• 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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Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

 
LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT
September 2021

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 Manuel Montano, Elmentary Principal in the Sierra Grande School District.

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

Career Highlights & Education

I started my career as an elementary teacher 20 years ago.  I taught 5th grade for 6 years and then decided to try my hand teaching middle school. I taught Middle School Science for 8 years. It was while I was teaching middle school that I began to think about becoming an administrator. 6 years ago, I got the opportunity to become an Elementary Principal at Sierra Grande in Blanca, Colorado.

I became a teacher to make a positive impact on youth. I did not always have the best teachers growing up and decided that I would make sure that any student that I taught would be treated fairly and get the best education I could give them.

As an administrator, I have worked hard to change the culture of our school. I wanted to change the perception of what the principal’s office is. We have worked hard learning how to be Social Emotional teachers, build relationships first and everything else will fall into place.  We have built a great team at Sierra Grande and we work together for our students.

I also work with the Colorado Health Foundation in building equity for our students.  I love being a voice for our Hispanic youth and making sure that their voices are heard as well.

I have a BA in Elementary Education and Spanish, and Masters in Education, Administration and Supervision.  Look forward to working on my Doctorate Degree in the near future.

What is exciting about my job?
There is never a dull moment as a principal. I enjoy being the difference maker in someone’s life. It could be a student or a teacher. Bringing people together for a common goal and seeing those goals workout is the ultimate high. I love being out in the action of the school, seeing kids thrive and flourish and teachers being the best they can be makes my job worthwhile.

Words from a consejero/a:
Çan nomaccah in nix in noyollo inic ni nouatzaz. anoço inic ninocueponaltiz

Es sólo por mi mano, por mi rostro, mi corazón, mi espíritu
Que o me marchite, o me haga florecer,
Me convertiré como tierra verde, como tierra cultivada
Voy a germinar, voy a brotar.

It is only by my hand, by my face, my heart, my spirit
that either I will wither, or I will bloom,
I will become as green land, as tilled earth
I will germinate, I will sprout.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Don’t be afraid to step in it. I would never ask my staff to do anything that I myself wouldn’t do. Build positive relationships with staff and students, be a leader not a boss.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Me with my family on an adventure or on a trail putting in miles of running. I enjoy being outside and running races.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
Gives you an opportunity to make connections and collaborate with people who have the same goals and identity as you.

Collaboration

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR AFFILIATES, SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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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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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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