From the Desk of the IALAS President

November President’s Message

Dear Familia,

You should be extremely proud of what you accomplished this first quarter. One thing we know is obstacles and boundaries will not slow us down. We are persistent, resilient and passionate when it comes to serving our children and families. This is what defines an IALAS member.

Some exciting news that I shared during our Fall Mixer is our new partnership with Latino Leadership Pipeline (LLP).  This is one of the many new ways that we want our members to know your development matters and collaboration with one another is crucial. This is your opportunity to receive monthly 2-hour sessions being part of a cohort, be part of reading leadership books, begin your leadership story and develop your resume. More importantly, you get to develop a support system within your IALAS familia for life.  This partnership is a reminder that we are stronger together.  We will also continue our mentorship for one on ones. Pairing you with a mentor for the year. Please reach out to Mary Kassir at for this type of mentorship.

Another addition this year to get our members involved further is our upcoming book club so we can meet and discuss books that resonate with us in either education or identity. Our first book will be En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students by Carla España and Luz Yadira Herrera. More information to come. We look forward to you joining the book club and learning from you.

Finally, our next IALAS board meeting will be held on Dec. 7, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. We hope you will join us.

We truly hope you consider being part of either of these opportunities as a member of IALAS. We value your input, contribution and voice. Continue to spread your IALAS wings as leaders! Let your leadership light shine during these difficult and uncertain times and know we are proud you choose to be an IALAS member serving our Latino communities for the purpose of promoting equity and empowering all students.


Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez

IALAS President

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

To unify and cultivate educational leaders, serving Latinx communities, for the purpose of promoting equity & empowering all students.

© 2019 IALAS

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