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. In this episode, I chat with Dawn Harris, a passionate and energetic educator who lives by the motto, “Relationships First.” In her roles as a secondary English Language Arts Educator, Gifted and Talented Teacher, and Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Dawn continually strives to bring authentic and engaging learning experiences to students of all ages. Throughout her career as an educator, Dawn has taught in urban, rural, and suburban districts meeting the needs of children from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. In addition to general ELA coursework, Dawn’s classroom teaching experience also includes teaching English as a second language, creative writing, film studies, and response to intervention instruction. Dawn’s professional teaching experiences have been showcased in scholarly journals and at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Dawn’s first book, Plan Like a Pirate, is set to release in 2021. During our conversation, we discussed the power of creating equity committees as we attempt to give students a full educational experience. To do this, however, we must question how racism affects those around us by attempting to understand their perspectives. It’s important to note that this takes work and that mistakes will happen along the way. Dawn recommends several ways to move forward including hosting watch parties to discuss the plethora of virtual professional development now readily available. I want to thank you for listening to The Counter Narrative Podcast. If you like what you are hearing, please be sure to like and subscribe. The show can be found on Anchor, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, and several of your other favorite platforms. This podcast is featured on SchoolRubric.com, where you can find educational articles, videos, and interviews with educators from around the globe. The show can also be found on CodeBreakerEdu.com, a site dedicated to disrupting the status, challenging social norms, and having critical conversations.  Be sure to connect with the host and other listeners by following the show on Twitter at @theCNpodcast and joining the show’s Facebook Group. Take care. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
  1. Season 3, Episode 4: Interview with Dawn Harris
  2. Season 3, Episode 3: Pause to Ponder – MLK
  3. Season 3, Episode 2: Interview with Dustin Pearson
  4. Season 3, Episode 1: Pause to Ponder – 2021
  5. Season 2, Episode 21: The Christmas Special
  6. Season 2, Episode 20: Pause to Ponder – Wrapped 2020
  7. Season 2, Episode 19: Interview with Craig Randall
  8. Season 2, Episode 18: Pause to Ponder – Walk Your Talk
  9. Season 2, Episode 17: Interview with Andre Daughty
  10. Season 2, Episode 16: Pause to Ponder – Thanksgiving

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

Marie Curie