Barnett Berry

CEO and Partner

Barnett Berry is founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), which launched the nation’s first virtual network of teacher leaders in 2003. The CTQ Collaboratory now includes more than 10,000 members—fueling unique opportunities for teachers to lead boldly without leaving the classroom.
Barnett is a former classroom teacher, think tank analyst, senior state education agency policy leader, and university professor. His two books, TEACHING 2030 and Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave, frame a bold vision for the profession’s future. He is currently serving in a role as visiting professor for a doctoral seminar on the future of professional learning systems at the University of Kansas School of Education.
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 (RAND Corporation), senior state education agency leader (South Carolina), and university professor (University of South Carolina). 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 America’s teaching profession. Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave (2013), his second book, details the contours of a bold brand of teacher leadership. He blogs at Advancing the Teaching Profession and regularly publishes op-eds and articles in the popular education press.
Barnett serves in an advisory and consulting capacity with several organizations and initiatives committed to transforming America’s public education system. Current appointments include the Digital Promise Micro-credential Advisory Board, Professional Development Redesign Task Force for Learning Forward, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the TeachNY Task Force of the State University of New York (SUNY).