On the day exciting news broke that Miami-Dade students scored higher than their counterparts in major U.S. cities on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) national reading exam, Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Fischler School of Education and Human Services hosted the Aventura Marketing Council’s annual student-run breakfast meetingat the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort. The event, highlighting the benefits of school/business partnerships, featured special guest speaker Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami- Dade County Public Schools. Hundreds of the business, community, and education leaders gathered at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort were impressed by “best and brightest” students who expertly ran the meeting representing the AMC’s nine Dade Partner schools:
Sarah Gabsi, ACES; Shauna Walker, Ojus Elementary; Giovanni D’Metayer, Aventura Waterways K-8; Rachel Shapiro, David Lawrence Jr. K-8; Elizabeth Ojeda, Greynolds Park Elementary; Addison Weinreb, Highland Oaks Middle; Pablo Storch, Krop Sr. High; Alejandra Martinez, North Miami Beach Sr. High; and Yael Shachar, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. High.
After an inspiring rendition of God Bless America sung by Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High senior Natalia Sulca, appreciation was expressed to Nova’s Acting Education Provost and University Dean, Dr. Nelson Diaz; Executive Dean, Dr. Tara Saltzman; the AMC’s Education Committee chaired by Eileen Glastein of B’nai Zion Foundation; Enid Weisman, Assistant Superintendant, MDPS; School Board members, principals, teachers, guidance counselors, parents and AMC members supporting the goal to help students achieve success. The AMC has won the annual Dade Partner of Excellence award four times and has been inducted into the Dade Partners Hall of Fame for four consecutive years.
On behalf of Nova’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services, Dr. Saltzman explained, “NSU is the sixth largest independent university in the U.S.; the Fischler School enrolls more than 13,000 students annually in diverse programs ranging from associate to doctoral degrees. The Fischler School is one of the largest schools of education at an accredited university in the U.S., located on an 18- acre campus in North Miami Beach. Our degree programs include teacher education, school administration, leadership preparation, human services, speech pathology, organizational leadership, and healthcare administration.”
While NSU’s Fischler School serves students nationally and internationally, MDPS Superintendent Carvalho leads the fourth largest school system in the nation with over 53,000 employees and 345,000 students.
“Public education is the glue that keeps America strong,” Carvalho said. “The one element that pulls us all together is the public classroom where every kid has a divine right to be there and isn’t judged on his or her religion, nationality or the language they speak.
They’re recognized only by how high the sky is and how far the stars are – and that is their ambition and right to fulfill their dreams.”
Carvalho closed by encouraging the community to invest in public education. “When I look at these young men and women leading the AMC meeting, I am truly inspired by the fact that this is the generation that will find the cure for cancer, end world poverty, restore justice and establish democracy across the globe. This will be ‘the greatest generation’ They’ll get to do it – if we do right by them.”
For more information about NSU’s Fischler School of Education and Human Services, phone: 800-986- 3223