NAF Next is a dynamic professional development conference that brings together education, business, and community leaders to address some of the biggest challenges facing education and the economy.

Working together with members from across the NAF network, all participants will leave the conference inspired and armed with practical and proven strategies to ensure all NAF students, teachers, and partners can Be Future Ready. Highlights include:

  • New information and ideas to further implement the NAF educational design
  • Cross-sector dialogue on innovative ways to engage the business sector
  • Opportunities for role-alike and peer-to-peer networking
  • Industry updates for academy themes
  • Regional and school planning time
  • Reception with cash bar and light complimentary food
  • Celebration dinner
  • Programming for business partners and advisory board members

We hope to see you at NAF Next in Dallas, TX – July 9-12!

Important Updates

Request for proposals for learning sessions are now open and we are looking for dynamic and innovative sessions that directly relate to:

  • Academy Quality
  • Work-based Learning
  • Corporate Engagement

Submission deadline is March 20. Submit a proposal using this form.

Registration will open March 13! Sign up for email updates to receive a reminder.

Awards nominations will open March 28. Sign up for email updates to receive the nomination form.

In order to prepare for important learning sessions, all NAF student information should be uploaded into NAFTrack Certification and all students should activate their accounts. Log in to your NAF account and click the NAFTrack Certification badge to get started.


NAF Next 2017 will be held in Dallas, Texas Monday July 9 through Wednesday July 12.

Registration will open March 13. Sign up for email updates for the registration link.



$625 Early Bird
$725 Regular Registration

Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
1501 Gaylord Trail
Grapevine, TX  76051

Full overnight group negotiated rate: $185.00 plus $24.05 per night for taxes and assessments = $209.05

Half overnight group negotiated rate: $92.50 plus $12.03 per night for taxes and assessments = $104.53

Reserve your room here.


Download last year’s program to see what you missed and get a flavor for NAF Next.

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Gain exclusive exposure with as many as 1,500 education and business leaders by sponsoring NAF Next! NAF Next sponsorship benefits include:

  • An opportunity to build and reinforce strategic relationships within several industries.
  • Reinforcement of your brand among a diverse audience.
  • Share your latest innovations and new products or services to a pertinent audience, and showcase your expertise and capabilities, particularly in the professional development space.
  • Increased marketing opportunities including visibility on the conference website, at plenary sessions, and in associated marketing materials.

Please check back for details on 2017 sponsorship levels. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email Trudy Stallings, NAF Director of Development at tstallings@naf.org.


2016 Sponsors


Showcase your products or services to NAF’s network of leaders in education and business looking for effective ways to prepare high school students for college and career.

As many as 1,500 teachers, business partners, and local to regional level education leaders will be in attendance. This is a great opportunity to build awareness of your brand, deliver your messages directly to potential customers, and network with educators from across the country.


If you are interested in exhibiting at NAF Next 2017, please contact development@naf.org

2016 exhibitors:


Each year, NAF network members achieve remarkable things, and NAF Next is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate the talent, effort, and dedication that transforms students’ lives.

Congratulations to our 2016 NAF national award winners! The 2017 Awards nomination process will open Tuesday, March 28. Sign up for email updates to receive the application link.

The Advisory Board Champions Award

recognizes those who have exercised extraordinary leadership in ensuring that all NAF students have the opportunity to participate in a series of work-based learning activities designed to prepare them for college and career success.

Becky Osmond
Becky OsmondAdjunct Associate Professor (Retired), Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, OK
Thomas Penny
Thomas PennyGeneral Manager, Courtyard Marriott Convention Center, Washington, DC
Dayl Walker
Dayl WalkerProgram Manager, CBIA, Hartford, CT

The Alumni Award

recognizes NAF alumni who have achieved success in either college or career, or have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit that can be attributed in part to their academy experience.

Kalyn McMillan
Kalyn McMillanP.D. Jackson-Olin High School AOHS, 2015, Birmingham, AL
Chantee Steele
Chantee SteeleLansdowne High School AOF, 2008, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD
Karen Vergara
Karen VergaraLake Brantley High School AOF, 2008, Seminole County, FL

The Janet Linton Leadership Award

recognizes outstanding academy directors and educational leaders (including district administrators, teachers, principals, etc). Created in 2006, in memory of the late San Diego Academy Director, Janet Linton, the award honors extraordinary contributions and leadership within the NAF network, at the school, district and state levels.

Louis Algaze
Louis AlgazePrincipal of Hialeah Gardens HS, Miami, FL
Karen Watts
Karen WattsBrooklyn HS Superintendent, New York, NY
Mary White
Mary WhiteCampus Academy Lead, Kimball AOHT Dallas, TX