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2007 Massachusetts Milken Award Winners

Milken Family Foundation Mission Statement

The purpose of the Milken Family Foundation is to discover and advance inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives. The Foundation advances this mission primarily through its work in education and medical research.

In Education, the Foundation is committed to:

  • Strengthening the profession by recognizing and rewarding outstanding educators, and by expanding their professional leadership and policy influence.
  • Attracting, developing, motivating and retaining the best talent to the teaching profession by means of a comprehensive, whole school reform.
  • Stimulating creativity and productivity among young people and adults through programs that encourage learning as a lifelong process.
  • Building vibrant communities by involving people of all ages in programs that contribute to the revitalization of their community and to the wellbeing of its residents.

In Medical Research, the Foundation is committed to:

  • Advancing and supporting basic and applied medical research - especially in the areas of prostate cancer and epilepsy - and recognizing and rewarding outstanding scientists in these areas.
  • Supporting basic health care programs to assure the well-being of community members of all ages.

A wealth of human potential is represented by individual people of all ages whose vision and purpose make them dynamic forces for change. The Foundation's mission is to help realize this potential by giving the support that enables people to create and carry out effective, lasting solutions to the challenges facing our communities.

Anne Clark
Curriculum and Special Education
Coordinator; English Language Arts
Teacher, Boston Arts Academy,
Boston, Massachusetts

Teacher, curriculum coordinator and special education coordinator, Anne Clark played an instrumental role in designing the curriculum, vision and mission of Boston Arts Academy in Boston even before it opened in 1998. Since then, she has created, developed and fostered innovative school wide reforms that have not only increased student achievement but have been implemented on other campuses throughout Boston Public Schools. She created a four-year school wide literacy-across-the-curriculum model called Seminar, for which she conducted professional development sessions and taught courses herself. Anne also spearheads the school's full-inclusion program - Boston's first ever for a high school - for which she created a professional development program that allows teachers to pursue alternative in-house certification in Moderate Disabilities. Clark also helped create an innovative, high-quality Humanities curriculum as well as a summer reading course. Her contributions have helped the school achieve a 100 percent pass rate among its students on the Massachusetts ComprehensiveAssessment System (MCAS), and 97 percent of its students go on to college.

Matthew Dugan
Science Teacher
Madison Park Technical Vocational High
Boston, Massachusetts

Science teacher Matthew Dugan makes science exciting for his students at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston. As science fair coordinator, Dugan has not only increased the number of students participating in the fair, but has also helped more students advance to the state competition, where they won third place in 2006 and second place in 2007. Dugan has also spent a great deal of time after school helping and motivating students to design and build robots through the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Program, which he brought to Madison Park two years ago. He has chaired the science department for the past five years, including during a crucial accreditation review, and is a member of the school's Instructional Leadership Team. His innovative approach to teaching science has helped improve student test scores in biology, chemistry and physics, and has inspired many of his students to study science in college and seek careers in the fields of science.

Last Updated: November 30, 2012
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