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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 Supports DREAMers and DACA!

Get to Know Your AZALAS Leadership

Ms. Roxana Rico
Ms. Roxana RicoBoard Member
Roxana Rico is Superintendent of the Continental Elementary School District, Co-Chair of the Conference Committee, and member of the AZALAS Board of Directors. Ms. Rico is a Native Tucsonan, graduating from Sunnyside High School. She attended Northern Arizona University receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She began her career in education with the Sunnyside School District, teaching Special Education and Bilingual Education. As an educational leader, Ms. Rico served as an elementary and middle school Principal and later became the district’s K-8 Curriculum Director. In May of 2017, she was announced to be the first Latina Superintendent for the Continental Elementary School District.
Mr. Javier Baca
Mr. Javier BacaBoard Member
Javier Baca is the Chief Information Officer of the Sunnyside Unified School District, Co-Chair of the Conference Committee, and a member of the AZALAS Board of Directors. Prior to his tenure at Sunnyside, Mr. Baca served as IT Director at two other Arizona school districts and has over seventeen years of school IT management experience. His leadership in technology has played a key role in the digital learning transformation focused on engaging students and their families of the district while reshaping teaching and learning in the classroom. Close alignment and collaboration with instructional leadership is his top priority. Other priorities include developing and promoting effective school system leadership, promoting cultural readiness for our current technological age. He has served as an AZALAS Board Member for over six years.
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Featured

Developing Arizona’s Human Capital – Acceleration to 60

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Home Page Story|

December 7th and 8th, 2017 | Orange Tree Resort The Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education invites you, your colleagues, students, and friends to the 13th Developing Arizona's Human Capital Conference. Only Five Weeks Until Michael B. Horn’s Keynote [...]

The NALEO Educational Fund seeks an Arizona Deputy Director of Constituency Services – Education

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Home Page Story, Job Postings|

The NALEO Educational Fund seeks an Arizona Deputy Director of Constituency Services - Education to support the organization’s initiative with education policymakers in the state.  The ideal candidate will assist in the development of curricula [...]

GESD 40 Director of Finance and Purchasing Job Opportunity

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Home Page Story, Job Postings|

Glendale Elementary School District #40 is currently seeking applicants for the position of Director of Finance and Purchasing.  If you are interested or know someone who may be, you are encouraged to apply. Access the [...]

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 Awarded at the 2018 AZALAS Annual Conference

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 Awarded at the 2018 AZALAS AnnualConference

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

From the Blog

Service Dogs in Schools: U.S. Supreme Court to Review Administrative Considerations

Do you have patrons, vendors, students or clients who visit your site with a service  dog? The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it will review the issue of service dogs in schools. The justices [...]

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