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 July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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