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Northwest Missouri State University

Rena Smith

Rena Smith



3605 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2010



  • M.S.Ed. Teaching: Science; Northwest Missouri State University, 2003
  • B.S. Elementary Education (Emphasis in Science, Social Studies and Language Arts); Missouri State University, 1995

Courses Taught

  • 28-380 Methods in Elementary School Science
  • 28-550 History of Science and Technology
  • 28-580 Methods in Secondary School Science
  • 28-582 Methods in Middle School Science
  • 40-103 Physical Science Lab

Academic Interests

  • Science Note booking
  • Curriculum Topic Study, including formative assessments
  • How to use Trade books in the classroom

Scholarly Activity


  • Hanuscin, D., vanGarderen, D., Menon, D., Davis, J., Lee. E., and Smith, S.R. (2010). PD pathways: Teacher? Learner? Both! Science and Children, 48(6), 55-9.
  • Marra, R. M., Arbaugh, E., Lannin, J., Abell, S., Ehlert, M., Smith, R., et al. (2011). Orientations to professional development design and implementation: Understanding their relationship to pd outcomes across multiple projects. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 9(4), 793-816.


  • Arbaugh, E., Marra, R. M., Abell, S., Lannin, J., Cheng, Y., Gagnon, M., et al. (2010, May).  The impact of evaluation on professional development design and implementation. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Hanuscin, D., vanGarderen, D., Menon, D., Hager, T., Smith, S. R., Davis, J., et al. (2010, October). In QUEST of  quality elementary science teaching. Workshop presented at the Natinal Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) Area Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.

Other Professional Experiences

  • NSTA Conference Proposal Review for Kansas City, 2010
  • State of Missouri, Science Model Curriculum writer, July 2006-May 2007
  • Enhancing Math and Science in Middle School-Central Methodist Grant- Pre/Posttest developer, July 2006-May 2007
  • U.S. Satellite Laboratory: Project 3D View- Beta School teacher, 2006-2007
  • NAEP Item Writer- Social Studies, October 2003
  • Missouri State Teacher Certification 1-8; Language Arts, General Science and Social Studies 4-8.


Personal Interests

  • Spending time with family
  • Photography and Scrapbooking
  • Geocaching