March Monthly Updates 2024

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NAF 2024 Registration is now OPEN!

NAF Next Logo 2024

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for NAF Next 2024: Our Mission, taking place July 8-11 in Kissimmee, FL at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center!

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. Get ready to attend engaging learning sessions, innovation studio sessions, and here hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Hakeem Olusey, a renowned Astrophysicist and television personality!

Click here to register.


NAF Next 2024 Awards Nominations

Nominations for the NAF Next 2024 Awards are now open! Applicants are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate a peer, alumni, or friend. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, March 15, 2024 at 11:59 PM PT. Click the links below to submit your nominations.

Janet Linton Leadership Award

Advisory Board Champion Award

Alumni Awards


Planning For Success - Action Planning

As we reflect on the successes and opportunities of the 2023-2024 school year, it's evident that our NAF academies have experienced significant growth and development. Now, as we transition from the Quality Process season, it's crucial to turn our focus towards planning for the upcoming school year.

NAF's Action Plan tool serves as a dynamic platform for outlining your goals for the coming year and fostering collaboration with your team and NAF portfolio manager. This tool empowers you to identify areas of opportunity and growth, ensuring a proactive approach to your academy's development.

In the weeks ahead, your dedicated portfolio manager will reach out to initiate the process of crafting an action plan tailored to your academy's needs and aspirations for the next academic year. We encourage you to proactively engage with your portfolio manager and convene your academy team to begin envisioning the future and laying the groundwork for continued success.


NAF Student Survey Opens March 6th

NAF Student Survey

The 2024 NAF Student Survey will be LIVE for all NAF students March 6th – April 30th. The purpose of this annual survey is to gather feedback directly from students about their academy experience and how it can be improved.

· Q: Why should NAF students complete the student survey?

· A: Not only will their anonymized responses be made available to you about their academy experience for continuous improvement purposes, but their data will be integrated with the NAF graduation profile on ASH meaning less data to upload during the 2024 data cycle!

Students and the educators who prompt them to take the survey will be entered into gift card drawings valued at $25 for students and $200 for teachers! The more of your students who complete the survey the higher your likelihood of winning!

How Do Students Take the Survey? To access the survey, students can log into NAFTrack (https://students.naftrack.org/), and the survey should be visible.

*If the survey is not immediately visible on the right-hand side of their NAFTrack home screen under “Tasks and Announcements”, they can find it by pressing the “surveys” button on their home screen (see below). The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete, and students have the option to take the survey in English or Spanish. Please encourage your academy students to complete the survey before it closes on April 30th!

NAF Student Survey Finder

NAF 2024 Scholarship

The 2024 NAF Scholarship Program is open! The program, administered by Scholarship America®, assists high school seniors or graduates of NAF academies who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs. Anyone who plans to pursue a degree in one of the following fields: Business, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM, including medical fields), Environmental Science, or Agriculture should apply. If selected as a recipient, the student will receive an award ranging from $1,500 to $2,500. Up to 21 awards will be granted this year. Awards are for undergraduate study only. Applications due Monday, March 27th at 3:00PM CT.


Work-Based Learning Updates

Register for WBL Webinar Wednesdays – March 6th and 13th Both webinars are at 3:30 pm ET.

March 6th

LinkedIn Skills Workshop for Educators

Featuring Cris Charbonneau, Director of Social Impact, Fidelity Investments

March 13th

Preparing Students and Supervisors for Internship Success

WBL Impact Award Update

Finalists – Based on Fall 2023 Activities

Congratulations to the 3 finalists listed below!

Submit a Spring 2024 WBL Activity

Following the May 1st deadline, judges will be selecting 3 additional finalists based on Spring 2024 activities. Visit the WBL Impact Award page to learn more and submit a Spring 2024 activity.


NAF Learning Opportunities for Educators

code.org

Code.org & NAF - Join us at NAF Next as we offer professional learning commencing two days before the start of the conference! We are partnering with Code.org to host sessions for Computer Science Principles and Computer Science A. (Both can be offered as regular or AP level courses.) Learn more here and sign up!

cyborg.org

Cyborg.org - NAF’s learning collaborator Cyber.org invites you to their conference, EdCon 24, June 15-17 in DoubleTree at Universal, Orlando, FL. The conference is designed to inspire and empower novice and expert K-12 cybersecurity educators and counselors alike. Travel stipends are available. Learn more here.

Amazon Future Engineer

Amazon Future Engineer - The Amazon Future Engineer Teacher Ambassador Program offers a paid fellowship experience designed to increase access to computer science and technology for all students and teachers. Approximately 100 educators from across the United States, representing a diverse range of grades, regions, and communities, will be selected for a two-year commitment. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2024. Learn more here.


Need Help? Reach out to the Solutions Center

Need technical support? Get that support in one of three ways:

Email support@naf.org for assistance with technical issues. For quick resolutions, please include Academy ID. Screenshots are also helpful for reference when experiencing a technical issue.

Find the ? button on the bottom right screen of any Academy Support Hub (ASH) page and submit a ticket for help or to schedule office hours for training and extended support.

In Academy Support Hub (ASH), click on Learning Center, then on Academy Support. Search "Support Library” articles for help on your issue.