Elia named 'District Data Leader of the Year' by state DOE
The Florida Department of Education named Hillsborough school superintendent MaryEllen Elia the state's "2011 District Data Leader of the Year." The award, according to a DOE press release, "recognizes school leaders who support and encourage the use of data among their staff to change classroom culture, and identifies districts that communicate the relevance of student data to teachers, administrators, parents and other education stakeholders." Elia, left, was chosen from five finalists, it says, "based on her leadership in gathering stakeholder input to create customized school- and district-level performance scorecards, as well as building a comprehensive, secure, user-friendly dashboard that combines a variety of data for her district." For more information on the new award, head on over to the DOE's website.