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Mentor Foundational Opportunities

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BEST

360-725-6430
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360-664-3631

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.

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.

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

Title Date, Time, and Location Register
Mentor Academy 101
Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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Mentor Academy 101
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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Mentor Academy 101
Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 23, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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Mentor Academy 101
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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Mentor Academy 101
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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Mentor Academy 101
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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Mentor Academy 101
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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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.

Course Title Date, Time, and Location Register
BEST Mentor Academy 201

Monday, August 30, 2021 - 7:30am

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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BEST Mentor Academy 201

Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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BEST Mentor Academy 201

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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BEST Mentor Academy 201

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 8:00am to 3:00pm
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NAKIA Academy

NAKIA Academy is a mentoring and leadership academy by people of color and open to people of color (all who identify as BIPOC). The purpose of NAKIA Academy is to keep novice educators in the field by identifying and training veteran BIPOC educators as mentors to support the next generation of BIPOC leaders. NAKIA Academy, named for a fictional unsung hero and humanitarian whose philosophy includes lifting others up, brings together 105 educators of color over a four-month period for a total of 20 hours of learning, connecting, skill-building, and healing. NAKIA Academy is open to all certificated educators, including teachers, counselors, nurses, and other ESAs. The application for NAKIA Academy’s Fall 2021 Cohort is open now! CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

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