BEST Events & Trainings

BEST will continue to provide all events online until further notice. BEST’s online events are interactive learning opportunities, not webinars. We ask participants to engage using audio and encourage participants to use video when possible.

Mentor Foundational Opportunities

Mentor Foundational Opportunities are designed to build core knowledge of mentoring for equity. Mentor Academy 101 and 201 are 12-hour trainings. Nakia Academy can be taken in place of Mentor Academy 101 by participants who identify as people of color. Participation in Mentor Academy 101 or Nakia Academy is the prerequisite for participation in any other BEST event.

Mentor On-going Opportunities

Mentor On-going Opportunities are year-round opportunities for mentors to continue their learning in community with other mentors. After attending Mentor Academy 101, mentors can choose an on-going learning community to engage with others throughout the school year. These are opportunities for mentors and coaches to build knowledge, practice skills, collaborate with colleagues, and reflect on their work supporting educator growth and pursuing educational equity.

Mentor Specialty Opportunities

Mentor Specialty Opportunities are focused trainings designed to build on learning from Mentor Academy 101. These specialties include: Using Instructional Frameworks in Observation and Feedback, Mentoring ESAs, and Mentoring Teachers of Special Education. Participants should attend Mentor Academy 101 before registering for a Specialty Opportunity.

Induction Leader Opportunities

Induction Leader Collaboration Sessions create space for induction leaders statewide to connect around timely topics related to Beginning Educator Support. Induction leaders are anyone with a stake in novice educator induction.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

To arrange accommodations for persons with disabilities, please email the BEST team or call at 360-725-6430, TTY 360-664-3631 within three business days of the event. Please note that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not require OSPI to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.