In The News

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

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung  |  Apr 01, 2016  |  Fort Scott, KS

San Marin High School Science Teacher Raps About Getting Milken Foundation Award

ABC 7 News  |  Nov 18, 2015  |  Novato, CA

Local Teacher Wins Educator Award and $25,000

KRCR News (ABC)  |  Nov 18, 2015  |  Chico, CA

Carpinteria Teacher Receives Prestigious Milken Educator Award

KCOY (CNN)  |  Apr 08, 2015  |  Carpenteria, CA

Cienega High Teacher Awarded $25K in Surprise Assembly

Arizona Daily Star  |  Nov 16, 2015  |  Vail, AZ

D.C. Principal Receives $25,000 Award

Washington Post  |  Oct 08, 2015  |  Washington D.C.

Teacher Given $25,000 Award

KSAZ (FOX)  |  Mar 27, 2015  |  Phoenix, AZ

Milken-Penn GSE Business Competition Now Accepting Submissions

Philadelphia Business Journal  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  Philadelphia, PA

Pecan Grove Primary's teacher improvement program wins TAP Founder's Award

The Advocate  |  Mar 14, 2015  |  Baton Rouge, LA

Clifton teacher receives $25,000 for Milken Educator Award

Waco Tribune  |  Feb 03, 2015  |  Clifton, TX

Local Teacher Earns $25,000 Milken Educator Award  |  Feb 03, 2015  |  Clifton, TX

SE Kansas museum plans expansion after donation

KOAM News (ABC Affiliate)  |  Sep 17, 2014  |  Pittsburgh, KS

Art Center College of Design Receives $2 Million Gift to Establish Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography

Pasadena Now  |  Dec 02, 2014  |  Pasadena, CA

Lowell Milken Center to Expand

Fort Scott Tribune  |  Sep 17, 2014  |  Fort Scott, KS

Osmosis medical app wins 50K at Milken-Penn competition  |  May 19, 2014  |  Philadelphia, PA

Prince George Students Win Lowell Milken Center Discovery Award (CBS)  |  Oct 10, 2013  |  Prince George, VA

Taking Resources from Students and Giving them to Administrators

Lakeville Journal  |  Apr 11, 2013  |  Falls Village, CT

NDMS Receives National TAP Award

Shreveport Times  |  Mar 08, 2013  |  Washington D.C.

School Surprises Teacher with 'Oscar of Teaching' Milken Educator Award

ABC 7 News  |  Jan 18, 2013  |  Los Angeles, CA

Phoenix Teacher Awarded $25000

Arizona Republic  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  Phoenix, AZ

Rain Fails to Dampen Grand Opening

Fort Scott Tribune  |  May 24, 2016  |  Fort Scott, KS

Iberia Parish Students' Documentary Wins Discovery Award Competition

KATC News (ABC Affiliate)  |  Sep 15, 2016  |  New Orleans, LA

Philadelphia 5th-grade teacher wins 25K Milken award

Washington Times  |  Oct 05, 2016  |  Philadelphia, PA

Olathe elementary school Principal Stephanie Conklin wins prestigious Milken Award

Kansas City Star  |  Oct 07, 2016  |  Kansas City

Jeanerette principal surprised with national educator award

The Advertiser (USA Today Affiliate)  |  Oct 25, 2016  |  Iberia Parish, LA

Philanthropist Lowell Milken and his family provide tremendous support for UCLA.

The UCLA Bruin  |  Dec 07, 2016  |  Los Angeles, CA

Two Hawaii teachers receive prestigious Milken Educator Awards

Khon2  |  Feb 02, 2017  |  Honolulu, HI

Hawaii Teachers Win $25,000

Education Week  |  Feb 03, 2017  |  Honolulu, HI

Fruita Teacher Wins Prestigious Milken Educator Award (VIDEO)

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

Watch how this Bellflower teacher reacts when she gets surprised with $25,000

KPCC 89.3  |  Mar 03, 2017  |  Southern California Public Radio

Lowell Milken to Receive 2017 Education Commission of the States James Bryant Conant Award

Education Commission of the States  |  Mar 28, 2017  |  Denver, CO


Surprise Phone Call to Spouse of Latest Arizona Milken Educator Award Recipient

Arizona Milken Educator Network Welcomes Principal Timothy Thomas.

