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Beginning Educator Support Team

BEST Symposium 2022

Save the Dates!

  • March 9 & 10 (All Day): Mentor/Coach Equity Conference
  • March 16 & 17 (AM): Grantee Convening 

Contact Information



The Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) is one way novice educators in Washington are supported through comprehensive induction. The goal of the program is to support and retain beginning 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.”
-Superintendent Chris Reykdal

Effective Support for Washington State Educators 

Standards for Beginning Educator Induction.

Washington State Standards for Mentoring 

A tool to guide mentors in self-assessment and reflection.

Events and Trainings

Free opportunities across the state for mentors and coaches to build and strengthen their knowledge to support novice educators.

Grant Information

Competitive grants are awarded to school districts and/or regional consortia when funds are made available by the Legislature. BEST will continue to award grants to renewing grantees but is not currently accepting new applications.