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The Milken Educator Awards: Celebrating our Nation's Outstanding Educators

MEA logo 2017The prestigious honor, created by Lowell Milken and often described as "the Oscars of teaching," has recognized outstanding teachers for more than three decades. The idea for the Milken Educator Awards started in the early 1980s when Lowell, the chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation (MFF), began exploring strategies for strengthening the education profession. The initiative not only aims to reward great teachers, but to celebrate, elevate and activate those innovators who are guiding America’s next generation of leaders. More than $140 million in funding, including over $73 million in individual $25,000 Awards, has been devoted to the overall program, which includes powerful professional development opportunities throughout recipients' careers.

The first Awards were presented to a group of 12 outstanding teachers and administrators in California. Now Milken Educators are surprised at boisterous schoolwide assemblies before cheering students, respected colleagues, distinguished officials and the media. 

The surprise notifications for the 2022-23 school year are in full swing! Follow the tour live via #MilkenAward on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok.

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