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 Superintendent, but was intentionally selected as a word in the Spanish language that means wings; generating wings to success for Latino educators and students to reach their dreams.
The Florida Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (FL-ALAS) was founded in 2012 (originally as South Florida ALAS), by a group of Latino educational leaders in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties who saw the need to provide a way for Latino educators to collaborate and advocate on behalf of Latino educators, students, and families.
The vision of FL-ALAS is to provide a venue for educational professionals to discuss the needs of our diverse community in order to better serve the Latino students in the state of Florida.
The mission of FL-ALAS is to develop and support Latino professional educators, current and aspiring, into positions of leadership through mentorship, networking and professional development.
• To provide avenues for Latino students and parents to become knowledgeable and engaged in the K-12 educational rights and options as well as in the post secondary college and career opportunities that are afforded and available to their children.
• To advocate and promote policies and legislation that will provide equal rights, access, and opportunities to Latino students, ELL students, and other underrepresented minorities in the state of Florida.
• To advocate for the teaching of all students to the highest academic standards and for the closing of the gap in the achievement of Latino students and other underrepresented minorities.
• To provide networking, mentoring, and professional development opportunities to attract, retain, and promote Latino educators into leadership roles in the public school systems across Florida.