• NEWESD 101 BEST Grant (Beginning Educator Support Team)
    Comprehensive induction for novice educators is an issue of equity for their students. The ways administrators and colleagues lead new teachers into their districts, schools, and classrooms profoundly affect the learning of students in those beginning teachers’ classrooms. When we set up our novice teachers for success, we set up their students for success.

    The BEST Program provides sustained and purposeful support to educators in the beginning of their careers. To promote this, we provide information, professional development, and resources for comprehensive induction programs for novice teachers. Our goals:

    1. Reduce educator turnover.
    2. Improve educator quality for student learning.
    3. Ensure equity of learning opportunity for all students. 




     (recorded 10/3/17)

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    2017 BEST Grant Kickoff Webinar (recorded 8/31/17)...

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    Mentor Newsletter Fall 2017

    Requirements of grant...
    Please review this PowerPoint for grant requirements... CLICK HERE 
    Induction Standards... Here is a link to the standards CLICK HERE
    Definitions of participants...

    First-Year Teacher: A new teacher with 179 days or fewer in a continuous, certificated teaching assignment in public or private schools anywhere in the United States. Teachers who have more than 179 days of substitute teacher experience are eligible for funding as a first-year teacher provided that this experience did not include a single continuous assignment as a certificated teacher for more than 179 days.

    Second-Year Teacher: An individual with 180 days to 359 days of experience in a continuous, certificated teaching assignment as a certificated teacher in public or private schools anywhere in the United States.

    NEWESD 101 BEST Grant participating districts...
    Chewelah, Colville, East Valley, Freeman, Inchelium, LaCrosse, Liberty, Medical Lake, Newport, Nine Mile Falls, Northport, Pullman, Reardan-Edwall, Riverside, Selkirk, Tekoa, Valley, Wellpinit, West Valley
    Mentor Tracking Sheet...
     Use these documents to record the work happening between mentor and mentee.   
    Upcoming events... 

    ***Spokane Regional Mentor Roundtables (three are required)***

    Regional roundtables are monthly opportunities for mentors and coaches to build their knowledge, practice their skills, network with colleagues, and reflect on their work supporting teacher growth. Mentor Roundtable attendance does not require registration.

    Dates & Locations...  October 11, NEWESD 101
                                         November 15, Spokane Valley Tech
                                         January 31, NEWESD 101
                                         February 26, Spokane Valley Tech - CANCELLED
                                         March 21, NEWESD 101
                                         April 23, Spokane Valley Tech
    Time...  4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
    Locations... NEWESD 101 Conference Room - 4202 S. Regal, Spokane

                         Spokane Valley Tech - 115 S. University Road, Spokane Valley
     ***Online/In-District Mentor Roundtable (if you are not able to make in-person roundtables)***

    In-District Roundtables offer opportunities for mentors to talk about specific district processes and programs while learning and practicing mentoring skills.   If you want to use BEST content, online or otherwise, for in-district roundtables please contact us directly.  

    For more information about the NEWESD 101 BEST Consortium, please contact:
          Erik Wolfrum                     -or-                              Dianna Harrington
    (509) 789-3551                                                              (509) 789-3605
            ewolfrum@esd101.net                                             dharrington@esd101.net