MCIU Services: A through C

Academic Competition
Donna Gaffney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
, dgaffney@mciu.org
Bonnie Neiman, Secretary
610-755-9316

CIPD organizes and hosts the regional event for the annual Academic Competition allowing county high schools to compete for the state competition.

Act 1 Homestead/Farmstead Notification Mailing
Perry Baer, Coordinator of Business Support & Cooperative Services,
pbaer@mciu.org
Melissa Klaus, Cooperative Services Financial Specialist
610-755-9342

As a result of Act 1 of 2006, local school districts are required to notify residents within their district boundaries of their eligibility to be classified under certain taxing criteria.  The Management Services Division will coordinate this mailing with the County Board of Assessments, in order for local school districts to meet this requirement.

ACT 48
Donna Gaffney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Developmentdgaffney@mciu.org
Bonnie Neiman, Secretary
610-755-9316
CIPD is involved in monitoring and reporting all ACT 48 eligible events held at MCIU. Technical assistance is provided to districts and other outside organizations on the management of ACT 48 records and reporting.

Adapted Physical Education (APE)
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448
Direct adapted physical education (APE) services to groups or individual students – The APE staff will travel to the site and develop and implement an individualized program for each participating student that compliments the district’s physical education curriculum.

Adapted Physical Education Consultation
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448

The APE staff will meet with the district physical education staff to determine the services necessary to meet the needs of their students.  This may entail consultation with one or more of the physical education staff who work directly with students in need of APE services.  Consultation may be designed to assist the staff in providing APE as a stand-alone service or providing support in an inclusive physical education program. The MCIU will be able to provide instructional support through team teaching as well as lesson demonstration followed by ongoing consultation on a regular or as needed basis.

Adult Training Facility Placements
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448

This program is designed for students who may be in need of a supportive experience rather than competitive employment.  Placements occur in operating sheltered placements where students are paid according to production rate and type of work.  The processing fee includes:

  • Observation of student
  • Initial visitation with parent and student
  • Communication with sheltered workshop staff
  • Site visitations
  • Attendance at IEP meetings

Advisory Council Coordination
Gail Kennedy, Director of TIS,
gkennedy@mciu.org
Jackie Krail, Secretary
610-755-9352

The TIS Advisory Council consists of representatives from each member district. Meetings are held monthly during the school year and the purpose is to provide a communication link between the districts, MCIU, and State. Districts are made aware of special offerings and programs at these meetings.

Apartment Program – Transition Services
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448
The Apartment Program is designed to give students with disabilities, ages 18 to 21, the tools necessary to live in the real world. The program assists students with developing independent living skills in an apartment setting. Students will be engaged in activities from “You’re On Your Own” curriculum from PCI Education. This comprehensive curriculum includes all elements to simulate living in the real world. The program fosters independent living skills in the following areas: finding an apartment, finding a job, banking, household skills and recreation/leisure.

Application, Data, and Website Development
Sheldon Wedemeyer, Technology Infrastructure Supervisor
, swedemeyer@mciu.org
Monica Weber, Secretary
610-755-9358
Utilizing an industry standard Software Development Cycle, MCIU can work with you and your staff to identify, design and implement a custom solution specifically to meet your needs. Our development technologies include, but are not limited to, Microsoft and other open web technology (e.g. ASP/.Net, VB.Net, Microsoft SQL, PHP, MySQL, Access, and FileMaker). Whether you need a Content Management Solution or additional functionality to a third party solution, we can help. Please call us for a free consultation.  

Application and Website Hosting
Sheldon Wedemeyer, Technology Infrastructure Supervisorswedemeyer@mciu.org
Monica Weber, Secretary
610-755-9358

Through this service, MCIU will host your in-house developed applications, as well as third party systems. Remote administrator options are available to school database administrators to allow full remote control of databases. Query and report building services are also available at nominal rates. Due to the uniqueness of applications and systems, we will need to conduct an analysis of the systems in order to determine the most cost effective and efficient cost structure for your project.

Application, Data, and Website Support
Sheldon Wedemeyer, Technology Infrastructure Supervisorswedemeyer@mciu.org
Monica Weber, Secretary
610-755-9358
Allow MCIU to provide you with the end user support you need. Our professional staff can be on call Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 4:00pm to provide the additional support you need for your applications, database, and websites. Please call for more information.

