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. See article "What We do for Teachers."

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.

Teacher Retention and Mobility
The University of Washington's Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy has just completed a report on teacher retention and mobility in Washington. They will be further exploring this issue in districts that support new teachers with a robust induction program.


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