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All media inquiries and questions should be sent in writing to Amy Beaver, Marketing and Communications Specialist.

  • Fourth Annual Tinker Expo

    Sep 19, 2019
    The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is excited to announce it will be hosting their Fourth Annual Tinker Expo on Tuesday, October 22, 2019!  Please share this spectacular news with your staff (flyer is attached).

    The Tinker Expo will offer over twelve concurrent sessions related to STEAM, the 4 C’s, and the maker movement.   Sessions will include interactive sessions in robotics, engineering, coding, design thinking and more. The Tinker Expo will also include a new half-day DRONES IN EDUCATION session! 

    Registration is $125 a person, which will include a $10 food truck voucher for each attendee.  An additional fee for the Drones in Education session of $175 will apply (includes session and Drone).

    Space is limited!  Register today at the following link: http://bit.ly/tinker19 

    2019 CAIU Tinker Expo

  • Fall Sign Language Classes

    Sep 06, 2019
    Registration is open for the following Sign Language Classes:

    Level I: Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm, September 24 - November 12, 2019
    Level II: Thursdays from 6-8:00pm, September 26 - November 14, 2019
    Level III: Wednesdays from 6-8:00pm, September 25 - November 13, 2019

    Level I - This is a beginner class. No previous experience with sign language is needed. The course will include ABC's and numbers, basic vocabulary, light conversation and an introduction to Deaf Culture.

    Level II - This class assumes that the participant has acquired basic skills taught in an introductory course. The course will continue vocabulary development. Level II will also introduce classifiers, directionality, and some basic ASL grammar.

    Conversation/Level III - This class will focus on using ASL in conversation. It is designed for those who have completed levels 1 and 2 and would like more exposure to American Sign Language. Topics covered will include classifiers, non-manual markers, idioms, and ASL grammar within conversational topics.

    Deadline to register is Thursday, September 19, 2019

    For more information regarding registration and to view the brochure please Click Here.

  • Assistant Executive Director Announcement

    Jul 01, 2019
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    Following a comprehensive screening and interview process with many qualified candidates, the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) Board of Directors appointed Dr. Thomas M. Calvecchio as assistant executive director during the May 23, 2019 Board meeting. Dr. Calvecchio joins the CAIU team starting Monday, July 1, 2019. 

    “It is with great excitement and honor that I begin this new journey at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit,” said Dr. Calvecchio. “I am excited for the opportunity to meet CAIU at the intersection of entrepreneurship and educational excellence, and plan far into the future in support of the children and districts we serve.”

    Calvecchio brings more than 14 years of educational experience in various roles at intermediate units and school districts. He served as a principal with Delaware County Intermediate Unit and as director of special education and pupil services with Chester Upland School District, under the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Before joining the CAIU, he served as administrator on assignment with Chester County Intermediate Unit.

    He says his experience in diverse roles, in a wide variety of districts, best equips him for serving the CAIU’s service region, which includes school districts in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and northern York counties. Serving in both highly-urban and highly-rural constituencies, Dr. Calvecchio added, “Although challenging, it was a life-changing experience for me. It allowed me to become a true servant leader and showed the importance of authenticity and relationship building as cornerstones to my personal ethic.”

    He holds certificates for Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Principal and Supervisor of Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Calvecchio completed his doctoral work and Superintendent Letter of Eligibility at Neumann University. In his role as assistant executive director, Calvecchio will oversee CAIU’s Human Resources and Communications, focusing on organizational development, culture and climate.

    The CAIU is also looking forward to having Calvecchio onboard. Dr. Andria Saia, CAIU executive director, said, “As an IU, I believe we are the business of people. Our primary mission is to support and serve the children, parents, teachers, administrators and community members of the Capital Region. We went out in search of a great leader who was ready, willing and able to support and grow our staff, and ensure that the CAIU reflects internally and externally how very much we value our people who carry out the CAIU vision of educational excellence.”  She concluded by saying, “In Dr. Calvecchio, the interview team unanimously felt they had found the leader they desired. We are so excited to have him as part of the team.”

  • Summer Sign Language Classes

    Jun 06, 2019
    Registration is open for the following Sign Language Classes:

    Level I: Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm, June 11 - July 23, 2019
    Level II: Thursdays from 6-8:00pm, July 30 - September 3, 2019

    Level I - This is a beginner class. No previous experience with sign language is needed. The course will include ABC's and numbers, basic vocabulary, light conversation and an introduction to Deaf Culture.

    Level II - This class assumes that the participant has acquired basic skills taught in an introductory course. The course will continue vocabulary development. Level II will also introduce classifiers, directionality, and some basic ASL grammar.

    Conversation/Level III - This class is not offered during the Summer session.

    Deadline to register is: Level I-June 7th, Level II-July 25th

    For more information regarding registration and to view the brochure please Click Here.

  • ENGINE of Central PA Selected to Join Global STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice; Central Pennsylvania Wins Support to Build Connections Among Local Schools, Businesses, Higher Education and many Community Partners

    May 31, 2019

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    The ENGINE of Central PA, Empowering the Next Generation of Innovators and Entrepreneurs, a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), fiscal sponsor, has just been selected to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, SLECoP. In a highly competitive process, ENGINE of Central PA was named one of 15 new ecosystems selected to join the global movement devoted to dramatic improvement in how students learn.

    STEM Learning Ecosystems build meaningful regional connections among educators, business and industry partners, afterschool and summer programs, to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of the future. Each ecosystem connects to counterparts from across the country and world, enabling the exchange of best practices, information and resource-sharing.

    "In Pennsylvania the STEM Ecosystem approach has been a key strategy for aligning resources, connecting organizations, and building supports for all learners across the commonwealth to have access to high quality STEM experiences. We are excited to collaborate with the ENGINE of Central PA STEM Ecosystem to build a strong network for learners to build the skills for the STEM workforce" stated Judd R. Pittman, Special Consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM.

