CAIU Voices

CAIU Quarterly Newsletter - 2016 Winter Edition

Happy New Year & Welcome Back from the CAIU Administration

Happy New Year!

A new beginning offers New Expectations, New Opportunities, and New Achievements.

May this year bring you Treasured Memories, Joy, and Peace. ~ Cindy Mortzfeldt


2015 Josephine J. Decima Award for Excellence in the Field of Special Education

This 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.

Congratulations to the 2015 recipient, Bridget Glunz-Wenner, a special education teacher at Upper Dauphin Area High School.

We would also like to congratulate and spotlight the following CAIU staff who were nominated for the Josephine J. Decima Award - Congratulations!

Dina Duffy, S/L Clinician

Dina Duffy has been working as an Early Intervention Speech Language Pathologist at the CAIU since June 1994 - the only job she has worked since graduating. Dina is happy to be in a job where she can make positive changes in the communication skills of young learners. She also appreciates working with knowledgeable co-workers who have been very good resources throughout the years. "Having positive and supportive supervisors is another reason I have stayed at the CAIU this long."

Dina has been married to her husband Bob for 11 years and has two children. Emma, 10, enjoys being on the swim team year round and taking piano and voice lessons. RJ, 7, is also on the swim team, plays basketball and baseball and has been trying to convince his parents to let him play football (with no luck). Outside of work Dina is the PTO president and is on the school board at her children's school. She enjoys cooking, traveling and golfing, when time permits.

Samantha Forsythe, Autism Support Teacher

Samantha was hired by the CAIU in August of 2002 as a Personal Care Assistant in the Autism Support program. She worked as a paraprofessional for a few years in the Autism program until she accepted a position as an Autism Support Teacher at the Hershey Middle School. Samantha received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Penn State and her Masters in Special Education from Shippensburg University. She has been married to her husband Grant for 17 years and has one son, Owen who is 7 years old and in 2nd grade.

Dina Roseberry, Special Education Teacher

Dina has worked for the CAIU for 13 years. She started as an MDS teacher, first at the Lower Paxton building, then at Hershey High School. Dina transitioned to an educational consultant for the MDS program, supporting CAIU classes as well as district classes. She also provided direct instruction for district students and for students who received Instruction Conducted in the Home. This year Dina returned to the classroom and is teaching a high school autism support class at East Pennsboro High School. According to Dina, "It has been wonderful being back in the classroom, and I work with fabulous people. I thoroughly enjoy my job and am thankful to be part of such a supportive work family."


Congratulations to Susan Voigt, Program and Grant Evaluations Specialist at CAIU, for her selection as President-Elect for Southern Region PASCD.

Congratulations to Karen Shenk, Educational Consultant on the Curriculum Services Team, for successfully completing the Applied Behavior Analysis coursework that will make her eligible to sit for National Board Certification as a Certified Behavior Analyst.

Beth-Ann McConnell has been invited to join the State Leadership and Management Team to work closely with social work services and agencies within the state of PA.

CAIU Staff - In the Holiday Spirit


A record number of tags were taken this year. The committee thanks all those that participated for their generous spirit and for all they do for these students all year long.

The annual ELECT/EFI Holiday event took place on December 15, 2015. Toys for Tots provided many donated items to the students. Santa stopped by to visit with the children and take photos.

Welcome New Employees!

(October - December)
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Farewell Retirees!!

(October - December)

Renee Burkhart
Deborah Hassinger

Bev Cordier


Budget Update

On December 29, 2015, the Governor exercised his constitutional right to line item veto the state budget passed by the Legislature. Although we do not have a fully enacted state budget, the Governor has approved emergency funding for educational entities. We anticipate that the CAIU will begin to receive some of our state funding. In the meantime, we will also rely on the money from the Revenue Anticipation Notes that have been approved by the CAIU Board to continue to support the CAIU programs and services.


As you know, the change in State law (Act 15 of 2015) required the large majority of employees to obtain updated clearances by December 31, 2015. We are very happy to announce that as of January 4, 2016, the CAIU is 100% compliant with the new law!

