NAF Next 2020
Day 2

Tuesday, July 14th

9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Sponsor Showcase


  • M. Andy Chaves – Youth Strategies and Partnerships, Marriott International, Inc.

Session Description: An overview of the unique pathways into the hospitality industry and how the industry impacts our communities.


  • Cliff Greer, PLTW Master Teacher, Naples High School, Collier County, Naples, FL

Session Description: This presentation will describe the best practices used over the years to grow and maintain my academy. After an introduction, the presentation will cover how to create promote, maintain, and grow an academy. Examples include events like parent nights, internship conferences, and academic signing days. Additionally, we will spend time describing marketing techniques and how to leverage your advisory board members in securing work-based learning opportunities for students.

Learning Element: Academy Quality/Work-Based Learning

10:30am - 11:00am EDT

11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Learning Sessions Block C


  • Naomi Harm, CEO of Innovative Educator Consulting, Cave Creek, Arizona

Session Description: It has become very apparent during the COVID-19 remote teaching and learning period, that the digital divide is alive and real amongst our k12 schools. Yet this has not stopped our students from being part of the greater solution, as many of them have rolled up their sleeves, bulldozed forward as solutionists to be active researchers to identify, design, test, and create the necessary healthcare PPE supplies as a united humanity healthcare effort. We can now see the learning potential of what Generation Z students are capable of, and how their social cause initiatives and global efforts will contribute to impacting a solutionist focused world.

These students will become creators of their futures and curators of new knowledge, to solve for our future global challenges. As educators, how will you improve your instructional approaches to meet the learning demands of Generation Z and Alpha Students? What will this new mobile learning model look like for your classroom post COVID19? Are there new teaching strategies you will consistently utilize to maximize student engagement and motivation? And what new student career-focused frameworks, protocols need to be in place for students to take ownership in their learning, while planning, pursuing and creating their future careers?

Join Naomi Harm as she models, coaches, and facilitates effective teaching and learning strategies post COVID-19, supported with next-generation work-based resources, tools, and instructional strategies. She will also share a collection of student-directed edu-protocols, templates, and student-centered career-focused frameworks, to assist you with mentoring your students to support their social cause efforts and new learning career pathways.

Learning Element: Curriculum & Instruction


  • Dr. Jessica Fitzgerald, Assistant Principal, Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, East Hartford, CT

Session Description: This session will explore the role and purpose of portfolios, particularly ePortfolios, in secondary education. Administration at Pathways Academy of Technology & Design, an AOIT school in East Hartford, CT, will share how engaging in a school-wide themed project portfolio process has deepened students’ critical thinking abilities, developed students’ project planning and presentation skills, strengthened our students’ technological skills, developed our students’ creativity, and built character among our students by having them engage in their own personal development. Participants in this session will see real examples of student ePortfolios and explore materials and resources to develop thinking around implementing integrated projects in the ePortfolio process in their own schools.

Learning Element: Curriculum & Instruction/College & Career Readiness


  • Monorith Arun, Coordinator for College and Career Readiness, Fresno Unified School District, Fresno, CA
  • Patrick Turner, Assistant Director, Employment and Training Services, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, Fresno, CA

Session Description: Some business partners want to offer internship opportunities to NAF Academy students, but they do not have the funding to pay students for their internship hours. We have best practices to share! Learn how McLane High School’s Medical Education & Research Academy (NAF Academy of Health Science) in Fresno, California has partnered with the Fresno Economics Opportunity Commission and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center to provide opportunities for students to complete paid internships.

Learning Element: Work-Based Learning/Corporate Engagement


  • James Cole, Director, Corporate Engagement and Relations, NAF, Pasadena, CA

Session Description: For 40 years, NAF has collected and shared best practices from its national network of 4,400+ advisory board members. High-performing board members have also shared that they regularly access the network’s resources and have started using the data included in their own Advisory Board Impact Dashboard to drive their planning and support efforts. This session will help advisory boards understand where and how to find resources and practical use cases for the data provided in the dashboard, such as forecasting for work-based learning and internships; understanding the student population you serve; and conducting a board self-assessment. Members of NAF’s Corporate Engagement and Relations team will also be available during the time to answer questions.

Learning Element: Advisory Boards

12:00pm - 12:30pm EDT

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


  • Nicole Litchko, Manager, Career & Technical Education, Collier County Public Schools, Naples, FL
  • Courtney Stahlman, Manager, High School Career Academies, Collier County Public Schools, Naples, FL
  • Alex Breault, Naples Chamber of Commerce

Session Description: Collier County is making a huge effort to support college, career and life readiness for high school students. Multiple community and business organizations, including the local chamber of commerce, have partnered with Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) to help promote and provide work-based learning opportunities for NAF students. Collier County, where 92% of businesses are considered small business with nine or fewer employees, has begun a countywide initiative to promote economic sustainability. As part of this initiative, the business community has embraced the NAF ideology of work-based learning (WBL), in hopes of growing their own workforce and retaining the local talent. Join our session to learn more about the countywide initiative with a focus on the partnership between CCPS NAF Academies and The Greater Naples Chamber to support WBL within our community.

