About Shawnta S. Barnes

Shawnta S. Barnes works in Indianapolis for the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township as an elementary library/media specialist and for Marian University as an adjunct professor. Previously, she has served as 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. Shawnta is an education writer for Indy K12, a publication under the Citizen Education network. She is also the winner of the 2019 Indiana Black Expo Excellence in Education Journalism Award.

Copyright Violations in the Classroom: When Beg, Borrow, and Steal Turns into a Crime

When you are a newbie teacher entering the profession, a veteran will pull you to the side and say, “It is okay to beg, borrow, and steal.” It is a teacher right of passage to be told this knowledge and to implement it.  Because many schools across the United States are lacking the appropriate resources [...]

By |2019-05-28T20:50:07-04:00May 29th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum, Legal|0 Comments

Why School Father & Daughter Dances are Antiquated

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Besides being bombarded with reminders to agree to bring an item for the Valentine’s Day class party on Sign-Up Genius, parents are also sent flyers about the father and daughter dance.  As our society continues to change, our schools remain stagnant and keep hanging onto antiquated ideas. I [...]

By |2019-02-10T22:43:24-04:00February 10th, 2019|Instruction & Curriculum|0 Comments

Teacher Attendance Does Matter, but I Still Unapologetically Take Days Off at My School

Yesterday, my fellow Indy K12 writer David McGuire Wrote, “Teacher Attendance Matters.”  As a school principal, I know he is under pressure to ensure his students receive the best education.  The heart of his piece was to emphasize how teacher absences can bring challenges to schools including student achievement.  Teaching is one of the professions [...]

By |2018-12-21T16:28:21-04:00December 21st, 2018|Instruction & Curriculum|2 Comments