Colorado Student Media Association

Education Coordinator

One candidate to consider

October 14, 2019

Tina Barber, CJE

Tina Barber currently advises The Guide and The Legend at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora. As a former high school yerd and college journalist, she enjoys advising both newspaper and yearbook because it makes it possible for her to spend even more time in her happy place, the Cherokee Trail newsroom (a place she has called home since 2003). Both CTHS publications have been recognized annually by CSMA and also celebrate All-American marks of distinction in their NSPA critiques.

She loves dogs, snowboarding, nacho cheese, the mountains, teaching reading, writing and journalism, music, pilates, and weather movies equally. (Well, maybe queso a little more!) As a National Board Certified Teacher and a Certified Journalism Educator, Tina has presented at various camps and workshops for both students and educators, like CSMA J-Day, NSPA/JEA Fall and Spring conferences, and summer journalism workshops, as part of her on-going work as an adviser and instructional coach. Her motto as an educator and adviser is: You don’t have to be exhausted to be excellent.

Candidate statement:
“As the CSMA Education Coordinator, I hope to create opportunities for journalism educators across the state to participate in both virtual and face-to-face PLNs (Professional Learning Networks). Far too often, journalism educators exist as islands within their schools. The job of an adviser is too difficult to do alone, but many of us often do. Whether through a post on Facebook or a conversation at a coffee shop, I want all CSMA members to feel as though they have a journalism friend they can reach out to with ease–sometimes to celebrate, sometimes to problem-solve–but most importantly to share student work. In addition, I would also like to promote the way in which journalism programs teach 21st Century Skills to other educators. Our colleagues in other content areas should be looking to our classrooms as exemplary models for teaching students the skills outlined in the Colorado Academic Standards.”

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