The Education Commission of the States presents the 2017 James Bryant Conant Award to Lowell Milken at this year's National Forum on Education Policy.
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Named the 2017 James Bryant Conant Award recipient by the Education Commission of the States, Lowell Milken has dedicated his time, knowledge and resources to create opportunities for people and communities to achieve excellence.
At the crux of that pursuit and passion has been education reform. Through his business ventures and philanthropic efforts, Lowell has provided thousands of students with high-quality teachers, thousands of talented teachers with powerful opportunities for recognition, career advancement and professional growth, and hundreds of organizations with the ideas and resources they need to make a difference in the world.
Speaking at the Education Commission of the States National Forum on Education Policy, Lowell Milken accepted the honor of being name the 2017 James Bryant Conant Award recipient for his outstanding individual contributions to education reform. In his keynote address, he spoke of his appreciation to the Education Commission of the States, and emphasized his continued dedication to improve teacher quality and, in turn, increase student access to it: "Human capital is the beating heart of education. And developing strong human capital is not only the goal of education, it is the means to achieving that goal. For without vibrant, engaged, excellent educators, there is little chance of producing students with the same qualities."
Leading a successful dual career as an international businessman and hands-on philanthropist, Lowell Milken has earned a reputation as one of the most generous and effective education reformers of his generation.
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Ray Simon said of Milken, “When the history of education for the latter 20th and early 21st centuries is written, it will undoubtedly look upon the efforts of Lowell Milken – especially in his groundbreaking successes with the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement – as seminal in addressing the core issues of high quality teaching and learning.”
Milken is the co-founder and chair of the Milken Family Foundation and founder of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. Through these organizations and others, Milken has created and funded countless successful education reform efforts. Read the full article here.
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