Beth E. Thrift
Focused, talented, and dedicated, Beth has masterfully helped the SERVE Center meaningfully embrace the bridge-building possibilities presented by cutting-edge technology and the growing need for distance and virtual communication.
She currently works with the SERVE Center in the areas of professional development, technical assistance, and evaluation services to state and local agencies in their efforts to plan, implement, and evaluate technology initiatives. Her work includes the use of web-based technologies to support dissemination, outreach, and engagement efforts with the SERVE Center staff and with educators and policymakers across the southeast region.
While at the SERVE Center Beth has provided face-to-face and online professional development and has facilitated teams in authentic task learning on how technology can be used to reach, support, and engage participants in a way that will enhance their learning. Throughout her time at the SERVE Center, Beth has conducted face-to-face workshops on creating accessible websites, the use of handheld technologies to teach literacy, integrating technology into early childhood programs, and developing grant proposals for technology. Beth has also designed workshops on topics that include differentiating instruction and universal design for learning. She has participated in online conferences and lead numerous webinars. Beth has been a reviewer for several states’ Technology Literacy Challenge Fund and Enhancing Education Through Technology grant competitions. Beth has also been a reviewer for pre-service teacher education internship portfolios for Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology projects.
Beth has been associated with the SERVE Center since 1998 when she worked as part of the Regional Technology in Education Consortium for the Southeast and Islands. Beth began working fulltime at the SERVE Center in October 2005. She has 20 years of of experience in providing training and technical assistance in both the private and pubic sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is working toward a Master of Science in Instructional Technology.
Beth’s professional interests include: adult learning, technology integration into the learning environment (particularly online environments), instructional design, and adult literacy.