New York State Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents

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New York State Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents

The purpose of NYSALAS is to link aspiring, current and retired school administrators from across New York State of Latino and Hispanic background and those interested in supporting local, regional and statewide efforts to support the teaching and learning of all NYS students - with an emphasis on increasing the number of Latino/Latina students. Bylaws for the organization are currently under review and will be finalized for a vote of the first general session.
Who We Are
The Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (ALAS) was created by a group of Latino superintendents and administrators who met through the spring of 2003 to discuss the organizational structure, philosophy, and goals of forming a national organization. ALAS not only serves as an acronym for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents but was intentionally selected as a word in the Spanish language that means wings. It hoped that the Association will generate wings to success for Latino educators. The organizing members received support from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the California Latino Superintendents' Association (CALSA), and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). ALAS was formally established in the summer of 2003, and because ALAS is an affiliate of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), AASA has committed to partner in establishing ALAS to bring sharp focus to and support for Latino educational leaders and issues. AASA’s mission, as the professional organization for over 14,000 educational leaders across America, is to support and develop effective school system leaders. Currently, less than one percent of AASA’s membership is Latino. Now, more than ever, the need exists to support a national association focused on identifying, training, and supporting Latino school administrators and superintendents.
Our Mission
The mission of NYSALAS is to advocate for aspiring and current Latino and Latina administrators by promoting best practices, professional learning, communication and networking to support the growing Latino community throughout New York State.
Our Core Values
ACE- Advocacy, Collaboration, and Empowerment

Get to Know our Board

Denise Olivera Schira

Executive Board, Vice President
Latinx students are now the largest minority group in American schools, and Latinx are the fastest-growing segment of the population in the United States workforce. As the Hispanic population in this country continues to grow, school districts throughout the nation are being impacted. Schools are now dealing with addressing the needs of a changing population that may have a different culture, language and learning style. WHO CAN JOIN: The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is a nonprofit organization effectively serving the educational needs of Latinx youth through the professional development of administrators, and was established to partner with Hispanic serving schools to assist educators in advocating for resources and policies that benefit students in general and Hispanic students in particular. In order to help us achieve this goal, we invite you to become a member of ALAS!
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. Your active participation in our association is welcomed. You are encouraged to take advantage of our many valuable membership benefits. ALAS proudly offers our members the professional development, networking opportunities, necessary information and policy advocacy needed to serve Latino students. Join or renew today!
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Superintendents: $150 | Central Admin: $100 | Principals: $75 | Aspiring and other leaders: $50

The goals of NYSALAS are to:

1. Promote Latino educators into leadership positions.
2. Ensure educational equity for all students especially those of Latino heritage.
3. Advocate on issues at the federal, state, and local level that support equitable educational policies impacting Latino students.
4. Provide opportunities to build the capacity of the organization and its members.
5. Develop strategic partnerships with various organizations throughout the state and at the national level that acknowledge and support the academic achievement of Latino youth.
6. Promote bilingual education as a logical educational process and approach by which success on the part of all students is enhanced through learning in their first language while they are learning to function in their second language.
7. Promote recognition by the total community of the importance of bilingualism and its contributions toward better understanding among people.
8. Promote bilingual instruction, with recognition that the teaching of language skills and the enhancement of conceptual growth is most meaningful and effective when presented with an awareness and appreciation of the strengths of cultural and linguistic differences among people.

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