Alberto Carvalho became Superintendent of the nation’s fourth largest school system in 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 resulting in dramatic increases in reserves, bond ratings and student achievement. M-DCPS is now widely considered the nation’s highest-performing urban school system winning the coveted 2012 Broad Prize for Urban Education. On November 6, 2012, following four years of extraordinary District performance, Miami-Dade confirmed its faith in their public schools and their Superintendent by passing a $1.2 Billion Bond Referendum for school construction.
A versatile leader, Carvalho is the self-appointed principal of two award-winning schools—the Primary Learning Center and the iPrep Academy, and serves as President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Named by Scholastic Administrator as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America, he also has been honored for humanitarianism, as well as his work in education and business management. Most recently, he has received the Hispanic Heritage Education Award; 2013 National Child Labor Committee Ron H. Brown Award; and been acknowledged as Visionary Leader of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; 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 Florida’s Council of 100, the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He has been honored by the President of Portugal with the “Ordem de Mérito Civil,“ and by Mexico with the “Othli Award,” the highest award for a civilian living outside of Mexico. Carvalho has been featured on CNN, NBC, and ABC, and in publications such as The New York Times, District Administration Magazine, and The Christian Science Monitor.