Indy K12 – 2020

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January 2017, I began writing for Indy K12 (formerly called Indy/Ed), an education publication that is part of the Citizen Education network.  I am humbled to be part of a network of educators and parents who are advocates for the least of these in the world of education. Below, you can read my 2020 Indy K12 articles.

To read my work from other years, click on the year: 2021, 2019, 2018, & 2017.

Don’t forget to check out my viral piece, “Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools” which has been viewed over 1,000,000 times.

12/26/2020Indy K12’s Top Ten of 2020 – Part II
12/24/2020Throwback Thursday: A Look Back at Our Most Popular Pieces of 2020 Not Written This Year
12/20/2020Indy K12’s Top Ten of 2020 – Part I
12/18/2020The Struggle for Black Gifted Education and Advanced Course Placement
12/16/2020Barnes: My Education Wish List
12/14/2020Our Students Don’t Deserve a Teacher Sick Out During a Pandemic
12/10/2020Indy Students Can Return to In-Person on January 4
12/8/2020Leaders, It’s Time to Listen to Your Teachers’ Feedback about You
12/7/2020ILEARN & I-READ-3 Must Be Administered In-Person
12/1/2020The Racists Aren’t All in Rural Indiana
11/30/2020The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read is Not a Story to Celebrate
11/29/2020That Teachers Can Learn from ‘Jingle Jangle’
11/27/2020What We Should Keep from Pandemic Learning: Virtual Clubs
11/24/2020Let’s Get Back to Grace and Gratitude During the Pandemic
11/23/2020Preparing for the Return to Remote Learning
11/18/2020What We Should Keep from Pandemic Learning: One-to-One Technology and Internet Access
11/14/202060th Anniversary of Ruby Bridges Desegregating a White School
11/11/2020Service to Our Country is a Viable Post-Secondary Option for Students
11/9/2020Do You Know the COVID-19 Threshold for Your Children’s School Building to Close or Reopen?
11/5/2020What We Should Keep from Pandemic Learning: Outdoor Learning Spaces
10/31/2020What Educators Can Learn from the Technology Field
10/28/2020We Need a Full Picture of School Board Candidates Before We Vote for Our Choice?
10/27/2020Pause Before You Have That Halloween Celebration
10/25/2020Did Social Justice Summer 2020 Make DEI Work Easier or Harder Inside of Our Schools?
10/20/2020If District Leaders, Principals, and Educators Aren’t Auditing Lessons, How Do They Know They’re Diverse or Inclusive Enough?
10/15/2020Graphic Novels are Real Novels Worth Reading
10/10/2020Check on Teachers; They Are Not Okay
10/7/2020Don’t Forget Afro-Latinos During Hispanic Heritage Month
10/5/2020Teachers Can’t Serve Students Well Alone
10/2/2020Thank a Custodian Today and Every Day!
9/30/2020Physical Safety Versus Emotional Safety: The Difficult Position of Parents During the Coronavirus Pandemic
9/25/2020Censoring LGBTQIA+ Books Censors Our LGBTQIA+ Students
9/23/2020Exposing Students to Different Viewpoints is Not Indoctrination
9/20/2020College GO! Campaign 2020
9/17/2020The Zoom Waiting Room is the New ‘Go Sit in the Hall’
9/16/2020Washington Township Changes Reopening Guidelines
9/11/2020Remembering 9/11
9/8/2020America Fails to See the Worth of Black Boys
9/5/2020Pretending to be Black Like Jessica Krug is Nothing New; Non-Black Teachers Stop Doing This in Your Classroom
9/3/2020Principal David McGuire Featured in ‘This American Life’
8/29/2020The Importance of Talking About Current Events in the Classroom
8/28/2020Your School Put Out a Statement After the Death of George Floyd, but Did Anything Change?
8/26/2020From the Home Front: Remote Learning After School Buildings Reopened
8/24/2020From the Frontlines: First Full Week After School Buildings Reopened
8/23/2020If Teachers are Burning Out During the Pandemic, We Have to Consider What Administrators Should Do Differently?
8/21/2020What Hill Should We Die On For Remote Learning?
8/17/2020Kamala Harris Deserves to Have Her Name Pronounced Correctly and So Do Your Students
8/13/2020Where Did the Compassion Go for Educators During This Pandemic?
8/11/2020The Stakes are Higher with the Second Round of Remote Learning
8/1/2020White Allies, Your Job is to Listen and Learn, Not  Lead
7/29/2020IPS Changes Course; School Board to Vote to Begin School Year Remotely
7/29/2020Getting Pepper Sprayed By the Police Shouldn’t Be Part of the Job as the Teacher
7/27/2020How to Prepare Your Children for Remote Instruction
7/22/2020The Plight of Educators, Who Are Also Parents, As Schools Plan to Reopen During the Coronavirus Pandemic    
7/18/2020I’m Okay With Getting Into Good Trouble
