Center for Leadership and Learning
Dr. Holman has been an administrator in Arkansas for 25 years 21 years as a superintendent of schools and based his career on improving student achievement and learning, using the latest in technology and innovation. He has been the leader in small, medium, and large districts in Arkansas.
He was instrumental in passing a mileage to build the first Technology Center in Arkansas with the first fiber-optic connection for all the schools in the district, providing the first student and financial management system. He has also been honored in many ways for his leadership ability and knowledge of all aspects of technology/learning.
He has served on numerous Boards and as President of Arkansas Association Curriculum and Instruction Administrators (AACIA) and Arkansas Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (AASCD). He has been active on the state and national level with policy making and curriculum/instruction legislation, including ACT 35 and the growth model for our latest waivers from NCLB. He is currently on the Pygmalion Commission for influencing decisions for at-risk and alternative learning students in Arkansas and also the ACT 222 Task Force.
Also he was successful in getting the Arkansas State Board of Education to approve three of three applications for conversion charter schools with the idea to improve student achievement using innovative and creative strategies, and providing parents a choice of how to educate their children. All the charters have focused on three primary areas:
High Tech and use of technology to engage and improve student achievement
Project based learning and application of learning using projects and real world curriculum
Giving students at-risk another opportunity to learn using the technology tools with character development, respect, and community based projects.
He was one of the original seven founders of the Arkansas Center for Leadership and Learning or Leadership and Learning (L2L) at Arkansas Tech University. ACEL has had a positive impact on over 150 superintendents and 50 principals in the five years since starting. A new cohort of superintendents, central office administrators, and principals are enrolled again this year.
Dr. Holman represented Arkansas Superintendents in 2006 as the Arkansas Superintendent of the Year and was chosen to attend a follow up leadership training in Denver, Co. of that year working with leadership issues for superintendents across the nation.
He is an Arkansas Tech University graduate earning a BS and BSE from the university, he also earned his MSE and Ed.S from the University of Central Arkansas and his Doctorate at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He is currently teaching in the Center for Leadership and Learning (CLL) in the Ed.S program and providing instruction for future leaders of Arkansas in leadership, educational policy, and innovation.