Sara Flanagan

Sara FlanaganAssistant Professor of Special Education

301 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5766

Bio: Sara Flanagan is an assistant professor of special education. Her research focuses on literacy and secondary students with and without high incidence disabilities, with a specific focus on written expression. She also explores the role of technology in the classroom, both using it to teach and using it to learn. Most recently, she was involved in the development of a software to support written expression. She has published articles in various peer reviewed journals and presented at conferences on her research. Prior to joining the faculty at UMaine, Sara was a special education faculty member at the University of Kentucky. She earned her doctorate from Purdue University in 2012.

Ph.D. in Special Education, 2012, Purdue University
MS.Ed. in Educational Technology, 2008, Purdue University
B.A. in Special Education, 2006, Purdue University

Courses taught at UMaine

  • SED 302: Adapting Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  • SED 545: Intervention for Reading Difficulties

Sample Publications

  • Flanagan, S. M., Bouck, E. C., & Cutter, E. (2016). Write Right: Improving and sustaining written expression abilities in middle school students with and without learning disabilities using procedural facilitators. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 21(1),
  • Flanagan, S. M., & Bouck, E. C. (2015). Mapping out the details: Supporting written expression through concept mapping. Preventing School Failure, 59, 244-252.
  • Flanagan, S. M., Bouck, E. C., & Newton, P. K. (2015). The pen or the paper: Supporting written expression through a pentop computer. Journal of Literacy and Technology, 16(2).
  • Flanagan, S. M., & Bouck, E. C. (2014). Supporting written expression in secondary students with a series of procedural facilitators: A pilot study. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 31, 316-333.