The Darden-Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education empowers leaders in education to operate school systems effectively and efficiently.
A joint venture between the Darden School of Business and Curry School of Education, the University of Virginia Partnership for Leaders in Education (UVA-PLE) combines the most innovative thinking in business and education to better serve our nation’s children.
Our world-class organization emboldens education leaders to cultivate systematic change – in turn, transforming school communities and yielding remarkable student achievement. The ultimate effect? A more equitable, inclusive and just school system.
UVA-PLE's Core Partnership: A multi-year commitment empowering leaders to ignite system and school change. We leverage research-based practices to strengthen leadership capacity at every level – collaborating with the superintendents, school principals and teachers who work tirelessly to improve student outcomes.
United by purpose and a plan, the UVA-PLE and district teams pave the way for students to succeed.
Together, we identify your district's strongest needs
and highest-leverage opportunities.
We architect long- and short-term strategies to address
district-specific challenges, outline sustainable change and
prepare a learning lab of partner schools.
School and district leaders immerse in a rigorous
campaign to ignite school performance, leadership commitments and
Leaders integrate the success of year one and adapt
their approach toward new areas of sustainable improvement.
Continuous improvement takes many shapes. 80% of our
partners choose to extend their UVA-PLE partnership with
sustainability, cabinet and/or new cohort support.
Our adaptive methods increase district and school capacity to
identify context-based priorities and customize community-based
solutions. This ensures our partnership works for each individual
district and school.
Major improvements demands committed
organizational leadership and honest reflection on system-level
challenges. Our guidance enables partners to create and
strengthen systems that address their foundational needs..
We challenge educators to transcend, asking the
tough questions necessary to better leverage the talents of other and
boost students in complex environments. Instilling
self-sufficiency is key.
To help leaders stay the course, our team delivers tailored support
all year round.
“The use of case studies to highlight opportunities/challenges in the field of education or get us thinking about those things through a different lens is something we all...latch on to.”
“The biggest thing is how much it's been able to help us focus on areas for improvement identified by the school and what that means for all of us—leaders, teachers, principal supervisors, out to district departments.”
“You figure out how the [UVA-PLE] philosophies work in your district. At the end of the day, it's great for kids because it really does make them better academic students...Research-based strategies are good for all kids.”
“My team went back ‘on fire’ with a rebirth of insight and enthusiasm for the work.”
“Dynamic, intense, engaging, challenging. The people involved in this program, both individually and collectively, are valuable assets to turning around our schools. They are willing to share their knowledge and enthusiasm to help make the future of our nation brighter through the success of educating our children.”
“The transformation of change includes hard work, accountability, and the ability to self-reflect on an ongoing basis. The payoff is nothing short of awesome and fulfilling.”
“I think they really excelled at the balance between spending time developing knowledge and leadership but also going deep with implementation and focusing on the evidence of real implementation. Through their site visits and coaching follow-up, I think the cycle of deeper implementation was ingrained in the process.”
“I think their ability to infuse a fortune-500 mentality into how principal leadership can be managed, can be thought through, can be executed is ideal. I think that's the strategy that they have in my mind that others don't, because they take a organizational model.”