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. 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. — Stop chasing success. What does that even mean? Why would we stop pursuing the very thing that results from working towards our goals? Confused? So was I. Listen as I reflect on the multitude of emails that I received citing this very same mantra and the revelations that I have had along the way including one during the recording of this very episode.  — I want to thank you for listening to The Counter Narrative Podcast. If you like what you are hearing, please be sure to like, subscribe, and of course share it with friends and family. I’d also love to hear your thoughts about the show so please leave a comment or two as well. I’m not sure what platform you’re using but the show can be found on Anchor, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and plenty of other platforms. If the show isn’t on your preferred site, let me know and I’ll be sure to get it up and running. This podcast is also featured on SchoolRubric.com, where you can find educational articles, videos, and interviews with educators from around the globe. Be sure to connect with me and other listeners by following the show on Twitter at @theCNpodcast and joining the show’s Facebook Group. Take care. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thecounternarrative/support
  1. Season 4, Episode 13: The Dallas Event
  2. Season 4, Episode 12: Interview with Alfonso Mendoza
  3. Season 4, Episode 11: Pause to Ponder: Last Night's Dream
  4. Season 4, Episode 10: Interview with Traci Nicole Smith
  5. Season 4, Episode 9: Pause to Ponder – America's Independence Day
  6. Season 4, Episode 8: Interview with Melinda Arnost
  7. Season 4, Episode 6: Interview with Matthew Joseph
  8. Season 4, Episode 5: Pause to Ponder – Deconstructing Curriculum
  9. Season 4, Episode 4: Interview with Christine Ravesi-Weinstein
  10. Season 4, Episode 3: Pause to Ponder – School to Prison Pipelines

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.

Marie Curie