Jean Pinto Thorpe
Summary of qualifications
  • Online professional development course facilitation
  • Keystone Technology Integrator & Star Discovery Educator
  • Experience in grant writing, staff development & program supervision
  • Classroom teaching experience: kindergarten through twelfth grade
  • University adjunct professor: graduate & undergraduate
  • University undergraduate student advising
Education
1994 Widener University Chester, PA
Supervisory Certification – Curriculum & Instruction K-12

1992 Widener University Chester, PA
Reading Specialist Certification

1988 Temple University Phila., PA
Supervisory Certification – Elementary & Early Childhood Education

1977 Temple University Phila., PA
M.Ed. in Elementary with Concentration in Elementary Mathematics

1974 Temple University Phila., PA
B.S. in Early Childhood & Elementary Education
Higher education experience
2009 to 2011 Pennsylvania e-Learning for Educators
Facilitator
  • facilitate online professional development courses using Moodle

2004 to 2007, St. Joseph’s University Phila., PA
Adjunct Instructor
  • instruct graduate courses for the Graduate Education Department: Elementary Language Arts & Reading methods, Psychology of Reading
  • instruct undergraduate courses for University College: Mathematics methods

1992 to present, Widener University Chester, PA
Adjunct Instructor
  • instruct graduate courses for the Center for Education: Content Area Reading, Elementary Language Arts & Reading methods, Mathematics methods, and Children’s Literature
  • instruct undergraduate evening and Weekend College courses for University College: Content Area Reading, Elementary Language Arts & Reading methods, Mathematics methods, and Children’s Literature

2000 to 2005, Widener University, Chester, PA
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
  • advise non-traditional undergraduate Education, Psychology and Liberal Studies students on course planning, career and educational goals, graduation and PRAXIS testing requirements, and the university writing program
  • meet with prospective students

2002 to 2004, Montgomery County IU, Norristown, PA
Professional Development Council Instructor
  • instruct graduate courses for the Professional Development Council

June to August 2001, Widener University, Chester, PA
Acting Assistant Director, Center for Education
  • advised graduate education students & interviewed candidates for M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs
  • worked with Dean and department chairs to assess program needs
  • scheduled off-campus courses
K-12 school experience
1992 to present, Upper Merion Area School District, King of Prussia, PA
Reading Specialist, Caley and Roberts Elementary Schools
1998 to present
  • implement Response to Intervention model (RtII)
  • instruct kindergarten through 4th grade at-risk and special education students in reading
  • assess needs of students referred for special education services
  • coordinate intervention services with counseling, psychological, special education, speech and ESL staff using a multi-disciplinary approach
  • provide curriculum & assessment support as well as instructional materials to classroom teachers and support staff as requested
  • design & deliver staff development on reading, math and instructional technology
  • designed research-based early intervention program for at-risk kindergarten & first graders
  • professional development cohort facilitator
  • lead writer/editor of National Blue Ribbon Schools Award application
  • facilitated activities of Palm Handheld Computers and KSRA Action Research grants

Instructional Support Teacher & Elementary Subject Area Leader for Math, Science and Social Studies
1993 to 1998
  • implemented & coordinated activities of Instructional Support Team for two district elementary schools
  • assessed needs of students referred for special education services
  • provided curriculum & assessment support as well as instructional materials to classroom teachers and staff in 4 district elementary schools
  • designed, planned & delivered workshops and staff development presentations

8th Grade Reading Teacher
Upper Merion Middle School
1992 to 1993
  • instructed 125 regular education students in 5 sections which included special education, ESL and gifted education students

1977 to 1992, PASS Program & Elwyn Institute, Phila., PA
Philadelphia Intermediate Unit
  • Coordinator of Educational Services
  • Mathematics Specialist
  • coordinated, evaluated, and modified Pennsylvania Act 89 compensatory education services
  • recruited, interviewed, and supervised staff
  • planned, developed and coordinated curriculum, assessment, and materials adoption; planned and delivered staff development
  • consulted with non-public school personal to assess needs
  • organized, co-wrote, administered, and evaluated competitive federal, state and private grant programs
  • designed & developed mathematics curriculum and testing program
  • instructed remedial and gifted students in reading and mathematics, kindergarten through twelfth grade

1974 to 1977, School District of Philadelphia, Phila., PA
1st grade teacher Alcorn Elementary School
  • grade team leader
Other
experience
1997 to 2001
Swarthmore Swim Club Board of Directors
  • Board president, 2000-2001
  • Board vice-president, 1999-2000
  • Activities committee chair, 1997-1999

