Barnett Berry

Founder & Senior Research Consultant

At CTQ since…1998

What I do
I get to work with 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.

Barnett’s insights on the teaching profession are grounded in a career that has positioned him to analyze education policy and practice from a rich range of perspectives. He 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 authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His research and analysis has focused on policies to advance the teaching profession, spanning from teacher recruitment and preparation to how teaching effectiveness is evaluated and rewarded. 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 twelve 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. He blogs at Advancing the Teaching Profession and regularly publishes in the popular education press.

Why CTQ?
It is about time for those who directly serve students every day shape and lead the revolution in teaching and learning and public education

Three fun facts about myself

  1. An addict for hot yoga
  2. a cooker of shrimp and grits
  3. a reader of politics (not so sure about the fun in that of late)

Three favorite professional reads

  1. Schoolteacher (Dan Lortie) — a 1975 classic that has frame my research into the teaching profession and my advocacy for teachers for four decades
  2. Hope Against Hope (Sara Carr) on a community’s (New Orleans’) painful struggle over school reform than offers lessons on how to transcends the dysfunctional, dichotomous debates in education in America.
  3. Finnish Lessons (Pasi Sahlberg) on how a nation (the size of 33 US states) slowly but surely, professionalized teaching in order to become one of highest performing school systems in the world.