School Turnaround Program Curriculum

  • The University of Virginia School Turnaround Program is a constantly evolving curriculum developed primarily by leading educators in business and school turnaround from the Darden School of Business and the Curry School of Education, which is consistently ranked as one of the Top 20 graduate education schools in the country. Other leading organizations focused on school turnaround, such as Uncommon Schools and Public Impact, have also recognized our program — delivered at Darden and in participating school districts — as one of the nation’s best.

    UVA School Turnaround Program Focus

    Unlike the typically rigid instruction for education leaders, the School Turnaround Program focuses on practices and processes that help build the internal capacity necessary to initiate change and sustain success, such as:

    • Understanding the fundamentals of successful turnarounds and organizational change 
    • Redesigning organizations to remove barriers impeding focus 
    • Redefining relationships to co-create success between system and school leaders 
    • Illuminating root-cause needs and developing focused action plans to address them 
    • Developing and communicating a vision that includes the need for urgent change 
    • Establishing a culture of high expectations 
    • Building effective coalitions and collaborations 
    • Using data to drive decisions and identify the need for mid-course corrections 
    • Teaching administrators to think like leaders, not simply managers