ALAS Supports its Kansas-Missouri Chapter’s National Education Summit for Aspiring Latino Administrators and Superintendents

Conference furthers the goal of ALAS to support Latino Education Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 17, 2021) – The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) supports its Kansas-Missouri chapter’s inaugural online education summit Conexión: The Summit for Latinx Education Leaders. The summit, which features keynote Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora who is superintendent of the Tomball Independent School District, takes place on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Central. To register, visit https://bit.ly/33B7MaQ. Tickets are $25.

 The summit, hosted in partnership with the Latinx Education Collaborative, brings together Latino leaders from across the country who are interested in becoming school administrators or superintendents. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with Latinos in positions of leadership in education and take away tools and practices to help them advance in their careers.

“Strong leadership is necessary to improve equity in schools and positive outcomes for students,” said Stephen Linkous, KANMO-ALAS member. “We created the Conexión summit to support education leaders, both in the Kansas-Missouri region and nationwide, along their career journeys so they can have an even bigger impact on the Latino students, schools and communities they serve.”

About the speakers

Dr.  Martha Salazar-Zamora has been an educator for 28 years in South Texas, Houston and Central Texas. In addition to serving as superintendent for the Tomball Independent School District, she has held superintendent or assistant/deputy superintendent roles in the Round Rock Independent School District, Houston Independent School District, Spring Independent School District, and Kingsville Independent School District. Her educational leadership work began in the Bishop Consolidated Independent School District, where she served as principal and as director of special programs. She has also served as a teacher, educational diagnostician and speech/language pathologist. She is also vice president of the newly formed Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS).

 Panel discussion: “Latinos in Leadership/The Power of ALAS” featuring:

  • Dr. Maria Armstrong, Executive Director of National ALAS
  • Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent of Edmonds Public Schools
  • Stephen Linkous, Chief of Staff, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

“The goal of ALAS and its State Affiliates is to help develop the leadership skills of our Latino-serving education leaders. The Kansas-Missouri Conexión summit is a great opportunity to do that,” said Maria Armstrong, executive director of ALAS. “We’re excited to participate in this event and encourage anyone who is committed to serving children while moving forward on their own career journey, to attend.”

About the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS)

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is a national non-profit organization 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 Latino/a/x youth by building capacity, promoting best practices, and transforming educational institutions. ALAS is committed to identifying, recruiting, developing and advancing Latino/a/x school administrators in order to improve the educational accomplishments of Latino/a/x youth.