Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST)

Comprehensive induction for novice educators is an issue of equity for their students. The ways administrators and colleagues lead new teachers into their districts, schools, and classrooms profoundly affect the learning of students in those beginning teachers’ classrooms. When we set up our novice teachers for success, we set up their students for success.

The BEST Program provides sustained and purposeful support to educators in the beginning of their careers. To promote this, we provide information, professional development, and resources for comprehensive induction programs for novice teachers. Our goals:

Reduce educator turnover.
Improve educator quality for student learning.
Ensure equity of learning opportunity for all students.


Professional Learning Opportunities

2019 BEST Mentor Academy 101

Mentor Academy 101 is offered in a variety of locations statewide.  Check out the Events and Trainings link on OSPI's website:

2019 BEST Mentor Academy 201 - Mentoring for Growth and Equity

Registration for Mentor Academy 201
May 1 & 2

2019 BEST Mentor Academy 101 - Day 4 - Mentoring Special Education Teachers

Registration for Mentor Academy Day 4
May 29

BEST 101 for Administrators

Registration for BEST for Administrators
June 26, 9:00 - 12:00

Join us for an in-depth conversation about the value of high quality induction programs and how school administrators play a role in the work.  

Mentor Academies are offered across the state.  Find the current offerings on OSPI's website.

SAVE THE DATE:  2019 BEST Kickoff with Dr. Tina Boogren
November 2, 2019
Registration and details to follow.

(recorded 10/3/17)
Click here to review recording

2017 BEST Grant Kickoff Webinar (recorded 8/31/17)
Click here to review recording

Mentor Newsletter Fall 2017

 ​Requirements of grant...

Please review this PowerPoint for grant requirements... CLICK HERE

Induction Standards... Here is a link to the standards CLICK HERE

Definitions of participants...

First-Year Teacher: A new teacher with 179 days or fewer in a continuous, certificated teaching assignment in public or private schools anywhere in the United States. Teachers who have more than 179 days of substitute teacher experience are eligible for funding as a first-year teacher provided that this experience did not include a single continuous assignment as a certificated teacher for more than 179 days.

Second-Year Teacher: An individual with 180 days to 359 days of experience in a continuous, certificated teaching assignment as a certificated teacher in public or private schools anywhere in the United States.

NEWESD 101 BEST Grant participating districts...

Chewelah, Colville, Colfax, Columbia Creston, Deer Park, East Valley, Freeman, Inchelium, LaCrosse, Liberty, Mary Walker, Medical Lake, Newport, Nine Mile Falls, Northport, Pullman, Reardan-Edwall, Riverside, Rosalia, Selkirk, Tekoa, Valley, Wellpinit, West Valley

Mentor Tracking Sheet...

Use these documents to record the work happening between mentor and mentee.

Mentor Tracking Sheet for First Year Teachers

Mentor Tracking Sheet for Second Year Teachers

Upcoming events...

Consortium Induction Coordinator Meetings
September 18, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

For more information about the NEWESD 101 BEST Consortium, please contact:

Erik Wolfrum
(509) 789-3551


Dianna Harrington
(509) 789-3605