2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Strand - March 3-5, 2014

Join us in March for the 2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Strand. Improve your advocacy skills, meet with important Members of Congress and hear from national leaders in career and technical education.

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 3rd

Information

Important Documents

We are planning an agricultural education strand as part of the upcoming 2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar (NPS). The ACTE NPS provides an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of influencing federal decision makers, specifically on legislation related to career and technical education, including agricultural education.

At this year's ACTE NPS, we are including a dinner session and other agriculture-specific activities especially for the NAAE members who attend the NPS. To emphasize the importance of the NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to attend and participate in the NPS. Each participant will be responsible for his/her own travel, lodging, most meals, and incidental costs. We encourage state agricultural education associations to assist with the travel, lodging, and per diem costs.

You may review the program for the ACTE NPS on their website. The first session of workshops, Navigating Capitol Hill, will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, March 3. The opening general session will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 3. Therefore, your state's participant must make appropriate travel plans to be at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia and be ready to attend sessions beginning on Monday morning, March 3. All times listed are in the eastern time zone.

Registration

NAAE will pay the registration fee for one NAAE member per state to attend the NPS. Your state's representative must register through NAAE; please do not register through ACTE. Please complete the registration form and return it directly to NAAE as per the instructions on the form no later than Monday, February 3, 2014. If you have already registered directly with ACTE, please notify NAAE of that as soon as possible.

Travel

Each NPS participant is responsible for making his/her own travel arrangements. The meeting will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. There are two Marriott hotels in Crystal City; be sure you come to the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

The closest airport to the downtown Washington, DC area is Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA). Other airports that serve the Washington, DC metropolitan area include Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). Transportation from IAD and BWI to downtown Washington, DC can be expensive; so DCA is the preferred airport.

The Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) is served by the National Airport MetroRail (subway) station (blue or yellow lines). The Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel is served by the Crystal City MetroRail station (blue or yellow lines). You can find details on the Washington, DC MetroRail system here: http://www.wmata.com/index.cfm.

Lodging

If you wish to stay in the hotel where the NPS will be held, you must make your own hotel sleeping room reservations. The meeting will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202. There are two Marriott hotels in Crystal City; be sure you come to the Crystal Gateway Marriott. For sleeping room reservations at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, visit the ACTE website. The rate is $245 plus taxes per night, single or double occupancy. The Crystal Gateway Marriott is served by the Crystal City MetroRail (subway) station (blue or yellow lines).

Given the high cost of sleeping rooms at the ACTE NPS hotel (which is typical for the Washington, DC metropolitan area for full-service hotels), NAAE has a block of sleeping rooms at the Crowne Plaza National Airport with a room rate of $159 plus taxes per night, single or double occupancy. If you would like to stay at the Crowne Plaza, you must complete the attached Hotel Reservation Information Form and return it to NAAE no later than Monday, February 3, 2014. You must present your own credit card at the Sheraton to cover all of your sleeping room costs.

The Crowne Plaza is 1.5 blocks from the MetroRail station at Crystal City. There are a lot of restaurants and other attractions in the general vicinity but it also has a full-service restaurant and bar. There is a complimentary hotel shuttle that will begin pick up at the airport between 5:30 a.m. and midnight. Also, the Crystal City Marriot (where the conference will be held) is also just a few blocks away from the Crowne Plaza.

If you would like for us to try to arrange a roommate for you at the Crowne Plaza to reduce lodging costs, please so indicate on the attached Hotel Registration Information Form. For us to assist with possible roommate pairings, we will need your registration form no later than Monday February 3 so we can work on the pairings and still have time to make the reservations for you.

NPS Schedule Including the Ag Ed Strand

Note the schedule listed above under important document for the NPS including the Ag Ed Strand. Please note that Monday March 3 at 2:45 p.m. we will have a break out session focusing on specific issues in Agricultural Education. Please be sure to be in attendance. Later that evening NAAE will also host a dinner for the agricultural education strand participants, this will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Please plan to attend this session and dinner - do not make other plans for Monday evening.

We encourage you to participate in all NPS sessions and activities, including the state planning round table meetings on Tuesday morning. This will provide you the opportunity to interact with other CTE professionals from your respective states.

Capitol Hill Visits

Note on the NPS schedule that Tuesday afternoon from 12:00-5:00 p.m. and Wednesday after 11:00 a.m. are reserved for you to visit your members of Congress. It is your responsibility to schedule the visits with your Representative and your two Senators. You may get to see your elected officials or you may get to see legislative assistants only. Please do not be disheartened if you do not get to see your elected officials. Staff members are the workhorses on Capitol Hill. You can trust them to listen to your message and deliver it to their bosses. Download our tip sheet for scheduling your Capitol Hill visits. Please do not take this opportunity lightly - be sure to visit your elected officials while you are in Washington, DC for this event. The two purposes for you to come to this meeting are: 1) to learn more about being a person of influence with your elected officials, and 2) to visit your elected officials to ask them to support career and technical education, especially agricultural education.

Some states plan Capitol Hill visits in state groups - so you might want to check in with your state's CTE leaders to see what plans are being made for state group Capitol Hill visits. It is fine for you to do individual visits as well; you can determine what is best in your own situation.

If you do plan to meet with your legislators please complete the Congressional Visits Form and submit that to Savannah Robin by Friday, February 24. If you have any others that were scheduled after that time frame please submit those separately this will allow us to keep track of the visits Ag Ed has made while visiting the Capitol.

Questions

If you have questions regarding the schedule for the NPS, the registration process, travel and/or lodging arrangements, or any other matters regarding your participation in the NPS, please contact Savannah Robin or Jay Jackman at the NAAE office by calling (859) 257-2224 or (800) 509-0204 or by sending an e-mail to SRobin.NAAE@uky.edu or JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu.

We look forward to seeing a good turn out of agricultural educators and NAAE members at the 2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar.

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