The Milken Educator Awards: Celebrating our Nation's Outstanding Educators
The prestigious honor, described as "the Oscars of teaching" by Teacher magazine, has recognized outstanding teachers for more than 30 years. 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 $70 million in individual $25,000 Awards, has been devoted to the overall program, which includes powerful professional development opportunities throughout recipients' careers. The 2019-20 season of surprise notifications begins this fall. Follow the tour live using #MilkenAward hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The idea for the Milken Educator Awards 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.
Now Milken Educators are surprised at boisterous schoolwide assemblies before cheering students, respected colleagues, distinguished officials and the media.