CIU20 Leadership News

January 2016

Start Your New Year off with Professional Learning Opportunities at CIU 20

Looking to better yourself in the new year? Make 2016 the year you recharge your #‎ProfessionalDevelopment! Check out our upcoming opportunities: #‎pdgoals

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CIU 20 Welcomes New Supervisor to Our Professional Learning and Curriculum Department

This month, our Professional Learning and Curriculum Department welcomed our new Supervisor of Professional Learning and Auxiliary Services, Todd Van Nortwick. Todd has replaced Michelle Bozzini who was the supervisor prior to being appointed as the professional learning department's director. Todd comes to us with nearly twenty years of educational experience. Most recently, he served as an Elementary School Principal in the Pleasant Valley School District.

After graduating from East Stroudsburg University in 1996, Todd began his educational career as a teacher in the Nazareth Area School District where he taught for twelve years. He then moved into administration at Pleasant Valley School District after receiving his principal certification and master's degree from Wilkes University. He has also coached through the years getting his start as an assistant coach for boys' basketball in the Wilson Area School District. Todd is excited to begin this new chapter in his professional life and very much looks forward to leading the nonpublic schools program within our IU. His goal as an IU Supervisor is to diligently serve our schools and stakeholders within the region through a collaborative, team-oriented approach.

On a personal note, Todd enjoys exercising, playing and watching sports, and spending time with his three children: Andrew, Colby, and Alyssa.

2016 CIU 20 EIE Awards: Now Accepting Nomination Applications!

What are the Excellence in Education Awards?

The Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Excellence in Education Awards ceremony is held annually to recognize outstanding educational programs throughout the public schools across Colonial Intermediate Unit 20. The awards program is presented by Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 and its member school districts. More info:

How do I apply to win an Excellence in Education Award?

Nomination Applications can be found here:

Nominations may be submitted by any resident, school student, school employee or school entity in Monroe, Northampton or Pike County. Each submission may only be entered in one category. Application deadline is February 26, 2016.

Upcoming Professional Development - Assessment Literacy: Practical Applications Series

CIU20 will be offering a three-part series which will provide educators with a framework to design valid and reliable assessments aligned to content standards. Please consider joining us for one or all of the sessions.

Module 1: Assessment Design - March 10, 2016

Foundational Information related to the task of designing:

1. Tests/Assignments

2. Performance Measures

The components of Module 1 to be discussed are:

· Assessment Purpose Statement

· Targeted Content Standards

· Specification Tables

Module 2: Items and FormsApril 7, 2016

Developing items and tasks used to assess student learning of the content standards.

Organizing test items and tasks into operational form.

The components of Module 2 to be discussed are:

· Selected Task

· Short Constructed Response

· Extended Constructed Reponses

· Performance Task

Module 3: ScoringMay 10, 2016

The focus on scoring assessments is to:

1. Develop scoring keys and rubrics for assessment items and tasks.

2. Create scoring guides for scoring keys and rubrics.

3. Engage in practices that eliminate errors in human scoring.

The components of Module 3 to be discussed are:

· Scoring Keys and Rubrics

· Scoring Rubrics

· Scoring Guides

· Training Human Scorers

Please visit to register for this event.

2016 Regional Middle/High School Computer Fair

Registration is now open for the annual Regional Middle/High School Computer Fair!

We are pleased to announce that the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Middle/High Regional Computer Fair will be held at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem Campus, on March 21, 2016.

The Regional Middle/High School Computer Fair is an annual event that highlights middle and high school students' application skills and computer knowledge. Competing in the computer fair provides students the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity in one of the following six categories:


Computer Fair Logo

Digital Movie

Graphic Design


Web Page Design

The winners from the Regional Computer Fair will be invited to compete in the Pennsylvania State Computer Fair at Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. Click here to learn more about the Pennsylvania State Computer Fair.

For more information on how to register for the Regional Middle/High School computer fair, please visit

Resources for Digging Deeper Into Data

The PVAAS state team, in conjunction with content area experts across the state, developed documents to support teachers and administrators in analyzing multiple sources of data in the content areas of ELA, Math and Science. The Digging Deeper into Content Areas documents provide guidance on identifying weaknesses and strengths to determine root causes for student growth. They are categorized into grade spans of 3-5, 6-8 and Keystone (Keystone Literature, Algebra I, and Biology).

The Digging Deeper into Content Areas documents offer guiding questions in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment and organization and align to the four domains of the Danielson Framework for Teaching. All answers to the questions should be given thorough consideration and supported with clear evidence. The questions are not an exhaustive list, but serve as a vehicle for self-reflection and an initial starting point in the data analysis process.

Access to the Digging Deeper into Content Areas documents can be found on the PVAAS homepage under Additional Resources or directly accessed here:

Colonial Virtual Program – Providing Online Learning Options

CVP is working with schools and districts to provide online options for students. As the first semester concludes, consider Credit Recovery options with our Summer School Programs and our “In Time” recovery during the school year in a 9 week format. Students are able to recover credit that may have been lost and remain on track for graduation or grade level advancement. To learn more about CVP’s partnership agreement and options to create flexible Summer School Programming and other online learning solutions available to your students, contact Renee Harris, 610-515-6566.

Colonial Virtual Program – Virtual Learning for Real World Students

Dedicated to your children and the people who serve them.

Michelle Bozzini

Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum

Division Of Administrative and Professional Services

twitter @michellebozzini


Denise Kaminski

Asst Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum

Heather Brown

Asst Director of Professional Learning and Educational Technology

Renee Harris

Online Teaching and Learning Consultant

Susan Kandianis, Ed.D.

Educational Technology Coordinator

Todd Van Nortwick

Supervisor of Professional Learning and Auxiliary Services

Julie Eates

Coordinator of Professional Development