Barnett Berry

CEO & Partner

At CTQ since… 1998 (CTQ’s very first day of business)

What I do (in a tweet)

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.


My insights on the teaching profession are grounded in a career that has positioned me to analyze education policy and practice from a rich range of perspectives. I am a former high school social studies teacher, think tank analyst, senior state education agency leader, and university professor. In the mid-1990s, I 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 the founding of CTQ in 1998.

I have authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. My 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.

My 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.

Why CTQ?

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

Three fun things about me

  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)

Favorite professional reads

  1. Schoolteacher: A Sociological Study by Dan Lortie
  2. Hope Against Hope: Three Schools, One City, and the Struggle to Educate America’s Children by Sara Carr
  3. Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg

Want to learn more about Barnett’s experiences and past publications? Check out his curriculum vitae.