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The Counter Narrative Podcast Season 2, Episode 14: Pause to Ponder – You Have the Power to Create Change

The Counter Narrative Podcast Season 2, Episode 14: Pause to Ponder – You Have the Power to Create Change

Charles Williams | @_cwconsulting
February 18,  2021

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.

Let’s get started.

This episode is a pause to ponder segment. These biweekly sessions will allow me to share with you my personal thoughts and reflections on a wide spectrum of topics as they relate to education. It is my hope that you will be able to take something from these segments and apply it in a meaningful way as you continue to do amazing work. Remember, while we all have different roles, we all have a single job, educating our students.

In this episode, I reflect on a quote that I recently shared with my staff, “You have the power to create change.” Far too often we wait for change to happen, we hope that others will make changes for us. If we expect lasting and meaningful shifts to occur, we must not only focus our efforts on systemic changes but we must also embrace the power each of us has to begin implementing change within our own spaces.

In what ways can you model change within your classroom or school? How will you push back on traditional methods that no longer serve the needs of our students?

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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