Vita

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

2009 Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction
Concentration: Literacy Education
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio
Dissertation Title: “Paper doesn’t judge you”: The literacy practices of three girls who attended an alternative school.

2002 M.Ed. Secondary English Education
John Carroll University
University Heights, Ohio

2001 B.A. English
John Carroll University
University Heights, Ohio

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

ELTon Award Finalist; Cambridge English, British Council Using technology to enhance writing: Innovative approaches to writing instruction.

The Emig Award for “Preparing preservice teachers to become teachers of writing: A 20-year review of research literature” published in English Education

PUBLICATIONS

Referred Journal Articles

Rish, R.M. & Pytash, K.E. (in press). Kindling the pedagogic imagination: Preservice teachers writing with social media. To be published in Voices from the Middle.

Pytash, K. E. (in press). Girls in the fringe: The writing lives of two adolescent girls. To be published in Reading & Writing Quarterly.

Pytash, K.E., Testa, E. & Nigh, J. (2015). Writing the world: Preservice teachers’ perceptions of 21st century writing instruction. Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, 4(1), 142-163.

Nigh, J., Pytash, K.E., Ferdig, R.E., Merchant, W. (2015). Investigating the potential of MOOCs in K-12 teaching and learning environments. Journal of Online Learning Research, 1(1), 85-106.

Pytash, K.E. (2014).  ’It’s not simple’: The complex literate lives of youth in a juvenile detention facility. 63rd Yearbook of theLiteracy Research Association. Altamonte Springs, FL:  Literacy Research Association pp. 216-228

Pytash, K. E. & Ciecierski, L. (2015). Teaching from a disciplinary literacy stance. Voices from the Middle, 22(3), 14-18.

Kist, W. & Pytash, K.E. (2015). “I love to flip the pages”:  Pre-service teachers and new literacies within a field experience. English Education, 47(2), 131-167.

Pytash, K.E., Batchelor, K., Kist, W., & Srsen, K. (2014). Linked text sets in the English classroom. The ALAN Review, 42(1), 52-62.

Pytash, K.E. & Li, J. (2014). Youth’s dispositions towards writing in a juvenile detention center. The Journal of Correctional Education, 65(3), 24-42.

Morgan, D.N. & Pytash, K. E. (2014). Preparing preservice teachers to become teachers of writing: A 20-year review of research literature. English Education, 47(1), 6-37.

Pytash, K.E. & Morgan, D.N. (2014). Using mentor texts to teach writing in science and social studies. Reading Teacher, 68(2), 93-102.

Pytash, K.E. & Ferdig, R.E. (2014). Using The ALAN Review to explore YA literature. The ALAN Review, 41(3), 6-18.

Pytash, K.E., Edmondson, E. & Tait, A. (2014). Using mentor texts for writing instruction in a high school economics class. Social Studies Research and Practice, 9(1), 95-106.

Pytash, K.E. (2013). Secondary preservice teachers development of teaching scientific writing. Journal of Science Teacher Education 24(5) 793-810.

Pytash, K.E., Ferdig, R.E., Kist, W., & Kratcoski, A. (2013). 21st Century Literacies: Stories from Visionary Classrooms. Ohio Journal of English Language Arts 53(1), 8-15.

Pytash, K.E. (2013). ‘I’m a Reader’: Transforming Incarcerated Girls’ Lives in the English Classroom. The English Journal, 102(4), 67-73.

Pytash, K.E., Morgan, D.N., & Batchelor, K.E. (2013). Recognize the signs: Reading young adult literature as a means for refining awareness around issues of bullying. Voices from the Middle, 20(3), 15-20.

Pytash, K.E., (2013). Using young adult literature to help preservice teachers deal with issues of bullying and suicide. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 56(6), 470-479.

Pytash, K.E. (2013). Teaching preservice teachers to take a disciplinary approach to teaching writing. Journal of Content Area Reading, 9(1), 105-122.

Pytash, K.E., & Morgan, D.N. (2013). Using a Unit of Study to Engage Students and Motivate Reluctant Learners. Middle School Journal. 44(3), 44-51.

Ferdig, R.E., & Pytash, K.E. (2012). Technology and emotion: Playing for the love of the game. Well Played, 1(4), 1-22.

Pytash, K.E. (2012). Ain’t nothing wrong with reading books. Young Adult Library Services. 10(4), 31-35.

Pytash, K.E. (2012). Engaging preservice teachers in disciplinary literacy learning through writing. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 55(6), 527-538.

Pytash, K.E. (2008). Moving from writing evaluators to writing coaches. Ohio Journal of English Language Arts 48 (1), 40-47.

Previts, J., & Pytash, K.E. (2008). Beyond the textbook: Linking literature circles and content area classrooms. Ohio Middle School Journal, 32(1), 14-19.

