• 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


12th Annual VIRTUAL Leadership Conference
April 23-24, 2021
¡DALE GANAS!
Leading for Success
Featuring:
Dr. Gustavo Balderas
Former Senator Polly Baca

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

View the Flyer

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE HERE
5 OR MORE PARTICIPANTS? REGISTER HERE FOR A DISCOUNT!
WANT TO BE A CORPORATE SPONSOR OR PARTNER? REGISTER HERE!

Please contact Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra for more information.

Sponsored by:

Apex Learning

Benchmark Education

McGraw Hill

 

 


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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBERS

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Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

 
LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT
April 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 Isabel Celia Alvarado, Kindergarten Teacher in Harrison School District 2.

Isabel shares her 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

My career and educational journeys have been filled with a multitude of blessings and privileges, as well as opportunities arisen from my dedication and commitment to serving communities that are systematically disadvantaged. 

During my undergraduate education at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, I was a Chancellor’s Leadership Scholar and President of Mi Gente My People (UCCS’s Latinx Student Union). I graduated in May of 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Inclusive Elementary Education, with endorsements in Special Education and Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education. I completed my first year as a Kindergarten teacher when the 2020 global pandemic struck. Even through the chaos and uncertainty that unfolded March of 2020, I created daily videos for my students and participated in regular food distributions in our communities. Currently, I am in my second year teaching Kindergarten. I serve on our school’s BLT Committee (Building Leadership Team) and the Sunshine Committee (dedicated to uplifting our staff). I was recently recognized as Educator of the Year from Educating Children of Color Incorporated after writing an essay and being awarded a grant to purchase headphones for my students who were tasked with learning from home in sometimes chaotic environments.

Working in a Title 1 school with culturally rich populations, I am committed to valuing my students, seeing their color, celebrating their color, and ensuring the best education, support, and opportunities for our communities.

What is exciting about my job?
I spend eight hours everyday with beautiful, brilliant little lights between the ages of 5 and 6. They are creative, energetic, and completely honest with their thoughts and opinions. I am asked the most precious and hysterical questions, such as: is this school? Do you work here? Why is your hair crazy most days? Do you sleep in the classroom when we all leave? Having fun, building relationships, and watching my students grow academically and holistically is hands down the most exciting and rewarding aspect of teaching.

Words from a consejero/a:
“Tu eres mi otro yo. Si te hago daño a ti, me hago daño a mi mismo. Si te amo y respeto, me amo y respeto yo.

You are my other me. If I do harm to you, I do harm to myself. If I love and respect you, I love and respect myself”  - En Lak’ech, a Mayan proverb

May we be giving and spreading the encouragement, support, and love that we want to receive.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Remember to be as committed to yourself and your wellness, as you are to your students, staff, and communities. In order to serve others, we have to be well ourselves, and grounded in our purpose.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
My partner Ariel, our wonderful rescue pup Nala, and I are often outside on walks, adventures, or at dog parks. I also love reading, doing yoga, and baking. Last, I sing with the Colorado Springs Resistance Revival Chorus, infusing music and song with dedication for social justice.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
As a new member, I am excited to meet more folks in educational leadership roles who look like me, and represent my community. I am grateful for the opportunity to network while being in 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.

CONTACT US


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

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