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Beginning Educator Support Team

Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST)

The ways administrators and colleagues lead new teachers into their districts, schools, and classrooms profoundly affect the learning of students in those beginning teachers’ classrooms. When we set up our novice teachers for success, we set up their students for success.

The BEST Program provides sustained and purposeful support to educators in the beginning of their careers. To promote this, we provide information, professional development, resources, and grants (as appropriated by legislative funding) for comprehensive induction programs for novice teachers. Our goals:

  1. Reduce educator turnover.
  2. Improve educator quality for student learning.
  3. Ensure equity of learning opportunity for all students.

BEST Grants
BEST grants are used by districts to create and implement systems of support that attract, train, and retain novice teachers.


Induction Standards
Induction is the process of leading new educators into our schools, districts, and classrooms in ways that accelerate their learning so they can accelerate their students’ learning.

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What's New with BEST?

BEST 2015-16 grant REOPENED!
See our Grants web page for more information.

NEW Mentor Academy dates added.
Check out our Events web page for more information.

Induction Coordinators' Roundtable
This roundtable is an opportunity for those who coordinate new teacher induction to network, share ideas, explore program possibilities, and reflect on their work. Marcy Yoshida, BEST Program Coordinator at OSPI, will serve as facilitator.

    When: October 30, 2015 – 10:00 AM - Noon
    Where: Highline Public Schools District Office, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Burien, WA 98166
    Cost: FREE
    Registration: Please register so we have an accurate head count.

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