Teaching at home while black – with Shawnta Barnes

The initial shock of having our kids at home may be wearing off, but the challenge of keeping the days productive and engaging continues. For black families, finding resources, books, and content is "extra." We talk with educator, librarian, speaker, and writer Shawnta Barnes about excelling in our new role as home teachers.

Posted by Citizen Ed on Monday, March 30, 2020

The initial shock of having our kids at home may be wearing off, but the challenge of keeping the days productive and engaging continues. For black families, finding resources, books, and content is “extra.” In this episode of the ‘Education is Power’ broadcast, Chris “Citizen” Stewart talks to educator, librarian, speaker, and writer Shawnta Barnes about excelling in our new role as home teachers.

The conversation flows from how families can adapt to the sudden transition to technology-based “distance learning,” to advice for keeping a good relationship with your child’s educator. Shawnta also shares her thoughts from an educator’s perspective on making sure kids have age-appropriate learning resources and what it looks like to give each child what they need in an educational setting.

Watch the full video above for real talk about how to best handle this unexpected shift to education at home and make sure to follow Shawnta Barnes’ education blogging over at the Indy K12 Education Blog.

Josh Stewart considers himself a global citizen first and foremost and is passionate about cultural exchange. He has a B.s. in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from St. John's University in Minnesota and experience as both an ESL and social studies teacher in Korea and the Philippines. He currently works a digital content Manager for Citizen Education and Education Post and enjoys both traditional and creative methods crafting messages around the desperate need to improve our education system and provide quality options to the most marginalized students and families.

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