COVID-19 Update: 2020 Seattle Conference Cancelled

March 16, 2020--The safety and health of our conference attendees is paramount, and while it is a difficult decision because we are still one month out, we have decided to postpone the conference in Seattle. We just received word from the hotel that they will waive the cancellation fee, thus the reason we waited to make this announcement. We will update you with additional details as soon possible. Please continue to monitor the website and 'whitelist' the email address [email protected] (or mark as a "safe-sender" in your email program), as this is the one from which our communications are sent. Thank you for your patience and continued support.

A letter and FAQs sent to all registrants can be found here. More updates will be posted, so check back soon.

Annual Conference

NAAC’s Annual Conference provides members with tools and connections to enhance existing alternative certification programs and offer innovative solutions to everyday challenges. In addition to diverse breakout sessions and round tables, we are fortunate to have exciting keynote speakers who will inspire (more information coming soon) and inform.

April 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the conference and we will be celebrating with some surprises that you won't want to miss!

Pre-conference workshop: April 14, 2020, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Grow Your Own Program. A full day of hands-on planning and interaction designed for anyone interested in starting an alternative certification program or enhancing the program you have.  

Conference Breakout and Roundtable Sessions 

With more than 50 different presentations scheduled, you may have a hard time deciding on which to join. You will be choosing from an array of diverse topics, presenters and categories that will feed your mind and fuel your creativity. 

Keynote Speakers Announced!

We are thrilled to bring you three amazing speakers this year who are sure to provide you with inspiration and real-world expertise to learn from and take home and share. Read more details here.

From left to right: Robert Jackson, Dr. Michael McKibbin and Megan Helberg.

Registration Open

Get $100 Off Your Registration Price!

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

Registration includes:  

  • Access to all general sessions, featuring exciting keynote speakers and panels
  • Access to 9 hours of breakout sessions featuring a wide variety of educational presentations
  • Roundtable sessions
  • Access to sponsors and vendors in a networking setting with food/beverages
  • Wednesday Lunch
  • Thursday Outstanding New Educator Awards Luncheon
  • Friday morning breakfast
  • Group discount tickets for Thursday evening off-site excursion (optional)
  • Friday door prizes (including a Chromebook)
  • Access to full program, attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors through the mobile event application
  • and More! 

Conference Registration Form

Conference Pricing:
(shown with discount)

Early Bird
By 2/15/20
to 3/17/20
After 2/15/20
to 3/17/20
NAAC Regular, State Affiliate & Program Members $690 ($590) $730 ($630)
NAAC New Teacher/Intern & Retiree Members $600 ($500) $675 ($575)
Non-Members $810 ($710) $840 ($740)

Please click to see registration Terms & Conditions.  

2020 Conference Hotel

Space Needle at Night

The Westin Seattle is right in the heart of downtown, just blocks from Seattle icons like Pike Place Market and the Space Needle offering ample opportunities for adventure and exploration. Many rooms have gorgeous cityscape, Puget Sound, or mountain views and the hotel offers two restaurants (featuring local wines), a heated indoor pool and a complete fitness center.

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

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

Make your reservation at NAAC’s negotiated rate online HERE*

*If you are told that there are no rooms available at our rate, please call the NAAC office at (727) 940-2658 x 2006 or email at [email protected] right away.

To make your reservation by phone, call (800) 937-8461 and mention the group name "NAAC Annual Conference 2020" to receive our negotiated rate.

Note: Attendees living in the Seattle area should email the office at [email protected] or call (727) 940-2658 x 2006 before registering to receive instructions on how to get $100 off your registration rate.

Those rooming together may also each receive the discount (please enter "rooming with" and name of who you are rooming with after entering the hotel reservation confirmation number).

Conference Registration Form

Sponsors & Exhibitors

The NAAC Annual Conference relies on sponsorship from partners and provides a wonderful opportunity for your business or organization to get in front of key decision-makers in education. Exhibit space is limited so please see our Sponsors & Exhibitors page for the prospectus and more information.

Visit SeattlePike Market

Created a site just for you, our conference attendees! Check it out and explore all the terrific things to see, do, eat and drink while you are in town!



The Planning Committee is also 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