Spring Meeting Recap: Business and Industry Panel

April 9th, 2014

At a time when U.S. global competitiveness is slipping and a skills gap persists among American workers, business and industry representatives are looking to Career Technical Education (CTE) to skill up help solve many of the problems in the American workforce.

Yet, state CTE directors, institutions and programs often find it difficult to forge true, substantial partnerships with business and industry. Jason Tyszko, Senior Director of Education and Workforce Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) hinted that a gap in communications remains between those in the business and education worlds.

Tyszko sat with Dane Linn, Vice President of the Business Roundtable (BRT) and Timm Boettcher, Chairman of the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC) on a panel titled, “Other Views: Business/Industry Perspectives on Perkins and CTE,” at NASDCTEc’s 2014 Spring Meeting. All three underscored their support for CTE as well as their opinions regarding the forthcoming reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

Employers often feel education officials seek partnerships to procure equipment for their programs without helping businesses engage in deeper and more substantive ways, Tyszko said. He suggested that educators pitch employers by explaining how their programs will help drive entrepreneurship and improve the company’s prospects in the long-run. A focus on cost, performance and return on investment—key focuses of any business—is more likely to catch the attention of an employer, he concluded.

Linn agreed, highlighting the partnership between Northrop Grumman and the University of Maryland, which worked together to develop cybersecurity programs that integrated Northrop Grumman’s expertise into program development. Linn said CTE leaders need to set clear expectations with their business and industry counterparts so that a partnership would amount to more than coming to the table once a month.

The BRT Vice President called CTE a critical pathway to creating a pipeline of qualified workers to fill the high-wage, high-skill jobs of the future. He cited BRT’s upcoming toolkit for a U.S. model of apprenticeships to encourage employers to become more engaged in CTE.

The skills gap is the top reason why the USCCF is talking about CTE, Tyszko said, and it sees the reauthorization of Perkins as one of the many solutions to close the skills gap. He added that the organization has several recommendations to transform the public-private partnership – a list that its members are also taking to Congress, including:

  • Promoting industry credentials to make students career-ready and career-competitive;
  • Encouraging innovation, including competency-based education; and
  • Increasing accountability based on the return on investment.

Boettcher called CTE the backbone of America. The IWNC is amplifying the message about CTE: Learning that works for America® through speaking engagements by its members, whitepapers and advocacy in conjunction with NASDCTEc and the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

For the upcoming Perkins reauthorization, Boettcher said that IWNC plans to continue its alliance with NASDCTEc and ACTE around a more coordinated effort to target areas in the law that need the most improvement. He also suggested that a major point for crossover between business and CTE lay in promoting CTE’s visibility to the public and changing outdated perceptions of CTE equating the modern field to vocational education programs of the last century.

Andrea Zimmermann, State Policy Associate

Spring Meeting: Competency-based education gaining momentum at state level

April 8th, 2014

Time, place and pace are three elements that have defined the traditional education model. However, a growing number of states are moving toward competency-based education (CBE), which insists that time isn’t a constant, place doesn’t decide who gets an education and pace should be determined by the student and the educator.

Panelists at NASDCTEC’s 2014 Spring Meeting panel, “Other Views: Competency Based Education and CTE,” discussed the growing CBE movement and its application in Career Technical Education (CTE). While panelists agreed that well-structured CBE can be an important tool in the delivery of high-quality CTE, most also agreed that CBE continues to face serious challenges related to public perception and general function before it can become a widely accepted practice.

The CBE learning model judges student success based on their mastery of skills, rather than the amount of time spent in class. Students are required to demonstrate technical proficiency before progressing to a new unit, the next grade level or graduation.

NASDCTEc/NCTEF Board President John Fischer outlined Vermont’s recent experience with CBE in its secondary schools. As his state moved towards a CBE system, state education leaders quickly realized that they needed to attack simultaneously issues of practice and public will, Fischer explained. As a result of these efforts, the Vermont Board of Education approved new Education Quality Standards last year.

Fischer said Vermont’s experience indicates that there is a place for CTE to help show how a competency-based system can help increase attainment and show that deeper learning is occurring.

