California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 19 - Executive Committee Meeting, Teleconference

September 20-21 - Southern Region Meeting, Imperial Valley

September 20-21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Arcata HS

October 13 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister HS

Oct 27-Nov 2 - National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

November 6-7 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 9 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 15 - Superior Region Meeting, Auburn/Rocklin Area

November 22-23 - San Joaquin Region Meeting/Roadshow, Tenaya Lodge

November 23 - Central Region Meeting, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne

December 3-7 - NAAE Conference, Anaheim

December 5-7 - Community College Midwinter Institute, College of the Sequoias, Visalia

January 9-10 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto JC

January 15-17 - CATA Advanced Leadership Conference, Wonder Valley

January 15-17 – Winter Governing Board, Wonder Valley

January 25 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 1 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 3-4 - Supervising Teachers Institute, Sacramento

February 22 - Central Region Meeting, El Capitan HS, Merced

February 22 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Mission Oak HS,Tulare

February 24 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

March 14 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico HS

March 21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Analy HS, Sebastopol

March 28 - Southern Region Meeting, Cal Poly, Pomona

April 18 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU, Fresno

April 22-25- NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Las Vegas

April 23-26 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Anaheim

May 2 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21-25 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - 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.