Kim Farris-Berg

Senior Fellow for Teacher-Powered Schools Initiative

Kim Farris-Berg advances game changing ideas and strategies in education policy, rooted in the ideas and experiences of teachers and students. She is lead author of the book Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots (2012), with Edward Dirkswager and Amy Junge.

Farris-Berg educates and consults nationally in support of teachers who have collective autonomy to design and run schools. Recent speaking engagements include the national meeting of the Teacher Union Reform Network, the Rochester Teachers Association in New York, and the Innovative Quality Schools conference in Minneapolis. She has been a featured contributor in national webinars hosted by the National Education Association and the Center for Teaching Quality.

Farris-Berg has been guest columnist in magazines, newspapers, and top blogs including Education Week, EduWonk, ASCD’s SmartBrief, the Minneapolis Star Tribune & Orange County Register. Her work has been acknowledged in The Washington Post, Disrupting Class, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The ideas from Trusting Teachers are a cornerstone of the successful Dutch book, The Alternative: Getting Rid of the Blame Culture in Education, edited by René Kneyber and Jelmer Evers. Other chapters in the book are written by Pasi Sahlberg, Andy Hargreaves, and Howard Gardner. A new global edition of the book is being published by Education International, the world’s largest federation of unions, uniting teachers and other education employees across the globe.

Kim earned a master's degree in public policy from the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota where 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 earned a BA with honors from the University of San Diego.

Kim enjoys life with her husband and three children in Southern California. She's a Girl Scout leader and enjoys fitness, singing and the outdoors.


Twitter: @farrisberg


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