• 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


Dr. Lora De La Cruz

P-20 Learning Community Director
3 Year Term - Began 2018
Aurora Public Schools
303-340-0859
ladelacruz@aurorak12.org

Co-Chairs


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


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, Columbia 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.

Read the latest CO-ALAS newsletter

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events

5th Annual CO ALAS Administrator Job Fair

Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
St. Peter Claver S.J. Hall
Regis University – Lowell Campus
3333 Regis Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
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This event is free to all K-12 Educators

Sponsored by

Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators & Superintendents (CO ALAS)
Colorado Association of School Personnel Administrators (CASPA)
Regis University - Education Leadership Program

School Districts interested in registering for the event, please register here and choose either Job Fair 2 participants, 3 participants or 4 participants.


10th Annual CO ALAS Leadership Conference
Leading through Influence - Cultivating Resilient and Responsive Leaders

April 13, 2019
8:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m.

Bear Creek High School - Jefferson County School District
Lakewood, CO

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  January 15, 2019

CO-ALAS is a professional education association that advocates for the continued development and placement of Latinx administrators who are committed to quality public education for all students.  The theme for this year's conference is focused around how leaders build resiliency and responsiveness within themselves and in others.  We are looking for sessions that engage leadership and influence as they relate to:  resilience, responsive leadership, cultivating leaders, overcoming barriers, safe schools, safety & security, mental health & wellness, sources of strength, stress management, crisis management, conflict resolution, equity in schools, equity leadership, teacher pipeline (e.g., Arvada HS), etc.  Proposals should be for either a one hour time slot or for a two hour time slot.

Please contact Dr. Scarlet Chopin if you have questions 303-982-5099, scarlet.chopin@jeffco.k12.co.us



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Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

 
LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT
December 2018

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 Denise Cordova-Abbott, ELA Instructional Specialist, Denver Public Schools.

Career Highlights & EducationI graduated from Metropolitan State University, K-12 Physical Education and the University of Northern Colorado with a Masters in Educational Leadership. I was recognized by the UNC Cesar Chavez Cultural Center for Academic Excellence 4.0.

I was born and raised in the Denver metro area and attended eight years of parochial school and four years of public high school, graduating from Englewood High School.  However, it was not a smooth life experience. Life was hard growing up in poverty and seeing my parents struggle to make ends meet. Catholic Charities paid our tuition and I wore donated uniforms to school. Transportation was always an issue so there wasn’t much I could participate in while in elementary school. When I went to high school, I joined lots of clubs, sports and activities and took on many leadership roles. I found this to be my safe place. I felt happiest when I only needed to go home to sleep and get a bite to eat. I lived at school as much as I could.

I come from a family of many educators, however, in my immediate family, I was the only child to graduate from a four year university and go on to earn my Master’s degree. I have decorated my office with symbols of where I come from. I cherish my great grandfather’s teaching certificate from the Las Animas School district in Southern Colorado dated 1910. Another newspaper article, features my grandfather’s first cousin who was the first Hispanic Principal in Adams District 50. These two items hang in my office next to my diplomas. Growing up, I knew I wanted to be a teacher and an athletic coach--education was going to be the foundation for whatever I wanted to do. Teaching seemed to be in my DNA but the passion came from the relationships I developed with my coaches and I wanted to be able to pay it forward to my future student athletes.

This is my 27th year in education. During this time I have been a secondary teacher, athletic coach, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and Principal in very large and rural education settings. I am currently an ELA  (English Language Acquisition) Instructional Specialist with the Denver Public Schools. I am passionate about working with families in high poverty and ethnically diverse groups of students. I have been on school leadership teams that have been recognized for Outstanding Academic Growth by the Foundations for Great Schools and Centers of Excellence Award. I have had other recognitions during my career in the Aurora Public Schools as an “Aurora Everyday Hero” and nomination for the television channel “7 Everyday Hero” for my work in the community and as an assistant principal.

