The Milken Educator Awards: Celebrating our Nation's Outstanding Educators
The 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 also to “Celebrate, Elevate and Activate” those innovators who are guiding America’s next generation of leaders. Journeying to the 3,000th Milken Educator, 2023-24 will reach $75 million in individual financial prizes spanning the length of the initiative and more than $144 million invested in the Milken Educator Award national network overall, empowering recipients to broaden their impact on the American K-12 profession.
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. Who will be next?