• 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
  •  

    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.

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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



10th Annual CO ALAS Leadership Conference
Leading through Influence - Cultivating Resilient and Responsive Leaders

April 13, 2019
8:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m.

Bear Creek High School - Jefferson County School District
Lakewood, CO

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  January 15, 2019

CO-ALAS is a professional education association that advocates for the continued development and placement of Latinx administrators who are committed to quality public education for all students.  The theme for this year's conference is focused around how leaders build resiliency and responsiveness within themselves and in others.  We are looking for sessions that engage leadership and influence as they relate to:  resilience, responsive leadership, cultivating leaders, overcoming barriers, safe schools, safety & security, mental health & wellness, sources of strength, stress management, crisis management, conflict resolution, equity in schools, equity leadership, teacher pipeline (e.g., Arvada HS), etc.  Proposals should be for either a one hour time slot or for a two hour time slot.

Please contact Dr. Scarlet Chopin if you have questions 303-982-5099, scarlet.chopin@jeffco.k12.co.us



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Estrellas

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBERS

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Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

 
LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT
January 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 Dr. Emma Rae Martinez, Superintendent of Schools for South Conejos School
District.

Career Highlights & Education
I began my career 41 years ago, teaching at Centauri High School in southern Colorado, the same school I graduated from five years earlier. Thus, my teachers became my colleagues. I was a school counselor and teacher in several school districts in Colorado before moving to San Diego. While in San Diego, I taught for three years before taking an administrative position and was a school administrator in the San Diego Unified School District for 23 years.

Born and raised in El Valle de San Luis, I dreamed of returning to my community and leading a district as a Superintendent. My dream came true in 2017 when I was offered the superintendent’s position at South Conejos School District in Antonito, Colorado. 

I obtained both my Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. While trying to obtain my transcripts for the application of superintendent, I joked that they might have to look in the “carved in stone” file. I attended both the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Denver to complete my administrative credentials. Immediately after moving to San Diego, I began work on my doctoral degree and obtained my degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, class of 1995.

What is exciting about my job?
This is my birthplace, and many children are related to me thus I have an additional obligation to make certain they get the very best education. The privilege of working in a small school district is that my office is located in the school and I can start the day with the elementary children reciting the pledge of allegiance and singing a good morning song, then walk directly into the secondary side of the building to visit classrooms and observe teaching and learning. 

What advice would you give a new superintendent or school leader?
Build relationships! It is extremely important to have a mentor or mentors whom you can call or email and get an immediate response. If you don’t know something, say so and don’t be afraid to ask. As early as possible, request everything that can be audited, finance, personnel and activity budgets. Also, be a mentor, bring people along. Recognize leadership and take aspiring leaders under your wing and share what you know. Encourage their leadership and advocate for their promotions.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
My first priority is my family so you may find me on the phone with one of my three sons or face-timing my granddaughter. After that, you will find me in the gym lifting weights. Lifting weights is a great stress reliever for me, and I hit the gym at least four times a week. I also enjoy hiking, biking, walking, and reading. More recently you will also find me teaching a graduate class at the University.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
As one moves up the administrative ladder, it becomes more important to belong to a group of supportive and like-minded colleagues. I urge aspiring and practicing administrators in Colorado to become a part of the CO-ALAS community. This is a group of experts committed to promoting effective educational practice and providing camaraderie for 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
info@co-alas.org

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