Leaders for Emerging Networks of Schools (LENS)

Develop your talent

Building Excellent Schools (BES) knows leadership. For more than a decade, we have been cultivating, selecting, and training Fellows to effectively found and lead high-performing charter schools across the country.

Our track record demonstrates success in preparing BES Fellows to execute on common design elements of rigor, time, culture, talent, and data use. Schools founded by BES Fellows are closing achievement gaps and serving as national models of superior academic and organizational performance.

Building upon this expertise, BES offers LENS to support the growth of our highest performing charter schools by developing the capacity of their leadership bench and training rising school leaders.

LENS is intensive training spread over one school year that is designed to prepare an individual to think, see, decide, manage, and execute as an effective instructional leader in an urban charter school.

LENS provides robust content and training on:

  • developing a leader’s mindset, lens and voice
  • managing strong adult culture by equipping and inspiring adults to perform effectively
  • setting appropriate school culture, including arrivals, transitions, thresholds, discipline and classroom systems
  • delivering effective instruction, including curriculum, rigor, classroom routines and procedures, and assessment

Components of LENS 2014-2015

  • Ten days of intensive training led by Jill Dunchick, BES Director of Leadership Development, and Sue Walsh, BES Chief Academic Officer, from July 7-17, 2014 at the BES office in Boston, MA
  • Two additional professional development trainings to be held on November 6-7, 2014 in Boston, MA and in March 2015, location TBD
  • Leadership coaching with BES staff on a regular basis via phone and email
  • Leadership development quarterly self-assessment reviewed by BES staff
  • On-site visit by BES staff member for observation and formal evaluative report in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
  • Structured network of support with colleagues in the LENS cohort

For more information, contact Julia Travers Rickert, Chief of the Excellent Schools Network, at jtravers@buildingexcellentschools.org or 617-227-4545 x207.