J. F. Trey Smith

Teacher. Researcher. Designing for learning in secondary science classrooms at the intersections of social, cultural, historical, political, and community contexts and questions.

Lenapehoking / Philadelphia, PA

Biography

Philadelphia Science Teacher

Trey has taught science, social studies, and engineering in Philadelphia public schools for eight years. He began teaching middle school students in 2007 in North Philadelphia at Morrison Elementary.

In 2010, he joined the faculty at Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School in West Philadelphia. As science department chair, he established a junior chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), two robotics teams, a science research and internship program, a monthly science speaker series, and a monthly field trip series. Trey also co-founded the Philadelphia Engineering and Math Challenge in partnership with educators from the Math Forum to provide a yearlong series of competitions for middle and high school math teams from Philadelphia public schools.

As a teacher at Boys' Latin, he received a 2014 Teacher as Hero Award from the National Liberty Museum and the 2012 Outstanding Science Teacher Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.


Philadelphia Writing Project Teacher Consultant

Since 2009, Trey has served as a teacher consultant with the Philadelphia Writing Project (PhilWP). He has co-facilitated PhilWP's signature Invitational Summer Institute on Writing and Literacy for four summers and serves on PhilWP's advisory board.

In 2014, he co-led a $60,000 grant from the National Writing Project (NWP) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) to create the after school program "GAME ON! Philadelphia: Science, Literacy, and the Pursuit of Happiness" in partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

In 2018 and 2020, Trey co-led two $20,000 grants from the Library of Congress's Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Eastern Region to build capacity within the Philadelphia Writing Project to support teacher writing, inquiry, and leadership across disciplines through teaching with primary sources.


Adjunct Science Education Methods Instructor

From 2010 to 2016, Trey taught new teachers in secondary science education methods and foundations in education courses at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennGSE) in the Urban Teacher Master's & Certification Program.

He currently teaches secondary science education methods in the Independent School Teaching Residency Program at PennGSE.


Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow

During the 2014-15 school year, Trey served as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. As a legislative fellow in the Senate, 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.

Trey maintains an interest in studying and supporting teachers' engagement in education policy. As a teacher advisor with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), he has helped design and study programs that support science teacher leadership and policy advocacy.


Science Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress

For the 2015-16 school year, the Library of Congress selected Trey 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.

Based on his work on teaching with primary sources across disciplines, Trey had facilitated workshops sponsored by the National Center for History Education and hosted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Astronauts Memorial Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center.


LSU and Penn Alumnus

Trey 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.

From 2016 to 2019, Trey worked with Dr. Brian Reiser at Northwestern University on the Next Generation Science Storylines and Teachers as Learners projects. He also worked with Dr. Shirin Vossoughi on the Learning Through Youth Community Tinkering Project. At Northwestern, Trey was a fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education.

Publications

Paper in Peer-Reviewed Journal

Davis, N., Vossoughi, S., & Smith, J. F. (2020). Learning from below: A micro-ethnographic account of children’s self-determination as sociopolitical and intellectual action. Learning, Culture, and Social Interaction, 24. (Download)


Paper in Published Conference Proceedings

Zivic, A., Smith, J. F., Reiser, B. J., Edwards, K. D., Novack, M., & McGill, T. A. W. (2018). Negotiating epistemic agency and target learning goals: Supporting coherence from the students’ perspective. In J. Kay & R. Luckin (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018 (Vol. 1, pp. 25-32). London, UK: International Society of the Learning Sciences. (Download)


Book Chapters

Hite, R., Vieyra, R., Milbourne, J., Dou, R., Spuck, T., & Smith, J. F. (2020). STEM teacher leadership in policy. In C. C. Johnson, M. J. Mohr-Schroeder, T. J. Moore, & L. D. English (Eds.), Handbook of research on STEM education (pp. 470-480). Routledge.

Smith, J. F., & Teisan, J. (2018). 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 (2nd Ed., pp. 421-444). Peter Lang.


Articles in Journals for K-12 Educators

Bundy, B., Dahl, J., Guiñals-Kupperman, S., Hengesbach, J., Martino, K., Metzler, J., Smith, J. F., Spencer, N., Vargas, M., Vieyra, R., Whitehurst, A. (2019, March). Aspiring to lead: Physics teacher leaders influencing science education policy. The Physics Teacher, 57(3), 210-213. (Download)

Smith, J. F. (2016, February). Right to the Source: Exploring science and history with the Library of Congress: “Texting” in the 19th century. The Science Teacher, 83(2), 60.


