Department of Teaching and Learning Education
Mathematics Education Faculty
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
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
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.