Darden Curry PLE

University of Virginia School Turnaround Program

UVA School Turnaround Specialist Program Participant

UVA School Turnaround Specialist Program Study Group

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The University of Virginia School Turnaround Program is the only program in the country dedicated to both establishing the school system conditions that set the stage for change and building transformative leadership capacity to achieve that change. Over the course of three years, participants engage in deeply immersive experiences both at the University of Virginia and in their own school districts.

The Darden/CurryPartnership for Leaders in Education has over 10 years of documented success that we bring to bear to ensure leaders understand what it will take to achieve needed change. As the most established school turnaround program in the country,  our program utilizes a systemic approach to change by working with schools, districts and states to build internal capacity. We work with system and school-level education leaders to identify key issues and develop strategies specific to each school system resulting in sustained success.

We invite districts committed to ensuring all students succeed to:

  • Rethink what's possible
  • Reignite the passion of educators struggling in underperforming schools
  • Redesign the system to promote excellence
  • Transform sustainable leadership, instruction, and the lives of children



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  • New & Noteworthy

    District Readiness to Support School Turnaround 09/26/2014, This guide written for the Center on School Turnaround provides state education agencies (SEAs) and districts (LEAs) with guidance about how to assess the district’s readiness to support school turnaround initiatives.

    UVA School Turnaround Program Schools See Improvement 09/22/2014, Three Oklahoma school districts have seen huge improvements in their school report cards after implementing changes through the University of Virginia School Turnaround Program.

    New Mexico's Governor Announces Increased Participation in UVA School Turnaround Program 08/29/2014, Governor Susana Martinez will visit students at Juan de Oñate Elementary School in Gallup to welcome students back to school and announce the school's participation in an intensive school turnaround program. The University of Virginia (UVA) Turnaround Program offers in-depth training to teachers and administrators in participating schools to improve student outcomes. Other schools in New Mexico that have gone through the program have shown significant growth and improvement in student proficiency