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Mr. Bruce Holaday

Wrong Bruce Holaday?

Director of Educational Advanceme...

Phone: (650) ***-****  
Local Address:  California , United States
Wildlife Associates
P.O. Box 3098
Half Moon Bay , California 94019
United States

Company Description: Wildlife Associates pioneered educational programs where animals are the teachers 24 years ago as a powerful and effective way to help students and adults reconnect...   more

Employment History


  • B.A. , English and education
    University of Illinois
  • Master , education
    University of Indiana
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The nearly 80,000 Bay Area students ..., 5 June 2015 [cached]
The nearly 80,000 Bay Area students who experience our science education programs in schools each year will now learn not only about wildlife and environmental stewardship but also about clean energy and the importance of solar power," noted Bruce Holaday, Director of Wildlife Associates.
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Gov. Jerry Brown has named Bruce Holaday, who for five years ran the military charter school in Oakland that Brown founded, the next member of the State Board of Education.
Holaday, 59, currently does fundraising and designs teacher workshops and programs for at-risk youths as the director of educational advancement at Wildlife Associates, a nonprofit in Half Moon Bay that offers conservation education to schools. For most of his career, Holaday has taught and been an administrator at military schools, although he didn't attend a military academy or serve in the military.
For 28 years he held various positions, including English teacher, development director, and administrator of a large summer school and camps, at the Culver Academies, a century-old private military school in Northern Indiana.
"My background is not typical for this position," Holaday said in a telephone interview.
A backlash against the Vietnam War wiped out dozens of military schools in the 1970s, but within the past decade there has been a resurgence of the military model in magnet and charter schools attracted to its "clear and distinct purpose and direct approach to behavior and values," said Holaday, comparing it with the Boy Scouts when done well.
"The heart and soul of good military schools are patterns of ritual and traditions, knowing that each year the traditions will go on," he said.
Holaday attended public schools and graduated with a B.A. in English and education from the University of Illinois. He also has a Master's in education from the University of Indiana. He grew up in Champagne, Ill., home of the university where his father was a professor of drama. His mother had a Ph.D in French. He didn't have to travel far for the job with Culver Academies; it's on the same lake in Indiana as the family's summer cottage.
Tags:Bruce Holaday, Charter Schools, Gov.
I have no idea if Mr. Holaday has utilized the same exclusive and discriminatory practices with our Governor's charters. The Governor's election committee would constantly bombard me with "please donate" emails, but when I'd ask for specifics I received a resounding silence.
Where's the Governor's accountability for students with disabilities in his schools and what is Mr. Holaday's position on students with moderate/severe disabilities in charters? Will he use his position to create a better environment for this population or will it be a gift to the California Charter Schools Association who uses dues to lobby for favorable laws that will enrich them at the expense of the public and our public schools that serve all children?
Bruce Holaday, 63, of Oakland, ..., 19 Jan 2016 [cached]
Bruce Holaday, 63, of Oakland, has been reappointed to the California State Board of Education, where he has served since 2012. Holaday has been director at Wildlife Associations since 2014, where he was director of educational advancement from 2010 to 2014. He was executive director at Newpoint Tampa High School from 2009 to 2010 and at the Oakland Military Institute from 2004 to 2009. Holaday held several positions at Culver Academies from 1976 to 2004, including director of development, director of Culver Summer Camps and an English teacher. He earned a Master of Education degree in English from Indiana University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Holaday is a Democrat.
Feliza Ortiz-Licon, 40, of Long Beach, has been reappointed to the California State Board of Education, where she has served since 2015. Ortiz-Licon has been senior director of K-12 education at the National Council of La Raza since 2013, where she was regional director of education for California and the Far West from 2007 to 2013. She was director of college access services at the Fulfillment Fund from 2006 to 2007, director of policy for Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member David Tokofsky from 2003 to 2006 and served as a teacher at John Muir Elementary School from 1999 to 2001. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association.
Document Delivery, 1 Feb 2005 [cached]
Bruce Holaday, OMI's most recent superintendent, has a long history with military schools, and has changed some things during his first six months on the job.
"I don't think there were many people here in the early years who understood the (military school) model," Holaday said.
For example, the school's former practice of putting a National Guard sergeant at the back of each classroom to keep students in line was a "bizarre" idea, the superintendent said.
A good military school puts students in positions of responsibility, and creates a sense of accomplishment and "ownership" among students, he said.
"You don't get that if you've got military people watching in the back of the room," Holaday said.
A few students said that classes are more rowdy this year without the soldiers in the room.Compared to other public middle schools, OMI classes still appear highly, almost impossibly disciplined.
Holaday came to OMI after almost three decades working as an English teacher, administrator and fund-raiser at the Culver Academy, one of the nation's top military boarding schools, located near Chicago in Indiana.
Holaday left his family and friends in Indiana to take over the vacant superintendent's office at Brown's school.
"The mayor can be a persuasive person," he said.
Under the new superintendent, the school has added a counseling program, an art class, after-school tutoring and an expanded student leadership program.Advanced placement classes are on the schedule for next year, and the school's sports programs are growing.
Holaday said OMI will continue to focus on "values education," which he defines as teaching concepts of justice, compassion, honor and other "traits that have served civilization for centuries."
"To me, that is every bit as important in a person's life as how fast he can fly through a calculus problem," he said.
Bruce Holaday, 59, of ..., 8 July 2012 [cached]
Bruce Holaday, 59, of Oakland, has been appointed to the State Board of Education. Holaday has been director of educational advancement at Wildlife Associates since 2010. He was director of Newpoint Tampa High School from 2009 to 2010 and director of the Oakland Military Institute from 2004 to 2009. Holaday served in multiple positions at the Culver Academies from 1976 to 2004, including development director, director of summer programs and English teacher. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Holaday is a Democrat.
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