Panelist Eve Goldberg, Senior Research and Policy Associate at The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, added that states are taking a variety of routes to CBE, including Maine, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Kentucky.  The Nellie Mae Foundation, whose mission is to reshape public education across New England, also supports the website competencyworks.org, a new online resource for CBE information, practitioner knowledge, and materials.

Postsecondary institutions have been more open to CBE but typically in its more traditional format, said panelist David Bergeron, Vice President for Postsecondary Education Policy at the Center for American Progress. However, he cited a handful of schools that are doing transformative work with CBE including Sarah Lawrence College, College for America, Western Governors University and Capella University. He indicated that these institutions had continued to innovate in postsecondary CBE in spite of structural challenges with the credit-based financial aid system currently in place at the U.S. Department of Education and suggested that this system would have to change for a postsecondary education to fully embrace CBE.

Bergeron also signaled that accountability is a critical piece of the puzzle at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. He suggested that federal accrediting agencies responsible for maintaining accountability for Title IV eligible institutions could partner with the business community to help determine institutional quality.

Goldberg said she is seeing similar alignment with the K-12 system and the business community. She pointed to New Hampshire’s Sanborn Regional High School as an example because the school reached out to regional employers while creating its four career pathways programs.

Andrea Zimermann, State Policy Associate

Spring Meeting Recap: #CTE in 140 Characters

April 8th, 2014

twitterLast week, NASDCTEc held its annual Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting’s full sessions and lively debate spilled onto Twitter, where participants turned in repeated feats of brevity (unlike this sentence) to sum up the meeting’s lively panel discussions and Q & A in 140 characters or fewer with #ctespringmtg. Thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, wrote, blogged, tweeted and otherwise engaged with NASDCTEc (@careertech and facebook.com/NASDCTEc) to make last week’s meeting one to remember!

The following are some of the top tweets from this year’s meeting:

NASDCTEc @CTEWorks:  Timm Boettcher of @IWNC_DC: need to change image of varied career options (many of which #cte prepares students for) #ctespringmtg

Glynis O’Leary ‏@GOlearyNYC: “Nothing is as important to national security as education.” – Congressman Jim Langevin, D-RI #ctespringmtg

Nebraska Career Ed ‏@NECareerEd: Career & Technical Education can help resolve the shortage of skilled workers for H3 careers. #CTESpringMtg @CTEWorks

@CTEWorks Fascinating idea! Why aren’t there biz/industry reps required to be on higher ed accrediting boards? Bergeron from @EdProgress #ctespringmtg

NASBE ‏@NASBE: MT @CTEWorks: Takeaway from state associations panel w / @CCSSO @NASBE @NatlGovsAssoc – increased focus on state #cte policy! #ctespringmtg

Business Roundtable ‏@BizRoundtable: @CTEWorks: @dlinn1 from @BizRoundtable: #careerteched needs to be given more credibility, needs to take on more leadership #ctespringmtg

Sean Lynch ACTE ‏@CTEMedia: Joining @CTEWorks for their #ctespringmtg today – excited to learn about how we can partner to make #careerteched work for all students!

NASDCTEc ‏@CTEWorks: Asst Sec Uvin: our work must be responsive, both to labor market needs and to local/state innovation. #CTESpringMtg

Timmothy Boettcher ‏@timmboettcher: #ctespringmtg great discussion on competency based education – anyone have a great example of how to apply this to work based learning?

NOCTI ‏@NOCTI1: Congressman Glenn Thompson R-PA receives Star of Education Award and thanks CTE directors for preparing students for future. #CTESpringMtg

Workforce DQC ‏@WorkforceDQC: Excited to attend & present today at #CTESpringMtg. Great to start the day hearing about aligning postsec w/labor market

Nebraska Career Ed ‏@NECareerEd: STEM skills are in demand well beyond STEM occupations. #CTESpringMtg

NOCTI ‏@NOCTI1: Great morning filled with good conversation surrounding federal funding and Perkins. #CTESpringMtg

NASDCTEc ‏@CTEWorks: OCTAE’s Sharon Miller and our own Kim Green reflect on Dr. Dann-Messier’s work to strengthen CTE. #CTESpringMtg pic.twitter.com/WqQhq3tBTU

NASDCTEc ‏@CTEWorks: .@usedgov‘s Brenda Dann-Messier helping to kick off our #ctespringmtg pic.twitter.com/lmD7UhJpKP

See you this summer!

