Graduate Student and Research Assistant, Learning Sciences
Fellow, Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
BiographyA PhD student in the learning sciences at Northwestern University, John F. "Trey" Smith is interested in K-12 science learning that pushes beyond traditional science education boundaries to include social, cultural, historical, political, and community contexts and questions. Smith works with Dr. Brian Reiser on the Next Generation Science Storylines project and Dr. Shirin Vossoughi on the Learning Through Youth Community Tinkering project. Smith is also a fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) at Northwestern funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education.
Smith served as a 2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. As a member of Senator Gillibrand’s (NY) legislative team, he helped secure bipartisan amendments to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016 related to engineering and computer science education, career and technical education, and teacher professional development. The following year, the Library of Congress selected Smith to be its first-ever Science Teacher-in-Residence. In his role at the Library he explored teaching and learning with historical primary sources in science and engineering classrooms.
Smith previously taught science, social studies, and engineering in Philadelphia public schools for seven years. In addition, he taught secondary science education methods and foundations in education courses at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in the Urban Teacher Master's & Certification Program. Smith continues to partner with educators in Philadelphia through his work with the Philadelphia Writing Project. He is currently co-leading a $20,000 grant from the Library of Congress to build capacity within the Philadelphia Writing Project to support student writing, inquiry, and reflection across disciplines through teaching with primary sources.
Smith has a BA in communication studies and a BA in political science from Louisiana State University, and an MSEd in secondary science education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Curriculum VitaeView Trey Smith's CV.
- 2017 - Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) Fellow, Northwestern University
- 2016 - Emerging Leader, ASCD
- 2015 - Science Teacher in Residence, Library of Congress
- 2014 - Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, US Department of Energy
- 2014 - Teacher as Hero Award, National Liberty Museum
- 2014 - Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab Fellow, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania
- 2007 - June Martin and Walter Rudd Outstanding Undergraduate Honors Thesis Award, LSU Honors College
|2009||MSEd, Secondary Science Education||University of Pennsylvania|
|2006||BA, Political Science||Louisiana State University|
|2006||BA, Communication Studies||Louisiana State University|
Selected PublicationsTeisan, J., & Smith. J. F. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Building community partnerships and integrating arts and social studies to strengthen STEM learning. in T. Spuck, L. Jenkins, T. Rust, & R. Dou (Eds.), Best Practices in STEM Education: Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni. New York: Peter Lang.
Zivic, A., Smith, J. F., Reiser, B. J., Edwards, K. D., Novak, M., & McGill, T. A. W. (June, 2018). Negotiating epistemic agency and target learning goals: Supporting coherence from the students' perspective. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2018), London, UK.
Selected PresentationsSmith, J. F., & Reiser, B. J. (October, 2018). “Figuring it out” together: Problematizing as a core component of model-based learning. Paper to be presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Joint SIG 20 and SIG 26 Meeting. Jerusalem, Israel.
Smith, J. F. (July, 2018). Framework for teaching with historical primary sources in science classrooms. Poster to be presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Summer Meeting. Washington, DC.
Smith, J. F., & Reiser, B. J. (March, 2018). "I'm just saying that's the question I have": Co-constructing investigations in a fifth-grade classroom. Paper presented at National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference. Atlanta, GA.
Symposia and Workshops
|2018||AAPT/AIP master teacher policy fellowship. Workshop with members of AAPT Master Teacher Leader Task Force. American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and American Institute of Physics (AIP). College Park, MD, and Washington, DC, July 2018.|
|2018||Invitational summer institute on writing and literacy. Workshop with D. Waff, M. Mannix, L. Whitfield, and partners from Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Poetry Inside Out, Philly School Media Network, and West Philadelphia Collaborative History Center, Philadelphia Writing Project, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA, July 2018.|
|2018||Technology's impact on American history. Workshop with W. B. Carlson & C. Szwajkowski. Council for History Education (NCHE) -Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. Hosted by US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alexandria, VA, March 2018.|
|2017||Summer teacher institute: Teaching science, technology, and engineering with primary sources. Workshop with M. Appfeldorf & C. Lederle. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, July 2017.|
|2017||Teaching science and engineering with historical primary sources: Opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) area conference, Milwaukee, WI, November 2017.|
|2017||Unpacking power, culturally sustaining pedagogies, and primary sources. Workshop for the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, July 2017.|
|2016||Game On! Philadelphia: Engaging youth and families. Panel with S. Fecher, R. Houston, & A. Krish at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums annual meeting, Wilmington, DE, October 2016.|
|2016||Sound thinking! Engineering invention and innovation with middle school youth. Workshop with A. Reimers at the Frontiers in Education conference, Erie, PA, October 2016.|
Research InterestsTeachers' uses and adaptations of reform-based science curricula; teacher education and professional learning; learning in formal and informal education spaces; teaching and learning with historical primary sources in science classrooms; argumentation within and across disciplines and contexts
Lab AffiliationsNext Generation Science Storylines (PI: Brian Reiser)
Learning Through Youth Community Tinkering (PI: Shirin Vossoughi)
|2017 - 2018||Science in the Classroom||Advisory Board Member||Provide advice to Science in the Classroom staff on NSF-funded project that annotates research papers published in AAAS's Science magazine to support college and secondary students in learning about scientific writing|
|2017||National Writing Project (NWP)||LRNG Grant Reviewer||Reviewed and offered recommendations for funding grant proposals|
|2017||National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)||Environmental Literacy Grant Review Panelist||Reviewed and offered recommendations for funding grant proposals|
|2017 - 2018||Learning Sciences Graduate Student Conference||Committee Member||Co-plan second and third annual graduate student-led conferences and co-coordinate peer review process for paper submissions (currently active)|
|2017||Barat Education Foundation & Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF)||Curriculum Reviewer||Review and provide feedback on K-12 math and science curricular units that integrate primary sources and civics education goals|
|2017 - 2018||American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)||Teacher Advisory Group Member||Review and provide feedback on organization's physics teacher leadership framework and programming (currently active)|
|2016 - 2018||Philadelphia Writing Project||Advisory Board Member||Provide guidance on design of communication materials, programs for teacher learning (currently active)|
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