Books

Rasinski, T., Pytash, K.E. & Ferdig, R.E. Eds. (2015). Using technology to enhance reading: Innovative approaches to reading instruction. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

Ferdig, R.E., Rasinski, T., Pytash, K.E. Eds. (2014). Using technology to enhance writing: Innovative approaches to writing instruction. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

Pytash, K.E., Ferdig, R.E., & Rasinski, T. Eds. (2013). Preparing teachers to teach writing using technology. Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press.

Pytash, K.E. & Ferdig, R.E., Eds. (2013). Exploring technology for writing and writing instruction. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Ferdig, R.E. & Pytash, K.E., Eds. (2013). Exploring multimodal composition and digital writing. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Book Chapters

O’Byrne, W. I., McVerry, G., Pytash, K.E., Rish, R.M., Shields, M., & Wise, J. (2015). Case Study: #WalkMyWorld Project. In E. Gordon & P. Milhailidis (Eds.), Civic Media Reader. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Pytash, K.E., & O’Byrne, W. I. (2014). Research on Literacy Instruction and Learning in Virtual, Blended, and Hybrid Environments. In K. Kennedy, & R. Ferdig (Eds.) Handbook of Research in K-12 Online and Blended Learning. Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press.

Ferdig, R.E. & Pytash, K.E. (2014). The use of video games for literacy acquisition and studying literate practices. K. Schrier Shaenfield (Ed.), Learning, Education and Games: Curricular and Design Considerations. Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press.

Pytash, K.E. & Calabria, K.E. (2013). Perfect practice: Audio-assisted reading. T.
Rasinski and N. Padak (Eds.), Fluency and comprehension instruction. New
York: Guilford.

Rasinski, T., Padak, N., & Pytash, K.E. (2008). Promoting adolescent literacy through
parental involvement: Making it happen. K. Wood and W. Blanton (Eds.),
Promoting Literacy with Adolescent Learners: Research-based Instruction. (pp. 92-106). New York: Guilford.

Other Scholarly Contributions

Pytash, K.E. (2015, September). Digital Portfolios for Writing Instruction. Reading Today Online available http://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-daily/2015/09/11/digital-portfolios-for-writing-instruction

Pytash, K.E. (2014, November). Digital Writers’ Notebooks. Reading Today Online [Online serial], available http://www.reading.org/literacy-daily/digital/post/engage/2014/11/07/using-digital-notebooks-for-modern-writing-students

Ferdig, R.E. & Pytash, K.E. (2014, March).  There’s a badge for that.  Tech and Learning, March, 2014.  Available online: http://www.techlearning.com/features/0039/theres-a-badge-for-that/54727

Ferdig, R. E., Pytash, K. E., Merchant, W., & Nigh, J. (2014, March). Findings and reflections from the K-12 teaching in the 21st century MOOC. Lansing, MI: Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute. Retrieved from http://media.mivu.org/institute/pdf/Mooc_Findings.pdf

Ferdig, R.E. & Pytash, K.E. (2013, October).  Exploring MOOCs for K-12 teachers and learners.  iNACOL Research in Review [Online serial], available from:  http://researchinreview.inacol.org/2013/10/18/exploring-moocs-for-k-12-teachers-and-learners-by-rick-ferdig-and-kristy-pytash-guest-bloggers/

Pytash, K.E. (2013). Exploring teachers’ perceptions of digital tools for writing instruction. Reading Today Online [Online serial]. http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/blog/BlogSinglePost/reading-today-online/2013/08/23/tile-sig-feature-exploring-teachers-perceptions-of-digital-tools-for-writing-instruction

Ferdig, R.E. & Pytash, K.E. (2013). Research on Writing, Writing Instruction, and
Multimodal Composition. Reading Today Online [Online serial]. http://www.reading.org/general/publications/blog/BlogSinglePost/reading-today-online/2013/05/17/tile-sig-feature-research-on-writing-writing-instruction-and-multimodal-composition#.UbyugPa4Hyc

Pytash, K.E., & Ferdig, R.E. (2012). The role of technology in disciplinary literacy
acquisition and instruction. Reading Today Online [Online serial], available from: http://www.reading.org/general/publications/blog/blogsinglepost/12-01-23/tile-sig_feature_the_role_of_technology_in_disciplinary_literacy_acquisition_and_instruction.aspx

Pytash, K.E., & Ferdig, R.E. (2012). Exploring E-Readers in literacy acquisition and
instruction. Reading Today Online [Online serial], available from: http://www.reading.org/General/Publications/blog/BlogSinglePost//12-05-11/TILE-SIG_Feature_Exploring_E-Readers_in_Literacy_Acquisition_and_Instruction.aspx

Massey, D., & Pytash, K.E. (2010). Martha Maxwell. In W. Linek, D. Massey, L. Cochran, E. Sturtevant, B. McClanahan, & M.B. Sampson (Eds.) The College Reading Association legacy: A celebration of 50 years of literacy leadership, Vol.I (pp. 397- 400). St. Cloud, MN: The Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers.

