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Barnett Berry is Founder, Partner, and CEO at the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), a national nonprofit organization based in Carrboro, North Carolina. Created in 1999, CTQ focuses on teachers transforming teaching for the benefit of all students.

In 2003, CTQ launched the nation's first virtual network of teacher leaders. The CTQ Collaboratory now welcomes teachers (and all who support teachers as leaders) to connect, learn, and collaborate to drive change.

Barnett is a former classroom teacher, think tank analyst, and university professor. Collaborating with twelve accomplished teachers, he outlined a bold vision for the profession's future in TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools... Now and in the Future (Teachers College Press, 2011). His second book, Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead but Don't Leave, written with Ann Byrd and Alan Wieder, was published by Jossey-Bass in August 2013.

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Forthcoming publications

  • Berry, B. (2013). Good schools and teachers for all students: Dispelling myths, facing evidence, and pursuing the right strategies. In Carter, P.L.& Welner, K.G. Closing the opportunity gap: What America must do to give every child an even chance. Oxford UP.

Publication highlights from a career spanning four decades

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Barnett Berry is Founder, Partner, and CEO at the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), a national nonprofit organization based in Carrboro, North Carolina. Created in 1999, CTQ focuses on teachers transforming teaching for the benefit of all students.

Over its 14-year history, CTQ has evolved from a think tank supporting teaching as a profession to an action tank for teacher leadership. In 2003, CTQ launched the nation's first virtual network of teacher leaders. The CTQ Collaboratory now welcomes teachers (and all who support teachers as leaders) to connect, learn, and collaborate to drive change.

A former high school teacher of three years, Barnett has worked as a social scientist at the RAND Corporation, served as a senior executive with the South Carolina Department of Education, and directed an education policy center while he was a professor at the University of South Carolina.

He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and published many other academic reports and articles for the popular education press. He blogs at Advancing the Teaching Profession, addressing today’s most pressing education issues.

Barnett frequently serves in an advisory capacity to education associations, non-profits, and school reform organizations committed to teaching quality, equity and social justice in America's schools. His areas of expertise include policies to advance the teaching profession, spanning from teacher recruitment and preparation to how teaching effectiveness is evaluated and rewarded.

Collaborating with twelve accomplished teachers, Barnett outlined a bold vision for the profession's future in TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools... Now and in the Future (Teachers College Press, 2011). His second book, Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead but Don't Leave (Jossey-Bass, 2013), builds on that vision. Co-authored with Ann Byrd and Alan Wieder, Teacherpreneurs offers compelling analysis of eight teacher leaders' experiences alongside practical advice for teachers, school leaders, and other decisionmakers.

At the core of Barnett’s work is a simple and powerful conviction:

Our public schools will not realize their promise without drawing on the expertise of the excellent teachers we have right now. Today’s accomplished teachers have the potential to lead the transformation of teaching and learning for all students.

Barnett is married to Meredith, a dedicated special education teacher who just retired after 35 years of highly accomplished teaching. She has kept him grounded in the daily realities of public education. Barnett and Meredith are the parents of Joseph (age 30), a political organizer and law student, and Evan (age 25), an organic farmer, baker, and activist for sustainable community agriculture. Barnett and Meredith are very proud that both their children are dedicated to building a better world.

Curriculum vitae

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