Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Lunder School of Education
B.S., English Education, Florida State University
M.S., English Education, Florida State University
Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Florida State University
7-12 Grade English/Language Arts
K-12 Exceptional Student Education certification
MAMLE (Maine Association for Middle Level Education)
NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
SITE (Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education)
Published Books and Selected Book Chapters:
Rybakova, K. (2022). This is Homeschooling: Stories of Unconventional Learning Practices On the Road and In Nature. Routledge.
Rybakova, K., Cook Whitt, K., & Christie, C. (2021) How experiences with student grief inform our practice: Teaching preservice teachers the ways to navigate student grief. In Sieben, N., & Shelton, S. (Eds.), Humanizing pathways of grief: Writing hope in the academy.
Rybakova, K., & Bigelow, C. (2020). The role of cell phones in online learning, connectivity, and COVID-19. In Moran, C. (Ed.), Affordances and Constraints of Mobile Phone Use in English Language Arts.
Rybakova, K., & Collier, S. (2020). It starts with a book: An exemplary Girl on Fire and her undergraduate thesis on racial social justice. In Hentges, S., & Connors, S. (Eds.), Teaching Girls on Fire: Creating consciousness, informing action.
Selection of Peer Reviewed Publications:
Rybakova, K., & Pare, J. (2022). Forced hand: How COVID-19 is demanding educational entrepreneurship from our policy makers. Maine Public Review.
Boutelier, S., Moran, C., Sullivan, S., Rybakova, K., Damico, N., & Null, S. (2021). Multimodal Assessment and the New Normal: A Reflection on Digital Best Practices in Teacher Education. JTATE.
Rybakova, K., & Witte, S. (2019). Academic bloggers, commenters, lurkers, and non-bloggers: How and why in service English teachers blog. Technology, Pedagogy and Education. DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2019.1683065
Rybakova, K., Rice, M., Moran, C, Zucker, L., McGrail, E., Mcdermott, M., Loomis, S., Gerber, H., Piotrowski, A., Garcia, M., Gibbons, T., & Marlatt, R. (2019) A long arc bending towards equity: Tracing almost 20 years of ELA teaching trends inCITE. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 19(4).
Rybakova, K., & Piotrowski, A. (2019). Towards equitable technology integration. In Zucker et al., 23 months x 22 scholars: Collaboration, negotiation, and the revision of a position statement on technology in English Language Arts. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 19(3).
Rybakova, K. (2018). Using young adult literature with first generation college students in an introductory literature college course. ALAN Review, 46(1), 42-52.
Rybakova, K., & Damico, N. (2018). Cross-university collegiality: Supporting 21st century cooperation in preservice English Language Arts teachers. Issues and Trends in Educational Technology, 6(1), 39-57.
Rybakova, K., & Muir, M. (2018). Stories from the middle. The Leaflet. 20-26.
Conference Proceedings (2019-2022):
Rybakova, K. (2022). Teaching Controversial Young Adult Literature: The Why, The How, & The Pushback. Presented at the Maine Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference, Thomas College, ME.
Rybakova, K. (2020, October). Future Teachers Academy: What would you do if ? Thomas College, Waterville, ME.
Rybakova, K. (2020, March). What research says: Equity, ELA, and Technology. Central Maine Educators Regional Conference (CMERC), Dover-Foxcroft, ME. Cancelled due to COVID 19.
Rybakova, K. (2020, March). The thingamabob: Using technology as a literacy, not a tool. Maine Council of Teachers of English, Portland, ME. Cancelled due to COVID 19.
Rybakova, K., Moran, C., Garcia, M., McDermott, M., McGrail, E., Piotrowski, A., Rice, M., Loomis, S., & Marlatt, R. (2019, November). Sprinted writing as a strategy for cross-institutional collaboration: Analyzing 17 years of CITE ELA technology research. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD. (Presented virtually due to illness)
Rybakova, K. (2019). The art and craft of poetry: Inquiry-driven online instruction. SLAM 2019: The Power of Authentic Inquiry in Literacies and Multimedia. Roundtable presented at the National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD. (Accepted—did not present due to illness)
Rybakova, K., & Kahl, S. (2019). Impacts of OER on student learning and professor pedagogy. Presentation presented at the New England Faculty Development Consortium, Worcester, MA.
Rybakova, K. (2019). Authentic assessment using screencasting: A preservice teacher and local middle school project. Sparking Inquiry with Students and Teachers through Digital Literacies. Roundtable presented at the National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD.
Rybakova, K. (2019). Social justice in middle-level young adult literature. Children’s Literature Conference presentation. Children’s Literature Conference, Thomas College, ME.
Rybakova, K. (2019). The future is now: What research says. Preservice teacher research poster session, session chair. Maine Association for Middle Level Education, Northport, ME.
Rybakova, K. (2019). The thingamabob: Using technology as a literacy. Maine Association for Middle Level Education, Northport, ME.
Rybakova, K. (2019). What works, what’s hot: Middle level young adult literature trends. Presented at the Maine Council for Teachers of English Language Arts, Northport, Maine.
Faculty Advisor, Educators Rising Committee Member
Student Affairs Committee
Executive Director, Maine Association for Middle Level Education (state)