CAIU Quarterly Newsletter - 2015 Fall Edition
Message from the Administration
Welcome to our first edition of the quarterly newsletter, “CAIU Voices”! We are very excited to be able to share the work of our dedicated staff and to provide quick updates about what’s happening at the CAIU. I look forward to hearing from you as you share your stories and the work of your colleagues. Thank you for your tireless dedication to our children, families, schools, and communities. ~ Cindy
Rose Anna Stillwagon, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, has been invited to be a member of the State Bureau of Special Education Advisory Committee on services to students with visual impairments, blindness, and deaf-blindness.
Rose Anna was hired in the fall of 1985 and is currently one of five itinerant Teachers of the Visually Impaired who travel to preschool and school age educational programs to provide service. In addition to providing itinerant support to visually impaired students, she previously taught both a preschool and elementary class of visually impaired learners. When asked what is the best part of her job, she easily responded, "The coworkers, both in my specialty of visual impairment and throughout the CAIU! Through support and accountability, we bring out the best in each other!"
Welcome New Employees!
IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION ITEMS
CAIU CLEARANCES & FINGERPRINTING
New Clearances Required!
First and foremost, the law has changed - employees are required to update their clearances every 5 years, as opposed to Act 153 which mandated that they update their clearances every 3 years.
If you are a CAIU employee who (1) has never submitted clearances for employment; OR (2) whose clearances are more than 5 years old (they are dated anytime in 2010 or earlier), you must submit new, updated clearances no later than December 31, 2015. This means that the clearances must be into HR prior to the time you leave for winter break in December. To clarify:
- If you submitted clearances this year dated 2014, you have until 2019 before you need to obtain new clearances.
- If you submitted clearances this year dated 2015, you have until 2020 before you need to obtain new clearances.
HR will maintain the dates of your clearances and will send reminders to staff when their due dates are approaching.
Fingerprinting Coming to the CAIU!
Beginning Monday, October 12, 2015 the CAIU HR Office will be a fingerprinting site for CAIU employees only.
Please visit the website at http://www.caiu.org/employee/human-resources/Fingerprinting.aspx for more information.
STATE BUDGET AND THE CAIU
The State Budget has not been passed. What is the impact on the CAIU?
A majority of IU programs are funded with State and/or Federal dollars. Without a State budget, these funds will not begin flowing to the IU. The CAIU Board of Directors authorized a resolution to allow the IU to secure a Revenue Anticipation Note (RAN) in the amount of $8,000,000. This has been finalized and the IU has begun to request these funds.
We, as an organization, need to be very mindful of our spending. If it is something that can wait, then please hold off. If it is critical for the operations of the program and if the need is now, then please move forward with the purchase. Our primary goal is to meet payroll and also honor all obligations to our employees, which includes health care payments and PSERS payments. Upon approval of a state budget, it is expected to take time for the substantial backlog of cash due to the CAIU to start flowing.
WHAT'S NEW AT THE IU?
South Central PA Consortium for Excellence and Equity
The CAIU will operate, in partnership with the Penn Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Dr. Robert Jarvis, the South Central PA Consortium for Excellence & Equity. This consortium is driven by a mission to positively transform the lives of each and every one of our students by preparing them for success in post-secondary education and in life – especially our diverse children and youth who have traditionally struggled academically in our schools, or who might likely be the first in their family to attend and graduate from college. There are twenty-eight entities from IUs 13 and 15 area participating in this consortium. Seven workshops will be offered throughout the 2015-16 school year with a focus on engaging diverse learners, creating family and community partnerships, understanding the effects of poverty on learning, and creating culturally responsive schools. Our first session, “Organizing for Excellence through Equity: Building District and Schools Capacities to Nurture the Success of all Students” was held on Monday, September 21 at Central Penn College with approximately 120 school leaders in attendance.
Project Search has had a very successful opening with the interns (students) preparing to begin their first job rotation. Penn State Hershey Medical Center has offered 12 different areas of the hospitals for these internships to take place. On September 1, Alan Brechbill, Hospital Executive Director, and Dr. Craig Hillemeier, Dean of the College and CEO of the Hospital, joined the class to present an overview of the medical center to the interns.
Click HERE for more information on Project SEARCH.
AgendaManager New Version to be Released by November 2015!
The Technology Services Team has been working on a new version of AgendaManager that includes enhancements that were suggested by our users over the past several years.
Additionally, the new release will set the stage for a Manager Suite that the technology team will begin developing later this year. Some of the highlights of the Manager Suite will be Resource Scheduling, Document and Policy Storage, and Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling. Over the past year, a team that was representative of school districts and CAIU staff was established to provide input and direction for the enhancements and features of the new release of AgendaManager. Currently the CAIU, Carlisle Area School District, and Camp Hill School District are participating in User Acceptance Testing.
CAIU WEBSITE UPDATE
CAIU Website Update to be Released by November 2015!
The current CAIU web site (www.caiu.org) has had the same format for over seven years. A CAIU Cross Functional Team, with representatives from each team within the CAIU, was established to develop the requirements for a new website that will lead us into the next several years. In addition to a fresh design, the new website will utilize new technologies that will be more flexible for editing and allow more devices to view our content.
SAVE THE DATE! All Staff Day
DATE: Monday, January 18, 2016
LOCATION: Best Western Premier Hotel & Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg (Off Union Deposit Exit on I-83)
Once again, we will offer service projects for All Staff Day. We have had such wonderful participation in previous years, but some of the projects were limited in number of participants.
To give everyone an opportunity to participate this year, we are offering different options for the scheduling of the service project. Service projects can be planned for the afternoon of All Staff Day from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. OR outside of the work day (evening, weekends) any time prior to All Staff Day. The service time must be no less than 2.5 hours.
Just provide us with a few details on the All Staff Day Service Project Proposal form and we will create the registration option on 48 CARATS.
Please see your supervisor if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for taking the lead and serving our communities.
NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP
NEW YORK CITY ADVENTURE BUS TRIP
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Seating is limited to 56 people and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
RSVP to Jen Neusbaum by Friday, October 30.
CLICK HERE for more information.
For all Upcoming CAIU Events, please CLICK HERE
Health & Wellness
10 Tips That Will Help You Stay Healthy and in Shape at Work
Seven to eight hours in a chair in front of a computer, five days a week can take a toll on your body. From avoiding eye strain and tension neck syndrome, to passing on those extra calories that co-workers leave invitingly on their desks, experts give WebMD 10 tips that will help you stay healthy and in shape at work.
1. Take a break, get a breath of fresh air, and skip the candy
2. Drink an adequate amount of water
4. Eat a healthy lunch-reasonable portions
5. Prevent Tension Neck Syndrome (TNS)
6. Prevent eyestrain
7. Take a vacation
8. Avoid Burnout
9. Avoid germs
10. Be self-awareness
Read the full article here: http://www.webmd.com/women/features/10-tips-to-improve-your-health-at-work
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
GUESS THE EMPLOYEE
Be sure to tune in to the next Newsletter for the answer!!
A Little Motivation
‘Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.’ ---- Robert Louis Stevenson
Just for Fun