Alberto M. Carvalho
Alberto M. Carvalho is Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the nation’s fourth largest school system, serving a diverse student body of over 400,000 in Pre K-Adult. M-DCPS has an annual budget of almost $4.3 billion; 53,000 employees; and over 47.5 million square feet of facilities. A nationally recognized expert on education reform and finance, as well as an outspoken advocate for high quality education for all students, Mr. Carvalho became Superintendent in September 2008.
Under Mr. Carvalho’s leadership, M-DCPS’ business operations were restructured, resulting in an increase in financial reserves of over 2000 percent, despite the national economic downturn. Insisting on transparency in the budgeting process, he restored public trust and community support for Miami-Dade’s public schools. By bringing a renewed focus to the classroom, student performance has improved significantly. In 2011, the District posted its highest high school graduation rate ever and through a data-driven approach to school performance improvement, decreased the number of “F” high schools in Miami-Dade from 13 to zero. In addition, over half of all schools earned a grade designation of “A” with 70% earning an A or B. M-DCPS students consistently have outperformed their national peers on the Reading, Mathematics and Science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a measure considered to be the gold standard of performance accountability.
A leader in innovation, Mr. Carvalho is spearheading the transformation of education, pushing for the migration from textbooks to digital content and is developing cutting edge educational environments to meet the demands of today’s learners. He has been selected to lead statewide committees charged with charting the future of public education in Florida. He successfully chaired the Governor's Race to the Top (RTTT) Working Group which led to Florida's successful bid for RTTT funding resulting in $700 million for Florida’s schools. He was also tapped as chair of Florida’s Task Force on Educational Excellence which has been charged with crafting the framework for the reform efforts driven by Race to the Top. In 2010, Mr. Carvalho was recognized by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as the “Visionary Leader of the Year.” In 2011 he was named one of the Top 10 Tech-Savvy Superintendents in the U.S. by eSchool News and was awarded the 2011 Essie Silva Community Builder Award by United Way of Miami-Dade. Under his leadership, Miami-Dade County Public Schools was selected as one of four finalists in the nation for the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education. He is the President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS). A versatile leader, Mr. Carvalho is the only superintendent in the nation who is the self appointed principal of two award-winning schools – the Primary Learning Center and the iPrep Academy - and teaches Physics in selected high schools across the district. He has been featured on CNN, NBC, The New York Times, District Administration Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and Nightly Business Report.