• 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

2018 Second Annual Latina Leadership Conference
Our Search for Identity, Community, Prupose

November 3, 2018, 2018
12 pm - 2 pm (11:30 am sign-in)
Tea at the Cherokee Ranch & Castle
6113 Daniels Park Rd.,
Sedalia, CO 80135
View the flier.

Register Now for the Latina Leadership Conference 


5th Annual CO ALAS Administrator Job Fair

January 26, 2019
Regis University
More information to come!

10th Annual CO ALAS Leadership Conference

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

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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
October 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 Gina Rivas, Principal at Arvada High School, Jefferson County School District.

Career Highlights & Education
I have Bachelor’s of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Metropolitan State University.  My Master’s Degree is in Counseling and Administrative License from the University of Phoenix. I was a kindergarten teacher at a high-risk school, served as a counselor for five years, Assistant Principal for 9 years and Principal for the last 10 years, 6 in elementary and the last 4 in high school. Last year, I received the “Image of the Year” award from the Arvada Chamber of Commerce for making improvements to our school. In addition, I was nominated for the ALAS Principal of the Year award in 2018 by our state affiliate, CO-ALAS. Finally, I was a Counselor at Chatfield High School the day of the Columbine school shooting. I spent that day, and several of the next days, counseling the grief-stricken families.  It was a horrific and unforgettable experience, but I am grateful that I was able to provide a small degree of counseling and comfort to the victims’ families.  The experience also made me very aware of safety issues and I carry those lessons forward wherever I go.

What is exciting about my job?
Everything!  I love my job, making a difference for students and creating opportunities for all students.  I enjoy providing programs for culinary arts, construction trades, and Pathways2teaching for our students of color.  Additionally, I created a resource room at our school for students and their families that includes food, supplies, toiletries, clothes, bikes and bus passes, etc.

Words from a consejero/a.
Build trusting relationships with students, teachers and parents.  Create a culture that empowers all by showing respect and kindness.  Have high expectations for both students and teachers, as they will rise to achieve them.  Always seek to understand every situation. Trust your subordinates, and allow them to be leaders. Share the power; when you do, you empower your subordinates.  This will communicate trust and confidence in them from you.  Offer praise when deserved and criticism when required, but never be punitive; always remember that fundamentally you are also a teacher.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader? 
As I have grown as an administrator, I have come to realize that students need more than mere recognition; they must be valued as well as validated.  This is true of all children, but in particular, students of color; immigrant and refugee children whose first language is not  English, as well as our Latino students, both immigrant and native born, in many cases exist on the fringes of this society. DACA students pose a unique challenge.  It remains to be seen if our elected leaders will rule in their favor but we cannot remain idle while they decide.  We must teach our children their history; they cannot know where they are going unless they know where they have been.  When they take pride in their heritage and culture, they will feel like they are part of the team.  Our acceptance of this fact will communicate to them that they are just as good as anyone else is, not better, but just as good and that they are, like all children,  capable of learning and excelling. There has been a dramatic shift in today’s demographics that present new challenges for educators; we must accept these challenges and face them head on, because in spite of our best efforts, some students continue to fall through the cracks.  

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
The older I get, the more I value time spent with family.  My mother was one of thirteen children so I have many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Family gatherings for us resemble events rather than gatherings.  I feel truly blessed to be part of a large, loving family.  I am an avid reader and love to sit in my mountain cabin reading as well as discussing, dissecting and commenting on my book club’s latest book.  I love to travel and recently completed a personal goal of visiting all fifty states when I toured Alaska earlier this year.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
There is much to be said for networking, sharing support, and learning from others. Acquiring new knowledge can be a direct benefit of networking and belonging to an organization such as CO-ALAS. Moreover, CO-ALAS provides a comfort zone for like minded individuals who wish to grow as educators and by validating and reinforcing those best practices we all seek.



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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