We know that the evolving global health pandemic (COVID-19) has caused a major shift in all our lives. As an organization that exists to support young people, we recognize the deep impact this situation has on the members of our network.

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 look forward to gathering in person next year in Phoenix, AZ for NAF Next 2021!

Know Before You Go

NAF Next Know Before You Login

We are excited to bring the same quality programming to your home or office. To ensure you get the full experience, here is some information to help you get ready for the start of our virtual conference.

A Special Thank You

We’d like to share a special thank you to our educators. The last couple months have been a new experience for everyone and we are grateful that amazing educators like you have found a way to adjust to the new normal and still teach remotely. The leaders of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus also want to extend their admiration and appreciation for the commitment you have to your students. Read the full thank you letter info@playbacknow.com.

Soon you will receive an email with Login instructions from conference platform provider, Playback Now info@playbacknow. If you do not receive the email, check your SPAM file or contact conference@naf.org.

Set Your Alarm

NAF Next will begin at 9:30 AM EDT on Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14. Along with sessions, there will also be a virtual mainstage presentation. This a list of start times that’ll help you stay on track:

Monday, July 13

  • 9:30 AM EDT – Pre-sessions
  • 11:00 AM EDT – Opening session
  • 12:30 PM EDT – Learning Session Block A
  • 2:00 PM EDT – Learning Session Block B
  • 3:15 PM EDT – Industry Trends

Tuesday, July 14

  • 9:30 AM EDT – Pre-sessions
  • 11:00 AM EDT – Learning Session Block C
  • 12:30 PM EDT – Learning Session Block D
  • 2:00 PM EDT – Academy Networking
  • 3:15 PM EDT – Closing Ceremony

Plan Ahead

Prior to receiving your log in information for Playback Now, you may view the sessions for Day 1 and Day 2.

Lenovo Scholar Network Fan Favorite

Fan Favorite voting is open through July 13. Check out the five winning apps from the Lenovo Scholar Network Mobile App Development Competition and cast your vote today! The Fan Favorite will be announced during the Closing Ceremony on July 14.

Join the Conversation on Social Media

  • Why? Live-Posting helps you connect with others during the event! Posting enables you to share experience and content with people who couldn’t make the event. It also creates a record of content that you can look back to once it’s over!
  • What? Share images of your NAF gear, the presentation slides, your workspace, etc. Quote people! Post sound bites of what presenters have said, tag their handles if you have their information. Click here if you would like to use the graphics below to go with your posts.
  • Tips & Etiquette: Remember to use the hashtag, #NAFNext20, & tag @NAFCareerAcads! Engage with others – like, share, comment. It’s all about connecting, sharing, and learning.

The team at NAF is excited to see you all at the NAF Next 2020 virtual conference. Click here to have a sneak peek of our team and what the network is saying about NAF Next 2020.


We have two exciting days of learning and connecting! View our virtual conference schedule and all session descriptions below:

Day 1 Agenda

Day 2 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.

See our 2020 winners here


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 2020, contact John Stegner, NAF Development Associate, at jstegner@naf.org.

2020 Sponsors

Important Updates

Mark your calendars for NAF Next 2021!

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