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The Counter Narrative Podcast E1: Interview with Heather Shaw

The Counter Narrative Podcast E1: Interview with Heather Shaw

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Welcome to the Counter Narrative Podcast, a show designed to change the way we talk, and think, about education. By sharing stories of successes and triumphs, we aim to challenge the dominant narrative that often negatively portrays our disenfranchised populations.

I’m your host, Charles Williams. An educator for 15 years, a current school principal in Chicago, and an educational consultant.

In this episode I chat with Heather Shaw. She has been an educator for over 20 years serving as both a teacher and a Vice Principal. Missing the classroom, Heather returned and is currently teaching English and AP Language just outside of Sacramento. She is also the mother to 4 boys, the youngest of whom is a senior in high school.

During our chat, we discuss our diverse learner populations and the importance of providing them with opportunities to showcase their learning through passion projects.
During our chat, we discuss our diverse learner populations and the importance of providing them with opportunities to showcase their learning through passion projects.

During our chat, we discuss our diverse learner populations and the importance of providing them with opportunities to showcase their learning through passion projects. Heather stresses the need for educators to inquire about students’ interests and to incorporate those topics into lessons. She also shares how students, regardless of their ability levels, can become active participants in community activism. Heather believes that all students need advocates and she attempts to fulfill this role by providing her students with equitable access to both authentic learning experiences and real-world exposure.

Charles Williams has served in urban education for 15 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal while working with students in grades PK - 12. He has developed innovative programs and structures that have resulted in successful schools in both Indiana and Illinois. He has also presented and spoken at numerous events. Charles is the founder of CW Consulting, an Educational Consulting Group, the host of the Counter Narrative Podcast, and the host of Real Educators Talk, a monthly discussion designed to engage educators in authentic conversations around education.

: www.cwconsultingservice.com

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