Founder & Senior Research Consultant
At CTQ since 1998
What I do
Ever since I founded CTQ 20 years ago, I had the honor to work with and learn from the best teachers (and administrators) in the nation and get to figure out with them how to best spread their expertise for an excellent and equitable public education system for every student. While I still have the honor of working with and learning from the best educators in the nation, I have returned to my home state of South Carolina as a professor at the UofSC and as the founding director of ALL4SC.
Barnett is a former high school social studies teacher, think tank analyst, senior state education agency leader, and university professor. In the mid-1990s, he served as a research consultant to the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future in developing its seminal report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, and later led its state policy and partnership efforts. This work led to his founding of CTQ in 1998. Barnett has returned to the university to lead a bold initiative to community-based schooling and a 21st century system of teaching, learning, and caring. He has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He continues his research on policies to advance the teaching profession, including a new study on teacher working conditions that matter most for high-needs schools as well as how to ignite change from inside public education. Barnett’s first book, TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools — Now and in the Future (2011), was crafted with the wisdom of 12 expert teachers and outlines a potent vision for the future of teaching. Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave (2013) details the contours of a bold brand of teacher leadership.
It is still about time for those who directly serve students every day to shape and lead the transformation in teaching, learning, and caring in public education.