is a grant program intended to provide an enhanced level of support for the development of early career educators. OSPI is tasked by the 2009 Legislature with the implementation of this program in five to 15 school districts and/or regional consortia. BEST grants are administered by OSPI’s Early Career Educator Development program (formerly TAP), which also provides resources and professional development for mentors and district/ESD program administrators.
Burlington-Edison School District
Clover Park School District
Eatonville School District
Kent School District
Moses Lake School District
Quillayute Valley School District
Yakima School District
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Effective Support for New Teachers in Washington State: Induction Standards (PDF)
OSPI Mentor Academy is a 3-day training opportunity for experienced teachers focused on developing their skills to serve in a mentoring and/or coaching role. More information
BEST Mentor Tune-Up
OSPI Mentor Tune-Up is a 1-day training for those who have previously attended the OSPI Mentor Academy. This session is an opportunity to review, refresh, and extend your skills for supporting the growth and development of novice teachers.
The Mentor and Induction Professional Learning Symposium, held on February 15, 2013, at the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), was designed to tap the knowledge and expertise of Washington State Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) grantees and other partners in order to develop recommendations regarding the future of BEST grants or statewide mentor and induction support in Washington. View the recommendations.