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

  • Fall 2016 Sign Language Classes

    Aug 29, 2016
    UPDATE 9/15/16: Sign Language Classes have been cancelled due to low registration.

    Registration is open for Level 1 Sign Language Classes which are scheduled on Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm, September 20 to November 8, 2016.

    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.

    To view the brochure please Click Here
  • First Penn State Health Project SEARCH Participants to Graduate

    May 31, 2016
    The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is happy to announce the graduation of its first group of students in the Penn State Health Project SEARCH High School Transition program. The graduation ceremony will be held on June 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Junker Auditorium at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey.

    The CAIU, in partnership with the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, established the program at on the Penn State Health campus in Hershey to provide students with disabilities in their senior year of high school the opportunity to gain skills to succeed in the workplace. Five students participated in the program and will be graduating on June 7.

    The Penn State Health Project SEARCH High School Transition Program features a unique, business-led, school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Each student experiences total workplace immersion on the Penn State Health campus. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training through strategically designed internships. The goal for each student is competitive employment after graduation.

    Project SEARCH was developed at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1996. Since its inception, it has grown from a single site to over 300 sites across the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia. Project SEARCH’s primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities.

    Learn more about the Penn State Health Project Search program at

  • 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.

    For more information, contact

  • 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

    “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

    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

    Contact Ami Healy with questions regarding the workshop or requirements at and Lori Rogers with questions about registration at .
  • 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

    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.