2017 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Strand

March 13-15 | Crystal Gateway Mariott, Arlington, Virginia

  • Hear updates on legislative and regulatory issues impacting CTE from congressional leaders, Administration officials and Washington insiders.
  • Join Members of Congress and congressional staff for a special NPS offsite event.
  • Influence CTE-related legislation and funding through visits with policymakers, including dedicated time for Capitol Hill meetings.
  • Educate your congressional leaders about your local CTE programming needs, using event resources to help you make your case. 
  • Participate in engaging discussions on Perkins reauthorization and all the issues likely to impact your program in 2017.
  • Take part in special agricultural education-specific programming for NAAE members who attend NPS

2017 NPS Invitation Letter with Complete Details

NPS Schedule Including the Ag Ed Strand

Click the link below for a draft agenda of ACTE events with the times of the Agricultural Education Track and luncheon.

Draft Agenda

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.


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.

Registration for NAAE state representative

All other members interested in attending NPS, please use the ACTE registration site.


There are two hotels available for room reservations:   

  1. Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport for $152 plus taxes per night for single or double occupancy. This is the NAAE room block. Please note this is not the hotel where the NPS meeting will be held. It is within a short walking distance.  If you would like to stay at the Crowne Plaza, you must complete the hotel reservation information form and return it to NAAE no later than Wednesday, February 1, 2017. You must present your own credit card at the Crowne Plaza to cover all of your sleeping room costs.

    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 hotel registration information form.

  2. Crystal Gateway Marriott for $259 plus taxes per night, single or double occupancy. This is the ACTE room block and is where the NPS meeting will take place. For sleeping room reservations at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, visit the ACTE website at http://www.acteonline.org/nps/There are two Marriott hotels in Crystal City; be sure you make reservations at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. 


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.

Capitol Hill Visits

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.

Tips and Suggestions for Scheduling 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 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.

NPS Preparation Webinar (Archived Version)