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Shalini Patel National Faculty

Shalini Patel began her career as a primary educator on Chicago’s Southside, and dedicated 5 years to teaching in the district. In this short time, she established a solid background in teaching a diverse group of students through project based learning and working with a diverse group of administrators and staff. She saw first hand the impact that project based learning had on engaging even the most reluctant learners and meeting the needs of all her students.

Shalini then moved on to work as an Induction Coach in Chicago Public Schools with the Chicago New Teacher Center. In addition to planning and facilitating professional development, she provided school-based support to new teachers in the form of observational feedback, model lessons, and co-teaching using the Formative Assessment Tools. In this role, she supported many new teachers in the implementation of Project Based Learning to meet the needs of their students.

Currently, she is serving in the role as Program Consultant with the New Teacher Center where she is developing curriculum for online learning. Prior to that she was a Program Director at the New Teacher Center where she trained and developed teachers, mentors, and instructional coaches in Chicago, New York City, and Waterloo, Iowa through a nationally researched curriculum. These mentors and instructional coaches support new teachers to cultivate and grow their skills in the classroom. She also consulted locally and nationally with District leaders to share expertise and develop programs that improve new teacher practice resulting in increased student achievement.

She attended The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She also holds a Masters in Elementary Education with a focus on urban education from University Of Pennsylvania Graduate School Of Education as well as Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana.