Nancy Flanagan’s Career Highlights

  • Thirty years in the classroom, teaching K-12 instrumental and vocal music, mathematics, academic support.
  • Michigan Teacher of the Year, 1993
  • National Board Certified Teacher (Early Adolescence Generalist, 1998).
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards:
    • Music Certificate Development Team (1999-2000)
  • Teacher in Residence (2001-2003)
  • Co-creator and Trainer, NBPTS Candidate Support Program (2004-2008)

Co-founder and Executive Committee, Network of Michigan Educators

Michigan Education Association

  • Consultant,  Professional Development & Human Relations
  • Workshops: Teacher Leadership,

Led virtual learning communities:

  • Moderated first USDOE State Teachers of the Year Listserv (1995-2000)
  • E-mentored novice and alternative-certification teachers for three universities, an education nonprofit, a major national corporation supporting career-change teachers and a state teachers' association
  • Supported Candidates for National Board Certification and Take One!
  • Coached National Board Certified Teachers leading site-based professional learning projects: online professional learning, math/science, education policy
  • Co-created, piloted innovative course: leading virtual communities in education

Co-creator and facilitator, Teacher as a Change Agent course, VA Commonwealth University

Doctoral candidate and research assistant in education policy

Numerous publications, articles, blogs on education-related topics

Presentations and workshops

  • Standards-based learning
  • Mentoring
  • Integrated curriculum
  • Non-traditional Music Education
  • Teacher Leadership, Teacher as Change Agent, The Teacher Voice in Policy
  • Building Teacher Leadership through 21st Century Media

The Teacher Leaders Network:
Network of Michigan Educators:

Speaking Engagements and Presentations



A Conversation with Nancy Flanagan  (Collaborative Leadership in Education Podcasts) 

Hot TopicsTechnology (with Anthony Cody);  The Highly Qualified Teacher (with Mary Tedrow); and Standardized Testing (with Renee Moore)  (Center for Teaching Quality)

Presentations & Keynotes

 Standards: Can One Size Ever Fit All? 

Measuring Teacher Effectiveness and Using the Results    

Performance-Pay for Teachers: Designing a System that Students Deserve

Measuring What Matters: A Call to Leadership for America's Most Accomplished Teachers

Technology and Teacher Leadership

The Teacher as Storyteller

National Board Certification: What's in it for Me? What's in it for Teachers?

Teacher as Change Agent: Smashing Boxes

Blogging as Teacher Leadership


Virginia Commonwealth University, Teacher as Change Agent course: Co-creator, facilitator.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Candidate Support Provider Training: Co-creator, facilitator.



Teacher in a Strange Land, at Teacher Leaders Network

Teacher in a Strange Land, at Teacher magazine

Education Policy Blog



On Teacher Leadership

Diamonds on the Souls of her Shoes: Teacher Professionalism

A GPS for Teacher Leadership

Teacher Leadership in High Schools


On Policy Issues

The Michigan Merit Curriculum
Teacher Preparation Standards in Michigan
Pay for Performance and Arts Education
Teacher Preparation: Methods or Content
Sitting in Einstein's Lap

Technology and Teaching
A Resource Guide for National Board Networks
Class Size: What Works Best?
            Measuring What Matters: The Effects of National Board Certification on Advancing 21st Century Teaching and Learning
Teachers and Performance Pay


On Practice Issues

On-line Teacher Learning in Action
School for Sale
In a Heartbeat

The State of Teaching: Veteran Teachers' Perspectives

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