• 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, Columbia 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.

Read the latest CO-ALAS newsletter

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events

5th Annual CO ALAS Administrator Job Fair

Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
St. Peter Claver S.J. Hall
Regis University – Lowell Campus
3333 Regis Blvd.
Denver, CO 80221
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This event is free to all K-12 Educators

Sponsored by

Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators & Superintendents (CO ALAS)
Colorado Association of School Personnel Administrators (CASPA)
Regis University - Education Leadership Program

School Districts interested in registering for the event, please register here and choose either Job Fair 2 participants, 3 participants or 4 participants.

10th Annual CO ALAS Leadership Conference

April 13, 2019
Jefferson County School District, Location TBA
More information to come!

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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
November 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 Dr. Karla Loria, Student Support Officer for the Harrison School District #2 in Colorado Springs.

Career Highlights & Education
Karla began her teaching career 29 years ago and has served children and communities as a Teacher Assistant, Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Area Superintendent and Regional Superintendent in Houston, Texas, where she was responsible for overseeing the instructional programs and the operational management of 63 schools with more than 46,000 students and a budget of over 340 million dollars. During her tenure there, Dr. Loría led 17 schools out of the State’s Improvement Required status in only one year. During her time in Texas, she received recognition each year for having the highest student performance growth and effective teacher retention rates among her peers. 

She moved to Colorado in 2016 as the Human Resources Officer for Harrison School District #2, and a few months later, she was also given the Student Support Office to oversee. Under her leadership, both department teams refined the internal processes to better support new teachers and administrators, improve student registration processes, reduce teacher turnover, refine the Induction Program for new teachers and administrators, among others. As the Student Support Officer, Dr. Loría brought a group of school administrators together and collaborated to develop a Student Success Plan for at-risk students, resulting in a decrease of 66% of the District’s expulsion rate in only one year.

Dr. Loría earned her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood-Primary Grades and her master's degree in School Administration in Costa Rica, her native country. She later earned her doctorate in K-12 Executive Leadership from the University of Houston, Texas. As a life-long learner, Dr. Loría had received several certifications including Universal Design for Learning from Harvard University, in ESL from NC State University,  and also in Leadership, Organizational Development, Change Management and Coaching Skills, and Strategic Marketing for Schools from RICE University, Texas, where she was also a field advisor for master’s students for several years. Dr. Loría is a National Trainer for the Haberman Foundation and has recently been accepted in the prestigious ALAS Superintendent Leadership Program.

As a Latina leader, Dr. Loría thrives to become a mentor for other administrators and be a strong role model for Latino/a students and families.

What is exciting about my job?
The most exciting part about my job is to know that as educators, we can make a difference in a child’s life, and such difference can be the turning point for that child’s generations to come. Working with students and adults who care about students is the most rewarding job of all; each day and each challenge are different, but the satisfaction of giving back to the community and investing in our youth will never change.

Words from a consejero/a.
Stand for something! Never compromise your values or beliefs about what is right and about education. At the end of the day, make sure you look at the mirror and tell yourself, “You did what was right for children”. When you are in a leadership position, it can get tough and lonely. Your values and beliefs system will hold you.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader? 
Have fun, bring some humor to the office, and cultivate friends but most importantly, take care of your family first.  

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Painting. My heart is shared by two strong passions of mine: teaching & learning and painting. I have enjoyed painting since my high-school years. I focused until recently in watercolour and pastels, but recently picked up the palette knife and started playing with acrylic and oils. I recently went live with a website to feature my art pieces, and although the webpage still needs a lot of time and work, it makes me very proud to model to my own children –now adults!- to follow your own dreams. Make sure you visit it and leave me a review! www.KaLorArtStudio.com.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
Being part of CO-ALAS ensures opportunities to network and learn from other great leaders who share a passion for education. With high accountability on student learning, comes the opportunity of collaborating, sharing ideas, networking and learning from each other. The great value of these opportunities is that you make friends along the way. What an honor.



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
info@co-alas.org

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