BEST Tips for Mentors: April 2024


Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST)


Student Icon

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
April 2024

Upcoming BEST Academies in May & June

Foundational Learning

Mentor Academy 101

Mentor Academy 201

Observation & Feedback: Using Instructional Frameworks in Mentoring

Extended Learning

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.

Spring Support for Mentors 

Author: Malia Oshiro Lee, Instructional Program Coordinator 

Springtime is often a season of growth and new beginnings, but that is not without difficulty. When I was an early career educator, I was “RIF’d” (impacted by a reduction in force due to budget shortages). The news rocked my world and I was lucky to have a mentor by my side during those heartbreaking moments. While there are many decisions out of our sphere of control, the magic of mentorship allows us to fully experience and celebrate the complexity of being an early career educator. This list is detailed, but you know your mentee(s) best. Tailor your support to what their individual needs are, knowing that this time might be exceptionally difficult.

ESD 113 Regional Convening: Supporting and Sustaining New Educators

Thank you to the following "BESTies" for putting together this much needed convening! See you there!

Jen FloRegional Administrator, Advanced Learning, Educator and System Support, Capital Region ESD 113

Lindsey Drake Professional Learning Coach, Capital Region ESD 113

This event is for anyone involved in the induction supports for early career educators and is open to BEST and non-BEST districts. We encourage teams to attend (when possible), and that may include district administrators, building administrators, TOSAs, mentors, and other stakeholders. Leadership clock hours will be available.

When: May 10, 2024 | 8:30 am–3:30 pm

Where: Capital Region ESD 113 | 6005 Tyee Dr SW Tumwater, WA 98512

Who: Anyone supporting early career educators. Bring your induction team, stakeholders, Superintendents, Directors of Teaching and Learning, Coaches/TOSAs, HR directors, mentors, and more!

Registration cost: Free

Questions:  Lynne Forbush

  • Explore innovative strategies
  • Share best practices and gain practical tools
  • Ignite your passion for supporting new educators
  • Connect with education enthusiasts

Join us to spark transformative ideas that will empower and uplift our educational community!

View Participant Agenda here.  

Register here

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

BEST Grant 

The BEST grants competition will begin accepting applications on May 1st and will close on June 30th. This competitive grant’s purpose is to support grantees in attracting, training, and retaining skillful novice certificated educators in our state’s public schools. The grant promotes educational equity to positively impact student learning. Services include training for mentors and coaching support to grantees to build systems of support within school districts and consortiums to hold a collective sense of responsibility for the success of beginning educators.

Click here for the full Educator Growth and Development Bulletin.