A selection of publications from the Milken Family Foundation, its initiatives and affiliated organizations including the Milken Educator Awards, the Lowell Milken Institute, and the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching.


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2016 Milken Scholars Program

by Milken Family Foundation
August 2016

Milken Scholars was founded in 1989 by Lori and Michael Milken to honor exceptional young men and women based on their academic performance, community service, leadership activities and triumphs over obstacles. By identifying these extraordinarily talented youth and then providing resources and networks to them so they can help themselves and those around them, the Program aims to support Milken Scholars during their academic and professional careers.

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26th Annual Jewish Educator Awards

by Milken Family Foundation
September 1, 2015

Sponsored by the Milken Family Foundation in cooperation with BJE, a beneficiary agency of The Jewish Federation.

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The Children of Willesden Lane: A Teacher's Resource

A printable curriculum guide created by Facing History and Ourselves and the Milken Family Foundation, providing a wealth of lessons and activities for students.

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2016 Milken Educator Awards Brochure

by Milken Family Foundation
Fall 2016

30 years celebrating, elevating and activating outstanding educators

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Tap In Focus VI

April 2016

TAP in Focus VI features an essay by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken on the distinct difference that TAP educators make; the impact of the TAP System on Minnesota student Quentin Hardrict Jr.; the important role of teacher leaders and their connection to the classroom; the power of teacher leadership opportunities; a look at professional development in the Osborn School District (Arizona); the significant student achievement growth of TAP schools led by empowered leaders; testimony of Arizona teacher Lorialle Haynes on the lessons she has learned through ASU's teacher preparation program; details on the Teach Strong initiative to elevate the teaching profession; and highlights of TAP's recent research reports.

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TAP Research Summary Spring 2016

TAP Research Summary

March 2016

For over a decade, researchers at NIET and around the country have studied TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. This document summarizes recent internal and external research, including three new studies demonstrating TAP's effectiveness at raising student achievement, improving the quality of instruction and increasing the ability of high-need schools to recruit, retain and support teachers.

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Learning on the Job: How Evaluation Systems Can Support Teacher Growth

by Gary W. Ritter and Joshua H. Barnett
March 2016

Most education decision-makers agree that effective teacher evaluation can cultivate genuine improvements in the teaching force and improved student outcomes. The central issue is how to have effective evaluation. This paper draws upon educators from multiple states to respond to this question. The authors find that feedback from rigorous evaluations can encourage self-reflection and meaningful conversations focused on classroom practice among educators. Moreover, the data suggest that educators are open to such evaluations when certain key conditions are met in schools.

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National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Additional Publications

Publications by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)—which include research on career advancement, professional development, educator evaluation and performance compensation—are available for download at NIET’s website (


Lowell Milken Institute 

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Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy

Innovative Solutions and the Leaders Who Can Implement Them

An overview brochure for the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law.

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