The HR office will continue to send email reminders for those employees who need clearances in 2016.


AgendaManager New Version Released on November 13, 2015!

The CAIU was so excited to release the new version of the AgendaManager on November 13, 2015. Over the past year we have taken feedback from our existing user community and incorporated some of those requests into this version of AgendaManager.

AgendaManager offers a new interface with enhanced performance and functionality that include (but not limited to):

  • Dashboard for Quick View of Vital Information
  • Key Agenda Items to be Saved for Reuse
  • More Role Permission Options
  • Streamlined Announcements

In addition to the enhancements during this new release, this upgrade uses the latest application development technology and will position the application to grow with future requests to meet the needs of our districts.


PAIU Preschool Funding Campaign

With the assistance and coordination of the CAIU Technology Department, a video was completed with a former Preschool child and mother. The mother shared her family’s experience in Early Intervention and the developmental skills that her child gained through the programming and services received at the CAIU. Skills learned and gained contributed to a successful transition into a local district kindergarten program at the end of August. The video is expected to be part of a PAIU Preschool Funding Campaign and communication drive with legislators and stakeholders.

CAIU iPad Summit

The fourth annual CAIU iPad Summit was held on Friday, December 11, with over 100 attendees. The Summit brings together educators, technology directors, principals and school leaders for a day of presentations, workshops and hands-on sessions to identify emerging best practices and effective methods of implementing and using iPads in the classroom. Susquenita School District provided a keynote presentation about their experience on becoming a Distinguished Apple School.

CLM Conference

CAIU was host to the Second Annual International Competent Learner Model (CLM) Conference on October 27th, 28th, and 29th. The conference was co-sponsored by CAIU, The Vista School and Tucci Learning Solutions and featured a wide array of sessions designed to assist CLM coaches, supervisors, and teachers in implementing the CLM model within their own organizations. Sessions were presented in both a face-to-face and virtual format allowing participation from locations across the United States and the world, including California, France and Abu Dhabi. The sessions and the networking opportunities provided all participants with experiences that could be readily applied in their day-to-day work.

Hill Top Academy - Trout in the Classroom

Hill Top Academy is participating in the 'Trout in the Classroom' program this year for the first time. This is a program where students help to raise Brook trout from eggs to fingerlings, with the purpose of increasing the Brook trout population. This species of trout is native to Pennsylvania and only 1-2% survive in the wild. With the help of students in the high school biology class, hopefully at least 25% of the hatched eggs will survive in the 55 gallon aquarium, called a Redd. In March/April the class will participate with Trout Unlimited to stock the Yellow Breeches.

Hill Top Academy Therapy Dog Program

The therapy dog program at Hill Top Academy will be featured in a regular series in Voice magazine called "Learning Lessons: Great ideas, Great schools." The series highlights exceptional programs happening in Pennsylvania public schools and offers tips for other schools that may look to implement something similar. The article will have an accompanying video on the PSEA website.

Please consider supporting this program by participating in one of the fundraising activities planned during the year. Recently the fundraiser at Jake's Wayback Burgers netted $350.50. Be sure to look for the bake sale table at All Staff Day!

My Bike, an Adaptive Bike Program

EI Classroom at Carroll Elementary partners with district Pre-K class

The Early Intervention Classroom at Carroll Elementary has been given the opportunity to partner with the West Perry Pre-K Classroom which is housed in the same building. The children have been working together on monthly activities and the staff has enjoyed watching the children interact and seeing new friendships blossom.

Some of the activities they shared were a Halloween Party and Parade, and Thanksgiving-themed activities, including making a huge trail mix.

Looking ahead, the group plans to continue this collaboration throughout the year by having special guests come in, celebrating holidays together, and also by doing a special yoga time starting in January called “Super Stretchers”.

Blended Learning Grant

CAIU is pleased to announce the second round of its grant competition to assist its local schools in implementing a blended, or personalized, learning environment. Capitalizing on our successful first round last academic year, this year’s round of grants will support the planning and research efforts of public, upper elementary schools in the CAIU region.

