• 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


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:

March 12, 2020 - ALAS Newsletter: Leaders in Equity Update

March 5, 2020 - CO-ALAS Monthly Newsletter

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events


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11th Annual Leadership Conference
POSTPONED
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

After lots of deliberation and consideration, the CO-ALAS Board has decided to postpone our Annual CO-ALAS Leadership Conference scheduled for April 18, 2020. While this is not what any of us would have hoped for, we believe this is the best decision for our organization during these unpredictable times and to ensure your health and general well-being. 
 
Please rest assured that the conference has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 26th at the Adams 12 Training Center.  Your registration is good for the fall event.  If you are unable to attend and need a refund, please email us at www.info@co-alas.org .
 
We hope everyone stays healthy. Be well and we'll see you in the fall.

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

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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
March 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 Catrina Estrada, Principal at Thunder Valley K-8 in St. Vrain Valley Schools.

Career Highlights & Education

I grew up on the Western Slope and am a Colorado Native.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree from University of Northern Colorado in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in ESL. This is my 16th year in public education.  I started my teaching career in 2004 at Centennial Elementary in Greeley as an ELL and Half Day Kindergarten teacher for three years. Then, I moved to Denver and spent the next 10 years in Mapleton Public School where I served as a First Grade Teacher, ELL/Reading Interventionist and TOSA.  While teaching in Mapleton, I earned my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and also had the opportunity to serve as an assistant principal and principal. Another opportunity arose, and I took a leadership position in the St. Vrain School District. Currently, I am in my third year in St. Vrain Valley Schools where I have served first as the assistant principal and currently as Principal at Thunder Valley K8. 

What is exciting about my job?
I love that I have the opportunity to support and serve teachers and students everyday. It’s never a dull moment nor predictable what the day will bring, which makes it exciting. I love that I get to watch students laugh, learn and persevere through challenges.  Most of all, I love the connections and relationships I am able to build with students, parents, teachers and colleagues.

Words from a consejero/a.  
Be willing to have difficult and courageous conversations and stay true to your values for the sake of kids. Find good mentors and sponsors who will support your growth.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Don’t forget your “why” and always come back to it. With leadership comes many challenges, so always seek to understand and listen.  Surround yourself with people who are positive and will lift you up. Don’t be afraid to lead because students are counting on you.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
My husband Erick and I have two sons, Vinny and Dario.  I love spending time with my family and watching my boys play sports.   Additionally, my husband and I love the Colorado sports teams so you can catch us at a game during any season.  We love music and any opportunity to attend concerts. Lastly, we love being active and spending time outdoors enjoying Colorado.

How does CO-ALAS add value?
I am a true believer in you becoming who you surround yourself with. CO-ALAS is full of many talented and inspirational leaders.  It has connected me with other professionals who challenge my thinking and encourage me to be better everyday. I have been able to develop relationships and build a positive network of support.  The connections and conferences help promote my personal and professional growth as a leader and supporting a diverse group of learners.  

Collaboration

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR AFFILIATES, SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Affiliates


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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. 



 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.

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CO-ALAS
PO Box 13109
Denver, CO 80201
info@co-alas.org

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