• 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



Ron Cabrera, Ph.D.
Leadership Consultant


Bernadette Archuleta
Staffing Manager
Douglas County School District RE-1

Ben Martinez
Retired School & District Administrator


Elina Medina
Assistant Principal - Beach Court Elementary
Denver Public Schools


Jorge Robles
Executive Director - English Language Acquisition Department
Denver Public Schools

Past Chair

Jesús Escárcega
Director for Grants Department
Aurora Public Schools


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.


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




4th Annual Administrator Job Fair

Saturday, January 20, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. Peter Claver S.J. Hall

Regis University - Lowell Campus
3333 Regis Blvd.
Denver, CO
View the flier.

2018 Winter Coloardo Association for Bilingual Education Conference
Empowering Voices

February 1-2, 2018
Tivoli Building, Auraria Campus
1363 E. 9th Ave.
Denver, CO
View the flier.

9th Annual CO-ALAS Conference

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Denver Public Schools
1860 Lincoln Street,  14th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80203

Latina Leadership Network
Locations, Times, and Dates to be announced

Regional CO ALAS Social Events
Locations, Times, and Dates to be announced

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Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

Decemper 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 mind.

This month we are featuring Jorge Robles, Executive Director of the English Language Acquisition Department in the Denver Public Schools.

Career Highlights & Education
I was born in beautiful Santiago, Chile and first came to the US through a scholarship exchange program during High School. Growing up in Chile during a time when public schools where not a viable option for quality education, my experience attending an urban public school in the US had a lasting and defining impact on my life, as I was able to witness the positive influence that an outstanding public school can have in a community.

After attaining a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin, my professional career started in the private sector working on developing credit products and services for Latino immigrants in the US, so they could access opportunities while they worked on starting their new life in our country. It was an incredible opportunity that also allowed me to connect with multiple Hispanic communities across the United Stated.

My passion has always been in education, and I wanted to pursue an opportunity that would allow me to give back to the community in a way that is meaningful and that represents my values. After spending time working in financial services and retail, both nationally and internationally, I earned a Masters in Educational Leadership and joined Denver Public Schools where I currently lead the English Language Acquisition Department servicing all speakers of other languages to ensure that every single child can realize their potential. Last year, my team was able to implement exciting initiatives such as the Seal of Biliteracy, adopt a new high quality English Language Development (ELD) curriculum and professional development, and implement an expansion of supports for newcomer students in DPS.

What is so exciting about my job?
Like many of the students who I am privileged to support through my current role, I am an English Language Learner and minority Hispanic who has been fortunate to have access to great opportunities thanks to a good education. My job is exciting because it inspires me every to pay it forward and help our English learners, our minority students, and students in poverty realize their potential, as I believe this is an issue of equity, of civil rights and a strategic priority for this country.

Words from a consejero.
A leadership coach with whom I had the privilege to work with early in my career advised me to approach every day and every interaction “open, present and connected”. His words have helped me establish a mindset and attitude in my work and personal life that allows me to see new opportunities, connect with different people, always listen, and be a lifelong learner.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader?
Set a clear vision that is centered on your students and engage families in being part of the process to set the vision and to do the work. It is my conviction that a great public school creates a sense of pride among families, builds trust and a sense of belonging, which leads to active engagement and a prosperous environment for everyone. As a leader of a school or school system, you are uniquely positioned to have a positive and transformative impact on communities.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Spending time with my family, most likely in the back yard grilling and having fun. I also enjoy going out on bike rides or jogging on any of the awesome trails around Denver.  

How does CO ALAS add value?
It brings together, supports and promotes Latino leaders in our schools and school systems across Colorado, which is imperative and critical to successfully realize the potential of our growing population of Latino students in the State. Additionally, CO-ALAS provides a unique opportunity to connect with, and learn from, talented Latino educators across the State. There is a lot we can learn from each other, and together we can overcome any obstacle to ensure that our students succeed in school, and in life. If you are not yet a member of this great organization, I strongly encourage you to join.




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.


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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.


PO Box 13109
Denver, CO 80201