Eric Gordon, the CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, received the nation's highest award in urban education Thursday night in Miami, Florida.

It's just one more way we're seeing Cleveland rise.

Channel 3's Hilary Golston traveled to Miami, Florida to see an important member of Cleveland receive the prestigious award.

Consider the context, the school’s report card from the state is in.

Cleveland Schools received straight F’s in everything from achievement to K-3 literacy to preparation for success.

In the midst of a pretty dismal situation, there have still been some signs of progress.

43,000 of Cleveland school kids were living in the worst economic decline in the region since the Great Depression, when Gordon took over.

Still graduation rates have gone up, more students’ families are involved in kids’ lives, and there’s been an upturn in student enrollment for the first time in decades.