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What is an ALAS State Affiliate? Why Do We Need More of Them?

posted Jun 28, 2012, 1:33 PM by ALAS deNuevoMéxico
From Wings of Change, the ALAS quarterly newsletter. Article by Ricardo Z. Medina, one of the original founding members of ALAS, former President of ALAS, and retired Superintendent, currently serves as the ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy Director

When ALAS was formed in 2003, those individuals envisioned a national network of formal state affiliate organizations sharing the same vision, mission, and goals of the national parent organization (ALAS). CALSA (California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators), AHSAA (Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association) and OALA (Oregon Association of Latino Administrators) have been formal affiliates since the beginning of ALAS. Recently, CO-ALAS (Colorado Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents) and ALAS de Nuevo Mexico were added as formal state affiliates. Texas ALAS is undergoing a reorganization process after a two-year lull. ALAS has initiated a formal partnership with FABES (Florida Association of Bi-lingual/ESOL Supervisors).

An extension of ALAS at the state level, these organizations serve in an advisory capacity regarding state and local issues that should be advanced to the national level. Additionally, the state affiliates serve as conduits for disseminating best practice research, member information such as scholarships and career opportunities, and leadership development opportunities. State affiliates play a key role in the national ALAS Summit on Hispanic Education through presentations, information sharing, and networking with other state affiliate members.

The goal is to have ALAS affiliates in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. ALAS is ready and available to advance and assist others in establishing their state organizations. As retired Superintendent from California, I am currently helping and supporting the develop-ment of our national network of ALAS Affiliates and assisted the Colorado and New Mexico groups this past year. If anyone wants to begin the process of developing or establishing a local or state affiliate network, ALAS is very interested in hearing from you.

We will provide support from our national office to help you get organized and get started with your local or state organization.

Collectively, we are stronger as a group when we speak with a united, common voice representing organizations at the local, state, and national level regarding policies and issues that affect all of us. With a strong national presence, ALAS, with its state affiliates, speaks with one voice representing Latino/Latina school administrators regarding improved educational attainment for Hispanic students and English Language Learners.

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