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ALAS de NM Featured in Parent Organization's Fall Newsletter

posted Oct 5, 2012, 8:04 AM by ALAS deNuevoMéxico   [ updated Oct 5, 2012, 8:11 AM ]
ALAS de NM is featured in the Fall 2012 edition of Wings of Change, the publication of the national Association of Latino Adminsitrators and Superintendents. The article was written by Eddie Soto, chairman of Alas de Nuevo México Strategic Planning Committee.
 
Read the article below. You can also download a copy of the Fall 2012 edition of Wings of Change.  

New Mexico State Affiliate Formed A Dozen Years After ALAS Conceived in Albuquerque

ALAS de Nuevo México Seeks to Inspire, Cultivate and Promote Latino Educational Leaders for the Benefit of All Students
 
By Eddie Soto, Chairman of the ALAS de Nuevo México Strategic Planning Committee

During the spring of 2000, a formidable group of Latino superintendents and administrators from across the country met in Albuquerque, N.M., to initiate a national organization that would address and advocate for the largest growing population in America: Latino youth. One of the goals of the aspiring organization was to establish state affiliates to support the need for Latino administrators who serve in schools and districts across the country.

While other state affiliates began to emerge, it was only after the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy held a workshop in Albuquerque in February of 2012 that a "call to action" was issued and work on a New Mexico affiliate began.

Since then, ALAS de Nuevo México has grown from a strategic planning group of 12 to more than 150 members statewide. The group initially focused its energy on creating a mission, vision and purpose; then launched into recruitment drives at strategic meetings held by other statewide organizations.

With the support of Winston Brooks, Superintendent of the Albuquerque Public Schools, ALAS de NM has been able to recruit and communicate with members through an active website (alasdenm.net) and social media network including a Facebook page and Twitter account (follow us at @alasdenm). These communication tools also have helped keep ALAS de NM members up-to-date on national ALAS news and events.

ALAS de NM continues to grow and flourish with plans in the near future to select its first Board of Directors, develop bylaws, host workshops offering professional development and featuring guest speakers, and align with other state organizations to further its mission to support Latino leaders and students.

In its first year, ALAS de NM also had two of its members selected to the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy: Martin Sandoval and Yvonne Garcia, both high school principals in Albuquerque. For an organization in its first year, this is a noteworthy accomplishment.

ALAS de NM will continue to emerge as a voice of advocacy and leadership development for Latinos in New Mexico. The group is driven by its mission: "Advocating for public education by inspiring and

cultivating the development and promotion of Hispano/Latino educational leaders for the benefit of all students."

For more information or to become a member, visit the ALAS de Nuevo México at alasdenm.net

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ALAS deNuevoMéxico,
Oct 5, 2012, 8:04 AM
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