Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has been named National Superintendent of the Year by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, at the group’s National Conference on Education in Nashville.
This is the 27th year of AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program. The award celebrates the leadership of public school superintendents and their contributions to K-12 education.
“Superintendent Carvalho leads a dynamic urban school district that has made remarkable gains in student achievement and graduation rates,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel, a member of a national blue-ribbon panel of educators, business leaders, and government officials that selected Carvalho from four national finalists. “Under his leadership, Miami-Dade has streamlined its business operations, strengthened its financial position, and targeted its resources to classroom priorities.”
A nationally recognized expert on school reform and finance, Carvalho, 49, has taken on issues such as education funding, flexibility in the use of school dollars, school performance grades, and equality for English Language Learners, special education students, and children of undocumented parents.
Under Carvalho’s leadership, Miami-Dade won the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education. The district is a member of NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education and was featured in a 2013 NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network site visit that highlighted its success in providing equitable access to high quality digital content for all students.
“As the winner of the 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education, Miami-Dade Schools is a model district that resembles a high-quality learning environment for America’s fourth-largest school system,” said AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech. “It will be an honor to have Superintendent Carvalho serving as our nation’s ambassador for public education this year.”
The son of a custodian and a seamstress who each left school after the third grade, Carvalho was the first in his family to graduate from high school, according to an AASA profile. He then worked to save $1,000 to travel as a teenager to the United States, where he hoped to find better educational and professional opportunities.
Carvalho, who has been the district’s superintendent for more than five years, has spent his entire educational career at Miami-Dade, serving in a variety of positions, including science
teacher, assistant principal, chief communications officer, and lobbyist.
AASA also announced at its conference the honorees of the 2014 AASA Women in School Leadership Award, Karen C. Woodward, superintendent, Lexington County, School District One in Lexington, S.C., and Linda Carrillo, principal, PSJA North High School in Pharr, Texas, were honored. Kathleen Vail, Editor-in-Chief of NSBA’s American School Board Journal, was on the selection committee for this award.