The 2020 BES Fellowship


Through the BES Fellowship, highly motivated leaders who are committed to transforming education in their communities participate in rigorous, multi-year training that prepares them to design, found, and lead a high-performing charter school. We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Fellowship on a rolling basis.

Strong schools rest on the shoulders of strong leaders. That’s why BES identifies and prepares excellent leaders to transform education in their communities.

From school founders and executive directors, to operations leaders, deans of students, and directors of curriculum and instruction, we train leaders to build schools, to ensure their schools excel, and to sustain their results over time.

Over more than two decades, 2,500+ alumni of BES training have created 55,000+ quality school seats across the country. Schools founded by BES-trained leaders are outpacing student achievement in their districts and states and closing the opportunity gap.

We invest in leaders so that they can invest in their teams and students, delivering on the promise of an excellent education for every child.

What sets BES apart is our focus on entrepreneurial leadership. BES training equips school leaders with the skills they need to effectively manage instruction, operations, student and adult culture, and external relationships in a high-achieving school. BES-trained leaders hold themselves and their teams accountable for results. They are visionaries who also sweat the details. And they lead schools that reflect and respond to the needs of their communities.

Read more about what we believe makes an excellent leader and an excellent school.

Year One: Training Year
Fellows participate in 75+ training days, study 40+ exemplar schools nationwide, complete two month-long residencies at high-performing charter 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 2-4. 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.

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 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

• $90,000 stipend plus health benefits
• Travel and accommodations for training and during school study travel
• Technology support

To learn more about the opportunity and to apply now, visit

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Serious applicants are encouraged to apply today.

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Opportunity type



Mid Level

Job function

  • Education / Teaching
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Management
  • Operations

Areas of impact

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Equality