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
  • Celebration dinner

View photos from NAF Next 2019

Registration opens soon. Check back for details. We hope to see you in Orlando in July!

Important Updates

Mark your calendars for NAF Next 2021!

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



NAF Next 2020 will be held at the Orlando World Center in Orlando, FL from Sunday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 15.

Stay tuned for more information!


Stay tuned for the NAF Next 2020 agenda!


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.

Nominations for the NAF Next 2020 Awards are now open! Award winners will receive complimentary registration, airfare, and hotel to attend NAF Next 2020 in Orlando, FL where they will receive their award during the celebration dinner. Applicants can self-nominate or nominate a colleague. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 6 at 5:00 PM PT.

Janet Linton Leadership Award Nomination

Created in 2006, in memory of the late San Diego Academy Director, Janet Linton, the award honors outstanding leaders who advance the NAF educational design and ensure that all students are prepared for college, career, and active civic participation.

Advisory Board Champion Award Nomination

NAF’s Advisory Board Champion Award recognizes an individual board member who has exercised extraordinary leadership towards these goals.

Alumni Award Nomination

The Alumni Awards recognize NAF alumni who have achieved success in either college or in their career, or have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit that can be attributed in part to their academy experience.


Check back here for more information on our 2020 speakers.


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

Stay tuned for our 2020 site visit options.