November Academy Updates 2023

Quality Process Update

We're thrilled to unveil the enhancements we've implemented in the 2023-24 Quality process. As a reminder the Academy Assessment as well as evidence collection is due on December 1st. Here are the links to three updated Quality Level resources, all available on the Academy Support Hub for the 2023-24 school year: 

Academy Assessment 

Key Network Deadlines 

Want to understand how the Model/Distinguished thresholds work? Here’s a chart that explains how levels are determined to those who are rolling forward as well as taking the Academy Assessment 

 Quality Level Flowchart 

Changes in NAFTrack

The Future of NAFTrack: A First Look - You might have heard about changes coming to NAFTrack. Here's a look at what's coming this school year!

You can also follow the link below to view the changes in video format.

Work-Based Learning’s Resources and Updates

WBL Impact Program has launched - receive recognition and win prizes for WBL activities!

NAF recently launched the Work-Based Learning Impact Program, with support from American Express. There are two components, one for educators and one for students, with each designed to incentivize and recognize WBL activities aligned with the Outcomes-Driven WBL approach.

Work-Based Learning Impact Award, recognizing educator excellence in implementing a WBL activity

NAF Student Impact Competition, where students will design, implement, and reflect on a WBL activity 

Visit the WBL Impact Program section of ASH to learn more.

We are also hosting live, 30-minute information sessions:

Educators and Academy Leads - to learn more about both the Impact Award & Student Competition

November 7th at 3:30 pm ET

November 8th at 6 pm ET

Students - to learn more about the Student Competition

November 7th at 4 pm ET

November 8th at 7 pm ET

Mentored Industry Projects Webinar Recording

Mentored Industry Projects can be a game-changer in providing more equitable access to Career Preparation activities, especially if students experience barriers to participating in internships. District C's Teamship model is an innovative, impactful way to bring Mentored Industry Projects directly into your classroom. View the webinar recording to hear from Dan Gonzalez, co-Founder of District C and 3 exceptional NAF teachers - Joy Tavano, Heather Hartmann, and Ashley Fahey, who earned District C coach certifications and have implemented Teamship in their NAF academies.

Miss a webinar this fall?

All webinar recordings and slide decks will be posted in the Professional Learning Center in ASH.

Curriculum & Instruction

ğŸŽŠCelebrating Careers and Diversity in November

Check out NAF’s Celebrating Diversity resources to access our choice board of learner activities for:

National American Indian & Alaskan Heritage and National Entrepreneurship month! 

National HOSA Week promotes and celebrates health sciences and is celebrated the first week of the month.

💰Scholarship and Internship for Seniors

Amazon Future Engineer is awarding scholarships of up to $40,000 (up to $10,000/year) towards an undergraduate degree in engineering or computer science and an offer to complete a summer internship at Amazon! Applications are now OPEN and will close on December 15 at 4PM EST.

🤖Now on-demand:AI Night with Verizon!

Check out our on-demand webinar “AI Night with Verizon'' on the Professional Learning page and slide deck with links. Gain new insights into industry developments in AI; access valuable AI resources, curricula, and projects to enhance student learning; and ideas to incorporate AI to support instructional planning or educator tasks.

💰Celebrating Entrepreneurship Month: "Crafting Future Innovators" Webinar

Unveiling NAF’s Entrepreneurship Curriculum Thursday, November 16th, 3:30pm Learn about BevLaunch, a FREE entrepreneurship simulator that empowers students to innovate and create their own beverage company. Register here.

National Career Clusters CTE Survey

The National Career Clusters® Framework is undergoing a modernization effort led by Advance CTE, WestEd and Indigo Education Company to ensure it remains responsive and relevant to both the world of work and learner needs. As part of this process, we are collecting input about the uses of the Framework, the implementation of a modernized Framework and what tools and resources would be valuable for your work. 

As a valued member of the CTE community, we wanted you to be one of the first to know that at 12 pm ET today, we are releasing a National Implementation Survey, open and available to the public. This survey is accessible for all roles, including local secondary and postsecondary administrators and faculty, state administrators and other CTE professionals, as well as industry and national partners. The survey will close on December 1st.

Link to Survey:

Need Help? Reach out to the Solutions Center!

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

Email 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 Practices. Search knowledge base articles for help on your issue.