NAF Next 2020
Day 1

Monday, July 13th

9:30am - 10:30am EDT


  • John Stegner, Development Associate, Institutional Advancement, NAF, Brooklyn, NY
  • Colleen Gillis, Manager, Academy Development, NAF, Dallas, TX
  • Kate Haydon, Managing Director, Academy Development, NAF, Oklahoma City, OK

Session Description: This session is designed for all newcomers to the NAF Network. Whether you are a teacher, principal, business partner or community leader, this session will help you understand WHAT NAF is, WHY NAF does what it does and HOW NAF is able to transform the high school experience and help young people today and set them up for success in the future. #BeFutureReady.

Learning Element: Newcomers


  • Melissa Caperton, Director- American College Application Campaign, Center for Equity in Learning
  • Bryan Contreras, Vice President of K12 and Education Partnerships at myOption

Session Description: The American College Application Campaign and myOptions® will outline the critical components counselors and college advisors need to know that help students build a balanced college list as well as shine a light on best practices educators can adopt to support students when helping them apply to college – whether that support is in person or virtual. In this session, attendees will learn key insights each student should consider as they research the variety of postsecondary options available and identify the institutions that best align with their academic profile, personal preferences, and family budget. ACAC’s framework for successful college selection includes using myOptions® for college search and self-awareness; ACAC’s College Match and Fit Worksheet; and an event where all seniors apply to college during the school day. myOptions® is a non-profit organization that provides free assistance and valuable resources to millions of students, their parents, secondary school faculty, and mentors nationwide. For educators, myOptions Encourage is a free technology platform that allows for the management of college applications, student caseloads, and monitor the status of each student’s college applications

Learning Element: College & Career Readiness

10:30am - 11:00am EDT

11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
Opening Session

Join us on Monday, July 13th for a welcome to virtual NAF Next 2020! The program will kick off with an update on the state of CTE from Chancellor Henry Mack at 11 AM EDT. Shortly after, NAF Chief Executive Officer, JD Hoye, will address attendees with her annual State of the Network and present the Internship Champion award. We’ll round out the session with a student and alumni panel, moderated by KPMG that will explore virtual work-based learning experiences as well as the experience of moving to a remote work environment. We look forward to hearing more about these breakthrough moments and how our network is embracing new ways to be innovative and impactful.

12:15pm - 12:30pm EDT

12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT
Learning Sessions Block A


  • Barry Altland, Director of Partner Engagement, Florida Prosperity Partnership, Sanford, FL
  • Bill Mills, President/CEO, Florida Prosperity Partnership, Sanford, FL

Session Description: What are the essential elements of a NAF Future Ready Lab summer internship for rising high school juniors and seniors to ensure a meaningful and quality experience? Join internship Co-Facilitators Bill Mills and Barry Altland of Florida Prosperity Partnership to learn more about the various elements to be addressed before, during, and after a virtual or live summer internship to ensure an exceptional experience for NAF student interns and all program stakeholders!

Learning Element(s): Work-Based Learning/Corporate Engagement


  • Dr. Laurie Johnson, Director, Evaluation Services, NAF, Wichita, KS
  • Dr. Karlton Johnson, Principal, Blanche Ely High School, Broward County Public Schools, Pompano Beach, FL
  • Jessica Williams, Manager, Academy Development, NAF, Orlando, FL

Session Description: NAF’s Academy Quality Process assists academies motivated to grow. The process includes 1) completing the Academy Assessment (AA) tool to highlight areas of success and areas with growth potential, 2) participating in a Quality Review visit, and 3) creating a plan for continuous improvement. This session will provide updates to the Academy Quality Process for 2020-2021, including adjustments due to COVID-19, key dates and timelines, and important changes to assessment items. The session will also include reflections from a NAF Academy School Leader and a NAF Portfolio Manager who participated in on-site Quality Review visits this season for their firsthand perspectives.

Learning Element: Academy Quality


  • Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent, Jennings School District, Jennings, MO

Session Description: Dr. McCoy will provide his beliefs and strategies related to the need for districts to collaborate in order to support their responsibility to focus on the Mind, Body, and Soul of their students while navigating this new normal and heightened role of technology. “So many of us have experienced the struggles of the digital divide well before COVID-19, so the current challenges greater expose the inequity. More people have joined the struggle and one positive is bringing everyone together to come up with solutions. We’ve also learned that technology has become as vital a need as food or water. This is a period where mental health matters and connectivity is the way to stay well.”

