David Ellena

Author's details

Name: David Ellena
Date registered: October 6, 2011
URL: http://www.vassp.org


Dr. David S. Ellena Roanoke College, B.S. University of Richmond, M.S. University of Virginia, M.Ed. David is the Education Policy Analyst and Director of Web Communications for the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals. David has served Virginia's public schools for 30 years, and is currently the Principal of Tomahawk Creek Middle School in the Chesterfield division. Larry has been a member of VASSP since 2001 and has served on the Board of Directors for 12 years. He has served as the Assistant Principal At Large for two terms, the Director of Region I for two terms, President Elect, President of VASSP and Immediate Past President. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He has presented at the VASSP summer conference and has served as presider for several speakers.

Latest posts

  1. School and PTA Partnerships — April 8, 2016
  2. Harness the Power of Social Media — March 8, 2016
  3. Crossover Day at the General Assembly — February 19, 2016
  4. Profile of a Virginia Graduate Bill — February 16, 2016
  5. Advocating for Our Profession is not an Optional Thing — February 10, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Education Funding in Virginia-Where Is It and How Do School Divisions Get It? — 1,446 comments
  2. Virginia State June 27th School Board Meeting — 1,118 comments
  3. Principal Associations Comment on Administrator Evaluations — 736 comments
  4. Leadership Tip: It’s Sometimes Best to Keep Silent — 633 comments
  5. Changing Responsibilities and Changing Evaluations – Help for Building Principals — 608 comments

Author's posts listings

Apr 08

School and PTA Partnerships

Carole Kihm is principal of Longfellow Middle School in Falls Church, Virginia. She is our guest blogger for this post. As we celebrate National Principals’ month and what makes schools successful, I reflect on our very talented and dedicated Parent Teacher Association (PTA.) Our motto of “inspiring excellence” in all we do has a direct …

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Mar 08

Harness the Power of Social Media

In today’s environment, social media is one of the most powerful tools an administrator can utilize to keep in contact with the community. This post comes to us from VASSP Board Member Jeffrey Carroll, Principal of Warhill High School in the Williamsburg-James City Division. Contributed by Jeffrey Carroll, Ph.D. & Shelly Cihak, Ed.D.   As …

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Feb 19

Crossover Day at the General Assembly

Today we have a post from one of the VASSP Board members, Dr. Mark Makovec, Principal, Northside Middle School, Norfolk Division. As you are aware, VASSP is one of the premier principal organizations in the country because of support from strong members like yourself. We are fortunate to have Bet Neale, who is a full-time staff …

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Feb 16

Profile of a Virginia Graduate Bill

On Friday, February 12, our Commonwealth continued in an exciting process that will ultimately lead to the crafting of our new “Profile of a Virginia Graduate.”  In a discussion facilitated by WestEd’s Dr. Becky Smerdon and introduced by Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Steve Staples and VDOE’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Billy Haun, representatives from …

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Feb 10

Advocating for Our Profession is not an Optional Thing

The General Assembly has been extremely busy this session. With the Governor’s focus on education during this upcoming year, the representatives in the house and the senate have been quick to take up that calling. HERE is a link to VASSP’s blog on happenings at General Assembly, Capital Issues. In it, our full time lobbyist, Bet Neal, goes …

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Jan 27

VASSP Member Recipient of Milken Award

Amber Dortch is the Principal of Hugo A. Owens Middle School in the Chesapeake Division. She is also a VASSP member and as of December 11, she is also among an elite group of educators recognized for promoting excellence and innovation at their schools. Mrs. Dortch was selected as the 41st Virginian educator to receive …

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Jan 26

And So It Begins…

  The Virginia general Assembly is back in action, and it did not take long for a bill to get onto the VASSP radar. This particular bill is an amendment to Code of Virginia statutes  §§ 22.1-277, 22.1-277.04, and 22.1-277.05, which you can access by clicking on the hyperlinks. Specifically, the amendment reads: Students may …

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Jan 18

VASSP January Board Meeting

The Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) held their first board meeting of the new year today, January 18, 2016. As usual, the agenda was full and the topics were varied. Part of the day was spent discussing possible sites for upcoming state conferences. If you have never attended a VASSP state conference, make …

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Dec 15

ESSA Has Passed, No More NCLB. Now What?

December 9th, 2015, was a big day for education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed by the Senate on a 85-12 vote. It was to President Barack Obama, who signed the bill into law on December 10th . The last remnants of the extremely unpopular No Child Left Behind Law have been swept …

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VASSP Sponsors Assistant Principal Insitute

IMG_0672 (2)On Wednesday, October 29, VASSP sponsored an Assistant Principal Institute. The institute was held in Williamsburg, VA, at the Doubletree Hotel. There were over 40 participants from around the Commonwealth. Janice Case, former VASSP Board Member and State Coordinator, conducted the workshop. Mrs. Case is now a trainer and facilitator for NASSP and the National Association of School Leadership (NISL).
Below is a picture of Assistant Principal Tammy Houk (a VASSP Board Member), Assistant Principal of the Year for the Commonwealth of Virginia Brian Haughinberry and Janice Case, NASSP facilitator.

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