
1 year $50
2 years $90
3 years $135
Retired $40
Lifetime $300
Student teacher $25

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

Joan Williams
CATE Membership Chair

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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.

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