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Newsletter Jan/Feb 2013

posted Feb 13, 2013, 8:32 AM by ALAS deNuevoMéxico   [ updated Feb 13, 2013, 8:36 AM ]
Bilingual Day at the Roundhouse
ALAS de NM will be recognized as part of Bilingual Day at the State Capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15.

NMABE Bilingual Educators Institute
ALAS de NM will present at the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education’s annual Bilingual Educators Institute on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Buffalo Thunder Resort outside of Santa Fe. The theme of the conference is “Implementing the Common Core Standards for ELLs/Students in Bilingual Education Programs.”

January Interim Board Meeting
The interim board met on Jan. 9 at the APS administrative building in Albuquerque. The board finalized the organization’s bylaws and agreed to have them reviewed by an attorney.
Go here to read the final draft of the bylaws.

The board discussed plans to participate in several upcoming conferences including:
Volunteers Wanted to Plan for Conference
Volunteers are needed to help plan for participation in La Cosecha Dual Language Conference in November. Proposed plans include a half-day pre-conference on cultural proficiency and a half-day round table discussion on a variety of topics. Those interested may contact an interim board member or send an email to

ALAS de NM Featured in National Newsletter

Efforts to recruit members in a state as vast as New Mexico was the focus of an article featured in the national organization’s winter newsletter. The article in “Wings of Change,” written by ALAS de NM advisor Eddie Soto, discussed efforts by the state organization to partner with organizations that share similar goals and aspirations including the New Mexico School Board Association, the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators and Dual Language of New Mexico. “ALAS de Nuevo Mexico continues to sharpen its focus and direction and will only continue to grow as we align ourselves and network with other organizations across the vast state of New Mexico with similar visions and goals,” Soto wrote.
Go here to read the article.  

Taos Administrators Conference
Members of ALAS de NM presented at the Taos Administrators Conference in January. The presentation provided some background on both the national and state organization, and provided a roadmap for the journey that lies ahead for the New Mexico chapter.
Taos leaders were told that ALAS de NM is establishing networks that support educational advancement for all students; advocating for the improvement of the educational process; developing pathways for leadership opportunities; providing mentorship and support.
The presentation also discussed the implications of the Hispanic achievement gap. For example, is estimated that high school dropouts will earn $375,000 less than graduates during their lifetime. 
The presentation is posted below.

Seeking New Members
Know someone who might be interested in joining our organization? Send them to our website at where they can get more information and sign up. Membership is free for now.

Are You Social?
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Contact Us
Email us at or contact our interim board members:
  • Co-President Anthony Griego -
  • Co-President Mario Zuniga -
  • Vice President James Lujan -
  • Treasurer Ray Trejo -
  • Secretary Jacqueline Costales -
  • Publicist/Historian Johanna King -
  • Member-at-Large Chris Sanchez -
  • Advisor: Eddie Soto -
  • Advisor: Yvonne Garcia -
  • Advisor: Martin Sandoval -

ALAS deNuevoMéxico,
Feb 13, 2013, 8:32 AM