BEST Events & Trainings
Spring Symposium 2020
It’s been said that leadership means taking responsibility for what matters to us. The Equity in Action: Leading with Courage and Humility conference is a place for teacher leaders and others who support the growth of teachers to develop their leadership voice and skills in service of racial equity. This includes having the courage to step out, speak up, and take action, and the humility to know we have more to learn and perspectives we do not yet see.
March 10, 2020
BEST Grantee Convening for BEST Grantee Teams
March 11-12, 2020
Registration for the Mentor/Coach Equity Conference is now open!
Priority registration goes to public school employees. If you are an employee of a private or charter school, from out-of-state, or from higher education, please email Lan Le for availability.
Leading for Racial Equity: Invoking the Courage to Walk our Talk
Melia LaCour is an established leader in racial equity work in WA State. As the founder and executive director of the non-profit Becoming Justice, she provides organizational capacity-building for racial equity, provides leadership coaching, and engages in racial equity policy development/implementation. Prior to this, she was the first director and then the executive director for the Equity in Education department at Puget Sound Educational Service District. She brings a commitment to systems change and individual development to her anti-racism work.
Dr. Anthony Craig is the director of the Leadership for Learning Program at the University of Washington. In his role developing educational leaders at the UW, he deeply understands what’s necessary to spur teacher leaders in racial equity work. He brings depth of how students learn and the importance of changing how schools serve students in order to remove barriers to student learning. Anthony is a member of the Yakama Nation.
Chelsea Craig is a long time teacher and teacher leader who has served the Tulalip Tribal community and Marysville School District for over 20 years. She currently serves as Cultural Specialist for Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary School and Marysville School District. Chelsea is inspired in her work and life by her elders and ancestors who fought for tribal sovereignty and cultural preservation and is a member of the Tulalip Tribes.
- Induction Leader Roundtable Meetings for those who lead BEST district work
- Mentor Roundtable Meetings
- Mentor Academy 101 Instructional Mentoring Tools and Skills for Mentors
- Mentor Academy 101 Day 4 (optional) Mentoring Special Education Teachers
- Mentor Academy 201 Taking it Further - Mentoring for Growth and Equity
- Mentor Academy 301 Deepening Mentor Conversation Skills & Reflective Practice
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.