• 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.


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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


CO-ALAS Board

Chair

Ron Cabrera, Ph.D.
Leadership Consultant
970-744-8293
ron.g.cabrera@gmail.com

Co-Chairs

Bernadette Archuleta
Staffing Manager
Douglas County School District RE-1
720-433-1292
barchul@msn.com

Ben Martinez
Retired School & District Administrator
bnmartinez@comcast.net

Secretary

Elina Medina
CTE Director - The Med School
Manual High School
Denver Public Schools
720-423-6379
elina_medina@dpsk12.org

Treasurer

Jorge Robles
Executive Director - English Language Acquisition Department
Denver Public Schools
720-423-3733
jorge_robles@dpsk12.org

Past Chair

Jesús Escárcega
Director for Grants Department
Aurora Public Schools
303-340-0864
jdescarcega@aps.k12.co.us

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.

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Conferences & Events

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUR EVENTS

UPCOMING CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Events


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9th Annual CO-ALAS Conference
Breakthrough: your pathway to leadership
Rompiendo barreras: tu camino hacia el liderazgo

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

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FROM OUR ALAS FRIENDS: ALAS-Utah Annual Conference - ¡Venceremos! Power through RISK*
Saturday, May 5, 2018
University of Utah
KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
The Honorable Mickey Ibarra
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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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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MEMBERS

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Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents

 
LA LUZ DE LIDERAZO - A MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT
April 2018

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 Glenn McClain, Superintendent of the Platte Valley School District, Weld Re-7 in Kersey, CO.

Career Highlights & Education
Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Bible both from William Jennings Bryan College.  After several years of working for small private colleges in the southeast U.S. in admissions, marketing, financial aid, and enrollment management, he came west to Colorado.  He earned an MBA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He then went to work at the Platte Valley School District in Kersey, Colorado.  He was hired as Business Services Director in 1991.  In 1998 the board appointed him as Assistant Superintendent and then in August of 1999 he became Superintendent of Schools.  Glenn has served on the Colorado Department of Education Financial Policies and Procedures committee for 6 years.  He is a member of CASE, CASBO, ASBO, and AASA.  Glenn also serves as the Colorado Local Educational Agency representative to the National Forum on Educational Statistics which is part of the National Center for Educational Statistics under the U.S. Department of Education.  He is a member of the NESAC committee, communication subcommittee, the Performance Indicators task force and was co-chair of the K-12 Data Model project.  Glenn has served as the chair of the Northern Colorado Superintendent's Council and past chair of the Colorado Association of School Executives Legislative Committee and the Colorado Commissioner of Education Superintendents Advisory Council. Glenn holds a doctorate in education from the University of Northern Colorado.  His dissertation topic is the Essential Technical and Leadership Skills For School Business Officials. Recently, Glenn has been adjunct faculty for the University of Northern Colorado in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department.

What is exciting about my job?
I have had the great privilege of serving the Platte Valley community for almost 27 years, the last 19 as superintendent. This is a fantastic community made up of great students, families, teachers and staff. It is exciting to see success of students over the years in a variety of ways. Seeing students succeed in school, graduate, then pursue college or work, often returning to our community and become parents and be involved in school or become one of our teachers. Seeing the community support over the years that has allowed to improve learning and student achievement and the educational environment (facilities) has been immensely gratifying. I enjoy attending our many school events where you see students thrive and success, but graduation day is one of the best. It is the culmination of years of effort and learning.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader? 
Seek a position where you fit and a position and community that fits you. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to find a district and community that match your personality, beliefs, philosophy and skills. I once read that you should hold the superintendency with “loose hands”, meaning because the position has such high turnover and often the issues that can affect employment are elusive, you should not “grasp” at the position. I always state that “I serve” the students and community. I believe strongly in the concepts of public service and servant leadership. The district and the community don’t owe you anything. We are fortunate and blessed to earn the compensation and benefits of this job, so don’t ever approach the job with a demanding spirit.

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .
I love attending our Platte Valley events including athletics, music concerts, and all student activities. I thoroughly enjoy our graduation, it’s one of the best days of the year. The little time I’m not doing something involved at school, I like to read, cook and work in our yard which usually involves family. I am also very involved in our church and church leadership. We do enjoy traveling as a family. I can find something I like about almost any place but I really like it if there is a beach or water involved.

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.

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CO-ALAS
PO Box 13109
Denver, CO 80201
coloradoclase@gmail.com

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