• 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


Dr. Bianca Gallegos

Principal, Columbine 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.

Latest News:

December 12, 2019 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

December 5, 2019 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

Summer 2019 - Read the latest CO-ALAS newsletter

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events

1st Annual Southern CO-ALAS Administrator Job Fair

January 18, 2020
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs Campus
10 am - 2 pm
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2 Participant Registration
3 Participant Registration
4 Participant Registration

6th Annual Metro CO-ALAS Administrator Job Fair

January 25, 2020
Regis University
10 am - 2 pm
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2 Participant Registration
3 Participant Registration
4 Participant Registration

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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
December 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 Pat Sando, Superintendent of Schools, Sheridan School District No. 2.

Career Highlights & Education

As you can see below, after getting my college degrees, including my Masters in Educational Administration, I have had the opportunity to be a school leader in a number of roles, schools, and school districts. Currently, I’m the Superintendent of Schools in the Sheridan School District No.2

Education

  • METROPOLITAN STATE COLLEGE-Denver, Colorado. B.A., Education-1989
  • UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-Denver, Colorado .M.A.-Educational Administration-1993

Leadership

  • Superintendent of Schools, Sheridan School District No. 2, 2018 - Present
  • Executive Director School Services and Student Emotional and Behavioral Supports, Sheridan Public Schools,  2016-2018 
  • Principal, Ken Caryl Middle School, Jefferson County School District, 2007-2016
  • Principal, Colorow Elementary School, Jefferson County School District   2006-2007
  • Principal, Skinner Middle School, Denber Public Schools,   2000-2006
  • Administrator, Pay for Performance Design Team , Denver Public Schools,  2000
  • Principal, Cowell Elementary School, Denver Public Schools,  1996-2000
  • Assistant Principal, Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver Public Schools,  1994-1996

What is exciting about my job?
I love the privilege of serving the students in our community. I believe it is a sacred and vital responsibility. We have to ensure that ALL of our students are able to matriculate with full and robust options for their chosen career path. It’s about choices and I want to be sure kids have that opportunity when they leave us. I work with an incredible group of educators and leaders who understand and live the motto “Kids First” and act on that daily. I love getting into classrooms and watching teachers and kids develop a thoughtful and challenging atmosphere where academic and social growth is possible and is occurring. This style of servant leadership and the mindset is critical for our “family” of educators to be successful with our community. Sheridan is a special place that has a rich and diverse history dating back to our days as a military base.

Words from a consejero/a.  
My best advice comes from my father Sam Sandos, the first Hispanic City Councilman in Denver. He was an incredible role model and driven to ensure equity and opportunity in his district, which was underserved in the city. He led in such a way that others wanted to follow and work together to effect change in their community. He used to say “Lead and others will follow” but in Latin. It took me many years to realize he was speaking of servant leadership and not power and control leadership. Such a wise man!

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Lead and others will follow!  Learn the power in servant leadership.  Evaluate everything before reacting. The lens I prefer to use is “What’s Best for Kids?”

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
I’m with my family or fishing or both!

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS adds value by creating a space where we as administrators of color can find a safe and supportive environment to grow and excel in. When we all work together to strengthen our numbers and expertise, we can effect mighty change in a system. I’ve learned a great deal from colleagues who went before me and made a path. People like Don Manzanares, Joe Sandoval, Irv Moskowitz, Bernadette Seick and others. I have a responsibility to share what I’ve learned as well so future CO-ALAS members will continue to grow and lead.

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

Sponsors

Register here for memberships, conferences and sponsorships

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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