Baird-English Advocate of the Year
The Baird-English Advocate of the Year Award is presented
annually by ACTE to an ACTE member who
has worked to enhance career and technical education in federal policy
An ACTE member who has
repeatedly advocated for CTE issues to federal policymakers is an eligible
recipient of this award.
The nominees will be
evaluated on the following criteria:
actions the nominee has taken in the past year to advance CTE in federal
policy, such as but not limited to:
visits set up for Federal policymakers or staff
or letters sent to Federal policymakers or staff
calls made to Federal policymakers or staff
with Federal policymakers or their staff (both in DC and back home)
to the editor or op-eds on CTE topics submitted to local, state or national
accomplishments related to CTE advocacy actions that have contributed to the
improvement, promotion, development and progress of federal CTE policy.
Criteria will be
reviewed by ACTE Public Policy staff for appropriateness and significance.
Applicants may nominate themselves or be
nominated by an ACTE member, ACTE Public Policy staff or by the ACTE Board of
Directors, and Applications for
this award must be submitted through the ACTE Awards Portal and include the information
below (incomplete applications will not be considered):
of Introduction summarizing the following:
- A brief overview of the applicant (i.e.
short biography or background information)
- Advocacy actions the nominee has taken in
the past year to advance CTE in federal policy (see above criteria).
- Significant accomplishments related to CTE
advocacy actions that have contributed to the improvement, promotion,
development and progress of federal CTE policy.
- (Note: letter of introduction should not
exceed 500 words in length.)
Documents (optional): Each
application should provide proof of advocacy actions and significant
accomplishments, as appropriate and available, such as:
- Newspaper articles, news video or pictures
of Members of Congress or their staff on school visits, or
of or internet links to op-ed or letter to the editor
- The award is not limited to one recipient.
- Award winner will be determined by the ACTE
Public Policy staff following the nomination deadline.
- The commendation will be presented at an
appropriate ceremony or reception to be held in Washington, D.C. during the
National Policy Seminar (NPS).
winner will receive complimentary registration to the NPS following the
applications should be submitted on the ACTE Awards Portal by January 1.
- All applicants will receive notice prior to
February 1 of the status of their application.
- Winning applicants permit ACTE to use and
edit content of the application for promotional activities.
For more information, please contact Sean Lynch
Policy and Advocacy
Hosting a Site Visit for Policymakers
You have a superb CTE program. NOW is the time to show it off for your
public officials. Your policymakers’ understanding will go a long way
with an up-close and personal tour of programs. These are the people who
can help you EXPAND and IMPROVE your program by ensuring funding and
effective policies. A successful tour needs meticulous planning.
ACTE has developed 10 STEPS to help you conduct a successful legislative tour of your school:
Before you begin any planning, get permission from school officials. Keep everyone informed.
What type of impression do you want the policymaker to have of your school? What programs do you want to highlight? Brainstorm and select the most important features you want to show off.
DEVELOP A DRAFT AGENDA
Most importantly, make sure school is in session for the tour. Plan a short and concise introductory presentation about the school and programs the policymaker will see. Following the brief presentation, schedule an organized tour.
Now that you have your agenda, the next step is to invite your targeted policymakers. Fax or mail a brief letter to the policymaker at his or her local office at least six weeks before the scheduled date (you can find contact information for your federal Members of Congress by visiting ACTE’s Legislative Action Center). Briefly introduce yourself, your program, and state the purpose of the letter. Explain why you would like the official to visit your program (to see how an example of a CTE program can work in the community, the importance of supporting such initiatives, etc.). Include specific information about the visit (date, time, location, others who may be invited, whether the media will be invited, what activities are planned for the visit). Public officials have very busy schedules, so you’ll need to be as flexible and accommodating as possible.
FOLLOW UP WITH THE SCHEDULER
The policymakers’s scheduler should be contacted seven to 10 days after you have mailed the letter. You should keep in mind that you need to be flexible with the date and tour arrangements. You should take every step to accommodate the policymaker. NOTE: Federal legislators will most likely be in their home districts Mondays, Fridays, and on the weekends.
DETERMINE PRESS ACTIVITIES
Work with the policymaker’s press secretary, if they have one, to determine appropriate press activities. Send a press release to the local media inviting them to attend the tour. In addition to giving the policymaker publicity, it will increase the community’s interest in your program. Be sure to follow up with the media to make sure that they attend since the policymaker will be expecting them! Take plenty of photographs. If you are unable to have the media present during the tour, send the local reporters a follow-up summary and a photograph for their use. (ACTE can help you with your media activities! Please visit the "Targeting the Media" section of ACTE's Action Center.
CONDUCT THE TOUR
The day has finally arrived! When the policymaker and his or her staff arrive, distribute descriptions of your programs, success stories about students and any other relevant information you feel promotes your program. Make sure that your name, address and phone number are on every document so staff can contact you later. Let the policymaker know the scope of the program: how many people you serve and what impacts the program has on families, the community, local businesses and the local economy. Explain why continued funding for CTE is important to students, jobseekers and businesses in the state or district. Encourage interaction between the policymaker and students. It is helpful for policymakers to make connections with those who benefit from the program and see the changes in people’s lives that good CTE programs make.
Have a few supporters present, such as parents, students and business partners, to help you make the case.
MAKE YOUR PITCH
Emphasize how additional resources could benefit students. While you have the policymaker’s undivided attention, make a pitch for support. Ask the lpolicymaker to support your programs through increased funding and effective policies. Remember to be specific if current legislation is pending.
Congratulations! You conducted a successful tour, but you have another important step to take. Before you do anything else, make sure you:
Send thank you letters to the policymaker and any staff who attended, reiterating the need for additional funding and more effective policies for your program.
Include copies of press coverage.
Include a photo of the policymakers with your students and supporters to remind them how important CTE is to your community.
House/Senate CTE Caucus
In 2007, former Reps. Brian Baird (D-WA) and Phil English (R-PA) launched the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, the House caucus is chaired by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), and serves as a promotion vehicle for legislation, ideas and information related to CTE.
Sens. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) serve as co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus to bring attention in the U.S. Senate to improving and strengthening access to CTE.
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