Friday, April 18, 2014
Allegheny Intermediate Unit Education Association


Allegheny Intermediate Unit Education Association

412 - 417- 1748 or



Important Video
Member Information

    The nominations for the AIUEA Officers are as follows.  The term of the Officers will be from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016.  Ballots for the election will be mailed to members on May 1, 2014

    AIUEA Nominations


    - Open

    Vice President (2)

    -Darlene Geddes

    - Dana Ritter

    - Victoria Rice Campbell


    -          Dana Ritter

    -          Dena Conway


    -          Christine Martin


    -          Jan Pressman


    -          Mike Harrison


    -          Danielle Clouse


    -          Open


    Negotiations Update #2 from Suzanne Brannagan, AIUEA Chief Negotiator
    On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the Core Negotiations Team of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Education Association and UniServe Representative Dan Carey met with representatives from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to exchange proposals for the development of the 2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
    The meeting was cordial and productive.  Two additional dates for formal negotiations have been scheduled.
    Additional updates to follow. 


  • With the imminent sunset of the 2011-2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on June 30, 2014, the process of negotiating the next CBA has begun.  In preparation for the 2014 Round of Negotiations and based on their commitment to this lofty task, I have selected the following members of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Education Association (AIUEA) to represent the various programs of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.  In preparation for this Round of Negotiations, many of the TEAM members listed below have attended PSEA’s Leadership Workshop at Gettysburg College. 


    Based on their significance to the process, I refer to them as the TEAM.


    Name                                      TEAM                                       Representation_______________

    Suzanne Brannagan                Chief Negotiator                        Bargaining Unit

    Victoria Rice Campbell           AIUEA Core Team Member     Bargaining Unit

       District Based and Transition

    Danielle Clouse                       AIUEA Core Team Member     Bargaining Unit

    Mary Brushaber &                  AIUEA Committee Member     Centers: Mon Valley, Pathfinder

    Dana Ritter                             (with flexibility)                                              and Sunrise Schools

    Dena Conway                         AIUEA Committee Member     DART

    Betsy Dalton                           AIUEA Committee Member     English as a Second Language

    Darlene Geddes                      AIUEA Committee Member     Speech and Language

    Michael Horvat                       AIUEA Committee Member     Hearing and Vision

    Vicky Kovacs                         AIUEA Committee Member     Non Public Schools

    Jan Pressman                           AIUEA Committee Member     English as a Second Language

    Janice Vogan                           AIUEA Committee Member     Pupil Personnel Services

    Michael Harrison                     AIUEA Salary Committee        Bargaining Unit


    Crystal Vogstberger                AIUEA Salary Committee        Bargaining Unit


                                                     The TEAM’s first meeting was held on September 10, 2013.  At that time, the goal of meeting was to meet at least two times per month and remain in continual communication via text, email, and TEAM meetings was established.

    Following the selection of the TEAM and the onset of internal meetings, the negotiation process included a PSEA-recommended survey which was mailed to our members.  The results of the surveys were tabulated by PSEA and returned to the TEAM in graph form for easy analysis. To insure that the TEAM maintains awareness of the needs and desires of the membership, this data is continually referenced during the negotiation process.  


    As required by Act 88 of 1992: The Collective Bargaining Law for School Employees and to meet the time line requirements of the process, Dan Carey, PSEA Uniserv Representative, and I met with Dr. Michael Brinkos,  Assistant Executive Director for Operations and Educational Services, and his negotiations team  on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.  In essence, with this meeting, the formal negotiations process has begun.


    Please allow periodic emails presented in this format to inform you of our progress in the negotiation process.  In other words, if you did not hear it directly from me or a member of the Core Team, then please consider it rumor, innuendo, or simply speculation.  For your reference, the updates will also be posted on our website at  Parenthetically, this process of communication was developed in response to your survey request for more information during the negotiation process.

    As updates are sent, you may want to track the sections of the CBA that are signed by noting such in your 2011-2014 CBA.  The periodic updates will provide the specific sections which have been signed by both teams to date. 


    If you know of a colleague who is not receiving negotiation updates, please have her/him email  to provide a private email address.  Use of an AIU email address is not appropriate and will not be accepted as part of the list serve.


    As always, our goal for the negotiation of the next CBA is a fair and equitable contract.  You may reach AIUEA leadership at any time by emailing us at

  •  Be sure to look in our document section for Kades Margolis scholarship application and information as well as letter writing samples 1 and 2 to show you how to write letters to your representatives!!!

