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ACTE Public Policy Award

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 through advocacy.

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:

  • Advocacy actions the nominee has taken in the past year to advance CTE in federal policy, such as but not limited to:
    • program visits set up for Federal policymakers or staff
    • emails or letters sent to Federal policymakers or staff
    • phone calls made to Federal policymakers or staff
    • meetings with Federal policymakers or their staff (both in DC and back home)
    • letters to the editor or op-eds on CTE topics submitted to local, state or national media
  • Significant 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.

Application Requirements
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):

  • Letter 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.)
  • Supporting 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
    • Copies of or internet links to op-ed or letter to the editor 

Additional Information

  • 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).
  • Award winner will receive complimentary registration to the NPS following the submission deadline.
  • All 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 at 703-683-9312.

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Techniques Advert Events Partners Countdown   Legislative Update—Jan. 14, 2013 - Fiscal Cliff Averted … For Now - 2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar - Secretary Hilda Solis Announces Departure From Department of Labor - 113th Congress Begins and Committee Assignments Finalized  One of ACTE's most effective advocacy tools is you! Becoming an advocate is one of the most important actions you can take to secure the future of CTE. ACTE has developed a wide variety of tools to assist you in your advocacy activities, keep you informed and promote ongoing support for CTE. The tools here provide step-by-step directions and examples that will help you reach out to policymakers at the local, state and federal levels, as well as your community and the media. From your Members of Congress to your local mayor, these individuals all make decisions that directly or indirectly impact CTE. With your help, we can ensure the strength and future of CTE! Working With Policymakers  Congressional August Recess Packet    Building Relationships With Policymakers    Visiting Policymakers    Corresponding With Policymakers    Hosting Site Visits for Policymakers    Testifying Before Policymakers    Sign up for the Washington Contacts Network    Join a Policy Task Force    ACTE Legislative Positions & Information  FY 2013 Joint Perkins Funding Request  "Funding CTE Works" Update Page  Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization Priorities  Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization Priorities  CTE Policy Watch Blog   Advocacy Resources   Fact Sheets    Participant Media "Pressure Cooker" Activities    Advocacy Models    External Links    Congressional and Media Directory Info    Advocacy Tips (from the CTE Policy Watch Blog)    Using Social Media for Advocacy   Saving CTE is as simple as receiving a text! Sign up to receive text alerts when urgent action on CTE issues is needed by clicking here or texting CTEALERT to 88202. You will only be contacted when it is vital that you act. Working With the Media  Targeting the Media    Appropriations Media Campaign    Ambassadors Network  Building Community Support 

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