A Message from ACTE

Join Us for ACTE's Virtual National Policy Seminar Orientation

All welcome: free to registered attendees & to those considering attending
Feb. 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Career and technical education (CTE) professionals will have the opportunity to engage virtually on key education policy topics, hear best practices for influencing federal policy related to CTE advocacy and messaging, and participate in virtual Capitol Hill and school visits during ACTE's virtual National Policy Seminar (NPS), happening the week of Feb. 22. ACTE's culminating awareness-building event of this year's CTE Month®, NPS will feature a discussion of the new Administration's priorities.

For a sneak preview of NPS, ACTE invites both registered attendees and anyone wishing to learn more about the event to join us for a virtual orientation on Feb. 8, 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. During this live webinar, which will also be recorded and made available for viewing at your convenience, ACTE's public policy staff will cover everything you need to know to make the most of your participation in this year’s virtual event, including:

  • 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

There will also be plenty of time for Q and A and discussion, so we hope you can join us!

Join Zoom Meeting on Feb. 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Meeting ID: 949 8132 0225
Passcode: NPS2021

2021 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Track

We are planning an agricultural education track as part of the upcoming Virtual 2021 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.

To emphasize the importance of NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to participate in NPS.

NAAE will have a specific agricultural education breakout session on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM EST. You may review the entire program for the NPS online at http://www.acteonline.org/nps/. The opening general session will begin at 12:00 pm EST on Monday, February 22nd.

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 online 2021 ACTE National Policy Seminar Registration Form. Please complete and submit the registration form no later than Monday, February 15, 2021. If you have already registered directly with ACTE, please notify NAAE as soon as possible.

NPS Schedule Including the Ag Ed Track – On Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM EST, NAAE will be hosting a Zoom call for the Ag Ed Track breakout session of the ACTE National Policy Seminar. If we have paid for your registration, then attendance at this session is mandatory. We will be discussing ways you can affect change wherever you are across the nation. More details will be provided as we get closer to this event.

We also expect and highly encourage you to participate in all NPS sessions and activities, including the Hill Visit Prep that will occur on Monday afternoon. This will provide you the opportunity to interact with other CTE professionals from your respective state.

Capitol Hill Visits – This year participants are encouraged to schedule virtual Hill visits at any time that they are able Tuesday, February 23rd – Friday, February 26th. In some states, your state CTE leaders or another appointed person may choose to schedule all the visits and assign attendees. You should make contact with your state CTE leaders at the appointed time on Monday, February 22nd to determine the procedure for your state. You may get to virtually interact with 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 with your elected officials while the opportunity is available. The two purposes for you to participate in the NPS are: 1) to learn more about being a person of influence with your elected officials; and 2) to meet with your elected officials to ask them to support career and technical education, especially agricultural education. ACTE will provide more details regarding virtual Capitol Hill visits, including talking points and instructions, during the live event on Monday, February 22nd.

Questions – If you have questions regarding the schedule for the NPS, the registration process, or any other matters regarding your participation in the NPS, please contact Sarah Warren or Alissa Smith at the NAAE office by calling (800) 509-0204 or by sending an e-mail to swarren.naae@uky.edu or asmith.naae@uky.edu.

We look forward to seeing a good turn out of agricultural educators and NAAE members at the 2021 Virtual ACTE National Policy Seminar.