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The Counter Narrative Podcast Season 2, Episode 1: Interview with Jennifer Appel

The Counter Narrative Podcast Season 2, Episode 1: Interview with Jennifer Appel

Charles Williams | @_cwconsulting
October 14,  2020

In this episode, I chat with Jennifer Appel, an educator, author, coach, speaker, co-founder of Award Winning Culture, and Chief Heart Officer for the Teach Better Team.  She is also the author of “Award Winning Dog.” Jennifer is driven to create an environment where all students are able to learn and become passionate about serving others.  Through her leadership, her school was awarded national and international awards for creating a culture of excellence through kindness, service, and empathy.

During our chat, Jennifer discusses how she was leading a school that was over capacity and how she implemented a comprehensive approach to SEL using the Character Strong program to address the school culture and climate that was beginning to buckle under the weight of so many people. She shares some practical tips such as her school’s “house rules” of character, excellence, and community as well as the importance of maintaining a positive attitude. Jennifer also stresses the fact that everyone can do this work by starting simple and focusing on just one thing.


Connect on Twitter: @jennifermappel @awcpodcasting

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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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