    ENGINE covers a 12-county region including Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and Schuylkill. Therefore, it was critical to establish an executive leadership team that could represent regional territories as we develop equitable opportunities for preK-12. The executive leadership team of ENGINE of Central PA includes outreach officers Jessica Rice, Director of Education at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, and Michele Crowl, Executive Director of Discovery Space; and regional directors Michael Baker, Curriculum Consultant of Central Intermediate Unit 10; Lauren Beal, STEM Supervisor of Lebanon/Lancaster Intermediate Unit 13; Annie Milewski, Director of Curriculum and District Support Specialist of Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29; Susan Voigt, Educational Services Supervisor of Capital Area Intermediate Unit 15; and Peney Wright, STEM/STEAM Curriculum and Instruction Specialist at Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11.

    Click here to read the complete press release.

  • CAIU Hosts Legislative Breakfast, a Roundtable Conversation between Legislators and Superintendents

    Mar 22, 2019

    CAIU Legislative Breakfast

    The Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) was pleased to host a Legislative Breakfast on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at CAIU’s office, 55 Miller Street, Enola. The event provided legislators, school district superintendents and technical school directors from the Capital Region the opportunity to gather and have informative discussions about the challenges facing public schools.

    CAIU Executive Director, Dr. Andria Saia, welcomed State Senators John DiSanto, Mike Folmer and Mike Regan, as well as State Representatives Sheryl Delozier, Barbara Gleim, Dawn Keefer, Mark Keller, Patty Kim, Andrew Lewis and Thomas Mehaffie, III. Representatives Torren Ecker and Greg Rothman sent staff members on their behalf. Twenty-six school administrators also attended.

    Foregoing the typical panel format, the roundtable conversation generated more productive discussions between school administrators and their school district’s legislative leaders. Conversations focused on topics identified as present-day issues facing public education.

    “It was wonderful to have so many of our local legislators, and schools districts administrators join us this morning. We had very positive conversations, and our organization looks forward to continued collaboration with all of our community leaders to better serve the 85,000+ students in our region,” said Dr. Saia.

    At the conclusion of the event, Senator John DiSanto shared, “I thoroughly enjoyed today’s roundtable with several of my school district superintendents. It was one of the most engaging and productive meetings I have had on pressing issues facing public education since becoming a State Senator. I welcome and look forward to continued dialogue.”

    For more information, contact Marketing and Communications Specialist, Amy Beaver at 717-732-8486
    or abeaver@caiu.org.


  • Spring Sign Language Classes

    Jan 09, 2019
    Registration is open for the following Sign Language Classes:

    Level I: Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm, February 19 - April 16, 2019
    Level II: Thursdays from 6-8:00pm, February 21 - April 11, 2019

    Level I - This is a beginner class. No previous experience with sign language is needed. The course will include ABC's and numbers, basic vocabulary, light conversation and an introduction to Deaf Culture.

    Level II - This class assumes that the participant has acquired basic skills taught in an introductory course. The course will continue vocabulary development. Level II will also introduce classifiers, directionality, and some basic ASL grammar.

    Conversation/Level III - This class is not offered during the Spring session.

    Deadline to register is Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

    For more information regarding registration and to view the brochure please Click Here.

  • Alice Womer receives the 2018/19 Josephine J. Decima Award for Excellence in the Field of Special Education

    Nov 16, 2018

    The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is proud to announce that Alice Womer, a speech/language pathologist for the CAIU, is the winner of this year’s Decima award. The award was established to honor the life of the late Josephine Decima, a former CAIU educator, who helped pioneer the field of special education in central Pennsylvania.

    Geri Schaffer, who nominated Womer for the award, said this about her in the application for nomination:

    “Over the years that I've worked with [Alice], I've watched students grow and learn. They respect her, and they know she cares about them. She cares about their school environments, their skill levels, their goals and their success. But, more importantly, she cares about them, personally. She pays attention to their extracurricular activities, their friends and family, and the dreams they have for themselves. Then, she goes to work finding ways to connect the dots for them.”

    Womer will be officially presented with the award at CAIU’s December board meeting and she will also be honored during All Staff Day in January.

    About Josephine Decima
    During her nearly 40-year career in teaching, Josephine J. Decima was a pioneer in the field of special education in central Pennsylvania. She believed that students with special needs were entitled to a strong academic program supplemented by life-skills training. She fought tirelessly to improve instructional programs and experiences for children with physical and mental challenges. Decima was a lifelong advocate for special-needs children, and an inspirational role model for teachers.

  • Fall Sign Language Classes

    Sep 12, 2018
    Registration is open for the following Sign Language Classes:

    Level I: Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm, September 25 - November 13, 2018
    Level II: Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm, September 25 - November 13, 2018

    Level I - This is a beginner class. No previous experience with sign language is needed. The course will include ABC's and numbers, basic vocabulary, light conversation and an introduction to Deaf Culture.

    Level II - This class assumes that the participant has acquired basic skills taught in an introductory course. The course will continue vocabulary development. Level II will also introduce classifiers, directionality, and some basic ASL grammar.

    Conversation/Level III - This class is not offered during the Fall session.

    Deadline to register is Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

    For more information regarding registration and to view the brochure please Click Here.

  • Nomination Deadline Extended for the Josephine J. Decima Award for Excellence in the Field of Special Education​

    Sep 10, 2018
    Do you know an educator who goes above and beyond in the area of special education? Please consider nominating them for the 2018 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 National Education Week. The honor includes 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
    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.

    Nomination Deadline Extended: Friday, November 2, 2018

    Download nomination instructions and form:
    2018 Decima Award Nomination Instructions and Application