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National Policy Seminar 2018


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National Policy Seminar 2018
March 5-7
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, Viginia

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NPS Highlights


Education advocates matter and make a difference! Join more than 400 education professionals from across the country to gain insights on how to make your CTE message resonate with policymakers in the current political environment. This year's event also features compelling general sessions, advocacy strategy sessions and the latest updates on CTE-related policy initiatives along with a full day on Capitol Hill to meet with national leaders to showcase and request support for your programs.

  • Learn how to craft and communicate your CTE message, programming priorities, and local education needs to your policymakers.
  • Engage your Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to advance local and national CTE policy initiatives.
  • Hear the latest information on Perkins reauthorization, funding opportunities, and CTE-related legislation.
  • Benefit from a half-day special focus on improving the image of  CTE through public awareness and local advocacy.
  • View draft NPS Agenda

Keynote Speakers


Robert Atkinson

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.


Joshua Starr

Dr. Joshua P. Starr
CEO, Phi Delta Kappa International
A lifelong educator with 22 years in public schools, Starr will discuss PDK's 2017 poll of public perceptions of education and its implications for CTE, and more broadly how educators can shape public opinion to support CTE programs and students.


Pre- and Post-Conference Events


Mark Perna

Pre-Conference Event
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
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. We are opening this opportunity to the first 25 participants who are not NPS “first time” attendees. Please send an email to Dominique Frascoia at dfrascoia@acteonline.org so that we can confirm your participation. 


Hotel Information


Crystal Gateway Marriott
Address: 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 920-3230
Rate: $259 
Group Code: ACT

The deadline for making reservations was February 8. 

Crystal City Marriott at Regan National Airport
Address: 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 413-500
Rate: $259

The deadline for making reservations was February 8. 




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NPS 2018 Registration Rates

ACTE Member   $405
Non-member    $505
Student      $140
Pre-Conference Events    
State Leadership Training Program   $25
Using a Powerful Narrative to Revolutionize the CTE Paradigm   $125
Post-Conference Event    
Pentagon VIP and Arlington National Cemetery Tour*
Limited to 100 attendees and registration deadline for this tour is Feb. 9

*The Pentagon VIP and Arlington Cemetery Tour is an ACTE administrative fee and will cover transportation to the tour sites with return service to Reagan National Airport and the Crystal Gateway Marriott. You are welcome to leave your luggage on the bus if you are departing immediately after the tour.

10% Group Discount: When you register five or more individuals from the same institution, you can receive a 10 percent group discount. Please note: Group discount does not apply to the student rate, as this is already a discounted rate.

Cancellations: ACTE will grant refunds, minus a $100 fee, for all cancellations received prior to Feb. 9. Please submit your refund request to registration@acteonline.org. No refunds will be issued after Feb. 9.

Substitutions: Registrants unable to attend may send a substitute. Please send an email with the substitute's contact information to registration@acteonline.org by Feb. 16.

By registering, you grant permission for the use of your name, words, voice and/or likeness related to your participation in any event affiliated with National Policy Seminar 2018. You waive all rights to any compensation and to approve the images, video, audio and/or printed and electronic material in which they are used, and you release ACTE and its employees and agents from any claims, damages or liability.

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