Assistive Technology Consultative Services
Lois Robinson, Director of Special Education, lrobinson@mciu.org
Debbie Conaway, Secretary
610-755-9443

Experienced Assistive Technology Consultant/Speech-Language Pathologist to consult with classrooms or district SETT facilitators to make recommendations regarding devices to use with students on the caseload – recommendations for appropriate devices to trial with students involved in the district’s SETT process. Consultation to classroom teachers, teams or speech-language pathologists to make technical recommendations for devices or strategies to use with their students.

Assistive Technology Device Setup/Customization/Support
Lois Robinson, Director of Special Education, lrobinson@mciu.org
Debbie Conaway, Secretary
610-755-9443

Services of an Assistive Technology Consultant/Certified Speech-Language Pathologist to set up or customize assistive technology hardware/software/devices for individual students/teams.
Purpose: Initial setup and/or customization is often time-consuming and does not fit into classroom or therapy schedules. An AT consultant would complete the initial setup and customization for the team and provide support as requested.

Assistive Technology Resource Center
Lois Robinson, Director of Special Education,
lrobinson@mciu.org
Debbie Conaway, Secretary
610-755-9443

The Assistive Technology Resource Center is a collection of devices, software, and print services. The center offers educational staff an opportunity to preview devices and materials, borrow equipment, and receive training on specific technology before investing school district dollars to purchase the item. A school district membership in the ATRC entitles any school district employee to the following:
  • Access to devices for trial by students
  • Loaner period – up to 90 days
  • Access to current and new assistive technology devices
  • Continual upgrading of newly available items
  • Temporary equipment loans to students, while the student’s device is under repair (eliminating the need for a temporary lease with a company)
  • Unlimited previewing of items for school district staff, administrators, and parents during regular business hours, 2 evenings/month, and by appointment
  • Availability of the center for holding SETT meetings

The 2013/2014 membership fee is for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

Assistive Technology Training - On-Site
Lois Robinson, Director of Special Education, lrobinson@mciu.org
Debbie Conaway, Secretary
610-755-9443

Services of an Assistive Technology Consultant/Speech-Language Pathologist to provide customized on-site AT trainings on hardware, software or devices.

  • "What's in your AT closet" Training - Understanding and utilizing AT already owned in the district
  • "Setting up your new classroom" - Low and high-tech AT device recommendations for classrooms
  • Other training requests as specified

Atomic Learning
JR Renna, Technology Applications Supervisor
, jrenna@mciu.org
Monica Weber, Secretary
610-755-9358

Atomic Learning is an online training solution dedicated to providing a cost-effective teacher professional development, classroom technology integration and software support solution that empowers educators to utilize technology to engage students and positively impact achievement. It boasts a library of thousands of short, easy-to-understand tutorial video clips as well as structured projects and workshops. The solution includes tech integration projects, workshops on such applications as Web 2.0 and iPads, assistive technology tutorials, teacher assessment tools, and tech skills assessment tools. Their trainings can also help you realize the full potential of mobile devices in the classroom, and achieve success in implementing common core.

Audio Visual Design and Installation
JR Renna, Technology Applications Supervisorjrenna@mciu.org
Monica Weber, Secretary
610-755-9358
Technical staff can provide guidance in areas of specialized audio systems, display technologies, control systems, and Smart Classroom design. Our technicians will conduct a site visit and provide you with an accurate quote to meet the goals of your project.

Audiological Evaluation and Consultation
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448

The services of a certified audiologist may be provided in any of the following areas:

  • Consultation with school nurse regarding hearing screening techniques, results, and/or recommendations
  • Screening difficult-to-test students using acoustic emissions (OAE) and/or tympanometry procedures
  • Audiological evaluation of students who have failed a hearing screening or who are suspected of having a hearing loss
  • Audiological evaluation of students with previously identified hearing loss to monitor auditory thresholds

Audiometer Calibration Program
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448
The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires school nurses to test the hearing of all students. The device used to perform the hearing test is called an audiometer. Audiometers are calibrated to specifications of the National Bureau of Standards. The intermediate unit annually (during the summer) collects school districts’ audiometers and checks the calibration of each unit. Those that meet calibration standards are returned to the sending districts. Those that fail are sent to a company specified by the district for calibration.

