The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) is an independent public charity that supports and manages the TAP system nationwide. NIET’s record of raising student achievement and closing achievement gaps in high-need schools is widely recognized as the longest-standing, most proven means to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement within individual classrooms, schools and districts across the nation.
Conceived and created by Lowell Milken, the Milken Educator Awards (MEA) is the nation’s preeminent teacher recognition program. Over 2,800 exemplary teachers, principals and specialists have been surprised with individual, unrestricted $25,000 prizes since 1987, totaling over $70 million.
The LMFF pursues this mission through education programs that are both groundbreaking and comprehensive. By fostering and inspiring excellence, creativity and responsibility within the formal education environment and beyond, LMFF seeks to equip people to pursue and attain lives that have value to themselves as well as to others.