CIU20 Leadership News

February 2018

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Don't Forget to Nominate Your School: Excellence in Education Awards

Colonial IU 20 is now accepting nomination applications for the 2018 Excellence in Education Awards.

A nomination consists of this online form and any other supporting documentation.

Nominations may be submitted by any resident, school student, school employee or school entity on behalf of the public schools in Monroe, Northampton or Pike County. Each submission may only be entered in one category. On the nomination form you will also find a copy of the judging rubrics for each category to guide you through the application process. Application deadline is February 22, 2018.

A total of seven awards may be presented. Award presentations may be made in the following categories:

  1. Category One: Three awards may be presented to educational programs or activities that take creative approaches toward providing highly effective teaching and learning opportunities.
  2. Category Two: Three awards may be presented to educational programs or activities that are built around active engagement of parents, families and/or the community in school efforts that strengthen or enhance student performance and school success.
  3. Category Three: One award may be presented to a non-school entity that has a demonstrated commitment to supporting efforts to strengthen and preserve public schools.

Special Event: PDE Updates

Wednesday, March 7th, 10am

6 Danforth Drive

Easton, PA

We hope you can join us for this important session on ESSA and Future Ready PA Index updates presented by PDE's Brian Campbell. Please see below link for more information.

PDE Update Flyer

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Google Forms/Classroom Workshop! February 21, 2018

Join us at CIU 20 Main Office, February 21, 2018 from 12:30 pm-3:30 pm to learn more about Google Forms and Google Classroom. Participants will learn how to create a class in Google Classroom, create assignments and provide feedback. We will also explore how to create an adventure story and create an auto-graded quiz with Google Forms.

Explore Makerspaces! March 21, 2018

This workshop will explore Makerspaces, and the CIU 20 Resources available to borrow to create a Makerspace in your class. Makerspace resources to be explored in this workshop include Ozobot, KEVA Planks, Gyrobot, Osmo and Dash and Dot robots. Participants will have time to explore these resources as well as how to borrow them to use in their own classroom. Workshop is scheduled from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm at Colonial Intermediate Unit Central Office. Please contact Susan Kandianis with any questions at

2018 Regional Middle/High School Computer Fair

Registration is open for the 2018 Regional Middle/High School Computer Fair. The computer fair will take place at Northampton Community College, Bethlehem Campus on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. The snow date is Friday, March 16, 2018. Click HERE to learn more about the computer fair. Registration closes February 27, 2018.

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Colonial IU 20 Launches Hybrid Learning Initiative

Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 has partnered with Dellicker Strategies to launch a Hybrid Learning Initiative (HLI) in three member school districts. During the 2017-2018 school year, Pleasant Valley School District, Easton Area School District and Stroudsburg Area School District have implemented the HLI within their respective school environments.

Hybrid learning can have a tremendous impact on everyone in a school community by transforming how teachers teach, how content is delivered, and how students learn. “The Stroudsburg Area School District has really embraced the hybrid methodology of teaching and learning as a research-based instructional practice. We have seen evidence in our students of better engagement, increased grades, improved attendance and decreased discipline. The professional development component has been instrumental in supporting staff in making changes to their instructional delivery which aids in all the aforementioned areas. We are continuing with this process next year and well into the future as we believe it is best for students.” said, Dr. Cosmas Curry, Superintendent of the Stroudsburg Area School District.

Building a common language and developing a shared vision provide the foundation for creating personalized learning environments. Dr. Michelle Bozzini, Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum, notes "The hybrid learning initiative has been transformational for our school districts. When implemented with fidelity, it evolves into student-centered learning that is truly customized in order to meet the unique interests and needs of all children. Our region's teachers have embraced this framework and clearly see the value in personalized instruction. The overall school culture has become energized engaging students in learning that is technology-integrated, authentic, and creative.”

This partnership includes 66 Teachers, 3,050 students and 27 administrators.

Collaborative efforts from these learning communities have focused on supporting teachers to redesign their classrooms to meet the needs of all learners. Some of these focus areas include:

  • Motivating students to learn

  • Improving academic performance

  • Developing digital age competencies

  • Enhancing teacher effectiveness

  • Improving school efficiency

  • Personalizing instruction to meet needs of learners

  • Creating more opportunity for student voice and choices

During the second half of the school year, CIU 20 will continue to support the personalized learning journey for all stakeholders; including district leadership teams, building administrators and instructional staff; to deepen the learning experience for all students. CIU 20 looks forward to supporting more school districts with the Hybrid Learning Initiative in the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.

For more information on how we can support your district, please contact:

Dr. Michelle Bozzini, or

Dr. Susan Kandianis,

Professional Learning Community Highlights Optimized Instruction for Learners with Complex Needs

During the 2017-2018 school year, the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 Training and Consulting Staff are working collaboratively to facilitate the professional learning community, TEACH: Technology, Engagement, Assessment, Communication, History. The six-part series is designed to support educators in using optimized practices for students with complex instructional needs by holding high expectations for all students, including those who may require significant modification to the general education curriculum. Educators are equipped with strategies to engage learners who have low incidence disabilities such as significant cognitive disabilities, autism, or multiple disabilities.

