Providence Resident Quinlan Receives Milken Educator Award
Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Milken Educator Awards program provides recognition and unrestricted finanical awards of $25,000 to exceptional elementary and- and secondary- school teachers, principles, and specialists who are furthering excellance in American schools. This year, the Milken Family Foundation will honor up to 40 educators.
“Although this is only Erin Quinlan’s second year at the Captain Paine School, she has already had quite an influence on the school culture and on student achievement,” said Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist. “Erin is co-chair of the Curricular Revision subcommittee, she co-runs the school Learning Celebrations, and she also co-chairs the Student Council, where she helped organize summer-safety commercials. Erin has been a mentor to beginning teachers at Captain Paine, and she is now enrolled in the Principal Residency Program. Folks at the school say that Erin touches just about every aspect of the school environment. Erin has made a great impression at Captain Paine, and she has impressed all of us as well as our newest winner of a Milken Educator Award.”
“Her dedication to her students and her commitment to her school represents the best of Rhode Island educators, and I am pleased that the Milken Family Foundation has granted Erin this important award" said Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts about Quinlan's award
A Providence resident, Quinlan is in her second year as a reading specialist and instructional coach at the Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. Previously, she taught in the East Providence schools. She began her teaching career as a music teacher and band director in schools in Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and she holds a master’s degree in education leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
It should be noted that the Foundation was founded by Michael Milken. According to Wikepedia, Milken was indicted for racketeering and securities fraud in 1989 in an insider trading investigation. As the result of a plea bargain, he pled guilty to securities and reporting violations but not to racketeering or insider trading. Milken was sentenced to ten years in prison, fined $600 million, and permanently barred from the securities industry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. His sentence was later reduced to two years for cooperating with testimony against his former colleagues and for good behavior.
Related Slideshow: 10 RI State Education Rankings
4th Grade Test Scores
Rank: 26 out of 50
State Average Score: 241
National Average Score: 241
Rank: 18 out of 50
State Average Score: 223
National Average Score: 221
8th Grade Test Scores
Rank: 27 out of 50
State Average Score: 284
National Average Score: 284
Rank: 25 out of 50
State Average Score: 267
National Average Score: 266
Chance for Success
Rank: 21 out of 50
National Average: C+
Source: Education Week Research Center
Note: Index that grades the nation and states on 13 indicators capturing the role that education plays as a person moves from childhood, through the K-12 system, and into college and the workforce.
Average Daily Attendance
Rank: 49 out of 50
State Average: 80.9%
National Average: 96.7%
Note: Figure reflects the aggregate attendance of a school during a reporting period divided by the number of days school is in session during this period.
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