G.W. Carver Primary School in Ascension Public Schools, Louisiana, Receives 2017 TAP Founder's Award and $50,000
NIET's top honor, created by Lowell Milken, recognizes Carver's efforts to advance educator effectiveness and student learning
New Orleans, Louisiana—Lowell Milken, chairman of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) and founder of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, today announced that G.W. Carver Primary School in Ascension Public Schools, Louisiana, is the 2017 recipient of the 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 for Teacher and Student Advancement—resulting in improvements in student achievement, among other goals. It comes with a $50,000 cash prize.
Lowell Milken surprised G.W. Carver Primary School faculty with the recognition during a keynote luncheon at the 2017 National TAP Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, before more than 1,000 educators, policymakers, researchers and other influential leaders. Principal Latatia Johnson accepted the award on the school's behalf.
Through TAP, Carver—facing a growing English Language Learner population and an 89% rate of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch—has been able to attract and retain effective teachers as well as train them to critically analyze data and pinpoint areas of need. As a result, the school has raised its letter grade and is exceeding student growth targets.
"I am pleased to congratulate Principal Johnson, her faculty and the entire Carver student body on this well-deserved honor," said Lowell Milken. "Through their commitment to excellence, perseverance and hard work, they are turning big ideas of positive change into realities—outstanding teachers, measured student achievement growth, and proud students and parents."
2017 TAP Founder's Award Finalists Honored
Schools from Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Tennessee and Texas presented with $10,000; Winner to receive $50,000
New Orleans, Louisiana—The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) today recognized the six schools under consideration for the TAP Founder's Award, the organization's highest honor, which comes with a $50,000 cash prize. Created by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken, the TAP Founder's Award is presented annually to one school for exceptional efforts to implement and represent the principles of the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement—resulting in improvements in student achievement, among other goals.
Each finalist received a plaque and $10,000 during a luncheon at the National TAP Conference in New Orleans, attended by 1,000 top educators and education leaders from across the country.
Lowell Milken and NIET CEO Dr. Gary Stark were on hand to congratulate the finalists:
- Alice M. Harte Charter School, InspireNOLA, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Barrera Veterans Elementary School, Somerset ISD, Von Ormy, Texas
- Dodson Branch School, Jackson County Schools, Cookeville, Tennessee
- Hmong College Preparatory Academy (High School), St. Paul, Minnesota
- G.W. Carver Primary School, Ascension Public Schools, Gonzales, Louisiana
- West Goshen Elementary School, Goshen Community Schools, Goshen, Indiana
"All six schools, from a diverse set of communities across the nation, represent powerful models of educational excellence," said Milken. "I congratulate Harte, Barrera, Dodson Branch, Hmong College Prep, Carver and West Goshen on their achievements, which have no doubt led to strong teachers—and most importantly—confident students."
"As a former teacher and principal, it is gratifying to work with hundreds of schools on attracting and retaining great educators to improve the lives of students," said Stark. "This is the most important work in education today, and these TAP Founder's Award finalists are helping to lead the way."
The winning school will be announced during a keynote luncheon tomorrow, March 25, at noon.
The TAP System is America's leading comprehensive educator effectiveness model that aligns teacher leadership, daily job-embedded professional development, educator evaluation and support, and opportunities for performance-based compensation. Introduced in 1999, the TAP System supports schools, districts, universities and states to advance educator effectiveness and student learning.