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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28th Annual Jewish Educator Awards

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

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2017 Milken Scholars Program

by Milken Family Foundation
August 2017

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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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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2017 Milken Educator Awards Brochure

by Milken Family Foundation
Fall 2017

30 years celebrating, elevating and activating outstanding educators

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TAP Research Summary

June 2017

NIET continually evaluates the impact of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement on raising student achievement, improving instruction and increasing the ability of high-need schools to recruit, retain and support effective teachers. In addition to national results in student achievement and teacher attitudes, the June 2017 report highlights findings from the Minnesota, Iowa and Tennessee TIF-4 sites, the TAP System in Texas, and the higher education partnerships supported by Supporting Educator Effectiveness Development (SEED) grants.

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TAP In Focus VII

March 2017

TAP in Focus VII features Lowell Milken's "Talented Teachers Lead the Way," Dr. Gary Stark's outlook on NIET's future in CEO's Corner, teacher preparation efforts in Texas, historic growth in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, the positive outcomes of NIET's grant projects as well as growth with the TAP System across the country, information on the new EE PASS online training portal, and five things you may not know about NIET.

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Learning on the job

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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