Beginning Educator Support Team
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Beginning Educator Support Team

Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST)

Comprehensive induction for novice educators is an issue of equity for their students. 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?

Summer and Fall Mentor Academies
Dates for the Summer and Fall Mentor Academies. Sign up for BEST Events email updates to receive notification when registration opens in June.

2016-2017 Grants:
New grants will open in June and will be announced through an OSPI Bulletin.

   Updated 5/27/2016

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