Shawnta S. Barnes

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Academic Dean

Indianapolis, Indiana

Shawnta 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, so she not only navigates Indianapolis schools from the educator perspective but also the parent perspective. She has been an educator for 13 years. Although she has worked in the urban traditional public school setting for the majority of her career, she student taught in rural Indiana, worked in the suburbs, and in public charter schools.

Currently, she is the editor of Indy K12, a middle school academic dean, and CEO and Co-Founder of Barnes Brothers Books, LLC.  Previously, she served as an elementary library/media specialist, an adjunct college professor, an elementary and high school literacy coach, a middle and high school English/Language Arts teacher, and K-5 English as a New Language teacher. In her spare time, she is an urban gardener and writes about her harvest to table journey at www.gardenershicole.com, and she also writes and edits for The Educators Room. Her Indy K12 articles can be viewed here. To learn more about Shawnta, visit www.educatorbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @educatorbarnes.

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Posted Oct. 18, 2019

4 Tips for Parents to Get the Most out of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Many schools are preparing for their first conferences with parents. Unlike Back-to-School Night where parents receive general information about the…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Sep. 23, 2019

If We Don’t Give Students the Freedom to Choose What They Read, They May Choose Not to Read at All

Once again there is a story about censorship in schools. A Catholic school in Tennessee has decided their students should not…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted July 12, 2019
Teacher interacting with schoolboy in classroom

Here Are 8 Things That Make a Good School

Educators have difficulty agreeing upon what makes a “good school.” My thoughts about this topic have continued to change as…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 13, 2018

I’m a Teacher and I Stopped Saying the Pledge of Allegiance a Long Time Ago

Good morning students. Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Aug. 6, 2018

4 Things Every Parent Needs to Prepare Their Kids for School This Year

Summer is winding down across the country and many have already returned school, or the beginning of the school year…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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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 Oct. 17, 2019

We Can Support Our Teachers and Still Call B.S. on This Chicago Strike

You know what? It’s a real shame that people can’t seem to separate politics from public service. Because if one more person comes on one…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 15, 2019

After 40 Years, There Is Still Time for the U.S. Department of Education to Become a Good Idea

Wherever you exist on the political spectrum, the U.S. Department of Education’s work has never been more relevant to the lives of families and students,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 14, 2019

She Has a Plan for Everything, So Where Is Elizabeth Warren’s Plan for K-12 Education?

I love a woman with a plan! And, Senator Warren, it seems like you have a plan for just about everything. There are currently 50…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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