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  • 30 Oct 2020 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Brookville Area School District is the first of the 17 schools in the Riverview Intermediate Unit 6 to use one of the telepresence robots the IU purchased this year through a grant.

    According to Jason Williams, the director of technology at IU6, Senate Bill 1275 that was passed during the 2017-2018 regular session, provided grant opportunities to intermediate units to receive telepresence robots. The robots can then be lent out to school within the intermediate unit.

    “The telepresence robots would be able to help students that are homebound due to an illness or some other reason, they can control this robot from their home computer and drive around the school and participate in the school day,” Williams said.

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  • 29 Sep 2020 10:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bucks County Intermediate Unit (Bucks IU) has a new suite of services for individuals with disabilities over the age of 21.

    "These Adult Programs and Services form a natural extension to the Bucks IU’s existing, high-quality services for children with disabilities from birth through age 21. Person-centered and growth-oriented, these Adult Programs and Services offer an exceptional opportunity for this more mature population as they transition to adulthood. Many may find an extra level of comfort working with the Bucks IU, having previously received services from them," the IU said in a release.

    “It is with great pride that the Bucks IU continues to expand and now be able to serve adults with disabilities. I am confident that these new Adult Programs and Services will fill a great need in our local community, based in our rich history of serving others with innovative programming," said Bucks IU Executive Director Dr. Mark Hoffman.

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  • 6 Apr 2020 10:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When the Bucks County Intermediate Unit unveiled its mobile fabrication laboratory last year, no one expected it to be making personal protective equipment amid a global pandemic.

    Less than a year later, the 3D printers on the Mobile Fab Lab, which serves all the county’s school districts, are being used to fabricate face shields from medical professionals and emergency responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    View Bucks IU news release with photos

  • 24 Feb 2020 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Luke Suscheck, 25, of Lake City, enrolled in a local program spring of last year with the goal of attaining the degree he had forfeited when he left high school in his sophomore year.

    “It didn’t take long to realize my mistake,” he said, “and I realized I needed the opportunity to finish my education, to open my mind to new ideas and challenges, and to overcome the insecurity I felt when I dropped out.”

    Intensely focused on this goal, Suscheck enrolled in the Adult Education/GED program administered by the Northwest Tri- County Intermediate Unit 5 located in Edinboro which has been serving adult education for 30 years. Covering six counties at 29 sites in the region, it administers the Adult Education & Career Readiness Program, an initiative that provides free classes for adult students.

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  • 21 Feb 2020 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Berks County Intermediate Unit has secured a $95,000 grant for the full roll out of its CrisisGo emergency response system in county school districts through 2022, BCIU officials reported Thursday.

    The digital planning and communications platform allows school staff, police and first responders to instantly view and share emergency plans, evacuation maps, student rosters and other vital information in crisis situations.

    CrisisGo was initially funded via a $100,000 grant secured in 2017 by state Sen. Judy Schwank, a Ruscombmanor Township Democrat. Schwank’s advocacy was again critical in gaining the second round of funding, said Dr. Jill Hackman, BCIU executive director.

    The app, now in its second year of implementation, has been adopted by all 18 county districts across 108 school facilities, said Scott Major, BCIU director of information technology.

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  • 20 Feb 2020 3:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the world of higher education you will find few buildings less remarkable than the Delaware County Technical High School in Broomall, Pennsylvania.

    Surrounded by a Rockwellian collage of trimmed lawns and picket fences, the single-story complex sits on a winding suburban lane just west of Philadelphia. It features no markers of prestige — just an ivy-less, brick facade and a drop-off lane for cars and busses.

    But inside — along a single hallway — there is a little-known program that ranks with the biggest names in higher education, and, in some cases, outperforms them. By one measure, it’s among the best deals in higher-ed right now — a mighty engine of value in an era where college debt is at the forefront of national politics and overburdened families question the worth of a degree.

    For the roughly 100 students who pass through this program every year, it can be a quick ticket to the middle class.

    And it may also be a glimpse into the future of higher education.

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  • 21 Jan 2020 9:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NORWEGIAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- There were plenty of smiles Monday at Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 near Minersville.

    Variety The Children's Charity presented students with disabilities in this part of Schuylkill County with equipment that's tailored to their specific needs. That equipment includes 23 adaptive bikes, three adaptive strollers, and 30 communication devices with technology to help enhance communication for these children.

    The charity footed the bill of more than $80,000 for the equipment.

