NAKIA Academy for WEA-Sammamish UniServ Council Members

NAKIA Academy for WEA-Sammamish UniServ Council Members

On behalf of the WEA-Sammamish UniServ Council and OSPI's Beginning Educator Support Teams, you are invited to apply to the growing class of mentors in the NAKIA Academy. Through partnership with the state Superintendent of Public Instruction's Office, we are able to bring this opportunity to more of our Educational Support Professional and certificated members (including school counselors, nurses, and other ESAs).

NAKIA Academy
While our state is working to attract educators of color, we know many novice BIPOC educators feel isolated, frustrated and are departing their careers within the first few years. Building from a place of abundance, we have created the NAKIA Academy, a mentoring and leadership academy by BIPOC and open to BIPOC. The purpose of NAKIA Academy is to keep newer educators in the field by identifying and training veteran BIPOC educators who can support, mentor, guide, and build with the next generation of BIPOC leaders. Do the following statements accurately describe you?

·      I am passionate about guiding beginning educators and I wish I could have connected with people who looked like me as mentors when I was beginning my career.

·      I am dedicated to making sure those who are beginning their education careers are going to practice their work through a lens of race, social and economic justice for all.

·      I believe that healthy social/emotional support for all educators, but newer ones, is a key indicator of success.

If these descriptions resonate and you are highly motivated to build powerful mentorship skills that will greatly impact the field of education for years to come, NAKIA Academy is for you.

Tell me more!
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. It currently engages authentically with more than 180 people of color members to lead, organize and create equitable spaces in education. Starting in February the Sammamish academy will bring some 20 educators together over a five-month period focused on thinking, learning, interacting, skill-building, and fun.

NAKIA Academy will start February 11 with an optional social. All following dates will be conducted virtually. Take time to make sure you are available on the scheduled dates before applying. Should you be selected, upon completing the academy, you will receive a $590 stipend as your wisdom and work are both valued and respected. You may also be eligible to receive up to 20 clock hours for your participation.

Mentor training content for NAKIA Academy is specific for BIPOC educators and is created and facilitated by BIPOC member trainers. If you'd like to learn more about NAKIA Academy, contact Eve Chan or Charlotte Cole.

Then what?
Once you complete NAKIA Academy we will ask you to commit to help a couple of or a few early educators in your region. This will be optional and should not preclude you from going through NAKIA Academy, but we hope you do have an interest in guiding others.

Review the cohort dates below to see which works best with your schedule. Applications will be available early January.

Cohort Dates:

Feb 11 kickoff event. In person.

All following dates will be conducted virtually:

March 4

March 11

April 1

April 22

May 6

May 20

June 10