• 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


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:

May 23, 2020 - CO-ALAS Monthly Newsletter

April 22, 2020 - CO-ALAS Monthly Newsletter

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
RESCHEDULED
Saturday, September 26, 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

The 11th Annual CO-ALAS Leadership Conference has been rescheduled to September 26, 2020. If you registered for the April 18th date, your registration will still be honored for the September 26th date. If you do need a refund, please email us at info@co-alas.org. The deadline to request a refund is May 15, 2020.
 
We hope everyone stays healthy. Be well and we'll see you in the fall.

 
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REGISTRATION OPTIONS TO BE UPDATED SOON
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
May 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 Gabriela Ruiz, Assistant Principal, John H. Amesse Elementary School.

Career Highlights & Education

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I started my career in education right out of high school, 18 years ago, in Southern California. While in college I served as a volunteer at my hometown elementary, a teacher assistant, and also as an in-home tutor.  I received my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education making me the first in the family to attend and graduate college; additionally, I’m also the only one in my family to earn a Master’s degree. I have served diverse student populations ranging from ECE to high school, as a teacher, small group instruction coordinator, and assistant principal. The majority of my work has been in turnaround settings where I have collaborated with teams to bring students from underperforming levels to grade level, and schools from red to green and blue in the Colorado School Performance Framework (SPF). Currently, I am the assistant principal at John H Amesse Elementary in the Denver Public Schools.

Growing up, life wasn’t easy, but my parents taught me to be thankful for what we had (our health, food, and a roof over our heads), so in my eyes we were almost rich. Three families plus my grandparents lived in a duplex house. My dad converted the garage into a third house so that the 14 people who lived there had a bit more space. There were a lot of us, but that was our norm, and we (cousins and siblings) all grew up very close. 

Being the oldest I always felt a sense of responsibility to be a good role model, to do the right thing, to lead my cousins and siblings “por el buen camino,” as my grandma would say.  In high school I kept myself busy with clubs, soccer, and cross country, and at home I was responsible for feeding my siblings and making sure they were safe and completed their homework. Although my parents didn’t attend school past the 7th grade, they both valued education and pushed us to always do our best in school. They couldn’t help me with my homework and if I was ever struggling with an assignment, I would get on my bunk bed and cry. I always wanted to learn and know everything so that my brother and sister didn’t have to go through the same struggles and could always count on me for homework support. This is where my love for learning and helping others learn started. 

What is exciting about my job?
It excites me to make a difference in students' lives as well as seeing their faces glow when they finally understand a new concept. It brings joy to my heart when I see students caring for each other. I enjoy collaborating with others to work on advocating for an equitable education for all students. I appreciate the daily challenges that push me to be a more effective leader for all stakeholders. It’s exciting to be part of teams where everyone has a voice and together we make positive changes for our students. I enjoy the relationships I get to build with my students, families, and staff. 

Words from a consejero/a:
Lead with integrity, and as Don Miguel Ruiz says “When you are impeccable with your word, you feel good; you feel happy and at peace” (The Four Agreements).

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Don’t lose sight of what you stand for! Never forget why you chose to serve others and always remember that before being a student, a teacher, or a parent, we are all humans. Listen to everyone’s voice, and build genuine relationships.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Me with my boys (husband and 12 year old son); they bring balance to my life. We enjoy being outdoors, hiking, biking, walking our 4 dogs, or relaxing at home playing board games, reading a book or watching our new favorite show. When I’m not with “my boys,”  I’m usually out for a run or at yoga class. 

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS has allowed me to be part of an inspirational group of leaders who I can connect with both professionally and culturally, giving me a sense of belonging. I have networked with leaders from various districts and I’m humble to have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from so many talented leaders. Some of the people I admire most, are part of CO-ALAS and have become friends and a support group. 

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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