Preparing for the opening of school will require courage on the part of teachers and adult staff to enter classrooms or engage with students and parents to provide engaging and interactive learning. “This period has forced us to be about equity for the first time in our nation’s history. It’s both exciting and a challenge.”


  • Brittany Yarbaugh, AOHT Academy Lead, Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Washington DC
  • Jasmine Groce, Lead English Teacher & Content Specialist, Maya Angelou Public Charter School, Washington DC

Session Description: When engaging in collaborative instruction with core teachers, it enables opportunities for the development of students’ knowledge and learning to be enriched throughout the whole learning environment. Cross-curriculum activities promote strategic implementation of NAF course content that cannot be overlooked due to its detachment from given curricula. The benefits of cross-curriculum activities take the students beyond the classroom into any and every classroom allowing them to make connections from paper to practice.

Learning Element: Curriculum & Instruction

1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Learning Sessions Block B


  • Dr. Stephen Hamilton, Professor Emeritus of Human Development, Cornell University; Consultant, Urban Institute Youth Apprenticeship Project, San Diego, CA
  • Bob Lerman, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute; Emeritus Professor of Economics American University; Founder, American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship; Research Fellow, IZA, Chevy Chase, MD

Session Description: Apprenticeships can begin during high school and continue into postsecondary education. They are longer-lasting and more intensive than internships and culminate in credentials that are widely recognized. Apprentices gain occupation-specific technical competencies as well as more generic work skills (21st-century competencies). Upon completion, young people can enter high-skill, high-wage jobs with any employer or continue their education. NAF IT academies in Miami-Dade are developing a pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship program for helpdesk technicians building on an existing internship.

Learning Element: Work-Based Learning


  • Cynthia Weber, Magnet Site Coordinator, Scotlandville Magnet High School, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Baton Rouge, LA

Session Description: This presentation will explore how to effectively engage your academy’s advisory board. It will provide key takeaways on what an academy can do to increase the involvement of their advisory board; how to leverage advisory board members to gain internships and funding for your program; and more. The presentation will offer relevant techniques to add to current activities that can/will increase the participation of industry partners in your school’s network. Samples will be provided.

Learning Element: Advisory Board


  • Latonia Atkins, Academy Lead, Skyline High School, Dallas, TX
  • Alisha Jones, Academy Lead, Justin Kimball High School, Dallas, TX
  • LaGregory Scruggs, Academy Lead, Emmett Conrad High School, Dallas, TX
  • Phyllis Wylie (Shelley), Academy Lead for AOHT, Skyline High School, Dallas, TX
  • Debra Bishop, NAF Consultant – Dallas ISD

Session Description: This session will focus on a project-based process used in Dallas to convert part-time jobs to high-quality internships. Hear firsthand how this process has increased the number of Dallas NAFTrack Certified students and helped academies meet internship thresholds towards distinguished quality level. Participants will have an opportunity to work in teams to brainstorm ideas for additional projects that can be used to personalize the internship document to meet their needs. Attendees will learn steps used to work with student’s supervisors to understand the internship’s role in the student’s NAFTrack Certification and, hear stories about how this process helped students earn promotions and raises in their part-time jobs and how supervisors’ interest in becoming advisory board members grew.

Learning Element: Work-Based Learning


  • Sharmayne Jenkins, Executive Director, Reinvention Solutions, St. Albans, NY

Session Description: Many students experience trauma and challenges of some kind – individual, institutional, or otherwise- that hinder their learning experiences in the classroom. While most educators may not be trained to recognize or address these issues, a culture can be created within schools that support an open learning environment, for both teacher and student, to freely engage in asking questions, critical thinking and making and exploring mistakes, and also incorporates classroom elements and assignments that allow for differentiated learning, based in these psycho-social factors. This learning session will provide frameworks to navigate various student psycho-social factors that impede learning by providing teachers and school leaders with practical strategies to create risk-tolerant, and culturally responsive classrooms, and will support self-reflection of their own unconscious biases and disempowering mindsets.

Learning Element: Curriculum & Instruction

3:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Industry Trends


  • Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google, Phoenix, AZ

Jaime evangelizes the potential of digitalization as an enabling capability in pursuit of promoting inquiry-based learning models and collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on incorporating innovation into our education policies and practices.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on learning, skill development, and the future of work. He also helped launch the Phoenix Coding Academy, a public high school in Phoenix, AZ, focused on computer science as part of an inquiry-based learning model and teaches a 10th-grade communication class at the school. Jaime is the co-author of “Our First Talk About Poverty,” a resource for teaching children and also guest lectures at Arizona State University.

Connect on social media! Twitter: @jcasap
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