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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.

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Member conference registration

Save $50 on conference registration when you register for the conference by October 6th! Save an additional $10 when you bundle conference registration and membership renewal! See below for our hot deals!

If you have already purchased membership for 2017, you can still save on early bird conference registration by selecting the conference registration that does not include a membership renewal.

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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 Annual Conference Award Nominations are due October 16th!

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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AZALAS Supports DREAMers and DACA!

Get to Know Your AZALAS Leadership

Ms. Nora Gutierrez
Ms. Nora GutierrezPresident Elect
Nora Gutierrez has been involved in education for more than thirty years. Mrs. Gutierrez began her career as a teacher and immediately knew that the most important job duty was to serve students and provide them the absolute best education so they could be successful in their future endeavors. During her career, Mrs. Gutierrez has held the position of teacher, coach, Collaborative Peer Teacher, Assistant Principal, Human Resources Director, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Assistant Superintendent for Operations, Information Technology, Safety and Security, Athletics Director, Executive Director of the Arizona Latino Association of Administrators and Superintendents and most recently as Superintendent for the Tolleson Union High School District.
Mrs. Gutierrez graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree from New Mexico State University and obtained her Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University.
As Superintendent, she is focused on academic achievement for all students and shares that passion with every staff member and student across the district. In one short year, she has made drastic positive changes to ensure teachers are provided with the tools, resources, aligned curriculum and professional development they need to teach students effectively every day bell-to-bell. She is passionate about student academic achievement!
Ms. Susan Bejarano
Ms. Susan BejaranoAZALAS Treasurer
Susan Bejarano is a third generation native Arizonan and lifelong educator choosing to serve under resourced public elementary organizations and higher educational institutions. Having attended Arizona public schools from elementary through the university levels, she is keenly aware of the life changing impact an exceptional education can create. She earned her elementary education degree from Arizona State University and educational administration leadership degree from the University of Phoenix.
Her servant leadership roles within the public elementary educational arena as teacher, assistant principal, principal and associate superintendent have enabled her to gain research based organizational content, knowledge and practical expertise in leading strategic initiatives and effective schools. She has worked in higher education with responsibilities as assistant professor, elementary program chair and faculty supervisor providing critical leadership and insight in preparation of high caliber, dedicated new educators.
It has been her lifelong mission of ensuring a highly effective education for all children, therefore creating empowerment and dynamic change within the whole community.
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GESD 40 Director of Finance and Purchasing Job Opportunity

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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 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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