Education strategist advancing opportunities for teachers to take the lead in reimagining the possibilities for student learning and the teaching profession.
Kim Farris-Berg (@farrisberg) is a Southern California-based education strategist working nationally with teachers, unions, school districts, and the broader education community to advance opportunities for teachers to take the lead in reimagining the possibilities for student learning and the teaching profession. She is lead author of the book Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots (2012) and creator and manager of numerous other research and writing projects bringing teacher and student leadership more to the forefront in the design of education policy and practice.
Kim is currently working in consulting roles with Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and Education Evolving, and has smaller projects with various union locals. She is open to new engagements.
Kim’s writings have been published in many magazines, newspapers, & top blogs including Huffington Post, Education Week, Kappan Magazine, EduWonk, ASCD’s SmartBrief, Minneapolis Star Tribune & Orange County Register. She worked with PBS NewsHour/Learning Matters producers on their August 2014 segment about teacher-powered schools. Her work has been acknowledged and quoted in US News, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Stanford Social Innovation Review.
A frequent public speaker, Kim gave the keynote speech at the national meeting of the Teacher Union Reform Network and at seminars hosted by various union locals. Her breakout sessions about teacher-powered schools—usually accompanied by teachers who work in them—are among the most popular at national conferences with a focus on teacher leadership.
Kim has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. There she received the Lloyd B. Short Award for the Institute’s best paper of the year and the joint Carlson School (M.B.A.) – Humphrey Institute award for best paper analyzing labor policy. She also earned a B.A. with honors from the University of San Diego, where she was recognized as most outstanding student in her International Relations major and as the University’s Woman of the Year.
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