Auditory Processing Consultation
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448
Auditory Processing Consultation is offered to school districts for students suspected of having auditory processing problems, or students who have had an auditory processing evaluation. A certified educational audiologist will meet with the student’s educational team to discuss auditory processing disorders, provide suggestions regarding accommodations and strategies, and assist the team with determining which accommodations and strategies would be most appropriate for the student.

If a team decision is made to try an FM system with the student, MCIU will offer a loaner FM system for a trial period, including technical support.

Autistic Support Specialist
Robin Boehning, Supervisor, Special Education,
rboehning@mciu.org
Edwina Fascio, Secretary
610-755-9422

This itinerant teacher offers direct services to school district staff and students in district schools kindergarten through 12th grade, Services may include any of the following:

  • Staff development for special education, general education teachers, paraeducators, and other staff
  • Consultation to first year autistic support teachers
  • Ongoing visits to district autistic support classrooms to strengthen and expand strategies promoting student progress
  • Consultation for teachers instructing students with autism in the mainstream
  • Student observations
  • IEP writing
  • Progress monitoring consultation
  • Curriculum based assessments
  • Functional behavioral analysis and positive behavior support plans
  • Reading, writing, mathematics instruction and consultation
  • Development of communication skills, social skills, and daily living skills
  • Social skills groups
  • Social story groups and social story development/writing
  • Sensory support and activities
  • Developing or expanding buddy programs with typical peers
Autistic Support Classroom Program – Elementary
Robin Boehning, Supervisor, Special Education,
rboehning@mciu.org
Christine Butterfield, Secretary
610-755-9422
This program is designed for students 5–11 years of age with a diagnosis of autism, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), or Asperger’s syndrome.

Primary goal: These classes focus on communication, social skills, academics adapted for individual needs and positive behavioral interventions. A variety of techniques including the Competent Learning Model, use of visual strategies and other methods appropriate for students with autism are utilized.

Program features:

  • Research based instructional strategies
  • Data Driven Individualized educational planning and assessment
  • Emphasis on effective communication skills
  • Development of social skills
  • Motivation through positive behavior support and reinforcement
  • Community-based instruction

Supportive services include:

  • Adapted physical education
  • Behavior management
  • Psychological support
  • Psychiatric support
  • Social work services
  • Program supervision/administration

Related services:

  • Cost will be calculated based on the related services indicated on the child's IEP.

Assistive technology equipment or devices:

  • Physical support equipment or assistive devices deemed necessary by the IEP team for the use of an individual student will be an additional expense assessed to the student’s school district.

Autistic Support Program – Secondary
Robin Boehning, Supervisor, Special Education,
rboehning@mciu.org
Edwina Fascio, Secretary
610-755-9422

This program is designed for students 12 – 21 years of age with a diagnosis of autism, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) or Asperger’s syndrome.

Primary goal: The Autistic Support Program secondary classes focus on individual academics and activities of daily living, prevocational skills, social skills, positive behavioral interventions, and basic communication. A variety of instructional techniques are utilized.

Program features:

  • Utilization of a variety of techniques to support individual learning needs
  • Individualized educational planning and assessment
  • Emphasis on effective communication skills
  • Development of social skills
  • Motivation through positive behavior support and reinforcement
  • Community-based Instruction
  • Data driven IEP development
  • Vocational training experiences

Supportive services include:

  • Adapted physical education
  • Behavior management
  • Psychological support
  • Psychiatric support
  • Social work services
  • Transition services
  • Program supervision/administration
Related services:
  • Cost will be calculated based on the related services indicated on the child's IEP.

Assistive technology equipment or devices:

  • Physical support equipment or assistive devices deemed necessary by the IEP team for the use of an individual student will be an additional expense assessed to the student’s school district.

Autistic Support Program – Social Communications
Robin Boehning, Supervisor, Special Education, rboehning@mciu.org
Christine Butterfield, Secretary
610-755-9422

This program is designed for students 5-9 years of age with a diagnosis of autism, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) or Asperger’s syndrome. 

Primary goal: This class emphasizes individualized academics with a focus on language and the integration of social skills into the daily curriculum.

