Franklin's Doucette Wins Milken Award
James Doucette, a history and law teacher at Franklin
High School in Franklin, received a 2003 Milken Family Foundation National
Educator Award in a surprise all-school assembly October 13, 2003.
of the nations 47 Milken educators receive a $25,000 award that
they can use in any way they choose.
Wisconsins other 2003 Milken award winner was
Edward Holmes, principal at James C. Wright Middle School in Madison.
These outstanding educators show true dedication
and make a significant contribution to the education of our children,
said State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster. The Milken National
Educator Awards program provides Wisconsin a tremendous opportunity
to acknowledge the vision and commitment these educators bring to our
schools. Additionally, the recognition these educators receive as a
result of this honor may inspire young people to consider education
as a career opportunity.
Research repeatedly shows that the single most
important factor in student achievement is the quality of the teacher
in the classroom, so attracting dedicated young people to the profession
is vital to Wisconsins mission to close the achievement gap and
ensure success for every student, Burmaster added.
This is the fifth year the Milken Family Foundation
presented its National Educator Awards in Wisconsin. Established in
1985 with the first awards made in 1987, the Milken Family Foundation
will present $2.5 million in financial awards and honor 100 outstanding
educators in 47 states this year. By the end of October, the foundation
will have presented $49.4 million to 1,977 exceptional educators since
the Milken National Educator Awards Program began.
By choosing to practice in the most noble and
important profession, our nations talented educators make a lasting
contribution to young peoples minds, imaginations, and characters,
said Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation.
We are proud to honor the outstanding work of these gifted educators,
providing them with the recognition they so richly deserve.
Recipients of the Milken Educator Awards are selected
on the basis of numerous criteria, including exceptional educational
talent as demonstrated by outstanding instructional practices in the
classroom, school, and profession; outstanding accomplishment and strong
long-range potential for professional and policy leadership; and an
engaging and inspiring presence that motivates and impacts
students, colleagues, and the community.
The recipients will receive their $25,000 awards at
the Milken Family Foundation National Education Conference, an all-expense-paid
professional development conference to be held in May 2004 in Washington,
D.C. The educators also are invited to join the Milken Educator Network,
a coalition of top educators who have access to a variety of expert
resources to help cultivate and expand innovative
programs in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
The Milken Family Foundation National Educator Awards
were created to reward, retain, and attract the highest caliber professionals
to our nations schools. The Milken Family Foundation National
Educator Awards Program, dubbed the Oscars of Teaching by
Teacher Magazine, is the largest educator awards program in the nation.
For more information, call (310) 998-2800 or visit
the Milken Family Foundation Web site.
Posted October 24, 2003