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2018 TAP Founder's Award Finalists Honored at National Conference

Five schools from Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana and Texas presented with $10,000; West Goshen Elementary School in Indiana receives $50,000 grand prize

Photo gallery: 2018 TAP Founder's Award Finalists

At the 2018 TAP Conference, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) today recognized each of the five finalists of the TAP Founder's Award for exceptional efforts to implement and represent the principles of the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement. These efforts have resulted in improvements in instructional skills and student achievement. The Award is NIET's highest honor and was created by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken.

The outstanding schools honored for 2018 are:

Each finalist received a plaque and $10,000 during a recognition luncheon at the conference, attended by 1,000 top educators and education leaders from across the country.

Following the recognition ceremony, Milken presented West Goshen Elementary School with the TAP Founder’s Award and $50,000.

"Lincoln, Cross County, Mansfield, Slaton and West Goshen have distinguished themselves as shining examples of effective instructional leadership," said Milken. "I commend all staff and students, and congratulate West Goshen Elementary School as this year's TAP Founder's Award recipient. Your best practices and leadership are serving as a role model for the region, state and nation."

West Goshen Elementary School in Indiana Receives 2018 TAP Founder's Award and $50,000

West Goshen Elementary School in Indiana Receives 2018 TAP Founder's Award and $50,000

NIET's top honor, created by Lowell Milken, recognizes West Goshen's efforts to advance educator effectiveness and student learning

Lowell Milken, chairman of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) and founder of the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement, today announced that West Goshen Elementary School in Goshen, Indiana, is the recipient of the 2018 TAP Founder's Award. NIET's highest honor, the Award is presented annually to one school for exceptional efforts to implement and represent the principles of the TAP System—resulting in improvements in educator effectiveness and student achievement growth. It comes with a $50,000 cash prize to be used toward school improvement efforts.

Milken surprised the West Goshen faculty with the Award during a recognition luncheon at the 2018 National TAP Conference in Washington, D.C., before 1,000 educators, policymakers, researchers and other influential leaders. Principal Lori Line accepted the award on the school's behalf.

Before TAP was implemented at West Goshen, the school was labeled a D on the state A-F scale. There was not only a need to address related educational needs, but also to attract and retain talented educators to fill the capacity gap. 

Drawing on the TAP System, West Goshen earned its first-ever state-designated A rating in 2016. The school maintained the A in 2017 as well as a value-added growth score of 5—the highest possible score on a 1-5 scale.

"I am pleased to congratulate Principal Line, her faculty and the entire Goshen student body on this well-deserved honor," said Milken. "Your best practices and leadership are serving as a role model for the region, state and nation."

Read the full 2018 TAP Founder's Award press release: West Goshen Elementary School in Indiana Receives 2018 TAP Founder's Award and $50,000

View the 2018 TAP Founder's Award photo gallery: West Goshen Elementary School