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Intermediate Units forge community partnerships

Written by Merideth Bucher, Producer | Jan 4, 2019 4:54 AM



What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, January, 4, 2019:

The complexity of the world and the need to prepare students for the future have placed great demands on our education system. 

Teachers and administrators must do more with less and in the process, they are expected to achieve great results. Parents and communities demand as much.

With so much at stake and limited resources where do schools and families turn for help?

The Commonwealth created a system of Intermediate Units (IU's) in 1970 to serve the public school system and bridge the resource gap. Originally, the IU's replaced county superintendents of school's offices and assumed their role. Today, they provide a wide variety of services to both public and private schools, including professional development for teachers.

Intermediate Units offer such a depth of skills and resources that community organizations are pursuing collaborative opportunities, as well.

The BHEC and the Lincoln Intermediate Unit are partnering on three community substance abuse prevention and Opioid epidemic events. The programs are geared toward both adults and youth. 

Thursday, March 21st, Byrnes Health Education Center, York PA -

Thursday, March 28th, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12, New Oxford PA -

Wednesday, April 3rd, Franklin Learning Center, Chambersburg PA -

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Appearing on Friday's Smart Talk to discuss community collaboration programs and the role of IU's are Tom Gluck, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units, Dr. Andria Saia, Executive Director, Capitol Area Intermediate Unit, Dr. Lynn Murphy, Lincoln Intermediate Unit Director of Special Education, Jamie Reisinger, VP of Education Services with Byrnes Health Education Center, and Lynda Morris, Executive Director of the Capital Region Partnership for Career Development.

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Andria Saia, Jamie Reisinger, Lynn Murphy, Tom Gluck and Lynda Morris




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