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ALAS at FETC 2020 Pre-Conference Event Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


Join ALAS as we partner with FETC to host our 2nd Annual Pre-Conference Partner/Match Sessions on January 13-14, 2020 in Miami, Florida!

Our Partner/Match Sessions are designed to provide one-on-one meetings between ALAS education leaders and solution providers to discuss areas of interest for the upcoming year. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to; Curriculum and Instruction, STEAM, Digital Content/Virtual Reality, Online Resources, Facilities, Security, Finance, Leadership, Professional Development, Assessment, English Learners, Data Management and more!

ALAS Members: For your time and commitment, ALAS will cover your room and board for one night and provide current ALAS National members with a $250.00 scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding teacher or student in your school district.

State affiliate groups with 5 or more attendees will receive $2,500 per affiliate, groups with 10 or more attendees will receive $5,000 per state affiliate.


As an ALAS member you get a FREE Basic Pass to FETC that gives you access to:

  • 6 dedicated tracks, including the Future of Ed Tech Administrator track
  • 3 dynamic Keynote presentations with Daniel Pink, Justin Shaifer and the expert panel of Tech Share LIVE!
  • 380+ sessions exploring current and emerging technologies, as well as best practices to plan, integrate and manage it all
  • A look into the growing world of esports and how to set up and maintain the technology for this in-demand program.

(Workshops require an additional registration fee.)

FETC® is the premier ed tech conference for administrators, principals and teams!

The Future of Education Technology® Conference is tailored to meet the needs of district administrators, principals and their teams. As a district or school leader, you are always seeking technology-driven solutions, strategies and insights to help you carry out your role. FETC® can provide you with the right resources, experts and answers to do just that.

To get your FREE Basic Pass be sure to register with Promo Code ALAS2020. Interested in upgrading your pass to attend intensive, 2-hour workshops? Use the same Promo Code and just pay the difference for your selected pass rate! Promo code valid for ALAS members only.


ALAS 2020 State Affiliates Leadership Conference Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Calling all ALAS State Affiliates to join us for our 2020 State Affiliates Leadership Conference!

2020 SALC will be hosted by our amazing partners — Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona March 6-8, 2020!

More details will be announced in the coming weeks!

GCU has been a dedicated partner of ALAS and our mission towards achieving equitable access to education for all students. This past year they set out to provide ALAS members with (3) $5,000 scholarships for doctoral or master’s programs offered 100% online at GCU. Click here to find out more & apply!

Download the ALAS 2020 Calendar

ALAS 17th Annual Education Summit Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article


A special thank you to our keynote speakers and members for inspiring all of us to continue our work to achieve equity in education for all students! Every year we gather for our national education summit to bring together brilliant minds and exchange ideas and best practices on how to be the best leaders we can be. ALAS thanks everyone who joined us this year, and we invite you all to join us next year in Portland, Oregon, October 7-10, 2020!

A special thank you to our partners for supporting ALAS and our work to achieve equity in education!
View the 2019 ALAS Education Summit Partners

In order for ALAS to continue to organize and host great events — we ask that our members provide us with their feedback! Click this link to join the exchange to share your thoughts on this year’s Summit!


Three Things School Leaders Can Do to Prepare Students for the 2020 Census Today Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Kimberley Glascoe, U.S. Census Bureau Statistics in Schools program
I recently had the privilege of attending the ALAS 16th Annual Education Summit in Orlando, Florida. Not only did I leave feeling empowered, I left feeling a sense of unity. After all, ALAS is a familia. There were multiple times where speakers mentioned the upcoming 2020 Census to the audience, stating the importance not only for their communities, but for their schools as well.

Did you know that responses to the 2020 Census will drive decisions on the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year for the next ten years? This includes support for school programs and services such as free and reduced-price lunch, classroom technology, head start, teacher training, special education, and more. The $675 billion also includes funds for services that influence student readiness for learning, such as child health programs and assistance with housing, heating, and food costs.

