Congratulations to this year’s cohort on successfully completing the BES LENS program. We are proud of your growth
BES shared key takeaways from our journey to support a more diverse group of school founders and models. We think these can also help authorizers better support great and innovative leaders who can create new, high-quality educational opportunities rooted in equity for all learners.
When ChattAcademy Community School, founded by 2021 BES Fellow Nolan McDaniel, opens its doors in 2023, its organizers say, it will be the first school in East Tennessee with a Spanish/English dual immersion curriculum for middle and high school students.
2021 BES Fellow Mamie Howard has returned to the classroom while serving as a principal resident at University Prep and designing the network’s third campus, set to open fall 2022.
An erroneous outcry around critical race theory created more red tape for 2020 BES Fellow Akeem Brown, complicating the opening of Essence Preparatory, a school designed to celebrate the Black and brown communities who partnered with Brown to co-create it.
Antoinette took part in the 2020 BES Fellowship to found and lead Little Water Prep, a K-5 public charter school opening fall 2022 in Poughkeepsie, NY.