Speaker's Biography:

Lowell Milken
Co-Founder, Knowledge Universe Education; Founder, TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement

Businessman and education reform visionary Lowell Milken is Founder of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, and Chairman/Co-Founder of the Milken Family Foundation. In 1985, Lowell established the Milken Educator Awards, the nation's preeminent teacher recognition program. Recognizing that sufficient numbers of talented teachers would never result from current education practices, Lowell launched the comprehensive TAP System in1999 to create powerful, sustained opportunities for career advancement, professional growth, teacher accountability and performance pay. TAP's proven reforms impact 7,500 teachers and 85,000 students with demand escalating nationwide. In business, Lowell chairs London-based Heron International, a worldwide force in property development, and Knowledge Universe Education Inc., a leader in early childhood education, K-12 programs and services. A graduate summa cum laude of UC Berkeley, Lowell received the School of Business Administration's Most Outstanding Student Award. At UCLA School of Law, he earned distinctions of Order of the Coif and Law Review.