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Beginning Educator Support Team

Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) Induction

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 and Policy.”

- 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

Article: What we do for teachers, we do for their students

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What's New with BEST?

Additional fall Mentor Academies are currently being scheduled in the following areas: Tacoma, North Puget Sound, NCESD 171, Spokane, and Yakima. Visit our BEST Events page in October for dates and locations.

Save the dates - Lynnwood, WA

  • March 13, 2018 - BEST Spring Symposium Grantee Convening
  • March 14-15, 2018 - Mentor-Coach Conference

   Updated 9/19/2017

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