August 2017 - Dr. Lora de la Cruz


August 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 doing and what’s on their mind. 

This month we are featuring Dr. Lora de la Cruz, new Director of a P-20 Learning Community in Aurora Public Schools in the Denver metro area. 

Career Highlights and Education: 

I have been an educator for 24 years. In that time, I have taught and been an Assistant Principal and Principal in PreK-8. I have enjoyed working on such district-level work as strategic planning, PreK-12 Literacy and Learning, equity professional learning, and more. Having been a school leader for nine years, I have led two very distinct schools in narrowing achievement, growth and opportunity gaps. I am most proud to have led a very highly impacted school toward tremendous reading growth. I earned my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership for Equity, focusing on the implementation of aligned professional learning to enhance teacher efficacy and student achievement and growth. Currently, I am thrilled to be a director of a variety of schools representing great diversity in student demographics and needs. 

What is exciting about my job?

I am excited to engage in the work of bringing promising practices to scale as I work with a network of schools -  a Learning Community. In this work, I get to support school leaders and teachers in aligning and elevating practices to enhance teacher efficacy and student growth. 

I am a believer that, “If it has been done, it can be done.”  I am always seeking success stories of other schools and districts who are overcoming great obstacles, closing and narrowing gaps, and turning around schools, to enhance student achievement and growth. Replicating and tailoring successful practices, seeing success, and bringing excellent outcomes to scale is the most exciting work for me. 

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school leader?

Start with listening and learning. There is no substitute for building relationships and trust. Take the time needed to slow down, build relationships, and listen. 

If you catch me outside the office, you’ll find . . .

I love spend time with family, and I love being outside in nature - hiking, walking my dogs, enjoying all the nature beautiful Colorado has to offer. 

How does CO-ALAS adds value?

ALAS (The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents) has been a tremendous value-added element of my professional and personal life. I am honored to be participating in the ALAS Superintendent Leadership Academy, and am already experiencing la familia connection with caring peers and experts through this experience. ALAS and CO-ALAS provide me with an affiliation that is so important to me. I am able to engage an affinity group with others who bring similar life and professional experiences and aspirations. In particular, I appreciate learning and leading alongside other Latino/a educational leaders who share my desire to improve education for Latino children, and all children, through quality leadership for equity.

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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