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Superintendent Bulson's Entry Plan             


Introduction

I am honored to be the next superintendent of Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) where the vision is to inspire and prepare each student to achieve success in college and career. Over the next four months, I will embark on an entry plan to learn about the strengths and values of the school system while building a foundation for trusting and productive relationships. This entry plan consists of two phases: Listen and Learn and Prepare for the Future. I expect to complete both phases by the end of October, when I will share my findings and recommendations for next steps with the community.



Phase 1: Listen and Learn

The Listen and Learn sessions are the centerpiece of the plan. They involve a deliberate focus on listening to voices that represent the diversity of Harford County. I have organized Listen and Learn sessions into three phases. In July, I will focus on system and community leadership including meetings with individual Board of Education (BOE) members, school system administrators, elected officials, and other community leaders. When 10-month employees return to our buildings in August, I will focus on schools and school employees. Once the school year begins in September, I will focus on parents/guardians and students along with other community groups.



Listen and Learn sessions will help me identify strengths and opportunities. I will develop an understanding of existing relationships between school system leaders and various stakeholder groups. I will be listening for how system leaders seek input, how stakeholders provide input, and how system leaders then process that information. I will use what I learn to build a foundation that establishes effective two-way communication with stakeholders throughout the county.

While the focus of individual meetings will vary, the system vision will be a common element in all meetings. I am interested in understanding how stakeholders think our schools inspire and prepare each student to achieve success in college and career. Defining the three key words—inspire, prepare, and achieve—for HCPS as a system is important while also ensuring we are working for each student.




Plan Detail: Listen and Learn
 
 






Phase 2: Prepare for the Future

Prepare for the Future is the second phase of the entry plan. As I collect information about the system during the Listen and Learn phase, I expect to receive suggestions about how to inspire and prepare students to advance achievement. During the second phase I will utilize the data I gather to identify priorities and determine the appropriate strategies to address them. Setting these priorities will assure the system has a clear set of goals moving forward and that the strategies we will use to achieve those goals are clearly delineated.



Plan Detail: Prepare for the Future





Closing

As the superintendent of HCPS, my goal is to hear from as many voices as possible over the next few months. I have set forth this aggressive schedule of Listen and Learn sessions to gather information from stakeholders. The system will use this data to create a path for future work on behalf of our students.

In October, I will present my findings to the community. This presentation will include sharing the themes that emerge in the Listen and Learn sessions as well as potential new initiatives and the strategies for considering those initiatives as we Prepare for the Future.




I sincerely believe a strong foundation of personal relationships will be necessary to meet the goals we have set for our students, our system, and our community. Together, we must do everything possible to inspire and prepare each student to achieve success in college and career.





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HCPS Superintendent Biography

Sean Bulson, Ed.D.

Sean Bulson is an education leader with 23 years experience serving public school students. 
 
He is currently Interim Vice President for the Division of University and P-12 Partnerships at the University of North Carolina System (UNC).  In that role, he focuses on educator preparation and directs a portfolio of statewide programs that support schools and school districts.  He joined UNC in 2016 to lead an initiative aimed at opening laboratory schools at UNC institutions to serve students from low-performing schools.
 
In 2011, Dr. Bulson became superintendent of Wilson County Schools (WCS) in North Carolina supervising 12,000 students and 25 schools.  He led the development of a district-wide strategic plan to improve both accountability and transparency, and co-led the establishment of a community wide youth plan which yielded benefits in health, safety, and workforce development.  To better prepare students seeking employment after high school, he engaged both the business community and the Community College to envision, plan, and open the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology, an early college high school which prepares students for careers in advanced manufacturing.  During his tenure, Dr. Bulson served on the North Carolina House Education Innovation Committee, and presented at national and state conferences on topics such as Developing a Youth Master Plan, Creating a Welcoming School District Environment, and Teacher Leadership.
 
Dr. Bulson spent the first 16 years of his career in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland.  He served as Community Superintendent supervising 36 schools with approximately 24,000 students.  While in that role, he co-led the district-wide team responsible for improving student participation and performance in honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses.  Prior to that, he served as Director of School Performance working with 28 Montgomery County elementary, middle, and high schools.  He also served as principal of Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School, an International Baccalaureate World School that consistently ranked in the U.S. News and World Report top 100 high schools in the nation during his tenure.   Dr. Bulson began his career in education as a teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).  In 2008, he was honored as the MCPS ESOL Principal of the Year. 
 
Dr. Bulson holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University, a master’s degree in ESOL instruction from Marymount University, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from George Washington University.