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Policy and Advocacy

2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar



Climbing the Hill
March 4-6
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Virginia

Thank you for attending the 2013 National Policy Seminar! This year's NPS provided a critical opportunity for CTE advocates to come together to climb the Hill, ensuring that Congress knows the value of CTE. We highly value your participation and appreciate you braving the "snowquester" to be with us!

This year's highlights included the opening address by Dr. Anthony Carnevale of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; a panel session at the Capital Visitors Center with key education policy staff from both sides of the aisle; the presentation of the Policymaker of the Year award to Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chairs of the Congressional CTE Caucus; and, of course, your visits with legislators on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), co-chair of the CTE Caucus,
accepts the 2013 ACTE Policymaker of the Year Award

Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the CTE Caucus,
accepts the 2013 ACTE Policymaker of the Year Award

Anthony Carnevale, one of the keynote speakers at the 2013 National Policy Seminar,
shared his thoughts on what role CTE can play in the 21st-century economy.

The Honorable Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of the Employment and Training Administration, discusses teaching with attendees of the 2013 National Policy Seminar.

The Honorable Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of the Employment and Training Administration, discusses CTE's role in the economy with attendees of the 2013 National Policy Seminar.

Anthony Carnevale, Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, delivers the keynote speech of the 2013 National Policy Seminar and discusses what CTE will mean for the economic recovery.

Anthony Carnevale delivers the keynote speech of the 2013 National Policy Seminar and discusses the changes ahead for our economy.

Please use the following materials to advocate for CTE at home!

2013 NPS Hill Visit Form

We would greatly appreciate getting feedback from your visits on Capitol Hill. If you haven't already done so, please fill out the Capitol Hill Visit Report Form for each visit you made and return to Brendan Desetti at ACTE via e-mail, fax (703-683-7424) or mail (1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314).

Take NPS Home With You!

These leave-behinds and presentation materials will serve your ongoing advocacy work throughout the year.

Invest in CTE!
Perkins Recommendations

Perkins Funding Chart
WIA Recommendations
CTE Today Fact Sheet
CTE Research Fact Sheet
CTE Caucus invitation letter


First-timers Pre-session
New Members of Congress Breakout
Media Advocacy Breakout
Teacher of the Year Presentation
CTE in Focus Panel

ACTE Issues Briefing
Common Core State Standards and Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) Breakout:

National Center for Innovation in CTE Presentation
State Effect Panel:

Career Pathways Panel:

See you next year!

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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 

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was originally passed 1965. Recent reauthorizations include the Education Consolidation and Improvement Act of 1981 and Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994. No Child Left Behind, the current reauthorization, passed in 2002. This Act, which funds primary and secondary education, made significant changes in education policy to close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice, so that “no child is left behind.” Key components of the law include increased accountability for states, school districts, and schools; teacher quality provisions; greater choice for parents and students, particularly those attending low-performing schools; more flexibility for states and local educational agencies in the use of federal education dollars; and a stronger emphasis on what has been proven to work through scientifically based research.


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