• 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, 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 9, 2019 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

May 3, 2019 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

April 2, 2019 - Dr. Glenn McClain and Guillermo Medina Recognized as 2019 Outstanding Latino Leaders

Winter 2019 - Read the latest CO-ALAS newsletter

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events

Diversity Leadership Institute for Teachers

May 29, 2019
Regis Jesuit High School
$25 per person (includes breakfast, lunch and materials)
RSVP
Caleb Munro

CO-ALAS Board Retreat

June 21-22
Metro State University

PreK-12 Title IX Administrator Certification Course

August 6-8, 2019
hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver
 

3rd Annual Latina Leadership Conference

Fall 2019
Date & Location (TBD)

 Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents 16th Annual ALAS Education Summit

October 9-12, 2019
Orlando, FL

6th Annual CO ALAS Administrator Job Fair

January 25, 2020
Regis University

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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 2019

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 Guillermo Medina, Principal, Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer Elementary, Boulder Valley School District.

Career Highlights & Education

This is my thirty first year as an educator. During this time, I have been recognized for my work to fostering inclusive environments for students with diverse needs and my work with migrant families. During my time in the Poudre School District I received the Excellence in Education Award for my work as a second grade teacher. Now in the Boulder School Valley I received the Principal of the Year (Colorado Association of Bilingual Educators or CABE), I was in the Superintendent’s Honor Roll, and now, the CO-ALAS Board has honored me by naming me the Colorado Latino Administrator of the Year. Part of this award includes the CO-ALAS nomination for the Leaders in Education Latinx Administrator of the Year. Which to my surprise, I have received. I highlight these accolades because they have all come unexpectedly and thanks to the kindness of my colleagues, my students and their parents.

I was born in Venezuela and came to the United States when I was still a teenager to learn English. Thanks to my parents’ sacrifice, I was able to stay and receive my B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in Special Education. Later, I received my Masters in Special Education and Principal Endorsement from Colorado State University. My biggest ‘in the job’ mentors and influences have been my supervisors, colleagues and the many exceptional teachers that have taught me everything that I know about leading, teaching and learning.

What is exciting about my job?
Any school administrator reading this will attest to the following comment: “Our job is anything but boring!” What brings me the greatest joy, even after 32 years, are the small moments when I feel like I have helped move the dial for a student or for my school community. Today, for instance, I felt like I really connected with Omar. That kept me going.

What advice would you give a new superintendent or school leader?
Even though you are very busy, give yourself the time to find out what is really going on before judging the situation. I also found that going to the proverbial balcony, when things get tough, buys you enough time to breathe and fairly evaluate the situation.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .

You’ll find me with my family and friends. They mean everything to me.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
I am not someone who often goes to conferences or does much beyond the school walls. I honestly do not feel that I have the time considering how much we have on our plate and many conferences did not seem to relate to my daily reality. This has not been the case when I started going to the CO-ALAS conference. It feels good to be surrounded by colleagues that look like me and who also want to positively influence all students, but in particular, students who are traditionally underserved. I believe that considering our political context that there has never been a better time for the Latino leadership to unite. CO-ALAS is the place or space where we can connect and organize.



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

Partners

Equity Assistance Center

Colorado Department of Education

Colorado Department of Higher Education

State Associations

Learning Dynamics
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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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