Program features:

  • Utilization of a variety of techniques to support individual learning needs
  • Individualized educational planning and assessment
  • Emphasis on effective communication skills
  • Integration of speech and language skills
  • Development of social skills
  • Motivation through positive behavior support and reinforcement
  • Community-based instruction
  • Data driven IEP development

Supportive services included:

  • Adapted physical education
  • Behavior management
  • Psychological support
  • Psychiatric support
  • Social work services
  • Program supervision/administration
Related services:
  • Cost will be calculated based on the related services indicated on the child's IEP.

Assistive technology equipment or devices:

  • Physical support equipment or assistive devices deemed necessary by the IEP team for the use of an individual student will be an additional expense assessed to the student’s school district.
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Behavior Management Program
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Edwina Fascio, Secretary
610-755-9448

Behavior Management Services provides a variety of behavioral support services to teachers and students within the school districts of Montgomery County. The BMS staff strives to be informative and creative while individualizing strategies and services in a flexible and collaborative framework to meet school district needs.

Among the services are:

  • Classroom management consultation
  • Individual student consultation
  • Adaptive instructional techniques
  • Consultation for measurable IEP behavioral goals
  • Behavior support plans
  • Functional behavioral assessments
  • Specific support in the development of classrooms for verbal behavior
  • Social skills training
  • Specific training for 1:1 teaching assistants, tailored to the individual needs of a student
  • Bus driver & bus aide training on behavior management techniques
  • Non-violent crisis intervention training
  • School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)
  • Safety care training

Bilingual Psychologist
Lois Robinson, Director of Special Educationlrobinson@mciu.org
Debbie Conaway, Secretary
610-755-9443
In order to service a wider range of county constituents, contracting a psychologist who is fluent in a language other than English, could provide a level of comfort with, and perhaps, more accurate data from assessments given to children. This service would be provided to our early intervention children and to our county school districts. The initial service would be for our Spanish speaking families. Should the need be documented, other psychologists with fluency in additional languages could be contracted.

Bilingual Speech Evaluations - Spanish
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448

Speech and language evaluations are comprehensive assessments conducted in Spanish and English that address a student’s performance in articulation, language, voice, fluency, and pragmatics. The evaluation outlines the degree of support ELL students need to enhance their ability to communicate in the school setting.

Board Governance
Valentina G. Viletto, Esq., Director of Legislative Services, tviletto@mciu.org
Donna Kelly, Secretary
610-755-9304

The Legislative Services Division assists school boards in retreat planning and facilitation. The Division promotes effective board governance and assists boards in defining roles and responsibilities.

BrainSTEPS
Dr. Brittany Lourea-Waddell, Psychologist, bwaddell@mciu.org
610-755-9433
BrainSTEPS is a “Brain Injury School Re-Entry” model that is being established across Pennsylvania. BrainSTEPS Consulting Teams are comprised of professionals from varying disciplines who have received extensive training on educating students with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Team members will act as consultants for Montgomery County students ages 3 – 21 and are available to provide training and resources to colleagues and families.

The Montgomery County Brain STEPS Consulting Team was trained by the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, through a Title V Grant from the PA Department of Health, partnered with the PA Department of Education. The team members have formed into a Child and Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-Entry Program called “BrainSTEPS”. BrainSTEPS is working to make sure that those who provide educational support to children with brain injury have a good understanding that will help these students achieve optimal educational success.

What does the BrainSTEPS Consulting Team provide?
  • Consultation with School and Medical Professionals
  • School Re-Entry Planning
  • Educational Programming
  • Long Term Monitoring
  • Training and Support for District Personnel

Branding
Kristen Rawlings, Director of Communications,
krawlings@mciu.org
610-755-9313
Creating a brand for your school district with a cohesive style and message is an important part of enhancing your reputation with the community. The Communications Division can assist your district in creating a Style Guide with standards for print and electronic communications that ensure consistency and professionalism throughout the district.   

BrightBytes Clarity Pro
Gail Kennedy, Director of TIS, gkennedy@mciu.org
Jackie Krail, Secretary
610-755-9352
We understand how difficult it can be to assess the impact of technology investments on teaching and student learning. BrightBytes delivers tools and services that measure the impact of technology use on learning. Clarity Pro delivers an individual technology report for each school, a detailed dashboard of disaggregated data, a customized list of school solutions, and much more!

