• 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


Calling all Latina leaders, allies and those
who affiliate with the Latina identity.

5 th Annual CO-ALAS

Latina Leadership Conference

November 12, 2022
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
University of Denver

$125 includes CO-ALAS Membership

Register Here

Parking and Agenda will be sent to you after
completing registration.
For specific information please contact:
Dr. Doris Candelarie - doris.candelarie@du.edu





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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
October 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 Heilit Biehl, Threat Assessment Coordinator for Safety & Security, Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thronton, CO.

Heilit 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

Heilit Biehl is the Threat Assessment Coordinator for Safety & Security Services at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, CO. She is a member of the District's Safety & Security team, oversees 56 school Threat Assessment Team's processes and training, as well as chairing the District's Threat Assessment Team. Heilit got her BA from Utah State University with a minor in Spanish. She also earned a MS from Nova Southeastern University in Student Affairs with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution. 

Heilit has worked in education over 15 years with 10 of those years being spent at colleges and universities in Colorado, Florida, and Utah. She has worked in Residence Life, Crisis Response, and Case Management. Heilit teaches school districts on the Adams County Threat Assessment Protocol (PreK-12) and is certified in SIVRA-35, VRAW, ERIS, ATIXA, and TRAP-18. She serves on the Board of Directors and is an adjunct instructor for the I Love U Guys Foundation, is the Secretary for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), serves as the Adams 12 delegate and Scholarship Committee Chair for the Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators & Superintendents (CO-ALAS). She has also volunteered for the Colorado School Safety Resource Center and the Center for the Study of Prevention of Violence in federal grant initiatives. 

Heilit is mom to two littles who attend school in Jefferson County, Colorado where she has volunteered as the School Accountability Chair, a member of the district’s former Jefferson County School Safety Study Group, and thrown holiday classroom parties despite unscheduled fire drills. Her favorite past time is traveling with her family of four coast-to-coast with dreams of making memories abroad, including to her native home country of Venezuela.

What is exciting about my job?
I am a person who loves comfort but when we’re too comfortable, we don’t grow. I enjoy my work because every day is different. I LOVE that I get to meet with students, staff, and families to collaborate with them on intervention strategies that support better decision making while promoting student safety across all aspects.

Words from a consejero/a.
Check in with yourself regularly to see if you are aligned with your passions, values, and purpose. Where you spend your time is where you invest your energy. Set goals for now and later that will help you maximize the most out of the time you’ve been given.  Being an educator is a pretty selfless job that can take a lot of emotional energy. Know that you are making an impact on future generations and are doing good … AND it’s okay to take the time for yourself to sustain that work. Be a role model for healthy boundaries.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
I don’t know if I’m the right person to give advice but I have a request. Take a moment and reflect. Remember not to lose the student perspective in what you do. Do you remember what it’s like to walk the halls rushing to your next class and squeezing in a stop at your locker? How about a memory about a school-based experience like walking field trips to the local high school to catch the matinee showing of the spring musical? Or just sitting on the steps having lunch with your friends with your favorite menu choice – pizza Fridays? Do you remember which adults gave you a chance and how that felt? If not, time to get back to the ground work and live that moment. It may look a little different as times have changed and interests vary. Be willing to learn what’s new and evolving – it’s not all bad, just different. Sharing in this experience will guide your words, decisions, and actions to be truly student-centered and inclusive.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
I am always planning my next excursion to visit Mickey Mouse. And I love to bring others along or help them plan their own.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS has inspired me to be a better leader and find connection with my fellow Latino/a/x colleagues. It has become a professional familia where I find belonging. I value the continued professional growth support I’ve seen through skill development, job placement opportunities, and nurturing future latino/a/x educators as leaders.

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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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PO Box 13109
Denver, CO 80201
info@co-alas.org

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