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Crystal Dozier Surprised with 2012 Milken Award

Release date: 11/19/2012

The award was presented by Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael L. Sawyers from the Ohio Department of Education and Chief Learning Officer and Executive Vice President of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching Jason Culbertson, who will represent the Milken Foundation.

“I am thrilled to be here today to recognize such an outstanding educator. Mrs. Dozier is certainly deserving of this award,” Sawyers said. “I am particularly impressed with how she uses data to drive instruction and integrates technology into her daily lessons.”

Dozier holds high expectations for her students and encourages them to challenge themselves. She promotes a culture in which everyone can succeed. In a testament to her and her colleagues’ talent, Spaulding Elementary third-graders exceed state averages on the Ohio Achievement Assessments 93.2 percent of their students scored proficient or above in reading, and 94.4 of these reached this level in mathematics.

Beyond the classroom, Dozier is a member of the Race to the Top transformation team and the Technology Evaluation team. She currently is taking gifted endorsement classes at the University of Cincinnati, where her professor shares a video of her teaching as an example for other students.

The Milken Educator Award is not intended as a lifetime achievement award. Recipients are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved…and for the promise of what they will accomplish in the future. Encompassed in the recognition is the responsibility to stretch their professional practices and leadership to even higher levels.

New recipients are invited to join the Milken Educator Network, a group of distinguished educators whose expertise serves as a valuable resource to fellow educators, legislators, school boards and others shaping the future of education.

The Milken Family Foundation has been recognizing teachers through the Milken Educator Awards for 26 years. Since first presented to a dozen California teachers, the program has honored more than 2,500 K-12 teachers, principals and specialists with more than $63 million in individual, unrestricted $25,000 awards.

More than $135 million in funding has been devoted to the overall program, which includes professional development opportunities throughout the recipients’ careers in education. The exponential impact of Milken Educators is helping to improve American K-12 education.

The Awards alternate yearly between elementary and secondary educators. Each participating state department of education appoints an independent blue ribbon committee to review candidates through a confidential process and recommends candidates to the Foundation.

“Our public education system is at the heart of America’s promise and is essential in safeguarding the American dream for future generations,” said Lowell Milken, chairman and co- founder of the Milken Family Foundation. “With research confirming that effective teachers represent the single most important school-related factor in raising student achievement, it is important to honor them, learn from them and inspire more capable people to join the profession. As the program’s motto extols, the future belongs to the educated.”

See the Milken Educator Awards website for more information, or call the Foundation at (310) 570-4775. In addition, connect with the Foundation on their Twitter, Facebook and YouTube sites. www.youtube.com/milkenaward.


An education reformer for three decades, Lowell Milken created the Milken Educator Awards to recognize exemplary teachers and established the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) to generate more talented teachers, www.niet.org. NIET houses TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement and the Best Practices Center. Lowell Milken recently provided the founding gift for the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. For more information about Lowell Milken visit www.lowellmilken.com.