What is exciting about my job?
What’s exciting about my job is I get to work directly with teachers and knowing we are in this together for the sake of the young people who show up in our schools. I think teachers just want to be heard, so I listen. When they are upset, I listen. When I am struggling to connect, I listen. When in doubt, I listen. It is a big change for me, to stop talking, stop trying to direct someone and just listen. In this role I have a lot more time with individual teachers to scaffold the learning, chunk it, and use a gradual release of responsibility. I get to honor the teacher in front of me and be 100% present.

Words from a consejero/a.
To take care of yourself. Take time to reflect on your practice, to read and learn and grow as a leader. Take time to explore your own beliefs and ways of being. Take time to have conversations about equity, race and injustice. Take time to be with and understand your own emotions. Take care of yourself because you deserve self-care, and because our students need you to take care of yourself, so that you can be the clearest and most available leader for them.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader? 
Wield compassion. It can slice through resistance and open up paths. It can bring people together. An open heart may be scary but it feels better than a closed, angry, hard heart. Compassion is like a muscle that just needs strengthening.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
I have two grandchildren, six and three years old, so my free time every other week is wholly and completely consumed by being a grandmother, which I love immensely. Being a grandparent and engaging them as much as I possibly can, exposing them to things. We like to plan small activities at home, do volunteer work to give back, go places we haven’t been and expose my grandchildren to the diversity that is our world we live in.

Part of being a teacher is sharing new things with someone, and watching that excitement and that joy on their face. That same thing is true in being a grandparent. When they see things for the first time, or experience something for the first time, it’s awesome. Now, I can’t wait to teach them to ski!

How does CO-ALAS add value?
I truly believe in and support the mission of CO-ALAS. 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. I served on the Board of Directors for two years as the secretary and now as a delegate for the past four years. For the past four years, I have been involved in the visionary work for Latina Leadership. This year, I served as the conference chair for the 2nd Annual Latina Leadership Conference. The greatest value that CO-ALAS has offered me is having a network of leaders that I’ve met through CO-ALAS, and at any time, I can pick up the phone or send an email and ask for advice. It is the on-the-job support at your fingertips. Anyone that I have contacted has always been willing to listen, even when I just needed to think out loud, and at other times receiving sound advice which has helped in cultivating my success.



Collaboration

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR AFFILIATES, SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Affiliates

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

AZALAS Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents
The Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association has been in existence since 1988
 and members include administrators and teachers from throughout Arizona.  AHSAA’s mission is to promote leadership, unity, and mentorship for Hispanic educators and students.  To that end, AHSAA is committed to improving the quality of education and ensuring excellence and equity in education for all students in Arizona.


CALSA – California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators
CALSA is a community of educational leaders whose mission is working to increase the number of successful Latino/Latina administrators, committed to closing the Latino/Latina student achievement gap.  CALSA will achieve its mission by, advocating on behalf of Latino children, providing mentoring opportunities for professional development and career enhancement.


GALAS Georgia Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents

The Georgia Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (GALAS) was formed in 2012 with the goal of establishing an organization committed to identifying and developing school leaders to improve the educational outcomes of Latino students in Georgia. A small group of dedicated administrators throughout the Metro Atlanta area began the task of developing the Vision, Mission, goals, and bylaws for the organization. GALAS became an official state affiliate in the fall of 2014.


OALA – Oregon Association of Latino Administrators

OALA was created as a vehicle to support and mentor Latino Administrators as well as Latino educators who aspire to become administrators in the State of Oregon.

ALAS de Nuevo Mexico 
 Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents de Nuevo Mexico
OALike its parent organization, the mission of ALAS de Nuevo México is to advocate for public education by inspriing and cultivating the development and promotion of Hispano/Latino educational leaders for the benefit of all students.
 
TALAS  Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents
 The Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS) is beginning its first year as a state association for the identification, recruitment, development and advancement of Latino school administrators in order to improve public education in general for all students with an emphasis on improving the educational and career opportunities of Latino youth.
 
SFL-ALAS  South Florida Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents
SFL-ALAS provides a venue for educational professionals to discuss the needs of our diverse community in order to better serve the Latino students who attend Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach county schools.

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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