FLORENCE – The Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University will hold its summer institute June 12 and 13 featuring education experts Dr. H.E. “Doc” Holliday (June 12) and Dr. Barbara Blackburn (June 13).
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. He earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Ohio State University. 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 Public School District as well as chief of staff for the Atlanta Public Schools.
He is currently an assistant professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, after recently serving as the principal of a formerly low-performing middle school in Atlanta, Ga.
Blackburn has taught early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as an educational consultant for three publishing companies. She holds the master’s degree in school administration and is certified as both a teacher and a school principal in North Carolina. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She recently left her position at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to write and speak full-time.
In addition to speaking at state and national conferences, she also regularly presents workshops for teachers and administrators in elementary, middle, and high schools.
The COE Summer Institute is a two-day event designed to provide participants with practical, research-based information focusing on the needs and abilities of children of poverty. The theme of the COE Summer Institute is “Important Work: Teaching Children of Poverty.”
The event will take place each day from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Chapman Auditorium in McNair Science Building.