2016–17 Media Kit
The Milken Educator Awards Celebrates 30 Years of Teaching Excellence
The "Oscars of Teaching," the oldest teacher recognition program of its kind in the nation, is celebrating 30 years of surprising teachers with $25,000 checks.
The idea started in the early 1980s when Lowell Milken, the chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation (MFF), began exploring strategies for strengthening the education profession. The first Awards were presented to a group of 12 outstanding teachers and administrators in California. They were notified by telephone by the state superintendent.
Now 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 40 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.