The Times 10 Publications mission, with Mark Barnes


Our Team

Mark Barnes is a longtime educator, author, and Founder and President at Times 10 Publications. After writing six professional learning books for three different companies, Mark envisioned a different kind of education publisher, so he founded Times 10--books that provide practical solutions that busy educators can read today and use tomorrow.

During his 23 years as a language arts teacher in Lyndhurst, Ohio, Mark focused on giving students meaningful feedback, rather than traditional grades. His no-grades classroom inspired him to launch the Teachers Throwing Out Grades Facebook group in 2013--a place where more than 12,000 educators from dozens of countries around the world discuss best practices in assessing learning.

Connect with Mark here on LinkedIn and @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

Jennifer Jas is Senior Editor at Times 10 Publications, where she shepherds books from idea to published work. She is a professional editor, proofreader, and writer who has worked on virtually every project ever produced by Times 10. Through her nonfiction editing service, Words with Jas, she loves to help authors and organizations share their books and messages with the world brilliantly and accurately. She has edited dozens of nonfiction books plus thousands of other projects including blogs, presentations, marketing materials, and website content.

Jennifer also runs barefoot on trails and writes haiku poetry, which you can find on Twitter @jas_jennifer. Learn more about Jennifer’s work on www.wordswithjas.com.

Steve Plummer is the Lead Designer at Times 10 Publications. He has been in the book design industry for more than 15 years. Steve has designed the interior pages for every paperback, hardcover and eBook published by Times 10. He works for large and small publishing companies around the U.S. and says of his craft, “The goal of creating a beautiful book is to give the reader a sense of quality and a lasting impression.”

When not designing books, Steve enjoys golf and exercise. In 2012 he rode a bicycle from coast to coast as an adventure and supported his trip by designing books along the way (now that’s how you hack learning and physical fitness). Learn more about Steve’s work at www.spbookdesign.com.

Lauren Barnes is an illustrator and honors art student in Ohio. Lauren sketched the cover and interior images for Teaching in Magenta (Times 10, 2020) and is currently working on new projects. She enjoys theater, show choir, and spending time with family and her cat, Jackie.

About Our Books

The Hack Learning Series

In 2014, Times 10 publisher Mark Barnes had an idea about three big problems in schools that he felt could be easily fixed. What they needed was the perspective of a hacker–someone who viewed its underlying issues through a different lens. Mark wrote a short blog post identifying three problems and included a few very easy fixes.

The post sparked thoughtful discussion, and readers suggested that schools have more concerns like the ones in the blog post–enough perhaps for a book.

Some time later, one short blog post turned into the first book in the Hack Learning Series, Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School

#HackLearning: It’s What You Can Do Tomorrow.

LeadForward Series

Stories & Strategies from Teachers and Leaders. Lead Forward books bring real stories about best practices in classroom, school, and district leadership from in-the-trenches leaders, who provide strategies you can use today to create and bring stories, similar to the ones you read in the books, to your own space immediately.