Mentor Foundational Opportunities

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Mentor Foundational Opportunities are designed to build core knowledge of mentoring for equity. Mentor Academy 101 and 201 are 12-hour trainings. Nakia Academy can be taken in place of Mentor Academy 101 by participants who identify as people of color. Participation in Mentor Academy 101 or Nakia Academy is the prerequisite for participation in any other BEST event.

Note: We’re unable to provide make-up sessions. Please enroll only if you’re able to participate in the full event. Please also note that BEST’s Mentor Training Opportunities ask participants to engage in some vulnerable conversations. Consider choosing a zooming location/environment where you will be able to engage comfortably.

Mentor Academy 101

Mentor Academy 101 exists to prepare educators as leaders to serve in mentoring and coaching roles. Mentor Academy is grounded in the pursuit of equitable outcomes for students in Washington state. Academy content invites participants to examine themselves (their identity and experience), their approach to building relationships with mentees, and the systems change advocacy essential to mentoring for equity. Academy content is grounded in the WA State Standards for Mentoring. These standards are centered in educational equity: the heart of mentoring. Academy content is supported by Elena Aguilar’s Coaching for Equity; all pre-registered participants will receive a copy of Coaching for Equity. Participants who attend this event can earn up to 12 clock hours.

Topics include: Understanding identity, relationship building, confidentiality, conversation skills, mentor roles, observation and feedback.

Mentor Academy 101 Future Training

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Mentor Academy 101 SPOKANE
Jun 25 2024 | 8am - 3pm
Jun 26 2024 | 8am - 3pm


Hosted by ESD 101; Event location: West Valley High School, Spokane Valley

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Mentor Academy 101
Aug 6 2024 | 8am - 3pm
Aug 8 2024 | 8am - 3pm


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Mentor Academy 101
Aug 13 2024 | 8am - 3pm
Aug 15 2024 | 8am - 3pm


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Mentor Academy 101
Aug 20 2024 | 8am - 3pm
Aug 22 2024 | 8am - 3pm


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Mentor Academy 101
Sep 5 2024 | 4 - 7pm
Sep 12 2024 | 4 - 7pm
Sep 19 2024 | 4 - 7pm
Sep 26 2024 | 4 - 7pm


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Mentor Academy 101
Sep 17 2024 | 8am - 3pm
Sep 19 2024 | 8am - 3pm


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Mentor Academy 101
Oct 5 2024 | 8am - 3pm
Oct 12 2024 | 8am - 3pm


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Mentor Academy 101
Oct 15 2024 | 8am - 3pm
Oct 17 2024 | 8am - 3pm


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Mentor Academy 201

Mentor Academy 201 extends mentor learning from Mentor Academy 101 to build capacity to engage in conversations around racial equity, deepen awareness of equitable classroom practices, and refine mentoring skills. 201 content invites participants to examine themselves (their identity and implicit biases), their strategies for talking about race, and their roles as antiracist mentors, pursuing educational equity for all students in Washington state. Academy content is grounded in the WA State Standards for Mentoring. These standards are centered in educational equity: the heart of mentoring. Participants who attend this event can now earn up to 12 equity clock hours.

Topics include: Understanding implicit bias, asset-based thinking, building learning partnerships.

Mentor Academy 201 Future Training

Title Date and Time Register
BEST Mentor Academy 201
Sep 24 2024 | 8am - 3pm
Sep 26 2024 | 8am - 3pm


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NAKIA Academy

NAKIA Academy is a mentoring and leadership academy by people of color and open to people of color. The training covers Mentor Academy 101 content that is specific for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) educators and can be taken in place of Mentor Academy 101. The purpose of NAKIA Academy, named for a fictional unsung hero and a humanitarian whose philosophy includes lifting others up, is a community that is in continuous growth and support. Educators (teachers and ESAs) in NAKIA Academy come together to lead, organize and create equitable spaces in education. The academy brings educators together in three cohort groups over a four-month period focused on thinking, learning, interacting, skill-building, and fun. Participants who attend this event can earn up to 20 equity clock hours.

NAKIA Academy typically runs October through February. Applications open around August every year. Please stay tuned to our website and newsletter for the most up to date information.

If you'd like to learn more about NAKIA Academy, contact the BEST team.

Topics include: Understanding identity, relationship building, confidentiality, conversation skills, mentor roles, connection and healing, imposter syndrome.