March 25th, 2017 - The Education Commission of the States has announced Lowell Milken as this years's James Bryant Conant Award recipient, one of education’s most prestigious honors. In receiving the James Bryant Conant Award, Lowell Milken joins the ranks of education greats such as Sal Kahn (2016), Linda Darling-Hammond (2010), Thurgood Marshall (2004) and Marian Wright-Edelman (1987).
Named after the former president of Harvard University and co-founder of Education Commission of the States Mr. James Bryant Conant, the award recognizes outstanding individual contributions to American education. Education Commission of the States (ECS) will be officially presenting Lowell Milken with the award at the 2017 National Forum on Education Policy, taking place June 28-30, 2017, in San Diego.
“Lowell Milken’s efforts in education span across many areas of education practice, including policy, research, curriculum, professional development and student success,” said ECS President Jeremy Anderson. “Lowell’s inclusive approach to providing opportunities for educators, students and communities to increase innovation in and awareness of the importance of a well-rounded and comprehensive education experience demonstrates his commitment to supporting education from beginning to end.”
As former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Ray Simon said, “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 ground-breaking successes with the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement—as seminal in addressing the core issues of high quality teaching and learning.”
Lowell’s reputation as a visionary leader of education reform has been honed by more than three decades of education research, policy and practices — complemented by firsthand visits to thousands of classrooms and the creation of major national initiatives.
“Education is not only the most fundamental of life’s opportunities, it is the foundation of our strength as a nation and our security as a democracy,” said Lowell. “This is why it is incumbent upon all of us to ensure a high-quality educational experience for every young person. Being associated with the legacy of James Bryant Conant and the achievement of others who have changed the course of American education is a great honor.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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