In 2003, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Curry School of Education established a formal partnership — the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE). This partnership was formed in order to strategically combine the most innovative thinking in business and education thereby providing education leaders with the knowledge, tools, skills and resources necessary to meet today’s unique demands.
The Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education launched its first program in the summer of 2003, thanks to generous support and encouragement from Mark Templeton, a Darden graduate and CEO of Citrix Corporation in South Florida. It was Mr. Templeton’s desire to provide executive development opportunities, similar to those he experienced at Darden, to education leaders. The PLE responded with a program designed to challenge senior education leaders and community partners in the areas of decision-making, change leadership and team-building.
Since 2003, the PLE has expanded to provide executive development opportunities to school board members, legislators, and education leaders at the state, district and building-level. Thanks to generous support of and collaboration with partners such as the Altria Group, Microsoft’s Partners in Learning and The Wallace Foundation, the PLE is able to work with states and school districts from across the country, specifically focusing on improving student achievement in some of our nation’s lowest-performing schools.