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 online registration form no later than Wednesday, February 1, 2017. If you have already registered directly with ACTE, please notify NAAE of that as soon as possible.
All other members interested in attending NPS, please use the ACTE registration site.
There are two hotels available for room reservations:
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.
At this time we cannot provide a set schedule for the 2017 National Policy Seminar as the incoming Congress's 2017 agenda is not yet available. Generally, there will be a special First Timer's Orientation beginning early on Monday, March 13. The opening general session typically will begin immediately after. 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 13. We recommend travelling in on Sunday, March 12. All times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone. Once the NPS program is posted, you may review it online at http://www.acteonline.org/nps/. NAAE will let you know that the schedule is available.
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.
With the uncertainty of Congress's schedule for 2017, we do not have a set schedule for NPS. However, during ACTE's normally scheduled block of break out sessions, NAAE will continue to provide ag ed-specific issues to prepare you for your hill visits with congress members.
Generally, there will be a special First Timer's Orientation beginning early on Monday, March 13. The opening general session typically will begin immediately after. 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 13. We recommend travelling in on Sunday, March 12. All times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone. Once the NPS program is posted, you may review it online at http://www.acteonline.org/nps/. NAAE will let you know that the schedule is available.
NAAE also hosts a luncheon Monday for agricultural educators to attend. This is subject to change depending upon the final schedule.
We encourage you to participate in all NPS sessions and activities, including the state planning round table meetings that usually occur on Monday afternoon. This will provide you the opportunity to interact with other CTE professionals from your respective states.
Usually on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, are dedicated times to meet with your Congress members. 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.
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 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 Katie Wood or Jay Jackman at the NAAE office by calling (859) 257-2224 or (800) 509-0204 or by sending an e-mail to KWood.NAAE@uky.edu or JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu.