By Doug Ford
Wally Holbrook retired as Superintendent of the Dixon Unified School District several years ago. A few years later he was persuaded to run for and was elected Superintendent of the Lake County Office of Education (LCOE). When I checked the schedule for the first day of the California School Boards Association Annual Conference in December, he was listed as a presenter for The Hero Project, a workshop offered by LCOE.
I looked forward to seeing Wally again, but was sorry to find he wasn’t there. He had retired again a few weeks earlier. However, it was a superb workshop on the project that Wally, with other community leaders, had initiated in Lake County.
“The Hero Project is an innovative, strengths and research-based approach to community transformation that engages parents in the health and well-being of their child. The project focuses on the parent as the first and most important teacher, scaffolding parent activities and engagement through various levels of participation. It provides a format for broad partnerships throughout a community — including healthcare, education, business and government agencies — developing a unified message and strategy.”