• 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, 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:

April 25, 2019 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

April 18, 2019 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

April 2, 2019 - Dr. Glenn McClain and Guillermo Medina Recognized as 2019 Outstanding Latino Leaders

Winter 2019 - Read the latest CO-ALAS newsletter

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events

CO-ALAS Board Retreat

June 21-22
Metro State University

PreK-12 Title IX Administrator Certification Course

August 6-8, 2019
hosted by Metropolitan State University of Denver
 

3rd Annual Latina Leadership Conference

Fall 2019
Date & Location (TBD)

 Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents 16th Annual ALAS Education Summit

October 9-12, 2019
Orlando, FL

6th Annual CO ALAS Administrator Job Fair

January 25, 2020
Regis University

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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
April 2019

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 Mary Duran Principal, Park Lane Elementary School, Aurora Public Schools.

Career Highlights & Education

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and am a product of the public school system. I married my high school sweetheart, James Duran, at 18 years old and joined him to live on a military base. We had two children by the time we were 23 years old and I was a stay at home mom until my oldest was 10 years old.  When I married, many of my teachers shared their concern that I would lose my opportunity and passion to attend college. Although I was not a traditional college student and did not have the traditional college experience, I always knew I would get my degree.

I began my career 31 years ago, as an educational sign-language interpreter for Gateway High School in the Aurora Public School District.  After 12 years of working with deaf students, which I loved, I went back to school and obtained my BA with an emphasis in elementary education from Metropolitan State College.  I taught third and fourth grade students at Park Lane Elementary School for 7 years.

During that time, I became the Literacy Teacher Leader.  Working with teachers to improve their instruction led me to the decision to return to school for my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the Univeristy of Phoenix. As I supported teachers in developing their instructional practice in literacy and saw the impact their learning had on students, I knew I wanted to have a bigger impact school-wide.  I enrolled and completed a Leadership Program at the University of Denver and then moved into school administration.

I worked for five years as the assistant principal at Aurora Frontier K-8.  Six years ago, I was able to return to Park Lane Elementary School as the principal.  I was so excited and grateful to be returning to Park Lane, it felt like I was coming home.  It has been an honor to serve this community of families and students!

What is exciting about my job?
Every day I have an opportunity to work directly with and support teachers in creating a culture that allows us to have courageous conversations about race and equity. Through these conversations and professional learning, teachers have increased their use of culturally relevant practices to engage our student’s in equitable and rigorous learning experiences.  Walking into classrooms and observing the excitement of students and their conversations with their peers and teachers has been very rewarding!

Words from a consejero/a:
Know who you are and what you truly value and believe.  Be willing to have difficult, courageous and respectful conversations about race and equity and hold others and myself accountable for treating others with dignity and respect.

What advice would you give a new superintendent or school leader?
Find someone you trust and respect to mentor and support you, especially during your first year on the job. Be willing to ask questions when you don’t know or understand something.  Find a way to balance your work life and personal life so you don’t burn the candle at both ends.

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

You’ll find me spending time with my family, reading a good book, watching a movie or traveling!

How does CO-ALAS add value?
Co-ALAS provides opportunities for professional development and networking with colleagues across Colorado.  It meets the needs of Latino(a) leaders and aspiring leaders. It is important to have an organization that allows like-minded individuals to support one another while learning from each other.



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
info@co-alas.org

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