Learning Element: Advisory Boards/Corporate Engagement


  • Dr. Austin Hill, Academy Coordinator, Edgewood High School, Edgewood, MD
  • Dr. Josh Benfield, Assistant Director, Knowledge Management, NAF

Session Description: Our presentation will be focused on how a small academy can make a big impact. We will share strengths and strategies and share how we grew our academy from 60 students in 2017-18 to 207 students for the 2019-20 school year. Additionally, we will talk about how we grew our footprint within our area by leveraging Future Ready Labs in order to create additional learning experiences for students and a talent pipeline for employers. We look to assist academies with creating a road map that not only supports growth, but helps to align businesses within their community to create a talent pipeline.

Learning Element: Work-Based Learning


  • Kevin English, Senior Director, Knowledge Management, NAF, Phoenix, AZ
  • Cassie Yung, Manager, Academy Development, NAF, Oklahoma City, OK

Session Description: In this session, we will discuss the NAF Curriculum, recently refreshed materials, the NAF College and Career Readiness Index (CCRI), and how to make a NAF course your own. This session will use the NAF CCRI as an example of integrated implementation between curriculum and college and career readiness in your NAF academy classroom. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

Learning Element: Curriculum & Instruction


  • Sharell Howard, CEO, Stetris Group, Charlotte, NC
  • Jasmine Smith, COO, Stetris Group, Charlotte, NC

Session Description: This session will provide participants with a global view of the importance of community involvement in the classroom, in the curriculum, and in the academy. Participants will learn and understand the multidimensional benefits of classrooms that leverage different types of organizations in the community. This workshop is meant to expand the understanding of what community and industry involvement means in the classroom, curriculum, and the academy. This session is beneficial for all stakeholders in the academy model.

Learning Element: Advisory Boards/Corporate Engagement

1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Academy Networking


  • Jonathan Smith – Dallas
  • Claire Trouard – Louisiana
  • Betti Negussie – Alumni
  • Mansoureh Tehrani – Consultant, Dallas

NAF Staff:

  • Sarina Mathai – Corporate Engagement & Relations Manager
  • Jerry Passione – Senior Director, Corporate Engagement & Relations
  • Dr. Brooke Rice – Senior Director, Work-Based Learning
  • Melanie Newell – Manager, Work-Based Learning

Session Description: In Part I, we will share best practices and lessons learned on topics that stem from your experience from the 2019-2020 school year. These topics, which serve as pillars to academy development, will springboard our brainstorming and solution-sharing, as we come together as thought partners later this month in Part II:

  • Corporate/Business Engagement: Readiness and Preparation
  • Internship Experiences – How Meaningful Are They and How Can We Ensure Quality
  • Virtual Facilitation – Distance Learning, Building Relationships, Work-Based Learning (including Internships)
  • Work-Based Learning – Student Preparation and Follow-Up

This session will be interactive! Participants will be able to respond to polls and engage in a live chat.

In Part II, join us for this interactive session where we leverage the power of our network to amplify our learning from other discovery sessions at NAF Next 2020.

*Please note that Part II will be hosted through Zoom and below are the three time slots. All are invited and we encourage you to join the session that works best with your schedule for continued conversation. Registration details and links to sign up will be coming soon – stay tuned!*

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 – 1:00pm to 2:30pm (Eastern); 10:00am to 11:30am (Pacific)
  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – 2:30pm to 4:00pm (Eastern); 11:30am to 1:00pm (Pacific)
  • Thursday, July 30, 2020 – 11:00am to 12:30pm (Eastern); 8:00am to 9:30am (Pacific)

We encourage participants to bring their curiosity, ideas, questions, candor, and openness, to a live, virtual networking session that includes peer-to-peer collaboration, solution-sharing, and smaller group discussions where you can reflect on best practices and share personal experiences.

Our goal is that your academy team walks away with viable resources and tested solutions to real problems…and we even hope you make a friend or two!

Session Overview

  • Virtual Facilitation: Distance Learning, Building Relationships, Work-Based Learning (including Internships)
  • Corporate/Business Engagement: Readiness and Preparation
  • Work-Based Learning: Student Preparation and Follow Up
  • Internship Experience: How Meaningful are They and How Can We Ensure Quality?
  • Including: Polls, Planning, and Prizes
  • Continuing the Connections: Get Ready for Live, Virtual Networking!

3:00pm - 3:15pm EDT

3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Closing Ceremony

The conference will close out on Tuesday, July 14th with a celebration of the outstanding members of our network. Along with the presentation of the Weill Award and Citizenship Recognition, we will also be recognizing our Janet Linton Leadership, Advisory Board Champion, and Alumni Awards winners. Our three Alumni recipients will also be sharing brief speeches about their NAF experiences and the course of their college and career paths.

NAF looks forward to connecting with you soon in a virtual setting and working together to continue being future ready!