Behind Every  Excellent School is an Excellent Leader

An excellent school leader:

  1. Believes that all students can, must, and will achieve at high levels.
  2. Builds, equips, and inspires an effective, mission-driven team.
  3. Is a visionary who sweats the details.
  4. Studies effective schools and leaders and implements proven practices.
  5. Leads a school that reflects and responds to the needs of its community.
  6. Ensures equitable supports for learners of all backgrounds, needs, and abilities.
  7. Holds themselves and their team accountable for results.
  8. Seeks out, and takes full advantage of, leadership coaching and support.
  9. Invests in the growth and development of a leadership bench.
  10. Advocates effectively on behalf of the school in the community at large.

An excellent school:

  1. Prepares all students for success in college and careers.
  2. Fosters a culture that celebrates academic and personal achievement and growth.
  3. Is structured, joyful, and organized around core values.
  4. Ensures all teachers are knowledgeable, engaging, and committed to results.
  5. Uses rigorous curriculum that leads students to master critical habits, skills, and content.
  6. Leverages data from frequent assessments to propel student growth.
  7. Maximizes learning time through an extended school schedule and efficient operations.
  8. Communicates clearly and regularly with families about student progress.
  9. Encourages the input and participation of families and community members.
  10. Has a well-trained, engaged board focused on academic and fiscal accountability.

Our History

The history of BES is rooted in the beginnings of the national charter school movement. In 1993, in response to the poor academic outcomes of Massachusetts’ first charter schools, the Massachusetts Charter School Resource Center set out to ensure that a dominant share of new charters would be truly excellent, founded by talented leaders and grounded from the start in proven strategies and design elements. The BES Fellowship was born in 2001, providing intensive, full-time training to individuals to create new charter schools of the highest quality under the re-formed nonprofit, Building Excellent Schools.

From serving three states at its inception to working in more than six times that many states currently, BES is consistently increasing its footprint on the national stage by producing and supporting excellent leaders and schools. Over time, BES has diversified how, when, and what leaders it trains, recognizing that leaders, like students, need to be supported in the right way at the right time. BES currently offers five programs: the Fellowship (BES’s oldest and flagship program), Leaders for Emerging Networks of Schools (LENS) , Anchoring Excellence, Leadership Intensives , and the Summer Leaders Institute, along with a la carte coaching services.