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					Three simple words in our mission statement - leadership, partnership, innovation –
clearly express what we do at the Capital Area Intermediate Unit. We lead, we partner,
and we think creatively. But why? Our purpose is to serve the educational community
– the children and their families, the variety of schools in our region, and the larger
community. In our quest for educational excellence, we engage educators from
preschool through higher education, human service providers, local as well as
international businesses, state and federal government personnel, and many others to
meet the needs and enhance the growth of the children we serve.

Sustaining our role as a premier educational service agency by making a positive
difference every day in the lives of those we serve is no small task. Our dedicated staff
members demonstrate a passion for their work that inspires them to continually improve
in their specific areas of expertise. Our collective depth and breadth of knowledge from
special education to technology to professional development is unparalleled in the
region. And our customer service is legendary.

As we move into the next phase of strategically planning for our future, we cannot be
content with past performance. Our future is indeed our children, and so we continue to
strive to achieve an unprecedented quality of life for our children.

Together we will make a difference every day.



Amy C. Morton
Executive Director
                                           Who Do We Serve?
                                       OUR CLIENTS and/or PARTNERS
24 Member School Districts                              Museums
2 Career & Technical Schools (CPAVTS/DCTS)              Public Schools
Boroughs and Municipalities                             Non-Profit Organizations
CAIU Business Advisory Council                          Non-Public Schools
CAIU Board of Directors                                 Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL)
CAIU Employees                                          Open Stage of Harrisburg
Capital Area Adventures                                 Other Intermediate Units
Capital Area Interagency Coordinating Council (CAICC)   PA Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU)
Capital Area School for the Arts                        PA Department of Education (PDE)
Capital Beginnings                                      PA Training & Technical Assistance Network
Capital Region Partnership for Career Development       Pinnacle
Charter Schools                                         Potential CAIU Employees
Children                                                PreK Counts
Colleges & Universities                                 Professional Associations
CAIU Curriculum Advisory Council                        School Principals
Cyber Charter Schools                                   Service Agencies (eg County MH/MR)
PA Department of Public Welfare (DPW)                   CAIU Special Education Advisory Council
Diakon                                                  Special Olympics
Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute         Specialists (eg Nurses, ESL Teachers, Psychologists)
Families                                                PA State Board of Education
Family Support Groups                                   Substitute/Guest Teachers
Hershey Medical Center                                  Success by Six
Home-Schooled Students                                  Superintendents Advisory Council
CAIU Human Resources Advisory Council                   Teachers (PreK-12)
Juvenile Probation Office                               CAIU Technology Advisory Council
Local Business and Industry                             United Way
Local Chambers of Commerce                              Vision Quest
Local Preschools & Child Care Providers                 Visitors to CAIU
Local Right to Education Task Force                     PA Psychiatric Institute



                                           Why Do We Serve?
                                                OUR MISSION
  We serve to achieve educational excellence with families, schools and communities through
                          leadership, partnership and innovation.


                                                 OUR VISION
             Educational Excellence through Leadership, Partnership and Innovation.
                                 What Does Excellence Require of Us?
         We serve to achieve educational excellence with families, schools and communities
                          through leadership, partnership and innovation.

                                           CRITERIA for EXCELLENCE
                                      Implementing, sustaining and regularly evaluating the quality of
    Accountability
                                      our programs and services
    Collaboration                    Working together toward common goals

    Communication                    Engaging and learning from one another

    Compassion                       Understanding and appreciating one another

    Efficiency                       Deploying personnel, materials and funds prudently

    Expertise                        Providing specialized knowledge, experiences and insights
                                      Committing to high quality customer service and continuous
    Professionalism
                                      improvement
    Resources                        Accessing shared resources, services and supports



       How Do We Currently Serve Our Families, Schools and Communities?
                                 (partial listing)
         We serve to achieve educational excellence with families, schools and communities
                          through leadership, partnership and innovation.

