North Dakota teacher awarded $25,000 Milken Educator Award

One of the most important things Brittany Larson teaches her first-grade students in Grafton, North Dakota is how to take ownership of their learning. That's one reason why Larson was awarded a $25,000 Milken Educator Award.

Larson teaches first- grade at Century Primary Elementary School.

Caring and crunching the numbers go hand-in-hand for Larson. She uses data to determine each of her students' challenges and strengths, the deploys a plan to promote academic and emotional growth.

The numbers show its working, according to a Milken Educator Award press release. Her students have reacted enthusiastically, as they now gauge their own strengths and weaknesses, and seek improvements.

Larson was presented with the award at a surprise school assembly by Milken Family Foundation Program Director Greg Gallagher and North Dakota School Superintendent Kristen Baesler.

Larson is the only Milken Educator Award winner from North Dakota this year and is among the 33 honorees for 2018-19.

The Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher Magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching," has been opening minds and shaping futures for over 30 years.