Design, found & lead a charter school of uncompromising excellence in Las Vegas.

Apply today or nominate an aspiring charter school leader to BES!

Follow the links below to apply, nominate, connect, or learn more about launching a charter school through The BES Fellowship.

Building Excellent Schools (BES) is committed to improving academic achievement by training leaders to take on the demanding and urgent work of leading high-achieving, urban public charter schools.

Through The BES Fellowship, highly motivated individuals participate in a rigorous, yearlong training that prepares them to design, found, and lead a high-performing public charter school. At the end of The Fellowship year, BES Fellows apply to establish their own independent charter school—customized to the needs of its community.

Fellows receive a stipend, benefits, extensive training, and support throughout the intensive first year. After The Fellowship year, they receive additional assistance and coaching as they guide their schools through startup and early operation.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. BES offers a $5,000 finder’s fee for nominated candidates who receive and accept an offer to join The Fellowship. 

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Nominate a Fellow

Learn more about The Fellowship


Building Excellent School Charter School Leader with Student

“During the Fellowship year with BES, we visited and studied 40 schools in 10 regions across the country. These school studies played an instrumental role in refining our vision for academics and school culture. The Fellowship also provided training and support in critical areas such as building a strong school board, writing a winning charter application, and hiring teachers who will prepare all our students for high school, college, and life.”

-David Blodgett, 2016 Nevada BES Fellow & Founder of The Nevada Prep Charter School

To see the full list of Opportunity 180 teacher leader development pathways, click here.

Ryan Fellows are the nation’s next generation of highly-effective school principals.

Want to be a School Leader? Apply to The Ryan Fellowship!

Accelerate Institute’s Ryan Fellowship is a 3-year leadership development program for new principals. Ryan Fellows undergo a rigorous selection process and complete a Fellowship year which includes a 4-week Accelerate Summer Institute (in partnership with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University) and a Field Study at a charter school in their region.

The Fellowship year is followed by ongoing training and advisory support during the first two years of principalship.

Next deadline to apply is March 31.
Final deadline is April 27



Quick Links
To hear from Ryan Fellows, click here.
For a detailed fellowship timeline, click here.
For questions about the fellowship, contact Stephanie Shear.
For a full list of Opportunity 180’s talent partnerships, click here.

Meet the First Class of Teach Plus Nevada Fellows!


The first class of Nevada Policy Fellows are off to a strong start to build solutions for educators, students and families.

Educator-informed solutions are a powerful force to drive decisions that impact students Which is why Opportunity 180 partnered withTeach Plus to expand their high-impact policy fellowship to Nevada.

The first Nevada cohort of 20 fellows came from the largest inaugural pool of applicants in the history of Teach Plus.

Among the members of the cohort are 2 Nevada State Teachers of the Year (and 1 finalist), union leaders, veteran and new-to- the profession educators, and representatives of the traditional and charter sectors from urban, suburban and rural districts.

Click Here to Meet the Fellows

The fellows are hard at work building their professional network, receiving learning modules on policy-related topics, and collaborating on solutions to drive positive impact.
Following several conversations with stakeholders, fellows have identified the following issue areas to focus their advocacy and policy recommendations on:

  • Education Funding
  • Nevada State ESSA Plan and Implementation
  • Retention of High Quality Educators
  • Equitable Access to Highly-Effective Educators

In the coming months, the fellows will receive training on education research, funding and finance in Nevada, policy and political analysis, unions, and a continued focus on storytelling.

Click Here to Learn more about the Policy Fellowship.

For a full list of Opportunity 180’s educator leader development partnerships, Click here.