• 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


CO-ALAS Board

Chair

Ron Cabrera, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent - Instructional Services & Equity
Boulder Valley School District
720-561-6062
ron.cabrera@bvsd.org

Co-Chairs

Bernadette Archuleta
Staffing Manager
Douglas County School District RE-1
720.433.1292
bernadette.archuleta@dcsdk12.org

Ben Martinez
Retired School & District Administrator
bnmartinez@comcast.net

Secretary

Elina Medina
Assistant Principal - Beach Court Elementary
Denver Public Schools
720-998-7898
ELINA_MEDINA@dpsk12.org

Treasurer

Jorge Robles
Executive Director - English Language Acquisition Department
Denver Public Schools
720-423-3733
jorge_robles@dpsk12.org

Past Chair

Jesús Escárcega
Director for Grants Department
Aurora Public Schools
303.340.0864
jdescarcega@aps.k12.co.us


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OUR VISION


The vision of CO-ALAS as a professional education association is to advocate for the recruitment, placement and development of Latino/a administrators and educational leaders, who are committed to quality and equitable public education for all students, into leadership roles.

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.

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

 Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents 14th Annual ALAS Education Summit (2017)
14th Annual ALAS Education Summit
October 11-14, 2017
Houston, Texas

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

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

CO Association of Latino/a Administrators & Superintendents
8th Annual CO ALAS Spring Conference
Boulder Valley School District
Saturday, April 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

3rd Annual Administrator Job Fair
Saturday, January 21st, 2017

CO ALAS Denver Public Schools Kickoff
November 1, 2016
El Chingon Mexican Bistro

ALAS Summit on Education, October 12-15, Philadelphia, PN.
The group from the four corner states (AZ, CO, NM, & UT).

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Estrellas

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBERS

LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

August 2017

Welcome to the CO ALAS “Membership Spotlight.”  Each month we want to introduce you to one of our many CO ALAS members. Let’s see what they doing and what’s on their mind. 

This month we are featuring Dr. Lora de la Cruz, new Director of a P-20 Learning Community in Aurora Public Schools in the Denver metro area. 

Career Highlights and Education: 

I have been an educator for 24 years. In that time, I have taught and been an Assistant Principal and Principal in PreK-8. I have enjoyed working on such district-level work as strategic planning, PreK-12 Literacy and Learning, equity professional learning, and more. Having been a school leader for nine years, I have led two very distinct schools in narrowing achievement, growth and opportunity gaps. I am most proud to have led a very highly impacted school toward tremendous reading growth. I earned my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership for Equity, focusing on the implementation of aligned professional learning to enhance teacher efficacy and student achievement and growth. Currently, I am thrilled to be a director of a variety of schools representing great diversity in student demographics and needs. 

What is exciting about my job?

I am excited to engage in the work of bringing promising practices to scale as I work with a network of schools -  a Learning Community. In this work, I get to support school leaders and teachers in aligning and elevating practices to enhance teacher efficacy and student growth. 

I am a believer that, “If it has been done, it can be done.”  I am always seeking success stories of other schools and districts who are overcoming great obstacles, closing and narrowing gaps, and turning around schools, to enhance student achievement and growth. Replicating and tailoring successful practices, seeing success, and bringing excellent outcomes to scale is the most exciting work for me. 

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader?

Start with listening and learning. There is no substitute for building relationships and trust. Take the time needed to slow down, build relationships, and listen. 

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .

I love spend time with family, and I love being outside in nature - hiking, walking my dogs, enjoying all the nature beautiful Colorado has to offer. 

How does CO-ALAS adds value?

ALAS (The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents) has been a tremendous value-added element of my professional and personal life. I am honored to be participating in the ALAS Superintendent Leadership Academy, and am already experiencing la familia connection with caring peers and experts through this experience. ALAS and CO-ALAS provide me with an affiliation that is so important to me. I am able to engage an affinity group with others who bring similar life and professional experiences and aspirations. In particular, I appreciate learning and leading alongside other Latino/a educational leaders who share my desire to improve education for Latino children, and all children, through quality leadership for equity.

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.

CONTACT US


CO-ALAS
PO Box 13109
Denver, CO 80201
coloradoclase@gmail.com

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