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 a mission-driven team.
  3. Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  4. Studies and implements practices that reflect and respond to community need.
  5. Actively seeks out and incorporates community input into the school’s design and operation.
  6. Ensures equitable and robust supports for learners of all backgrounds, needs, and abilities.
  7. Holds themselves and their team accountable for results for all students.
  8. Identifies and takes full advantage of leadership coaching and support.
  9. Invests in the growth and development of a leadership bench.
  10. Advocates on behalf of the school in the community at large.

An excellent school:

  1. Serves as an anti-racist space for students.
  2. Prepares all students for success in college and careers.
  3. Fosters an inclusive, joyful culture that celebrates academic and personal achievement and growth.
  4. Is organized around core values that deconstruct systems of oppression and respect students’ cultures.
  5. Employs a diverse teaching staff that is knowledgeable, engaging, and reflects the demographics of the student body.
  6. Uses rigorous, culturally relevant curriculum that leads students to master critical habits, skills, and content.
  7. Leverages data from frequent assessments to propel student growth.
  8. Maximizes learning time through detailed planning and efficient operations.
  9. Communicates clearly and regularly with, and seeks feedback from, families about student progress and experience.
  10. Has an engaged, mission-driven 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 seven 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 the following programs and services: the Fellowship, Leaders for Emerging Networks of Schools (LENS), Leadership Intensives, Executive Searches, and School and Leadership Audits, along with a la carte coaching services.

Our Team

The BES team is a diverse group of nearly 30 collaborative, talented individuals who are deeply
motivated by our mission to support leaders to transform education in their communities.

We stand together in our organization’s core values:

continuous growth and learning intentional results valuing all voices and identities integrity and respect clear and candid communication