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  • Request for Proposal: Tinker Expo

    May 27, 2016

    If you are an educator or part of an organization or business and you love to tinker and are inspired by maker-movement products such as 3D printers, Raspberry Pi, Makey-Makeys, Breakout boxes, and Ozibots, why not share your knowledge and passion with the local education community? Request for proposals to showcase products and projects at the first Capital Area Intermediate Unit Tinker Expo is open!

    The Tinker Expo will be held on Wednesday, October 5, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at the CAIU. It will be a true makerspace where educators, administrators, and organizations can gather to create, invent, and learn together. Participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on with 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, tools, and more.  

    The Tinker Expo will feature the latest in maker-movement inspired products and projects organized in five zones:

    • Discover
    • Encounter
    • Invent
    • Thrive
    • Innovate

    The day will be full of opportunities for conversations with educators and organizations to inspire attendees to become an innovative practitioner. Be a part of this fun, engaging, and exciting day! If you are interested in participating or showcasing a tinker space, please complete the form at the link below by July 8, 2016.

    http://tinyurl.com/TinkerProposal

    For more information, contact nmiller@caiu.org.

  • Robert Weezorak, an Educational Consultant with the CAIU Wins Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Leadership Award

    May 11, 2016

    The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015/2016 Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Leadership Award is Robert Weezorak, an educational consultant for the preschool program at the CAIU. Weezorak has worked with the CAIU since 1980 and has served as a school-age teacher in residential care centers and classrooms and has served as a master teacher, then educational consultant, for various classes in Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties.

    The Holtzman Award is given annually to a teacher who is recognized as a leader in public education and the community; exceeds their professional requirements; and earns the respect of students, parents and colleagues. Weezorak will be presented with the award at the CAIU board meeting on May 26.

    Congratulations, Mr. Weezorak!

    Here are a few quotes from Mr. Weezorak’s letter of recommendation and application:

    “…one teacher noted, ‘He is always here—even when he shouldn’t be.’ When he supports new teachers, often he stops by class in the morning before class or after class is finished as the teacher is occupied with students all day.  Much of his support involves after school time. Another teacher said, ‘I don’t think I could have survived as a new teacher without his help and encouragement.’” 

    "One of the most sincere acts of kindness was observed when [Robert Weezorak] was seen comforting a student’s father who just lost his wife. The family struggled financially and he spent hours gathering information from the family and funeral director. He wrote a proposal requesting financial resources to a nationally growing campaign adopted by local organizations, institutions, and businesses so the family could move forward with the funeral arrangements. He was successful in his efforts and the father of the student who lost his wife was so grateful for his act of kindness."

    “Most importantly, the children light up when they see [Robert] enter a room and he is often the ‘highly preferred’ adult that the children seem to cling to.”

     

  • CAEA Announces 2015-2016 Scholarship Recipient

    May 09, 2016

    The Capital Area Education Association is pleased to announce that the 2015-2016 scholarship recipient is Caitlyn Padgett, a senior from Carlisle High School. Caitlyn will receive a $500 scholarship to Seton Hill University. While at Seton Hill University, she will pursue a career in special education and elementary education.

    Thanks to the CAEA members who served on the 2015-2016 scholarship committee: Monica Edwards, Janelle Paul, Nancy Maust, Susan Brussese, Emily Sidelinger, Jill Bradley, and Patricia Benner.

  • Summer 2016 Sign Language Classes

    Apr 22, 2016
    Act 48 credit will be offered upon successful completion of each level.

    To review the brochure please Click Here
  • Spring Refugee Workshop May 4th at CAIU

    Apr 08, 2016
    The CAIU and Lincoln IU 12 invite you to our spring refugee workshop, “Taking Steps to Improve Schooling for Refugee Students: Collaboration Between School & Community Agencies,” on Wednesday, May 4, at CAIU’s Enola campus.

    Paid for by Title III Federal Funding, this event hosts three dynamic specialists who will create an interactive session to offer boots-on-the-ground tips for serving the refugee population. Participants in this interactive workshop will create an action plan to provide support and quality educational programming for refugee students and their families.

    This is a full-day event and lunch is included. Register online using the 48 CARATS program at http://48carats.caiu.org.

    Event:
    “Taking Steps to Improve Schooling for Refugee Students: Collaboration Between School & Community Agencies”
    Date: May 4, 2016
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Contact: Lori Rogers at lrogers@caiu.org

    Presenters
    Church World Services
    The Refugee Center and Community School
    Debbie Falk, ESL advocate and director of refugee services, Upper Darby School District
  • Become a DIBELS Next Mentor

    Mar 30, 2016
    The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. DIBELS Next Mentors can train others on the DIBELS Next Essential, Transition, and Data Interpretation workshops. CAIU is hosting a two-day workshop designed for teachers, reading specialists, educational consultants, interventionists, administrators, school psychologists, and reading teachers interested in becoming mentors.

    Day one will include the DIBELS Next Data Interpretation Workshop and offer advanced training to participants in the use of an outcomes-driven model. Topics will include using data to match students to resources, group students for instruction, select materials for progress monitoring, and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction.

