Dr. Evonne S. Alvarez is the Redesign and Innovation Officer for the Providence Public School District (PPSD) in Providence, Rhode Island. Her vast leadership experiences have taught her to lead comprehensive school improvement and district turnaround efforts using research-based and innovative models. Dr. Alvarez will lead the RIDE Redesign and Innovation requirements for school transformation in this new role in PPSD. Her most recent experience as the Administrative Director for School Choice & Parental Options at Miami-Dade County Public Schools and as the Project Director for the United States Department of Education’s Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant provided a strong foundation for this most critical role.
Dr. Alvarez was part of an incredible team in Miami-Dade, leading the nation in programs that demonstrate a high commitment to academic standards and innovative curriculum, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement since 2017. She was responsible for the STEM Pathways Project’s successful implementation and program sustainability that included two high schools and one elementary school. The learning spaces resembled authentic professional environments with professional-grade equipment, state-of-the-art computers, industry standards curriculum for each course of study, Career and Technical Education (CTE) industry certifications, and internship programs providing access to careers and entrance to college programs. As a lead innovator for the Schools of Choice & Parental Options team she was the designer and principal writer for Miami-Dade’s Request for Proposal of MSAP 2021 (2020). MDCPS received $14.1M to redesign the two K-8 STEAM programs that blended STEM with Arts programs, specifically dance & kinetic movement and visual arts & graphic design. During this time, she served as the Region III Director for Magnet Schools of America, an elected position by her peers to the Board since 2016.
As a dynamic leader who served as faculty, assistant principal, and principal in middle and high schools, schools improved academic achievement each year under her tenure. As an assistant principal over the curriculum for the International Baccalaureate Programme at Coral Gables Senior High School and a visionary in the development of magnet design and grants for South Dade Senior High School during the 2007 MSAP funding year, she positively impacted programmatic growth and improved student achievement at both high schools. Her range of administrative experiences working in underserved communities has defined her as a transformational leader in South Florida. As the principal of Campbell Drive Middle School, a school under Florida State monitoring in 2007, she was instrumental in school improvement efforts. Through strategic planning, the school grade increased from an “F” to a “C” within one school year. She later served in two of the most prestigious schools within the local community; in 2010, as principal at South Miami Middle Center for the Performing Arts, and in 2012 she was appointed principal of the nationally recognized magnet high school New World School of the Arts. Her charisma, work ethic, and ability to develop stakeholder relationships encouraged a concerted effort between faculty and staff to elevate New World School of the Arts into an academic powerhouse and an authority in the art world. She expanded higher-level course availability through College Board Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes, making students from New World School of the Arts first-choice candidates for some of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. This exemplary learning institution earned Magnet Schools of America National Certification and National Demonstration status in 2017. In 2021, the Knight Foundation named her a Knight Arts Champion for her contributions to the region’s rich arts and culture scene as a community leader in South Florida.
As an advocate for equity in educational choice programs, she seeks opportunities to ensure access and excellence in education. She has collaborated with Dr. Donna Elam from the ELAM Leadership Institute over the past five years to develop the K-12 cultural competency curriculum and student symposiums to provide in‐depth qualitative data on the student experience. In partnership with Harvard’s Reimagining Integration (RIDES) Institute, she engaged in professional education to address school equity improvement cycles on three distinct levels: teacher quality, programmatic equity, and student achievement equity. She is committed to being an agent of change for schools and communities to embrace diverse learners and focus on inclusive practices.
Dr. Alvarez holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Behavior and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership K-12 from the College of William and Mary.
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.