As a school leader, you make decisions every day that impact the communities in which you serve. You play an important role in student development and lay out the framework to make sure your students achieve their academic goals. Now that you know the impact the census will have on schools in your community, below are three things you can do today to prepare your teachers, students and their families for the 2020 Census by using free resources from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools (SIS) program.

Get Involved.

Promote the Statistics in Schools (SIS) Program and educate your community and teachers about the importance of counting all children in the 2020 Census. Your efforts today will impact schools, students, and communities for the next 10 years. This fall, all administrators in schools across the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas will receive a booklet introducing them to the 2020 Census Statistics in Schools program. This guide provides materials to share with teachers to explain and promote the SIS program, and information about the 2020 Census’ impact on school funding. Download the online version here.

Share 2020 SIS Resources.

New activities designed specifically for the 2019-2020 school year spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children. Download activities for pre-K through 12th grade to make a difference for your students, school, and community. Our fun and interactive pre-K materials are available in English and Spanish to help young children understand the 2020 Census and introduce them to the idea of data. New English Language Learners (ELL) and adult English as a Second Language (ESL) activities highlight the country’s diversity and emphasize the value of counting everyone in the 2020 Census. There are also Spanish activities for K through 12th grade for Puerto Rico.

Support the Count of Young Children.

Newborn babies and young children under five are often missed in the decennial census, with consequences that can impact their lives for the next 10 years. When children are missed in the count, it often is because of complex living situations, such as when one or more parents are not present in the home, large extended families, or when the child only lives in the home some of the time.

Send information to students’ homes that explains how and why to complete the 2020 Census and count all children. By the next census, children now in kindergarten will be in high school. This is a once-in-a-decade chance to help make sure they have what they need to be successful. Learn how you can help make sure your community is counted be counted by visiting


Promoted by Writable

ALAS Membership Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Members of ALAS join forces with more than 6,000 of their peers from across the country with the mission to provide leadership at the national level that assures every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latinx youth, by building capacity, promoting best practices and transforming educational institutions. Become a member today and be a part of the change you want to see!

Sign up to be an ALAS member for 2019–2020

Visit ALAS website to join ALAS or renew your membership!


2019 ALAS GCU Scholarship Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

ALAS in partnership with Grand Canyon University will award three (3) $5,000 scholarships to attend Grand Canyon University in either the M.Ed. Educational Administration, Doctor of Education (Ed.D), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), or Doctor of Business Administrations (DBA) programs this fall. The programs are offered 100% online.

View Eligibility Requirements & Application Process

ALAS along with MALDEF and the Hispanic Education Coalition oppose the roll back of any collection of the CRDC data Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is to obtain data related to the nation’s public school districts and elementary and secondary schools’ obligation to provide equal educational opportunity. The Trump administration is currently working to roll back the enforcement of civil rights laws by undermining the federal data collections.

The CRDC contains excellent reports on data that include: per pupil expenditures (and comparing them between districts and schools), school enrollment, gifted and talented enrollment, AP enrollment, suspension and expulsion categorized by student demographics. The public portal to use it is:

Progress Monitoring and Intervention
Promoted by Mr Elmer

Intervention Compass removes the guesswork and saves your staff time by placing all student data in one place. Teachers and admin can get back to talking about how to support the whole child. Check out how Intervention Compass is saving Gabe and his team a whole lot of time at Newport Mesa.

The Hispanic Education Coalition Opposes Mr. Allen’s Amendment to H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) stands with the Hispanic Education Coalition (HEC), which unities 17 national organizations dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for the more than 59 million Lations and Latinas living in the United States and Puerto Rico, write to oppose Mr. Allen’s amendment to the H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act.

If enacted, the amendment would exclude institutions of higher education that grant immigrant students instate tuition from receiving federal benefits, including allowing any of their students to access federal financial aid. Read the amendment here.


