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ETHS Teachers Named Teach Plus 2021-22 Illinois Policy Fellows


November 9, 2021  9:00am CT


ETHS English teachers Angela Sangha-Gadsden and John Phillips were selected by Teach Plus as two of 24 educators to serve as Fellows for its 2021-22 Illinois Policy Fellowship cohort. 


As Fellows, Sangha-Gadsden and Phillips will focus on a range of issues of importance to Illinois’ teachers, students, and parents, including creating culturally supportive school environments, strengthening the pipeline for educators of color, reducing racial harassment in schools, and addressing the shortage of special education teachers.


Throughout the program, the Fellows will be trained in policy, advocacy, research, and communications and develop the skills necessary to advocate for changes for Illinois’ students. Each Fellow was chosen based on their strong commitment to the classroom and to equity, their ability to articulate the needs of their students, and their pursuit of excellence and innovation in their teaching. 


Teach Plus is a national nonprofit that empowers teachers to lead improvements in educational policy and instructional practice. To learn more, visit