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2015-2016 OALA Leadership Program
Our Vision and Mission
To create a forum for Latino administrators and educational leaders that promotes equity in leadership positions throughout the state of Oregon.

The mission of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA) is to promote Latino educators, both current and aspiring into positions of leadership through mentorship, networking, and professional development. OALA will affect the educational interests of all students in Oregon, particularly those of Latino heritage in order to ensure their educational success.

Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA)
2015-16 Leadership Program Protégé

April 13, 2015 The Oregon Association of Latino Administrators (OALA) is proud to announce the 2015-16 participants of its prestigious Aspiring Administrator and Superintendent Leadership Program. Six protégés were selected from across Oregon to participate in this year-long leadership program.

The leadership program is the first of its kind in Oregon to focus on preparing the next generation of school system leaders with the skills necessary to close the achievement gap and specifically address the needs of English Language Learners and other disenfranchised groups. "The number of Hispanic students in Oregon schools continues to grow, and many of them continue to lag behind in literacy, graduation, and college preparedness rates," said Gina Roletto, OALA Board President. "The OALA Leadership Program is designed to ensure that talented aspiring school administrators have the skills and experiences to meet the challenge of educating not only Hispanic students, but all students, to create high quality learning environments in their respective districts."

Protégés were selected for the program based on their leadership potential and commitment on raising the level of student achievement for the districts that they serve. Their level of dedication to serving the needs of children and families was also essential to their selection.

The year-long program covers Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Best Practices for Equity and Systemic Reform; Social Justice and Leadership, Strategic Planning; and Preparing to Become a Principal, District Office Administrator, or Superintendent.

The protégé program represents 6 different districts. They are:
Mr. Alfredo Belanger
Intercambio Coordinator/AVID District Director
Tigard-Tualatin School District
Tigard, Oregon

Mr. Oscar Belanger
Bilingual Math Teacher
Wooburn School District
Woodburn, Oregon

Mr. Artigas Bonifacio
Spanish Teacher
Gresham Barlow School District
Gresham, Oregon

Mrs. Berta Lule
Bilingual Coach
Hillsboro School District
Hillsboro, Oregon

Mrs. Mariela Mireles
Dual Language Teacher
Forest Grove School District
Forest Grove, Oregon

Mrs. Karen Ramirez
Bilingual Instructional Coach and Essential Skills Coordinator
Eugene School District
Eugene, Oregon

Co-Sponsored By PSU Graduate School of Education
Confederation of Oregon School Administrators

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Dr. Duran will also be at COSA summer conference 2015

Dr. Robyn Duran is the Chief Equity and Communications Officer for the Adams 14 School District in Commerce City, Colorado. Prior to serving in Adams 14, Dr. Duran served as high school and middle school teacher and building administrator in Denver Public Schools, and most recently as a school administrator and the Executive Director of Excellence and Equity for the Cherry Creek School District in Aurora, Colorado.

Dr. Duran is a transformational and transparent leader known for embodying a resolute and unapologetic commitment to anti-racist educational practices and policies. She both models and promotes educational practices aimed at eradicating racial predictability in student performance through leadership development, program design, and community outreach. Dr. Duran is skilled at building effective teams of educators with racialized intentionality, and charged with developing and implementing highly yield culturally-responsive programming in order to meet the complex needs of all students.

Dr. Duran presents at the local and national level at various venues, specifically around Opportunity to Learn, Critical Race Theory, and Inclusive Excellence. Most recently, Dr. Duran has specifically facilitated presentations around applied critical leadership for administrators of color at the Harvard School of Education and the Summit for Courageous Conversations About Race.

Dr. Duran's community service outreach includes service on two different Boards: currently she serves on Latin American Educational Foundation's Board; and, she is the co-chair for the Colorado Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

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