Michael Holzman is an independent consultant and writer. He joined The Schott Foundation for Public Education as a research consultant in 2002. Dr. Holzman is the author of the Foundation’s series Public Education and Black Male Students: A State Report Card. He is currently working on a report on opportunities for learning in American public schools for the Schott Foundation and a report on childhood homelessness for the National Center on Family Homelessness. He is an evaluator of the City University of New York’s Black Male Initiative Teachers as Leaders project.
Dr. Holzman has been an advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation’s National Minority Female Single Parent Employment Skills Program, an evaluator and advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation’s teacher professional development initiatives in the arts and humanities in Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and project director of the Bruner Foundation’s evaluation of the New York State Community Schools initiative. With Dr. Jane MacKillop, he designed an adult literacy initiative for Philadelphia and co-edited The Gateway: Paths to Adult Learning, a national literacy program that enabled at least 30,000 adults to learn to read.
Dr. Holzman was a founding Senior Advisor for the Panasonic Foundation, where he participated in the development of the Foundation’s “school-house to statehouse” systemic school reform initiative. His responsibilities at Panasonic included evaluation, analysis, planning and implementation of structural reform and standards-based curricular improvements in school districts from San Diego to Miami, Minneapolis to Baton Rouge and a number of state departments of education.
As Program Officer for Education at the American Council of Learned Societies, Dr. Holzman designed and operated a national humanities teacher development program, which brought outstanding teachers together with world-class scholars at UCLA, the University of Colorado, Harvard and other sites around the country. He created and implemented a teacher exchange program between the United States and China, which improved the English language skills of teachers of English in selective Chinese secondary schools and introduced American teachers and their students to Chinese language and culture.
Dr. Holzman has served as a program director and development officer for a variety of other organizations and as a consultant to a wide variety of educational, arts, legal and public health organizations in the United States, United Kingdom and the Middle East, helping them to raise support for their work. He taught and was an administrator at the University of California and the University of Southern California. He served as director of the California/USC Writing Project (k-12 teacher professional development) and the Model Literacy Program at the University of Southern California.
He is the author of a number of books, articles and reviews in the fields of education, literature, literacy and history. His most recent book, James Jesus Angleton, The CIA and the Craft of Counterintelligence was published in 2008, by the University of Massachusetts Press. He received a doctorate from the University of California, San Diego.
His most recent books are:
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Mr. Holzman will be live on our show today at 10 a.m. Eastern/7 a.m. Pacific. He will be discussing the article “Time to Stop Suspending Young Black Men Into Prison and Poverty” and the book from which it was drawn, “The Black Poverty Cycle and How to End It”
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