CATE 2015

CATE 2015 San José: Uncommon Connections

CATE 2015 Uncommon Connections

February 20-22, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, San José

2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110

CATE 2015 Convention Flyer

With the James Gray Memorial Pre-Convention Writing Day:
Connecting All of Our English Learners to Their Linguistic, Academic, and Writing Potential
Sponsored by the California Writing Project

James Gray Memorial Pre-Convention Flyer 2015


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Common Core
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Digital Teaching and Learning

Regular Sessions, Super Sessions, and Major Speakers

Regular sessions are workshops. There are seven time slots (Session A, Session B, etc.) and multiple choices. Super sessions are new this year—they are workshops by two of our favorite presenters that will guarantee enough seating for everyone, and they have their own time slot, so everyone can attend. Major speakers give speeches during meal events, which attendees can attend by purchasing a meal ticket, or by coming to the venue 30 – 40 minutes after the meal has been served to sit in the back to hear the speaker. There are five major speakers this year.

Carol Jago

Friday Morning Super Session

“Close Reading for Deeper Learning”

We are pleased to bring to CATE 2015 for Friday morning’s Super Session a powerful speaker, Carol Jago. Carol taught 32 years in Santa Monica, has served as president of National Council of Teachers of English, and is the associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA.  CATE is honored that she has been the editor of our award-winning professional journal, California English, since 1996.  Jago has written six books for Heinemann, including With Rigor for All: Meeting Common Core Standards for Reading Literature (2011), has contributed four books on contemporary multicultural authors (Nikki Giovanni, Judith Ortiz, Alice Walker, and Sandra Cisneros) for NCTE’s High School Literature series, a textbook for AP English Literature, and has served as an AP Literature content advisor for The College Board.  Although she has written many books on teaching, she describes herself as a reader first, last, and always.

Jim Burke

Saturday Morning Super Session

“The Essential Moves of Academic Writing and Thinking”

Saturday morning’s Super Session will allow everyone to attend a great workshop by Jim Burke.  Jim teaches English at Burlingame High School, and is the creator of English Companion Ning – “where English teachers to go help each other.” He has written over a dozen books on the art of teaching, including The Teacher’s Daybook, Tools for Thought, Reading Reminders, Illuminating Texts, The English Teacher’s Companion, and The Reader’s Handbook.  His latest work focuses on Common Core Curriculum development.  He has received several awards for his work, including but not limited to CATE’s Distinguished Service Award, NCTE’s Exemplary English Leadership Award, the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award, and CRA’s Hall of Fame Award.  He has served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Committee on Adolescence, and many other important advisory boards.

Cristina García

Friday CYRM Luncheon

Friday’s lunch speaker at CATE 2015 in San José will be Cristina García, author of Dreaming in Cuban, Aguero Sisters, Dreams of Significant Girls, King of Cuba, and The Dog Who Loved the Moon. Born in Havana, her family was among the first wave of people to flee Cuba after Fidel Castro came to power. She has worked as a reporter and bureau chief for Time Magazine, has been nominated for the National Book Award, and her books have been translated into 14 languages. We are excited to welcome her to CATE.

Marga Gomez

Friday Night Dinner Event

Friday night at CATE 2015 we have a special treat — Marga Gomez, comedian/playwright/humorist, will perform for us after dinner. She won both the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s and San Francisco Weekly’s Reader’s Choice 2012 Best Comedian award. Marga co-wrote and co-starred in “Single Wet Femaile” for a 3-week sold out engagement in NY, has performed in “The Vagina Monologues” several times, and has several film and TV credits. She’s the creator of nine solo plays, one of which “Not Getting Any Younger,” received the SF Chronicle’s highest rating in 2011. Come see Marga and be entertained!

Jamie Ford

Saturday Lunch

On Saturday, Feb. 21, Jamie Ford will be our featured lunch speaker. He is the award-winning author of the novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which received the Asian Pacific-American Award for Literature, was on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years, and was translated into 34 languages. Ford’s newest novel, Songs of Willow Frost, set in depression-era Seattle, is a story about love, hope, and the power of forgiveness between a mother and her son. He is the great, great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865 where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. In addition to writing two very successful novels, Jamie Ford is an award-winning short story writer, an alumnus of the Squaw Valley community of writers. He grew up near Seattle’s Chinatown, and now lives in Montana.

Lisa See

Saturday Banquet

Lisa See is our featured banquet speaker at CATE 2015, Saturday night, February 21. She writes about the strong bonds between women, about romantic love, and about love of country.  She’s the bestselling author of China Dolls, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family. She has been honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women, and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s history Makers Award.

Porter Shreve

Sunday Brunch

We are thrilled to announce that our Sunday brunch speaker at CATE 2015 is Porter Shreve, an American writer who has published four books. His debut novel, The Obituary Writer, was a New York Times Notable Book. His second and third novels, Drives Like a Dream and When the White House was Ours were Chicago Tribune Books of the Year. His fourth novel is The End of the Book, published in 2014. He has co-edited six anthologies and writes a column on e-books for the San Francisco Chronicle. He has taught at University of Michigan, Purdue, and University of San Francisco. He is married to author Bich Minh Nguyen, and lives in San Francisco.