COVID-19 Update

We are continuing to monitor the developments around COVID-19 and its effects on NAF-related activities. Check here regularly for our latest updates. NAF will remain open but our NYC HQ is closed and staff will be working remotely. We will update the NAF network periodically via emails from nafemails@naf.org and update these frequently asked questions with the latest information.

We’ve curated a new webpage with the best lessons, activities, and resources from across the web that you can use to teach now. Check out our resource library to incorporate fresh ideas in your virtual classroom.

NAF will give credit, by default, for all active academy students that have been properly uploaded in NAFTrack Certification and enrolled in 2nd semester and/or year-long courses for the 2019-20 school year. If teachers or administrators believe there are students that they deem did not meet the course requirements for credit, an option will be provided to change the default credit. If students have already been assigned a grade in the system, this will not override that action, and the grade put in the system will stand.

What does this mean for students? Students will automatically receive course credit towards NAFTrack Certification for 2nd semester and yearlong courses.

Please reach out to naftracksupport@naf.org if you have any questions about NAFTrack Certification requirements or if you need assistance to upload and assign students in the system.

NAF will give credit, by default, to all internships that are properly uploaded in the NAFTrack Certification system with a starting date between August 1, 2019 and March 15, 2020 to satisfy the internship requirement for NAFTrack Certification.

Next steps:

  • Make sure that all students who started an internship (including health science clinicals) between August 1, 2019 and March 15, 2020 are properly uploaded in the system and assigned to an internship. Instructions can be found here and here on how to do this. If you have questions, please reach out to NAF at naftracksupport@naf.org.
    • NAF will be making the first automatic credit switch in the system this spring to all students who have been uploaded and assigned appropriately to internships taking place during this time period by May 15, 2020.
    • If you missed this first deadline, NAF will make a second switch to automatic credit for students appropriately uploaded and assigned to internships taking place during this time period by October 1, 2020.

To increase NAFTrack Certification opportunities for students during this challenging time, NAF will offer flexible options for students in the graduating classes of 2021 and 2022 to complete the NAFTrack internship requirements between April 2020 and August 2021. During this time period, it remains important for students to participate in experiences that can boost their resumes and build college and career ready skills. As such, students will receive credit for the internship component of NAFTrack Certification if the experience meets one of the following minimum requirements.

Internship Options:

  • 1-to-1 in-person Internship
  • Group-Based in-person Internship
  • Virtual Internship (1-to-1 or group-based)
  • Clinical Experience

If an internship is not possible, NAF has approved the following options to temporarily meet the NAFTrack internship requirement.

Alternative Experience Options: Skill-Building Activities and Projects (temporary alternative)

  • Service-learning experience
  • Volunteerism experience in a non-profit
  • Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) or Business Focused Project with business partner(s) assisting as project mentor/supervisor

Requirements

All experiences must meet the following requirements:

  • 80+ hours (or two 40-hour experiences)
  • Paid, compensated, or volunteer
  • Direct supervision by an accountable adult who is not the student’s teacher
  • Completion of the NAFTrack Internship Assessment by the student’s mentor/supervisor (not teacher, parent, or guardian) at the end of the internship

For any questions, contact the NAFTrack Certification Support Desk at naftracksupport@naf.org.

The traditional in-person NAF Next experience won’t be happening this year. In recognizing the impact of this crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person experience of NAF Next 2020. Every year we are excited to connect with you all, share best practices, and have the energy of the NAF network in one place. However, this year keeping everyone safe is most important and we want to do our part to make that happen.

We are excited to share that we are working to bring NAF Next to your homes through a virtual experience – free of charge! Producing a virtual event is a new experience for us, but we are working with an excellent partner to ensure that we still deliver the same quality content as if we were at the Orlando World Center together. In the coming weeks we will work to finalize the details and logistics. Stay tuned and please contact us with any questions you may have.

We have spent the last few weeks gathering feedback from all applicants as well as school districts. Based on that feedback and many other factors including the health and safety of everyone involved, we have decided to postpone the NAF Leadership Discovery Summit until August 1 – 4, 2021.

This was not an easy decision. We know applicants were very much looking forward to connecting with other students and alumni in Atlanta this summer, but we are excited to be able to offer this event opportunity in 2021.

Next Steps:

1. Save the date for August 1 – 4, 2021. All applications will be considered for the 2021 Summit unless you withdraw your application. There is no need to take any action yet – we will reach out sometime this fall semester with more information.

2. Keep an eye out for information about the pilot project “NAF Student and Alumni Leaders.” Many applicants indicated that they are still interested in this opportunity, so over the next couple of months, we will be taking the next steps to put that together. This group is intended to elevate the voice of students and alumni across the NAF network as we connect directly to support their college & career journey and strengthen the NAF academy experience.

3. Remember that NAF is still here to support your journey to being future ready! We share resources on our Instagram channel, on the NAF blog, and our YouTube channel. Tag @NAFCareerAcads in any of college and career updates – we’d love to hear from you!

If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can DM NAF on Instagram @NAFCareerAcads or you can email us at conference@naf.org.

Resources for Remote Teaching and Learning

Working from home may be new for many educators, but you don’t have to struggle through the experience. NAF is opening up our curriculum to everyone during this time of COVID-19 to support CTE teachers in our academies and beyond.

Our list of resources is focused on great CTE lessons, activities, and resources you can use in a virtual classroom. 

NAF Emails

We are updating the NAF network periodically via emails. Below is a list of all of our email communications regarding our COVID-19 response.