MIAMI -

Miami-Dade School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho kicked off the upcoming school year Friday morning with his annual opening address.

"We are here to celebrate children, community, teaching and leadership," he Carvalho.

Hundreds of school leaders packed inside the Adrienne Arsht Center where Carvalho hoped to motivate teachers like Rosa Ansoleaga who spent the past 12 years working with students.

"A message of inspiration, to give our students what they deserve, to give them the best education," Ansoleaga said.

A hot topic focused on FCAT scores and a new state law which requires low performing schools to add an extra hour to the academic day.

"I believe that if were going to ask teachers to work additional hours, they ought to be compensated for it. We are fighting with the state to draw down the appropriate funding," Carvalho said.

He also said ahe plans to upgrade, renovate and bring new technology into the classroom to enhance learning this year.