William Kist, an associate professor at Kent State University, teaches literacy methods classes for preservice teachers in the area of English education and instructs graduate students in Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and curriculum and instruction courses. Kist formerly served as a middle school and high school language arts teacher and a language arts and social studies curriculum coordinator in Ohio, and a consultant and trainer for school districts across the United States, both independently and as a consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Find out more about William Kist and his role as a literacy educator.
Kist is the author of The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching in the New Media Age (Corwin, November 2009), an accessible guide that supports teachers of all levels of technological expertise and helps students in Grades 5-12 develop the new literacies necessary to succeed in a digital world.
As an active literacy educator, Kist is founder/facilitator of the Ohio Language Arts Supervisors' Network, is director of the Commission on Media for NCTE, and previously served on the executive board of the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA). He has presented nationally and internationally, has more than 40 articles or book chapters to his credit, and has been interviewed about new literacies in publications that include the Racine Journal-Times, the Hartford Courant, and Education Week's Digital Directions. Kist was awarded an Ohio Educational Broadcasting Network Commission (OEBIE) Honorable Mention for the documentary, The Learning Age; received a regional Emmy Award nomination for outstanding achievement in music composition for the documentary series, Our Family; and served as a producer for the streaming video, Project AdLit, for the Ohio Resource Center for Mathematics, Science and Reading. Kist earned a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University.