Public Education Department
Dr. Veronica C. García
Secretary of Education
Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release: October 26, 2005
$25,000 MILKEN NATIONAL EDUCATOR AWARDS TO SURPRISE TOP TEACHERS FROM
Milken Family Foundation goes coast-to-coast rewarding some of
America’s best teachers during National Notifications
Dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the Milken National
Educator Awards were created by Milken Family Foundation Chairman and
Co-Founder Lowell Milken in 1985 to celebrate, elevate and activate the highest
caliber professionals in our nation’s schools.
Beginning on October 24 and continuing into November, up to 100
unsuspecting secondary teachers, principals and specialists throughout the
The Milken Educator Awards have become the largest
national teacher recognition program in the
“Excellence must not be the exception in our schools, but rather the norm. Talented teachers are the key to ensuring high-quality educational opportunities for all students,” said Lowell Milken. “By recognizing and rewarding outstanding educators each year, we focus the nation’s attention on the critical need to attract, retain and motivate caring, capable people to the American teaching profession.”
Research shows that the single most important school-based factor impacting student achievement is having a talented teacher in the classroom. The difference between an effective and ineffective teacher can be a full grade level of student achievement in a single year. The urgency for high-caliber teachers has become a top national priority this year as schools work toward meeting No Child Left Behind’s requirement of “highly qualified” teachers in every classroom by this spring.
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Unlike most teaching awards, the Milken Educator Awards have no formal nomination or application process. Educators are recommended for this prestigious honor without their knowledge by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by each state’s department of education.
Candidates for the Milken Educator Awards are selected on the basis of the following criteria:
· Exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school;
· Exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession;
· Strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and
· Engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts students, colleagues and the community.
are presented with their unrestricted $25,000 award checks at the annual Milken
National Education Conference, an all-expenses-paid professional development
conference held in
more information about the Milken Educator Awards, and the surprise
Notification events held throughout the