Brett Barley


Guest Blogger

Deputy Superintendent for Student Achievement, Student Achievement Division

Reno, Nevada

Brett Barley is the deputy superintendent for Student Achievement with the Nevada Department of Education. Prior to joining the Nevada Department of Education, Brett served as a vice president with StudentsFirst, a non-profit organization focused on organizing parents, teachers, and other concerned community members to advocate for great schools for all children. Through this work Brett supervised StudentsFirst’s state teams across the county. He led his teams in the creation and implementation of strategic plans that utilized grassroots membership activities, traditional and social media engagement, electoral campaigns, and state and local advocacy efforts to pass high impact education legislation and regulation.

From 2010 to 2012 Brett worked as director of education policy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG), a non-profit business organization representing the interests of more than 400 of Silicon Valley’s largest and most influential tech companies. While at SVLG, Brett was instrumental in the passage of key pieces of legislation, the building of a high quality early childhood and parent resource center, and the creation of a clearinghouse for local education related volunteer opportunities.

Before his transition to education policy Brett worked at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office on juvenile justice and gang related issues. Brett began his career with Teach For America as a fourth-grade teacher in San Jose, California at a high need school where 100 percent of the students receive free or reduced-priced lunch and 70 percent are English language-learners.

Brett earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of San Diego. Brett comes from a family of public school educators. His mother was an elementary school teacher and literacy coach, his father was a school psychologist, his sister is a special education teacher, and his wife is an elementary school teacher.


Posted Nov. 18, 2016

Here’s One Way That We’re Meeting English-Language Learners Where They Are

This is the third part in a three-part series on Nevada’s successes and struggles to turnaround its school system over…

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Posted Nov. 14, 2016

Give Nevada Credit for Facing Some Hard Truths About Its Schools

This is the second part in a three-part series on Nevada’s successes and struggles to turnaround its school system over…

By Brett Barley

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Posted Nov. 7, 2016

Believe It or Not, I Actually Moved to Nevada for the Schools

This is the first part in a three-part series on Nevada’s successes and struggles to turnaround its school system over…

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017

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