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Leading Edge Advocacy Begins With You WHILE EVENTS LIKE ACTE'S NATIONAL POLICY SEMINAR (NPS) PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT opportunity to advocate on behalf of career and technical education (CTE), nothing replaces the importance of a grassroots effort. In preparing for this column, I reached out to two state association executive directors for their thoughts on CTE advocacy. Surprisingly, both of their comments included a quote from Tip O'Neill, the late speaker of the House of Representatives, who said, "All politics is local." When Matthew Gambill meets with Georgia ACTE Doug Major members, he shares the importance of getting involved. He said, "You must be able to develop and implement a successful advocacy strategy in your home community. If you succeed at doing this, you will have no problem interfacing with state and federal elected officials." He added, "You must be able to convince your local school superintendent, school board members and chambers of commerce, etc., that CTE is critical. If you accomplish this, you will then have additional advocates who will also help raise the level of dialogue about CTE in their respective spheres of influence." Pat McGregor of Oklahoma emphasizes the importance of ongoing relationships with policymakers. He said, "In order to sway anyone's way of thinking on anything, you have to have developed a relationship with the person or persons you are addressing. The local connections with policymakers as a constituent or friend allows for open discussions and a captive audience to present one's stance on any subject. Since we have 149 legislative policymakers at any given time in Oklahoma, it is impossible for someone like me, who represents the entire CTE system, to have a close relationship with all of them; however, their local constituents may have. I think this is essential." As an ACTE member, I understand and appreciate the critical role politics plays in the success of our profession. I also understand that our advocacy efforts cannot be the responsibility of one or even just a few; we all have to do our part. In this edition of Techniques, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with information and tactics that will not only strengthen your voice in the halls of Congress, but more importantly, in the halls of your own schools and communities. In order for us to be successful and to tell our CTE story, it will take all of us. Together We Make It Work! Doug Major ACTE President 6 Techniques March 2014 MANAGING EDITOR Margaret Mitchell / ACTE STAFF CONTRIBUTORS Brendan Desetti / Sean Lynch / Brian Jenkins / DESIGN AND PRODUCTION MANAGER Sabrina Yen / ADVERTISING ACCOUNT SALES REP Tom Minich / Mel Katz / ADVERTISING COORDINATOR Jim Waterhouse, Techniques Magazine 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: 800-826-9972 ext. 332 Fax: 703-683-7424 PUBLISHER Association for Career and Technical Education LeAnn Wilson, Executive Director HOW TO CONTACT ACTE Call toll-free 800-826-9972 MEMBERSHIP SERVICES Techniques magazine is just one of the benefits of joining ACTE. Call 800-826-9972 or visit to learn more. TECHNIQUES EDITORIAL Contact Margaret Mitchell by phone at 703-6839339 or by e-mail at To submit letters to the editor or to send article queries or manuscripts, e-mail to, or mail to Editor, Techniques, 1410 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314. Information on writing for Techniques is available at REPRINTS, COPY PERMISSION, BACK ISSUES ACTE members seeking permission to copy limited quantities of articles from Techniques, please contact or fax your request to Gina D'Angelo at 800-826-9972,, or fax 703-683-7424. For non-members and large quantity copy permission requests, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center, 978-750-8400. For reprints and permissions, contact The YGS Group at 800-501-9571 ext 100 or email For back issues, please contact ACTE member services at 800826-9972. Members may access the contents of all issues of Techniques from September 2002 forward, on the ACTE website, Online access is subject to prevailing copyright protections and prior written permission from ACTE is required for all reprints and copies. Members can request an additional copy of Techniques for missing, lost or damaged copies, but fulfillment of this request cannot be guaranteed after 90 days from issue date. Copyright 2014 by the Association for Career and Technical Education Inc. The views expressed by Techniques do not necessarily represent an official position of ACTE. Acceptance of ads for publication in the magazine does not imply endorsement of advertised products by the Association.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques March 2014

Leading Edge
Classroom Connection
Leadership Matters
Capitol View
Q and A
Advocacy: A Dedicated Task
Actions Inspired by Words
Advocacy Saves the Day
Advocacy: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Backyard Advocacy: How Local Business Partners Can Help
Top Five Local Advocacy Tips for Success
Solving the STEM Education Puzzle One Piece at a Time
Research Report
Indside ACTE
Career Curve

ACTE Techniques March 2014