  • 2013-2014 Dues

            Total PSEA $498.00

            Total NEA  $182.00

            Local $200.00

            Total of $880.00

Dues Deduction will be $88.00 a month for 10 months. LOCAL DUES have NOT been raised for at least 7 years. We receive $20 a month of dues.

  • Allegheny County State Representative, Dan Miller, has recently put forth his first piece of legislation House Bill 1673, also known as the Parental Involvement Leave Act. H.B. 1673, similar in some was to the federal Family Medical Leave Act, would require employers to provide paid leave to employees so that they may attend parent teacher conference, participate fully in early intervention planning, IEP Meetings and attend other related activities pertinent to the academic advancement of their children.
  • Remember to check your September 15th pay. Take your pre tax amount and multiply by 24 to make sure you are on the correct salary and step. If you are not, contact the IU!!!


    Here we go again.

    The school year is only beginning and "Free To Teach," a front group for the anti-union, right-wing Commonwealth Foundation, has already started emailing our members and attacking our union. 

    You may have received one of these emails, and I wanted to make sure you know where it was coming from.

    What's the latest? 
    You may receive email messages arguing against Fair Share and attacking our campaign to elect a pro-public education governor in 2014.

    When you see messages like this, remember the source. The Commonwealth Foundation supports proposals that will allow people to receive union representation without paying for the services and benefits they receive. 

    Why Are They Doing This? 
    It's an attempt to weaken your rights and the protections you get as a PSEA member.

    And it's no coincidence that this is happening in the midst of a campaign to get Gov. Tom Corbett out of Harrisburg. 

    What Should We Do?
    Get the facts. Learn more about Fair Share on PSEA's website.

    On issues like these, we should consider any email from the Commonwealth Foundation or its affiliates, such as "Free to Teach," junk mail. As you delete the junk mail, remember that you are a proud Association member and an enthusiastic advocate for the teachers, children, and public schools in Pennsylvania.


  •  Information on a healthcare rally under our documents section on the right!!

  • One of our  members, Eileen Cirelli has been elected to the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Board of Directors as “Vice President for Public Information and Professional Communication.”  Her responsibilities include  coordinating responses to questions posted to the web site and organizing the “May Is Better Speech and Hearing Month” campaign.

         Congratulations Eileen, We are proud of you!!!

  • Affordable Healthcare Act Update
    Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield now covers breast pumps under the Affordable Healthcare Act.  The change, which took place on July 1, 2013 covers 100% of the cost on both manual and electric breast pumps. In order for the breast pump to be covered, the patient will need to get a prescription from their OB/GYN.  The patient will then have to go through a medical supplier, like Lanza, to get the breast pump.  A breast pump bought at Babies “R” Us or Target will not be covered by our insurance company. 
    If you have questions or need to find a medical supplier near you please call Highmark at 1-877-258-3123.

  • Please view the document on the right hand side, entitled "Save our Schools" !!
  • Important pension information and how to contact your legislators under our documents section on the right hand side of the site!!

  • Please "like" the Allegheny Intermediate Unit Association on Facebook! Just search for it and like us. Important information and dates will be on this page. Feel free to share

  •  PSEA will continue to work with PDE as they develop an evaluation system that meets the requirements of the new law. It is important to note that PSEA serves in an advisory capacity only. PSEA remains committed to ensuring that educators are evaluated by a system that is valid, reliable, and fair.

    Find advisories, research materials, and additional information on PSEA's Teacher Evaluation toolkit, available at

  •  Share this information with PSEA members.

    Reminder that a majority of Pennsylvania special education teachers will be evaluated in 2013-14 with the new system.

  • PSEA Member Benefits: Saving Money just got easier with PSEA's new Access Web Portal (AWP) Beginning September 1st, you can log in and resiter on AWP:

1. Log onto

2. Register with your PSEA member ID and a valid email address.

3. Don't forget to click on the validation link after you complete your registration.  

  • If you change your name, email or phone number at any time, please send the information to  !!! 

  • When requesting the enrollment forms for insurance both should be sent PPO and HMO.  People need to make sure the fill out the plan they wish to have.


Important Information





  • Spending Plan (FSA’s)
Members – You should have recently received a document form the AIU regarding Flexible Spending Plans.

We encourage you to seriously consider utilizing this plan to cover your out of pocket expenses.  Remember your insurance now has a deductible ($200.00 individual and $400.00 for family) which will also fall under the category of out of pocket expenses.




