Lowell Milken, Co-Founder
Lowell Milken has worked for three decades to ensure that students everywhere have better access to effective educators, greater means to improve their communities and stronger opportunities to reach their full potential. As co-founder of Knowledge Universe, Lowell Milken's commitment to enhanced education policies and practices and innovative learning environments has extended across the globe.
Lowell Milken is presently the chairman of the board of directors of Knowledge Universe Education Holdings, Inc., which overseas all of the diverse U.S. operations of Knowledge Universe. Among his many contributions to the business of Knowledge Universe, he was responsible for Knowledge Universe's entry into the early childhood education business as well as Knowledge Universe's founding investment in K-12 Inc.
Also serving as chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation since its creation in 1982, Lowell Milken has pioneered influential education initiatives in the nonprofit sector. The Milken Educator Awards, which Lowell conceived in 1985, is now the United States' preeminent teacher-recognition program and referred to as the "Oscars of teaching." Annually the awards are now presented to over fifty outstanding teachers, principals and education specialists in elementary and secondary schools to publicly celebrate their contributions to the teaching profession and recognize their potential to achieve even greater success in the future. The Milken Educator Awards carry a substantial unrestricted financial prize and the recipients participate in a powerful national network committed to systemic education reform.
Lowell Milken is also the founder of the groundbreaking education reform, TAPTM: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. Believing that the number of high-quality teachers needed to educate the next generation of America's youth would not result from current education practices, in 1999, Lowell Milken launched this comprehensive research-based school reform to attract, develop, motivate and retain effective teachers. Grounded in years of research in classrooms all over the country, TAP's proven system addresses teacher recruitment, retention, development, practice and leadership; in the process, it has created positive outcomes for student achievement and expanded opportunities for educators to benefit from TAP's powerful opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, educator accountability and competitive compensation.
To support the TAP system's growing demand, Lowell Milken established the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) in 2005. As an independent public charity, NIET oversees the implementation of the TAP system nationwide. Actively partnering with states, districts and organizations, NIET ensures TAP's success in a variety of rural, urban and suburban communities, and operates NIET's Best Practice Center, which provides products and services to states, districts and schools to improve educator quality.
Lowell Milken's role as an education advocate is also represented through several other organizations. Lowell Milken High Tech Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art charter school, engages public-school students in a rigorous curriculum rife with technology and complemented by real-world internships. The Lowell Milken Center helps students and teachers pursue project-based learning to uncover stories of unsung heroes who have made a profound impact on the world.
With the recent establishment of the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law, Lowell's work in education extends greater opportunities to UCLA law students, faculty, young law practitioners and alumni. Building on UCLA School of Law's already outstanding programs, the Lowell Milken Institute provides expanded studies on business law and policy, clinical experience, additional research opportunities for faculty, along with faculty fellowships, student scholarships and awards. The knowledge, skills and experience available through the Lowell Milken Institute will help ensure that students are prepared to not only assume leadership roles in the practice of law, but also in the areas of business, government, and philanthropy.
Lowell Milken's leadership in education has been acknowledged with awards from the National Association of State Boards of Education, the Horace Mann League, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society of Education, National Association of Secondary School Principals and UCLA School of Law.
Lowell Milken earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with highest honors, and his law degree from University of California, Los Angeles where he served on the UCLA Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif, an academic honor provided to the top ten percent of the class.