Georgia's Turnaround Initiative Summer Kick-off Event CST SEA

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Event Logistics

Location: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown Hotel - 590 West Peachtree Street Northwest | Atlanta, GA 30308

Meeting room: Ballroom AB; elevator level BR

  • Check-in: Wednesday 3pm, Check-out: Thursday 11am
  • Upon check-in, you will be required to present a photo ID and personal credit card for any incidentals. However, registered attendees who have requested a room within our hotel block have had their rooms reserved at no additional cost.
  • Upon check-out, luggage can be stored with the hotel or in one of our meeting rooms.
  • Both valet and self-parking are available to all guests. Valet parking is $33 per night. Self-parking is available at a discounted rate of $15 per entry.

The following meals will be provided during the event at no additional cost: Dinner on June 27 (Sky Room East 25th Floor); Breakfast and lunch on June 28.

Dress throughout the event is business casual. All participants are strongly advised to bring a laptop or tablet with them to access materials during the sessions. 

Complimentary WiFi provided in the meeting room. Network: IHGConnect; Password: 3458.

*Don’t forget to bring your ticket with you!  A ticket will be required to attend the dinner and meetings.


Click here for Event Materials.



Wednesday, June 27


Opening Remarks | Eric Thomas, Chief Turnaround Officer, Georgia Department of Education

Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement | Glen Harvey, CEO, WestEd; Carlas McCauley, Director, Center on School Turnaround at WestEd







Faithful to the Mission: Leading Turnaround Change in Public School Systems | Martin N. Davidson, Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia







Dinner and Closing Remarks | Rep. Kevin Tanner

Thursday, June 28


Breakfast / Meet & Greet

Location: Atlanta C&D


A Different Kind of Leadership: A Leadership Conversation Continuum that Works | Lisa Lawrence, Clearview Consulting

Location: Atlanta A&B


The Governance Team's Role in School Turnaround and Transformation (special session for school board members) | Valerie Wilson, Executive Director; Sam King, Georgia School Boards Association

Location: Lennox



Location: Atlanta C&D



Promoting Instructional Alignment
Stephanie Johnson and Faya Paul, Georgia Department of Education

Location: Peach Tree

Executing Purposeful Weekly Site Visits
Josie Hernandez-Guiterrez, President, Proactive Leaders

Location: Atlanta A&B


Closing Remarks

Location: Atlanta A&B

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dwight Rhodes ( or Kamilah Wilson (


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