Evan Williamson, Communications Associate

Spring Meeting Recap: Beyond Perkins

April 7th, 2014

Our final panel discussion on the morning of Tuesday April 1, 2014, was on other major federal policies and initiatives that impact – or have the potential to impact – Career Technical Education (CTE). David Blaime, Senior Vice President at the American Association of Community Colleges, opened the panel by discussing some of the major provisions he believes will be addressed in future reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which won’t likely occur before 2015. He identified three themes emerging from the current discussions: reducing complexity in student lending (in terms of regulation and the number of programs), accountability tied to the quality of postsecondary institutions, and a potential shift to outcome-based accreditation, as well as how the U.S. Department of Education oversees accrediting bodies.

Angela Hanks, Policy Analyst from the New Skills Coalition next gave an update on the current state of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which has been due up for reauthorization since 2001. In the last year, the House and the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee each passed an updated WIA bill. While these two bills were developed and passed largely along party lines, last week the leadership from both the House and Senate met in conference to discuss opportunities for a new WIA. NASDCTEc will keep everyone informed as details emerge from those discussions.

Finally, Dr. Johan Uvin, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, shared some of the Administration’s major initiatives to support CTE and workforce development aligned to President Obama’s goal of ensuring every American has at least one year of postsecondary education or training. Specifically, he mentioned the $100 million in Youth Career Connect grants and the Performance Partnership pilots, which will allow a state, region, locality, or Federally-recognized tribe to pool a portion of discretionary funds they receive from multiple federal agencies while measuring and tracking specific cross-program outcomes, to facilitate better coordination and reduce redundancies. He also highlighted a number of new items put in the 2015 budget including $150 million for competitive high school redesign grants, $110 million for STEM innovation networks and $75 million for accelerated pathways.

Kate Blosveren, Associate Executive Director

NASDCTEc 2014 Spring Meeting Recap

April 7th, 2014


State CTE Directors, NASDCTEc members, CTE expert panelists and many more converged on the nation’s capital beginning on March 31, 2014. Over three days, NASDCTEc’s annual Spring Meeting covered a broad array of subjects, from the pending reauthorization of The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to breakout sessions on secondary-postsecondary collaboration, just in time labor market information, accountability initiatives and much more.

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE), spoke after NASDCTEc/NCTEF President, John Fischer, formally opened the Spring Meeting. In a bittersweet moment for everyone in the CTE community, we learned that Dr. Dann-Messier plans to leave OCTAE in late May. Dr. Dann-Messier received repeated praise from fellow panelists and membership for her five years of dedicated service at the head of OCTAE and at the forefront of CTE.

Tuesday’s sessions continued with panels outlining the state of federal funding and guidance on CTE, with many commentators commending the CTE community’s assiduous advocacy on behalf of CTE along with reminders to remain in contact with your senators and representatives going forward.

On Wednesday, NASDCTEc was proud to honor five critical advocates for CTE with Star of Education Awards. Co-Chairs of the Congressional CTE Caucus Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA) and Jim Langevin (D-RI) both received the Star of Education—Congressional Award for their years of dedicated service as congressional advocates for CTE. Later, recently-retired State CTE Directors Dr. Patrick Ainsworth of California and Dr. Kathy Shibley of Ohio were inducted into the ranks of State CTE Directors Emeriti, while Ainsworth’s successor Russ Weikle received the first-ever Rising Star of CTE Award for his pioneering work in the state of California. Wednesday also included sessions on CTE’s role in the ongoing push to improve STEM enrollment and outcomes nationwide, the growth of competency-based education and CTE, and strategies to utilize postsecondary CTE as a way to maintain the American workforce’s place as one of the most highly-skilled worldwide.

