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.
Seven districts are part of the ESD 112 Consortium: Battle Ground, Camas, Evergreen, Hockinson, Kalama, Ridgefield, Washougal and White Salmon. New teachers are matched with a trained mentor to visit and support them in the classroom. Release time is provided for mentees and mentors, as well as a stipend for 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.