• 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


CO-ALAS Board

Chair

Ron Cabrera, Ph.D.
Leadership Consultant
970-744-8293
ron.g.cabrera@gmail.com

Co-Chairs

Bernadette Archuleta
Staffing Manager
Douglas County School District RE-1
720-433-1292
barchul@msn.com

Ben Martinez
Retired School & District Administrator
bnmartinez@comcast.net

Secretary

Elina Medina
CTE Director - The Med School
Manual High School
Denver Public Schools
720-423-6379
elina_medina@dpsk12.org

Treasurer

Jorge Robles
Executive Director - English Language Acquisition Department
Denver Public Schools
720-423-3733
jorge_robles@dpsk12.org

Past Chair

Jesús Escárcega
Director for Grants Department
Aurora Public Schools
303-340-0864
jdescarcega@aps.k12.co.us

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

FROM OUR ALAS FRIENDS: ALAS-Utah Annual Conference - ¡Venceremos! Power through RISK*
Saturday, May 5, 2018
University of Utah
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
The Honorable Mickey Ibarra
View the Conference flier.

Latina Leadership Network
Locations, Times, and Dates to be announced

Regional CO ALAS Social Events
Locations, Times, and Dates to be announced

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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 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 Brian Lemos, Director of Instruction and English Language Development, Greeley/Evans School District.

Career Highlights & Education
Brian Lemos currently serves as Director of Instruction and English Language Development for the Greeley/Evans School District. Prior to joining the Weld County School District, his experience and leadership roles included; Principal of two community schools, one comprehensive high school and at the elementary level. As Principal, he helped create a continuum of services for all students and families that closed the achievement gap, those schools earning top ratings on the annual state report cards. In 2005, Brian and a team developed a vision to better support the holistic needs of all students and families in the community by opening Pioneer Secondary School. Pioneer focused on offering a continuum of learning options to meet the changing needs of all learners, helping many students graduate. Before his leadership roles as an administrator, he entered the field of education as a Special Education teacher and wrestling coach, helping support and advocate for all learners.

He brings a state level perspective and was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon to two separate commissions; Chairman of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission and as a Board member of the Oregon Educators Professional Development Commission. As Chairman, he was instrumental in helping develop legislation that supported the family financial burden of access to higher education by implementing the Oregon Opportunity Grant.  Through a systematic approach and a continued passion of helping support a quality education for all students and families, he has been able to help support equity for all students throughout his educational career.

What is exciting about my job?
I enjoy the relationships I have made throughout the years with students and families. There is no better feeling than helping make a difference in a person’s life.  With every conversation, I learn something from each individual person and value the impact they have made in my life.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader? 
Be kind, respectful and seek understanding by being a great listener.  Find value in mentoring and motivating others by helping them fulfill their dreams. Build on the strengths of others and seek understanding, every person is a contributor and has value to the team.  

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Wrestling or coaching wrestling, I love the sport. It’s taught me how to set goals, make sacrifices to attain a goal (food at times) and the importance of hard work. Spending time with my family, going to sporting events, fishing and hunting with friends. Being involved with my five children’s activities and going to church on Sunday.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS has helped me develop great relationships with a network of Latino/a leaders and professional growth by providing excellent professional development opportunities. The mentors I have met serving, as the Northern Colorado delegate has been motivating and truly inspiring. It has helped me reflect on my own career and personal values as a Latino educator but more importantly, understand the power of advocacy as a collective group. Thank you CO-ALAS, your influence has been instrumental to my personal and professional growth.



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
coloradoclase@gmail.com

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