Selected Web-Based Publications for K-12 Educators

Smith, J. F. (2019, October 8). Primary sources in science classrooms: Asking science and social studies questions about “Radium Girls” [Blog post]. Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2019/10/primary-sources-in-science-classrooms-asking-science-and-social-studies-questions-about-radium-girls

Smith, J. F. (2016, May 24). Primary sources in science classrooms: Severe weather and community resilience [Blog post]. Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2016/05/primary-sources-in-science-classrooms-severe-weather-and-community-resilience

Smith, J. F. (2016, March 1). Primary sources in science classrooms: Plants, photos from Tuskegee, and planning investigations [Blog post]. Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2016/03/primary-sources-in-science-classrooms-plants-photos-from-tuskegee-and-planning-investigations

Smith, J. F., & Sneideman, J. (2016, February 11). Primary sources in science classrooms: Electric cars, energy, and engineering [Blog post]. Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2016/02/primary-sources-in-the-science-classroom-electric-cars-energy-and-engineering

Smith, J. F. (2015, December 10). Primary sources in science classrooms: Computer science and programming with punched cards (Part 2) [Blog post]. Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2015/12/primary-sources-in-science- classrooms-computer-science-and-programming-with-punched-cards-part-2

Smith, J. F. (2015, October 15). Primary sources in science classrooms: Paint, poisoning, proportions, and public health and policy [Blog post]. Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2015/10/primary-sources-in-science-classrooms-paint-poisoning-proportions-and-public-health-and-policy

Smith, J. F. (2015, October 9). Primary sources in science classrooms: Mapping the ocean floor, Marie Tharp, and making arguments from evidence (Part 2). [Blog post]. Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Retrieved from https://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2015/10/primary-sources-in-science-classrooms-mapping-the-ocean-floor-marie-tharp-and-making-arguments-from-evidence-part-2/

Smith, J. F. (2015, April 23). Building a better STEM curriculum. SEEN Magazine, 17(1), 44-47. Retrieved from http://www.seenmagazine.us/Articles/Article-Detail/ArticleId/4682/building-a- better-curriculum

Conference Presentations and Talks

Paper Presentations

Smith, J. F., & Reiser, B. J. (2019, April). “So, I’ve done a lot of talking with them...”: Supporting student talk and agency in science classrooms. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON.

Davis, N. R., & Smith, J. F. (2019, April). Children’s self-determination as intellectually and socially transformative in a making/tinkering program. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON.

Smith, J. F., & Reiser, B. J. (2019, April). Teachers’ reports on successes and challenges in co- constructing direction of learning using storylines curriculum materials. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 2019 Annual International Conference. Baltimore, MD.

Smith, J. F., & Reiser, B. J. (2018, October). “Figuring it out” together: Problematizing as a core component of model-based learning. Paper presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) Joint SIG 20 and SIG 26 Meeting. Jerusalem.

Smith, J. F., & Reiser, B. J. (2018, March). “I’m just saying that's the question I have”: Co-constructing investigations in a fifth-grade classroom. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) 2018 Annual International Conference. Atlanta, GA.


Panels

Ballenger, C., Waff, D., Cruice, P., Nguyen, A., Richmond, M., & Smith, J. F. (2020, February). Sharing practitioner inquiry in community: The promise and possibility. 41st Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA.

Murphy, N., Gerencser, J., Bell, D., Marshall, L. P., Cummiskey, J., Newland, R., & Smith, J. F. (2016, November). How can I help you? The changing nature of reference in the 21st century. Mid- Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), Annapolis, MD.

Fecher, S., Houston, R., Krish, A., & Smith, J. F. (2016, October). Game On! Philadelphia: Engaging youth and families. Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Wilmington, DE.


Invited Talks and Keynotes

Inquiry trajectories, disciplinary tools and traditions, and taking informed action. (2019, June). Keynote address. Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Eastern Region Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. (Slideshow)

Teaching with primary sources: Learning, literacy, and lenses. (2018, April). Invited talk. 21st century literacy: Research, practice, & policy, National Adolescent Literacy Coalition (NALC) spring meeting, Washington, DC.

STEM, STEAM, and teaching with primary sources. (2017, July). Invited talk. STEM to STEAM Workshop: Connecting the Arts to STEM and Local Collections, Teaching with Primary Sources Program, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Tachers, traditions, and transformations. (2014, April). Keynote address. 9th Annual Master’s Capstone Conference for the Urban Teacher Master’s and Certification Program, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.


