Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho was named Florida’s Superintendent of the Year recently by the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS). As Florida’s Superintendent of the Year, Carvalho will represent the Sunshine State for consideration as national superintendent of the year.
The announcement was made at the opening general session of the 68th Annual Joint Conference with FSBA, FADSS, FSBAA, FERMA, SUNSPRA, and FELL at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel. Carvalho served as keynote speaker for the event, using the theme “The Miami Miracle”, a phrase used nationally to describe the unprecedented academic turnaround of the country’s fourth largest school district.
“Those who choose the path as a public school superintendent do so not for the glory but rather the opportunity to make a positive difference in children’s lives, and Superintendent Carvalho has certainly proved this time and again as he has diligently worked to raise the educational bar for Miami-Dade County Public Schools,” stated FADSS Chief Executive Officer and Florida Senator Bill Montford. “Alberto is not only an exceptional superintendent with a proven track record of success; he is a true servant leader committed to educational excellence and he is very deserving of this award,” added Montford.
Carvalho, who has served as Miami Dade County Public Schools’ leader for five years, has consistently advocated for students across the state. He has taken on many issues including education funding, flexibility in the use of school dollars, school performance grades, and equality for English Language Learners, Exceptional Education Students, and children of undocumented parents.
Under Carvalho’s leadership, high schools that were threatened with closure by the state were transformed from D and F schools into A, B, and C schools, earning a visit from President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Through precision budgeting, art, music and language offerings flourished in Miami-Dade County’s schools while being cut by other districts. Carvalho successfully led a campaign for a $1.2 billion General Obligation Bond that will improve schools, provide new schools, and enhance technology. He was named by Scholastic Magazine as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America and has been honored repeatedly for his work in education and business management. Last year, Carvalho accepted the coveted 2012 Broad Prize for Education on behalf of the educators, parents and volunteers who helped close the achievement gap for Miami-Dade’s minority students.