Develop Your Talent

BES knows leadership. Over the past decade, BES Fellows have founded 100+ schools in 26 cities across the country.

Building upon this expertise, BES offers Leaders for Emerging Networks of Schools, or LENS, to support the growth of high-performing schools by developing the capacity of their leadership bench.

LENS is an intense training that prepares individuals to take on heightened leadership roles within urban schools.

LENS leaders study the best practices of the most successful urban schools in the country and develop the leadership skills they need to lead a high-performing school.

Components of LENS 2018-2019

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 successfully
  • setting appropriate school culture, including arrivals, transitions, thresholds, discipline, and classroom systems
  • delivering effective instruction, including curriculum, rigor, classroom routines and procedures, and assessment

For LENS summer training topics, download the one-pager below:

  • Eight days of intense training led by LENS Director Jill Dunchick and Chief Academic Officer Sue Walsh
    • June 24 (travel day)-July 2, 2018| Boston, MA
  • Two additional professional development trainings
    • October 18-19, 2018 | Boston, MA
    • March 7-8, 2019 | TN
  • Leadership coaching with BES staff on a regular basis via phone, email, and through an online video coaching platform
  • Leadership development self-assessment reviewed by BES staff
  • On-site visit by BES staff member for observation and formal evaluative report
  • Structured network of support with colleagues in the LENS cohort

For more information, contact Jill Dunchick, Director, LENS at or 617-227-4545 x214.

Profile of a LENS Leader

  • committed to school leadership and education reform
  • aligned with the BES approach of high-expectations urban schools
  • proven effective teacher at the classroom level
  • recently elevated to leadership, or considered to be on track for school leadership in one to two years
  • available to participate in the full calendar of LENS training

LENS 2018-2019 Pricing

The LENS 2018-2019 training is $15,000 per participant. This includes:

Hours of detailed leadership coaching from BES staff

On-site LENS trainings (initial eight days of training, additional six days of training)

Access to the online coaching portal

The leadership development self-assessment

Travel, hotel accommodations, and food for on-site trainings

What People Have to Say About LENS

For more information, contact Jill Dunchick, Director, LENS at or 617-227-4545 x214.