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ASSOCIATION FOR CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION®

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CTE Support Fund

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 The CTE Support Fund enables ACTE to promote the interests of our members through various types of outreach:

Organizing Public Awareness Campaigns such as CTE Month. This year's events included:

  • Our School Visit at Cardozo Education Campus
  • Our social media campaigns, including a twitter chat, in partnership with National Career and Technical Student Organizations, a guest blog with NCCER and, and an Interview with Education Talk Radio  

 

 Developing Written Content, including:

  • Sector sheets and Issue Sheets that describe promising CTE Programs and opportunities for careers
  • Our State Policy Paper, which apprises members of new CTE legislation and regulations in each state.
  • Communication about federal, state, and local developments related to CTE. 

 

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 *ACTE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are deductible as charitable contributions for federal income-tax purposes.

 

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Hosting a Site Visit for Policymakers

Techniques Advert Events Partners 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: GET PERMISSION Before you begin any planning, get permission from school officials. Keep everyone informed.   DETERMINE GOALS 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.   INVITE POLICYMAKERS 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.   INCLUDE SUPPORTERS 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.   FOLLOW UP 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.

Advocacy Toolkit

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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