Candice Dowd Barnes, Ed.D.

Dr. Barnes is an associate professor at the University of Central Arkansas in the department of Elementary, Literacy and Special Education. She is also the Chief Operations Officer for Parker Education & Development, LLC. Parker Education & Development, LLC offers professional development and educational coaching using unique Edutainment activities to promote effective relationships and interactions with students, parents, co-workers and colleagues. She strongly believes in the power of authentic learning experiences to teach beyond the walls of the classroom into all aspects of life.

Dr. Barnes has an extensive background in early childhood education, curriculum and assessment planning, and educational leadership. She is a dynamic speaker and accomplished author of multiple articles on developing authentic relationships and interactions with, and dispositions of, individuals of diverse and unique backgrounds and histories. Most recently, she co-authored Civility, Compassion and Courage in Schools Today: Strategies for Implementing in K-12 Classrooms. The 3 C’s promotes teaching civility, compassion and courage in schools, in homes and in the community using the Model of Influence—a framework for that moves from awareness to action. Training on the Model and the 3C’s is available on demand. She has presented across the country on various topics related to service-learning, social and emotional development, effective leadership and coaching, curriculum integration and assessment planning, and teaching disposition development from the classroom to the workplace.