• 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.

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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 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 Janet Estrada, Senior Team Transformational Leader, PREP Academy, Denver Public Schools.

Janet 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

I am proud to say that I have been in the Denver Public Schools for 30 years :) ...as a student (k-12), as a student teacher, bilingual teacher, Dean of Instruction, biliteracy specialist and have had many other leadership roles through the years. I am currently a Senior Team Lead at PREP Academy in DPS, a fellow in the 4 Corners Latinx Leadership Academy and I am a School Board Director for the Adams 14 School District. 

My parents immigrated to Colorado in the 60’s from Zacatecas Mexico. They came here so that we would have more opportunities. I knew I needed to work hard so that my parents' journey would not be in vain.

As an undergrad, I attended UNM in Albuquerque GO LOBOS! and graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in Psychology and Education. As I reflected on my experiences as a student and leader of color I knew that barriers and systemic realities hindered our ability to thrive and succeed. I knew then that if I wanted to create the change our kids needed I had to continue my education and be a lifelong learner, advocate and leader. I decided to get my masters degree from the University of Colorado Denver and continued to pursue any learning opportunity available!

In 2015 I graduated from the Latino Leadership Institute and a year later went back to UCD to attend the Administration Leadership and Policy Studies Program and received my principals license. My goal is to one day lead a district where BIPOC students and educators thrive, succeed, and lead!

As a mother of 3 boys, 7, 4, and 8 months, it becomes very difficult to jungle all things, however, as of now I am ready to pursue my doctorate….

What is exciting about my job?
I get to make strategic decisions that impact our whole school's culture, instruction, mission and vision AND get to coach and support teachers AND lead authentically while still being in the classroom as an adjunct Profe Estrada AND last but not least….. The thing that is most exciting about my job is working towards our mission which is We will dismantle systems of power and privilege within our school and our community to ensure that each student participates in authentic learning experiences to prepare them for college, career, and life.”

Words from a consejero/a:
"when you lead with integrity, nothing can go wrong"

 

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Don't forget how you started your career or where you come from  and never underestimate those around you.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Me hosting family at my house for menudo sundays, or taquito saturdays, walking the south Platte Trail and spending time with my sons...

How does CO-ALAS add value?
The connections, motivation, support, learning and overall sense of familia helps a leader so much especially when they are the first or only person in their family or circle of friends to be on an educational leadership path!

Collaboration

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR AFFILIATES, SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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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. 



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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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