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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29th 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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2018 Milken Scholars Program

by Milken Family Foundation
August 2018

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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Milken Educator Awards

by Milken Family Foundation
Fall 2018

More than three decades celebrating, elevating and activating outstanding educators

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TAP Research Summary

June 2018

The TAP System stands out because of its more than two-decade-long track record of growth and success in improving educator effectiveness and raising student achievement in high-need schools. This summary includes a recap of some of the most important results that have emerged from the research to date and highlights newer studies documenting accomplishments in partner schools and districts across multiple states.

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TAP Brochure

March 2018

The TAP brochure offers information about the TAP System’s goals, elements and proven results in raising student achievement across a diverse set of urban, suburban and rural schools throughout the country. It also provides ways in which individuals, foundations and corporations can partner with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching to advance educator effectiveness in their communities and beyond.

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TAP In Focus: Teacher Leadership

March 2018

Take a look inside TAP in Focus VIII, carrying the theme of teacher leadership. Read an essay from Lowell Milken about building an effective structure for teacher leaders to be successful and a perspective from Ascension Parish's Latatia Johnson about attracting and retaining high-quality teachers in high-need schools. Also, learn experiences of sustaining innovations, the impact of Grow Your Own programs - such as LIFT in Texas - and the impact of NIET's initiatives over time. Bonus: All you need to know about NIET's Teach Factor.

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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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