Shawnta S. Barnes

Guest Blogger

Parent and Education Blogger

Indianapolis, Indiana

Shawnta S. Barnes is a married mother of identical twin boys. As an Indiana native, she attended school in two Indianapolis school districts; she attended Indianapolis Public Schools for two years and completed her education in Lawrence Township Schools. Her sons entered kindergarten during the 2016-2017 school year and now she is experiencing Indianapolis schools from the parent perspective.

Shawnta is a literacy coach for Indianapolis Public Schools, an adjunct instructor at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis School of Education, and a 2016-2017 Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow. Previously, she has taught English grades 6-9 and has been an elementary English language learner teacher. She earned her B.A. in English education from Purdue University and her M.S. in language education from IUPUI.


Posted Jan. 24, 2018

Want More Diverse Schools? Try School Choice.

In their final essay of first semester, students in Luke Dennison’s ninth-grade English class at Riverside High School used “The…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 21, 2017

My Principal Saw I Needed Compassion Not Punishment, and That Made All the Difference

When I entered Mary Evelyn Castle Elementary School in second grade, it was my third elementary school in three years. We…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only…

By Max Marchitello, Chad Aldeman

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

A Bullet Took My Student and I Want to Remember Him by Saving Other Lives

Take a moment and think back to when you were 12 years old. See life through the eyes of your 12-year-old self. What were you…

By Valerie Groth

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