          FAMILIES                               SCHOOLS                              COMMUNITIES

Child Assessments and Evaluations              Advisory Councils                 Interagency Coordination

Local Right to Education Task Force                                           Capital Region Partnership for
                                               Job-Alike Networks
                                                                                  Career Development
   Early Intervention/Preschool
                                            Guest Teacher Program
             Services                                                         Capital Area School for the Arts

    Direct Service to Students
                                            ESL Specialist Certificate           Capital Area Adventures
    Surrogate Parent Services
                                       Learning-Focused Schools Initiative                PANA
Pregnant & Parenting Teen Services
                                           Professional Development          Summerdale Conference Services
      Assistive Technology
                                         Aid to Non-Public Schools                  Special Olympics
Governor’s Schools of Excellence                                            Capital Area Regional Transition
                                          Consortium Purchasing
                                                                                        Council
        Behavior Support                 User Groups for Technical
                                                                                    Migrant Education
                                               Applications
                                                                              Safe & Drug Free Schools &
                                       Strategic Planning Facilitation
                                                                                     Communities
                                       School Improvement Services

                                        Special Education Services

                                        Program & Grant Evaluation

                                     Training & Consultation Services

                                      Coordination of PDE Initiatives

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        How Do We Demonstrate Leadership, Partnership and Innovation?
                               (partial listing)
        We serve to achieve educational excellence with families, schools and communities
                         through leadership, partnership and innovation.

       LEADERSHIP                               PARTNERSHIP                              INNOVATION
  Lead IU for the PA Academic         Clarion University Partnership for   First regional wide area educational
   Standards Revision Project          Master’s Degree in Curriculum               network in PA (2003)
                                    Shippensburg University Partnership     Regional adoption of a standards-
   Superintendent Leadership
                                     for English as a Second Language          based curriculum framework
          Conferences
                                        Program Specialist Certificate         (Learning-Focused Schools)
 Site for PA Inspired Leadership       Capital Region Partnership for           Region-wide “Employability
                                                                   th
           Initiative (PIL)         Career Development in its 12 year      Certificate” for high school students
Statewide Leader in the Learning-   Administration of several major PDE
    Focused Schools Initiative                    initiatives
           How Do Our District Clients Currently Perceive Us?

                 [insert customer satisfaction survey results]


           What Are Our Priorities for 2008-2009 and Beyond?

 Goal 1: Improve student achievement by developing and implementing problem-
               specific solutions within a systems-based context.
      Objective 1: [from worksheets]
      Objective 2:
      Objective 3:

Goal 2: Improve our clients’ and partners’ knowledge and perceived value of the
CAIU by regularly utilizing effective communication and collaboration tools.
      Objective 1:
      Objective 2:
      Objective 3:
      etc.

Goal 3: Ensure a safe and secure environment for all students, staff and visitors
by institutionalizing safety and security plans, policies, and procedures.
      Objective 1:
      Objective 2:
      Objective 3:
      etc.

Goal 4: Improve employee accountability, professional growth & development,
and satisfaction by revising employee evaluation plans, policies and procedures.
      Objective 1:
      Objective 2:
      Objective 3:
      etc.

Goal 5: Demonstrate a commitment to our employees and a responsibility to our
environment by developing and implementing alternate work schedules.
      Objective 1:
      Objective 2:
      Objective 3:
      etc.

Goal 6: Improve end-user satisfaction by implementing new software and
procedures associated with human resources, financial services and student
information systems.
      Objective 1:
      Objective 2:
      Objective 3:
      etc.



                      [insert action plans for each objective]
Goal: Improve student achievement by developing and implementing problem-specific solutions within a
systems-based context.
Objective ___ of ___:
Team(s) and/or Program(s):
Preliminary Data:                                     Evidence of Success:


                          Actions to Be Taken                           Persons Responsible   Completion Date




What role do the criteria for excellence play in achieving this objective?
Accountability

Collaboration

Communication

Compassion

Efficiency

Expertise

Professionalism

Resources
How does achieving your objective positively affect families, schools and/or communities?
How does achieving your objective reflect leadership, partnership and/or innovation?

				
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