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The Counter Narrative Podcast E11: Interview with Joshua Buckley

The Counter Narrative Podcast E11: Interview with Joshua Buckley

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.

In this episode, I chat with Joshua Buckley who is a high school social studies teacher in Mesa, AZ and also serves as the president of his local teachers’ union. He is married to an awesome principal and has two children, one who is about to start their sophomore year in college and the other getting ready to tackle remote learning as a 4th grader.

When not talking about government and economics with his seniors, he advocates for educators and education in Mesa and Arizona. In the last few years he has co-chaired a statewide ballot initiative on education funding, helped his district organize successful campaigns around bonds and overrides, knocked on doors for several pro-education candidates, and has worked to bring educator voices into the decision making process in his district. Joshua is also the co-host of Punk Rock Classrooms, a podcast dedicated to bringing the punk rock ideas of passion, unity, and DIY to schools.

During our chat, we discuss that schools should be places where all students succeed and thus the importance of using our voices to fight back against systems that deny our students access to their fullest potential. He insists on being loud because that is how change happens. Josh and I also talk about the need for putting ourselves in uncomfortable situations by trying something new as continuous growth for educators is essential.

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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