Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the nation spoke at the February ChamberSOUTH General Membership Breakfast, sponsored by Zaniac and held at the Dadeland Marriott.
Carvalho annually speaks at the Chamber breakfast which is presented by the Chamber’s Education/Business Coalition. Each year the Superintendent captivates the audience with his passionate delivery and eloquence; it is one of the most well-attended breakfasts of the year.
Carvalho has served as Superintendent since 2008, and has remarkably led the district through difficult times. In 2012, the school district won the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education. In February 2014, the American Association of School Administrators named Carvalho the National Superintendent of the Year, and in December of that same year, he was named Florida’s Superintendent of the Year.
Chamber members and trustees were joined by Miami-Dade County School Board Members and other elected officials, area principals and regional superintendents, officials with the United Teachers of Dade who were all on hand to listen to his remarks.
This year, Carvalho came to address the group with a heavy heart, as in the weeks prior there were several local killings and shootings of school age children in our communities. Carvalho noted that we are “living through a crisis. The sanctity of our community is being destroyed by bullets.” He exhorted the attendees to be part of the solution, noting “this doesn’t take a skill set, it is will set. It is better to build a community than to repair a broken nation.”