Massey, D., & Pytash, K.E. (2010). Albert Mazurkeiwicz. In W. Linek, D. Massey, L. Cochran, E. Sturtevant, B. McClanahan, & M.B. Sampson (Eds.) The College Reading Association legacy: A celebration of 50 years of literacy leadership, Vol.I (pp. 397- 400). St. Cloud, MN: The Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers.

REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

International and National Presentations

Beck, D., Kennedy, K., O’Byrne, W., & Pytash, K.E. (2015). Information literacy in online schooling: Promises pitfalls, and provisions. Association for Education Communications. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Pytash, K.E. (2015).  Writing for change:  Engaging incarcerated youth in writing with digital media to promote critical literacies. American Educational Research Association. Chicago, IL.

Pytash, K. E., Testa, E., & Nigh, J. (2014). Writing the World: Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of 21st Century Writing Instruction. Marco Island, FL. *Did not attend because of medical reasons

Rish, R. & Pytash, K.E. (2014). Kindling the pedagogic imagination: Preservice teachers writing with social media. Marco Island, FL.*Did not attend because of medical reasons

Pytash, K.E. & Ferdig, R.E. (2014, March). Implementing Digital Badges in a Teacher Education Program.  Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Jacksonville, FL.

Pytash, K.E. & Ferdig, R.E. (2014, March). Preservice teachers’ perceptions of technology during a Massive Open Online Course Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Jacksonville, FL.

Ferdig, R.E. & Pytash, K.E. (2014, March). Massive Open Online Courses in Teacher Education and Professional Development. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Jacksonville, FL.

Pytash, K.E. (2013, December). “It’s my pride: Youths’ identities in a juvenile detention
facility.” Literacy Research Association. Dallas, TX.

Pytash, K.E., & Edmondson, E. (2013, December). “Teaching argumentation through
multimodal composition in a high school economics classroom.” Literacy
Research Association. Dallas, TX.

Pytash, K.E. (2013). “Building apps into your units: Navigating the affordances.”
National Council of Teachers of English. Boston, MA.

Pytash, K.E. (2013, July). The research and practice of writing workshops in correctional
settings. Correctional Education Association Conference. Cleveland, OH.

Pytash, K.E. & Calabria, K. (2013, July). Implementing research-based literacy strategies
with authentic texts in correctional settings. Correctional Education Association Conference. Cleveland, OH.

Pytash, K.E. (2013, April). “Writing instruction in a juvenile detention center”.
American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

Pytash, K.E. (2013, April). “Preservice teachers perceptions of young adult literature and
bullying and suicide”. American Educational Research Association. San
Francisco, CA.

Pytash, K.E., Edmondson, E., & Tait, A. (2012, November). “Writing with a mentor text
in a high school economics classroom.” Literacy Research Association. San
Diego, CA.

Morgan, D.N., & Pytash, K.E. (2012, November). “What adolescents have to say about
writing. Literacy Research Association.” San Diego, CA.

Pytash, K.E. (2011, November). “Teaching preservice teachers to take a disciplinary approach to teaching writing.” National Reading Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Morgan, D.N., & Pytash, K.E. (2011, November). “Writing: It
still matters. National Reading Conference.” National Reading Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Pytash, K.E., Kist, W., Holecko, J., Jackson, S., Robinson, C., Rocco, J., Willis, A., &
Wintrow, J. (2011, November). “From Dead White Men to BFF: Using New Media to Cross Reading Divides.” National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, IL.

Calabria, K., & Pytash, K.E. (2010, November). A Literacy Tutoring Program at a Jail
Based Alternative School. National Dropout Prevention Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Pytash, K.E. (2010, May). Engaging participants in data analysis. Ethnographic and
Qualitative Research Conference, Centerville, OH.

Pytash, K.E. (2009, November). “’Paper doesn’t judge you’: The literacy practices of three girls who attended an alternative school.” National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Pytash, K.E., & Previts, J. (2008, November). “Using Literature Circles in a Content Area Reading Course.” The College Reading Association, Sarasota, FL.

Pytash, K.E.,& Previts, J. (2008, May). “The Use of a Shared Dialogue Journal in Collaborative Qualitative Research.” The International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champagne, IL.

State and Local Conference Presentations

Pytash, K.E. & Calabria, K.E. (2014). Coulda’ Woulda’ Shoulda: YA literature that should have won awards. The Annual Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University Reading Conference, Youngstown, OH.

