• 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


Jeff Pierson

Director, Safe School Environments
Jefferson County Public Schools
2 Year Term - Began 2020
303-982-3186
Jeffrey.Pierson@jeffco.k12.co.us

At-Large


Dr. Boris Costa-Guerra

Interim Principal, West Leadership Academy
Denver Public Schools
2 Year Term - Began 2020
720-432-5460
bcostaguerra@gmail.com

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:

Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events

SAVE THE DATE!
4th Annual Latina Leadership Conference
Saturday, November 7, 2020


Register for the CO Session

View the 4CLLA Flyer

Apply Online



11th Annual Leadership Conference
RESCHEDULED
Saturday, September 26, 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

The 11th Annual CO-ALAS Leadership Conference has been rescheduled to September 26, 2020. If you registered for the April 18th date, your registration will still be honored for the September 26th date. If you do need a refund, please email us at info@co-alas.org. The deadline to request a refund is May 15, 2020.
 
We hope everyone stays healthy. Be well and we'll see you in the fall.

 
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REGISTRATION OPTIONS TO BE UPDATED SOON
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
September 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 Teresa Barjas, Assistant Principal, Northglenn Middle School.

Teresa shares her professional preparation and current bio below.  ou can read the diverse experiences that have led to her leadership preparation and various leadership roles. One of our shining stars!

Career Highlights & Education
  • Assistant Principal at Northglenn Middle School 
  • MA Degree Educational Counseling, University of Phoenix
  • BA Degree Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • Principal Licensure, University of Denver
  • Latino Leadership Institute, University of Denver
  • Board Member of the Adams 12 Interest Based Strategies Negotiations Team

Teresa Barajas is currently an Assistant Principal at Northglenn Middle School in the Adams 12 School District. She has served as an AP at Northglenn Middle School for 8 years. Teresa has worked in the field of education for over 18 years. Prior to serving as an Assistant Principal at Northglenn Middle School, she was the Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Intervention in Adams 12. In this role, Teresa collaborated with school administrators in addressing student behavior challenges such as attendance, truancy, suspensions, expulsions, drug, alcohol and mental health.

During her years in education, she has partnered with several counties and their agencies such as Adams County, Broomfield County and City and County of Denver to create pathways and opportunities for youth. Teresa’s entire career has been dedicated to developing systems to better support school communities with assisting students to reach their full potential.

What is exciting about my job?
My job is exciting because everyday is so different and unique. I feel like I am always growing and learning. Most importantly, I enjoy and cherish my daily interactions with students, families, staff and community. 

Words from a consejero/a:
My grandmother played a very big role in my life. She was a very strong and independent woman. She’s the reason I am who I am today. The advice my grandmother would always give me no matter what I was doing was “Echale ganas mija”  which means “Give it all you got.” I always keep this phrase in mind especially when I’m presented with a tough situation or project. 

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader:
My advice to a new school leader would be to always try to remain optimistic and positive. I believe these characteristics help develop an inspirational leader.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
Usually you will find me outdoors enjoying a nice run. I love running! I have completed a full marathon, several half marathons and a Ragnar. Every July I recruit friends and family to run 100 miles during the month. I also enjoy spending lots of time with my husband and daughter. 

How does CO-ALAS add value?
I am so thankful to serve on the CO-ALAS board as a Delegate. CO-ALAS is an organization that offers so many amazing opportunities for Latino educational leaders, students and community. These opportunities are always created with lots of hard work, commitment and thoughtfulness. The organization takes time to recognize and understand the need for services, resources, professional development, engagement and outreach. 

Collaboration

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR AFFILIATES, SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

Affiliates


View the 4CLLA Flyer

Apply Online

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

Register here for memberships, conferences and sponsorships

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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