"A new generation is growing up in a secular world that too often values youth over maturity, impulse over contemplation, and glorification of violence over reasoned debate. Such an environment makes the goals of a Jewish day school education more vital than ever to reinforce and perpetuate the intellectual, spiritual and ethical values of the Jewish people. Talented educators are at the frontlines of this effort."
Co-Founder, Milken Family Foundation
Outstanding educators who continue to learn are essential to the fostering of student growth, the improvement of schools and the enhancement of the education profession. Hence, the goals of the Jewish Educator Awards are:
To honor and reward outstanding Jewish day school educators for the quality of their teaching, their professional leadership, their engagement with families and the community, and their potential for even greater contribution to the healthy development of children.
To increase public support and recognition for Jewish day school educators who make outstanding contributions to the development of their students.
To increase public awareness of the importance of their role in the community and in society.
To encourage able, caring and creative people to choose the challenge, service and adventure of education as a career.