Mary-Dean Barringer
Strategic Initiative Director, Education Workforce


  • Measures of effective teaching
  • Teacher assessment
  • Teacher certification programs
  • Teacher development
  • Teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher quality
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Teacher support

Mary-Dean Barringer serves as the strategic initiative director of the Council of Chief State School Officers’ portfolio of initiatives supporting the transformation of education workforce systems. Initiatives include CCSSO’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation, an initiative to revamp teacher training that seven states are currently piloting. The network is part of a larger CCSSO effort to strengthen teacher preparation. Prior to joining CCSSO in December 2011, Barringer was CEO of the All Kinds of Minds Institute in North Carolina and vice president for mobilization and outreach at the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She also taught special education in Detroit for 13 years.