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Department of Teaching and Learning Education

Mathematics Education Faculty


Professor, Mathematics Education

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research

Board of Directors, National Council of Teacher of Mathematics


(813) 974-3400

Mailing Address:

College of Education
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., EDU105

Tampa, FL 33620-5650


Bachelor's: Mathematics from the University of Miami

Master's: Education (Mathematics) from the University of Miami

Doctorate:Mathematics Education from Illinois State University
she joined USF in 1998.


Dr. Kersaint joined USF in 1998 and teaches undergraduate and graduate mathematics education courses in mathematics education.  She taught mathematics in Miami-Dade Public Schools. She has provided professional development on various topics in mathematics education for school districts in Florida, Colorado, and Illinois.

Research & Publications:

Her research interests include learning and teaching with technology, the development of pre- and inservice mathematics teachers, and factors related to mathematics access and equity for all students.  

Dr. Kersaint has co-authored the following books:

Kersaint, G., Thompson, D. R., & Petkova, M. (2013). Teaching mathematics to English language learners (2nd

Edition). New York: Rutledge.

Kersaint, G., Thompson, D. R., & Petkova, M. (2009). Teaching mathematics to English language learners. New

York: Rutledge.

Thompson, D. R., Kersaint, G., Richards, J. C., Hunsader, P. D., Rubenstein, R. N. (2008) Mathematical literacy:

Helping students make meaning in the middle grades. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann

Borman, K., Kersaint, G. et al. (2005). Meaningful urban education reform: Confronting the learning crisis in

mathematics and science. Albany, NT: State University of New York Press.

Middle School Mathematics Textbook: Mathematics Connects Plus (Course 1, 2, & 3): McGraw Hill


Dr. Kersaint has been published in the following journals:

Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

Early Childhood Education Journal

Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Journal of Educational Change

Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership

Journal of Research and Development in Education

Journal of School Leadership

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle Grades

Mathematics Teacher

Statistics Education Research Journal

Teaching Children Mathematics

Teacher and Teacher Education

 Dr. Kersaint has published book chapters/sections in the following books:

Academic language in diverse classrooms: Promoting content and language learning

The Learning of Mathematics

Praeger handbook of American High Schools

Empowering the beginning teacher of mathematics in middle school

Empowering the beginning teacher of mathematics in high school

Mathematics in the Middle

Professional collaboration in mathematics teaching and learning: Seeking success for all




Dr. Kersaint has been the principal investigator, co-principal investigator on USDOE, NSF, and local grant totaling over $30 million (see STEM Initiatives). She is currently the principal investigator of the following grants.


1. Tampa Bay Robert Noyce Master Teacher Fellows (MTF) Program

PI: Gladis Kersaint (Mathematics Education, COEDU); co-PIs: Robert Potter (Chemistry,  CAS), Diane Yendol-Hoppey (CELS-Teacher Leadership); Larry Plank (HCPS)

Funded by NSF for $1,210,115; 8/1/2012-7/31/17


The project Program is a partnership effort between the University of South Florida (USF), Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), and Helios Education Foundation (HEF). This program provides stipends to effective mathematics and science teachers who will engage in an extended teacher development program to become effective teacher leaders.


2. Effects of STEM/ICT Aspirants’ high School Experience on STEM and ICT Course-Taking

PI: Gladis Kersaint (Mathematics Education); Co-PI: Jeffrey Kromrey (Measurement)

Funded by National Science Foundation for $819,987, 1/01/12 – 12/31/2014.


This research project is a three-year, longitudinal, multiple-method study investigating rigorous high school STEM/ICT course taking for students who identified an interest in STEM or ICT careers as part of their eight-grade electronic Personal Education Planners (ePEP). This study compares those who did and did not persist in rigorous STEM/ICT course-taking as well as those who did or did not participate in STEM/ICT career academies using a combination or quantitative and qualitative methods.


3.Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program:  Transforming STEM Teacher Preparation for the Transition Years 

PI: Gladis Kersaint (Mathematics Education); Co-PIs: Ben Herman (Science Education), Cheryl Ellerbrock (Middle School Generalist), Robert Potter (College of Arts and Sciences), Larry Plank (Director of STEM Education, HCPS)

Funded by the Helios Education Foundation for $430,000 (Planning Grant, 10/1/11-12/23/2012) and $2,736,000 Implementation grant (2/13/13-12/31/2018).


This project supports the development and implementation of two new teacher education program for STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) middle school teachers. This teacher education program was collaboratively developed among the University of South Florida’s Colleges of Education, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering faculty, Hillsborough County Public Schools, and the Helios Education Foundation.


4. USF Robert Noyce Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Scholars Program

PI: Gladis Kersaint (Mathematics Education); Co-PIs: Allan Feldman (Science Education), Jeff Ryan (Geology), Mile Krajcevski (Mathematics)

Funded by NSF for $1,200,000; 8/2010 – 12/2015


The USF Robert Noyce (STEM) Scholars program provides $30,000 stipends to 31 graduating seniors, recent graduates, and career changers who are interested in earning their teaching credentials in mathematics or science by enrolling in a one-year accelerated Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program as a full time student. In return for this stipend, Robert Noyce STEM scholars will commit to teach for at least two years in one of the following school districts: Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, or Sarasota.



Dr. Kersaint is an active member in numerous professional associations. She is currently serving as the member of the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She held the following offices and affiliations: Board Member, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educator 2008-2010; President, Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators 2004-2006; 2006 Conference Chair, Association of Mathematics Teacher Education; Co-Editor, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education – Mathematics; Editor, Thinking of Students section of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School; Member, NCTM PreK-2 Assessment Sampler Task Force; Panel member, NAEP Mathematics Domain Development. She has also served on a number of university, college, and departmental committees.









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