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Lowell Milken Leads Milken Global Conference Discussion on Getting K–12 Education Reform Right

Education leaders discuss how to accelerate advancements in teaching and learning 

April 28, 2015

Santa Monica, CA—The hard work of policymakers, educators, parents and students to improve America’s schools has begun to pay off. But too many students are still being left behind. Leaders must remain diligent to ensure that students in every classroom have a high-quality educational experience.  

Today at the 2015 Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, Lowell Milken—chairman of the Milken Family Foundation and National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET)—led a discussion of education leaders on moving faster to improve the learning environments for all students. 

Lowell Milken Global Conference Education Panel

Pictured from left to right: Sara Heyburn, executive director of Tennessee State Board of Education and Kristan Van Hook, senior vice president of public policy and development at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, and Lowell Milken.

Panelists included Rudolph Crew, president of Medgar Evers College (CUNY) and former head of schools in New York City and Miami-Dade County; John Deasy, superintendent-in-residence at the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems and former superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District; Sara Heyburn, Executive Director of the Tennessee State Board of Education, Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of the Success Academy Charter Schools; and Kristan Van Hook, senior vice president of public policy and development at the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. 

The panelists explored effective ways to support teachers in the classroom; evaluated the federal government’s role in sparking innovation and sharing best practices; and examined the next steps on achieving shared goals.

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Equipped with a diverse staff experienced in education and business, combined with a broad coalition of school practitioners, NIET forges relationships with states, districts and schools to attract, develop, support and retain high-quality human capital to increase achievement levels for all students. Through its two signature initiatives, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement and the Best Practices Center, NIET is reaching more than 200,000 teachers and 2.5 million students. 



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