The University of Virginia Darden School of Business and Curry School of Education announced the appointment of William Robinson to
the role of executive director for the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE).
Administered under Darden's Executive Education program and guided by Darden's
top-ranked faculty members with strategic advice and oversight from
the Curry School, PLE is the country's premier school turnaround
group that uses a system-wide approach in developing and aligning
leaders, at all levels, to transform underperforming schools in
Since its inception, PLE has worked
with school systems across 16 states, helping superintendents,
district cabinet members, principals and teachers sustainably
improve students' mastery of course work.
Robinson will be responsible for
PLE's strategic direction, program results and integrity as an
organizational authority on the role of system and school leaders
in the transformation of failing schools, as well as ways to solve
of some of the nation's most critical education challenges.
Since joining PLE in 2010, Robinson
has developed strong ties with national leaders as well as faculty
members from both Darden and the Curry School. Most recently, he
expanded the opportunity to work with PLE's largest cohort to date,
which includes school leaders with Salt Lake City Public Schools. This past year, he tackled
efforts to redefine PLE's theory of change and redesigned the group's consultation
methods. In the months ahead, Robinson will work with an engagement
committee at Darden and Curry to redefine PLE's growth and impact
A graduate of Harvard Business
School and Princeton University, Robinson has consulted for various
education organizations including Stand for Children, The Achievement Network, the Center for Better Schools and the D.C. Public Education Fund.
In 2013, PLE became a lead partner
with The Center on School Turnaround, a new, federally funded group with a goal
of driving change in low-performing schools. With Robinson at the
helm, PLE will continue to broaden its positive impact on the
education of America's youth.
About the Darden School of
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is
one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D.
and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience
combines the case study method, top-ranked faculty whose research
advances global managerial practice and business education, and a
tight-knit learning environment to develop responsible and complete
leaders who are ready to make an impact.
About the Darden/Curry
Partnership for Leaders in Education
The Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education
(PLE) is a joint venture of the University of Virginia Darden
School of Business and Curry School of Education. PLE's
University of Virginia School Turnaround Specialist
Program (UVA-STSP) is the most established school turnaround
program in the country and the only school turnaround program in
existence that uses a systemic approach to change by working with
schools, districts and states to build internal capacity. UVA-STSP
assists districts in setting action plans that will lead them to
recognize and overcome the challenges faced in their context and
building a system that will sustain positive changes in their
high-needs schools. PLE has received national attention
by collaborating with 82 school districts in 12 states.
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