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  • Nominations Open for the 2016/17 Thomas W. Holtzman, Jr. Educational Leadership Award

    Mar 07, 2017

    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?
    Simple! 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. Download PDF to fill out form and questionnaire.

    2017 nomination form and questionnaire

    Deadline for nomination is Friday, April 28, 2017

    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.

  • 18th Annual Champions for Children Bingo, April 7

    Mar 02, 2017

    Champions for Children Bingo
    Champions for Children (C4C) Bingo is back and featuring more prizes than ever. What started 18 years ago as basket bingo with Longaberger baskets, has expanded to include 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 7, 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 6 cards, and additional cards will be available for purchase at the door. Food 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 $45,000. For more information or tickets, call 717-732-8438. Learn more about Champions for Children at

  • CAEA Announces 2017 Scholarship Program

    Jan 30, 2017

    The Capital Area Education Association is pleased to announce its 2017 Special Education Scholarship Program. This year, one scholarship of $500 will be given to a qualified applicant. 

    Two groups of individuals may apply: seniors currently attending a high school in one of the CAIU member districts or paraprofessionals currently working for the CAIU who are volunteer members of the CAEA. Applicants must plan to enroll or be enrolled in a program of study that leads to a degree in special education, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, audiology, adaptive physical education, or school psychology. 

    High school seniors may obtain applications from their high school guidance counselors.  Interested paraprofessionals should contact Patricia Benner at to request an application. 

    Completed applications are due by April 15, 2017.  Results will be announced by May 15, 2017. 

  • Dina Duffy Receives the 2016/17 Josephine J. Decima Award for Excellence in the Field of Special Education

    Jan 23, 2017

    The Capital Area Intermediate Unit is proud to announce that Dina Duffy, a speech language clinician at the CAIU, has won the 2016/17 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. Duffy was nominated by her peers and a parent and named as this year's winner by a panel of experts in the field of special education. She was presented with the award at CAIU’s annual All Staff Day on January 13.

    Duffy’s career path, as so many do, started in one place and landed somewhere completely different. “I started out in school wanting to be a lawyer,” said Duffy. “My mother sent me a US News and World Report and told me the top three upcoming fields were speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy, so I should pick one.” Duffy heeded the advice, chose speech therapy, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Bloomsburg University. She interned with the CAIU and was offered a job in 1994.

    “The most gratifying thing about working in early intervention is being one of the first people to give children a way to communicate,” said Duffy. “More than that, it's seeing the look on a parent's face when their child communicates with them in some way, and sometimes for the first time.”

    Dina Duffy, Decima Award winner

    Pictured from left to right is Claudia and Dean Decima, daughter-in-law and son of Josephine Decima; Dina Duffy, this year’s award winner; and Alicia McDonald, CAIU director of student services.

    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.

    The CAIU proudly established the Josephine J. Decima Award in 2010 to recognize and honor teachers who exemplify her outstanding work on behalf of students with special needs.

  • Spring 2017 Sign Language Classes

    Jan 12, 2017
    Registration is open for the following Sign Language Classes which are scheduled on Tuesdays from 6-8:00pm, February 21 - April 11, 2017.

    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. Additionally, Level II will teach classifiers and directionality. An introduction to ASL grammar will also be presented.

    Deadline to register is February 10, 2017.

    For more information regarding registration and to view the brochure please Click Here
  • 2017 Google Summit, May 1

    Jan 06, 2017

    Technology plays a vital role in today's classrooms. When used correctly, it makes learning more engaging and planning more efficient. It's also constantly changing. Stay ahead of the curve, attend the 2017 Google Summit on May 1 at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 in New Oxford. This full-day event will show educators and administrators how to effectively utilize Google tools and apps. Space for this popular event is limited, so register early!

    The summit focuses on integrating Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning. Participants will choose from a variety of sessions provided by Google Certified teachers and trainers, classroom educators, instructional coaches/integrators, and administrators. 

    Visit the site to learn more about this professional development opportunity (check back often for updates) and to register:

    Call for Proposals
    Many of you are doing great things with Google Apps and tools in your districts and classrooms. Share your knowledge by becoming a presenter! The presentations are 50 minutes, and if your proposal is accepted, you get to attend the event free! Presentation notifications will be sent by March 13, 2017. Call for proposals, registration, and additional information is located at

    This year’s summit is hosted by Intermediate Units 12, 13, and 15. The program cost is $99 and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, contact Karen Ditzler at
  • Nominations open for Josephine J. Decima Award for Excellence in the Field of Special Education

    Nov 14, 2016

    Deadline extended!

