BEST Tips for Mentors: March 2024


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BEST Events

Registration is open for our 2023-2024 BEST Academies for the ENTIRE YEAR! Click here to get to our Events & Trainings page. All academies are free to attend.

*Registration closes 48 hours prior to the academies.

Foundational Learning

  • Mentor Academy 101
  • Mentor Academy 201
  • Using Instructional Frameworks in Observation & Feedback

Extended Learning

  • Mentoring Teachers of Special Education
  • Mentoring ESAs
  • Mentoring School Nurses


*The 2023-2024 Mentor Roundtable Schedule is available on our website

After attending Mentor Academy 101, mentors can choose an on-going learning community to engage with others throughout the school year.

Roundtable content will remain consistent across all Roundtables, however, the emphasis will vary. Please choose and register for the roundtable that best fits your needs, interests, and schedule.

*Prerequisite for Mentor Academy 201, Mentor Specialty Opportunities, and Roundtables is prior attendance of Mentor Academy 101.  

BEST will continue to provide all events online until further notice.

Contact BEST


P: (360) 725-6430

Tips for Mentors
March 2024

Dear Mentors,

Spring is upon us, and this is often the time of year we feel a resurgence of joy and motivation. 

  • How might you harness this time of renewal to help new educators and mentees engage with their journey, process, progress, and growth? 
  • What is one professional goal that you, as a mentor, have accomplished this year? 
  • What are your next steps to grow professionally?

As you embark on the next few months of the school year, BEST offers hope and energy for showing up with your brilliance, stories, and knowledge to support, mentor, and coach new educators. 

Thank you for all you do.



Resources Shared by Mentors Attending BEST Mentor Roundtables

We asked our Roundtable participants what resources they would like to share with others. Here is what they have to offer:

BEAM Pedagogy - A Space for Educators

Beam Pedagogy was created by educators.

You are invited!

Join us on April 20th for a PD you’ve never experienced at the "Bite of Education!" Bawaajigekwe Boulley will be the quiche-note speaker (keynote, quiche-note… get it?!). 

What is "The Bite of Education?"

The Bite of Education is a FREE one-day festival showcasing the best lessons, practices and ideas that educators bring into their classrooms.

It is an event created by and for educators who are excited to sample what their colleagues do and to connect with a broader community.

Think of it like the Bite of Seattle, only with bites of pedagogy instead of food!

Tell me more...

Imagine walking into a space abuzz with educators. They’re all talking with each other about classroom and school-based practices they care about. You walk from one table to another collecting exciting ideas you can use when you get back to school on Monday. It’s not the PD we’re used to! It’s the “Bite of Education.”

The Bite of Education is an outside-the-box PD experience hosted by Beam Pedagogy on April 20th from 9am-1pm at the Othello-UW Commons in Seattle. It’s a play on the Bite of Seattle, where foodies sample different restaurant offerings. Except that in this event, educators sample bite-sized offerings of practices created and used by educators in our region. It’s professional development by educators, for educators. 


Free clock hours will be provided in partnership with Washington Ethnic Studies Now.

Register Here

For more information, visit Beam Pedagogy's website.

bite of education

Illustration by Amy Hirayama - one of the creators of Beam

Mentoring for Diversity & Inclusion

BEST was invited to be involved with OSPI's Graduation & Equity webinar in January. The topic was Mentoring for Diversity & Inclusion. Here are some resources and materials we would like to share from that experience:

Upcoming BEST Academies in May & June

Foundational Learning

Mentor Academy 101

Mentor Academy 201

Observation & Feedback: Using Instructional Frameworks in Mentoring

Extended Learning

Please note: BEST will be taking a break with academies in March and April and resume in May and June.

BEST Announcements

BEST is taking a sabbatical from our annual symposium. This includes the convening and conference. See you in the 2024-2025 school year!

Academy event registration will close 48 hours prior to the academy. Please plan ahead and register prior to 48 hours to the event. Thank you.