NAF Next is NAF’s signature event that brings together education, business, and community leaders to network and share ideas for how to increase opportunities, grow partnerships, improve learning experiences and outcomes for students.

All attendees will leave the conference empowered and equipped 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
  • Innovative ways to engage the business sector
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Opportunities for peer and theme networking
  • Industry trends
  • Regional and school planning time
  • Reception with cash bar and light complimentary food
  • Celebration dinner

View photos from NAF Next 2018

Important Updates

Mark your calendars for future NAF Next dates!

Sunday, July 12 to Wednesday, July 15, 2020 – Orlando World Center, Orlando, FL

Tuesday, July 13 to Thursday, July 15, 2021 – Phoenix Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ



NAF Next 2019 will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, MI from Sunday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 10.


$625 Early Bird (by May 31)
$725 Regular Registration

Marriott Detroit Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, Michigan

All Star Chauffeured Services

Register and reserve your hotel room at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center by the early bird cut off on May 31st, to be entered into a raffle for one of the following prizes.

  • Complimentary Hotel Room at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, up to 4 nights at NAF Next 2019
  • One of Two Chances to Win a Complimentary NAF Next 2019 Registration
  • A $250 Visa Gift Card
  • (One of 3) $100 Marriott Gift Cards
  • (One of 4) $100 Amazon Gift Cards
  • (One of 6) $25 Starbucks Gift Cards
  • Complimentary Site Visit of Your Choice
  • Front Row Seating at the Celebration Dinner for You and Up to 5 People
  • (One of 8) Two Tickets to the Detroit Tigers vs Boston Red Sox Baseball Game,
    on Sunday, July 7th

Special thanks to B&R Promotions Ltd. for sponsoring the gift cards.

B&R Promotions logo


Sunday, July 7, 2019
12:00pm – 7:00pm
Site Visits
Monday, July 8, 2019
8 - 6:00pm
8 - 9am
Continental breakfast
9 - 11am
Learning Sessions A
9 - 11am
New to NAF Part I
9 - 11am
YOP Session
9 - 11am
Technology Lab
11:15 - 12:45pm
Lunch Plenary
1 - 2:30pm
Academy Themed Networking
1 - 4pm
Technology Lab
2:45 - 4pm
Industry Trends
4:15 - 5:45pm
Plenary and Snack
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
8am – 6:30pm
9 – 10:30am
Breakfast Plenary
10:30 - 4pm
10:45am -12pm
Learning Sessions B
10:45 - 4:15pm
Technology Lab
12 - 1:15pm
Lunch on Own (Food Court Vouchers)
12 - 4pm
Banner Distribution
1:15 - 2:30pm
Learning Sessions C
2:30 - 3pm
3 - 4:15pm
Learning Sessions D
6 - 7pm
7 - 10pm
Celebration Dinner & Awards
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
8am – 12pm
8 – 9am
Continental Breakfast
9 - 10:15am
Learning Sessions E
9 - 10:30am
NAFTrack Program of Study
9 - 10:30am
State & District Meetings
9 - 11am
9 - 12pm
Technology Lab
9 -12pm
Preregistered Programming
9 - 12pm
Third National Convening of Advisory Board Leaders (Invitation Only)


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.

2019 Award Winners

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.

Portrait of Greg Hutton.
Greg HuttonSenior Manager, Virtualization Planning at Verizon, Dallas, TX
Portrait of Fred Vosburgh
Fred VosburghIndustry Executive, Government Banking at J.P. Morgan, Buffalo, NY
Portrait of Leslie Potts.
Leslie PottsAssistant Vice President, Training Program Management at Synchrony Financial/CareCredit, Costa Mesa, CA

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.

Portrait of KaMar Galloway.
KaMar GallowayProgram Manager, Google CS First and Applied Digital Skills at Google, AOIT Alumnus, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology, Charlotte, NC
Portrait of Adam Bernstein.
Adam BernsteinAcademy Lead Teacher, NAF Academy of Information Technology at North Miami Beach Senior High School, AOIT Alumnus, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High School, Miami, FL
Portrait of Daniel Uribe.
Daniel UribeStudent, El Centro Community College, AOE Alumnus, Justin F. Kimball High School, Dallas, TX

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.

Portrait of Brenda Belcher.
Brenda BelcherExecutive Director, Office of College and Career Readiness and Adult Education at Detroit Public Schools Community District, Detroit, MI
Portrait of Jessica Fitzgerald.
Dr. Jessica FitzgeraldAssistant Principal, Pathways Academy of Technology & Design at Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT
Head shot of Nicole Litchko.
Nicole LitchkoManager, Career & Technical Education at Collier County Public Schools, Collier County, FL


We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker! Check back soon for more speaker announcements.

  • Shane Feldman
    Founder & CEO
    Count Me In

  • Dr. Brian Pyles
    State CTE Director of Michigan

  • Dr. Nikolai Vitti
    Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools Community District


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.

If you have any questions or for information regarding sponsorships for 2019, download this deck or contact Danielle Spitzer, NAF Assistant Director of Development at dspitzer@naf.org.

2019 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.


2019 exhibitors:

Site Visits

Site visits for NAF Next 2019 will take place Sunday, July 7 beginning at 2:00 pm. All site visits are guided tours and transportation will be provided for all options with the exception of the Cobo Center. You will have the opportunity to add a site visit upon registration. Pre-registration is required.

Henry Ford Museum, $45: Journey to what Condé Nast Traveler voted “one of the country’s best museums.” Step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, here you will experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. See the story of the movers and shakers who blazed the trail to where we stand today.

Motown Museum, $40: The Motown Experience Tours, led by trained and knowledgeable guides, vividly relate the story of how Motown Records got its start and how now-famous singers rose from obscurity to international acclaim, based on talent, perseverance, and a little bit of luck. Visitors view the restored upper flat where Berry Gordy, Jr. lived during Motown’s earliest years. You will also visit the legendary and inspiring Studio A, where the Motown Sound was born and flourished.

Charles W. Wright Museum of African American History, $40: Trained tour guides will provide guided learning experiences that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins in ways that engage, inspire, and enrich the lives of attendees. The museum’s mission is to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. The Wright Museum houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials and is home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, Coleman A. Young Collection and the Sheffield Collection, a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit.

Cobo Center Behind the Scenes, No Charge: Cobo Center has a proven track record of handling international events like the International G-7 Job Summit, the annual North American International Auto Show, the annual Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress, and frequent national events, i.e. visits by the President, the Vice President and foreign heads of state. Come take a guided tour and see what it takes to run a convention center with 100 meeting rooms totaling 200,000 square feet that accommodate capacities from 25 to 2,500 and one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America.