Superintendent's Biography

David K. Moore, Ed.D.
David K. Moore, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Moore currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools in Indian River County. Upon his arrival in Indian River, he initiated work to completely re-envision education in the District and solidified a framework for systems change through the development and implementation of the ACHIEVE 2025 District Strategic Plan. Just over two months after becoming the Superintendent for the School District of Indian River County (SDIRC), the nation was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, significantly impacting how schools operated and served the educational needs of students. During this time, Dr. Moore efficiently led the District’s transition of all students to remote learning platforms in response to school closures and subsequently developed and implemented three different instructional models as schools reopened in the Fall of 2020. Even in the midst of the challenges of COVID-19, Dr. Moore continued to move forward with significant shifts in practice to maximize student learning outcomes, including developing and implementing an African American Achievement Plan to address disparities in achievement, discipline, and teacher recruitment; establishing leadership academies for administrators and instructional coaches, developing the infrastructure and an educational culture in which data-driven decision-making thrives, successfully negotiating a multi-year teacher contract and salary raises for all teachers, securing an operating millage to provide fiscal resources needed to expand district supports, and drastically expanding mental health supports for students in the District.

Prior to accepting his superintendency with the SDIRC, Dr. Moore served as the Assistant Superintendent in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), the fourth largest school district in the nation. During his more recent years with M-DCPS, Dr. Moore led the Division of Academic Support (DAS) which encompasses the Education Transformation Office (ETO), Student Services, and the Office of School Improvement (OSI). Dr. Moore was instrumental in redesigning each area under his supervision and significantly contributed to M-DCPS becoming one of the nation’s highest performing urban school districts. The M-DCPS ETO provides leadership and support for the district’s most fragile schools. Under Dr. Moore’s leadership, the ETO experienced a reduction in the percentage of schools supported by the Office due to being identified as performing below a “C,” from 83 percent in 2015 to just one percent in 2019. Dr. Moore led the charge which resulted in M-DCPS having zero schools with a designated school grade of “F” over a span of three years. Additionally, schools supported by the ETO realized drastic improvements in students scoring proficient within all content areas.

Under Dr. Moore’s leadership, the M-DCPS Division of Student Services was transformed to enhance the quality of support provided to schools and students. He successfully developed and launched Values Matter Miami, a comprehensive values-based initiative that reinforces the district’s nine core values. Under the restructuring of Student Services, school-site counselors were provided with job-embedded professional development addressing the needs of students’ social emotional learning within M-DCPS. In order to enhance the quality of instruction for the 326 schools across Miami, Dr. Moore developed the Summer Synergy Institute. Synergy is a comprehensive problem-solving district-wide professional development opportunity for each school’s leadership team to build their capacity and accelerate student success. In 2018, Dr. Moore utilized the Synergy Summer Institute to launch a new and improved School Improvement Process that revolutionized school improvement initiatives by systematically aligning the needs of the school, while clearly defining the roles that all stakeholders play to achieve desired results. Frustrated with the amount of time administrators spent collecting and analyzing data, Dr. Moore introduced PowerBI, a Microsoft business analytics solution, that allows users the ability to visualize and customize data. As a result, principals were provided the ability to access data in one place, thus enabling school leadership teams, as well as district staff, to organize and share data.

Prior to serving as the Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Moore served as an Administrative Director of the ETO, principal, assistant principal, school counselor, and teacher. Dr. Moore is an expert in school turnaround and is widely recognized for his expertise. He was appointed as the principal of a large failing high school and was instrumental in moving the school to an “A” status in the State’s accountability system in two years.

Dr. Moore was inducted into the Miami-Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame in 2019 for his work in education, supporting underrepresented students, and ensuring post-secondary success. As a lifelong resident of Miami, he has enjoyed beginning a new chapter in Indian River County, which he now calls home, with his wife, Jennifer.