Annual Conference

NAAC’s Annual Conference provides members with tools to bring alternative certification programs into the next era through education that stimulates, interactive discussions and audience engagement.

We will have a diverse group of presentations ranging from rigorous research and case studies to policy discussions, technology reviews, and sharing of challenges and opportunities that inform practice. Attendees will return to their organizations with a fresh perspective, the ability to implement cultural change and the strategic capacity to deliver and act on new knowledge.

2020 Conference Schedule Outline*

April 14, 9:00AM-5:00pm

Grow Your Own Collaborative will hold a full-day workshop for those wanting to learn more about starting or expanding a program that attracts more teachers of color and men. 


The Grow Your Own Collaborative was created as a way to provide national models for recruiting, preparing, placing, and retaining diverse culturally responsive, community grounded teachers of color. The Collaborative also supports programs because we know that community-based efforts committed to recruiting, preparing, and retaining teachers of color are successful. Click here to see more information from GYO Hawaii. 

If you are interested in learning more about the GYOC and resources available to assist your community, or if you already have a GYO program in place and want additional resources, please join us at the NAAC pre-conference. You’ll learn about the ins and outs of developing a GYO program from scratch and hear from representatives sharing best practices from every phase of the GYO continuum, along with lessons learned and specific ways to move the work forward.

This is an interactive program that will provide hands-on activities relevant to YOUR program with a group of like-minded practitioners. We hope you will attend and enjoy the support of your peers in this important work!

Registration fee: $125 (includes lunch and breaks)

Who should attend?

  • District personnel
  • University education program staff
  • Community education leaders

April 14, 5:45PM - 7:15PM President's Reception and special 30th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, April 15
8:00AM General Opening Session and Key Note Presentation
Morning Breakout Sessions
General Session
Break with Exhibitors
Afternoon Breakout Sessions and Roundtable 1
Dinner on your own

Thursday, April 16
8:00AM Morning Breakout Sessions begin
Regional Meetings
Annual Awards Luncheon
Afternoon Breakout Sessions and Roundtable 2
Offsite Excursion to the Space Needle and Chihuly Gardens and Glass Museum (pricing to come) and dinner together at Seattle Center (on own)

Friday, April 17
7:30AM Breakfast and Annual Business Meeting 
Morning Breakout Sessions 
General Closing Session and Key Note Presentation


*(Note: the schedule is subject to change.)

Seattle Area Excursions

The Planning Committee is working on several exciting off-site excursions for Saturday, 

April 18, to include a Whale Watching Cruise and a trip to Washington's Wine Country. These will be offered separately from the conference registration form. We hope you will stay through the weekend and join us for one of these fun adventures!

Grape Vines


Stay tuned, we are trying to get registration open ASAP! For reference purposes the rates are as follows:



Super Early Bird

By 12/31/19


Early Bird

By 2/15/20



After 2/15/20


 NAAC Members







NAAC Members--New Teachers/Interns/Retirees
















Get $100 Off Your Registration Price!

We are offering a $100 discount for those staying at the conference hotel, The Westin Seattle. You make your reservation through the link below and then you will enter your confirmation number when you register for the conference. You'll get a discount code to reduce your price by $100!

2020 Conference Hotel:

The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-1000

Negotiated Rate: $209/night*
Block cut-off date: March 28, 2020

To make your reservation online at NAAC’s negotiated rate, click HERE.
*Book first at the site hotel and receive $100 off your conference registration!


For sponsorship opportunities, download the 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities Overview, then download and complete the Sponsor Form (it is a fillable PDF). Email completed form to [email protected].


Look for more information coming soon!