Meet the ALAS Board of Directors


Ana V. Ortiz
Retired Superintendent
Oxford Public Schools
Oxford, Connecticut
(Term expires 10/20)
President Elect:
Dr. Francisco Duran
Chief Equity Officer;
Virginia State Board of
Education Member
Fairfax County Public Schools
Falls Church, Virginia
(Term expires 10/20)
Treasurer – Director
Region 2 Northwest:

Dr. Gustavo Balderas
Eugene School District 4J
Eugene, Oregon
(Treasurer Term expires 10/20,
Regional Term expires 10/22)
Secretary – Region
5 Midwest:

Dr. Charles Johns
Superintendent Glenbrook High
School District 225
Glenview, Illinois
(Secretary Term Expires 10/20,
Region 5 Term Expires 10/21)

Director – Region I West:
Dr. Ruth Perez;
Unified School District, CA
(Term expires 10/21)
Director – At Large
Higher Education:

Dr. Maria Ott
Executive in Residence
USC School of Education
Los Angeles, California
(Term expires 10/21)
Director – Region 3

Dr. Lily DeBlieux
Pendergast Elementary
School District
Phoenix, Arizona
(Term expires 10/21)
Director – Region 6

Dr. Alex Marrero
Assistant Superintendent
East Ramapo Central
School District
Spring Valley, New York
(Term expires 10/22)

Director – Region 4:
Juan E. Cabrera Jr. JD.
El Paso Independent
School District
El Paso, Texas
(Term expires 10/22)
Director at Large:
Dr. Danna Diaz
Superintendent of Schools
Reynolds School District
Reynolds, OR
(Term expires 10/22)


West Chicago District 33 Board of Education has selected Kristina Davis as the next superintendent! Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

West Chicago School District 33
West Chicago District 33’s Board of Education announced at a special board meeting that it has selected Kristina Davis as the next district superintendent. Members of the Board selected Kristina at the conclusion of a search with BWP and Associates that included over 30 applicants.

The superintendent search process included an audit that gathered both survey and focus-group input from the community. This qualitative and quantitative input was then used to create a candidate profile. The board wishes to thank all community and staff members who participated in this process. The information gathered was very helpful to the board in determining the best candidate for the position. READ MORE

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools, was recently named a Woman of Distinction by Hartford Magazine. Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Hartford Courant
Hartford Magazine recognized 30 exceptional women in the fields of business, education, health care, arts, public service, philanthropy, religion, and sports who are making a significant difference in their communities. READ MORE.

Congratulations Dr. Torres-Rodriguez!


State Affiliates Google Drive Folder Available Now! Please email to receive access.

ALAS currently has 17 State Affiliates across the nation. Their primary mission is to increase the support and networking for Latinx leaders as well as advocate for all students, especially the underrepresented Latinx students in their state communities. They are an extension of ALAS by which they serve to build a solid network of influence and advocacy at the national level.

Learn more about our State Affiliates

ALAS State Affiliates Conference Call Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Stay up to date with all ALAS happenings by joining ALAS every third Friday of the month for our ALAS State Affiliates Call! Email to RSVP.

Our next upcoming call is Friday, January 17th, 2020.

The December call will be postponed in observance of the holidays.

Upcoming NYC NYSALAS Networking Events!

NYC Regional Meeting and Networking Event
Friday, December 13, 2019 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

NYC L3: Linking Latina Leaders Network Event
Friday, February 28, 2020 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

NYC Regional Meeting and Networking Event
Friday, April 3, 2020 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm


New Postings Every Week on ALAS Website!

