The Beginning Educator Support Team is seeking breakout session facilitators for their annual spring equity conference for mentors, coaches, other teacher leaders, and administrators who support classroom teachers. This year’s conference, Equity in Action: Leading with Courage and Humility is an opportunity for participants to grow as leaders for equity, regardless of their specific position or role. The complete procurement and submittal instructions can be found on the contracts page of the OSPI website. All proposals must be received by 3:00pm, January 02, 2020. All questions and communication must be directed only to the procurement coordinator, Johannah Renfroe at Johannah.email@example.com.
Beginning Educator Support Team
The Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) is one way new teachers in Washington are provided support through comprehensive induction. The goal of the program is to support and retain new teachers 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
Standards for Beginning Educator Induction.
A tool to guide mentors in self-assessment and reflection.
Free opportunities across the state for mentors and coaches to build and strengthen their knowledge to support novice teachers.
Competitive grants are awarded to school districts and/or regional consortia when funds are made available by the Legislature.
- 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
- Listen to the voices of teachers and mentors in BEST
- Learn how to improve induction with BEST