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

Registration is now open! Register here.

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 Sunday July 9 through Wednesday July 12.

Registration is now open. Click here for registration instructions.


$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.

Travel Discounts Available

Super Shuttle Group Discount – Gives you 10% off transportation round trip from the airport for reservations made online. Valid July 6-15, 2017.


DFW: After collecting luggage, customer must proceed to the phone bank located near the Visitor Information Center. Using the phone, customer must press the “Ground Transportation” button, press the “SuperShuttle” button, then pick up the phone, press the “Call Now” button, and wait 5 to 6 seconds for the system to dial and connect to dispatch. Customer can activate an existing reservation using confirmation number, or to book on the spot. Dispatch will provide instructions on where to meet the vehicle.

DAL: Upon arrival, customer must call 1 (800) 258-3826 and request Dallas Dispatch. After collecting luggage, customer may proceed to the pick-up spot designated by Dispatch.

Delta Airlines Discount:  Enter the meeting code, NMQ6L, in the box provided when you are on the Book Your Flight web page. Reservations may also be made by calling our Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328- 1111 Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT.


See below for the agenda-at-a-glance. Information is subject to change.

Sunday, July 9, 2017
1:00 - 4:00pm
NAFTrack Studio
2:00 – 8:00pm
4:00 - 5:00pm
New to NAF Part I
5:00 - 7:00pm
Texas Reception
Monday, July 10, 2017
7:30am – 5:30pm
8:15 – 9:45am
Breakfast and Opening Plenary - Engage: Ideas in Action
10:15 - 11:45am
Super Sessions
Year of Planning
12:00 - 1:15pm
Lunch on Own
1:15 – 2:45pm
Learning Sessions A
2:45 - 3:15pm
3:15 - 4:30pm
Learning Sessions B
NAF Data Reports Lab
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
7:30am – 6:30pm
8:15 – 9:45am
Breakfast and Plenary - Connect: Building a Diverse Workforce
10:15 - 11:45am
Learning Sessions C
12:00 - 1:15pm
Lunch on Own
12:00 - 3:00pm
Site Visits
1:15 - 2:45pm
Learning Sessions D
2:45 - 3:15
Break - Banner Distribution
3:15 - 4:30pm
Learning Sessions E
2:45 – 4:00pm
Learning Sessions – Block E
NAF Data Reports Lab
Launch Year
3:00 - 6:00pm
NAF Next Expo
4:30 - 6:00pm
6:30 - 9:00pm
Celebration Dinner
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7:30am – 2:00pm
8:15am – 9:45am
Super Sessions
Year of Planning
10:15am – 11:45am
Industry Updates
12:00 - 1:30pm
Lunch and Closing PLENARY - Expand: Exponential Impact
1:30 – 2:00pm
Banner Distribution
2:00 - 4:00pm
New to NAF Part II
Deep Dives
NAF Data Report Lab
2:00 - 5:00pm
Site Visits


Gain exclusive exposure with as many as 1,500 national 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.

Click here to see the 2017 sponsorship levels. If you have any questions please email Trudy Stallings, NAF Director of Development at tstallings@naf.org.

2017 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.

NAF Next 2017 Expo
Tuesday July 11, 2017: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
(Set up available at 1:00pm)
Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center

Cost: The cost for each exhibition table is $750. If you are interested in additional promotional opportunities for your organization, take a look at the 2017 sponsorship levels and a la carte offerings

What’s Included: Two chairs, skirting, power (if needed), and up to 2 people to staff your table. If you would like to attend the entire conference, including all sessions, meals and the Celebration dinner that immediately follows the NAF Next Expo, the additional cost is $625 per person. Dinner Only tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased on the first page of registration.

Additionally, if you or others from your organization are interested in attending 1-3 days of the conference only (and will not host a table), you can register as a participant for NAF Next 2017.


1.Click here to register

2.Select “I would like to purchase a table at the NAF Next Expo”

3.Continue through the online registration process

Hotel Reservations: Please click here for Hotel Reservations

Questions? Contact our Expo Manager, Sarah Tuckerman at (734) 926-0980 or sarah@osimeetings.com

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


NAF Next features highly reputable and diverse plenary speakers that will take the big stage with stories and ideas that will inspire conference attendees.

As of March 2017:

Wes Moore, The New York Times Best-Selling Author, Social Entrepreneur & Motivational Leader

2016 Plenary Speakers:

Sarah Hemminger, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Thread

Dr. Michael Armbruster, Senior Executive Director, Career & Technical Education, Orange County Public Schools