Felicia Casto wins Milken Educator Award at Rim Rock Elementary

Lowell Milken Presents Hawaii Teacher Kelly Sutcliffe with Milken Educator Award

Hawaii Teacher Masaru Uchino Presented with Milken Educator Award

Media Interviews at Devon Willis-Jones Milken Educator Awards Assembly

Lowell Milken Speaks with Newest KS Milken Educator Stephanie Conklin

TAP Master Teacher Aimee Schade Wins IN Milken Educator Award

Jayda Pugliese Announced as PA Milken Educator Award Recipient

Lowell Milken with Photojournalist Therese Frere at Hall of Unsung Heroes Grand Opening

New Center for Unsung Heroes Grand Opening Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

Southport Elementary and Perry Township Schools Wins 2016 TAP Founder's Award

2016 National TAP Conference Welcome Address

2015 Milken Educator Award Recipient Ryan Moore with daughter and Lowell Milken

Lowell Milken Accepts Honorary Doctorate from Chapman University

Lowell Milken Speaks at 2015 Chapman University Commencement

Ana Gutierrez Milken Educator Awards Notification

Lowell Milken Moderates Education Reform Panel at 2014 Milken Institute Global Conference

The TAP System: Advancing Educator Effectiveness in Practice Panel Discussion

State Education Reform and the Role of Teacher Effectiveness Panel at 2013 TAP Conference

2013 TAP Ambassador Awards


Felicia Casto Wins Colorado Milken Educator Award at Rim Rock Elementary

Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, surprises math teacher Felicia Casto with a 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and $25,000 at Rim Rock Elementary in Fruita, CO.

Lowell Milken Surprises Hawaii Teacher Kelly Sutcliffe with Milken Educator Award

At President Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Fourth-grade teacher Kelly Sutcliffe (left) can hardly believe she has won a 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and $25,000.

Lowell Milken Presents Hawaii Teacher Masaru Uchino with Milken Educator Award

Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken surprises third-grade teacher Masaru Uchino with a 2016-17 Milken Educator Award and $25,000.

New Orleans Teacher Catherine Randall Becomes a Louisiana Milken Educator

Davies Elementary third-grade teacher Catherine Randall was surprised with a Milken Educator Award. Students, staff and guests gave Randall a long, enthusiastic standing ovation, and when she took the microphone to accept the Award from Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder.

Celebrating 30 Years of Milken Educators

This year marks the 30th year of the Milken Educator Awards, the oldest teacher recognition program of its kind in the U.S. For three decades this initiative of the Milken Family Foundation, which Lowell Milken conceived and established, has surprised outstanding educators with $25,000 checks and national recognition.

Milken Educators are surprised at boisterous schoolwide assemblies before cheering students, respected colleagues, distinguished officials and the media. 

The prestigious honor, to be presented at up to 35 schools this 2016-17 season, has been described as "the Oscars of teaching" by Teacher magazine. More than $138 million in funding, including $68 million in individual $25,000 Awards, has been devoted to the overall program, which includes powerful professional development opportunities throughout recipients' careers.

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Virtual Tour

Tour the a brand-new, interpretive museum in the heart of historic downtown Fort Scott, Kansas by video! The new 6,000-square-foot exhibition hall features interactive exhibits highlighting individuals from history who took extraordinary actions to improve the lives of others, but were never recognized for their actions. In addition to brand-new exhibits, the new space includes a 48-seat theater with bench seating, a conference room, a life-sized apple tree, and student art projects.

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

This is the first installment in our video series Think About This. This series brings comprehensive research and data from years of analysis and classroom experience to bear on the challenges facing American education.

View the second video in this series, Think About This: Progress Report on Teacher Quality.