UVA School Turnaround Workshops 2016

In support of the new requirements for campus interventions from House Bill 1842, Raise Your Hand Texas is hosting a series of free workshops across the state to support district and campus leaders in completing their Campus Turnaround Plans.

Planning Campus Turnaround

We have partnered with The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the University of Virginia, School Turnaround Program, to provide Second Year Improvement Required (IR) campuses an opportunity to develop a long-term approach for improving academic outcomes on their campuses.


  • You are principal of a campus designated Second Year IR in the 2015 -16 school year OR
  • You are a District Coordinator of School Improvement (DCSI) of a district with one or more campuses designated Second Year IR in the 2015 -16 school year.

Each campus designated Second Year IR in the 2015-16 school year should plan on bringing two attendees, the campus principal and DCSI. In lieu of a designated DCSI the second attendee might be the district superintendent or designee.

Dates and Locations

  • February 29 in San Antonio at the Region 20 ESC
  • March 9 in Houston at the Region 4 ESC
  • March 10 in Dallas at the Region 10 ESC

To Reserve Your Spot:

  • Select the event closest to your campus.
  • Forward this email to eligible district and/or campus leadership (see above) and let them know what date/location your district will be attending. Please try to bring the principal of each 2nd year IR campus as well as the DCSI.
  • Ensure that everyone who plans to attend completes the RSVP form:

RSVP FORM Questions? Contact the Raise Your Hand Texas Programs team, at programs@ryht.org.

Faculty Biographies

Josie Hernandez-Gutierrez

Josie Hernandez-Gutierrez is an educational consultant who focuses her work on the transformation of central office, principal supervision, systemic instructional infrastructures, and change leadership. Prior to her consultancy, Josie has served as a Chief of Schools in the north Houston area. Over the span of 20 years, she has also served in a number of roles including the University of Virginia School Turnaround Program team as a national consultant, and as an Assistant Superintendent in Dallas where she led school transformation in up to 62 schools at both the elementary and secondary level. Josie also worked in Fort Worth where she opened and headed the Office of Transformational Leadership and School Improvement (OTLSI). She is an experienced educator and administrator, having previously worked as a Director of School Leadership, Principal, Assistant Principal, and Teacher – all in Fort Worth. She graduated from Texas Christian University with her Bachelor’s degree in Education and then went on to attain both her Master’s and Doctorate in Education Administration at the University of North Texas in Denton. She is deeply committed to school improvement characterized by innovative strategies, wise allocation of resources, operational flexibility, and strategic leadership.

Ryan Quinn

Ryan Quinn is an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville’s College of Business. He researches, teaches, trains, and consults on topics related to leadership and change management. He teaches in the Executive, Full-Time, Professional, and Weekend MBA programs, and has also taught in Executive Education, and undergraduate programs. He has consulted around the world for Fortune 500 companies, private firms, start-up businesses, non- profits, and government institutions, is a principal at Lift Consulting, and is co-developing a social media site for organizational and leadership development named Lift Exchange. He has also been involved in educational consulting and training, including his involvement in the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education’s School Turnaround Program and the Wallace Foundation Programs, helping to train school system administrators transform public schools and reduce achievement gaps. Ryan’s research focuses on two topics in particular: (1) the role that our psychological states play in our leadership, and (2) how organizations and individuals learn from success .Ryan has a B.S. in statistics from Brigham Young University, a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, a graduate certificate in the study of complex systems from the University of Michigan, and has studied international business and corporate strategy in Hitotsubashi University in Japan. He has taught at the Olin School of Business in Washington University in St. Louis, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. Ryan has also been heavily involved in the Positive Organizational Scholarship movement, focusing many of his research questions on understanding what makes organizations and the people within them flourish, excel, and exceed expectations.

Ryan has published articles in outlets such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science, Human Resource Management, Journal of Management, Business & Economy, and the Washington Post. The second edition of a book that he has co-authored, Lift: The Fundamental State of Leadership, was published in 2015.

Shawn Quinn

Shawn Quinn is The Managing Partner for LIFT Consulting and a Partner in the Competing Values Company. He is also an instructor in the Executive Education Program at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. He teaches courses on leadership, change and innovation. Shawn also plays a key role at the University in the Center for Positive Organizations where he works with organizations interested in applying positive organizing concepts. Shawn has consulted with many companies such as General Electric, Coca Cola, Telefonica O2, DENSO, American Express, Reuters, Detroit Charter Schools and the U.S. Army. At Prudential Retirement, for example, he guided their internal change agent team in building a positive corporate culture. At General Electric he has helped design and run the initial idea generation process for one of their Imagination Breakthrough projects. At the University of Michigan Health System he facilitated sessions with the leadership in the Office of Clinical Affairs to clarify strategic priorities and projects that would most help that group create their agreed upon desired outcomes. Shawn has also helped develop and run the Competing Values Change and Innovation Assessment with over one hundred teams and organizations. Shawn is the co-author of the McGraw-Hill book, “Leading Innovation: How to Jumpstart Your Organization’s Growth Engine.” He has also co-authored five other articles and book chapters on change, engagement and positive leadership. Shawn has a Masters degree in Organizational & Social Psychology from Columbia University. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Psychology while simultaneously earning a certificate in Experienced Based Learning and Training from National Training Labs (NTL). Before getting his Masters degree Shawn worked for Knight Transportation where he was given responsibility for a number of key strategic projects including heading up a new technology implementation program. Shawn resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife and four children. He enjoys playing a round of golf if the weather and time will allow it. 734-945-9142 squinn@leadingwithlift.com

William Robinson

William Robinson is the executive director of the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (PLE). Robinson has been with the PLE since 2010, initially overseeing efforts to transform how the PLE supports district partners and builds executive education programs focused on systemic change. Robinson is a graduate of Harvard Business School and an Education Pioneers alumnus. Prior to joining the PLE, he completed consulting work for various education organizations, including the D.C. Public Education Fund, the Center for Better Schools and Stand for Children. Robinson began his career at McMaster-Carr Supply Company, where he helped manage its supply chain operations in Atlanta, Georgia. Robinson earned his B.A. in economics from Princeton University.

(February 29, March 9, March 10)

8:30 am – 8:40 am

Welcome and Program Opening

Darden/Curry PLE and Raise Your Hand Texas

8:40 am – 10:00 am

Class Presentation/Discussion – Creating Purpose

Materials: Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation
Faculty: Ryan Quinn, University of Louisville (San Antonio); Shawn Quinn, University of Michigan (Houston and Dallas)

10:00 am – 10:15 am


10:15 am 11:15 am

Class Presentation/Discussion – Planning for Change

Materials: Intermountain Health Care HBS 9-603-066
Faculty: Ryan Quinn, University of Louisville (San Antonio); Shawn Quinn, University of Michigan (Houston and Dallas)

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Workshop and reflection time with working lunch – Apply learning to your setting

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Class Presentation/Discussion -Systems for Successful Turnarounds

Faculty: William Robinson and Josie Hernandez-Gutierrez, Darden/Curry PLE

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm


1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Workshop – Prioritizing needs in campus turnaround plan

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Class Presentation/Discussion – Personal Leadership for Transformational Success

Nicholas Gray: The More Things Change OB-0773, The Positive
Organization: Breaking Free from Conventional Cultures, Constraints and Beliefs, chapter 4
Faculty: Ryan Quinn, University of Louisville (San Antonio); Shawn Quinn, University of Michigan (Houston and Dallas)

4:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Program Wrap-up

Darden/Curry PLE and Raise Your Hand Texas