NAF Next is a dynamic professional development conference that brings together education, business, and community leaders to address some of the biggest challenges facing education and the workforce. NAF Next 2021 will be an all-virtual conference.

Through this conference, we aim to feature innovative initiatives to ensure the talent pipeline is highly skilled and inclusive. Attendees will learn key strategies to improve academy quality, work-based learning, student and employer engagement efforts and be able to bring these takeaways back to their schools, districts, and communities.

Registration will open April 1, 2021. Check back soon for more updates!

Learning Sessions Request for Proposals

For NAF Next 2021, we are excited to focus on the following topics to assist schools, districts, and communities in preparing students for college, career, and future success:

  • Student Engagement Strategies – especially about virtual learning, recovering from learning loss and accelerated learning strategies
  • College and Career Readiness Skills – especially those emerging from the current business environment
  • Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion
  • Renewal of self and personal wellness – both for students and educators
  • Post-COVID schools – preparing for the future
  • Building community partnerships that support student engagement and growth

For those interested in leading a session, consider using one of the topics listed above to outline your request for proposal. Please note that there is still an option to submit a session request for other topics and ideas that would be most relevant to the NAF network.

Click here to Submit Proposal


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.

Advisory Board Champion Award

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

Alumni Awards

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.

Janet Linton Leadership Awards

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.


Support NAF and gain exclusive exposure with national education and business leaders by sponsoring NAF Next!

If you have any questions or for information regarding sponsorships for 2021, contact Danielle Spitzer, Assistant Director, Development, at dspitzer@naf.org.

2021 Sponsors