    Do you know an educator who goes above and beyond in the area of special education? Please consider nominating them for the 2016 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.

    This honor also 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 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.

    Decima 2016 Brochure Application

    Nomination deadline: 5 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2016

  • One-hour Google Workshops

    Sep 30, 2016

    The Instructional Technology Team is excited to announce a free series of one-hour Google Workshops to be held at the CAIU offices in Enola.

    Register for one or all of the workshops on 48CARATS.

    Google Docs (Scott Snyder, facilitator)
    Get friendly with Google’s word processing application and how you can use it to easily create documents, collaborate on those documents, and share the documents with people in your world.  

    10:15-11:15 a.m.
    Meadow Room


    8:30-9:30 a.m.
    Board Room

    Google Chrome Browser (Karen Ditzler, facilitator)
    Chrome is a fast, simple, and secure web browser with many features to allow you to be more effective and efficient. Join us to explore Chrome and the extensions and apps that you can use to get more out of the device you currently have as well as how they help to support your instruction. We will take time to browse the Chrome Web Store to find tools that will be useful.

    8:30-9:30 a.m.   
    Friendship Room


    12:30-1:30 p.m.     
    Juniata Room

    Google Slides (Kelly Fortney, facilitator)
    This session is designed to introduce you to a whole new world of Powerpoint presentations!  Google Slides has everything you need to pull a presentation together without ever having to hit “save.”  You can create, edit, collaborate, and present from anywhere, on any device.  Plus, you can open and edit other presentations without any special software.  

    9-10 a.m. 
    Meadow Room


    9-10 a.m.     
    Friendship Room

    Google Drive (Scott Snyder, facilitator)
    Google Drive is your home for all your Google Drive files. In this one-hour session, learn how to create, organize, and find all file types.

    8:30- 9:30 a.m.
    Juniata Room


    1:30-2:30 p.m.   
    Friendship Room

    Google Sheets and Google Analytics (Sarah Kelly, facilitator)
    The first 45 minutes of this session will be dedicated to Google Sheets.  Participants will learn the menu, basic functions, pre-made templates, and how to use Sheets in the classroom or for personal applications.  The last 15 minutes of the session will include Google Analytics, a platform that lets you track user activity on a website or mobile application. One can see what user activity looks like and make key decisions based on that information. 

    8:30-9:30 a.m.        
    Friendship Room


    1-2 p.m.   
    Juniata Room

    Google Forms (Karen Ditzler, facilitator)
    Join us to learn about how you can use Google Forms in a variety of ways. Forms is an easy way to give a poll or survey, quiz students or collect other information. The results are easily accessible and reports give you valuable information. We will explore how to create, share, and manage Google Forms. 

    1:30- 2:30 p.m.     
    Friendship Room


    9-10 a.m.       
    Friendship Room

  • Assistive Technology in the Classroom October 18

    Sep 23, 2016

    The CAIU will be hosting a full-day event exploring the use of assistive technology to help support struggling students. These options are readily available to educators utilizing built-in accessibility features on current operating systems, as well as a range of apps, programs, and extensions to support students.

    Participants should bring laptops and iPads to the training and would benefit from having the Google Chrome browser installed on their device and an established Google account prior to the session.

    Who should attend: Regular and special educators, and related service providers
    Date: October 18, 2016
    Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Location: Capital Area Intermediate Unit, 55 Miller St., Enola, 17025
    Cost: No cost
    Act 48 credits: 6

  • Experience Dyslexia, A Simulation November 15

    Sep 23, 2016

    The CAIU will be hosting Experience Dyslexia, A Simulation, a full-day event to help educators enhance their understanding of dyslexia and learn strategies for accommodation from an experienced panel of volunteers from the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.  

    The first half of the day will be focused on helping educators develop a better understanding of students with dyslexia and other reading and writing disabilities. Performance indicators and behaviors that students with dyslexia and other SLDs exhibit in the classroom will be discussed, as will strategies for accommodating needs and differentiating instruction. The session will include an overview of readily available assistive technologies.

    During the second half of the day, participants will be engaged in six simulated activities which mimic the experiences and processing of those with learning disabilities.

    The day wraps up with a Q & A session with an experienced panel of volunteers from the Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

    Who should attend: Regular and special educators, reading specialists, and speech/language pathologists
    Date: November 15, 2016
    Time: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Location: Capital Area Intermediate Unit, 55 Miller St., Enola, 17025
    Cost: $31, lunch is included
    Act 48 credits: 6
    Questions about registration: