Greenfield educator Megan Dixon receives Milken Family Foundation award
From the Department of Public Instruction
For her devotion to education, State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster presented Megan
Dixon with a 2007 Milken National Educator Award on Tuesday (October 16, 2007), which brings with it a $25,000
unrestricted cash award.
Dixon of Milwaukee, an 8th-grade teacher and reading specialist at Greenfield Middle School,
was named a 2007 Milken National Educator in a surprise all-school assembly.
Described by her
colleagues as someone who is “absolutely sincere about making a difference in the life of every student,”
Dixon was selected as Milken National Educator without her knowledge by a blue-ribbon panel
facilitated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The award program was part of the Milken
Family Foundation’s 21st annual national notification tour.
“Megan Dixon focuses her talent and energy on helping students learn,” Burmaster said. “She is
among an elite group of educators from around the nation being rewarded by the Milken Foundation for
professional excellence. It is a great honor to join the Milken Foundation in recognizing exemplary
educators at the national level. Megan joins a list of outstanding Wisconsin educators who have received
this honor in the past.”
Burmaster also commended the Milken National Educator Awards for focusing on the
importance of quality educators and for the potential the Milken National Educator program has to
inspire young people to consider education as a career. “Research repeatedly shows that the single most
important school-based factor in student achievement is the quality of the teacher in the classroom.
Attracting dedicated young people to the profession is vital to Wisconsin’s mission to close the
achievement gap and ensure a quality education for every child,” Burmaster added.
This is the ninth year the Milken Family Foundation has presented its National Educator Awards
in Wisconsin. Established in 1985 with the first awards made in 1987, the Milken Family Foundation will
present $2 million in financial awards and honor up to 80 outstanding educators across the nation this
year. By the end of the 2007 notification tour, the foundation will have recognized more than 2,300
exceptional educators and awarded more than $58 million since the Milken National Educator Awards
“Teachers have the most important jobs in America,” said Lowell Milken, chairman and co-founder
of the Milken Family Foundation. “We entrust them with the enormous responsibility of
preparing our young people with the skills, knowledge, and experiences needed to be successful in a
most challenging 21st century. The Milken Educator Awards say, in a very public way, that greatness in
education must be recognized and rewarded.”
Recipients of the Milken Educator Awards are selected on the basis of numerous criteria,
including exceptional educational talent as demonstrated by effective instructional practices and student
learning results in the classroom and school; exemplary educational accomplishments beyond the
classroom that provide models of excellence for the profession; 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 unrestricted cash awards at the Milken National
Education Conference, an all-expenses-paid professional development conference to be held next spring
in Los Angeles, California The educators also are invited to join the Milken Educator Network, a voluntary
association of exemplary educators and business leaders, whose expertise serves as a valuable resource to
fellow educators, legislators, school boards, and others who are shaping the future of education.
The Milken National Educator Awards were created to recognize and reward the highest caliber
professionals in our nation’s schools. The Milken 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) 570-4775 or visit the Milken Family Foundation Web site at http://www.mff.org.
Posted October 16, 2007