2018 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Track

March 5-7
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, Virginia

  • Learn how to craft and communicate your CTE message, programming priorities, and local education needs to your policymakers.
  • Engage your Members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill to advance local and national CTE policy initiatives.
  • Hear the latest information on Perkins reauthorization, funding opportunities, and CTE-related legislation.
  • Benefit from a half-day special focus on improving the image of CTE through public awareness and local advocacy.

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.

Early Bird Registration has ended. Contact Katie Wood if you would still like to register as your state's representative.

2018 NPS Registration Form for State NAAE Representative

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


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 $162 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 must complete the hotel reservation information form and return it to NAAE no later than Monday, February 5, 2018. Any reservations made after this date are not guaranteed. You must present your own payment method 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 form. For us to assist with possible roommate pairings, we will need your hotel form no later than Monday, February 5, 2018.
  1. 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 5 at 11:30 a.m. we will have a break out session focusing on specific issues in Agricultural Education. Please be sure to be in attendance. 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. Please plan to attend this session and lunch.

We encourage you to participate in all NPS sessions and activities, including the state planning round table 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.