7/17/2020Hamilton Southeastern Schools Shift to a Virtual Reopening with Buildings Closed Until Labor Day
7/13/2020Washington Township Schools Will Reopen 100% Virtually
7/8/2020Should Parents Send Their Children Back to School or Keep Them at Home?
7/6/2020We Can’t Have a Conversation about Decolonizing the Curriculum without Having a Conversation about “Hamilton: An American Musical”
7/2/2020Response to Why This Black Teacher Quit Brownsburg Community School Corporation
6/30/2020Is Your Anti-Racism, Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Work Happening in Your Surrounding or Only on Your Posts Online?
6/29/2020The Revolution is Still NOT Being Televised
6/27/2020Why This Black Teacher Quit Brownsburg Community School Corporation
6/25/2020How Much Do You Know about Your Local School Board?
6/21/2020Let’s Eliminate the Myth of the Black Absentee Father
6/18/2020Race and Equity Talks Have Magnified How Emotionally Unsafe I Feel at My School
6/15/2020It’s Time to Revise the Curriculum; Let’s Start By Adding Juneteenth
6/12/2020How to Ensure Black Lives Matter in Schools
6/9/2020Save the Diversity Statements and Address Diversity Issues in Your School
6/5/2020IDOE Releases Guidelines to Get Students Back in Class This Fall
5/31/2020Our Black Lives Matter!
5/30/2020How to Meaningfully Implement and Maintain Staff Diversity
5/29/2020Black Educator Excellence Needs to be Celebrated
5/28/2020How to Interview Virtually for an Education Job
5/27/2020Dear White Teachers, Are You Like Amy Cooper?
5/21/2020A Look Back at My First Year as a School Administrator
5/20/2020Avoiding the Summer Slide during a Pandemic
5/17/2020At-Home Learning Is Not All Bad
5/10/2020Why I am Grateful to be Quarantined this Mother’s Day
5/9/2020Let’s Get Real: When Schools Reopen, We Will Not Return to Normal
4/30/2020Teacher Appreciation Week 2020: How Can We Show Appreciation to Teachers During a Pandemic?
4/29/2020If You Want to Keep Diverse Educators Like Me, Make Sure a Diverse Leader Does Not Push Me Out the Door
4/27/20205 Ways to Support Teachers Working Remotely During the Coronavirus Pandemic
4/24/2020If You Want to Keep Educators Like Me, You Need to Think Beyond Your Diversity Quota
4/22/2020Teacher Strikes Should Be Canceled for Next School Year
4/19/2020Never Forget: 25th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing
4/14/2020Mourning the Loss of the 2019-2020 School Year is Okay
4/5/2020Ask Educator Barnes: What Will School Be Like Next School Year?
4/2/2020What Good Is a Laptop from School If There’s No Internet at Home?
4/1/2020If You Want to Support Education, Participate in the 2020 Census
3/31/2020If Your Child Has an ILP, IEP, or 504, Here’s What You Need to Know During the COVID-19 School Closures
3/30/2020Unexpected E-Learning Illuminates the Technology Issues in Our Schools
3/26/2020Should Child Care in Indiana be Open during the Coronavirus Pandemic?
3/25/2020Why Did It Take a Pandemic for Parent Engagement and Support to Improve?
3/19/2020Indiana Schools Closed Until May 1
3/14/2020How to Work Remotely and Teach Your Child During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
3/11/2020Parent Prep for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
3/10/2020How Educators Can Help Calm Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hysteria
3/8/2020Empowering Our Girls
3/5/2020Parents Should be Able to Observe Teachers Unannounced
2/29/2020Teachers, If You are Big and Bad Enough to Write Up My Child, Be Big and Bad Enough to Let Me Know
2/28/2020Toxic Teachers Need to Go
2/27/2020For Students’ Sake, School Leaders Must Find Teachers Who Are The Ideal Team Players
2/26/2020Teachers Need to Take Care of Themselves
2/24/2020Teacher Confessions: I Used to be a Classroom Teacher; Now, I’m a School Teacher
2/22/2020Be Honest on Intent to Return Forms
2/14/2020Show Love and Give Books
2/10/2020Lessons School Leaders Can Learn from Hair Love
2/6/2020Addressing Tragedy and Controversial Current Events in the Classroom
2/1/2020World Read Aloud Day 2020
1/31/2020Don’t Challenge My School Choice
1/29/2020Black with Kids: The Importance of Affirmations
1/27/2020Black History Month is Every Month
1/20/2020My Son’s Teacher Told Him that Dr. King Did Not See Color
1/19/2020Is Homework Needed?
1/12/2020Teachers Should Bring the Same Energy of Informing Parents about Academics as They do about Discipline
1/11/2020What Educators Need to Remember When Transitioning from Teacher to Administrator
1/9/2020Should SEL Curriculum be Mandated Across the U.S.?
1/4/2020Leaders Should be Examples of Boundaries and Self-Care