The Flanagan Grant is made possible by a generous endowment from Dr. Stuart Flanagan.
S. Stuart Flanagan is a mathematics educator with substantial experience in research and student testing. Education: Washington and Lee University – BS, University of Virginia – M.Ed., and Ed.D. He initially taught at Varina High School in Henrico County. For the next ten years taught at St. Christopher’s School (grades K-12) in Richmond, Virginia served as chair of the math department. He also taught mathematics at the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University. Thereafter, he was a professor at the College of William and Mary for 30 years teaching mathematics and mathematics education-related courses including research, testing, and curriculum development. He is now Professor Emeritus.
During his tenure, he developed test items for several projects at the local and state level, directed several NSF grants, consulted with school divisions statewide, authored numerous articles, and was a senior consultant to CBS Publications for the mathematics series Mathematics Unlimited. Additionally, he was a grader for the ETS Advanced Placement Program. During the late '80s and early '90s, he was known throughout Virginia for his highly successful Literacy Passport Test materials, used extensively throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. These materials, by providing data for each child on every standard, enabled a number of districts to dramatically increase their student-passing rate. The conceptual model for those materials is the basis for the Tests for Higher Standards.
Special honors include being the first president of both the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Peninsula Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He also served as president of the Greater Richmond Council of Teachers of Mathematics and was presented the William C. Lowry Outstanding Mathematics Teacher award. Additionally, he was an E. I. DuPont Fellow at the University of Virginia and was awarded a Shell Merit Scholarship and NSF grant for study and independent research at the University of Virginia. He now works mostly developing high stakes testing/instructional materials when he is not reading current literature/research or visiting, talking with school level personnel in conjunction with attending conferences and sales. Of course there is time out for fishing and crabbing along with limited travel.
Dr. Stuart Flanagan has graciously provided funding to further the leadership of mathematics education in Virginia. Flanagan's increase in funding is partially to grow the mathematics leaders of Virginia by learning nationally. In the spirit of national learning, this grant will send two (2) VCMS members to the NCSM Conference each fall.
• Applicants must have been a member of VCMS for at least 3 years.
• Two grants are available in the amount of $2,000.00 each.
• The funding for this grant will be used toward registration, hotel accommodation, mileage, and meals.
• Each year the application will open November 1-February 15
• Applicants will be notified at the Spring VCMS Conference.
• Applications will be reviewed by and the grant awarded by the VCMS Board and Regional Representatives.
• Awardees will be expected to share their learning at the Fall VCMS Conference. Awardees will work with the VCMS President to determine length and day of presentation.