• 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

2018 Second Annual Latina Leadership Conference
Our Search for Identity, Community, Prupose

November 3, 2018, 2018
12 pm - 2 pm (11:30 am sign-in)
Tea at the Cherokee Ranch & Castle
6113 Daniels Park Rd.,
Sedalia, CO 80135
View the flier.

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Latina Leadership Network
Locations, Times, and Dates to be announced

Regional CO ALAS Social Events
Locations, Times, and Dates to be announced

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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
September 2018

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. Boris Costa-Guerra, Senior Manager for Student Enrichment and Program Development, English Acquisition Department, Denver Public Schools.

Career Highlights & Education
As a school administrator, I led the school team to create 90-day plans to turn around two schools. I progress-monitored student, teacher and administrator’s work to create action plans for the Instructional Leader Teams to create a data driven culture. This allowed teachers the ability to implement the action plans in their lesson plans and school administrators to coach, support and assist teachers. The schools saw significant results and presented our work at conferences at the National Association of Bilingual Education and Dual Language of New Mexico/La Cosecha.

My Doctoral degree is from New Mexico State University with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction and an emphasis in Assessment, Multicultural Education, and Information technology. I also have a Master’s Degree in Information Technology and a Bachelor's Degree in Bilingual Education. To further my education, I obtained an administrative license in education. My education background has allowed me to implement specialized knowledge in the K-12 setting. As a bilingual educator, I was able to be a part of the first dual language technology curriculum at the middle school setting in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

What is exciting about my job?
I lead the work for Denver Public Schools Summer Academy in which I was able to run the program to ensure we have an equitable education for all ELL students and kindergarten through third grade students reading significant below grade level. Our focus was to reduce the infamous “Summer Slide.” We worked closely with the district to select 25 schools sites and hired, assisted and supported 25 school administrators and over 260 teachers.  We coordinated transportation, curriculum, nutrition, community partners for a full day program; this program included nursing, as well as special education accommodations and modifications. Last summer, we had the highest student enrollment and we offered 21 of 25 schools a full day Summer Academy. Visiting schools gave me the opportunity to interact with great teachers, school administrators, parents and students.  

Personally, I was an ELL student and needed extra support in the classroom; so it is rewarding that  I am now able to be that support for students by providing a Summer Academy that provides equitable and quality instruction.  I love being able to make a difference for all students.

Words from a consejero/a.
Take time to reflect and enjoy the work my friends... There is a famous statement I like and follow:" forget the past as it is history, don’t worry about what’s going to happen as it is in the future, enjoy the moment as it is a present.”

It is not what you accomplished or when you reach your goal but the journey that got you there that really matters.  The lesson you experienced and learned will keep you growing and smiling throughout your career.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader? 
Create and maintain relationships. We work in a public sector that provides the gift of having interactions with many great people.  Take advantage of the opportunity and create and maintain relationships to assist you in making an impact in the community as the work cannot be done alone. Trust your colleagues and believe they are doing the best they can with positive intentions to help the community.   

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
playing volleyball, basketball, tennis, archery, soccer, hiking, skiing, fishing or riding bikes with my three beautiful daughters and gorgeous wife.  I truly enjoy spending time with them and listening to them. Children have the gift to be humble and honest to say the truth and funniest things. I enjoy and cherish friendship so I enjoy sharing time with my friends exploring the outdoors.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS provides the ability to network and communicate with state and national colleagues. CO-ALAS also provides the opportunity to be a leader within the organization. The opportunity has provided me the ability to create relationships with colleagues from different districts in Colorado. I also feel support in being a Latino leader in the education world thanks to CO-ALAS as they have great mentors in the organization.  

www.alasedu.org/academy/sla-cohort-vii-boris-costa-guerra



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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