• 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.
  • 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


Tracy Gallegos

Director of Equity and Inclusion
Mesa County Valley School District #51
1 Year Term - Began 2021
Tracy.Gallegos@51schools.org 


Co-Chairs


Teresa Barajas

Principal, Northglenn High School
Adams 12 Five Star School District
3 Year Term - Began 2021
bar009946@adams12.org


Luis Murillo
Assistant Superintendent
Alamosa School District
3 Year Term - Began 2021
lmurillo@alamosa.k12.co.us

Secretary


Dr. Ron Cabrera

Leadership Consultant
2 Year Term - Began 2021
ron.g.cabrera@gmail.com 

Treasurer


Jesus Escárcega
Director for Culture, Equity and Language
Sheridan School District
2 Year Term - Began 2021
jdescarcega@ssd2.org 

Chair Elect


Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra

Interim Principal, West Leadership Academy
Denver Public Schools
2 Year Term - Began 2020
bcostaguerra@gmail.com

Past Chair


Tara Peña

Executive Director of Middle Schools
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
1 Year Term - Began 2021
Tara.C.Pena@adams12.org 


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

CO-CABE Annual Conference
Looking Ahead: Transformative Bilingual Educaiton for Addressing the Whole Student
February 16-17, 2022
VITRUAL ONLY - Register Today!

Register Today!




 

SAVE THE DATE!
5th Annual Latina Leadership Conference
She Se Puede
Saturday, February 12, 2022

Download the flyer.


 

CANCELLED
The 8th Annual CO-ALAS
K-12 Administrator Job Fair

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Due to current health and safety concerns, as well as the staffing issues our school districts are facing, it was agreed between the CO Association for Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents and the CO Association of School Personnel Administrators to cancel the January 22nd Annual Administrators Job Fair.  
 
CO-ALAS will work with CASPA to collect and post upcoming administrative openings for the 2022-23 school year, starting February until May, for our members and colleagues to review.  
 
We will plan on hosting the annual job fair for 2023 and will take into consideration alternative opportunities for both virtual and in-person events.

 


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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
January 2022

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 Lisa Martinez, Principal, Hanson Elementary School, Adams 14 School District. 

Lisa shares her professional career and current bio below.  You can read the diverse experiences that have led to her various leadership roles. One of our shining stars!

Career Highlights & Education

Lisa Martinez is the proud Principal at Hanson Elementary School in Adams 14. Martinez served as an  elementary classroom teacher, ESL teacher and coach for 11 years, and five years as Assistant Principal in an elementary and K-8 setting. 

Martinez holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Colorado-Boulder an M.A. in Education from the University of Denver. She also received her Principal licensure at DU.

Martinez has always been an advocate for underrepresented communities. Before education, Martinez spent six years in print journalism as K-12 Education Reporter and Immigration/Cultural Affairs Reporter for several Colorado newspapers. She covered immigration and deportation hearings, as followed the migrant path through the Sonoran desert, where families crossed over for a better life. She also wrote about the unfair and unsafe practices in the fields where migrants worked 50-60 hours a week.

Martinez has also spent time living and working in Latin American countries, where she supported and coached teachers through the U.S. Embassy. She also ran an English school in Colombia for children and adults.

Martinez has a passion for working with English language learners and their families, ensuring that our students are both bilingual and biliterate by the time they finish school. It’s the perfect fit for Martinez to lead in a dual-language school, in which language and culture are part of everyday learning.

Martinez aspires to be the leader who engages students, teachers and families, with the ultimate goal of student success! She is honored to continue her service in Adams 14 and with the Hanson community. 

What is exciting about my job?
It is exciting to see language and culture part of the everyday learning experience for every student at my school. It’s not just about academics, but also supporting the whole child. We work to ensure that our students and their families have the resources needed to succeed. A pandemic, language status or home life circumstances won’t hold us back; we support where needed and reach for the stars! It’s fun to see the students get so excited about learning!

Words from a consejero/a:
Listen first before making decisions. Get input from others and then decide.

Get the right people in your circle. You cannot do everything, but if you have a strong team around you, a team that you trust and has the same vision as you have, you can accomplish so much.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Stand up for what you believe in. If it’s something you truly believe in, stand by that. Trust in what you believe. Have the confidence to say something.

For every highly-impacted decision, make sure to ask yourself if this is what’s truly best for your students.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
me spending time with my family and traveling throughout Latin America, exploring new islands and being a beach bum speaking Spanish to the locals and being a part of the local culture.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS has opened so many doors for me. I have been encouraged to speak and present at conferences, further developing my leadership style. I have been coached up and encouraged to apply for higher-level positions. My cup has been filled time and time again; CO-ALAS always encourages me to know my worth and know what I can provide to the school system. Being around so many like-minded people lets me know that I am not in this on my own; I have an entire team around me, cheering me on and sporting me in my career. Get involved! It’ll be worth it!

Collaboration

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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. 



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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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