    Day two will include the DIBELS Next Mentoring Workshop which will support participants to deliver training on DIBELS Next administration and scoring. After completion of this two-day workshop, participants will receive DIBELS Next Mentor certification status and receive presentation materials necessary for training and providing leadership feedback to other DIBELS assessors.

    Requirements/prerequisite: Participants must have previously attended DIBELS Next Essentials training and should bring their DIBELS Next Essentials book. Both days of attendance are required to receive DIBELS Next Mentor certification. Participants should also bring a stopwatch/timer to the workshop.

    When: June 15 and 16, 2016 (both dates required)

    Where: CAIU, 55 Miller St., Summerdale, PA 17025 (Meadow/Keystone Room)

    Cost: $139, includes lunch

    Registration: Space is limited, register by May 31 http://48carats.caiu.org

    Contact Ami Healy with questions regarding the workshop or requirements at ahealy@caiu.org and Lori Rogers with questions about registration at lrogers@caiu.org .
  • March Board Meeting Information Now Available

    Mar 29, 2016
    Board Highlights and Cindy's monthly Executive Director's Report from this month's Board meeting are now available on the CAIU website. Board Agendas can be found on this site as well. February's Meeting Minutes are also now available.

    CAIU's next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 8:00am in the Board Room of the Enola Office.
  • Champions for Children Bingo, April 1st

    Mar 29, 2016
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    Champions for Children (C4C) Bingo is back and better than ever! What started 17 years ago as basket bingo with Longaberger baskets, has expanded to include Longaberger baskets, Thirty One and Vera Bradley bags and accessories, themed gift baskets, and gift cards to a variety of businesses. Plus, C4C Bingo features raffles, door prizes, and special games throughout the evening.

    This year's event will be held April 1, at the CAIU Enola Conference Center. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with Bingo starting at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 for 20 games, and additional cards will be available for purchase at the door. Beef barbecue, walking tacos, hot dogs and sausages, desserts and drinks will be available when the doors open and throughout the night. C4C Bingo is an adults-only event.

    All proceeds go to Champions for Children, a program that offers assistance to children in need within the Capital Area Intermediate Unit's service area. Since 2000, Champions for Children Bingo has helped to raise over $40,000. For more information, visit Champions for Children.

  • Nominations Open for the 2015/16 Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Educational Leadership Award

    Mar 29, 2016

    Do you know an educator who has a passion for education and demonstrates outstanding leadership within the field and the community? Help the CAIU find this year's Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Educational Leadership Award winner!

    Nominees should be • A Lifelong Learner
    • Creative and Innovative
    • Student-Centered
    • A Community Leader

    And should
    • Build Camaraderie
    • Celebrate Diversity and Unity
    • Exceed Professional Requirements
    • Earn the Respect of Students, Parents and Colleagues

    Nominees must be a public educator, hold PA Level II Certification, and be employed by a school entity within the CAIU service area.


    How do I nominate an educator?
    This year, the CAIU is featuring a new, streamlined nomination process. Nominations consist of a nomination form and questionnaire prepared by the nominator and one letter of recommendation written by someone other than the nominator. Please see nomination form for further details. To nominate an educator, download and complete the form and questionnaire below and submit with one letter of recommendation to commcontractor@caiu.org.

    2015_16 Thomas Holtzman Award Form and Questionnaire

    EXTENDED Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016

    About Dr. Holtzman
    Dr. Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. served the Susquehanna Township School District for 18 years as principal and superintendent. The Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Educational Leadership Award is established to honor an individual who exemplifies his outstanding qualities as a leader in public education in the Capital Region. His passion for learning, positive outlook, sense of humor, and celebration of diversity inspired all who knew him to strive for educational excellence.

  • Hill Top Students Get Creative

    Mar 29, 2016

    Many people outside of education don’t think of art as a vital part of an academic curriculum, but it is an important addition for a well-rounded education. Through art, students explore subjects through a different lens and experiment with various mediums, techniques and colors to create, all while boosting skills relevant to academics and everyday life – from math and reading to problem solving, teamwork, concentration, and motivation.

    “For Hill Top students, and other students as well, art gives them the chance to take a break from the typical academic structure and established expectations, “said Tanya Haller, art teacher at Hill Top Academy. “Most of our students’ academic and behavioral expectations have only one correct answer or response; with art, that pressure is removed and the students can just create.”

    This year, art students at Hill Top Academy used art to solve a structural problem. A large window in a classroom overlooked the playground, which was a distraction to both students and teachers. To solve the problem, cabinets were placed in front of the window. This created another problem, the view into the window from the playground was now the back of cabinets.

    The staff and students decided to paint the window in the classroom theme, superheroes. Jayden, pictured below in his Ant Man mask, helped the staff draw the superheroes, and students spent weeks painting the window and adding inspirational messages about friendship.

    Another student, before transitioning back to her home district, completed a crayon art project that uses a technique of melting crayons over a canvas to create color and texture. The resulting piece captures a multitude of emotions, yet is overwhelmingly positive. She finished the painting the day before she left Hill Top Academy.

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    About Hill Top Academy:

    There are 20 classes at Hill Top Academy. They represent several programs providing services to students in emotional support, Capital Area Peak Potential, multiple disabilities support, autistic support and the diagnostic classroom. Students come from school districts throughout Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and Northern York counties.