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LMI-Sandler Prize for New Entrepreneurs
June 25, 2014
The Lowell Milken Family Foundation and the Richard and Ellen Sandler Family Foundation announce the creation of the Lowell Milken Institute-Sandler Prize

2014 Lowell Milken TAP Founder's Award Announced
TAP, NIET
March 08, 2014
Carter High School in Knox County Schools, Tennessee, received the 2014 Lowell Milken TAP Founder's Award at this year's National TAP Conference.

2013 California “Oscar of Teaching” Presented to Teacher Jennifer Smith
November 20, 2013
November 20th, 2013 - At Pioneer Middle School, teacher Jennifer Smith was surprised with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award.





In The News


Man behind the Center visits Fort Scott
June 28, 2013
Fort Scott Tribune
Fort Scott, KS

Taking Resources from Students and Giving them to Administrators
April 11, 2013
Lakeville Journal
Falls Village, CT




Articles


Lowell Milken featured in Milken Institute Currency of Ideas
April 30, 2013
When it comes to education reform, what do the U.S., China, Israel and India have in common? During the panel “The International Quest for Effective Education Reform” at the Milken Institute Global Conference, education leaders agreed that regardless of geographic area, culture or economic status, human capital—effective teachers and determined students—are the driving forces behind educational, and subsequently economic, success.

Lowell Milken Family Foundation Provides $100,000 in School and District Recognitions at 13th National TAP Conference
TAP System, 13th Annual National TAP Conference, Lowell Milken Family Foundation
March 09, 2013
Through the generous support of the Lowell Milken Family Foundation, $100,000 in award recognitions were proivded to schools and school districts across the country during at the 13th National TAP Conference in Washington, D.C. The awards were presented before over 1,200 educators and policy leaders attending the Conference.

The Milken Archive Honors the Life of Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck, Milken Archive, Lowell Milken
December 06, 2012
While renowned as a performer, composer and band leader, “Dave Brubeck was a giant not only in music but in spirit,” said Milken Archive founder Lowell Milken. “His work will continue to speak an eternal message of hope for the brotherhood of man.”


Recent Video


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Think About This: Progress Report on the State of American Education



Recent Photos


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On April 28th, 2014, Lowell Milken moderated the Global Conference panel, "Big City Education: We Know What Works, So Why Don't We Do It?" The panel discussion addressed current education reform challenges, examined successful collaborations between local, state and federal partnerships,  and defined how change can be implemented in K-12 education through strong leadership.

From left to right: Rudolph Crew , President, Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York; Former Chancellor, New York City Public Schools; Former Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Anthony Miller , Co-Founder and Partner, The Vistria Group; Former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Department of Education; Ed Rendell , Former Governor of Pennsylvania; Special Counsel, Ballard Spahr, LLP; Antonio Villaraigosa , Former Los Angeles Mayor; Professor of Practice of Policy, USC Price School of Public Policy; Former Speaker of the California Assembly; Paul Vallas , Candidate, Lieutenant Governor, State of Illinois; Former Superintendent, Recovery School District of New Orleans and Louisiana; Former CEO, Chicago Public Schools and School District of Philadelphia; Lowell Milken, Co-Founder, Knowledge Universe Education; Founder, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET). Photo courtesy of the Milken Family Foundation.



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Ascension Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrice Pujol and Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. James P. McIntyre, Jr., accept TAP Awards of Distinction from NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken (far left) and NIET President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gary Stark (far right). The award comes with a financial prize of $10,000.



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Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. James P. McIntyre accepts the TAP Award of Distinction from NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken (far right) and NIET President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gary Stark (far left). The award comes with a financial prize of $10,000



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TAP Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken moderates the panel "The TAP System: Advancing Educator Effectiveness in Practice" at the 2013 TAP Conference in Washington D.C. He shares the stage with distinguished educators from across the country who share their experiences implementing TAP at the classroom, district and state level. From left to right: TAP Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken, Lady’s Island Middle School Principal in Beaufort County Schools, South Carolina, Mona Lise Dickson; Judkins Middle School Master Teacher at Judkins Middle School in the Lucia Mar Unified School District, California, Alyssa Labrado; Tennessee Superintendent of Knox County Schools James P. McIntyre Jr.; East Iberville Elementary School Master Teacher in Iberville Parish Schools, Louisiana, Larry Minor; Constitution Elementary School Principal in Deer Valley Unified School District, Arizona, Mark Oesterle; Superintendent of Ascension Parish Schools, Louisiana, Patrice Pujol and NIET President and CEO Dr. Gary Stark.



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NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken presents the 2013 TAP Founder's Award to North DeSoto Middle School, located in Stonewall, Louisiana. The award comes with a financial prize of $50,000. Pictured from left to right are NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken, Louisiana District-Based State Executive Master Teacher Nicole Bolen, DeSoto Parish Schools Director of Student Learning Kathy Noel, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), North DeSoto Middle School TAP Master Teacher Vicki Cabra, North DeSoto Middle School TAP Master Teacher Deania McMillian, North DeSoto Middle School Principal Keith Simmons, Louisiana TAP Executive Director Sheila Talamo, DeSoto Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley, and NIET President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gary Stark.



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TAP Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken stands with panelists from the State Education Reform and Role of Teacher Effectiveness Panel, for which he served as moderator on Friday, March 8 during the 2013 National TAP Conference in Washington, D.C. From left to right: South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mitchell Zais, U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development Carmel Martin, Tennessee Assistant Commissioner of Teachers and Leaders Dr. Sara Heyburn, TAP Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken, Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. James Guthrie, Director at the Iowa Department of Education Dr. James Glass and NIET President and CEO Dr. Gary Stark.



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Principals accept the TAP Ambassador Award for 2013, which comes with a financial prize of $5,000. Pictured from left to right are NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken; Principal Ed Burnes from Battery Creek High School in Beaufort County School District, South Carolina; Principal Danny Mendez from Southport Elementary School in the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township, Indiana; Principal Mary Ann Spears from Lincoln High School in the Lincoln Consolidated School District, Arkansas; Principal Julie Fahey from Queen Palmer Elementary School in Colorado Springs School District 11, Colorado; Principal Dr. Esrom Pitre from Donaldsonville High School in Ascension Parish Schools, Louisiana; Principal Dr. Mark Oesterle from Constitution Elementary School in Deer Valley School District, Arizona; and NIET President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Gary Stark.