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 Participation Agreement to be eligible for a stipend.  Additional information about requirements to receive the stipend will be sent to participating first-year teachers.

Download a printable flyer with 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
Current PD Offerings *New courses added!

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: Sep. 14-15 & Nov. 29, 2016
OSPI Mentor Academy 201 (tune-up for returning mentors): Oct. 17-18, 2016
See OSPI's BEST website for other locations and registration information.
2016-17 Mentor RoundtablesFlyer for BEST Mentor Roundtables
Mentor Log: BEST Mentor Log 2016.17

BEST Mentor Roundtable Resources

March 13th Roundtable:
January 24th Roundtable:
January 5th Roundtable: March 3rd Roundtable:
April Roundtables:
May 5th Roundtable:

Related Pages

Induction Coordinator Roundtable Meetings

Regional Induction Coordinator Roundtables are opportunities for those who coordinate new teacher induction to network, share ideas, explore program possibilities, and reflect on their work. No registration is necessary. 

Facilitator: Mike Esping
Location: ESD 112 Conference Center
Oct. 19, 2016, 1:30-3:30 PM
Feb. 8, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
May 10, 2017, 10: 00 AM - 12:00 PM

February 8 Resources:

Slides Handout
Packet Handout

Professional Certification Links

For more information about professional certification and the ProTeach Portfolio go to:
Washington ProTeach Portfolio
Professional Educator Standards Board
Flyer for ProTeach Trainings at ESD 112

OSPI Resources for Beginning
Teachers and Mentors

Resources for teachers, mentors and administrators
Professional Certification Standards for Teachers
Washington Teacher / Principal Evaluation(TPEP)


Mike Esping, Coordinator
Malena Goerl, Secretary II