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2011 Graduate Amanda Raupe Wins Milken Educator Award, $25,000

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Amanda (Smith) Raupe, an Oklahoma State University graduate and first grade teacher at Hilldale Elementary in the Putnam City School District in Oklahoma City, was presented with the prestigious Milken Educator Award and $25,000 this week. Milken Family Foundation representatives, along with Oklahoma and Putnam City School leaders and OSU Mascot Pistol Pete, surprised Raupe with the honor during a school assembly.2011 Graduate Amanda Raupe Wins Milken Educator Award, $25,000


Raupe earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at OSU in 2011. Raupe’s principal at Hilldale, Price Brown, is also an Oklahoma State graduate.


Milken Award Announcement 
Oklahoma State Department of Education News Release 

VIDEO, courtesy of Milken Educator Awards
PHOTO GALLERY, courtesy of Milken Educator Awards
KFOR news story
The Oklahoman news story


Raupe is the only Milken Educator Award recipient for Oklahoma this year and among up to 35 honorees who will receive the honor nationwide for 2016-17. This season marks the 30th year of the Milken Educator Awards, hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching."


Raupe is the grade-level team leader and a school leadership team member. She is considered a vital contributor to turning Hilldale — a high-poverty pre-K through fifth-grade school— around. In addition, more than half of the students are English learners (ELs). As such, Raupe dedicates core classroom time to phonics and phonemic awareness, as well as refines her math instruction with a grant she received from the Oklahoma Educators Credit Union. Students catch up in her class, with each surging up at least four levels on reading assessment tests in one year, and many jumping to eight levels—double the expected growth rate.

The Milken Award announcement describes Raupe, “as a go-to person at Hilldale for thoughtful, high-impact ideas born of intense research.” It goes on, “Solutions-oriented, she has led recent changes in the school's literacy program, poring over new textbooks and materials and studying the rubric in order to make data-driven, substantive recommendations. Raupe mastered the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) curriculum, completed its training modules, and helps colleagues implement the new curriculum in their classrooms.”