About

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 10-12!

Exciting NAFTrack Certified Hiring updates were announced. All NAF student information should be uploaded into NAFTrack Certification so students can create their accounts. Participation will lead to many opportunities for students in myNAFTrack and will help grow NAFTrack Certified Hiring to benefit more communities. Log in and click the NAFTrack Certification badge to get started.

Logistics

NAF Next 2017 will be held in Dallas, Texas Monday July 10 through Wednesday July 12.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

$625 Early Bird
$725 Regular Registration

HOTEL INFORMATION:
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

Agenda

See last year’s agenda-at-a-glance below for your planning needs. For more information, download the free “NAF Next” mobile app on your mobile device or tablet and stay tuned for 2017 agenda information.

VIEW 2016 DEEP DIVE SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Jul
17
Sunday, July 17, 2016
2:00 – 8:00pm
NAF Next 2016 REGISTRATION
2:00 – 7:00pm
Meeting Space Available
Jul
18
Monday, July 18, 2016
7:30am – 5:30pm
NAF Next 2016 REGISTRATION
8:30 – 9:30am
New to NAF
8:30 – 11:15am
Academy Leaders I & II
Deep Dive Sessions
YOP Session I
11:30am – 1:00pm
Lunch and Opening PLENARY - IT'S TIME TO POWER UP!
1:15 – 2:30pm
Learning Sessions – Block A
1:15 - 3:45pm
NAFTrack Certification Learning Labs
1:15 – 4:15pm
YOP Session II
3:00 – 4:15pm
Learning Sessions – Block B
4:30 – 5:30pm
PLENARY - OUR COLLECTIVE POWER
Jul
19
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
7:30am – 6:30pm
NAF Next 2016 REGISTRATION
8:30 – 9:30am
PLENARY - CREATING A NETWORK OF TOMORROW
9:45 – 11:00am
Learning Sessions – Block C
9:45 - 11:45am
BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT SESSION - Powering Up: The Future of Business Engagement
11:00am – 1:00pm
Lunch on Own
1:00 – 2:15pm
Learning Sessions – Block D
1:00 - 3:45pm
NAFTrack Certification Learning Labs
1:00 – 4:15pm
Launch Year Academies
2:45 – 4:00pm
Learning Sessions – Block E
4:30 – 6:30pm
NAF Next Student & Partner Exhibition
6:30 – 8:30pm
Celebration Dinner & PLENARY - ONE POWERFUL NIGHT!
Jul
20
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
7:30am – 12:30pm
NAF Next 2016 REGISTRATION
8:30am – 9:45am
Learning Sessions – Block F
Launch Year Academies
10:00am – 11:30am
Industry Updates
11:45 – 1:15pm
Lunch and Closing PLENARY - FEEL THE POWER
1:30 – 4:00pm
Meeting Space Available
NAFTrack Certification Learning Labs

Sponsors

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.

Sponsorship Levels:

Distinguished ($50,000)

Distinguished sponsors have the opportunity to be the title sponsor for a plenary session or the awards dinner. Plenary sessions and the awards dinner have 1,200+ attendees. Benefits include:

  • Opportunity to lead panel in an industry update session to champion your company
  • Opportunity for co-branded giveaways
  • Opportunity to insert promotional materials in NAF Next Welcome Bag
  • Recognition as sponsor in conference-related signage and printed/promotional materials including the NAF Next program book
  • Recognition in the conference app and electronic promotional material
  • Recognition on NAF.org and NAF social media
  • Preferred seating at plenaries, awards dinner, and business partner lunch
  • Opportunity to have a display table at the NAF Next exhibition
  • Complimentary registration for NAF Next 2016

Model Sponsor ($25,000)

Model sponsors have the opportunity to be the title sponsor for a NAF Next reception, or co-branded items for NAF Next attendees. Receptions have 200+ attendees, and co-branded items can be distributed to all 1,500+ attendees. Benefits include:

  • Opportunity to lead panel in an industry update session to champion your company
  • Opportunity to insert promotional materials in NAF Next Welcome Bag
  • Recognition as sponsor in conference-related signage and printed/promotional materials including the NAF Next program book
  • Recognition in the conference app and electronic promotional material
  • Recognition on NAF.org and NAF social media
  • Preferred seating at plenaries, awards dinner, and business partner lunch
  • Opportunity to have a display table at the NAF Next exhibition
  • Complimentary registration for NAF Next 2016

Certified Sponsor ($10,000)

Certified sponsors have the opportunity to be the title sponsor for an Industry Update Session. These sessions have 200+ attendees, and are one of five themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, health sciences, or engineering. Benefits include:

  • Recognition as sponsor in conference-related signage and printed/promotional materials including the NAF Next program book
  • Recognition in the conference app and electronic promotional material
  • Opportunity to have a display table at the NAF Next exhibition

Contributing Sponsor ($5,000)

Contributing sponsors have the opportunity to support a learning session of their choice, a coffee-break, or the IT help desk. Learning sessions have between 25-100 attendees, and coffee-breaks and the IT help desk are exposed to foot traffic for the 1,500+ conference attendees. Benefits include:

  • Recognition as sponsor in conference-related signage and printed/promotional materials including the NAF Next program book
  • Recognition in the conference app and electronic promotional material
  • Opportunity to have a display table at the NAF Next exhibition

NAF will be happy to design a custom sponsorship package to best suit your company’s needs.

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

2016 Sponsors

Exhibitors

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:

Awards

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! Stay tuned for applications for 2017 awards.

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