Runal Patel

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Runal Patel is an ambitious senior at Maine West High School who hopes to dedicate himself to helping others via public service. Beginning in 2015, Runal has served as webmaster and consultant to the Park Ridge Civic Orchestra. In 2016, Runal began his work in politics interning for various political campaigns and organizations including a successful campaign for the United States House of Representatives.

Runal has achieved first place in the state of Illinois for two events in DECA, has been designated an Illinois State Scholar, and serves in a leadership role in his high school’s choir program, model UN, variety show, DECA, National Honor Society, and various honor societies. Runal hopes to attend college next year studying political science and economics to help him begin a career in public service.

In his free time, Runal enjoys singing with friends, discussing politics, trying new restaurants, and exploring the city of Chicago.

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017

A Student’s Inaugural Poem to Trump

As I considered the 2016 campaign and election, thinking about how or if it should become central in my teaching…

By Runal Patel, Seth MacLowry

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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