Defining the Teacherpreneur

We need a bold new brand of teacher leadership in order to create opportunities for teachers to practice, share, and grow their knowledge and expertise. This book is about “teacherpreneurs,” highly accomplished classroom teachers who blur the lines of distinction between those who teach in schools and those who lead them. It’s about empowering expert teachers who can buoy the image of teaching and enforce standards among their ranks while all along making sure that their colleagues as well as education policymakers and the public know what works best for students. From the Center for Teaching Quality, authors Barnett Berry, Ann Byrd, and Alan Wieder follow a small group of teacherpreneurs in their first year to discover what it means to define and execute the concept of “teacherpreneurism” in the face of tough demands and resistant organizational structures.

In the excerpt below, the authors recall how they came up with the term “teacherpreneur” and describe the traits that make up a teacherpreneur.

Learn more about Barnett Berry’s Center for Teaching Quality at and purchase the book here.

Defining the Teacherpreneur (excerpt from Teacherpreneurs) by Jossey-Bass Education

Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave (2013) — 9781118456194






Barnett Berry is the founder, partner, and chief executive officer of the Center for Teaching Quality, based in Carrboro, North Carolina. Ann Byrd serves as chief operating officer and partner at the Center for Teaching Quality. Alan Wieder is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina and a senior research consultant with the Center for Teaching Quality.

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