• Support aspiring and current Latino/a administrators and educational leaders.
  • Support aspiring and current Latino/a administrators and educational leaders.
  • Support aspiring and current Latino/a administrators and educational leaders.
  • Support aspiring and current Latino/a administrators and educational leaders.
  • Support aspiring and current Latino/a administrators and educational leaders.
  • Support aspiring and current Latino/a administrators and educational leaders.

 

Who we are. 

CO-ALAS is a professional education association that advocates for the continued development and placement of Latino/Latina administrators who are committed to quality public education for all students.
 

We are committed to:

  • Promoting effective educational practices with Latino/ELL students, which also benefit all students
  • Collaborating with local, state and national educators to promote Latino/ELL student success
  • Providing career enhancement opportunities through professional development and mentoring

CO-ALAS members and supporters include:

  • School superintendents, administrators, teachers and support staff
  • Representatives from the Colorado Department of Education
  • Representatives from the Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents
  • Various educational publishers
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    Contact Us

    CO-ALAS
    PO Box 13109
    Denver, CO 80201
    info@co-alas.org


CO-ALAS Board

Chair


Tara Peña

Executive Director of Middle Schools
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
3 Year Term - Began 2018
720-972-4023
Tara.C.Pena@adams12.org


Co-Chairs


Denise Cordova-Abbott

ELA Instructional Specialist
Denver Public Schools
3 Year Term - Began 2019
720-423-3409
Denise_Cordova-Abbott@dpsk12.org


Jesus Escárcega
Director, Grants
Aurora Public Schools
3 Year Term - Began 2018
303-340-0864
jdescarcega@aurorak12.org

Secretary


Tracy Gallegos

Director, West Central Region
Mesa County Valley School District #51
2 Year Term - Began 2018
7970-254-5195
Tracy.Gallegos@51schools.org

Treasurer


Jeff Pierson

Director, Safe School Environments
Jefferson County Public Schools
2 Year Term - Began 2020
303-982-3186
Jeffrey.Pierson@jeffco.k12.co.us

At-Large


Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra

Interim Principal, West Leadership Academy
Denver Public Schools
2 Year Term - Began 2020
720-432-5460
bcostaguerra@gmail.com

Past Chair


Dr. Ron Cabrera

Leadership Consultant
1 Year Term - Began 2018
970-744-8293
ron.g.cabrera@gmail.com

OUR MISSION


The mission of CO-ALAS is to support aspiring and current Latino/a administrators and educational leaders by promoting best practices, professional learning, communication and networking.

OUR GOALS


Effectively communicate our vision and mission.

  • Promote the organization to increase membership.
  • Work cooperatively with educational organizations to advocate for quality and equitable public education.
  • Provide regular updates about key educational issues
  • Increase support from corporate sponsors

Provide members with opportunities for professional learning by sharing best practices.

  • Create learning opportunities regarding effective school/district administration and leadership.
  • Promote learning opportunities on effective instructional practices.

Develop leadership capacity to increase the number of under-represented educational leaders.

  • Mentoring opportunities for members.
  • Networking opportunities for members.


Latest News:

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events


The 7th Annual K-12 Administrator Job Fair
Virtual Event
Saturday, January 30, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Educators, if you are seeking administrative positions for the 2021-22 school year, please plan on attending the 7th Annual Virtual Administrator Job Fair. During the fair, educators will be able to sign up for video chat 1-on-1 with district representatives regarding their upcoming administrator openings, as well as, participate in group video sessions where you can learn more about the district, their openings, the application process and a brief Q & A session with the participants. The virtual fair uses the Handshake system, which many universities and colleges provide accounts for their students and alumni. This fair will provide you the opportunity to connect with multiple districts, from various regions within the state, giving educators options to connect with as many districts you would be interested in their openings.

View the flyer and register now!


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Estrellas

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBERS

Estrellas

Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

 
LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT
January 2021

Welcome to the CO ALAS Membership Spotlight. Each month we introduce you to one of our many CO ALAS members. Let’s see what they are doing and what’s on their mind!

This month we are featuring Jon Castillo, School Partnerships, Apex Learning.

Jon shares his professional preparation and current bio below.  You can read the diverse experiences that have led to her leadership preparation and various leadership roles.  One of our shining stars!

Career Highlights & Education

In my career (on the “sales” side of the industry), I’ve been able to see and do things in education that a lot of people don’t get the chance to do. I started out supporting virtual speech language pathologists and occupational therapists for a small San Francisco-based startup, where we grew from a handful of school districts in northern California to many, big and small, across the country. At that company, I transitioned into sales, which I loved because it meant more direct contact with educators who were making a difference in the lives of students. Nowadays, I assist superintendents and other school leaders to implement ideas that they didn’t think were possible and help set up online learning programs for some of the most innovative districts in the country. I’ve been able to meet and learn from many talented educators, and I am grateful to help schools provide more and better online learning opportunities for ALL students. 

Education: 

  • University of California, Los Angeles – Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Saddleback College – Associate of Arts in Economics

What is exciting about my job?
I love being the idea guy, and my role at Apex allows me to do just that! The combination of brainstorming with and learning from school district leaders, assisting districts to advance online learning, and building true connections with people makes this a very exciting job.

Words from a consejero/a:
The most impactful words have come from a consejero in business and my mother. 

  • My consejero: “Be hungry and be humble.” 
  • My mother: “No job or person is beneath you.”

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
If we think about it as a book, when it comes to online learning, course completions are only one chapter in the story. New superintendents and/or school leaders should look at change in grades when using online learning, efficacy of programs, cost effectiveness, and if/how the online learning programming enhances the student-teacher relationship. With so much going on, these are things we don’t often keep tabs on. If you want to understand the whole book, you need to read all the chapters!

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Me spending time with my wife in our front yard, babbling nonsense with my 10-month old daughter in her playpen, or attempting CrossFit while day-dreaming about In-N-Out Burger.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
When you see people that look like you doing great things, you think that world is for you as well; you belong there. CO-ALAS has given me the opportunity to help other Latinx high-achievers in their work, and it allows me to support a group that will be the people my daughter will eventually see. Even though I’m not in the classroom, the mentorship, sense of community, and pride makes me want to do more to support education.

Collaboration

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR AFFILIATES, SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Affiliates


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National Organizations
ALAS – Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents
ALAS is the national association created for the purpose of identifying, recruiting, developing and advancing Latino school administrators in order to improve the educational accomplishments of Latino youth. 



 Regional Organizations

Sponsors

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OUR TWEETS

CO-ALAS is a professional education association that advocates for the continued development and placement of Latino/Latina administrators who are committed to quality public education for all students.

CONTACT US


CO-ALAS
PO Box 13109
Denver, CO 80201
info@co-alas.org

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