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 urban educator for more than 15 years, a current school principal in Chicago, an educational consultant, an equity advocate, and the co-host of Inside The Principal’s Office.
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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.
During this reflection, I share my recent experience of truly connecting with my staff during a moment of absolute transparency and vulnerability. Through this, I realized that we all, even educational leaders, need to be able to communicate what need from others and how they can support us when we are struggling. We are so accustomed being the supporter, that we often forget how to be supported. So while you are out there looking for the best way to show your appreciation for your principal, consider asking what they need and honoring that request. I guarantee you that it be much more appreciated than another mug.
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