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Dr. Rena Smith

Dr. Rena Smith

Email

Office

3605 Garrett-Strong

Phone

660.562.1509
660.562.1188 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2010


Instructor


Education

  • Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction (emphasis in Science Education); University of Missouri - Columbia, 2017
  • 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

  • 28-226 Science in the Elementary School

  • 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
  • 62-228 Delivering Integrated Curriculum Part II

  • 62-229 Professional Learning Community V

Academic Interests

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

Scholarly Activity

Publications

  • Arbaugh, F., Marra, R., Lannin, J. K., Cheng, Y. W., Merle-Johnson, D., & Smith, R. (2016). Supporting university content specialists in providing effective professional development: the educative role of evaluation. Teacher Development20(4), 538-556.

  • Smith, S. R., & Abell, S. K. (2013). Assessing and addressing student science ideas. In D. Hanuscin & M. P. Rogers (Eds.), Perspectives: Research and tips to support science education, k-6. Arlington, Va.: NSTA Press.

  • Smith, S. R., & Abell, S. K. (2013). Using analogies in elementary science. In D. L. Hanuscin & M. P. Rogers (Eds.), Perspectives: Research and tips to support science education, k-6. Arlington, Va.: NSTA Press.

  • Hanuscin, D., Garderen, D. v., Menon, D., Jeni Davis, E. L., & Smith, S. R. (2013). Quality elementary science teaching: A professional development quest. In S. B. Koba, B. S. Wojnowski & R. E. Yager (Eds.), Exemplary science: Best practices in professional development (2nd ed.). Arlington, Va.: NSTA Press.

  • 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.

Presentations

  • Smith, S. R., Barton, S., Bowlick, A., Dobney, A., Fish, K., & Hagiss, G. (2014).  Tradebooks in the classroom and preservice teacher's experience. Workshop presented at the National Science Teacher’s Association (NSTA) Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, April 5.

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    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

  • Participate in the AAAS Project 2061 Energy Assessment Project- instrument pilot test. 2015

  • NSTA Conference Proposal Review for Kansas City, 2010 & 2015

  • 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.

Other

Personal Interests

  • Spending time with family
  • Photography and Scrapbooking
  • Geocaching