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all-day Annual ALAS Education Summit @ Marriott Westchase
Annual ALAS Education Summit @ Marriott Westchase
Oct 11 – Oct 14 all-day
For more information visit this link: http://www.alasedu.org/events/2017-alas-summit

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Focused on the Future

At AZALAS, we stay focused on what matters.  That means always looking for the next aspiring Latino administrators for our great state.  We support the efforts on continued excellence and Latino leadership in education.  It is our goal to find and mentor Latino administrators, as we have successfully done for over  20 years!

Shifting Gears

Transitioning into the new year brings us a new name and clearly defined priorities.  We are at the forefront of important issues for Latino Administrators within the state.

Collaborating Within

We are always collaborating with our members, whether at one of many social mixers or our annual conference.  Our member base is continually expanding to the men and women of education around Arizona.

AZALAS announces a theme and location of the annual conference.

Location: The Hilton El Conquistador

November 5th and 6th 2017
Address: 10000 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone: (520) 544-5000

The theme is “Engaged, Inspired and Committed to Excellence for Latino Scholars”

Request for proposals to present will soon be announced for the following strands:

  • Advocacy for Latino Communities
  • Effective Instructional Practices
  • SEI, 4 hour block
  • Community Engagement
  • Educational Sanctuary
  • Multiple Language Benefits
  • Promoting Cultural Sensitivity
  • How Leaders Can Ensure Equity, Excellence and High Expectations
Plan to be part of an exciting two days in Tucson, AZ!

AZALAS 2017 Conference Awards Nominations – Deadline October 16, 2017

AZALAS is now accepting award nominations to be presented at the annual conference on Monday, November 6, 2017 in Tucson, AZ.  The award categories are as follows: AZALAS Outstanding Superintendent or Administrator of the Year [...]

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Get to Know Your AZALAS Leadership

Dr. Lupita Hightower
Dr. Lupita HightowerAZALAS President, Superintendent, Tolleson Elementary School District No. 17
Dr. Hightower has worked for over 20 years in education in various roles as a teacher, mentor/coach, asst. principal, principal, district level director, asst. superintendent and superintendent for the last six years. Lupita received her Bachelor’s Degree with a Bilingual Endorsement from the University of Arizona. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and her Doctorate in Leadership and Innovation with an emphasis in Policy and Administration from Arizona State University.

Her greatest accomplishment is bringing more learning opportunities to the students especially in cases where they would otherwise not have them. She considers herself a treasure hunter who searches for the talents, skills and intelligence that exist in all children and youth. Dr. Hightower was the Winner of the Jane Romatzke Out-of-School Time Leader Award in 2014 and received the National Education Leadership Award from Jobs for Arizona Graduates (JAG) in 2015.

She is especially proud of her two daughters and the support of her husband. Dr. Hightower’s hope for AZALAS is to follow the mission of the organization and ‘To promote effective leadership that produces the best outcomes for Latino Students’ through professional development and other support systems.

Mr. Panfilo H. Contreras
Mr. Panfilo H. ContrerasAZALAS Executive Director
Panfilo H. Contreras became Executive Director in September 2016. Mr. Contreras has been involved in public education for 30 years. He was elected to the Flowing Wells Unified School District in Tucson in 1987 and served 3 terms. He became the fourth executive director of the Arizona School Boards Association in 1998 and served for 13 years retiring in 2011. He continued his involvement in public schools as a private consultant conducting governance training, facilitating planning retreats, coaching school leaders and consulting for school related vendors.

Panfilo earned an Associate Degree from Arizona Western College, attended the University of Houston and obtained a Non-Profit Management Certificate from ASU. He has over 40 years of management experience in private, government and non profit institutions. Mr. Contreras and his wife Marty have two married sons and 4 grandchildren.

He is excited about the potential of AZALAS closing the diversity gap in administrative positions in K12 public schools. He has already resumed efforts to find and train “aspiring leaders” through superintendent recommendations. He says that members should be proud of the energy, commitment and work of the Board of Directors towards the vision and mission of AZALAS.

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August 25th Aspiring Leaders Workshop by Superintendent Recommendation Only

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Scholarship Opportunities

AZALAS Scholarships 12 awarded at $1000 each

The Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (AzALAS) is providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The twelve (12) scholarships are $1000 each and available to students who will be attending a higher institution of post-secondary education. Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Be a graduating high school/charter school senior. 2. One parent must be of Hispanic heritage. 3. Possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 The Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association Scholarship Committee directs all decisions regarding scholarship awards. Applicants are evaluated on quantitative and qualitative criteria, including academic achievement, extracurricular activities and student essays. Scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the Committee and are contingent upon high school graduation, as well as, acceptance to a higher institution of post-secondary education. The scholarship dates are to be determined.

Ben Barcon Scholarship Deadline October 6th 2017

As the Latino population continues to grow in the United States, the need for more Latino school administrators is greater than ever. In 2012 Latino children became the largest ethnic group in K-12 public schools in Arizona. However in 2016 only 15% of Administrative positions were held by Latino School Leaders in K-12 public schools in Arizona. The Ben Barcon Scholarship is funded by donations from various activities sponsored by AZALAS. AZALAS recognizes Latino administrators for their leadership by providing assistance toward an advanced degree in education. The top recipient will receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship award. The scholarship will be made payable to the recipient and will be awarded at the November Annual Conference. The deadline for scholarship applications is October 6th, 2017.

Alejandro Perez Scholarship Deadline October 6th 2017

As the Latino population continues to grow in the United States, the need for more Latino school administrators is greater than ever. In 2012 Latino children became the largest ethnic group in K-12 public schools in Arizona. However in 2016 only 15% of Administrative positions were held by Latino School Leaders in K-12 public schools in Arizona. AZALAS is offering a $10,000 scholarship this year, thanks to our partner, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., who is co-sponsoring the scholarship for the third consecutive year ($5,000 from the Annual Alejandro Perez Memorial Golf Tournament & $5,000 from McCarthy). The scholarship will be awarded at the November Annual Conference. The deadline for scholarship applications is October 6th, 2017.

2016 AZALAS Guest Speakers

  1. Dr. Francesca Lopez is an Associate Professor in the Educational Policy Studies and Practice Department in the College of Education at the University of Arizona.  Her presentation was titled, “Creating a Staff Mindset that Expands Access and Opportunity for Rigor (AP/Dual Enrollment) for Latino Kids.” 
  1. Mr. Carlos Contreras is the Regional Public Affairs Director for Arizona and Latin America at Intel.  He has served as a resource to media on STEM initiatives and the importance of creating access to these opportunities for young people.  His presentations was titled, “Technology Changes and Future Skills.”

Annual Conference Awards, Nominations and Highlights

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