Alberto M. Carvalho has served as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the nation’s fourth largest school system, since September 2008. He is a nationally recognized expert on education transformation, finance, and leadership development. During his tenure, M-DCPS has become one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems. The district has also been named the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year, as well as the 2012 winner of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. A staunch believer in school choice, Carvalho has expanded options in Miami-Dade to more than 1,000 offerings that include bilingual programs, fine and performing arts, biotechnology, engineering, robotics, aviation, forensic sciences, and many others.
An instructional leader at heart, Carvalho is also the founder and principal of the award-winning iPrep Academy that has become a national model of robust 21st century learning in the age of innovation and technology. He is recognized by his peers as a national voice for equity in education. His many honors include Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year, the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year, the 2016 Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education, the 2018 National Urban Superintendent of the Year, and the 2019 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Superintendent of the Year Award. He serves on the National Assessment Governing Board; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and as a committee member to the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance.