Tailored Support for Maximum Impact

Leadership Development

At BES, we recognize that leaders need to be supported and challenged in the right way at the right time. From yearlong cohort-based trainings to short, two-day intensives, to coaching tailored to specific needs, our leadership and organizational development programs do just that.

In many states, BES training is an allowable use of federal COVID-19 relief program funding. Public schools can use ESSER funds for school leadership development. Email partners@bes.org to learn how your school might leverage this funding for BES training or services.

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Comprehensive School Audit

Our team of experts works alongside the school’s leadership team to identify the highest-leverage shifts that will lead to sustained improvement for years to come.

School Audit Components

  • Team of auditors including two seasoned BES coaches
  • Pre-visit consultation call with the school’s leadership team and survey of all staff to gain insight into the school’s strengths and growth areas
  • Two-day, on-site guided and independent visit by the BES team, including interviews with key leaders across departments and observations across grade levels, subjects, and time of day.
  • Observation of professional development sessions (if schedule allows)
  • Review of key documents including budget and academic materials

School Audit Results

  • Culminating feedback session with the school’s leadership team to understand goals, strengths, and areas of growth that can be addressed quickly
  • Detailed audit report with recommendations to further equip the school’s leadership team to accelerate student achievement and ensure the school’s operational health


This service costs $18,000 (travel included when safe travel resumes), or could be conducted virtually in 2021-22 at a reduced rate. Additional components can be added based on the school’s request.

Click here to view a sample schedule. For more information, email recruiting@bes.org.

One Day School Review

Through One Day School Reviews, the BES team works with school leaders to unpack and analyze a specific issue that the leadership team has identified as key to the organizational health of the school. The review includes a pre-visit consultation call, three to four hours of observation on-site (when safe travel resumes) by two BES staff members, then time to debrief and strategically plan with the school leadership team to strengthen their impact and improve the quality growth of their organization.

At the end of the review, the BES team will create a detailed report for the school, including an action plan intended to equip leaders to accelerate student achievement, ensure operational health, and lead the school to its next stage of success.


$5,000 + associated travel costs (when safe travel resumes), or could be conducted virtually in 2021-22 at a reduced rate. Cost includes pre-visit consultation and material review and post-visit check-in.

For more information, email recruiting@bes.org.


In many states, BES’s leadership development programs and services are an allowable use of federal COVID-19 relief program funding. This means districts and charter schools can use funds from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, the education portion of which is known as the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, to partner with BES for school leadership development. The purpose of ESSER funding is to support schools to reopen safely, sustain safe operations, and meet students’ academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact us at partners@bes.org to learn more about how your school or district might leverage this funding.


What Leaders Are Saying

Emily Castillo León 

“As a founding leader, I see building a solid leadership bench as the most critical component of school sustainability, and this begins before a school even opens. LENS has developed the mindsets, knowledge, and skills of our emerging leaders and equipped them to make a seamless transition from the classroom into leadership roles to help our school stay strong.”

Emily Castillo León, 2015 BES Fellow
Founder and Head of School, Ethos Classical, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Trevor Ivey

“BES’s approach to helping us find the perfect candidate for our Founding Executive Director role was intentional, thoughtful, and personalized, and more than exceeded our expectations. Eight months later, it is clear that Dr. Graham’s leadership is the game-changer in redefining excellence in public education in the Sumter community.”

Dr. Trevor Ivey
Chief of Staff, Liberty STEAM Charter School, Sumter, SC

Megan Murphy

“Working with my coach develops my leadership lens as well as how my orientations/values impact our organization and growth. He is a wealth of resources and is always quick to respond when I have one-off questions/challenges – thus striking a good balance between the immediate and the long-term support I need. The coaching is more transformational rather than task or scenario-driven.”

Megan Murphy
2015 BES Fellow, Founder and Head of School, Circle City Prep, Indianapolis, IN

Graham Browne

“My coach is really strong at providing me perspective outside of the work I’m doing at my school. The resources that he has offered to me in our coaching sessions have allowed me to contextualize what I’m seeing on the ground at my school with my leadership team.”

Graham Browne, 2015 BES Fellow
Founder & Executive Director, Forte Preparatory Academy, Queens, NY

Beatriz Gutierrez

“BES Follow On Support has been absolutely critical to our school success. We were faced with unprecedented challenges over the last two years and I really could not have pushed through without the support of my coach. I feel honored to have a mentor that is accessible, relatable, and experienced.”

Beatriz Gutierrez, 2016 BES Fellow
Founder and Executive Director, Soleil Academy, CA

Sharifa Blackwell

LENS provides a blueprint to current and aspiring leaders. During LENS school studies, I was able to take what another school was doing well and then adapt it to my school to meet the needs of our students and families. Being able to go into another school virtually and observe has been a tremendous blessing in terms of implementing, adjusting, and constantly improving the instructional practice in my building.”

