From the Desk of the IALAS President
Dear IALAS Familia,
I hope you all had a smooth opening of in-person schooling. If you were like me it felt amazing to have our staff and especially our children back in school. There is so much to be appreciative of this year although we have entered another different school year dealing with vaccinations, screenings, the new variants, and quarantines that bring us to some remote learning. However, if there is one thing we know is that our IALAS leaders are in control and because of our last year's experience are smarter for it.
We are excited to introduce our two board members, Dr. Rocio del Castillo, our new secretary, and Dr. Olimpia Bahena, our new historian. We are a complete board once again.
We are a month away from going to D.C. Committee members will be meeting October 7-9 to plan on going to the hill. As a reminder, we will be discussing the three strands that you chose: Systemic Equity, Teacher Pipeline and Unfinished Teaching & Learning.
We have also reached the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Although this day brings horrific images I want us to remember the love and support that came from that day. When we say never forget it is about never forgetting unity. As IALAS members we know this day is about teaching tolerance and acceptance. Love versus hate.
We also want to wish everyone a Happy Hispanic Heritage Month. We begin celebrations Sept 15-Oct.15. These dates were chosen as the starting point for the commemoration because it is the anniversary of the independence of six Latino countries: Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The month celebrates the contributions of Latino Americans and celebrates heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. Latinos have contributed to the arts, education, science and technology, business, politics, sports, and many other areas of public life. We are the second largest ethnic group, according to the latest 2020 census, and account for 18.7 percent of the U.S. population. Let’s remember to include contributions of all ethnicities throughout the year in our curriculum. Here is a link to get you started.
Finally, we look forward to seeing you at our fall mixer, October 23 at 5:00 p.m., and our next board meeting on September 20 at 4:30 p.m . Wishing everyone a wonderful school year. As always, continue to spread your wings IALAS as leaders in education. We look forward to seeing you soon so we can converse, be thought partners, and share wisdom.
Elizabeth Alvarez, Ph.D.
The Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (IALAS) commits to provide authentic, high-quality learning opportunities for students by building capacity among Latinx-serving educational leaders and by advocating for responsive, informed policy development.
To unify and cultivate educational leaders, serving Latinx communities, for the purpose of promoting equity & empowering all students.