2017 National Academy Foundation Conference

2017 National Academy Foundation Conference

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) honored the city of St. Louis and the Jennings, MO. school district with the President’s Award at the recent NAF Next 2017 annual conference held at the Gaylord resort Dallas, TX.  The award was accepted on behalf of the Jennings school district, St. Louis Chamber of Commerce and WWT by Dr. Art McCoy (Jennings school district superintendent and architect of the Jennings academies), Valerie Patton (SVP Community Development, St. Louis Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director, Global Leadership Forum), Ann Marr (VP Global Human Resources, WWT) and Juanita Logan (Director Corporate Development, WWT).


The NAF President’s Award is an annual honor presented to the school district(s) that demonstrates outstanding work in preparing students to be college and career ready upon graduation. The theme for this year’s conference wasBeFutureReady.  The award was presented to the St. Louis team by NAF president, J.D. Hoye.  Jennings was a natural selection for the award based on the district’s ability to leverage the rigorous learning platform already in place and fast track three NAF academies in the high school in three months and achieve a 100% high school graduation rate for the 2017 graduating class!  Under the NAF, schools partner with local businesses and establish career-oriented academy tracks for students.


Additionally, Art and Juanita participated in a panel discussion during one of the conference super sessions,Engage! High Quality Academy Experiences for All.  They were accompanied on the panel by Allison Schwabish (Academy Director, Northport Academy of Finance), Connor Nolan (Chair Northport Advisory Board and Alumni, Northport Academy of Finance), Dr. Erin Bibo (Deputy Chief, College & Career Programs, District of Columbia) and Lisa Wilson (Business, Finance & Marketing Education Associate, Delaware Dept. of Education.  The panel led an engaged audience in a discussion on education best practices and proven examples of how to achieve educational excellence amidst challenging circumstances.  Also in attendance to celebrate the award were members of the Jennings team:

  • Rhonda Key, Principal of Jennings Senior High
  • Miranda Ming, Assistant Principal of Jennings Senior High
  • Remy Bryant, Instructional Coach/Science Teacher/NAF Teacher Expert
  • David Fox, Math Teacher
  • Vanessa Meads, School Counselor
  • Christopher Sellers, Math Teacher/STEM Coach

The NAF, is a national network of education, business and community leaders who work together to ensure high-school students are meticulously prepared for college and their careers.  NAF academies focus on one of five career themes: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2016-17 school year more than 96,000 students attended 675 NAF academies across 36 states, including D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2016, NAF academies reported 96% of seniors graduated with 92% of graduates with post-secondary intentions. For more information, please visit: NAF - Be Future Ready

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