Selected Presentations K-12 Educator Conferences

Smith, J., & Ryan, D. (2020, June). Co-authoring Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) professional development with partners. TPS Eastern Region Conference [online].

Freed, J., Freifelder, J., Patten, B., Primo, S., Rosales, A., Smith, J. F., & Whitfield, L. (2019, November). Inquiries into teaching with historical primary sources: Resistance, resilience, and healing. National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD. (Resources)

Teisan, J. L., & Smith, J. F. (2019, April). Making the most of project-, problem-, place-, passion-, and partnership-based learning. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Smith, J. F. (2019, March). Interdisciplinary teaching and learning in science classrooms with historical primary sources [Poster]. ASCD Empower19 Conference, Chicago, IL. (Poster)

Teisan, J. L., & Smith, J. F (2018, November). Strengthening STEM learning with community partnerships that integrate arts and social studies. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Area Conference, National Harbor, MD.

Smith, J. F. (2018, October). Human impacts on environment and teaching with historical primary sources. Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) Conference, Tinley Park, IL.

Smith, J. F. (2018, July). Framework for teaching with historical primary sources in science classrooms [Poster]. American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Summer Meeting, Washington, DC. (Poster)

Smith, J. F. (2017, November). Teaching science and engineering with historical primary sources: Opportunities for cross-disciplinary learning. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Area Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Reimers, A., & Smith, J. F. (2016, October). Sound thinking! Engineering invention and innovation with middle school youth. Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference, Erie, PA.

Apfeldorf, M., & Smith, J. F. (2016, April). Science as human endeavor: Analyzing historical primary sources from the Library of Congress. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference, Nashville, TN.

Fecher, S., Houston, R., Krish, A., Romaninsky, M, & Smith, J. F. (2015, November). Game On! Using game design to engage students in natural science and literacy. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Area Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Smith, J. F. (2012, April). Social justice, science, and writing for change. National Writing Project (NWP) Urban Sites Network conference, Tulsa, OK.

Baker, A., Rami, M., & Smith, J. F. (2011, April). Meaningful student voice: What happens when student work goes public (and digital)? National Writing Project (NWP) Urban Sites Network conference, Boston, MA.

Smith, J. F. (2010, November). Voices of the past, present, and future: Exploring a digital archive of African American oral histories. Philadelphia Writing Project Celebration of Writing and Literacy, Philadelphia, PA.

Professional Development for Teachers

Multi-Day Workshops for K-12 Educators

Invitational summer institute on writing and literacy [online]. (2020, July). Co-facilitator with R. Rivera-Amezola, B. Rosser, and partners. Philadelphia Writing Project, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA.

Advanced summer institute on writing, learning, and leading [online]. (2020, July). Co-facilitator with D. Portnoy, S. Reed, and partners. Philadelphia Writing Project, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA.

AAPT/AIP master teacher policy fellowship. (2019, July). Co-facilitator 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.

Invitational summer institute on writing and literacy: Exploring primary sources through the lenses of history, civics, & community. (2019, July). Co-facilitator with L. Whitfield, B. Patten, and partners from Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Poetry Inside Out, Philly School Media Network, Racial Empowerment Collaborative, Our Democracy, and West Philadelphia Collaborative History Center. Philadelphia Writing Project, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. (Website)

Technology's impact on American history: NASA and Flight Technology. (2019, January). Co-facilitator with W. B. Carlson. National Council for History Education (NCHE)-Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. Hosted by Astronauts Memorial Foundation, Kennedy Space Center, FL. (Resources)

AAPT/AIP master teacher policy fellowship. (2018, July). Co-facilitator 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.

Invitational summer institute on writing and literacy: Exploring primary sources through the lenses of history, civics, & community. (2018, July). Co-facilitator 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. (Website)

Technology's impact on American history: Technological innovations and patents. (2018, March). Co- facilitator with W. B. Carlson & C. Szwajkowski. National Council for History Education (NCHE)-Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. Hosted by US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alexandria, VA.

Summer teacher institute: Teaching science, technology, and engineering with primary sources. (2017, July). Co-facilitator with M. Apfeldorf & C. Lederle. Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Technology's impact on American history: Technological innovations and patents. (2017, March). Co- facilitator with W. B. Carlson & C. Szwajkowski. National Council for History Education (NCHE)-Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. Hosted by US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alexandria, VA.

Invitational summer institute on writing and literacy. (2016, July-August). Co-facilitator with L. Brown & M. Mannix. Philadelphia Writing Project, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA.