This analysis follows the CASE® system, which includes:
Classroom: time on tasks with technology in the classroom
Access: access to technology at school and at home
Skills: teacher/student skills with technology
Environment: factors that support/hinder technology use

Business Administrator Meetings
Stan Wisler, CFO/Director of Management Services, swisler@mciu.org
Donna Kelly, Secretary

610-755-9304
The monthly business administrator's meetings provide an opportunity for school district business managers to share common topics and strategize future cooperative pursuits. Regular presentations are held on relevant topics, including energy efficiency, purchasing initiatives, and healthcare coverage and cost concerns.

Meetings are open to Montgomery County School District business administrators and/or their designees.

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Carnegie Learning Math Academies
Donna Gaffney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, dgaffney@mciu.org
Patrice Semicek, Teaching and Consulting (TaC), psemicek@mciu.org
610-755-9483

In partnership with Carnegie Learning, MCIU offers intensive workshops that are designed to deepen teachers' understanding of mathematics, provide an environment in which teachers can learn to problem-solve in a student-centered environment, and to facilitate teachers' reflection on their own teaching practices. Academy content is grade-band specific and aligned to Common Core Content Standards and Standards for Mathematical Practice. Carnegie Learning's pedagogical approach to mathematics instruction facilitates experiential learning, engaging discourse with colleagues and peers, and meta-cognitive strategies that support teachers in shifting their instructional practices.

Cengage-Gale
JR Renna, Technology Applications Supervisor
, jrenna@mciu.org
Monica Weber, Secretary
610-755-9358

MCIU and Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, have partnered together to make available to schools in Pennsylvania curriculum focused online resources at significantly discounted rates. With the resource reductions from POWERLibrary and continued funding cuts affecting access to high quality online resources for students, MCIU and Gale have joined forces to create a unique value package of online resources. The Pennsylvania Curriculum Bundle includes the In Context family of products: - Student Resources, Science, World History, and U.S. History, as well as Student Resource Center Junior and Kids  InfoBits.

Central Auditory Processing Assessment
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448
Central Auditory Processing Assessment may identify a student who exhibits difficulty listening in noise, trouble with localization and lateralization of auditory information and/or confusion with multiple speakers.  The assessment process may include site visit, speech and language screening/evaluation, teacher input, and APD test battery.  Test interpretation may identify weaknesses that can be addressed by team members. Post testing recommendations and/or strategies can be made available through APD consult. Recommendations may include, but not be limited to, management strategies, environmental modification, or use of an FM system.

Certification & Staffing Consultation
Jack Hurd, Director of Human Resources, jhurd@mciu.org

Sandra Colelli, Secretary
610-755-9307

The HR Division assists districts by facilitating in-services for county administrators with PDE to provide support on the ever-changing requirements for teachers and teacher assistants to be Highly Qualified and appropriately certified. The division can further assist clients not only with information-exchange, but by visiting districts and training/consulting on the regulations. If needed, staff may also access credentials for the districts’ teachers.

The HR Division provides technical assistance to county districts as the PDE requirements for professional personnel change and reviews special education staff credentials to ensure the maximum compliance for teaching staff. Individual consultations may be provided on a wide variety of HR issues including: grievance resolution, professional discipline, assisting with a search for an HR Director, and hiring processes. Long-term consultation or major HR projects are also available.

Child Accounting Services

Alison Scott, Data Coordinator, Special Education,
ascott@mciu.org
610-755-9445
This service determines the district of residence for all children served in MCIU programs and provides the required attendance and membership reporting to the school districts.
 
Child Count Coordination
Alison Scott, Data Coordinator, Special Education,
ascott@mciu.org
610-755-9445
The Special Education Division coordinates the Montgomery County Child Count reporting of all students identified as IDEA eligible for special education and the additional reporting required for these students and the staff that serves them. In addition, the Department of Education requires districts to report all the participants of their gifted programs through the same PennData system.

Classroom Acoustic Measurements
Maria DeLuca, Assistant Director of Special Education, mdeluca@mciu.org
Colleen Connor, Secretary
610-755-9448
Since classroom instruction is primarily verbal, an appropriate acoustic classroom environment is important for all students, but particularly for those students with hearing impairment. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) established national standards for classroom acoustics in 2002. The MCIU educational audiologist can perform field-testing of noise levels and reverberation present in district classrooms to determine if ANSI standards are met. Following these measurements, the MCIU audiologist can perform a site analysis and provide acoustic recommendations to the district for reduction of background noise and reverberation.
 
