A Date with CATE: Inspiration and Innovations for Today's ELA Classrooms

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Keynote Speaker: Carol Jago Presenters:Jill Hamilton Bunch, Carol Battle, and Judy Duran, Marci Haas, and Kristen Norton

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Welcome 8:30 am

Carol Jago 8:40-9:50 am

Jill Hamilton-Bunch 10-10:50 am

Carol Battle 11-11:50 am

SJAWP 12-12:50 pm

Annual Business Meeting/Elections

And Breakout Rooms for Discussion 1:00-1:30 pm


Carol Jago

Reading Fast and Slow: The reading brain in a digital world

As instruction moved online, many students had difficulty reading digital texts because they approached them as they would social media. Students are skimming and scanning when they need to be reading closely, attending to detail and purpose. Teenagers think they are studying, but in fact they are in a state of continuous partial attention — never giving their full attention to what needs to be absorbed. Our challenge now is to learn how to use both print and digital mediums to their best advantage. Carol Jago will offer approaches to help make this happen.

Carol Jago taught English for many years and is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She also served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and is author of The Book in Question: Why and How Reading Is in Crisis (Heinemann).


Jill Hamilton-Bunch

I Still Don’t Get It: Strategies for providing access to text for all students

This session will address approaches for helping students to access challenging texts with the goal of internalizing reading habits that they can use in any context.

Jill Hamilton-Bunch is the Associate Dean of the School of Education at Point Loma Nazarene University and is the director of the Bakersfield Campus. She worked for many years as a teacher in Delano, California before coming to the university full time. Her research interests include the preparation of teachers to serve adolescent readers and English Learners.

Carol Battle

Equity in ELA: Social justice in our hearts, words and work

This session will explore the ways Social Justice enters the academic arena through our own thoughts and actions, the words we choose to use and in that appear in our text selections, and in the work that must be done to create equitable educational experiences for all students.

Carol Battle teaches 7th grade humanities in the Poway Unified School District in northern San Diego, while studying Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Social Justice in a joint doctoral program at CSU San Marcos and UC San Diego. She is the chair of the Equity and Diversity Committee on the CATE Board.

Judy Duran, Marci Haas, and Kristen Norton (from San Joaquin Valley Writing Project)

Using Writing to Support Students’ Social-Emotional Health

Social-emotional health is a major concern during this time of unusual educational formats that create added stress for students. This session will share how to use writing as a tool to help students address their social-emotional health.

Judy Duran, Marci Hass, and Kristen Norton are writing fellows with the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project.

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