Shawnta S. Barnes

Posted Dec. 15, 2021

Brightbeam’s List of the Top 30 Education Influencers of 2021

It’s been a wild year for education, from unprecedented federal investments in our nation’s kids via the American Rescue Plan to endless conversations on critical…

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Posted Dec. 2, 2021

Black Boys Should Not Have to Have a Teacher for a Mom to Learn How to Read

A few weeks ago, my husband and I attended our twin sons’ parent/teacher conference on Zoom. Our boys are in fifth grade and in the…

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Posted Nov. 23, 2021

Teachers, Any Lesson About Thanksgiving Should Include Native American Perspectives

It is that time of year again. It is time for some teachers somewhere to completely botch incorporating Thanksgiving and Native Americans into the curriculum.…

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Posted Nov. 12, 2021

COVID Didn’t Give Us Much to Celebrate, But We Need to Keep Virtual Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are a critical component of every school year. This is an opportunity for teachers to share with families the areas of success for…

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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 warped sense of belief in…

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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 several principals who have not…

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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 and teaching music seriously. He…

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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 feared potential pushback from parents.…

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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 not until I was an…

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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 on to explain how the…

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Posted Jan. 21, 2022

As #MeTooK12 Turns 4, Students Can’t Wait for Adults to Make Change

This January marks the fourth anniversary of #MeTooK12, a campaign spotlighting the widespread sexual harassment and assault millions of students experience each day. Although statistics…

By Esther Warkov

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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