What will the Advocacy and Leadership Summit be like?

This event is FREE to all NCTE members and includes:

  • One-and-a-half days of workshops, featured speakers, and other learning opportunities focused on teacher impact on education policy
  • Visits to legislative offices on Capitol Hill
  • The opportunity to network with members from across the country
  • Complimentary dinner, breakfast, and lunch
  • A personalized certificate of participation


Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging and transportation to and from the summit.

Discounted room rates ($229 per night) at the Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center are available for Summit participants.

This year a limited number of small travel stipends are available. 


Travel Stipends for the 2019 NCTE Advocacy and Leadership Summit

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2019

The option to apply for the stipend is included at the bottom of the general application for this event. Applications will be received by the NCTE Subcommittee on Policy and Position Statements. Recipients will be notified on or around March 1, 2019.

NCTE offers small stipends to current members to defray the travel costs of attending the Summit in 2019. The stipends are $250 each and will be dispersed at the conclusion of the Advocacy and Leadership Summit.

In order to be eligible for this stipend, attendees must be:

  • Current NCTE members whose membership does not expire before April 30, 2019
  • Traveling to the Summit from farther than 45 miles away

If demand exceeds supply, decisions will be made by the Subcommittee with priority given on the basis of:

  • Geographic distribution across the United States and its territories
  • Longevity of NCTE membership

Distribution across legislative topics and advocacy experience may also be evaluated.


Featured Speakers


Laura Wides-Muñoz is the author of The Making of a Dream: How a Group of Young Undocumented Immigrants Helped Change What It Means to Be American, her first book. It is based on nearly two decades of reporting on immigration, politics, and policy, much of it done while she was a staff writer for The Associated Press.

Previously, Wides-Muñoz also served as Vice President for Special Projects and Editorial Strategy at Univision’s English-language Fusion Network in Miami and as a senior story editor for the network’s award-winning TV and digital investigative teams.

Wides-Muñoz broke into journalism covering the end of the Guatemalan civil war and has reported from Cuba and throughout Central America. Her writing has been published inThe Washington Post,TheMiami Herald, The Guardian,The Providence Journal Bulletin, and The Los Angeles Times, among other outlets.


Elissa Nadworny is a reporter and editor for NPR. She covers education—from the research about preschool to why teenagers should learn about their own brains. She’s spent the last six months telling stories about who goes to college today and how schools can be more student-ready. In 2017, she won a Murrow Award for excellence in innovation. In addition to education, Nadworny has covered the Obama White House, Syrian refugees in Jordan, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and investigated the story behind her high school’s skeleton.

After the 2016 election, she traveled with Melissa Block  across the U.S., telling stories about how people’s identity is shaped by where they live. Their reporting won a 2018 James Beard Award.

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Nadworny has a bachelor’s degree in documentary film from Skidmore College and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Agenda (Updates Weekly)


Monday, April 8

Location: Hall of the States 
2:00 p.m.     Welcome and Overview

2:30–5:00 p.m.     Learning Sessions

Location: Folger Shakespeare Library 
5:30–7:00 p.m.     Dinner and Keynote Address by Laura Wides-Muñoz


Tuesday, April 9

Location: Hall of the States
9:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.  Breakfast and Logistics from NCTE

10:00–11:30 a.m.     Hill Visits

12 p.m.–1:30 p.m.     Lunch and Keynote Address by Elissa Nadworny

2:00 p.m.–3:30     Guided tours of the Capitol / Hill Visits

4:00 p.m.     Closing



Advocacy Day 2018 Recap


Take a peek at what last year’s event entailed. We look forward to more great experiences this year!