One of the greatest joys of my job is visiting schools where I can witness remarkable achievements happening in our education system. Today was a great example as I visited an elementary school in Miami-Dade. I arrived at Norwood Elementary School where Principal Dr. Kevin Williams convened a school assembly in recognition of learning gains for alternative assessment children and overall high achievement for all students at the school. Unbeknownst to Dr. Williams, he was actually planning for his own recognition ceremony. During the school assembly the Milken Family Foundation honored and stunned Dr. Williams with a Milken Educator Award.
This is one of education’s most prestigious awards and comes with a no-strings attached cash prize of $25,000. Needless to say, the school assembly was roaring with enthusiasm and affection for a man who has profoundly transformed the lives of so many students, teachers, parents, and community leaders. It was a true honor to be a part of this celebration.
As I travel around the state and visit schools I will continue to share my experiences and examples of best practices so together we make sure Florida students have the support they need to succeed.