• 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

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

Saturday, April 13, 2019
7:30 a.m - 4:15 p.m.

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

View the flyer.


Overnight Accommodation Options

Rooms will be available at the rates below or both Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13 should anyone want to stay both nights.
Reservation Code:  CO-ALAS - Colorado Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents 
  • Courtyard SW Lakewood - 7180 W Hamden Ave- Lakewood Co 80227-  303-985-9696  
    • RATE:  $105 (includes breakfast) 
  • Holiday Inn Lakewood - 7390 W Hamden Ave- Lakewood Co 80227  303-980-9200
    • RATE:  $92 


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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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBERS

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Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

 
LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT
March 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. Patricia Hurrieta, Principal, Grant Ranch K-8 School, Denver Public Schools.

Career Highlights & Education
I began working for my district at the age of 14 and have worked in a variety of capacities providing me with a unique and varied perspective. I began as part of the custodial staff at 14 at my middle school, I was a paraprofessional while in college, and a bilingual teacher as well as a reading teacher after graduation. Having more to offer and wanting to have a greater impact I became an instructional coach while completing the Ritche Program for School Leaders at the University of Denver.  Subsequently, I have been in various leadership roles: as an assistant principal, school principal, and then the executive director of the DPS’s Culture, Equity and Leadership Team (CELT). However, I really missed serving students and their families directly and so I returned to school leadership at one of the most challenging schools in southwest Denver (Grant Ranch K-8). One of my passions lies in turning around underperforming schools.


What is exciting about my job?
Making a difference in the lives of children every day. At the time I assumed this current role, the school was not meeting expectations and school culture was chaotic. Families were fleeing from the school because of inconsistent leadership. There had been four principals in the year prior to my arrival. I love implementing the change that it takes to move a school forward. The most exciting part of my job is watching the staff and students come together as a family. We serve students from the age of three up to fourteen and watching them work together is so rewarding.

Words from a consejero/a:
Do what you love! When you no longer find it fulfilling it’s time to find another way to have an impact. It was a bold move to return to school leadership from an executive director position. Many people told me not to for a variety of reasons. To be true to myself, I had to return to a school because that was where I had left my heart.

My second piece of advice lies in the words of Don Miguel Ruiz and the Four Agreements (1997). Be impeccable to your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t’ make assumptions. Always do your best. The hardest one for me is not taking things personally. It is my hard work and passion and I need to remember the same about others. They are speaking from their point of view – not attacking me personally.

What advice would you give a new superintendent or school leader?
Know your people! When you understand a variety of viewpoints you can make better decisions. And speaking of decisions – be clear how the decisions will be made. If you ask for input, be clear how it will be used. People want to know if they are influencing the decision or are making the decision. When the decision-making process is unclear, they often feel misled.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Me cooking for my family! I don’t get to as often as I would like so we all gather to eat together every Sunday.


How does CO-ALAS add value?
Value is added as development and support group that meets the needs of Latino/a aspiring and current leaders in education by providing professional development and networking opportunities. I remember walking into my first ALAS conference and thinking – wow! Look at all the people who look like me! Superintendents with doctorates. It spurred me to obtain an educational doctorate in Educational, Leadership and Policy Studies at a school I never thought I would be able to attend, a university that I drove by daily on my way to my job at Safeway when I was right out of high school. Thirty years later I am an graduate with a terminal degree. It would not have happened without that inspiration!



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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