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Dorn Announces $800,000 in BEST Grants
Seven groups awarded money for beginning educator training

OLYMPIA — October 28,2013 — Seven school districts in Washington state have been awarded a total of nearly $800,000 in Beginning Educator Support Team grants to help beginning teachers grow in their profession, State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced today. The awards will be used by school districts for hiring, orientation, mentoring, professional development and assessment for teacher growth.

“We want to keep teachers,” Dorn said. “There’s been a lot of research that suggests many teachers leave the profession within their first three years. Creating systems that give new teachers extra help will go a long way to keeping them.”

Out of the 38 districts that applied, the BEST grants were awarded as follows:

Burlington-Edison

$36,500

Clover Park

$139,500

Eatonville

$21,000

Kent

$268,500

Moses Lake

$106,000

Quillayute

$45,000

Yakima

$169,000

A total of 390 teachers will be given support through the grants, affecting more than 35,000 students.

About the BEST grants
The broad framework of the BEST grant program is three-fold: orient the teacher, recruit a mentor for that teacher and provide professional development so that the teacher moves quickly toward excellent instruction. The research behind the framework and recommendations are detailed in Effective Support for New Teachers in Washington State: Standards for Beginning Teacher Induction, a 2008 publication co-authored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession.

The grant program was established by the 2009 Legislature.

 

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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