All media inquiries and questions should be sent in writing to Theresa Kinsinger, Director of Organizational Services.

  • 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.


    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.

  • February Board 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. January's Meeting Minutes are also now available.

    CAIU's next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2016, at 8:00am in the Board Room of the Enola Office.
  • January Board Information Now Available

    Jan 29, 2016

    January is School Board Appreciation Month. The CAIU thanks all of its Board members for their time and dedication.

    We were able to dig out from the record snowstorm in time to have our January 28, 2016, Board meeting!

    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. December's Meeting Minutes are also now available.

    CAIU's next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 8:00am in the Board Room of the Enola Office.

  • Journey Through Special Education Conference

    Jan 19, 2016
    Parents, Special Education Professionals and all others interested in the support and education of students with special learning needs are invited to attend the 18th Annual Conference.
         Location:   The Park Inn, Mechanicsburg
         Date:         March 19, 2016
         Time:         8:30 - 3:30
    See the attached brochure for more information.
    CPARC Conference Brochure
  • Spring 2016 Sign Language Classes

    Jan 15, 2016
    Registration is open for Spring Sign Language Classes:

    Level 1 – Tuesdays, February 23 to April 12, 6:00 – 8:00pm
    Level 2 -  Tuesdays, February 23 to April 12, 6:00 – 8:00pm

    Deadline to register is February 16, 2016.  See the attached brochure for more information.
    Spring 2016 Sign Language brochure

  • Substitute Teacher Job Fair

    Dec 22, 2015
    The CAIU will be hosting a Substitute Teacher Job Fair on Thursday, January 14, 2016, from 4:00pm - 7:00pm in our Enola Office. The CAIU and many of the districts/schools we serve will be in attendance. If you have a teaching certificate and are looking to reenter the workforce or if you are a recent educational graduate looking for experience, this is a great opportunity to learn more about these educational entities. We hope to see you there!
  • CAIU WANs RFP Now Available

    Dec 22, 2015
    Click on link to view document.

    WANs_BtB RFP 2016
  • Register For the iPad Summit and BOGO half off!

    Dec 22, 2015

    In spite of the difficulties caused by the budget impasse, we do not want you to miss out on this learning opportunity! Join the CAIU at the 4th Annual iPad Summit on Friday, December 11 -- bring a colleague and they will get HALF off the registration fee. If you already registered or if you register by December 4, bring another educator, administrator, specialist, board member, or anyone else interested in the event.

    The summit is designed to bring together educators, technology and curriculum directors, principals, and school leaders. We will be offering a full day of presentations, workshops, and hands-on sessions that will help you to identify emerging best practices and innovative ideas for integrating the use of iPads seamlessly and transparently into the classroom. We will offer relevant information about classroom integration, technical considerations, and the leadership necessary to implement and manage successful iPad programs.

    This event often sells out – reserve your spot today!

    Friday, December 11, 8 a.m. -4 p.m.
    Where: CAIU Enola campus
    Code for half off: Bonus (case sensitive, you will also need to identify the full price attendee you will be accompanying)
    Contact: Karen Ditzler, 717-732-8400, ext. 8300

    Learn more

  • Nomination Deadline Extended for Decima Award!

    Dec 22, 2015

    Do you know an educator who goes above and beyond in the area of special education? Please consider nominating them for the 2015 Josephine J. Decima Award. This award is presented annually to a teacher in the CAIU’s service area whose commitment and service in the field of special education epitomizes the qualities that Josephine Decima demonstrated in her work with children. It will be presented during American Education Week. The CAIU is pleased to announce that this honor will also include a $500 monetary award graciously donated by the Decima family.

    Nominees should demonstrate: 

    •  Advocacy for the educational needs of all children, especially those with physical and mental challenges.
    • Compassion for students with special needs.
    • Commitment to help children with special needs become a vital part of the community.
    • Effort to provide valuable and practical life experiences for students with special needs.
    • Willingness to share knowledge, skills, and experiences with colleagues in order to strengthen educational programs and pedagogy.
    • Initiative to seek and provide services for students with special needs.

    Nominations can come from professionals or the community. Nominees must be an educator of students with special needs who works within the CAIU service area and must hold PA Level II Certification in the area of special education. Please read the brochure for more information and an application.

    Josephine Decima 2015 Brochure

    Nomination Deadline: Friday, November 13, 2015

  • Google Educator Level 2 Certification Boot Camp

    Dec 22, 2015

    Teachers and administrators seeking Google Educator Level 2 Certification will have the opportunity to prepare for the Google Educator exam during a two-day boot camp on November 20 and December 4, 2015. Participants will learn the essentials of Google Apps for Education. Rich Kiker, a top-rated Google Certified Trainer, will facilitate the course and guide participants through various activities and classroom examples using media rich content, web based tutorials, and video learning libraries.

    Learning outcomes and test preparation for the Google Educator exam include the following:

    • Gmail
    • Drive
    • Calendar
    • Sites
    • Chrome
    • Classroom
    • Blogger
    • Google Play for Education
    • YouTube
    • Google+
    • Maps and Earth
    • Hangouts
    • Google Scholar

    Google Educator Level I Certification is not required in order to participate in this event. For more information about the Google certification visit

    For questions, please contact Karen Ditzler: 717-732-8400, ext. 8300 or

    Individual participant requirements:
    Chromebook or laptop with the Chrome browser and internet access

    Two-day workshop schedule:
    Registration - 8:30 a.m. 
    Sessions - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
    10 - Act 48 Hours

    Day 1: November 20, 2015
    Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12
    65 Billerbeck Street
    New Oxford, PA 17350

    Day 2: December 4, 2015
    Intermediate Unit 13
    1020 New Holland Avenue
    Lancaster, PA 17601

    Program Cost: $199
    Includes a light breakfast and full lunch

    Registration is open. Visit the 48 CARATS website to register.

    September 14 - September 30
    - Registration open to one person per district in the CAIU

    October 1 - October 20 - Registration for remaining seats (50 for the CAIU) open to anyone from CAIU

    After October 20 - Open registration