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!
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.
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.
This notice is to remind you that it is time to renew your membership or pay your membership for the next year if you are not already a paid member. The membership year is July to June. if you have paid membership in the last three months, you will be carried into the new year.
This new year will have new opportunities for personal development and job announcements before they are posted on the web, giving members a head start on any announcements. In addition, this year’s annual conference scheduled for October 28th and 29th at the San Marcos Golf Resort promises to be an outstanding opportunity for personal growth and networking. Members will be given priority in the selection of breakout sessions! If you have been receiving emails from us and not a member, we will continue to do so but only after our members are notified of employment opportunities or other important information or notices so you might want to consider paying your membership!
Your membership is paid on line at www.azalas.org and go to the Membership Tab and select the category that pertains to you. Please note, once you pay your membership by PO, Credit Card or PayPal, an invoice will automatically be issued by the system. So, copy the invoice for your records or for processing the PO.
The board of directors is working hard to provide members with a meaningful experience as member of AZALAS! I hope you consider getting involved in working towards the goal of doing our best to “Ensure Excellence and Equity in Education” in Arizona
Panfilo H. Contreras, Executive Director
Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents
Get to Know Your AZALAS Leadership
AZALAS Prop 301 Statement Signed by Board of Directors
AZALAS Supports DREAMers and DACA!
AZALAS Partners with AZ Schools Now!
At the January meeting, AZALAS accepted an invitation to be affiliated with AZ Schools Now. We strongly encourage our stakeholders to become active with their coalition’s activities. Please visit their website at http://azschoolsnow.org to take the Strong Schools Pledge! AZALAS has taken the pledge along with many other organizations!
AZALAS nominations are now open for the following categories (links) Leaders of Tomorrow Lifetime Achievement Award Outstanding Board Member Outstanding Superintendent Outstanding Administrator Please send your nominations ASAP!
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The Arizona Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (AzALAS) is providing scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The twenty (20) scholarships are $1000 each and available to students who will be attending a higher institution of post-secondary education during the 2018-2019 school year. 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. NOTE: Incomplete application packages will not be accepted. The scholarship enrollment will be announced in early 2019.
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 application will be announced in early 2018.
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 application will be announced in early 2018.
Annual Conference Awards, Nominations and Highlights
Diane McDonald, Sunnyside Unified School District, received the “Leaders of Tomorrow Award”.
Pam Betten, Sunnyside Unified School District, received the “Lifetime Achievement Award”
Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast Elementary School District, received the “Outstanding Superintendent Award”
Melissa Velazquez, Southwest Regional Cooperative/AZ Schools for the Deaf and Blind, received the “Leaders of Tomorrow Award”.
Maria Montano, Sunnyside Unified School District, received the “Outstanding Administrator Award”
Maria Guzman, Isaac School District, received the “Outstanding Governing Board Member Award”
Conference Scholarship Awardees
Jesus Rubalcava received the “Alejandro Perez and McCarthy Scholarship”.
Conference Entertainment – Student Mariachis – Sunnyside High School Diablitos
Outstanding Student Panel
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