“Doc” Holliday has been a building principal for more than four 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.
American public education has just experienced one of its most traumatic and challenging years ever. Many of our students have studied in isolation. Far too many of our teachers have been forced to adhere to the demands of politicians instead of seasoned educators as to what is in the best interest of providing a quality education for children. This virtual seminar will share cutting edge ideas that generate careful thought from even our most reluctant learners as we hit the ground running in the Fall. Teachers must be able to begin a new school year with a new sense of urgency and new common-sense tools in their toolbox. I choose to use the metaphor of “Huddling Up” which happens often when athletic teams come together to talk over adjustments or different strategies to be successful during competitive games. Educators have been relegated to the sidelines over the past year with little opportunity to offer their professional input and advice. The time is now to kick our ideas into gear and to “Get off the Sidelines and Back into the Game”.