Professional Development

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NAF offers professional development to teachers and other stakeholders who want to hone skills and strengthen their academy through effective practice and leadership.  NAF professional development is a key component in Career Academy National Standards of Practice.

NAF's professional development ensures that teachers and academy directors are equipped to deliver up-to-date instruction and content in their academy theme; course objectives are met and teachers implement NAF Curriculum with maximum effectiveness; and essential components of the NAF model – partnerships that engage stakeholders from the business and civic sectors – are in place and generating the necessary resources to support academy students and teachers.

NAF provides professional development through technical assistance, online resources, webinars, in-person training sessions, eCollege, and annual conferences.

The following NAF eCollege courses are available:

Self-guided courses: Sign Up Now!

  • Basics of the NAF Curriculum (4-6 hours to complete; open enrollment)
  • Developing Your NAF Internship Program (4-6 hours to complete; open enrollment)
  • Building an Advisory Board that Really Works (4-6 hours to complete; open enrollment)

 

Instructor-led courses:

  • Teaching the NAF Curriculum (35 hours to complete; instructor led; application only) Course begins February 24
  • Introduction to Academy Leadership (35 hours to complete; instructor led; application only) Course begins March 3

 

If you have questions or you wish to sign up for eCollege short module or immersion courses please contact Keisha Taylor.

 

Annual Conference

The National Academy Foundation holds an annual professional development conference, NAF Next. The 2014 conference will be held in Washington, DC July 9-12. Visit the conference web site for more information and register here.

 

Technology Fellows
Fourteen academy educators have been selected to take part in the NAF Verizon Technology Innovation Pilot. Fellows will learn how to infuse technology into instruction from experts with the Information Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The central goal of this initiative is to increase our network’s capacity to use integrated technology and to improve technology use in the NAF curriculum.

 

Work-Based Learning Innovation Fellows

Fifteen academy educators have been selected to take part in the first WBL Innovation Fellows Lab.  These fellows will share original and exceptional WBL practices from their academies. The goal of this initiative is for the fellows to share presentations and co-develop specific tools and strategies related to WBL that other academies across the network might benefit from learning.

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