Cochlear Implant Consultation
Dr. Damian Johnston, Supervisor, Special Education, djohnston@mciu.org
Edwina Fascio, Secretary
610-755-9404

Cochlear implant implantation is enabling profoundly deaf children to gain access to auditory information, thus giving them the opportunity to develop oral speech and language. However, technology alone is not  enough to  ensure  that  students  with  cochlear  implants will  achieve success in the educational setting. Audiologic management, acoustic modification of the environment, auditory/speech/language skill development, appropriate educational programming, development of team members’ knowledge of cochlear implants, and collaboration among all team members are crucial factors for these students. The cochlear implant consultant, a trained professional in the area of cochlear implants, coordinates and oversees this process, ensuring that the unique needs of the student with a cochlear implant are being met.

The role of the cochlear implant consultant may include any of the following:

  • Provide information and materials, in order to prepare and/or deliver staff development programs for general education teachers who have a student with a cochlear implant in their classroom
  • Communicate with a student’s cochlear implant center and/or support the hearing support teacher regarding audiological evaluations, changes with the student’s device, mappings, and/or problems the student may be experiencing
  • Facilitate consistent communication between the hearing support teacher, the student’s regular education teacher, and the student’s parents, regarding the status of the student’s cochlear implant device and his/her academic progress
  • Participate in the IEP development for students with cochlear implants, ensuring that IEP goals and specially designed instruction are appropriate for the student
  • Assist in the evaluation process for newly identified students with cochlear implants
  • Provide information (i.e. candidacy, surgical procedures, device selection, etc.) to the parents of a deaf child, if they are considering a cochlear implant for their child
  • Provide information to the SETT team regarding assistive listening devices (including FM system options) and other services, such as C-Print
  • Provide information to the hearing support teacher about the student’s cochlear implant device: its features, procedures for daily maintenance, and troubleshooting procedures when the device is not functioning properly

Communications Audits/Strategic Planning
Kristen Rawlings, Director of Communications,
krawlings@mciu.org
610-755-9313
The Communications Division, in partnership with the MCIU Technology and Information Division and Montgomery County school district public relations professionals, can provide an audit to help school districts quantify the effectiveness of its current communications strategies, including publications, website and other electronic communications. The audit will identify new opportunities and help districts develop a strategic communications plan to build quality communication with key stakeholders.

Competent Learner Model Specialist
Cheryl Wise, Supervisor, Special Education, cwise@mciu.org
Edwina Fascio, Secretary

610-755-9424
The Competent Learner Model (CLM) specialist is a highly trained consultant who demonstrates expertise in the seven repertoires of the CLM model. The CLM Specialist acts as an internal coach who offers weekly onsite support to teachers and teacher assistants. The CLM specialists plans, coordinates and facilitates all CLM required trainings. Additionally, the CLM specialist assures that all staff completes the units of study for CLM program.

Comprehensive Planning
Donna Gaffney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, 
dgaffney@mciu.org
Holley Moyer, Secretary
610-755-9460

Comprehensive Planning is a continuous process used to ensure that all students are achieving at high levels. All districts can create better environments so that more students are successful. Continuous planning of public districts is essential to providing increased student performance and quality results. Innovative, exemplary, and research-based programs, coupled with staff development, focused and aligned resources and public participation in planning, are critical factors in districts that demonstrate continuous growth. The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit provides support to school districts as they develop and implement their Comprehensive Plans.

Computer Fair – PA Middle and High School Regional Competition
Jackie Krail, Technology and Information Services, jkrail@mciu.org
610-755-9352
The Pennsylvania Computer Fairs are annual events that highlight Pennsylvania students' application skills and computer knowledge. Students are able to unleash their creativity, learn how to convey information more dynamically, and enhance the learning process.  The competition categories include Animation, Computer Fair Logo, Curriculum-Based Web Page Design, Digital Movie, Graphic Design, Information-Based Web Page Design, Multimedia Presentations and Text-Based Desktop Publishing. The winning teams advance to the state competition. The cost for this event is funded by Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Conference Center Services/Facilities Use
Mark Brooks, Supervisor of Facilities,
mbrooks@mciu.org
Melissa Klaus, Cooperative Services Financial Specialist
610-755-9342
The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit facility, as well as, the Anderson School facility, are available for outside use/rental, provided certain requirements are met.  The MCIU provides fully operational computer labs and meeting rooms that can accommodate a wide range of business and educational events.

