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Renton School District

Beginning Educator Support

Mentoring support for first- and second-year teachers

The BEST Mentor Program has 3 primary goals to support Y1 and Y2 Teachers:

  1. Providing support
  2. Creating challenge
  3. Facilitating professional vision

Per the BEST Grant:

  • Mentors of first year teachers provide an average of 1-2 hours per week for planning and reflection conferences, observations and providing feedback for each mentee.  (Mentoring for second-year teachers is 1-2 hours every other week).
  • Mentors of first- and second-year teachers provide a minimum of 4 formative observations with feedback over the course of the year.
  • Mentors of first year teachers spend a day with their mentee observing a veteran teacher.  (This year, we will not have the funding for second year teachers to go on an observation.)  Typically, we provide subs for the mentor and mentee for a full day, but if a full day is not feasible, it could be a half-day.
  • All mentors are specially trained and highly qualified



Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Winston Benjamin

BEST/AVID Coordinator