Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards

Dubbed the “Oscars of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the Milken National Educator Awards were created in 1985 to attract, reward and retain the highest caliber professionals to our nation’s schools. Texas has participated in the Milken award program since 2000.

“Nothing in America’s K-12 schools has more influence on student learning than the quality of the classroom teacher,” said Lowell Milken, chairman of the Milken Family Foundation. “Highly effective teachers are the bedrock in constructing a world-class education system that meets our challenges and opportunities in this 21st century. It is a national imperative that we attract, retain and motivate people of talent to the profession. America’s prosperity depends on it.”

Hundreds honored

Since its inception, the Milken Educator Awards have recognized more than 2,600 educators and presented them with more than $64 million in awards to individual educators. To date, 45 Texas educators selected as Milken Educators have collectively received $1.12 million. Milken Educator Award winners are selected based on effective instructional practices and student learning results, exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the classroom, strong long-range potential for professional and policy leadership, and serving as a motivational role model for students, colleagues and the community.

They also join the Milken Educator Network, a coalition of top educators who serve both as expert resources and collaborators to network members as they help cultivate and expand innovative programs and practices in their classrooms, schools and districts.

Value of top teachers

Research shows that the most important school-based factor driving student performance is the quality of the classroom teacher. The most effective teachers produce as much as five times the learning gains as the least effective teachers.

More information about the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards.