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Teacher Assistance Program

The Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) is a grant program intended to provide an enhanced level of support for the development of early career educators. OSPI is tasked by the 2009 Legislature with the implementation of this program in five to 15 school districts and/or regional consortia. BEST grants are administered by OSPI’s Early Career Educator Development program (formerly TAP), which also provides resources and professional development for mentors and district/ESD program administrators.

BEST Grant Applications

2014-2015 Grant Application Details
The 2013 Legislature funded BEST through the 2013-15 biennium and made additional funding available in the 2014 session. The grant period for this application will be July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. Should the Legislature expand funding in the next biennium, grant districts will continue to receive funding for first and second year teachers in 2015-16 and 2016-17. More information

The grant application for the 2014-15 school year is closed.

2014-2015 BEST Grant Recipients

Battle Ground School District2
Central Valley School District1
Cheney School District1
Colfax School District1
Creston School District1
Deer Park School District1
Educational Service District 1122
Everett School District
Evergreen Public Schools (Clark)2
Federal Way Public Schools
Freeman School District1
Grandview School District3
Highline Public Schools
Hockinson School District2
Kelso School District2
Lind School District1
Medical Lake School District1

1 Member of ESD 101 Consortium
2 Member of ESD 112 Consortium
3 Member of Grandview Consortium

Mill A School District2
Newport School District1
Nine Mile Falls School District1
Northport School District1
Northshore School District
Pullman School District1
Reardan-Edwall School District1
Republic School District1
Riverside School District1
Seattle Public Schools
Toppenish School District3
Wapato School District3
Washougal School District2
Wenatchee Public Schools
West Valley School District (Spokane)1
Zillah School District3

Effective Support for New Teachers in Washington State: Induction Standards (PDF) NEW

2013-2015 BEST Grant Recipients
Burlington-Edison School District
Clover Park School District
Eatonville School District
Kent School District
Moses Lake School District
Quillayute Valley School District
Yakima School District
View the press release

BEST Trainings
OSPI Mentor Academy is a 3-day training opportunity for experienced teachers focused on developing their skills to serve in a mentoring and/or coaching role. More information

OSPI Mentor Tune-Up is a 1-day training for those who have previously attended the OSPI Mentor Academy. This session is an opportunity to review, refresh, and extend your skills for supporting the growth and development of novice teachers. More information

BEST Policy Symposium: Best Practice Recommendations
The Mentor and Induction Professional Learning Symposium, held on February 15, 2013, at the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), was designed to tap the knowledge and expertise of Washington State Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grantees and other partners in order to develop recommendations regarding the future of BEST grants or statewide mentor and induction support in Washington. View the recommendations.

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