Shawnta S. Barnes

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Education Consultant

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’s perspective but also the parent’s perspective. She has been an educator for over 15 years. Although Shawnta 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-in-Chief and writer for Indy K12, an education consultant, and CEO and Co-Founder of Brave Brothers Books, LLC. Previously, she served as a middle school academic dean, 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. She is also the winner of the 2019 Indiana Black Expo Excellence in Education Journalism Award. In her spare time, she is an urban gardener and writes about her harvest to table journey at www.gardenershicole.com. Her Indy K12 articles can be viewed here. To learn more about Shawnta, visit www.educatorbarnes.com or follow her on Twitter @educatorbarnes.

 

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Posted Oct. 11, 2021

How to Move Beyond Land Acknowledgements on Indigenous Peoples Day

Columbus Day should have never been a holiday. This is a concept that some people struggle with because of some…

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Posted Sep. 21, 2021

4 Ways Administrators Can Better Support Teachers This Year

Teachers are walking away from education, but the pandemic has accelerated the exit of some educators. I have spoken to…

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Posted Sep. 9, 2021

I Hope My Black Students Will Become Educators Too

This is the note. This is the note. Mr. Walters, my middle school choir teacher, took his love of music…

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Posted Aug. 6, 2021

Teachers Can’t Expect to Be Held to the Whims of Every Parent

Should we teach about the Civil War anymore? This was a question I was asked by a concerned teacher who…

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Posted June 2, 2021

We Never Learned About Black Wall Street. So, What Else Is Missing From Our Curriculum?

Did you ever learn about Black Wall Street and the Tulsa, Oklahoma Massacre? I know I did not. It was…

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Posted Apr. 14, 2021

I’m Sorry (But Not Sorry) My Child Isn’t Going to Zoom Detention

Last week, social media was ablaze due to a parent’s frustration about a consequence her child received. Uju Anya went…

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Posted Mar. 29, 2021

Parent Partnerships Are Key to Student Success

The Center for Universal Education at Brookings recently released survey results about parents’ beliefs and goals for their children’s education.…

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Posted Feb. 25, 2021

What Will Happen in Your School When Black History Month Is Over?

Black History Month is quickly coming to a close. This month is a time to highlight Black excellence and remind…

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Posted Feb. 8, 2021

For Black History Month, Start with Local History

February is Black History Month. It is a time to highlight Black excellence and learn about Black people who have…

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Posted Feb. 4, 2021

Will Your Black Teachers Still Matter When Black History Month Is Over?

The protests and activism that took place last year had an impact on schools. School districts are adding diversity, equity,…

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Posted Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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