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Lowell Milken TAP Founder's Award

Carter High School in Knox County, Tennessee, Receives $50,000 TAP Founder's Award

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Prestigious honor created by Lowell Milken recognizes school for distinction in TAP System implementation

Los Angeles, CA—Lowell Milken, founder of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, today surprised faculty of Carter High School in Knox County Schools, Tennessee, with the prestigious TAP Founder's Award. The award, which includes a $50,000 prize, was presented before more than 1,200 educators and policy leaders at the 14th National TAP Conference in Los Angeles, California.

Funded by the Lowell Milken Family Foundation, the TAP Founder's Award is given annually to one school for exceptional efforts to implement and represent the principles of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. TAP is America's leading comprehensive educator effectiveness model that aligns career advancement, daily job-embedded professional development, rigorous teacher evaluation and accountability, and performance-based compensation. Principal Ryan Siebe accepted the award on the school's behalf.

"The staff at Carter High School represent a living example of what is not only possible, but probable, when you make teacher excellence the cornerstone of improving student achievement," said Lowell Milken. "I applaud Principal Ryan Siebe, the leaders and the entire faculty at Carter High for their dedication to TAP, and wish them every success as they continue their journey."

Since implementing TAP, Carter High School has focused on improving learning for its high-need student population by working as a team to deliver effective instruction in every classroom. Regular professional development sessions focus on student academic data and specific student needs; teacher leaders guide weekly professional development and provide individual coaching in classrooms, evaluations of teacher practice are followed by feedback and support for improvement, and a performance-based compensation system rewards educators for increased skill and student performance.