1997 to 2001
Strath Haven High School All-Sports Booster Association
  • Membership committee chair, 2000-2001
  • Swim team liaison, 1996-2000

1992 to 1997
Swarthmore-Rutledge Elementary School
Home & School Association Board of Directors
  • Board secretary, 1994-1997
  • Newsletter editor, 1992-1994
Professional activities
Staff Development & Conference Presentations

2010 to present, Facilitator for Content Area Literacy Cohort, professional development cohort, UMASD

UMASD technology trainer/facilitator, 2005 to present: Smart Boards, Discovery Streaming, WEB 2.0, & WebQuests

(Accepted) workshop facilitator, National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), 2009: Podcasting 101 - Your Students CAN Podcast!

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), 2009: Where in the World do Kindergarten Flat Kids Go

Technology Staff Developer, Wissahickon School District, July and August 2008: Smart Boards, Discovery Streaming & Using Weather and News sites in the Classroom

Poster session, National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), 2008: Podcasting, Smart Boards and Blogging - Oh My!

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), 2008: Discovery Streaming and Inspiration – Perfect Together!

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C), 2008: Integrating Technology into the Kindergarten Classroom

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE+C), 2007, 2008, 2009: Keystones Team; facilitate events for Keystones at the conference

Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, 2007: workshop facilitator

Upper Merion Area School District Schoolwires website trainer/facilitator, 2006

EETT 2006 - (Enhancing Education Through Technology)
Member of the Peer Review team for the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Facilitator, Pennsylvania Governor’s Institute for Middle School Content Area Literacy, Susquehanna University, 2004

BookFEST 2003: Using Strategies to Help Students Prepare for PSSA

Changing the Face of Instruction Using Handhelds Conference at BCIU, 2003: Palm Handheld Computer – Into the Palms of Their Hands!

Delaware Speech/Language Hearing Association, 2002: Using Picture Books to Teach Text Structure to Students with Language Impairments

Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, 2002: Phonological Awareness and Adult Basic Education Students

Co-presenter, Keystone State Reading Association conference (KSRA), 2001: Target Skills & Writers’ Craft: Results of the Action Research Grant from KSRA.

BookFEST 2001: Using Strategies to Develop Meaning Vocabulary

Benchmark School Reading Workshops, 2000: Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Chester Upland School District, 2001: adjunct instructor, Cheney University summer graduate course in reading methods, materials and assessment

Widener University First Annual Reading Conference, 2000: Middle School Students & Picture Books: Perfect Together!

BookFEST 1999 & Delaware Valley Reading Association/Benchmark Workshops, 1999: Problem Solving: Using Visual Organizers and Reading Strategies to Enhance Problem Solving

Pennridge School District, 1999: Vocabulary Strategies for At-Risk Middle School & High School Students

Delaware Valley Reading Association/Benchmark Workshops, 1998: Vocabulary Strategies to Enhance Comprehension

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 1997: Take Ten for Basic Facts Mastery

William Penn School District, 1997: Strategies for At-Risk Readers, II

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 1997: CBA for IST

Coatesville Area School District, Rainbow Elementary School, 1996: Balanced Reading Instruction for At-Risk Readers & Writing and Taking Children from Learning Centered to Published Writing

William Penn School District, 1996: Strategies for At-Risk Readers

Delaware Valley Reading Association/Benchmark Workshops,1995: Children’s Literature & Mathematics

Perkiomen Valley School District, 1995: Implementing the Pennsylvania Comprehensive Reading Plan – PCRP II

Philadelphia Regional Conference, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1994: Children’s Literature and Mathematics

Delaware County Reading Association (with Linda Lehnert, Ph.D., Widener University), 1993: A Case for Holistic Assessment and Instruction

Swarthmore-Rutledge School, 1993: Strategies & Activities to Enhance Number Sense

Keystone State Reading Association Conference & Delaware Valley Reading Association/Benchmark Workshops (with Gloria Bresnitz, M.Ed., Upper Merion Area School District), 1992: Beyond Readiness: the Importance of Print Awareness in the Beginning Reader

UMASD, in-Service consortium presentation, 1991: It’s More than Readiness

Reading and Computers Conference, 1986: Kindergarten Students & Computer Assisted Instruction: Results of an Educational Program Funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Visitation School, 1982 & 1983: Implementing the PALS Basic Skills Instructional Model

Federal Programs Conference, United States Department of Education, 1982: Presentation of the Data from PASS PALS Project