More outside experts on CTE offered their perspectives on Thursday morning’s panels. Beginning with a focus on new reporting guidance regarding the Office of Management and Budget’s “Omni Circular,” Thursday’s sessions focused on developments that will affect CTE in the weeks and months ahead. Panelists throughout the morning reiterated their efforts to establish partnerships with CTE programs, and offered their insight on how the CTE community can facilitate collaboration with business and industry groups and state-level education leaders to broaden the CTE stakeholder base and stimulate the national conversation on CTE. The session closed with updates from the Division of Academic and Technical Education and the National Center for Innovation in Career Technical Education.

Couldn’t make the Spring Meeting? Resources and information on several sessions are available online! While on the site, be sure to sign-up today for the next gathering of Career Technical Education (CTE) leaders in Phoenix, June 16-18, 2014, at Achieving Excellence in CTE: The Career Clusters Institute. Don’t delay — April 8, 2014, is the last day of the early bird registration rate.

Evan Williamson, Communications Associate

NOTE: Photo courtesy Bob Witchger, all rights reserved

NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Blog Series: Odysseyware Offers Individualized, Self-Paced Learning that Inspires Students

March 27th, 2014

This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting. Guest bloggers are partner organizations, supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in the Washington, DC area.

“Yeah, like I’m ever gonna use any of this stuff in real life!”

By Mercedes Doyle

Think about how many high school students have said something similar to this. I know I did once or twice during my teenage years. Sometimes it’s a very true statement. However, for students enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE), it’s a rare expression.

More than ever before, CTE is a powerful driver in college and career readiness. For the high school graduates moving on to higher education (approximately 66%), CTE empowers them with valuable “real life” perspectives, and equips them with unique problem-solving skills that don’t always come from core textbooks. For fresh graduates going directly into the job market, having a CTE head start in a chosen Career Cluster can mean the difference between employment and frustration.logo_1

For college- and career-bound high schoolers, CTE is ideal for both career exploration and position-specific preparation. Students can dabble within multiple Career Clusters to zero in on industries that resonate with their interests and proficiencies. Or, if they’re passionate about a particular career pathway, they can focus their concentration within one cluster and potentially earn certifications that can pay dividends in the workplace.

However, CTE can only work it’s magic if it’s well implemented, properly staffed and comprehensively executed. Herein lies some definite challenges: The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) has identified 16 Career Clusters (http://www.careertech.org/career-clusters/glance/careerclusters.html). Within each cluster there exists a number of focused subjects.

Ask yourself: what Career Clusters appeal to my region’s distinct industries, economy and cultural landscape? If you teach in heart of New York City, then maybe Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources isn’t a preferred Career Cluster for your students. But if you live in rural New York Mills, MN, then courses in agriculture can truly benefit your students.

Need help answering CTE questions?

If you feel overwhelmed by the many considerations involved with CTE implementation, Odysseyware can help. No other online curriculum provider offers more CTE courses or Career Clusters than Odysseyware – including recent introductions in Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Career Cluster, plus Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster coming soon! We’ve invested the time, effort and expertise in developing the online content and technology you need. So ask us for recommendations, and lean on us for professional development by calling 877-795-8904.

CTE is here to stay. It’s growing roots and growing fast, because it prepares our nation’s young adults to be viable and competitive in the ever-changing workplace. As an online component to blended CTE instruction, Odysseyware allows individualized, self-paced learning – which provides valuable life lessons in independence. It also empowers educators to make a big impact on students’ lives, and enjoy the tangible rewards that come with blended learning. In a nutshell, Odysseyware CTE inspires students to say the words every educator wants to hear: “yes, I’ll use this stuff in real life.”

(Mercedes Doyle is an Education Specialist at Odysseyware)

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Blog Series – Today’s Class: Engaging, Empowering, ELearning

March 26th, 2014

This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting. Guest bloggers are partner organizations, supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in Washington, DC in April.

TodaysClassLogo295Today’s Class is a web-based educational program delivering interactive coursework to school systems and technical institutions. Today’s Class programs, supplemental resources, are designed to enhance an instructor’s existing curriculum with self-paces textual content, vivid animation, and interactive exercises. Supplying concepts and theory allows for up to 50% reduction in lecture time, which in turn allows instructors more time for hands-on lab work and in-class demonstrations.

