Involvement and Leadership
How to become involved in the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association: Become an active member by paying your association dues at the annual conference. Attend sectional and regional meetings, inservices, and professional workshops.
How to become an officer in CATA: This starts at the sectional level. Even first year teachers can be elected into these offices. Officers rotate up through the chairs to provide consistency within the officer teams. In order to run for state office, an Ag teacher must have completed the rotation through the regional officer positions or held a chairmanship at the state level.
How to apply for professional awards: This involves being nominated by your peers, usually at the sectional level. The region then votes on a regional winner. However, others who meet the award criteria are welcome to apply. The applications for the following awards are found in the Leadership Handbook that the state, division, and regional officers are given and on CATA's website. Leadership Handbooks can also be purchased from the CATA office.
CATA Awards: Due February 15th
Agriscience Teacher of the Year
Outstanding Post Secondary Program
Outstanding Secondary Program
Outstanding Teacher - Don Wilson Memorial
Outstanding Young Member
Teacher of Excellence
NAAE Awards - state winners’ applications submitted to nationals