Rental fees will be charged for the facilities, depending upon the type of organization.  Anyone requesting the use of the buildings and facilities will be classified in one of the following three categories:

Class A:  
Governmental and Non-Profit Agencies located within MCIU service region.  Events co-sponsored by the MCIU.

Class B:
Governmental and Non-Profit Agencies located outside the MCIU service region

Class C:
Business and Private Sector Entities

In addition, the following equipment/service charges will be assessed as necessitated by the activity.  These fees may be adjusted and will apply to all Class A, B, and C agencies.                                                        

Consortium Purchase Coordination for Technology
Gail Kennedy, Director of TIS,
gkennedy@mciu.org
Jackie Krail, Secretary
610-755-9352

MCIU is constantly looking for ways to offer joint purchasing opportunities to our local school entities.  Through these efforts, school districts will be able to benefit from cost savings. We will coordinate county-wide offers from technology vendors to leverage purchasing power. These include hardware, software, and services. Current consortium pricing is available for PowerSchool, Gales Content, Hewlett-Packard computers, videoconferencing equipment, and computer leasing.

Consortium Purchase Coordination, Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
Donna Gaffney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Developmentdgaffney@mciu.org
Bonnie Neiman, Secretary
610-755-9316
MCIU is constantly looking into ways to offer joint purchasing opportunities to our local school entities. Through these efforts, school districts will be able to benefit from cost savings. We will coordinate county-wide offers from vendors to leverage purchasing power, for items including; software, services and curriculum materials. Consortium pricing is available for the following curriculum software: Global Compliance Network, Learning A-Z, MyLearningPlan, and OASYS. Contact MCIU to receive a quote for these products.

Consultation and Leadership
Gail Kennedy, Director of TIS,
gkennedy@mciu.org
Jackie Krail, Secretary
610-755-9352

Through the district Membership contributions, MCIU provides ongoing consultation and leadership in the area of technology. As a fee-based service, our staff can assist with the technology planning process and may serve on planning committees at district’s request. The director and other technology administrators are readily available to support local school district initiatives, as needed.

Consultation Team
Dr. Lois Robinson, Director of Special Education,
  lrobinson@mciu.org
Debbie Conaway, Secretary
610-755-9443

The MCIU will provide consultation to strengthen existing district special education education/programs or to develop new district special education classes or programs (for any age or disability). The MCIU team is also available to provide consultation for any variety of situations effecting district special education programs, classrooms, and/or individual students. Examples: Resolving individual student cases before they reach due process, assistance in finding placements for hard to place and/or adjudicated students, resolving significant behavior issues, helping resolve special education parent group concerns, or other school district special education students or program concerns. The MCIU may include team members to meet the needs of the district (i.e. special education supervisor, psychologist, behavior specialist, and/or social worker).

Consultative Services and Leadership, Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
Donna Gaffney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, dgaffney@mciu.org
Bonnie Neiman, Secretary
610-755-9316
Our staff can assist with professional development planning processes and may serve on planning committees at the district's request. The Director, other administrators, and project associates are readily available to support local school district initiatives, as needed.

Consultative services include, but are not limited to:

  • Getting Results School Improvement Framework
  • Induction
  • Act 48
  • Evaluation and Supervision System Design
  • e-Strategic planning

Continuing Professional Education and Graduate Courses
Donna Gaffney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development,
dgaffney@mciu.org
Lois Winton, Secretary
610-755-9315

The MCIU and its Professional Development Council offers this program as a service to Montgomery County educators. The offerings are intended to provide practical skills and information that promote professional growth and student learning. Course offerings are open to all school personnel from Montgomery County and surrounding areas. Most Continuing Education Credit courses are offered for graduate credit through a partnership with Immaculata University. The MCIU has partnerships with 
St. Joseph's University, Drexel University, and LaSalle University that offer discounted tuition costs for Master's in Education and Certification programs. Visit our website at www.mciu.org/partnerships to view offerings. MCIU will work with districts to design Continuing Professional Development (CPE) and graduate level courses specific to district initiatives.

