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 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 Feb. 2, 2021

5 Ways to Make Black Lives Matter at School

The societal turmoil, protests, and unrest—all a cry for justice. The focus is on Black lives; however, this goes beyond…

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Posted Dec. 8, 2020

Black Students Are Waiting for a ‘Jingle Jangle’ Moment

“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is a new Christmas movie on Netflix that premiered earlier this month. The movie begins…

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Let’s Get Back to Grace and Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Living through a pandemic is rough. It’s an experience that we are all wanting to come to an end. It…

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Posted Aug. 26, 2020

Our School Already Started and It’s Not Like Anything I’ve Ever Seen

School buildings closed across the country last spring, and now, they are reopening. The reopening plans vary state to state,…

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Posted July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Aug. 3, 2021

Expert Q&A: Focusing on Teacher Well-Being Benefits Students

For more than 35 years, Donna Housman has been helping young children, their teachers and their caregivers build their emotional intelligence. At the Housman Institute,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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