Through the BES Fellowship, individuals deeply committed to transforming education embark on a four-year process to design, found, and lead an excellent public school.
Year One: Training Year
Fellows take part in one of three tracks, depending on their region:
Build Track: the “traditional” Fellowship track focused on founding fresh-start public charter schools
Growth Track: Fellows found and lead the replication or expansion of an existing charter school
Autonomous School Track: Fellows found and lead a high-quality, autonomous in-district school
Fellows participate in 75+ training days, study 30+ exemplar schools nationwide, complete a minimum of two residencies at high-performing schools, write and submit their charter application, and build a founding board.
Upon completion of the training year, Fellows partner with a dedicated BES coach, who works closely with leaders in years 0-2. This coaching program, called Follow On Support, ensures that schools start strong and stay strong.
Year Two: Planning Year
Leaders become strong project managers, develop leadership skills where they have gaps, gain content knowledge, hire their founding team, recruit their founding students, move from lead founder to school leader, and crystallize their vision for the school.
Note that the planning year may look different for Fellows taking part in the Growth Track and Autonomous School Track, depending on the needs of the region, school, and community.
Year Three: Year 1 of Operation
Leaders actualize their vision when they welcome their inaugural class of students, become strong teacher-coaches, use data to intentionally move academic and non-academic results, manage and cultivate talent, and implement personal organization systems that allow them to effectively deliver on their core responsibilities.
Year Four: Year 2 of Operation
Leaders champion and uphold their vision as the school size doubles, sharpen the academic focus, attract and manage talent in a competitive market, develop leaders for future school growth, and manage their role to empower others.
The 2021 BES Fellowship application is now closed. Click here to read what’s new about the selection process and Fellowship experience. The application for the 2022 BES Fellowship opens October 1.