BEST Consortium

Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) Consortium

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In the past, only a few regional districts participated in BEST grants. Often times these were districts with a large number of new teachers, creating a greater need in the smaller, more rural districts. The BEST grant supports the development of colleague and full-release mentors and provides high quality support for new teachers.

The BEST consortium provides sustained and purposeful support to educators in the beginning of their careers in order to strengthen their instructional skills and to retain competent teachers in the profession. New teachers attend monthly training by content area experts to support them in becoming effective teachers. Mentors have the opportunity to attend monthly regional roundtables to build knowledge, practice their mentoring skills, and reflect on their work supporting new teacher growth. 

Districts Served:

  • Finley
  • Kiona-Benton
  • Prescott
  • Prosser
  • Waitsburg 
  • Kennewick

Want to learn more?

Mary Kirby
Educator Growth & Development Coordinator
mkirby@esd123.org
509.544.5757

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