    Read more/see video from WNEP

  • 17 Dec 2019 9:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) Conference held recently in Phoenix, Arizona, a number of education leaders from Pennsylvania IUs conducted the following presentations for the national audience: 

    A Lesson in Social Entrepreneurship: Creating A National SEL Center(Central Susquehanna IU #16: Lynn Cromley, Assistant Executive Director/Chief Administrative Officer & Shileste Overton Morris, Learning Director, Center for the Promotion of Social/Emotional Learning)

    Administrative Process: How to Set-up a School-Based Feeding and Swallowing Program (Lancaster-Lebanon IU #13: Ann Spinner, Supervisor of the School-Age Speech and Language Program)

    Advocating for School Safety - More Than Guards and Lockdown Drills (Montgomery County IU #23: Valentina Viletto, Director of Community and Government Relations & Sandra Edling, CFO/ Director of Business Services)

    CAMhP: Intensive Therapeutic Services within an Educational Setting (Capital Area IU #15: Keith Watson, Student Services Program Supervisor & Kerry Fitch, Educational Coach)

    Collaboration Across States: How Educational Service Agencies have Partnered to Bring Personalized Learning to ALL Learners (Montgomery County IU #23: Dr. Brad Landis, Assistant Executive Director & Dr. Donna Gaffney, Director, Office of Professional Learning; Dr. Kristen Landis, Director of Technology, Northern Penn School District & Brenda Vogds, Director of Instruction for Personalized Learning, CESA 1, Pewaukee, WI) 

    E-Colors: Unlocking Emotional Intelligence in Your School(Intermediate Unit #1: Don Martin, Executive Director, Joseph Mahoney, Director of Behavioral/Mental Health & Social Work Services & Jenny Lent, Director of Curriculum & Instruction)

    Employment for Youth with Disabilities: Partnerships that Work (Lancaster-Lebanon IU #13: Gina Guatta, Supervisor of Special Education; Jen Bennett, Manager of Job Training Services & Sherri Williams, Supervisor of Special Education)

    Expanding Services Beyond Traditional Education Supports (Lancaster-Lebanon IU #13: Carolyn Bruey, Program Supervisor)

    From Data to Decisions (group panel included Jeff Rothenberger, Consultant, MCIU #23)

    Personalized Learning is NOT a Program (Lancaster-Lebanon IU #13: Joey Rider-Bertrand, Program Director for Teaching & Learning; Colette Cairns, Supervisor for Instructional Technology; Kelly Galbraith, Supervisor for Literacy & Lauren Beal, Supervisor for STEM)

    STEP UP Westmoreland (Westmoreland IU #7: Jason Conway, Executive Director; Timothy Hammill, Curriculum Services Director & Dr. Matthew Thomas, Student Services Director)

    Westmoreland County Committee on Legislative Action (Westmoreland IU #7: Jason Conway, Executive Director)


  • 17 Sep 2019 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ASTON, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Officials cut the ribbon on a new school building for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in Aston, Delaware County on Wednesday.

    Administrators, board members, staff and students came out to celebrate the realization of a plan seven years in the making.

    "The Board and administrators embarked upon the mission to build a new facility that would allow us to not only provide cutting-edge programs to prepare students for a 21st century job market, but also to provide the best services possible in the best environment possible," stated Dr. Maria Edelberg, Executive Director.

    The plan was to enhance and expand the original building to include improved security systems, improvement and expansion of meeting facilities, and technology, and building upgrades to allow for state-of-the-art educational programming.

    The Aston campus now houses an Early Childhood Education program, Career and Technical School, as well as school-age student services.

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  • 13 Sep 2019 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Coatesville Area school board has turned its four prekindergarten classes at the Gordon Early Learning Center over to the Chester County Intermediate Unit — a move which will save the school district over $1 million.

    During the board's Sept. 10 meeting, Interim Superintendent Richard Dunlap Jr. called the move both an opportunity and a tough decision as the school board accepted leadership from CCIU.

    Dunlap said both Coatesville and CCIU had applied for the same expansion grant funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but funds were awarded to CCIU, which operates nine Head Start centers in Chester County.The preschool program costs the district $744,990 annually.

    Coatesville’s four prekindergarten teachers will this month train staff hired by Jacalyn Auris, director of student services for CCIU, to help ensure a successful transition for students. The four will then move to new assignments on Sept. 23, Dunlap said.

    Auris told the school board her staff will work to make the preschool program a Coatesville program, not a CCIU program, by bringing building principals to Gordon to meet with students and their families. Staff will also make quarterly home visits and host frequent social events at Gordon to connect students to the Coatesville district — in hopes of encouraging families to remain in the district instead of moving on to charter or private schools after preschool.

    While one resident lauded the move, two preschool teachers voiced sadness about the sudden change. Resident Beth Brindle reminded the board the community has been asking for transparency and called the change “a big decision that needed more consideration and time.”

    The board approved CCIU’s offer by a 7-2 vote, with James Hills and Tom Siedenbuehl casting no votes. Earlier this year residents spoke in favor of the district managing its own special education programs. In June, the board added five special education supervisors to the 2019-20 budget.

    Auris said the grant will cover the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, and she has a high level of confidence funding will continue beyond the next two years.

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