Save the Date!

The 2018 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Track will be March 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

Check back later in the year for details. In the meantime, here's what you can expect at NPS...

  • Hear updates on legislative and regulatory issues impacting CTE from congressional leaders, Administration officials and Washington insiders.
  • 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. 
  • Take part in special agricultural education-specific programming for NAAE members who attend NPS

Here's last year's schedule:

2017 NPS Schedule Including the Ag Ed Strand

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. 

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 or

2017 NPS Preparation Webinar (Archived Version)