Gail Verdi, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor/Acting Executive Director, School of Curriculum and Teaching

Education Background

Ph.D. in English Education, Applied Linguistics, New York University

MA in TESOL K-12, New York University

BA in Elementary Education/Early Childhood (NJ State Certification), Seton Hall University

Research Field

Applied Linguistics

English Education

Working Class Studies

Teaching Field

EMSE/TESL 5404 Culture, Cognition & Communication for English Language Learners

EMSE 5315 Intro to Language Arts & Reading through Content Areas

EDUC 3400 Language Arts/Reading in Preschool and Elementary Curriculum

Recent Publications

“Improving the Outcomes of Hispanics in AP Computer Science” (with Bachrach, M. & Morreale, P.). Proceedings of the 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education.  Association for Computing Machinery. New York, NY, March 2020.

“Literacy Development as Social Practice in the Lives of Four Working-Class Women Academics.” (with Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth).  In W.H. Thelin & G.M. Carter, (Eds.), Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class. Utah State University Press, October 2017.

“From Compliance to Efficacy: Utilizing Socio-Emotional Wellness Training to Support Teacher Leaders,” (with A. Pittman, S. McGowan & M. Toto).  Proceedings of Inaugural Educational Thought Leader Conference, Union, NJ: Kean University, May 2017).

Recent Presentations

“Improving the Outcomes of Hispanics in AP Computer Science” (with Bachrach, M. & Morreale, P.). 51st ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE). Portland, OR, March 12, 2020.

“Improving the Outcomes of Hispanics in AP Computer Science” (with Bachrach, M.).  49th Annual Association of Bilingual Education Conference, NABE Research and Evaluation SIG.  Las Vegas, NV, February 2020.

“Building Teacher Leader Capacity through Emotional Wellness Training” (with Pittman, A.). NABE Research and Evaluation SIG. Lake Buena Vista, Florida, March 2019.

Honors and Awards

Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Service June 2017

National Association of Bilingual Education Dissertation Committee

Certificate of Appreciation February 2017-Present

Team Leader (Kean University) – NJDOE Teacher Leader Network 2017-Present

Union County Vocational-Technical High School Advisory Board 2016-Present