Michael Flynn

Director, Mathematics Leadership Program; Visiting Instructor in Psychology & Education
Specialization: 
mathematics education and innovative interactive online learning

Mike Flynn runs the Master of Arts in Mathematics Teaching program and leads a wide variety of professional learning opportunities for teachers, teacher-leaders, coaches, administrators, and staff-developers.

This work connects him with educators from around the world who are interested in the learning and teaching of mathematics. Flynn also teaches the elementary mathematics, science, and technology methods course for undergraduates in the teacher licensure program. Flynn’s latest work in higher education centers on creating more interactive and engaging online learning. He designed the dynamic hybrid learning model that blends on-campus and online students for live, interactive learning in mathematics. He also created the Virtual Math Professional Learning Community (#VMathPLC) connecting teachers and math coaches to study current and engaging topics in math education.

Flynn recently published a book for math teachers titled Beyond Answers: Exploring Mathematical Practices with Young Children. The book aims to help teachers understand how the Standards for Mathematical Practice unfold in the class and how they can support their students in this work.

Flynn is an active member of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). He is an author and editor for the Problem Solvers Problems department for NCTM’s Teaching Children Mathematics Journal. In this role, he creates and reviews math tasks for publication in the journal. He also serves on the NCTM Regional Conference Planning Committee for the 2017 Orlando conference. Flynn, along with his colleagues Dan Meyer and Zachary Champagne, created and continue to host Shadow Con, a teacher-led mini-conference at NCTM annual meetings.

Over the years, Flynn established himself as a teacher leader at the state and national level by developing and providing professional development seminars in the areas of mathematics, science, and technology. He was involved in numerous grant-funded research projects focused on the mathematical thinking of students. He was a contributing author to many publications for teachers and videos of his classroom teaching are used throughout the country for professional development.

Flynn lives in Northampton with his wife and 4 children. He enjoys traveling with his family and discovering new adventures with them. He also enjoys playing guitar, painting, and photography.

Awards

Flynn's dedication to his students and the education profession earned him some significant honors and recognitions. He is the 2008 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, a recipient of a 2009 National Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence, and a 2010 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Additionally, he was an elected member of the Northampton School Committee for 8 years and served on the Northampton Education Foundation.