12/03/19 — Account Executive, ACT, OH
12/03/19 — Assistant Principal, San Francisco Public Schools, CA
12/03/19 — Executive Director, Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), CO
12/03/19 — Superintendent, Alisal Union School District, CA
12/03/19 — Superintendent, North Wasco County School District 21, OR
11/27/19 — Superintendent, Kalamazoo Public Schools, MI
11/27/19 — Principal and Assistant Principal, Madison Metropolitan School District, WI
11/22/19 — Superintendent, Grand Rapids Public Schools, MI
11/15/19 — Superintendent, Green Bay Area Public Schools, WI
11/15/19 — Assistant Superintendent, Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, IN
11/15/19 — Director III, Compensation – Human Resources Division, Clark County School District, NV
11/08/19 — Deputy Superintendent, The Springfield, Missouri Public School District, MO
11/08/19 — Director of Academics, Mission Achievement and Success Charter School, NM
11/08/19 — Principal, Cristo Rey St. Viator College, NV
11/08/19 — Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Wonderful College Prep Academy, CA
11/07/19 — Superintendent, Center School District, MO
11/06/19 — Director of Youth Development and Social Innovation, City of Las Vegas, NV
11/06/19 — Superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools, IN
11/06/19 — Chief Technology Officer, Clark County School District, NV
11/05/19 — Superintendent, Willingboro, NJ
11/05/19 — Superintendent, Rockville Centre School District, NY
11/05/19 — Superintendent, DeKalb County School District, GA
11/01/19 — Principal, Missouri Public School District, MO



High stakes for schools if 2020 Census undercounts Latino families Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Education Week
Language barriers. Distrust of government. Fear of immigration enforcement. For communities with significant numbers of Latino and immigrant residents, the barriers to an accurate 2020 Census count are high — and so are the stakes for their schools. The census count has grave implications for school funding for the next decade: Undercounts could put districts at risk of losing hundreds of millions of dollars for early-childhood education, high-poverty-area schools, special education, foster-care funding and child-care support for low-income families.  READ MORE

Administrators share advice for engaging families Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Education DIVE
Parental involvement is a considerable factor in student success, but achieving that engagement is sometimes easier said than done. Many students have two parents who work full time, and some parents may also still harbor negative feelings toward school from their time as students. To learn more about how administrators work to bring and keep families in the fold, we asked a handful of superintendents and principals from a variety of districts nationwide how they approach family engagement. Here’s what they had to say.  READ MORE

Leadership lessons from great teachers Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

The Lead Change Group
Master Teacher Wardie Sanders recently retired after teaching history for years at Hartsville High School. There are a lot of great teachers in schools all around the country who are only known to other teachers and in their own community. The news media are more likely to devote time to a violent crime or devastating fire than to the everyday work of great teachers. Wardie was an exception.  READ MORE

Why teacher morale appears to be dropping Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

District Administration Magazine
Teachers feel less optimistic about their profession than they did a year ago, according Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s annual “Educator Confidence Report.” In a survey of more than 1,300 educators, 34% of teachers expressed optimism, compared with 50% in 2018, according the report. Teacher confidence declined in many areas, such as building students’ critical thinking skills, using data to inform instruction and applying instruction to the real world.  READ MORE

Active shooter drills may not stop a school shooting — But this method could Share on FacebookTwitter< a href=”;T=zSyd3hohkiE~25uASyn.xU3~amp;b=Pd~amp;7=” title=”Share on Linkedin” linkname=”” DSTrackingType=”Editorial” DSTrackingAccount=””>Share on LinkedinE-mail article

School shootings like the recent one in Santa Clarita, California, have focused the nation’s attention on school safety. And schools across the U.S. are wrestling with how to prevent themselves from becoming the site of the next tragedy. Many schools are turning to highly visible “hardened” security measures. For example, at least eight states now have laws mandating active shooter drills in schools. But there’s little research yet that shows that those drills are effective.  READ MORE

Connecting with English learner families: 5 ideas to help schools Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article

Education Week
English language learner families are less likely than English-only families to attend parent-teacher conferences and other school-related events, according to a new U.S. Department of Education fact sheet. The report from the department’s office of English language acquisition uses data from National Center for Education Statistics surveys to examine how schools connect with families who speak languages other than English. Research shows that children whose parents are involved in supporting their learning do better in school. For English learners, educators think that parent involvement can be especially important for supporting successful language development.  READ MORE


5 reasons to integrate STEM into online learning Share on Facebook