IN 7 STEPS
Dr. H. E. Holliday
"Doc" Holliday has been a building principal for
parts of four different decades (1970-2000) in Ohio and Georgia at the middle-
and high-school levels. His schools have long been characterized and recognized
for exceeding academic expectations because of his willingness to take
acceptable risk, his sensible and savvy leadership talents, and his success as a
change agent. He earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Ohio State
University, where he was selected by his professors as the top scholar in his
class. He has presented many cutting-edge ideas at numerous state, regional,
national and international conferences across the United States. He has served
as a classroom teacher (rural) and as principal of both middle and high schools.
He has been an assistant superintendent for school improvement for the Cobb
County (Georgia) Public School District (suburban), as well as chief of staff
for the Atlanta Public Schools (urban).
Doc Holliday is considered a leader in
developing innovative, data-driven programs for high-risk, under-performing
schools with diverse populations. One of his most important contributions to
public education is having produced over 50 educators who have gone on to become
successful principals and university leaders across the United States.
He believes that public schools must learn how
to take advantage of uncharted opportunities and how to stretch the few
resources that are within their control. It is just like anything else: We must
learn to do more with less!
He is also
a sought-after lecturer and presenter because of his wealth of knowledge in the
field of education over the past 30 years.
his speaking itinerary, click here.
Dr. Holliday is currently an assistant professor
at Kennesaw State University (Georgia), after recently serving as the principal
of a formerly low-performing, diverse middle school in Metro Atlanta.
Thursday, February 1, 2007
A Call To Lead
Nearly 200 African American high school students from the Atlanta
area learned lessons about leadership, networking, and the
importance of higher education, at a first of its kind conference at
Kennesaw State University on Tuesday, January 30th.
H. E. "Doc" Holliday,
Ph.D., organized the Men of Distinction Leadership Conference
because he says public schools are doing a poor job of educating
male students and preparing them for college.
According to college enrollment
black women outnumber men 1,266,107 to 686,615. “We have more and
more dropping out, or in jail, than we do in college today,”
It’s a nationwide problem, said KSU President Dr. Dan Papp. Two
years ago the university started the African American Male
Initiative program to not only attract males, and keep them in
school through graduation.
“By bringing students in high school, students who are performing
well, to college campuses, in this case Kennesaw State, we are
providing opportunities for them to understand what college life is
all about,” explained Papp.
Tuesday’s workshop included a speech from motivational speaker Mike
Howard, who stressed the need for male leadership. The students then
broke into smaller groups were they were mentored by KSU students
who explained the importance of networking, mental and physical
wellness, and politics.
Theodore Bullard, the NAACP Student President at KSU, told the group
they all should all be politically involved, and encouraged them to
organize voter registration drives at their schools. “I hear people
talk about grassroots, the grassroots is the young people,” said
After lunch, the participants learned about college financial aid,
and how to avoid some of the obstacles that prevent students from
finishing. The students were hand picked from roughly 20 area high
schools because of their strong leadership qualities.
To see video,
go to MyUrbanReport.com/blogsport.com.
barriers in Cobb schools
Gillooly, Marietta Daily Journal Staff Writer
Earl Holliday made history as the first black
high school principal in the Cobb School District.
The son of a General Motors worker in Dayton, Ohio,
"Doc" Holliday became principal of Wheeler High
School in 1992, and says the experience was not
"Being the first, you don't have anyone you can
confide with," said Holliday, who now is a professor
of Educational Leadership in Kennesaw State
University's Bagwell College of Education.
"You have to find a lot of things out on your own
and you live in a fish bowl," said Holliday.
"Everybody is looking to see if you measure up."
By raising Wheeler's average SAT score 43 points in
three years, Holliday, who also served as assistant
principal of Campbell High School and principal of
Campbell Middle School, showed other Cobb educators
they would have to measure up to him.
"You need to see role models like 'Doc' Holliday in
any school system," said Deane Bonner, president of
the Cobb NAACP chapter, who considers her work with
Holliday in the schools some of the most rewarding
in her life.
After serving as principal from 1992 to 1997,
Holliday accepted a job with the district's central
office as an assistant superintendent under
then-Superintendent Dick Benjamin for two years.
recalls, did little for the district, allowing his
chief of staff at the time, James Wilson, to run the
show. Wilson now is superintendent of Fulton County
Following his stint in the central office, Holliday
transferred to Atlanta Public Schools to serve as
its chief of staff for a year, but said the
cronyism, nepotism and politics he saw there left
Holliday said he has watched from his post at KSU as
some of the same problems unfold in Cobb Schools.
He believes the problem springs from a layer of
administrators just below Superintendent Fred
Sanderson who are simply managers, "when the 21st
century is calling for leaders."
"They're hiring people who think like them and
that's hurting the district," Holliday said.
"There's no diversity."
That saddens Holliday, because he cares about the
second-largest school district in Georgia, not just
because he taught there but also since his daughter,
Monica Hodges, teaches at Blackwell Elementary
School in Marietta.
"I wanted to make a difference," Holliday said, when
asked why he entered education.
Holliday continues to make a difference by training
the next crop of educators at KSU and diving into
He finds that graduation rates for men in public
schools, for instance, is appalling, with only 64
percent of white men graduating, while it dips to 50
percent for black men and 48 percent for Hispanics.
Holliday has authored a book, titled, "Gender
Education in Seven Steps: Reigniting the Pilot Light
of Boys and Girls," that is slated for release later
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Holliday. All rights reserved.
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