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Washington State Standards for Mentoring

The Washington State Standards for Mentoring is a tool to guide mentors in self-assessment and reflection. These standards are centered in educational equity: the heart of mentoring. Ongoing reflection and practice will deepen and refine mentoring skills, leading to gains in mentees' skill and more equitable student outcomes. These standards are designed to help both new and veteran mentors in various job settings to assess their current level of understanding and abilities and to create actionable steps to improve.

Washington State Standards for Mentoring 

Mentor FAQs

Instructional mentoring is a professional relationship established between novice and experienced educators. A strong relationship with a highly qualified mentor promotes maximum growth in new educators.

Induction is the complete package of supports that bring novice educators into their districts. Induction focuses on key areas including hiring, orientation, mentoring, professional learning, and formative assessment for teacher growth. Mentoring is one piece of the entire package of induction. Relying solely on mentoring for induction deprives educators of important support and learning opportunities. For more, see Standards for Beginning Teacher Induction.

Mentors are identified, selected, and hired by school districts. Educators interested in becoming mentors may attend the OSPI Mentor Academy. Professional qualities, characteristics, and skills for potential mentors are described in our Standards for Beginning Educator Induction

After completing the clock hour form, have it signed by someone who can verify your mentoring work. Mentors can receive 10 clock hours per teacher mentored, not to exceed 30 hours. Keep the form for your own records. You do not send it to OSPI and no money is submitted.

BEST contracts with leaders in education with a commitment to antiracist leadership and skills in leading adult professional learning. BEST hires two roles: Mentor Faculty and Induction Coaches. Mentor Faculty facilitate mentor professional learning opportunities, among other work. Induction Coaches support BEST Grantees as they work to develop comprehensive induction supports. Potential BEST contractors should have knowledge of the WA State Standards for Induction and WA State Standards for Mentoring. Induction coaches should have knowledge of the Standards for Induction, experience working with induction at a district or ESD level, and understanding of district systems in WA State.

Contractor Selection: Contractors are selected through an application and interview process through a Request for Qualifications (RFQ). In the spring, application information will be posted on OSPI's contracts page and announcements posted on the BEST webpage and sent through our networks (mentor academies and roundtables, grantee updates, etc.)

These positions are part-time work as contractors for the BEST program.

Mentor Downloadable Resources

These tools and templates, provided at OSPI Mentor Academies, support teacher growth through mentoring work