• 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


Tracy Gallegos

Director of Equity and Inclusion
Mesa County Valley School District #51
1 Year Term - Began 2021
Tracy.Gallegos@51schools.org 


Co-Chairs


Teresa Barajas

Principal, Northglenn High School
Adams 12 Five Star School District
3 Year Term - Began 2021
bar009946@adams12.org


Luis Murillo
Assistant Superintendent
Alamosa School District
3 Year Term - Began 2021
lmurillo@alamosa.k12.co.us

Secretary


Dr. Ron Cabrera

Leadership Consultant
2 Year Term - Began 2021
ron.g.cabrera@gmail.com 

Treasurer


Jesus Escárcega
Director for Culture, Equity and Language
Sheridan School District
2 Year Term - Began 2021
jdescarcega@ssd2.org 

Chair Elect


Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra

Interim Principal, West Leadership Academy
Denver Public Schools
2 Year Term - Began 2020
bcostaguerra@gmail.com

Past Chair


Tara Peña

Executive Director of Middle Schools
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
1 Year Term - Began 2021
Tara.C.Pena@adams12.org 


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:

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events

The 8th Annual CO-ALAS
K-12 Administrator Job Fair

Saturday, January 22, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
St. Peter Claver S.J. Hall 
Regis University – Lowell Campus 
3333 Regis Blvd. 
Denver, CO 80221 

Educators, if you are seeking administrative positions for the 2022-23 school year, please plan to attend the 8th Annual CO-ALAS Administrator Job Fair. The fair hosts Human Resource personnel who are recruiting educators for administrative positions. ?Last year, 15 school districts participated in the virtual job fair and educators networked with district representatives. Currently, this is the only fair that focuses on job opportunities for K-12 administrators. 

View the flyer for more information!


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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
November 2021

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 Thomas Velazquez, Ed.D., Principal Resident, North High School in Denver Public Schools.

Thomas shares his professional career and current bio below.  You can read the diverse experiences that have led to his various leadership roles. One of our shining stars!

Career Highlights & Education

Dr. Velazquez is a bilingual educator with 20 years of professional experience in education. He has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Language with a minor in Secondary Education and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business and Marketing from Colorado State University Pueblo. Dr. Velazquez completed an Educational Leadership and Policy Studies for his administrator's licensure and an Educational Doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity: Challenges to Opportunities to Achieve in Latin@ School Communities at CU Denver. Dr. Velazquez taught Spanish for 13 years in the classroom, before moving into school leadership. In Aurora Public Schools, as a TOSA, he worked on creating equitable outcomes for students of color, supported in implementing a Culture of Care and increased the 7 year graduation rate by 21% at a majority Latinx school. At CEC Early College, a 95% Latino High School, with 83% FRL and over 70% of students being MLL during their schooling experience, Dr. Velazquez created systems that increased the graduation rate to 100% in 2018 and 2019 and 99% in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, CEC students achieved 95% college readiness in Math under his leadership and increased student access to college level English and Math courses by 87.6%. At CEC, Dr. Velazquez cast a vision for a future center and whole school restorative practices. He is currently a principal resident at North High School in Denver and is seeking a principal or leadership position for the 2023 school year.

What is exciting about my job?
Working in high school education, you never experience the same day twice. There are always new challenges and opportunities, while I work with other like-minded educators to create equitable opportunities and choices for our students, especially our Latinx, Indigenous and Black students. I get really excited about student college readiness, providing them with opportunities to take college level courses in High School and about graduating 100% of students. Graduation is my favorite day of the year. It is the cumulation of all of our collective work and successes with students, families and our staff. 

Words from a consejero/a:
Talk is good, action is better, results matter most. Don't just talk about it, do it. 

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
Set bold goals, hire the right people to help you achieve your goals, never, ever give up and make student achievement your personal mission. 

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
me spending time with my wife and kids. gardening and working in the yard. I enjoy watching Football and Boxing. I like to travel to Mexico to the beaches and also to visit my family. 

How does CO-ALAS add value?
CO-ALAS adds value by building my network of familia and allows me to meet and work with like minded Latinx educators that are working to provide educational equity for Latinx students. CO-ALAS brings me happiness. It is part of my purpose to help other Latino leaders succeed. My advise is get involved and make a difference for our community. It brings meaning to my work. 

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.

CONTACT US


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

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