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BEST Events & Trainings

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BEST will continue to provide all events online until further notice. BEST’s online events are interactive learning opportunities, not webinars. We ask participants to engage using audio and encourage participants to use video when possible.  

BEST Spring Symposium 2023

Equity in Action: Transformational Mentoring, BEST Spring Symposium 2023

Save the date! The Annual BEST Spring Symposium is a place for teacher leaders, mentors, and others, who support the growth of teachers, to develop their leadership voice and skills in service of racial equity. This includes stepping up, speaking up, and taking action as we strive to dismantle systemic inequities in education. An anti-racist leader takes action to dismantle the oppressive systems that perpetuate inequity. We humble ourselves in the reality that we have much to learn. Start planning today by taking a look at our 2023 Spring Symposium Agenda

Registration will be open to the public on February 8, 2023!

BEST Mentor/Coach Equity Conference (Open to Everyone)
Dates: March 8 & 9, 2023
Times: 9:00-3:30pm 

BEST Grantee Convening (BEST Grantees Only)
Date: March 15, 2023
Time: 9:00-Noon

Mentor Foundational Opportunities  

Mentor Foundational Opportunities are designed to build core knowledge of mentoring for equity. Mentor Academy 101 and 201 are 12-hour trainings. Nakia Academy can be taken in place of Mentor Academy 101 by participants who identify as people of color. Participation in Mentor Academy 101 or Nakia Academy is the prerequisite for participation in any other BEST event.

Mentor On-going Opportunities 

Mentor Roundtables are opportunities for mentors and coaches to build knowledge, practice skills, collaborate with colleagues, and reflect on their work supporting educator growth and pursuing educational equity.

Mentor Specialty Opportunities  

Mentor Specialty Opportunities are, focused trainings designed to build on learning from Mentor Academy 101. These specialties include: Using Instructional Frameworks in Observation and Feedback, Mentoring ESAs, Mentoring Teachers of Special Education, Mentoring Preservice Teacher Candidates, and Mentoring English Language Development Teachers. Participants should attend Mentor Academy 101 before registering for a Specialty Opportunity.

Induction Leader Opportunities

Induction Leader Collaboration Sessions create space for induction leaders statewide to connect around timely topics related to Beginning Educator Support. Induction leaders are anyone with a stake in novice educator induction.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

To arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities, please email Lan Le or call at 360-725-6430, TTY 360-664-3631 within three business days of the event. Please note that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not require OSPI to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.