M-DCPS wins inaugural NAF ‘President’s Award’

M-DCPS wins inaugural NAF ‘President’s Award’

Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho accepts the inaugural NAF President’s Award, the highest national award for choice districts.
(Photo credit: Don Tracy/LumaVox 2016)

Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) was named the winner of the National Academy Foundation’s (NAF) inaugural 2015-16 President’s Award at NAF’s recent national conference in Orlando, which drew an audience of 1,500 participants.

The prize, the highest national award for choice districts, honors M-DCPS’ outstanding work in preparing students to be college and career ready upon graduation.

NAF — a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure that high school students are ready for college, career and their future — presented the award to schools superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho.

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools is once again being recognized as a leader in student achievement,” Carvalho said. “NAF career academy programs have provided our students with opportunities to engage with business and industry leaders, giving them priceless experience that will help position them for college and career success.”

NAF president JD Hoye noted that a recent visit to Miami, “made it crystal clear that your district is on the forefront of career education and you are truly preparing your students to be the future innovators and leaders of companies across this country and world.”

M-DCPS has exemplified significant strategic commitment and investment to NAF academies and student enrollment goals, strong demonstration to NAF model and outstanding leadership capacity within the network. The award comes with a $5,000 prize for the district’s continued work in career education.

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