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
Article: What we do for teachers, we do for their students
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The new WA State budget provides BEST $10.5 million for the coming year. We will be offering grants to new applicants later in the summer. To begin planning for a grant application, see our
BEST Grants webpage. An announcement will be made through a Bulletin and on this page when the grant is open for application.
Registration is open for August Mentor Academies.