Charter school leaders hone leadership skills at Building Excellent Schools weekend training session

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Intensive professional development series aims to improve academic achievement of urban students.

A Weekend Warrior Series participant shares out to the group.

BES hosts four professional development trainings a year, titled the Weekend Warrior Series, to equip charter school leaders with tools necessary to run high performing, no excuses schools.

On Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, Building Excellent Schools (BES), an organization that has fueled the success of over 50 charter schools in 20 cities, offered a professional development training in Washington, DC, for 77 charter school educators.

BES hosts four professional development trainings a year, titled the Weekend Warrior Series, to equip charter school leaders with tools necessary to run high performing, no excuses schools. The December Weekend Warrior Series focused on improving rigor in lesson planning.

On Dec. 7, participants had the opportunity to attend an observational visit of Achievement Prep, an award-winning no excuses school in the Ward 8 section of the capital founded by BES Fellow Shantelle Wright. On Dec. 8, the professional development consisted of several lessons presented by teachers and leaders in nationally recognized charter schools, including Excel Academy Charter School (Boston), Cornerstone Prep (Memphis), and Nashville Prep (Nashville). Participants also had the opportunity to engage with leaders in the charter school movement from across the nation.

Participants felt reinvigorated and ready to apply the newly learned information in the classroom and beyond, “An amazing experience that is without doubt going to impact the rest of our school.”

In February, BES will travel to Los Angeles for the next Weekend Warrior Series, focusing on hiring and selection. For more information, please contact Samantha Silberstein, communications manager, at 617-227-4545 x220 or ssilberstein(at)buildingexcellentschools(dot)org.

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Building Excellent Schools (BES) is a trailblazing nonprofit that raises the quality of urban charter schools by supporting entrepreneurial individuals to design, found, lead, and sustain schools in underserved communities. The flagship BES program is the BES Fellowship—a rigorous, yearlong, comprehensive training program in urban charter school creation and leadership. In both starting a school (the BES Fellowship) and sustaining a school (Connect to Excellence from BES, BES Emerging Leaders, and the BES Excellent Schools Network), BES holds the core belief that academic performance drives every element of a school, including design, leadership, culture, decisions, and governance.

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