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ACTE’s National Policy Seminar 2024
Making the Case for CTE

Crystal Gateway Marriott​
Arlington, VA​
March 17-20, 2024

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  • Engage on key federal education policy priorities ​
  • Influence federal policies related to career and technical education (CTE) advocacy and messaging​
  • Participate in Capitol Hill visits
  • To see firsthand how attendees engage with policymakers on Capitol Hill at ACTE’s National Policy Seminar (NPS) visit our Flickr gallery
  • New! 2024 CTE Research Network Convening: Expanding the Evidence Base for Career and Technical Education
    Join the CTE Research Network for a full-day convening as we discuss the latest evidence on the impact of CTE, including implications for research, practice, and policy.

Keynote Speaker

Christina Hamilton

Christina Hamilton joined Gephardt Government Affairs in 2011, after a lengthy tenure on Capitol Hill. She brings extensive political and legislative experience, with a special focus on the appropriations and budget process.

Having served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Dave Obey, Christina was a principal strategic advisor to one of the longest serving Members of Congress and one of the longest serving leaders of the House Appropriations Committee. Christina advised on hundreds of state, national and international policies and priorities across the entire $1.3 trillion federal budget as the 12 appropriations bills were shepherded through Congress each year. She developed a keen understanding of both the politics and policy that go into federal decision making during several crucial time periods including the aftermath following the attacks on 9-11, and the economic crisis leading to the passage of the Economic Recovery Act in 2009. Given the looming challenges posed by the federal budget crisis, our clients rely on her know-how to navigate the Committee and related agencies successfully throughout the federal government’s budget and appropriations processes.

During her time on Capitol Hill, she managed appropriation requests for Wisconsin on issues including health care, education, transportation & infrastructure, environment and job creation projects. And as a principal advisor to the Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee, she had a hand in crafting numerous legislative proposals and communications strategies related to the bill, which has jurisdiction over public health service agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as the Departments of Education and Labor.

CTE Research Networking Event

Expanding the Evidence Base for Career and Technical Education
Hosted by CTE Research Network and ACTE at NPS on March 20

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Career and technical education (CTE) has a long history and broad support, and enrolls more than ten million secondary and postsecondary students every year. Now the field has new evidence for the effectiveness of CTE in producing positive outcomes for students. Join CTE experts, national CTE leaders, state and district CTE administrators, officials from the U.S. Department of Education, and others at this convening co-hosted by the CTE Research Network and the Association for Career and Technical Education. We will share study results and reactions from the field, and discuss areas where research is still needed. Topics for breakout sessions include work-based learning, and outcomes for students with disabilities in CTE. Don’t miss the chance to hear the latest findings on CTE’s impacts and to connect and network with your peers.

This event happens on March 20 and is included with your NPS registration. Individuals are also welcome to attend this one-day event at no cost (per the CTE Research Network grant with ACTE) — please be sure to sign up for this complimentary event via NPS online registration.

National Policy Seminar & CTE Innovation Summit 2023​
Crystal Gateway Marriott​
Arlington, VA​
March 19-22, 2023​

  • Engage on key federal education policy priorities ​
  • Influence federal policies related to CTE advocacy & messaging​
  • Participate in Capitol Hill visits
  • Benefit from the full-day CTE Innovation Summit, included with your NPS registration or available as a stand-alone event, happening on the last day of NPS on March 22

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NPS 2022
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

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NPS Orientation

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
Keynote Speaker

David Castagnetti
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.


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