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University of South Florida Professor Joins NCTM Board

Reston, Va., June 20, 2012—Gladis Kersaint, a professor of mathematics education at the University of South Florida, has joined the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The 14-member board serves as the chief policymaking body for NCTM.

Kersaint began her three-year term (2012–2015) at the conclusion of NCTM’s annual meeting in Philadelphia on April 28. NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the teaching and learning of mathematics. With more than 80,000 members, NCTM supports mathematics educators in all 50 states and Canada.

“In the next few years, I look forward to representing NCTM as we focus attention on providing guidance and resources to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics,” said Kersaint.

In her current position, Kersaint serves as the interim director of the David C. Anchin Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the associate dean for research of the College of Education. She has taught undergraduate and graduate mathematics education courses. In addition, she has taught mathematics in Miami-Dade Public Schools and has provided professional development on various topics in mathematics for several school districts in Florida and in Illinois.

Kersaint’s involvement with NCTM includes chairing the NCTM 2012 Conference Program Committee (2010–12), serving as a member of the NCTM 2010 Annual Conference Program Committee (2007–9), the Pre-K–2 Assessment Sampler Task Force (2003–4), and the Remote Sites Task Force (1998–99). She served as a member (2005–7) and chair (2007–8) of the Teaching Children Mathematics Editorial Panel and as editor of “The Thinking of Students” and “Food for Thought” departments of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School (2001–5). She has also served as a member of the Joint Task Force (AMTE, ASSM, NCSM, NCTM) supporting the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards (2010), as well as a co-developer of NCTM’s Teaching with Curriculum Focal Points series (grades 6–8).

In addition to NCTM, Kersaint’s professional affiliations include the American Educational Research Association, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, the Benjamin Banneker Association, the Florida Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics, TODOS: Mathematics for All, and Women and Mathematics Education.

Kersaint earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Miami, and a doctora1 degree in mathematics education from Illinois State University.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With more than 80,000 members and 230 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s landmark Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000, includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, released in 2009, suggests practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making.

Contact:  Tracy Withrow, twithrow@nctm.org, 703-620-9840, ext. 2189, Communications Manager, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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