Consultation

2002 to 2003, Editor/Consultant, 2nd & 3rd grades, Teacher to Teacher Publications, Inc. Pennsylvania: Standards to Practice Mathematics Performance Tasks

1985 to 1987, mathematics consultant, Teaching K-8
Awards, honors, grant proposals and publications
Awards, Honors & Designations

2009, Co-created online course for Pennsylvania educators: Technology Tools to Enhance Reading and Writing to be offered by Pennsylvania e-Learning for Educators

2009, EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO), Certificate, Facilitating and Implementing Online Professional Development

2006, Keystones: Technology Integrator

2006, Discovery Educator Network – STAR Discovery Educator

2006, 2004, University College Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year nominee, Widener University

2001, Induction into the Wall of Fame, Upper Merion Area School District, for exemplary service to the school district

2000, Nominated for International Reading Association Educator of the Year Award

1994, Charter inductee, International Reading Association Honor Society, a/e Chapter – Alpha Upsilon Alpha, Widener University

Grant Proposals
2008, 2006, 2003, 2000, 1997, recipient, UMASD Educational Foundation mini-grant funding for innovative educational programming - Smart Document Camera, Palm handheld computers and keyboards, picture books for content area reading, multicultural literature

2006, lead writer, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit Special Needs Foundation grant for innovative use of technology

2001, lead writer & editor of (awarded) Caley Elementary School National Blue Ribbon Schools Award

2001, co-writer, Palm Education Pioneers (PEP) (funded) competitive grant, Palm Inc.

2000, writer, Keystone State Reading Association (funded) competitive grant for classroom research in literacy: Teaching Writer’s Craft & Target Skills

1999, lead writer & editor, Caley Elementary School application for the International Reading Association Exemplary Reading Program Award

1990, lead writer, intergenerational family literacy program competitive grant, Division of Adult Basic Education and Literacy, Pennsylvania Department of Education

1987, 1988, co-writer & consultant, adult basic skills program (funded) competitive grant, Division of Federal Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Education

1985, co-writer & coordinator, training program to prepare kindergarten teachers to infuse new technologies in their classrooms (funded) competitive grant, Division of Federal Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Education

1985, writer, computer-assisted-writing program for elementary students competitive grant, Division of Federal Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Education

1980, 1982, co-writer & program supervisor, adult basic literacy instruction (funded) competitive grant, Division of Federal Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Education

1981, lead writer & program facilitator, elementary mathematics teacher training (funded) competitive grant, Mathematics Education Trust - National Council of Teacher’s of Mathematics

Publications

Thorpe, J. (2006). Keystones: Technology Integrators: 21st century educators with 21st century tools for our 21st century students. interface, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 23, 2.

Thorpe, J. (July 2002) Education programs prepare tomorrow’s teachers today. Possibilities, Widener University.

Thorpe, J. & Trosini, M. (2002). The palm handheld computer – into the palms of their hands. interface, Montgomery County Intermediate
Unit, 18, 4.

Thorpe, J. & Trosini , M. (2001). The palm handheld computer – it’s not your father’s palm pilot! interface, Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 18, 2.

Thorpe, J. (2001). Spreading the word. interface, Montgomery County
Intermediate Unit, 17, 7.
Committees & professional memberships
Committees

October, 2011, PSSA to Common Core Transition Committee - mathematics grades 3 and 4, PDE

2010 to present, UMASD Staff Development Committee

2010 to present, Roberts School RtII Leadership & Child Study Team

1992 to 2010, Caley School, Child Study Team

2004 to present, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mathematics and Reading Assessment Advisory Committees – 3rd and 4th grade

2006 to present, District Technology Committee, Upper Merion Area School District

2007 to 2008, Keystones Advisory Committee

2008, Technology Literacy Committee, UMASD

2003 to 2006, Pennsylvania Department of Education Governor’s Institute Steering Committees, Middle School and High School Content Area Literacy

2003, University College Evaluation Process committee, Widener University

2002, Benchmark Committee, Grades 4, 6 & 7 Mathematics, Pennsylvania Department of Education

2002 to 2004, District Technology Committee, Upper Merion Area School District

2000 to 2001, Caley Elementary School National Blue Ribbon Schools application committee

1999 to 2004, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mathematics Assessment Advisory Committee – 3rd grade Mathematics PSSA

1995 to 1997, Teacher Induction committee, Upper Merion Area School District

1989 to 1992, Staff Development committee, Philadelphia Elwyn

1986 to 1989, Teacher Induction committee, Pass Program

Professional Memberships
IRA Honor Society, a/e Chapter Alpha Upsilon Alpha, Widener University