Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST)
The purpose of the Beginning Educator Support Team program is to provide support and encouragement for first and second-year teachers in order to strengthen their instructional skills and to retain competent teachers in the profession.
New teachers are matched with a trained mentor (caseload <1:15 ratio) to visit and support them in the classroom. Release time is provided for mentees and mentors, as well as a stipend for first-year teachers' participation in the program.
Professional development is focused on knowledge and skills for effective teaching and communicating learning. Mentors have opportunities to participate in OSPI mentor training and regional mentor round tables. Clock hours are offered for all time spent in professional development.
First-year teachers from participating consortium districts are to complete the Letter of Agreement and compensation packet to be eligible for a stipend. Additional information about requirements to receive the stipend will be sent to participating Year 1 teachers.
Second-year teachers and mentors should contact Malena Goerl, firstname.lastname@example.org, for paperwork specific to your district's program.
Download a printable flyer or this year's orientation PowerPoint for more information about the program.
BEST Professional Development Support
This year our grant provides opportunities for mentors and mentees to meet together in Professional Growth Planning (PGP) sessions to self-evaluate the mentee's strengths and areas of focus, learn about the Professional Certification Standards and New Teacher Evaluation Criteria, plan professional development opportunities, and network with others around problems of practice.
BEST Teacher Induction PD Offerings
List of Current PD Offerings *updated August 2017
As part of mentees' professional learning, the grant expects mentees to complete a professional growth plan. Mentees are welcome to use templates their district provides or use the forms below and complete the plan on their own with support from their mentor. You are also invited to a session that will walk you through development of goals. Invite your mentor or arrive alone to work on your plan. PGP plans will need to be submitted to receive payment from the grant.
Mentors receive support for their role through the Mentor Academy and Mentor Roundtables.
OSPI Mentor Academy 101: October 18-19, 2017 & January 18, 2018
OSPI Mentor Academy 201 (tune-up for returning mentors):
See OSPI's BEST website for locations and registration information.
2017-18 Mentor Roundtables: Registration links and more information
2016-2017 BEST Mentor Roundtable Resources
April 27th: "Transformation Begins with Reflection"
by Elena Aguilar