The only people who develop human potential and character as a calling are educators. This puts the men and women who become teachers and principals in a position of unique power for helping to secure the future.
Lowell Milken

Making an Impact

Creating opportunities for people and communities to achieve excellence has been Lowell Milken's lifelong pursuit. At the crux of that pursuit and passion has been education reform. Through his business ventures and philanthropic efforts, Lowell has provided thousands of students with high-quality teachers, thousands of talented teachers with powerful opportunities for recognition, career advancement and professional growth, and hundreds of organizations with the ideas and resources they need to make a difference in the world.

Named by Worth Magazine as one of American's most generous philanthropists, Lowell has developed several groundbreaking and national initiatives to reform American K-12 education, including the country's most preeminent teacher-recognition program, the Milken Educator Awards, and the country's longest standing, multi-state and most successful effort to create teacher evaluation and performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. Lowell is also an education and community-building entrepreneur, founding and leading several international corporations, including the largest early childhood education company in the world, Knowledge Universe.

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2014 Lowell Milken TAP Founder's Award Announced

Carter High School in Knox County Schools, Tennessee, received the 2014 Lowell Milken TAP Founder's Award at this year's National TAP Conference.

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Featured Photos

Lowell Milken Moderates the 2013 TAP Conference Panel: State Education Reform and the Role of Teacher Effectiveness

Video Spotlight

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Lowell Milken Moderates Education Reform Panel at Milken Global Conference
2013 Global Conference panel "The International Quest for Effective Education Reform."
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TAP Founder's Award 2013 Profile
Video profile of North DeSoto Middle School, recipient of the 2013 Lowell Milken TAP Founder's Award.
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Lowell Milken Center
Learn how the Lowell Milken Center discovers, develops and communicates the stories of unsung heroes who have made a profound and positive difference on the course of history.

A Message from Lowell

Education Challenges We Face as a Nation

As I travel around the country presenting Milken Educator Awards to outstanding K-12 educators and working with the comprehensive school reform TAP: The System for Student and Teacher Advancement, people of all ages and walks of life ask me about the state of American K-12 education. Here is a brief video to crystallize the challenges we face in our country to improve student performance and teacher effectiveness.

Watch Lowell Milken's video "Think about this."

In The News

Tustin Teacher Gets Milken Award
November 20, 2013
CBS Local
Tustin, CA

Man behind the Center visits Fort Scott
June 28, 2013
Fort Scott Tribune
Fort Scott, KS

Taking Resources from Students and Giving them to Administrators
April 11, 2013
Lakeville Journal
Falls Village, CT