Currently, Today’s Class offers cosmetology, health science, and automotive programs. The cosmetology program aligns with most states’ standard cosmetology curricula, providing comprehensive theory and step-by-step methodology. The health science program explores each system of the body and the protocol for vital sign measurement and emergency response. The automotive program touches on seven of the eight core NATEF areas and related technician services.

The newest program by Today’s Class is agriculture-based and contains: Concepts of Agriscience, Science of Agricultural Animals, Science of Agricultural Plants, Science of Agricultural Environment and Science of Agricultural Mechanization.

Over 5,600 instructors currently manage their classes and students using the Today’s Class Learning Management System.

Today’s Class offers more than 55 uniquely interactive courses designed to enhance student learning.

Many attendees know Dr. Rod Boyes, a long-time NASDCTEc supporter and President of the organization. Representing Today’s Class at the Spring Meeting will be Peggy Albano – please say hello to her and learn more about Today’s Class programs and initiatives. Today’s Class is a Gold Level Sponsor at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting. Today’s Class is also on Twitter!

The NASDCTEc Spring Meeting will be held in Washington, DC April 1-3 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Blog Series: Certiport Partners with CTE Programs to Bridge Technology Skills Gap with Certification

March 25th, 2014

Certiport-Pearson-Logo-Final (214x51)This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting. Guest bloggers are partner organizations, supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in the Washington, DC area.

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, is the world leader in performance-based certification exams and practice test solutions for academic institutions, currently delivering nearly 2 million certification exams each year around the world.

There has never been a more important time for Career Technical Education programs to implement certification. There is a global technology skills gap, with more open positions in technology than there are qualified individuals to fill them. Helping students earn relevant certification builds their resumes and prepares them to win jobs and internships.

Many CTE programs are already arming students with industry-recognized certification to boost student resumes while satisfying state assessment requirements. In Alabama, for instance, the Department of Education started a statewide technology program just one year ago that has already reaped amazing results. Alabama’s Microsoft IT Academy provides opportunities for students to earn Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification in areas such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.

“Through this program, we can assure business and industry of a skill set in the area of technology and ensure students entering college are equipped with the technical skills to succeed academically,” Alabama State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice said.

During the 2012-2013 school year 96 Alabama schools offered MOS certification and students earned over 1900 certifications.  An additional 51 schools have joined the program during the 2013-2014 school year and the number of certified students is expected to double.

Greene County High School’s Career Center Certification Wall

Greene County High School’s Career Center Certification Wall

In addition to MOS, Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs including: the Microsoft Technology Associate certification program, the Adobe® Certified Associate certification program, the Adobe Certified Expert certification program, the HP Accredited Technical Associate, the CompTIA Strata™ IT Fundamentals, the Autodesk Certified User certification program, the Intuit QuickBooks Certified User certification program and the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®).

To learn more about how Certiport can help your CTE program teach and validate in-demand workforce skills with industry-recognized certification, visit Certiport’s sponsor table or visit www.certiport.com.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

NASDCTEc Spring Meeting Blog Series: CompTIA – Supporting Efforts in Helping Students Succeed

March 24th, 2014


This blog series provides readers with insight on the valuable content that is being shared at the NASDCTEc Spring Meeting. Guest bloggers are partner organizations, supporters and other experts that will be present at the national gathering in the Washington, DC area.

Greetings to all conference attendees and organizers!

We look forward to seeing you at the NASDCTE Spring event in Washington!

The students in your states are in the process of becoming the workforce of tomorrow and they need to be as prepared as possible to meet the challenges of the workplace. The rapid pace of change in computer technology has created a constantly growing skills gap. Businesses are struggling to find qualified job candidates that have the documented skills they need to implement critical innovation or to simply keep them current on existing technologies.

Like you, our main interest is student success.  We’re participating in this conference to meet with educational leaders, listen to your ideas and concerns and discuss ways that we can assist you in helping prepare students for their careers. We believe that working together with you, we can begin to close that skills gap.

