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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
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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.

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.

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."

Read the full 2017 TAP Founder's Award press release: G.W. Carver Primary School

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