Strong schools rest on the shoulders of strong leaders. Our Fellowship is for strong leaders who:
Want to build an equity-focused school that reflects and responds to the needs of their community.
Are able to lead the school to excel academically in service of their mission.
Are determined to ensure long-term sustainability so that in 5, 10, and 20 years, students continue to achieve at high levels.
The BES Fellowship is a four- or five-year continuum that includes a robust training year(s), followed by three years of dedicated post-authorization support to ensure that the school starts strong and sustains excellence over time. The BES Fellowship offers the following opportunities:
All Fellows found and lead a locally responsive, fresh-start public charter school.
- Build Fellows
Fellows found a school in response to community needs and grounded in learnings from excellent schools. Fellows benefit from one training year to write and submit a complete high quality charter application as well as identify and prepare a diverse, high capacity, and mission aligned founding team and governing board.
- Community Co-Design Fellows
Fellows co-design a school alongside a community co-design team. Fellows benefit from two training years. The first year allows Fellows to develop a co-design team of 7-10 individuals to help seek out and incorporate community input into the design of the new school. The second year allows Fellows to write and submit a complete high quality charter application as well as identify and prepare a diverse, high capacity, and mission aligned founding team and governing board.
- Character & Equity Fellows
Build or Community Co-Design Fellows found a school with character and equity at the core of its model, in addition to other locally responsive elements. Fellows engage in additional opportunities such as communities of practice and conferences to center character and equity in their school models
- Build Fellows
Fellows found and lead the replication or expansion of an existing school. This track is not open for candidates to directly apply to; rather, BES develops partnerships with schools or networks planning to grow and then works to identify a Fellow to lead the replication or expansion efforts.