• 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


Regional Delegates

Alamosa County
Denise Cordova-Abbott
Principal - Ortega Middle School
Alamosa School District
719-587-1650
dcordova@alamosa.k12.co.us

Mesa County
Tracy Gallegos
Assistant Principal – West MS
Mesa County Valley SD 51
970-216-3825
Tracy.Gallegos@d51schools.org

Jefferson County
Santiago Grado
Assistant Principal – Arvada HS
Jefferson Co. Public Schools
303.982.0100
sgrado@jeffco.k12.co.us

Weld County
Brian Lemos
Director of English Language Development
Greeley-Evans Weld Co. School District 6
970.348.6268
blemos@greeleyschools.org

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).

Estrellas

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBERS

Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHOP SPOTLIGHT

April 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 are doing and what’s on their minds. 

This month, we are featuring the Immediate Past Chair and a founding member of the CO ALAS Board, Jesús “Chuy” Escárcega, Grants Director for Aurora Public Schools. 

What is your education background and what are some of your career highlights?
In January 2017, I celebrated my 39th year as a public school educator, serving K-12 students in Arizona and Colorado. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Arizona State University. 

Over the years, I’ve worked in eight school districts in Arizona and Colorado as an elementary teacher, resource teacher, administrator for ELA & Federal Programs and currently as the Aurora Public Schools Grants Director.  I served on several advisory committees for the AZ/CO Department of Education, was a Board Member on numerous state associations and enjoyed one term on the Phoenix Elementary School Board.  

I grew up in Douglas, AZ, a border town, and heard English for the first time during my very first day of school in first grade.  I still remember that day, as the Spanish-speaking students sat in the back of the classroom and just colored.  As soon as we learned enough English, we were allowed to sit with the other students.  I have a picture of a classroom from that time period in my office to remind me that no student should have to sit in the back until they can prove themselves able of joining the group.  Thanks to these early experiences as a developing bilingual student and to my relationships with certain educators, I was able to succeed in school, which eventually led to my decision to become an educator. 

What is so exciting about your job?
I’ve been fortunate to be in a position—for most of my career--where I’ve had direct oversight of programs that serve and support our diverse student populations.  To be in a position to advocate for our disadvantaged students and their families is very rewarding to me.  I like to educate my colleagues that all students bring a gift and that positive relationships make a difference with all of our students, especially from our Latino community. 

Words from a consejero
Remember your familia, your roots, and thank those who mentored you on your career path.  And when you are a successful administrator, be willing to mentor the next generation of leaders, especially our Latino/a educators.  

What advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader?
As you venture into a new situation or position, rely on the strengths and skill sets that helped you rise to the position.  Learn all that you can about the school and community before applying and visit the community, if you are able.  Most importantly, learn from those who are the closest to the community. 

 If someone catches you outside the office, they’ll find . . .
Outside of work, I enjoy drawing and sketching.  However, I’ve taken photography a little more seriously over the last few years and enjoy matting/framing pictures from our travels.  Most importantly, I enjoy spending time with my lovely wife, Lisa, and when possible, visiting our families in AZ, CA and MI. 

How does CO ALAS add value?
I’ve very proud to be a member of CO ALAS.  It’s been great watching it develop from an idea to hosting discussions on the concept forming an association to its creation as a state association, recognized by ALAS.  Finally, looking back to the successes and milestones this association accomplished in less than 10 years of existence is incredible.  Our success is due to the many individuals who believe in CO ALAS and see the value of belonging to a network that will support its members’ growth, help them rise to high leadership positions and be advocates for all students, especially our Latino students and families.





Congratulations to Susan Cordova: Elected to Serve as ALAS Board President
posted Aug 26, 2015, 2:12 PM by Colorado ALAS   [ updated Aug 26, 2015, 2:21 PM ]

ALAS Board President:
Susan Cordova
Deputy Superintendent
Denver Public Schools
Denver, Colorad


Congratulations Latino Superintendent of the Year: Patrick Sanchez
posted Aug 26, 2015, 2:12 PM by Colorado ALAS   [ updated Aug 26, 2015, 2:21 PM ]

Latino Superintendent of the Year:
Patrick Sanchez
Superintendent
Adams County School District 14
Commerce City, Colorado



Ivan Duran named Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education for DPS
posted Mar 13, 2014, 8:55 AM by Colorado ALAS

Congratulations to Ivan Duran who was named Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education for Denver Public Schools effective January 1. Duran previously served as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education in DPS and has been an educator for 23 years. Duran came to DPS from Aurora Public Schools, where he served as an elementary school assistant principal, principal, and Director of Educational Technology. 



Dr. Marisol Enriquez and Dr. Robyn Duran Selected to Attend the ALAS – HMH Superintendent Leadership Academy
posted Mar 6, 2014, 4:21 PM by Colorado ALAS

Congratulations to CO-ALAS members, Dr. Marisol Enriquez and Dr. Robyn Duran, who were selected for the ALAS – HMH Superintendent Leadership Academy.  Dr. Enriquez is a Director for the Vista Peak P-20 Campus with the Aurora School District and Dr. Duran is the Executive Director for Excellence & Equity with the Cherry School District.   

This is our third year in a row that individuals from Colorado have been selected to participate in the Academy.  T.  Jason Martinez and Patrick Sanchez participated in the 1st and 2nd co-horts. Sanchez is currently serving as the Superintendent of Adams 14 School District in Commerce City, CO.



Congratulations to Susana Cordova of DPS!
posted May 15, 2013, 1:18 PM by Colorado ALAS

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents recently named Denver Public Schools Chief Academic Officer, Susana Cordova, as a board director.  Cordova was a keynote speaker at a recent CO-ALAS conference.  In addition to Cordova, this video also features ALAS Executive Board member Carlos A. Garcia and CASE member Ron Cabrera. 

Thank you to Bobby Velez of FC Entertainment who generously donated his services to create this video.

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
coloradoclase@gmail.com

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