Darden Curry PLE

About Darden/Curry PLE

Our mission is to raise educational outcomes significantly by building on the capabilities of the Darden School of Business and the Curry School of Education to strengthen district and school leadership.  

The challenges in education today have been described as the civil rights challenge of our time. The Darden Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE) believes the limited effectiveness of school system leadership and organizational design is at the root of this national challenge.

A joint venture of the University of Virginia Darden School Of Business and the Curry School of Education, the PLE was established to support the leaders of the sector most important to our nation's future.

Our vision is to be a nationally recognized source for insights and delivery capacity to help school systems develop their leadership capacity and to create the conditions in which these leaders can sustain success.

The Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE) was founded to draw upon the most innovative thinking in business and education to address the challenges and needs of education leaders.

In the summer of 2003, the PLE launched a program designed to develop senior education leaders' and community partners' capabilities in decision-making, change leadership and team-building.  Since then the PLE offerings have expanded to include several programs and executive development opportunities for school board members, legislators, and education leaders at the state, district and building-level.

As a result of the lessons learned over the past decade, the PLE now places more emphasis on pursuing system-level change to make school-level change possible and sustainable and ensuring intensive implementation-focused follow-up support in any program we offer.  As always, our programs are centered around the world-class executive education experiences our education leaders deserve.  

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