California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 4 - Executive Committee Meeting, Galt

September 23-24 - Southern Region Meeting, Palm Springs

September 24 - North Coast Region Meeting, Fort Bragg

October 9 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister

Oct 19-22 - National FFA Convention,Indianapolis, IN

November 4-5 - Superior Region Meeting, Petaluma

November 5 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 16-17 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 18-19 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tenaya Lodge

November 19 - Central Region Meeting, Lake Tahoe

November 30 - December 3 - NAAE Conference, Las Vegas, NV

December 1-3 - Community College Midwinter Institute, Santa Rosa

December 7-9 - Advanced Leadership Institute

January 5-6 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto

January 12-13 – Winter Governing Board, Galt

January 21 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

January 30-31 - Mentoring Conference

February 4 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 25 - Central Region Meeting, Modesto JC

February 25 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Tulare

February 27 - South Coast Region, TBD

March 11 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico

March 25- North Coast Region Meeting, Humboldt

April 8 - Southern Region Meeting, Pomona

April 22 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU-Fresno

April 22-25 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Fresno

April 25-28 - NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Sheridan, Wyoming

May 6 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25-29 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 29 - Governing Board Summer Retreat, San Luis Obispo

Organizational Structure

The California Agricultural Teachers' Association (CATA) is the professional organization for teachers of agriculture in the secondary schools and community colleges in California.

The smallest subdivision of CATA is the Section, which is made up of all the agriculture teachers in an identified geographical area, usually consisting of one to four counties in size. The Section has a set of elected officers who plan a full calendar of activities for the year. Programs or activities at the Section meetings might include: Inservice Workshops, Spouses Night, Administrators Night, FFA Competitive Events, Joint meetings with Extension Service and Agricultural Commissioners Personnel, etc.

The next unit of organization within the CATA is the Region. There are six regions in California, each consisting of 4-6 Sections. Each Region has a fall and spring Regional Meeting, planned and conducted by Regional Officers. In addition, each Region holds two business sessions during the CATA Summer Conference.

The Fall Regional meeting usually has, as it's focus, professional development of agricultural teachers. Organizational business may be conducted as necessary, and usually deals with concerns from the Sections, or follow-up business from Summer Conference.

The Spring Regional meetings are scheduled in February, March, or April, and focus primarily on issues facing the professional organization. Agenda items for this meeting are usually generated from concerns voiced at Fall Regional meetings, or generated by the CATA Governing Board at it's Winter meeting.

The CATA Governing Board is composed of the elected State Officers, the State Division Chairs and Chairs-Elect, and the six Regional Presidents. Governing Board meetings are held in January (Mid-Winter meeting) and June, in conjunction with the CATA Summer Conference. Governing Board duties and responsibilities are outlined in Article VIII of the CATA Bylaws.

To provide for the orderly transaction of business, the CATA is organized into three Divisions. Secondary teachers meet within the Secondary Division to discuss concerns and deal with business items unique to high school programs. The Community College instructors conduct business unique to the Junior College programs within the Post Secondary Division. The entire membership comes together in the Operations Division to deal with issues that affect all instructors, regardless of teaching assignment or location.

In order to discuss issues in a smaller forum, each of the above divisions has a set of subcommittees that meet at Summer Conference, and in some cases, at various times throughout the year.