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Jean Flanagan

Jean Flanagan


Science Educator

Jean Flanagan joined BSCS as a Science Educator in August 2019. With over a decade of experience in science education, she has had a somewhat unconventional career pathway. After graduating with a B.S. in biology and a passion for ecology, writing, and education, she started her career as a Research Assistant at AAAS Project 2061. During her five years there she worked on NSF- and IES-funded projects centered on the development of high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials and assessments. As part of this work she contributed to the development of a bank of standards-aligned assessment items and was a lead writer on the Toward High School Biology curriculum (available through NSTA Press), which aims to prepare eighth grade students for high school biology by connecting ideas about chemical reactions to the biological phenomenon of growth. Mentored by senior researchers, she was promoted to Research Associate, and fell in love with curriculum development in particular. In 2013, shortly after the Next Generation Science Standards were released, she took a new position with the Smithsonian Science Education Center. During her six years there, she was instrumental in the planning, design, and development of a new NGSS-designed curriculum series for K-5, as well as a variety of other curriculum and professional learning projects. In addition, in 2016, when Achieve announced plans to convene the first EQuIP Peer Review Panel for Science, she applied and was selected to serve on the first cohort of panelists. At BSCS she is focusing her efforts on the development of life sciences instructional materials that are designed to meet the NGSS.

Selected Publications

DeBoer, G. E., Quellmalz, E. S., Davenport, J. L., Timms, M. J., Herrmann‐Abell, C. F., Buckley, B. C., & Flanagan, J. C. (2014). Comparing three online testing modalities: Using static, active, and interactive online testing modalities to assess middle school students’ understanding of fundamental ideas and use of inquiry skills related to ecosystems. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 51(4), 523-554.

Van Alstyne, K. L., Flanagan, J. C., & Gifford, S. A. (2011). Recreational clam harvesting affects sediment nutrient remineralization and the growth of the green macroalga Ulva lactuca. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 401(1-2), 57-62.