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

We’re going to Orlando! NAF Next 2020 will be held at the Orlando World Center from Sunday, July 12 through Wednesday, July 15.

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.

See our 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
Read his speech
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
Read his speech
Portrait of Daniel Uribe.
Daniel UribeStudent, El Centro Community College, AOE Alumnus, Justin F. Kimball High School, Dallas, TX
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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


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.