Partnership for Leaders in Education

UVA-PLE - Core Partnership - Curriculum


The UVA-PLE Core Partnership includes a constantly evolving curriculum developed by leading educators in business and school turnaround and transformation. By leveraging faculty and staff from UVA's Darden School of Business and School of Education and Human Development, our work has been recognized as among the nation's best by other leading organizations focused on school transformation and turnaround, such as Uncommon Schools and Public Impact. 

UVA-PLE Core Partnership Focus

Unlike the typically rigid instruction for education leaders, the Core Partnership 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 midcourse corrections 
  • Teaching administrators to think like leaders, not simply managers