State of Washington's I-BEST Model

This resource provided by the State of Washington helps practitioners better understand career pathways programs and expand practioners’ professional knowledge.

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
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The state of Washington's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program is nationally recognized as an evidence-based instructional model that supports career pathways. In an I-BEST program, two instructors are paired in the classroom - one to teach professional/technical or academic content; the other to teach basic skills in reading, math, writing or English language - so students can move through school and into jobs faster.

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges offers an array of teaching tips, research findings, and planning tools for educators who want to learn more about I-BEST, including team teaching models, collaborative planning, and wrap-around support services. A series of videos is also available that explains the I-BEST model and demonstrates team teaching in action.

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Program developers and instructors will be able to begin the planning process for the creation of an I-BEST type bridge program.

Resource Notice

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.