Darden Curry PLE

Darden/Curry PLE Partnerships

The Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE) would not be possible without the close collaboration and generosity of key partners. The unique partnership between the Darden School of Business and the Curry School of Education serves as our foundation. We are indebted to the countless faculty members and partnership organizations that helped develop and continue to deliver the innovative University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist Program curriculum to school, district and state leaders.

In addition, we are grateful for the generous financial support provided by our philanthropic partners:

The Altria Group

Throughout 2005 and into 2012, the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, with generous support from Altria, has developed and continues to conduct an executive development program for the superintendent of the Richmond City Public Schools, her cabinet and the school board.

Microsoft Partners in Learning

Appreciating the innovativeness of the School Turnaround Specialist Program in combination with the unique partnership existing between Darden and Curry, the Microsoft Corporation, through its Partners in Learning Program, joined forces with the VDOE, the Governor’s Office and the PLE in the fall of 2004 to support and create a nationally replicable model for the Turnaround Specialist Program.

The Wallace Foundation

The PLE developed the Executive Leadership Program for Educators with support from The Wallace Foundation to specifically meet the needs of senior educators at the state and district levels. The Executive Leadership Program for Educators at the University of Virginia in association with The Wallace Foundation specifically addressed leadership and governance alignment toward core mission, data-driven decision making, stakeholder engagement and organizational change. The program offered the opportunity for teams of board members and senior staff to build capacity to identify, focus and align key priorities and to develop a system-wide process for leading and accelerating organizational change to improve student achievement in their states and districts. 

The Executive Leadership Program for Educators worked with teams of educational leaders from 26 school districts in six states since 2006 to make positive changes in the effectiveness of management in these organizations, including a strategic planning, implementation and management process and a project management process based on a Project Management Oversight Committee. 

Participating States:

  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • New Mexico
  • Virginia

A summary evaluation conducted by CELT, The Center for Leadership and Technology, concluded that the Executive Leadership Program for Educators, as part of the PLE, succeeded in instituting positive changes in most of the districts that participated, with more efficient use of organizational resources, more aligned leadership efforts between state and district entities and greater consistency and quality in operations. Over two-thirds of participating districts reported notable positive impact on student achievement as a result of participation in the Executive Leadership Program for Educators. 

Wallace Summative Event

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