• 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.


Learn more abut the April 18 Leadership Conference and register now!

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


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


Co-Chairs


Denise Cordova-Abbott

ELA Instructional Specialist
Denver Public Schools
3 Year Term - Began 2019
720-423-3409
Denise_Cordova-Abbott@dpsk12.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, Columbine 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.

Latest News:

February 13, 2019 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

January 30, 2020 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

Summer 2019 - Read the latest CO-ALAS newsletter

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events

11th Annual Leadership Conference
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Our Voices, Our Identify, Our Future: Elevating Latinx Leadership
Keynote Speaker:
Rosalind Wiseman

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adams 12 Five Star Schools Training Center
1500 E. 128th Ave. Thornton, CO 80241

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REGISTRATION OPTIONS
Early Bird Registration (before March 15): $150 REGISTER HERE
Registration AFTER March 15: $175 REGISTER HERE
Registration for Groups of 5 or More: $140 each REGISTER HERE

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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
February 2020

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 Donald Trujillo, High School Principal in Mesa County School District D-51.

Career Highlights & Education

Education:

  • Adams State University- Alamosa, CO  
  • B.A. Psychology Sociology emphasis is Social Work : Education 1993
  • M.A. Secondary School Counseling CACREP certification 1995
  • M.A. Educational Administration 2002

Leadership:

  • Principal, Mesa County School District 51, R-5 High School 2013- Present
  • Intervention/Expulsion Coordinator, Mesa County Valley School District 51 2009-2013
  • Assistant Principal, Grand Junction High School, 2005-2009
  • Assistant Principal, Grand Mesa Middle School, 2004-2005

What is exciting about my job?
The most exciting part of this role is witnessing the success and smiles on learners’ faces when they become “ready” to learn.  I am relentlessly and unapologetically learner centered. My past six years as principal of R-5 High School have been spent transforming and implementing Personalized Competency Based Education.  I am continually and passionately looking at systematic transformations to address the whole learner and develop learner agency. I am committed to a system of learning, where each student is ready to begin life at graduation.  Our new school redesign focuses on meaningful careers, project based learning, and social emotional standards. We have abandoned a traditional system of discipline, where students are punished, in favor of a restorative practice model, where we are developing a culture of healing.  We also have the largest Aquaponics and grow facility on the Western Slope of Colorado, which learners have designed, built, and managed. Through this program, our learners are able to grow, literally, tons of produce that end up in our school cafeterias, restaurants, and community members’ tables

Words from a consejero/a. 
I have had many positive influences in my life; namely athletes, friends, teachers, community members, and family.  On the same note, I have had the most wonderful, loving, compassionate mother who has been a tremendous influence in my life.  She raised seven of her own children, as well as several others, by herself. She taught me love is essential and persistence is indispensable.  

While I was growing up, we were in economic poverty; however, my mom was rich in love and wisdom.  I owe both my academic success and my leadership qualities as a school principal to the foundation formed by my mom.  I saw her struggles being a single parent. I felt the frustration of poverty. As a young boy, I would be ashamed of the houses my family and I lived in. I was embarrassed to take my friends to see my world.  

Amazingly, my mom taught me to stand tall and proud.  She would tell me, “We are all just human beings, and we are equal in God’s eyes.”  She would say, “Son, you can be anything in life.” These words may not appear profound, but she meant them and believes them to this day.  Love is essential and persistence is indispensable.  

I have been blessed to have a mom with a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love!

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
I am an avid outdoor enthusiast.  I enjoy bike riding, golfing, camping, hiking, and fishing.

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

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
info@co-alas.org

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