Throughout the series, attendees are engaged in active discussions, hands-on learning, direct instruction, videos, resource discovery, and professional reading. The collaborative staff has combined experience in assistive technology, autism, behavior, and special education strategies to enhance learning of students with complex needs.

To date, the series has addressed History, Engagement, and Assessment. The series begins by examining the History of education for persons with complex needs. Participants are challenged to assume high expectations for all learners, including learners with the most significant challenges, by first presuming competence. The underlyings of presuming competence are omnipresent throughout each subsequent training.

A community of learners has formed as attendees and trainers alike openly share their experiences, challenges, questions, and support in providing optimized instruction for learners with complex needs. There are still two dates left, and new participants are always welcome. Visit to register for the March 13th and May 8th sessions.

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CVP has a variety of options available to support your students and develop in-house online programs based on the school and student needs.

School/District Cyber Academy options for students in K-12. Provide students with full-time school based cyber academy programs, hybrid schedules, 5th year programs and more! CVP can work with your School/District to customize a program for your needs.

MyPath® Online Math and Reading Remediation and skill building program for students in grades 6-12 with instruction ranging from grade 3-12. Instructional elements that look age appropriate and personalized based on individual student levels. Help students with varied levels improve their skills in Math and Reading.

UpSmart® Test Preparation program to assist students in grades 6-8 make stronger connections and build skills for Standardized Tests.

Part-Time/Supplemental Courses - course options for students that may have schedule conflicts, or for schools that may want to provide specialty courses for their students.

Enrichment/Accelerated Programs - provide options for GIEP students, middle school students that are ready for advanced courses, Dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), students in need pre-requisites to take more advanced courses in the building

Elementary - Grades K-5

  • Options available with Kits/manipulatives

  • Options for complete online

  • Options for Synchronous Sessions

  • Options for content only

Through a partnership with CVP, we provide high quality support and work with the school/district to provide flexibility in programming and customize options for online personalized learning.

For more information and to discuss additional program options please contact Renee Harris 610-515-6566


On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, CIU 20 will be hosting its 6th Annual K-12 Literacy Symposium at DeSales University in Allentown. This year's theme is The Keys to Literacy. Our keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Jeri Thompson, Senior Associate for Center for Assessment. Dr. Thompson is an expert in curriculum, instruction, and assessments. She is a leader in designing effective comprehensive assessment systems and works with states and districts on their educator evaluation system. Dr. Thompson is also actively studying and developing tools and instructional resources to support educators' understanding of Text-Dependent Analysis.

If you or anyone you know is interested in presenting a breakout session, proposals will be accepted through March 30, 2018. For more information, please click here.

We look forward to seeing you at this year's symposium!

Resources to Better Understand and Implement the Classroom Diagnostic Tools

About the CDTs:

  • PowerPoint: CDT-Valid, Reliable, and Correlated, (Time-14:18 min.)
  • Video: A Look Inside the Computer Adaptive Test Engine, (Time-9:04 min.)
  • Video: Administrator Interview about the CDTs, (Time- 2:28 min.)
  • Video: Teacher Interview about the CDTs, (Time-2:12 min.)
  • Video: Student Interview about taking the CDTs, (Time-.43 sec.)

Preparing Students to Take the CDTs and Teacher/Student Conferences:

  • Video: How to prepare students to take the CDTs, (Time- 5:55 min.)
  • Videos: Teacher/Student conferences, elementary and secondary examples, (Times vary: 2:00-3:00 min.)

How to Use the Data:

  • Video: Using Diagnostic Category Data, (Time-2:52 min.)
  • Video: Creating a Growth Spreadsheet, (Time-9:31 min.)
  • Video: How to Calculate Significant Growth, (Time-2:47 min.)
  • Video: Understanding the CDT Scale Scores, (Time-1:43 min.)
  • Video: How to Filter and Populate a New Tab, (Time-7:44 min.)
  • Video: How to Download the CDT data into a CSV file (Excel), (Time-2:23 min.)
  • Video: How to Find a Focus Group, (Time-3:45 min.)

To access these videos, please click this here.

PVAAS Roster Verification Dates and Resources

PVAAS has released their Roster Verification dates. They are as follows:

  • LEA Preview Phase: May 2nd to May 11th, 2018
  • Teacher Verification Phase: May 12th to May 25th, 2018
  • School Admin Verification Phase: May 26th to June 8th, 2018
  • LEA Verification Phase: June 9th to June 29th, 2018

Resources for roster verification, which include sample scenarios and FAQs, can be found on this page: Please contact Heather Heimer if you have any questions.

Please note that the PIMs report titled Staff Student Subtest Collection will be due noon on March 19th, 2018. There is no extension or correction window. This data is used to pre-populate PVAAS rosters.

CIU 20: Dedicated to your children and the people who serve them.

Michelle D. Bozzini, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum

Division Of Administrative and Professional Services

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Denise Kaminski

Asst Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum

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Heather Heimer, Ed.D.

Asst Director of Professional Learning and Curriculum

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Renee Harris

Supervisor of Online Teaching and Learning

Director of Colonial Virtual Program

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Susan Kandianis, Ed.D.

Supervisor of Educational Technology

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Todd VanNortwick

Supervisor of Professional Learning and Auxiliary Services

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Julie Eates

Coordinator of Communications and Professional Development