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
Personal visits with influential policymakers are an effective method of grassroots advocacy. These visits often lay the groundwork for future communication with the official and his/her staff. If you are meeting with a federal Member of Congress, a face-to-face meeting can be held in Washington, D.C. or in your Member’s district office.
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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