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Alberto Carvalho

Alberto M. Carvalho
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), Florida

Alberto Carvalho has served as Superintendent of the nation’s fourth largest school system since September 2008. He is a nationally recognized expert on school reform and finance who successfully transformed his district’s business operations and financial systems with the implementation of a streamlined Strategic Framework, aligning resources to classroom priorities through a strict adherence to values based budgeting. This paradigm shift resulted in a dramatic increase in reserves, a stable bond rating and a remarkable improvement in student achievement. This year his district was identified by the AP | College Board as first in the nation for Hispanic students scoring highly on Advanced Placement exams, and seventh in the country for African American students. M-DCPS is now widely considered the nation’s highest performing urban school system and is the 2012 winner of the coveted Broad Prize for Urban Education. As a result of his skillful use of data to drive decision-making and resource allocation, the Florida Department of Education selected him as the 2012 District Data Leader of the Year. On November 6, following four years of extraordinary improvement in District performance and public accountability, Mr. Carvalho spearheaded the successful passage of a $1.2 Billion Bond Referendum for school construction, with 69 percent of the electorate’s support.

A versatile leader, Carvalho is the self-appointed principal of two award-winning schools—the Primary Learning Center and the iPrep Academy. In addition, he is the President of ALAS, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. He has received numerous honors and awards both for humanitarianism, as well as groundbreaking work in the field of education and business management. He has been recognized as the Visionary Leader of the Year by the Great Miami Chamber of Commerce, the March of Dimes’ Humanitarian of the Year, and South Florida’s Ultimate CEO, and for Leadership in Government by the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. He is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and has been honored by the President of Portugal with the “Ordem de Mérito Civil.“ He has been featured as part of Education Nation, on CNN, NBC, and ABC, and in publications such as The New York Times, District Administration Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and Nightly Business Report.