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"The only people who develop human potential and character as a calling are educators. This puts the men and women who become teachers and principals in a position of unique power for helping to secure the future."

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Milken Educator Award Recipient Timothy Thomas Named AZ 12 News (NBC) A+ Teacher of the Week

Watch Arizona News 12 Name Milken Educator Award Principal Timothy Thomas its "A+ Teacher of the Week." 

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Meet the newest recipients of this year's Milken Educator Award...

See the Latest as Lowell Milken Travels the Country Honoring Exceptional Educators.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Milken Educators

Highlights from three incredible decades of the nation's oldest teacher recognition program of its kind, The Milken Educator Awards.


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Advancing the Role of the Teacher Leader

"We must be able to put in place models in which teachers can grow professionally to reach their potential."

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2016 TAP Founder's Award Goes to Southport Elementary School

Get an in-depth look at what earned this Indiana school a $50,000 award for excellence.

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Making an Impact

Creating opportunities for people and communities to achieve excellence has been Lowell Milken's lifelong pursuit. 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.

The question of how to enrich people's lives has been at the forefront of every endeavor that — be it business or philanthropic, local or national, social or economic — Milken Family Foundation Chairman (MFF) Lowell Milken has undertaken professionally and personally. 

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30th Anniversary Year of Milken Educator Awards Continues in Arizona and Colorado

February 16th, 2017 - This week Lowell Milken traveled to Rim Rock Elementary in Fruita, Colorado, and Rogers Ranch School in Laveen, Arizona, where he honored exceptional educators in front of their students and colleagues in surprise assemblies.
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Lowell Milken speaks to reporters at Jeanerette Elementary School in Louisiana about traveling all the way from California to surprise the school's principal, Devon Willis-Jones, with a Milken Educator Award.

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TAP Educators Make A Distinct Difference by Lowell Milken

TAP in Focus VI features an essay by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken on the distinct difference that TAP educators make in classrooms throughout the country.

Over the last three decades, I have visited thousands of classrooms and engaged in discussion with educators working in diverse communities across the nation. I have consistently seen what research and my own personal experience confirm: that the educator in the classroom is the most important school-based element in student learning growth...

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In The News

Fruita Teacher Wins Prestigious Milken Educator Award (VIDEO)

February 13, 2017
KKCD 11 News (NBC Affiliate)
Grand Junction, CO

Unsung Heroes Art Competition Awards $7,500 Grand Prize Announced

April 01, 2016
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Fort Scott, KS