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ALSDE Communications: Awards

  Dr. Alison Grizzle
The state Teacher of the Year Program recognizes and honors the many contributions of our classroom teachers. Alabama's Teacher of the Year Program is one of the oldest and most prestigious award programs for teachers. The Program is affiliated with the National Teacher of the Year Program sponsored by ING and TARGET and is a project of the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with University of Phoenix and PEOPLE TO PEOPLE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM.

Each year, Alabama's Teacher of the Year is a candidate for the National Teacher of the Year. To download the Teacher of the Year Application Package and Program Guide, click here. To view current and past winners of the Teacher of the Year, click here. To visit the National Teacher of the Year website, click here. For more information contact Ann Starks, (334) 242-9700 or astarks@alsde.edu. To read more about the Teacher of the Year, visit the Teacher of the Year Biography page.

The purpose of the Milken Family Foundation is to discover and advance inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives. The Foundation advances this mission primarily through its work in education and medical research. Outstanding educators who continue to learn are essential to the fostering of student growth, the improvement of schools, and the enhancement of the education profession. The goals of the Milken Educator Awards are:

  • Honoring and rewarding outstanding K-12 educators for the quality of their teaching, their professional leadership, their engagement with families and the community, and their potential for even greater contribution to the healthy development of children.
  • Focusing public attention on the importance of excellent educators.
  • Encouraging able, caring, and creative people to choose the challenge, service, and adventure of teaching as a career.
  • Creating national and state networks of Milken Educators.
  • Engaging corporate and foundation partners in assisting Milken Educators and in support of policies that advance education.

The Milken Family Foundation annually awards $25,000 each to outstanding educators throughout the United States. Elementary and secondary educators are honored in alternate years. Recommendations for Alabama's Milken Educators are solicited each spring from educators, parents, business and community leaders, legislators, and previous Milken Educator Award recipients. From these recommendations, the Foundation selects two Milken Educators from Alabama and announces these winners in the fall. The following year, at the Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference, Lowell and Michael Milken present a $25,000 check to each Milken Educator during a gala awards celebration. Since 1998, Alabama's honorees have become part of a growing national network of distinguished educators, as well as the Alabama Milken Educator Network. As valuable human resources for public education, these veteran Milken Educators may be called upon to conduct workshops, review grants, write articles addressing education issues, serve on committees and task forces, speak to civic and professional organizations, and identify other exemplary educators. For a list of Alabama's Milken Educators, 1998-2010, click here. For more information contact Ann Starks, (334) 242-9700 or astarks@alsde.edu. To read more about the Milken Award Winners, visit the Milken Award Winners Biography page.