Cooperative Purchasing Consortium
Perry Baer, Coordinator of Business Support & Cooperative Services,
pbaer@mciu.org
Melissa Klaus, Cooperative Services Financial Specialist
610-755-9342
Based on the direction obtained from the Montgomery County Joint Purchasing Council, the division coordinates on-line cooperative bidding services for the following items:
  • Art Supplies
  • Copy Paper
  • Custodial Supplies
  • Fuel Bid - Heating Oil and Vehicle Fuel
  • General Supplies
  • Trash Collection

This process enables schools and public agencies an opportunity to take advantage of lower pricing and reduced advertising costs.

Copy/Print Center
Mark Brooks, Facilities Supervisor,
mbrooks@mciu.org
Kathy Piazza, Support Services Facilitator
610-755-9348

The Management Services Division operates a copy and print center that is open to all schools and governmental agencies within Montgomery County. 

Services available include: black & white copying, color copying, collating, binding, and folding.

Counseling Services
Dr. Kenneth E. Voss, Director, Nonpublic School Services,
kvoss@mciu.org
610-755-9318
School counseling services are provided to students attending eligible nonpublic schools in Montgomery County in grades K through 12 and include individual counseling, group counseling, classroom developmental guidance lessons, and college and career counseling.  Services are provided to students experiencing difficulties learning and adjusting in the school environment as well as to students experiencing normal developmental transitions.  Counselors also consult with school staff on student behavior and adjustment issues.

County Human Resources Directors Meeting
Jack Hurd, Director of Human Resources,
jhurd@mciu.org
Sandra Colelli, Secretary
610-755-9307

Regular monthly meetings are held at MCIU for personnel directors and their staff to network, explore current school human resources topics, legal issues and provide opportunities for information sharing and strategic understanding of collective bargaining processes and current negotiations-related issues. 

County Speaker’s Bureau
Gail Kennedy, Director of TIS,
gkennedy@mciu.org
Jackie Krail, Secretary
610-755-9352

MCIU maintains a list of expert speakers available to present on a variety of technology-related topics.  We can help you identify the perfect presenter and topic for your event and can facilitate pricing negotiations. Presenters range from the local to national level.

Crisis Response Counselor Teams
Dr. Kenneth E. Voss, Director,
kvoss@mciu.org
Carolyn Bergman, Secretary
610-755-9322

Nonpublic school administrators may request assistance from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit when a crisis occurs in their school community. A team of Nonpublic School Services counselors is assembled to provide crisis response when a school is in distress due to death, disaster, or other emergencies affecting students and/or staff.

Cultural Language Free Evaluations
Dr. Lois Robinson, Director of Special Education, lrobinson@mciu.org

Debbie Conaway, Secretary 
610-755-9443
Psychoeducational assessment for English language learners (students who do not speak English or students whose primary language is not English). A monolingual psychologist trained in doing a culture/language free assessment will assess the student using specific assessments that are culture and language free. The psychologist can also work in tandem with the MCIU bilingual speech and language pathologist to provide a best practice assessment of a student whose dominant language is not English. As a result of this assessment, an evaluation report will be conducted and include specially designed instruction.

Curriculum Councils and Job-Alike Groups
Donna Gaffney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development,
dgaffney@mciu.org
Bonnie Neiman, Secretary
610-755-9316
For an up-to-date list of councils and contacts, please visit our web page at http://www.mciu.org/Divisions/CurriculumInstructionProfessionalDevelopment/CurriculumCouncils

Curriculum Design and Alignment
Donna Gaffney, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, dgaffney@mciu.org
Bonnie Neiman, Secretary
610-755-9316
The Montgomery County Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development Division is available to assist districts in the design and development of standards-based curriculum and subsequent alignment to instruction and assessment.

Custodial Workshop (Summer)
Mark Brooks, Supervisor of Facilities,
mbrooks@mciu.org
Melissa Klaus, Cooperative Services Financial Specialist
610-755-9492

The MCIU offers summer custodial training workshops for local custodial staff. This one day workshop arrangement is designed to provide the custodial staff with the latest information and techniques on how to improve their cleaning and overall efficiency.