Schools and dedicated teachers are on the front line – doing their best to lead their students to high achievement and prepare them for the challenges of college and careers.

We can help your teachers keep their skills current and provide industry recognized documentation of skills that provide your students with a valuable credential to accompany their diplomas or degrees.

CompTIA has been facilitating the development of high stakes certification exams with subject matter experts from the IT industry for over 20 years. As the technology industry has expanded into more specialized areas, CompTIA has been a leader in developing standards that detail the knowledge and skills needed by the workforce.  Since the release of our first A+ exam in 1993, we now have 18 vendor neutral certifications that are consistently listed as some of the most valuable credentials for job seekers.

The CompTIA Academy program is our Association’s academic outreach program that was designed to help schools implement effective technology program and help students gain experience and industry credibility as they transition from education to the workforce.

We would like to meet with you and share information about our programs, our professional development conference and the other services that we provide to support your efforts in helping your students succeed.

Visit us in our Studio in the Calvert Room April 1-2, 2014.

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

Early Bird Registration Rate Ends Soon for NASDCTEc Spring Meeting – Register NOW

January 28th, 2014


To get the Early Bird registration rate, register now! Early Bird registration runs through February 3, 2014. Registration continues after that date, but at the main registration rate. Our annual Spring Meeting is a must-attend professional development experience in the nation’s Capital! Get ready for exciting sessions for State Career Technical Education (CTE) Directors, CTE leaders, and individuals who contribute to the CTE community at the national, state, and local levels. These sessions will equip you with the information and tools you need to be an effective leader in an ever-changing environment. We have invited speakers to address the following topics. As speakers are confirmed, we’ll be regularly updating the agenda online and adding more detail and depth to the conversation.

  • Federal funding (i.e., updates on appropriations and budget)
  • View from the Hill on Perkins and other relevant legislation
  • Trends from NASDCTEc’s state Perkins Implementation Survey
  • Skill building for CTE leaders
  • Views from leading policy organizations on CTE and pending legislation
  • Initiatives in data and accountability
  • And much more!

When: 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – Noon Thursday, April 3, 2014

Where: Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

Agenda DRAFT is online. As speakers are confirmed, we’ll be regularly updating the agenda online.

Registration Information

Meals included in your registration fee include three continental breakfasts and two lunches.

Registration Rates and Dates:

  • NASDCTEc Member: $450 early bird/$550 main; Non-Member (General Registration) $625 early bird/$725 main

Early Bird Registration: January 17, 2014 – February 3, 2014; Main Registration: February 4, 2014 – online registration will close March 17, 2014


Hotel Information

Guest rooms have been reserved at the historic Omni Shoreham, 2500 Calvert Street NW (at Connecticut Avenue), Washington DC 20008. Hotel rooms should be reserved at the Omni Shoreham Hotel for all meeting days. You can make your hotel reservations today in one of two ways:

RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW at our special group reservations link (preferred) or Guests can call 1-800-THE-OMNI (1-800-843-6664) 24 hours a day to make their reservations and request group name: NASDCTEc Spring Meeting 2014.

Please use one of these registration methods to be assured the special room rate of $224, plus applicable taxes. This rate is only available until March 7, 2014 or when our block fills – whichever comes first. So make your reservation today! At the time of your lodging reservation, you will be asked for a major credit card to hold your room. Reservations may be cancelled up until 3 days prior to arrival – by noon Eastern Time, or forfeit one night’s stay plus tax.

More about the Omni Shoreham

  • Hotel map and directions (includes various transportation options)
  • Guest room accommodations
  • Check in is 3 p.m./check out is Noon.
  • Parking: Valet parking including in/out privileges ($35 + 18% tax  per car daily); subject to increase at any time

Travel to hotel:

The least expensive way to get to the hotel is by metro. Save money by using Washington DC Metro’s Trip Planner to get to the hotel. It’s fast, easy and inexpensive. The Metro rail is just steps away from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), and the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan metro stop about a 5 minute walk away.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

Spring Meeting information page

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager