2019 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Track

March 25-27
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia

Building on the momentum of significant CTE policy achievements this year, the 2019 National Policy Seminar will provide:

  • Policy and advocacy how-to sessions to help you continue to strengthen support for CTE
  • Dedicated time on Capitol Hill to meet with legislators and advocate for your CTE programs
  • Opportunities to exchange best practices and lessons learned for the future
  • Perkins V symposium offering practical guidance as we move from reauthorization to state and local implementation

Click here for the draft agenda.


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 NAAE National Policy Seminar registration form by Monday, February 18, 2019.

2019 NPS Registration Form for State NAAE Representative

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

National Policy Seminar Registration Rates:

Early Bird Registration (ends 2/22/19)
ACTE Member: $385
Non-Member: $475
Student: $130

Full Rate Registration
ACTE Member: $405
Non-Member: $505
Student: $140

NPS Group Rate is 10% off 5 or more.


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.


There are two hotels available for room reservations. The NAAE housing block is now available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

1. Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport for $165 plus taxes per night. 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 can make your own reservation online or by calling the hotel directly. The room block closes Friday, February 22nd. Any reservations made after this date are not guaranteed.

Crowne Plaza Reservation Instructions:
Reservation Phone Number: 1-877-685-5593. Please provide NAAE as the Group Name and NAK as the Group Code.

Online Reservations: NAAE

2. Crystal Gateway Marriott for $259 plus taxes per night. 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 come to the Crystal Gateway Marriott. 

NPS Schedule Including the Ag Ed Track

Please note that Monday March 25 at 11:30 a.m. we will have a break out session focusing on specific issues in Agricultural Education. Immediately following, NAAE and the National FFA Foundation will co-host a luncheon for the agricultural education track participants, this will be held from 12:30-1:45 p.m. All NAAE members attending NPS are invited to attend the Ag Ed track session and luncheon.

We encourage you to participate in all NPS sessions and activities, including the Hill visit and prep meetings on Monday afternoon.  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 from 8:00am-5:00pm is dedicated 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.  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.

Tips and Suggestions for Scheduling Hill Visits

State and National Advocacy Profiles

National Policy Seminar Preparation Webinar



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.