Summer teacher institute: Teaching with primary sources. (2016, June-July). Co-facilitator with M. Apfeldorf & A. Savage. Library of Congress, Washington, DC.


Selected Presentations at Schools, Districts, Libraries, Museums, and Universities

Introduction to Philadelphia Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institute for principals and teachers in School District of Philadelphia Learning Networks 2 and 11. (2020, February). Middle Years Alternative School, Philadelphia, PA.

College, Career, and Community Writers Program: Multiple perspectives and writing claims. (2019, November). Co-facilitator with N. Hiller, M. Mannix, & D. Waff. Kutztown Area School District, Kutztown, PA. (Website)

Science, technology, history, and the environment: Using digitized historical primary sources to support project- and problem-based learning in Chicago. (2018, August). Earth Force Teacher Workshop, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL.

Supporting cross-disciplinary learning with historical primary sources. (2018, January). Elementary and Middle School Field Studies Seminar, Teacher Education Program, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Catalyzing STEAM learning with historical primary sources and student questions. (2017, November). Chicago STEM Summit, Office of Community Education Partnerships, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Teatro: Artistic imagination and action as a mode of social dreaming. (2017, November). Member of Northwestern Teatro Collective led by S. Vossoughi. Annual Teen Services Workshop: Exploring Cultural Competency through the Arts, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL.

Unpacking power, culturally sustaining pedagogies, and primary sources. (2017, July). Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Exploring nature of science, science practices, and links among science and society: Teaching with primary sources in science classrooms [online]. (2016, July). Ohio Writing Project, Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Exploring nature of science, science practices, and links among science and society: Teaching with primary sources in elementary classrooms. (2016, April). EDCI 619 course, MEd in Teacher Leadership: Special Studies in STEM Education Program, The Universities at Shady Grove, MD.

Exploring nature of science, science practices, and links among science and society: Teaching with primary sources in science classrooms [online]. (2016, April). UCLA Lab School, Los Angeles, CA.

Context, connections, and critical thinking: Primary sources in science classrooms. (2016, March). Advanced Academic Programs Secondary Science Institute. Fairfax County Public Schools, Fairfax, VA.

Workshop on college and career ready standards for Philadelphia pre-service teachers, mentors, and site directors. (2016, January). Philadelphia Teacher Residency, Drexel University, and Philadelphia Education Fund, Philadelphia, PA.


Selected Webinars for K-12 Educators

Inquiries into teaching with dehumanizing historical primary sources: Resistance, resilience, and healing. (in preparation). National Writing Project Radio, Berkeley, CA.

Analyzing NASA-related primary sources and launching cross-disciplinary inquiries. (2019, February). National Council for History Education, University Heights, OH, and National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC. (View)

Considerations for selecting primary sources: Teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress. (2017, January). With C. McGuigan, T. Bober, R. Newland, R. St. Angelo, & E. Sweeting, Educator Innovator, National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA. (View)

Learning at the intersections of science, literacy, gaming, and making. (2016, December). With S. Fecher, R. Houston, A. Krisch, M. Romaninsky, & K. Twiggs. Educator Innovator, National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA. (View)

Exploring and expanding possibilities for integrating writing in science classrooms. (2016, November). With A. Awad, L. Denstaedt, J, Teisan, & R. Vieyra. Educator Innovator, National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA. (View)

Looking back, learning forward: Supporting project- and problem-based learning with historical primary sources. (2016, July). With K. McGuigan, B. Rimer, C. Vogel, & R. Wallace. Educator Innovator, National Writing Project, Berkeley, CA. (View)

Broadening conceptions of writing in the science classroom. (2015, November). AAPT eMentoring webinar, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), College Park, MD.

Current Research Interests

  • Students learning within and across science, engineering, and civic domains as acts of personal and political self-determination

  • Teachers writing, learning, and leading through teaching within and across disciplines with primary sources

  • Science teachers' participatory uses of curriculum materials intended to support "figuring out" in science classrooms

  • Science teacher policy leadership and advocacy


2014-15 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow on Capitol Hill

2015-16 Science Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress

Philadelphia Writing Project Teacher Consultant since 2009

Keynote: "Inquiry Trajectories, Disciplinary Tools and Traditions, and Taking Informed Action," Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Conference, June 2019

Blog Post: "Asking Science and Social Studies Questions about 'Radium Girls,'" Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog, October 2019

Conference Proceedings: "Negotiating Epistemic Agency and Target Learning Goals: Supporting Coherence from the Students' Perspective," International Conference of the Learning Sciences, July 2018