William Kist speaks at a veriety of events, conferences and schools.  If you are interested in having him speak please contact him here.


 Presentation Topics

Keynote: New Literacies and the Core:A P-16 Rationale
Digital Writing and the Common Core
Transitioning Into the Common Core: Bridging the Gaps
10 Ways That New Literacies Can Transform Your Classroom
10 Ways To Differentiate Instruction Using New Media Tools
Building a Personal Learning Network
Motivating the Unmotivated Adolescent Reader
The Arts: The Core of the Matter
Writing in a Digital Age
Film Across The Curriculum


International Collaborations

Many teachers and scholars are advocating for a broadened conception of literacy in this global new media age.  During the past year, I’ve studied some interesting projects that seek to take advantage of the ease of classroom collaborations on an international level.  These collaborations have taken the form of creating a textbook together  or working on teams to create videos  as part of The Flat Classroom Project.  The most ambitious (and expensive) global education project I studied was the Think Global School  in which students are not only immersed in technology but foreign countries as well as they actually travel to several overseas destinations over the course of one school year (kind of like an educational The Amazing Race.)  I’ve documented some of these global partnership projects in my book, The Global School.


Recent Keynotes and Presentations

  • May, 2015-October, 2015, Coxsackie-Athens (NY) Schools (two days and two webinars)
  •  September, 2014-April, 2015, Delaware Department of Education
  • November, 2014, National Dropout Prevention Center Conference, Louisville, Kentucky
  • August, 2014,  North Canton City Schools,  North Canton, Ohio
  • August, 2014, Cleveland Metropolitan School District,  Cleveland, Ohio
  • November, 2013, Nassau TRACT Teacher Center, Levittown, NY
  • October 2013, Buckeye Local Schools, Medina, Ohio
  • June, 2013, Conseil Scolaire de district catholoique Centre-Sud, Toronto
  • February and May, 2013, Atlanta Public Schools, Atlanta, GA
  • January, 2013, South Carolina Council of Teachers of English, Kiawah Island, SC
  • January, 2013.  Texas Council of English Language Arts, Dallas, TX


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