The BEST program aims to support and retain new educators and ensure an equitable, high-quality education for every student in Washington. When we set up our novice teachers for success, we set up their students for success.
“Washington school districts who are fully engaged in the BEST mentoring
program retain new educators at a four percentage-point higher rate than school
districts who do not use the program, according to a study published this month
by the University of Washington (UW) College of Education’s Center of Teaching
- Press Release from Superintendent Chris Reykdal
Full text Examining Beginning Teacher Retention and Mobility in WA State – UW – May 2017
Full text Understanding Teacher Retention and Mobility in WA State – UW – January 2017
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BEST is forming a team to begin revising the
Standards for Beginning Teacher Induction.
The team will review current induction research, propose revisions, and explicitly address unique needs of teachers of special education. The team will work for a few days in late June and may continue into next year.
Applications are due 4:00 p.m. on June 2, 2017.
Please direct questions to Kyla Moore in the contracts office.