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

Sep 23

VASSP Representing the Associations Members

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Governor McAuliffe is holding roundtable meetings for community members all across the state of Virginia this fall. VASSP will have a presence at every one of the roundtable meetings, representing the Commonwealth’s school leaders during this import opportunity to interact and provide feedback and suggestions to the Governor. Yesterday, September 22, there was a roundtable …

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Sep 01

Successful SCA, Successful School

This is a guest post from Andrea Vale, the Director of the Virginia Student Council Association (VSCA): Successful SCA, Successful School If you have been fortunate enough to be in a school with a top-notch SCA, you know the impact that strong student leadership can have on the overall climate of your school. Studies have …

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Aug 23

School Is Open!

Well, almost. While some divisions have already returned to school, the majority of divisions will welcome back teachers Monday, August 31st, with students returning on Tuesday, September 8. With the new school year right around the corner, what have you decided to do to be a better school leader? As we put the finishing touches …

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Aug 03

ESEA Rewrite Debate Shaping up

Congress has begun the work of re-writing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and it figures to be a long and winding road. There are amendments that will need to be debated and compromises that have to be made. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan has called for a law that is based on lessons learned …

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May 18

Administrative Vacancy in Texas

We have received information regarding administrative positions in other states.  PROACT Search was recently retained by the Dallas Independent School District (TX) to recruit talented principals for Skyline High School. Based on your experience you or other individuals you know who might be an exceptional candidate for this exciting position. Skyline High School serves over 4,000 students, and is regularly recognized for its …

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May 18

Administrative Vacancies in Orange County Virginia High School

Orange County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brenda Tanner has announced administrative openings at Orange County High School for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Due to retirements, the positions of principal and one assistant principal will be vacant as of June 30, 2015. Interested? If you are looking for a school division led by a superintendent …

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Apr 07

It’s April – Take Time to Recognize Assistant Principals

The week of April 13 – 17  is designated by NASSP as National Assistant Principals Week. This is a great time to recognize the contributions  that Assistant Principals make in your buildings daily. NASSP has developed several suggestions to help you celebrate the contributions of your assistant principal(s): Contact your local community officials (mayor) to declare …

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Mar 28

VASSP Members Recognized at 2015 March Board of Education Meeting

Two Virginia school administrators were recognized for their accomplishments at the March 26, 2015 Commonwealth Board of Education meeting in Richmond. Each administrator was presented with a Resolution of Recognition by a member of the board at the beginning of meeting. A Resolution of Recognition was presented to the 2014 Outstanding Middle School Principal of Virginia: …

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Mar 27

State Board Implements SOL Retakes for Middle/Elementary Schools….Now!

During their March 26th meeting, the State Board of Education took unusual action on an item that was scheduled only for “First Review” on their agenda. The item, last on the Action/Discussion Items list was item I, “First Review of a Resolution Establishing Criteria for Students Eligible for Expedited Retakes of Standards of Learning Tests in …

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Mar 24

Next Generation High School Act

New legislation has been introduced in the United States Congress to help traditionally underserved students. This bill, Next Generation (Next Gen) High Schools Act, has been submitted by Senator Tammy Baldwin, D – Wisconsin. According to the NASSP blog, the source of information for this information, this act “… would authorize $300 million for a competitive …

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