Connections: Linking Talented Educators
Connections: Linking Talented Educators


  • 10 Elementary Back-to-School Activities For Virtual Classrooms

    August 5, 2020

    What’s the best way for elementary teachers and their young students to get to know each other when the school year starts online thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic? Try these 10 activities for the first week of school to bring your virtual classroom together.

  • Making World Languages Engaging and Relevant

    July 31, 2020

    What's the key to success in world language instruction? Engagement and relevancy, say South Carolina Milken Educators Kimberly Freeman and Vanessa Torres.

  • Building Relationships in the Online Classroom

    July 28, 2020

    With schools across the U.S. starting the school year online due to COVID-19, teachers are concerned about connecting with their new students. No problem, says English teacher Lauren Jensen (NY ’15), who moved to a virtual classroom before the pandemic. She shares the strategies that worked for her.

  • Helping Students Ace AP Exams

    July 23, 2020

    Milken Educators share their classroom strategies for helping high schoolers succeed on AP exams. 

  • After Teaching, A New Chapter for Margo Sorenson

    July 16, 2020

    Inspired by the talented students in her English and creative writing classes, Margo Sorenson (CA ’91) has authored nearly three dozen children’s and young adult books. She talked with us about her creative process, the business side of publishing and how her teaching background feeds her writing.

  • A ‘Dream Team’ of Milken Educators Unites to Help Students Reimagine the American Dream

    July 9, 2020

    When the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream decided to create a new essay contest for high school students, it turned to Milken Educators to bring the idea to life.

  • An Annual Student Art Exhibition Goes Virtual

    June 23, 2020

    Every year, art students at Arkansas’ Pine Bluff High School exhibit their work at The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. This year, because of the pandemic, art teacher Shalisha Thomas (AR ’19) and ASC collaborated to create a virtual exhibition. We asked Shalisha how this year’s event came together.

  • How to Talk to Students About Social Justice

    June 4, 2020

    Protests and civil unrest are sweeping the nation as Americans react to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We asked school leadership expert and author Principal Baruti Kafele (NJ ’09) how teachers can help students process what’s happening—and what school leaders can do to make sure their educators are prepared for the dialogue.

  • Charles Rounds Plans to Change His World With Art

    May 29, 2020

    Charles Rounds III, grand prize winner in the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes student art competition, talks with us about his winning work, making art during the COVID-19 pandemic and how he plans to use his artistic talents to revitalize his community.

  • COVID-19 Diaries: Summer Break Advice for Students and Families

    May 27, 2020

    As we all move from an unsettling spring to a summer filled with uncertainty about what lies ahead, we asked Milken Educators to share words of advice and encouragement for students and families. The common theme: Enjoy this well-deserved break, and don’t worry—we’ll get through it together.

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