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
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
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