From the Desk of the IALAS President
April President’s Message
Dear IALAS Familia,
We are officially in Spring and getting ready for our Spring Annual Statewide Conference. We hope you will join us on May 5 from 8 a.m.- 12 p.m. Here is the link to the flyer and here is the link to the registration form so you can sign up and take part with us. Our theme this year encompasses the three tiers that you voted were Illinois’ top issues: Vision 2021: Systemic Equity, Teacher Pipeline and Unfinished Teaching & Learning. Please consider sharing your thoughts, findings, and best practices about Systemic Equity, Teacher Pipeline and Unfinished Teaching & Learning. You can do so by filling out the IALAS RFP. We are hoping that your presentations will guide us to present our wealth of knowledge in Illinois at the National Education Summit for ALAS being held in Washington, D.C. on October 7-9, 2021. This will be the start of our committees. It will also allow us, as familia, to speak about how we are addressing the three tiers.
This April let us become advocates for Autism Acceptance as we become more aware of symptoms, signs and realities of autism as equitable IALAS leaders. It is also National Poetry Month. As leaders let us provide time for our children to read, write and hear the beauty of poetry in our lives.
I will conclude with a Poem from Gabriela Mistral, a Chilean teacher who became a poet. She was instrumental for the educational system not only in Chile but Mexico too. I hope you enjoy it.
The night, it is deserted
from the mountains to the sea.
But I, the one who rocks you,
I am not alone! The sky, it is deserted
for the moon falls to the sea.
But I, the one who holds you,
I am not alone! The world, it is deserted.
All flesh is sad you see.
But I, the one who hugs you,
I am not alone!
As always, we look forward to seeing you at our next board meeting on April 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. Continue to spread your wings to high levels as you complete the fourth quarter of this very strange school year.
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.