Take a Look Back at National Policy Seminar
Advocate for CTE!
March 21-23, 2022
Happening virtually and in person in Arlington, Virginia
Join CTE professionals at ACTE’s National Policy Seminar to engage on key education policy topics, hear best practices for influencing federal policy related to CTE advocacy and messaging, and participate in Capitol Hill visits. This year’s event happens March 21-23 both virtually and in person in Arlington, Virginia. A tentative agenda is posted below, but we may have to make some COVID-related adjustments as case numbers and protocols change in and around the Capitol. We will be monitoring the situation, including the operating status of Capitol Hill offices, and providing guidance as we get closer to the event.
Please note, the virtual event will include the same programming as the in-person event:
- Live streamed general sessions from the in-person conference on Monday and Wednesday
- Live zoom breakout sessions for virtual attendees, including during the breakout time slot on Monday and for the Capitol Hill visit prep
- Access to the event website with all conference materials
- Specific tips on scheduling virtual Hill meetings and electronic versions of Hill visit “Leave Behinds
NPS Tour and Reception
Tuesday, March 22 4:00 – 6:00 PM
2011 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA
Plan on wrapping up your Hill visit day at NPS with this terrific tour and reception to cap off the day arranged especially for you! Join us for an exciting look at one of Washington DC’s biggest development projects and hear about their anchor tenants’ plans to support career and technical education. This event will begin with a brief overview of the area Amazon is developing as their new second headquarters (HQ2) with plans to hire 25,000 new employees. We’ll hear about several special programs including their national campaign Amazon Future Engineer, which works with CTE computer science educators, and their Meet an Amazonian program of behind-the-scenes tours, career talks, and real-world learning content. Following the presentation, we’ll have the opportunity to browse through exhibits and enjoy food and beverages.
This special NPS event will be held in an impressive outreach center within a short walk from the hotel, and there are a number of restaurants for you to enjoy on your way back to the Gateway Marriott following the reception.
For a sneak preview of NPS, watch the orientation video to learn what you need to know to participate in next week’s virtual event:
- An overview of the event agenda and speakers
- How to navigate the NPS attendee website and use the materials included to prepare for the event
- The process of scheduling virtual “Hill” meetings with your federal policymakers
- Tips for conducting virtual meetings and other basic advocacy strategies
Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas
Recognized as one of Washington’s top lobbyists by BusinessWeek, Washingtonian magazine, The Hill and Congressional Quarterly, David Castagnetti’s policy expertise has played a critical role in shaping many significant policy issues of the past two decades. His forte is translating complex policies into straightforward issues, then navigating the political, legislative and regulatory challenges that dictate outcomes. This combination of skill and working style has made Castagnetti a trusted advisor to Members of Congress, Fortune 100 CEOs and executives across Washington’s business community.
Castagnetti’s career has put him at the highest levels of politics, business and government. Before helping to found Mehlman Castagnetti, he served John Kerry as the top liaison to Congress for the Democratic nominee’s presidential campaign. He earned plaudits from House and Senate Members for his briefings on campaign strategy and messaging, deft handling of political requests, and sensitive management of surrogates and speaking roles at the Democratic National Convention.
Join us on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. for a virtual tour of Butler Tech, one of the largest career and technical education districts in the nation. To kick off the virtual visit, we will be flying over southwest Ohio where Butler Tech’s six campuses and 11 associate schools cover over 370 square miles and serves over 18,0000 students daily. Learn how Butler Tech’s leading-edge curriculum meets the global workforce needs and provides a well-rounded education to all students in Butler County. See and hear directly from students, staff, and alumni how this CTE district has started the Education Revolution focusing on students pursuing their passion, finding their purpose and making an impact on the world. Pack your virtual bags, we will see you at NPS!
Event cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Featured Keynote Speaker
Senior Staff Writer, The Hill
Alexander Bolton has covered the United States Congress and national politics for two decades in Washington. He writes extensively about the Senate as senior staff writer for The Hill, which was named the third most tweeted news outlet in the United States by Twitter in 2018 and reached 13 percent of the nation’s total digital population with 33.4 million unique views last year. He has received several awards for excellence in reporting from the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Join us at NPS to hear his insights on the current political climate and the impact of the mid-term elections and outlook for the next two years.
New! Sunday Sessions
3:00 – 3:45 HEA 101
This session will provide a general overview of the law and its current structure and tenets; targeted toward those that are not as familiar with HEA.
4:00 – 5:00 Perkins 101
This session will provide a general overview of the law and its current structure and tenets; targeted toward those that are not as familiar with Perkins.
For the complete tentative agenda, click here.
Special Swiss Embassy Apprenticeship Event
Back by popular demand, this special event for a limited number of NPS attendees will explore Swiss-style apprenticeships in the United States at the Embassy of Switzerland and will include:
- A workshop featuring the Swiss apprenticeship model along with experts sharing their knowledge and experience related to implementation at the model in the U.S.
- An evening cocktail reception and buffet dinner
- Transportation to and from the event
NPS 2018 MATERIALS
CTE Public Awareness Symposium
Joshua Starr, PDK
Jackie Kuffel, Tolles
Scott Springer, Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
Margquita Friday, Maryland Department of Education
Dr. Robert D. Atkinson
Founder and President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Dr. Robert D. Atkinson will share his expertise on innovation policy and economics as our featured speaker. With an extensive background in public policy and service as a valued adviser to state and national policymakers, Dr. Atkinson will provide an overview of the dynamics at play in Washington. Other general sessions will cover hot topics in Washington and the latest on the reauthorization of the Perkins Act as well as federal funding.
Using a Powerful Narrative to Revolutionize the CTE Paradigm
Presenter: Mark C. Perna, Author, Founder and CEO of TFS®
March 4, 1:30–4:30 p.m.
In this dynamic workshop, you will learn how to approach stakeholders, legislators and your community with the transformative message that CTE throws open a vast new array of expanded college and career opportunities and turn the tide in the local, state and national conversation.
Post-Conference Event (Registration for this event is closed)
Pentagon VIP and Arlington National Cemetery Tour
March 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Join us following NPS for a private VIP Pentagon Tour, guided by the esteemed U.S. Army Honor Guard. Begin your afternoon with a self-guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery followed by a one-hour, behind-the-scenes look at the extensive U.S. Department of Defense headquarters.
Limited to 100 attendees and transportation provided. Please note you must register and provide your birth date and Social Security Number by Feb. 9 to participate in this tour.
National Education Association CTE Listening Session
The National Education Association will be conducting a listening session on CTE issues at this year’s National Policy Seminar, to take place 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. This session runs counter to the First Timers Orientation.