Associate Professor of Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine
Chapter Member: Maine SSN
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Ross is engaged with policy design and grant applications to develop a teacher residency model for Maine to enable greater access to high quality teacher preparation through paid internships. She is the founder and faculty coordinator of Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools, a Maine based clearinghouse of resources and supports for ensuring access to high quality education for all students. She frequently consults with school districts conducting equity audits to help districts examine ways to align their policies and practices with their values and beliefs.
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"Lack of Government Transparency Hinders Work to Improve Maine," Flynn Ross, Bangor Daily News, June 20, 2018.
Flynn Ross quoted by Nell Gluckman, "Red, Yellow, or Green? A University System Color-Codes Its Presidents’ Political Speech to Try to Regulate It" The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2018.
Flynn Ross quoted by Robbie Feinberg, "State Department of Education Proposes New Pathway to Teaching" Maine Public Radio, March 7, 2018.
"Maine Misses Out When Higher Education Remains Unaffordable," Flynn Ross (with ), Bangor Daily News, September 28, 2016.
"The Consequences of Paying Our Teachers Poverty-Level Wages," Flynn Ross, Bangor Daily News, March 15, 2016.
"We Can’t Abandon Future Generations of Maine Teachers," Flynn Ross, Bangor Daily News, September 1, 2015.
"Build a Better Standardized Test, but Beware Its Consequences," Flynn Ross, Bangor Daily News, March 31, 2015.
"Don’t Misuse Standardized Tests — Lest They Become Meaningless," Flynn Ross, Bangor Daily News, February 17, 2015.
"We Have Reason to Celebrate Maine’s Public Schools — And Much to Protect," Flynn Ross, Bangor Daily News, September 2, 2014.
"Off Campus: Newly Graduated Teachers Can Expect Challenges, Joys," Flynn Ross, Portland Press Herald, May 12, 2014.
"Should Parents Opt Their Children Out of High-Stakes Testing?," Flynn Ross, Bangor Daily News, October 15, 2013.
"Why the National Council Review of Teacher Preparation Programs is Wrong," Flynn Ross, Bangor Daily News, June 20, 2013.
Guest to discuss Equity and Excellence in Maine Schools on Biddeford Public Access TV’s The Richard Rhames Show, Flynn Ross, March 2013.
"Newcomers Entering Teaching: The Possibilities of a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Teaching Force" in Addressing the Demographic Imperative: Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining a Diverse and Highly Effective Teaching Force, edited by Christine Sleeter, La Vonne Neal, and Kevin Kumashiro (Routledge, 2015).
Examines successes and challenges of culturally and linguistically diverse teachers working in historically white communities with implications for future recruitment efforts in teacher preparation pathways.
"Changing the Field: Graduates of Cohort Programs Move into Leadership Positions" (with ), in Addressing the Demographic Imperative: Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining a Diverse and Highly Effective Teaching Force, edited by Christine Sleeter, La Vonne Neal, and Kevin Kumashiro (Routledge, 2015).
Demonstrates that alumni provide critical examination of school structures and minority teacher recruitment programs with descriptions of how they have influenced their schools and students as they move into leadership positions.
"Creating Flexibility in Teacher Certification Policy to Ensure Quality and Equity" Maine Policy Review 14, no. 1 (2005): 56-63.
Describes the coalition to effectively lobby state board of education regulations to provide greater equity of access by allowing a composite score on standardized test scores required for certification.
"Helping Immigrants Become Teachers" Educational Leadership 58, no. 8 (2001): 68-71.
Offers brief profiles of graduate students in a high quality, school and university partnership teacher preparation program designed to prepare culturally and linguistically diverse teachers.
"Newcomers Entering Teaching: Successes and Challenges of Preparing Recent Immigrants and Refugees for Teaching in Public Schools" in Teacher Education Yearbook XII: Research on Alternative and Non-traditional Teacher Education (Association of Teacher Educators: Kendall Hunt, 2001).
Describes the challenges and successes of the Newcomer ETEP program, a successful ten-year school and university partnership pipeline to prepare culturally and linguistically diverse teachers.