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Director of Multicultural Education Awarded ALAS Scholarship
For the fifth consecutive year, Curriculum Associates has partnered with the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) to support the professional advancement of Latino administrators by helping them earn advanced degrees in education. This year’s scholarship recipients includes Belinda Reyes of the Osceola School District. She will receive $10,000 to support her continuing education.
“ALAS is committed to having Latinx leaders in K–12 school districts across the country,” said Nancy Lewin, executive director of ALAS. “The scholarships awarded through the support from Curriculum Associates are invaluable to helping more Latinx educators achieve higher education degrees. These award recipients will be the leaders who continue to inspire children and open pathways for others to take on leadership roles in our education systems.”
Throughout her career, Reyes has served as a media clerk, teacher, dean, assistant principal, principal, and district administrator before becoming the Executive Director for Multicultural Curriculum, Instruction, and Compliance at the School District of Osceola County. In this current role, she oversees programs and supports for 27 percent of the total student population, and she has successfully reorganized district support and targeted development for teachers and administrators to ensure equity of supports and standards-based instruction. Reyes has additionally been instrumental in providing equity of services and instruction for more than 2,700 students from Puerto Rico who relocated due to Hurricane Maria.
Reyes is a graduate of the ALAS Superintendent Leadership Academy Cohort 6 and the Vice President of the Florida ALAS affiliate. She will be receiving her doctorate from the American College of Education.
“Grateful and humbled to be selected as a recipient of the 2019 ALAS Scholarship, I recognize the responsibility to serve,” said Reyes. “Pursuing my doctorate is more than a quest for superintendency; it is a commitment to provide access and equity for every child, every chance, every day. I am encouraged by partners, such as Curriculum Associates, who value the importance of Latino leadership in closing achievement gaps and strengthening cultural connections by super-accelerating Latino youth and all students of color.”
“We are proud to once again partner with ALAS to support the professional growth of two Latino leaders,” said Claudia Salinas, Vice President of English Learning at Curriculum Associates. “Both Belinda and Beatriz are standout educators who undoubtedly will continue to make an impressive mark on their communities and improve the lives of students as they advance their own education.”
To learn more about the ALAS Scholarship Awards, visit ALASEdu.org/Membership/Scholarships.