Sharifa Blackwell
Principal, St. Louis Language Immersion School, MO

Cynthia Rodriguez

LENS provided an opportunity for me to see schools in other parts of the country. The models were not cookie-cutter; we really had the opportunity to see people in different facets of the school. It was eye-opening to see what charter schools are doing and how they define success, and I was able to think about how we could bring some of these practices into the public school system. It was also really nice to be able to work with leaders in charter schools and get to see that their struggles are our struggles, and their triumphs are our triumphs. Our shared purpose is successful outcomes for students.”

Cynthia Rodriguez
Instructional Coach, Lemon Grove School District, CA

Briana Marquez

“LENS provided me the opportunity to grow as a leader by enhancing my leadership skills. Despite the challenges we’ve faced this year in regards to COVID, LENS allowed me to receive both whole group and individual training provided by a phenomenal coach. She continuously pushed me to sharpen both my lens and vision so that I could be a better leader not only for my team but for my scholars that deserve an equitable education.”

Briana Marquez
Dean of Instruction, Legacy College Prep, NY

Daniel Bryant

“As a department chair who also teaches, I can’t say enough about how the LENS program has boosted my time management skills and increased my confidence as an educational coach. LENS has provided me with a supportive environment where I can polish my leadership skills, evaluate how I communicate and coach my team, and become more confident in having difficult but crucial conversations with teachers, staff, students, and parents. My teacher observation, appraisal, and coaching skills are miles above where they were last school year. My LENS coach has been a blessing to me and her impact on my leadership development is already leading to positive changes on campus that will impact our students this year.”

Daniel Bryant
Dean of Science Dept., St. Thomas High School, TX

Vanessa Charles

“As a teacher transitioning into a leadership role, LENS played a major role in my professional growth. Through LENS, I have received hands-on training in providing effective professional development sessions, coaching educators, managing data analysis conversations, and culture building. My monthly meetings with my coach prove increasingly more meaningful as we work together to transition from my teacher leader mindset to that of a school-wide leader. I also appreciate the LENS team’s seamless and swift response to our current virtual world. They have not skipped a beat in providing high-quality training and connections with other BES schools. I am grateful to be a part of it and I know that what I learn here will impact teachers and scholars for years to come.”

Vanessa Charles
Founding Lead Teacher, Ethos Classical, GA

Isaac Rivas-Savell

Working alongside my BES Follow On Support coach has been critical in identifying how education has rapidly evolved under the circumstances of 2020 and pivoting our model to be responsive to those changes.”

Isaac Rivas-Savell, 2018 BES Fellow
Founder and Head of School, Voz Collegiate Prep, Albuquerque, NM

Leadership Intensives Participant

“Thank you for the opportunity to attend BES’s Adult Management & Operations training. I gained an enormous amount of insight from both of them and they provided excellent resources. BES did an amazing job on the Zoom platform and it was a neat experience to be with educators all over the country.”

Leadership Intensives Participant

Dr. Khalil Graham

“Working with BES this year has been a breath of fresh air, even to someone like myself who has worked with high performing CMO’s for the greater part of the last decade. Having executive coaching that is tailored to my individual needs, skills, and goals has helped me be a more focused and effective leader as I develop our network, and is something I have desired for a long time. The partnership with my coach truly feels aligned, and because of his support I am 100% confident we will open with amazing results this year!”

Dr. Khalil Graham
Executive Director, Liberty STEAM Charter School, SC

Leadership Intensives Participant

“It was a great experience to hear from educators all over the country. Overall, the workshop was highly insightful and I feel tremendously more equipped.”

Leadership Intensive Participant

Christian Toledo

“LENS equipped me with the skills that I need to effectively and equitably lead a school in the South Bronx. The intensive small group training, school visits, monthly coaching calls, and networking opportunities have elevated my leadership skills and allowed me to bring back innovative ideas that have improved our overall school community. As a result, Legacy College Prep has achieved higher scholar growth while creating a safe and engaging learning environment for all.”

Christian Toledo
Middle School Principal, Legacy College Prep, NY

LaTrina Johnson

“LENS is the first program I’ve participated in that affirms leading with heart and passion, which was important to me as a woman of color in leadership. The uncompromising level of excellence in this program compels new leaders to courageously reach for the highest bar, even when we don’t yet know the pathway to get there. Educational inequity won’t be undone in a day, but LENS armors us with the skills and voice for us to be brazen enough to believe that we can end it in our lifetime.”

LaTrina Johnson
Former Principal, RePublic High School, TN