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The Counter Narrative Podcast Season 2, Episode 2: Pause to Ponder – Principal Permissions

The Counter Narrative Podcast Season 2, Episode 2: Pause to Ponder – Principal Permissions

Charles Williams | @_cwconsulting
October 23,  2020

Despite being told that it’s not always necessary to ask for permission, I often found myself granting permissions for what I thought was clearly established expectations. For that reason, I decided to begin our school year with my five Principal Permissions.

1. Permission to learn and grow.

2. Permission to take risks.

3. Permission to fail.

4. Permission to love.

5. Permission to have fun.

It was my hope that these permissions would clarify any misunderstanding that I believed in the expertise of my staff and that I wanted them to be the amazing educators that I knew that they could be. I did not want them to feel as if they were constrained by policies and politics.

They have taken full advantage of these permissions and have produced some amazing results.

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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