Two Evanston Township High School teachers received “Learning and Teaching” awards at the National Summit for Courageous Conversations, held recently in San Antonio, Tex.

Rick Cardis, who teaches history and social sciences, and Tamie Holmes, who teaches English, “were recognized for their leadership in promoting radically innovative, culturally-relevant instruction, and facilitating the highest levels of achievement for underserved student-of-color populations at ETHS,” according to a news release from the school.

ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon lauded the pair as “great teachers who have always had a passion for the learning of all students in their classrooms.”

The CARE Team at ETHS consists of a cross-section of teachers who have volunteered to look at ways to accelerate responsiveness to the learning needs of students who are historically in the lowest performing student groups.

The 25 teachers at ETHS that are participating in CARE “work to improve learning for underachieving students of color as a means to increase school-wide achievement,” according to the release.

Top: ETHS teachers Cardis and Holmes

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Bravo!

    My daughter had the honor to be in Ms. Holmes' class last year.  Ms. Holmes is a wonderful instructor.  I was amazed at the literature my daughter read and we had many conversations how a lot of the texts connected to her life.  I am glad Ms.Holmes is being honored for her work and dedication to the young adults of Evanston. 

  2. Great teachers, but not “excellent”

    Sadly, on the evaluation scale from excellent to unsatisfactory, there are no "excellent" teachers at ETHS. 

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