Nancy Flowers

Associate Director of CPRD

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Nancy Flowers is the assistant director of research programs at the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD). Nancy joined CPRD in 1992. She is responsible for overseeing major projects, funding, and publications. Nancy also manages project teams and teams within CPRD’s day-to-day operations. Nancy contributes to the core leadership of CPRD to build organizational capacity and define the Center’s goals and direction. Nancy also serves as a principal investigator and project director of research and evaluation projects in the area of educational innovation and systems improvement. Nancy has expertise in program evaluation, large-scale data collection, mixed-methods evaluation designs, and the dissemination of results to improve practice, support data-based decision making, and inform policy for youth and adolescents. Her specific research interests are related to middle-grades education and reform. Over the past fifteen years, she has disseminated scholarly publications, reports, and presentations on topics such as middle-grades common planning time, instructional practices, and leadership; youth academic aspirations, expectations, efficacy and behavior; and indicators related to youth academic achievement. Currently, Nancy is leading the evaluations of two projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education – the Middle-Grades Leadership Development Project which is focused on improving the skills and behaviors of middlegrades principals and leadership teams, and – the Power of Two: Pairing Literacy and Numeracy Project which provides professional learning for middle-grades math and English teachers to improve their instructional routines. Nancy is a member of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study Technical Review Panel, and serves on numerous advisory groups related to education.

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Research Output 1993 2017

Turnaround Success: An Exploratory Study of Three Middle Grades Schools that Achieved Positive Contextual and Achievement Outcomes Using the Schools to Watch i3 Project

Flowers, N., Begum, S., Carpenter, D. M. H. & Mulhall, P. F., Sep 14 2017, In : RMLE Online. 40, 8, p. 1-14 14 p.

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A national research project revitalizes and strengthens a SIG's membership, leadership, and the quality of research in the field

Mertens, S. B., Anfara, V. A., Flowers, N. & Caskey, M. M., Aug 1 2011, In : Educational Researcher. 40, 6, p. 295-298 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Common Planning Time

Mertens, S. B., Flowers, N., Anfara, V. A. & Caskey, M. M., May 1 2010, In : Middle School Journal. 41, 5, p. 50-57 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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You don't have to be a statistician to use data: A process for data-based decision making in schools

Flowers, N. & Carpenter, D. M. H., Jan 1 2009, In : Phi Delta Kappan. 91, 2, p. 64-67 4 p.

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How Does Middle Grades Teacher Certification Affect Teacher Practices and Student Learning?

Mertens, S. B., Flowers, N. & Mulhall, P. F., May 1 2005, In : Middle School Journal. 36, 5, p. 56-61 6 p.

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Honors & Recognition

Deborah Kasak Distinguished Leadership Award

Nancy Flowers (Recipient), Sep 21 2017

Prize: Honorary award