Pytash, K.E., Conrad, R., Duhon, K., Gabalis, B., Masters, S., & Rininger, R. (2014, March). “Digital tools and digital texts.”  The Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Columbus, OH.

Pytash, K.E., & K. Calabria (2013, October). “2013 Best Books for Young Adults.” The Annual Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University Reading Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Pytash, K.E., Kist, W., Batchelor, K., Bober, M., Cowles, S., Cox, L., Erste, M., Hintemyer, S., Krause, J., & Ward, A. (2013, March). “Linked Text Sets in the English Language Arts Classroom.” The Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Columbus, OH.

Batchelor, K., Pytash, K.E., Kist, W. Bober, M., Chou, R., Cowles, S., Cox, L., Erste, M., Hintemyer, S., Krause, J., Page, M., Regan, K., Ward, A., & Willgues, J. (2013, March). “Flash Fiction.” The Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Columbus, OH.

Pytash, K.E., & K. Calabria (2012, October). “2012 Best Books for Young Adults.” The Annual Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University Reading Conference, Youngstown, OH.

Pytash, K.E., Boeber, M., Chronister, B., Hintemeyer, S., Ward, A., & Zaccardelli, S. (2012, March). “Book Trailers in the English Language Arts Classroom.” The Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Columbus, OH.

Pytash, K.E., & K. Calabria (2011, November). “2011 Best Books for Young Adults.” The Annual Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University Reading Conference, Akron, OH.

Pytash, K.E., (2010, October). “Creating a Library in the Middle School and High School Classroom.” The Annual Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University Reading Conference, Kent, OH.

Pytash, K.E., & Calabria, K. (2010, October). “Creating Adaptive Books for Students with Significant Disabilities.” The Annual Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University Reading Conference, Kent, OH.

Pytash, K.E., (2008, May). “Reading Strategies for the Middle and High School Student.” The Career Based Intervention Conference, Columbus, OH.

Pytash, K.E., & Previts, J. (2008, March). “Sketch to Stretch in the English Language Arts Classroom.” The Ohio Council of English Teachers Association, Columbus, OH.

Pytash, K.E., Previts, J., & Mis, R. (2008, February). “Writing and Reading: The Driving Force Behind Content Area Learning.” Ohio Middle School Conference, Columbus, OH.

Pytash, K.E., & Previts, J. (2007, October): “Sketch to Stretch in the Content Area Classroom.” The Annual Kent State University, University of Akron and Youngstown State University Reading Conference, Kent, OH.

FUNDING AND GRANT RELATED ACTIVITIES

Funded

Pytash, K.E. (2013). Writing for social change: Engaging youth in writing with digital media to promote critical literacies. EHHS Internal SEED Grant.

Pytash, K.E., & The Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division (2012).
Classroom Libraries, The Alfred & Lillie Dunlavey Charitable Trust, Funded
$3,000.

Pytash, K.E., & The Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division (2010).
Classroom Libraries, The Alfred & Lillie Dunlavey Charitable Trust, Funded
$3,000.

Pytash, K.E., & The Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division (2009).
Classroom Libraries, The Alfred & Lillie Dunlavey Charitable Trust, Funded
$3,500.

Pytash, K.E., & The Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division (2008).
Classroom Libraries, The Martha Earp Trust, Funded $3,500.

Pytash, K.E., & The Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas Juvenile Division (2007).
Classroom Libraries, The Alfred & Lillie Dunlavey Charitable Trust, Funded
$2,500.

Pytash, K.E. (2007). Classroom Libraries, Phi Delta Kappa Research Grant, Funded
$500.

Not Funded

Pytash, K.E. (2013). A Survey of Writing Instruction in Juvenile Correctional Schools
and Juvenile Detention Centers. Kent State University College of Education, Health, and Human Services Internal SEED Grant. Not funded, $5,000.

Marhefka, D., Montbach, E., Ferdig, R., Pytash, K.E., Kratcoski, A., & Morgan, D.
(2012) Advanced e-writer for literacy and content acquisition. Small Business
Innovation Research. Not funded, $150,000.

Pytash, K.E. (2012). Improving writing in a detention center. Kent State University
College of Education, Health, and Human Services Internal SEED Grant. Not funded, $5,000.

Pytash, K.E. (2012). Reading Workshop and eReaders in a Juvenile Detention Facility.
Kent State University College of Education, Health, and Human Services Internal
SEED Grant. Not funded, $5,000.

Pytash, K.E. (2011). Understanding students as writers. The Farris Family Fellowship.
Not funded, $5000.

Pytash, K.E., Rossi, J., & Mort, T. (2010). Critical literacy and inquiry-based learning in
an alternative school. Not funded. $5,000.