Glenbard North High School teacher David Hennessey has been named a fellow with the Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship, a highly selective leadership program for demonstrably effective teachers. He is one of only 15 teachers in Illinois accepted to the program.
During the year-long fellowship, he will participate in a course of study in policy and advocacy and develop the skills needed to advocate for policies that will best serve Illinois students and teachers. The Fellows will collaborate on key education issues and interactions with district and state decision makers.
Hennessey said, "The Teach Plus Fellowship elevates teachers as leaders in their communities. It puts the future of education in the hands of people who are on the front lines. I am proud to be part of such an exclusive group." Hennessey is a social studies and special education teacher.
Josh Kaufmann, executive director of Teach Plus Illinois, said, "This past year, Teach Plus teachers' advocacy helped to move forward a new funding formula for Illinois schools and ensured that the state's plan for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act included recommendations from educators. We're looking forward to another exciting and impactful year ahead. Our new Fellows bring expertise from across the state, and share a passion for improving education for Illinois students."