Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • Program Builds Confidence, Dreams for At-Risk Students

    March 20, 2015

    Robin Kitsu (HI '01), a 2001 Milken Educator Award winner from Hawaii, has created a life-changing performing arts program for students—many of whom have faced roadblocks like poverty and substance abuse.

  • Unsung Heroines

    March 5, 2015
    We often hear about the heroics of women like Harriet Tubman and Mother Teresa, but what about the lesser-known women throughout history who've also inspired profound change in the world?
  • What Do Your Students See?

    February 20, 2015

    Nardi Routten (FL '14)a 4th-grade teacher at Frances K. Sweet Elementary School in Fort Pierce, Florida and recipient of the 2014 Milken Educator Award, talks about how the award has changed the way she views her influence on her students. 

  • It’s Time to Get Serious About Keeping Effective Teachers

    February 11, 2015

    Nathan Gibbs-Bowling (WA '13), a teacher at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School and recipient of the 2013 Milken Educator Award, discusses why public school systems should work toward attracting and retaining their most effective teachers.

  • On Bloomberg EDU: Lowell Milken and Three Milken Educators Discuss Award’s Impact

    February 11, 2015

    Milken Family Foundation Chairman and Co-Founder Lowell Milken talked to journalist Jane Stoddard Williams about his commitment to education and the importance of supporting and recognizing outstanding teachers. 

  • Why Great Teachers Blog (and How You Can Get Started)

    November 3, 2014

    We interviewed six Milken Educators who are avid bloggers of various levels (and styles) to bring you their stories and insights on the benefits of blogging and some mistakes to avoid.

  • Growing with TAP

    June 24, 2014

    Profiles of five Milken Educators who are growing and growing with the TAP System, changing the way that teachers are percieved and the impact that they can have.

  • Twitter for Teachers

    March 21, 2014
    How Twitter Can Take Your Teaching to the Next Level — from seven Milken Educators who have done it
  • Aftermath of Devastation Fosters New Formula for Success

    October 24, 2013

    Joplin High School's journey of disaster to recovery after the May 2011 EF-5 tornado that destroyed the school and much of the town. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Angie Besendorfer (MO '96) shares their story and the lessons learned along the way that other educators can apply to their own schools.

  • Transforming a Community, One Brush Stroke at a Time

    September 17, 2013

    In his second year at Brown Elementary, art teacher Barth Quenzer (CO '12) envisioned a way to take back the school from graffitti and vandalism, and build a community in the process. Six years later, his success is as clear as the writing on the wall.

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