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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?

The Legislature has provided a substantial increase in funding for new teacher induction for 2015-2016. Districts interested in developing and expanding comprehensive induction for first-year teachers can now apply for a 2015-2016 BEST GrantForm Package 739 , managed through i-grants. Applications close at
5:00 PM on Thursday, September 24, 2015. For questions or clarifications, please contact our BEST Program Manager, Marcy Yoshida,

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