• 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
  •  

    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


Dr. Bianca Gallegos

Principal, Columbine Elementary
Boulder Valley School District
2 Year Term - Began 2018
720-561-2517
bianca.gallegos@bvsd.org

At-Large


Brian Lemos

Director, English Language Development
Greeley-Evans School District
2 Year Term - Began 2018
 970-348-6267
blemos@greeleyschools.org

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:

March 12, 2020 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

March 5, 2020 - CO-ALAS Monthly Newsletter

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events


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11th Annual Leadership Conference
POSTPONED
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Our Voices, Our Identify, Our Future: Elevating Latinx Leadership
Keynote Speaker:
Rosalind Wiseman

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools Training Center
1500 E. 128th Ave. Thornton, CO 80241

After lots of deliberation and consideration, the CO-ALAS Board has decided to postpone our Annual CO-ALAS Leadership Conference scheduled for April 18, 2020. While this is not what any of us would have hoped for, we believe this is the best decision for our organization during these unpredictable times and to ensure your health and general well-being. 
 
Please rest assured that the conference has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 26th at the Adams 12 Training Center.  Your registration is good for the fall event.  If you are unable to attend and need a refund, please email us at www.info@co-alas.org .
 
We hope everyone stays healthy. Be well and we'll see you in the fall.

 
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REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Early Bird Registration (before March 15): $150
Registration AFTER March 15: $175
Registration for Groups of 5 or More: $140 each 

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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
April 2020

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 Manuel Calderon, Director, Migrant Education Program, Southeast Region, Pueblo D70.

Career Highlights & Education

I completed my BA in Music Education from the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University-Pueblo) in 1991. 

I began my career as the high school band and choir teacher in Alamosa, CO, building a successful and thriving music department. I also helped to bring more awareness to music in the San Luis Valley (SLV) serving on the board of the SLV Music Association. 

I earned my MA in Secondary Education from Adams State College, then moved to Pueblo to work in Pueblo District 70. Served as band and choir director at Pueblo West Middle school for 11 years. Again, building a great band program and receiving numerous awards for excellence in music. During my tenure as band and choir director,  I worked on and received my Colorado Principal’s License from University of Phoenix in Colorado Springs. 

After one year as Assistant Principal at Pueblo West Middle school, I became the School Administrator at Mountain View Core Knowledge school in Cañon City for two years, then returning to Pueblo D70 as principal of South Mesa Elementary school where I worked for 8 years. Since then, I became Director for the Migrant Education Program in the Southeast area for the past 5 years.

What is exciting about my job?
I come to work very excited about finding ways to support the migratory students. I love the passion my staff has to help the families in our area. I know that the decisions I make as director will impact our families in positive ways.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Find ways to celebrate every student. They need to feel loved and welcomed in your district. Celebrate culture, celebrate successes--even the small ones--and celebrate life. If I would’ve known then what I know now, embrace the Latino community!

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
I enjoy singing and playing my guitar at church, spending time with my new grand baby, and enjoy spending time with my wife.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
I have done much reflecting as the Director of MEP and I have much regret that I did not pay attention to the very real plight of the Latinos/Latinas in our community. CO-ALAS has helped me to identify more with my Hispanic culture and to help support leaders of color and support students of color in our field. I look forward to mentoring and supporting young Hispanic leaders in our community.  

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.

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

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