Centers & Initiatives

Partnership for Leaders in Education

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Change is in Session

The Partnership for Leaders in Education (UVA-PLE) is a unique joint venture between the highly ranked University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and School of Education and Human Development.

UVA-PLE combines the most innovative leadership advancement, practical expertise, and proven methodologies from both business and education to demonstrably improve educational and life outcomes for our nation’s students. 

Our world-class organization emboldens education leaders to cultivate systematic change to enhance conditions where school communities achieve remarkable results. UVA-PLE emboldens and equips leadership teams to co-create and implement shifts critical to address inequities and foster remarkable student and school advancements. The ultimate effect? A more equitable, inclusive and excellent school system. 

Advancing Leadership at All Levels

In all our partnerships, we inspire and grow leadership to engage leaders across their system more effectively. In our signature “Core Partnership”, we tailor a multi-year approach to engaging system, school, and teacher leaders to ignite system and school change aligned to your community’s needs.

We leverage research-based practices to strengthen leadership capacity at every level, working relentlessly to improve student learning and opportunity. By advancing leadership capacity and practices across your system, we inspire measurable advancement that lasts far beyond our partnership.

What Sets The UVA-PLE Core Partnership Apart?

Responsive Approach

Our adaptive methods increase district and school capacity to identify context-based priorities and customize community-based solutions. This ensures our partnership works for each individual district and school.

Change That Stems From the Roots

Major improvement demands committed organizational leadership and honest reflection on system-level challenges. Our guidance enables partners to create and strengthen systems that address their foundational needs.

Lessons in Essential Capabilities

We challenge educators to transcend, asking the tough questions necessary to better leverage the talents of others and boost students in complex environments. Instilling self-sufficiency is key.


Embedded Support

To help leaders stay the course, our team delivers tailored support all year round. We'll help you hold tight to larger aspirations and remain nimble to recognize growth and adjust.