The primary goals of these grants are to spur wider and deeper thinking and discussion about new teaching and learning environments, and to crystalize that into actual implementation. The grant selectees will serve as useful examples to other schools in order to advance the implementation of personalized learning throughout our region.

The secondary goal is to enhance CAIU’s capacity to better support such transformation in other schools. Upper elementary schools interested in applying for planning grants must submit an email of intent to Mark Hennes ( not later than the 5th of January, 2016.

Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning

CAIU, in association with the International Association of K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), is honored to co-host the Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning from February 29 to March 2, 2016.

This regional conference will be a gathering of experts, leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators seeking to transform teaching and learning. Attendees will have many opportunities for professional learning, discussion and networking.

This year’s conference will be held at the fabulous Baltimore Marriott Waterfront right on the water at Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor. For more information and to register, go to


ALL STAFF DAY ~ January 18, 2016

DATE: Monday, January 18, 2016

LOCATION: Best Western Premier Hotel & Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg (Off Union Deposit Exit on I-83)

Schedule for the Day:

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. - Registration

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - All Staff Session

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch and departure for afternoon sessions

1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Service Projects/Breakout Sessions


Once again, we will offer service projects for All Staff Day. This year staff was able to participate in Service Projects prior to All Staff Day for a 1/2 trade day. We have had close to 200 employees take advantage of this opportunity. Service Projects and various breakout sessions will still be offered on All Staff Day. Sign up on 48 CARATS if you haven't done so already.

SAVE THE DATE! Computer Fair - March 14, 2016

The CAIU will host the Regional High School and Middle School Computer Fair on March 14, 2016. Students from public and private schools throughout the IU15 region are encouraged to compete in one of the following categories: Computer Fair Logo, Animation, Digital Movie, Graphic Design, Programming, and Web Page Design.

Students who place first in each category, at both the high school and middle school levels, qualify for the State Computer Fair that will be held at Dickenson College in May.

SAVE THE DATE! Champions for Children Annual Bingo Fundraiser - April 1, 2016

Champions for Children Annual Bingo Fundraiser

Friday, April 1 @ 7:00pm

More information will be available soon.

SAVE THE DATE! Google Educator Level 1 Certification Boot Camp - April 1 & 8, 2016

During this two-day learning experience, participants will learn the essentials of Google Apps for Education with a focus on the skills and techniques needed to complete the online exams to achieve “Google Educator Level 1” status.

Learning outcomes for this workshop include test preparation for the new Google Educator exam that includes readiness with the following:

  • Gmail
  • Drive
  • Calendar
  • Sites
  • Chrome
  • Classroom
  • Blogger
  • GooglePlayforEducation
  • YouTube
  • Google+
  • MapsandEarth
  • Hangouts
  • GoogleScholar

Also - stay tuned for an upcoming Google for Administrators Bootcamp…...tentatively scheduled for April 22, 2016.

SAVE THE DATE! PA Excellence in E-Learning Forum (PAEEF) - April 6-8, 2016

More information is available at: PAEEF Registration



10. Fall in love

9. Overcome addiction

8. Learn something new

7. Do something crazy!

6. Help save the planet

5. Eat healthier food

4. Spend more time with family and friends

3. Do more exercise

2. Smile more and be kinder to people

1. Live within your means

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1. Give Your Willpower a Workout

2. Make One Change at a Time

3. Break It Up - The better you are at making small changes, the easier it will be for you to keep going.

4. Lift Your Spirits - a good mood helps when willpower starts wearing down

5. Have Some OJ

6. Outwit Your Inner Rebel

7. Crank Up Your Greatest Hits - Write down 100 things you're proud of

8. Be Extra Nice

9. Use Your Senses

10. Get Out of Dodge

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Can you guess which of these Rockstars is a CAIU employee?

Be sure to tune in to the next Newsletter for the answer!!

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You guessed it.....

This musical talent from the Fall Newsletter was BEV CORDIER!

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