NAKIA Academy for Early Career Educators

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On behalf of the WEA Early Career Educators and OSPI's Beginning Educator Support Teams, you are invited to apply to the growing class of mentors in NAKIA Academy. Through partnership with the state Superintendent of Public Instruction's Office, we are able to bring this opportunity to more of our 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. In the fall, the academy will bring some 90 certificated educators (ESAs included) together in three cohort groups over a four-month period focused on thinking, learning, interacting, skill-building, and fun.

NAKIA Academy will start mid-October. 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 $600 stipend as your wisdom and work are both valued and respected. You will also 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 OSPI BEST's BIPOC Mentor Faculty. If you'd like to learn more about NAKIA Academy, contact Torian Hodges-Finch.

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 closed on August 15, 2022.

CoHort Dates:

CoHort A

CoHort B

CoHort C

October 15, 2022 October 8, 2022 October 3, 2022
October 29, 2022 October 22, 2022 October 17, 2022
November 5, 2022 November 5, 2022 November 7, 2022
November 19, 2022 November 19, 2022 November 21, 2022
December 3, 2022 December 10, 2022 December 5, 2022
January 7, 2023 January 14, 2023 January 9, 2023
January 21, 2023 January 28, 2023 January 23, 2023
February 4, 2023 February 11, 2023 February 6, 2023