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Shape Perkins Reauthorization Efforts at  

National Policy Seminar 2016

February 29-March 2

Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia

Calling all CTE Educators, Administrators, Directors, Counselors and Advocates - Voice your CTE Programming Needs as Congress kicks off Perkins Reauthorization Efforts!

  • Participate in meaningful and productive discussions on key policy issues under consideration
  • Enhance your strategies for engaging with policymakers and other stakeholders in support of Perkins
  • Communicate to policymakers on the crucial role Perkins and effective CTE programs play in providing career exploration and opportunities for students nationwide
  • Educate your congressional leaders about your local CTE programming needs and success stories
  • Celebrate and proudly present “I am CTE” to policymakers on Capitol Hill and other education and workforce development leaders

Featured General Session Speaker

Tom Davis
Known as a brilliant political strategist, the Honorable Thomas M. Davis will provide comprehensive analysis on navigating the current and changing political environment. Bringing a wealth of knowledge to NPS, he is a former seven-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives and presently serves in numerous roles, including Director for Government Affairs for Deloitte & Touche, Adjunct Professor of Political Science at George Mason University, on the Boards of the Partnership for Public Service, and as President of the Federal City Council. With collective expertise in government, business and education, the Hon. Davis will offer practical action the CTE community can take in today's shifting political climate.

New at NPS this Year

Informative General Sessions

  • Shaping Policy in the Current Political Climate
  • The New ESSA and Opportunities for CTE
  • Perkins Reauthorization - Latest News and Next Steps

Intensive Advocacy Training

On Monday afternoon, we will offer intensive and interactive advocacy training, incorporating expert advice and hands-on work within state groups to ensure you are well prepared and ready to share your message with policymakers in Washington and once you return home.

A Full Day on the Hill - Meetings, Congressional Staff Panel and Evening Reception  

Meet with your Members of Congress and their staff on Tuesday to share your state-specific success stories and CTE programming needs. This is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase all the ways CTE makes lasting changes in students' lives, their communities and our nation's economic prosperity. During the morning, a congressional staff panel will be held on the Hill, and at the end of the day, NPS attendees are invited to attend an evening reception, co-hosted by Project Lead the Way, featuring student displays and the presentation of our esteemed policymaker awards. 

Career Pathways Forum

On Wednesday morning, this three-hour session will provide NPS attendees the opportunity to interact with other education and workforce development leaders to discuss CTE's role in expanding career pathways systems. This session will feature expert speakers, in-depth analysis of state and federal policy activity around pathways, and best practices in connecting CTE.

Draft Agenda 

NPS 2016 Brochure


Letter of Justification for NPS 2016


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Crystal Gateway Marriott

1700 Jefferson Davis Highway

Arlington, Virginia 22202

Phone: 703-920-3230

The rate is $254.00 single/double, and all rates are subject to Virginia tax of 10 percent per room, per night. Mention the Group Code NPS 2016/ACTE when booking your room at the Marriott.

Reservation Deadline Extended to February 11  

 NPS Registration Rates




Register Online * or Register by Mail

*Membership applications, event registrations and the ACTE bookstore will not be available from February 15 to February 19 due to our iMIS & iWEB upgrade.

2015 Recap

The 2015 National Policy Seminar was a great success! Thank you to all attendees and presenters for your part in taking skills to the Hill! This year's conference was focused on helping CTE stakeholders gain the skills needed to effectively make the case for CTE with federal policymakers, and to collectively show Congress that CTE is all about building the skills students need for successful futures. Follow-up materials are available below. To learn about the 2015 National Policy Seminar, and to take download presentations and important documents, please visit the 2015 NPS page.

Future Seminars:

National Policy Seminar 2017
March 13-15, 2017
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia

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