The Will to Achieve was launched at the start of the 2016-2017 school year in the Miami community of Liberty City. It is supported by the "We Rise!" coalition of 50+ local organizations that was assembled by the Urban League of Greater Miami. Miami Dade County Public Schools is a partnering group and thirteen of its schools are participating. The goal is to transform an at-risk neighborhood into the "Liberty City Educational Village."
In the first phase of The Will to Achieve, 2016-2017, coalition partners are delivering a unified message emphasizing the importance of the parental role in education. Numerous housing, infrastructure, and educational grants have been obtained. In cooperation with community leaders, waivers from the Florida Department of Education are being explored to provide standards, assessments, and learning opportunities that meet the needs of Liberty City's children.
Planning for the second phase of The Will to Achieve, geared to start with the 2017-2018 school year, is underway. Miami Dade County Public Schools is mobilizing its considerable resources and expertise to support the four initiatives of The Will to Achieve.
Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Minidngall is the first African-American woman elected Vice Chair for the Miami-Dade County School Board. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Miami-Dade County School Board District 2, where she continues to serve as an example of a strong, courageous, tenacious leader whose thorough collaboration and commitment advocates on the behalf of those who might otherwise not be heard.
Alberto M. Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, 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 receiving systemwide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2014. The District has also been named as 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. As a staunch believer in school choice, he has expanded choice options in Miami-Dade to include over 500 offerings including programs in fine and performing arts, biotechnology, engineering, robotics, aviation, forensic sciences, and many others.