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The Counter Narrative Podcast E10: Pause to Ponder – The Myth of the Absent Parent

The Counter Narrative Podcast E10: Pause to Ponder – The Myth of the Absent Parent

Charles Williams | @_cwconsulting
September 11,  2020

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, and an educational consultant.

One thing that struggling schools cite as their most frustrating obstacle is the lack of parental involvement. Schools consistently suggest that parents must not care about their students’ academic success because they do not make the time to be involved by attending events or meetings. There even exists research and statistics touting that the lack of progress in schools is due, in large part, to the intentional absence of parents.  There is a serious issue with this narrative. During the recent COVID-19 outbreak and resulting shift to remote learning, it became abundantly clear that parents played a very active role in their students’ learning.  The problem wasn’t their involvement, it was our definition of an involved parent.

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.


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