  • Are you a mentor?

Perhaps you are a formal mentor.  Perhaps you are a natural mentor.  Mentors are such an important part of the development of a novice teacher or a teacher who transfers into a new program.  Association Leadership applauds the individuals who volunteer to mentor – whether formally or naturally!

  • The good mentor is committed to the role of mentoring.
  • The good mentor is a model as a continuous learner.
  • The good mentor is accepting of the beginning teacher.
  • The good mentor is skilled at providing instructional support.
  • The good mentor is effective in different interpersonal contexts.
  • The good mentor communicates hope and optimism.


  • Retirement Information

Retirement is not just a big decision – it is a decision which must be made on clear and comprehension information.   If you are within five years of retiring, consider attending a retirement preparatory workshop.  In your PSERS Active Member Newsletter a schedule for the Foundations for Your Future workshops for the remaining academic year is available.  You may attend a workshop in a different region.  Simply call the region of your choice and make your reservation to attend.

Please note: Contractually, in order to be eligible for the retirement healthcare benefits, staff is required to submit a formal letter of retirement no later than March 30.  If the decision is not made by March 30, then an employee must give 60 days notice to retire to Human Resources and reserve retirement healthcare benefits. 

  • National Board Certification

(As reprint from

National Board certification is the highest earned credential in the teaching profession. A teacher-driven, voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, certification is achieved through a rigorous, performance-based assessment that typically takes one to three years to complete, and measures what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. National board certification does not replace the need for state certification. As part of the process, teachers build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videotapes and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching. Additionally, teachers are assessed on their knowledge of the subjects they teach.


  • PA Education’s Newest Acronym: EEP

EEP, Educator Effectiveness Project, is PDE’s continuing effort to redesign educator evaluation.  The funding source for the creation of new evaluation rubrics, training, and professional development is part of the $41 million in federal competitive grants awarded to the commonwealth from Race to the Top (RTTT) funds.  The EEP continues to have as its goal the use of ‘multiple measures of student achievement and growth.’  The EEP is still in the design phase and the evaluation rubrics are still under development.  In the interim, the professional employees of the AIU will continue to be evaluated by the current evaluation instruments.

Source: PSEA Professional Learning Exchange


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Important Dates for AIUEA
Important AIUEA Information
  • How to contact Pennsylvania State Representatives:
  • How to Contact State Senators:
  • Governor Tom Corbett: 225 Main Capitol Bldg. Harrisburg, PA 17120-0020
    Phone: 1-717-787-2500, Fax: 1-717-775-8284 Email:
  • To Register to vote: Voter registration forms can be downloaded at Click on the right side of the page (voter registration application)
  • To find out who your legislators are: Call your county election bureau and give them your address. They will tell you who your state representative is and who your state senator is if you are uncertain.
  • Allegheny County: call 412-350-4500
  • Be sure to contact your legislator about important topics emailed to you by our president!! Emails are sent out frequently!!
  • Be sure to read your emails from PSEA and respond to any action needed!!

    ¨ Visit to make your voice heard.

    ¨ Sign a petition opposing the governor’s proposed school funding cuts at

    ¨ Sign up for text message alerts about school vouchers and school funding at

    ¨ or to see if your district is on the list for cuts!

  • Support PSEA-PACE

    PSEA-PACE is a political action committee established by PSEA to support candidates in Pennsylvania elections. PACE is a voluntary contribution you can make to state and local candidates who support issues related to public education. You can also voluntarily contribute to the NEA-Fund. The National Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education supports pro-public education candidates who are running for federal office.

    If you are a new hire who would like to make a political action contribution for PSEA-PACE for local and state elections and/or the NEA-Fund for federal elections, complete the pledge section on the same enrollment used to join the AIUEA. If you are an existing member who would like to contribute to PSEA-PACE and/or the NEA-Fund, contact Jan Pressman to have a contribution form sent to you. You can make a one-time contribution or a continuous year-to year pledge. Only 42 of our 400 members contribute on a regular basis to PACE. We need your support!
  • To join partners for public education it only costs $1.00 for a 5 year membership!! For more information please go to!

    To write letters to show support for the Chester Upland School District send to: Chester Upland 400 North Third St. P.O. Box 1724 Harrisburg, PA 17105-1724

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Important Documents
 TitleOwnerCategoryModified DateSize 
New Pharmacy NetworkDANIELLE CLOUSE 3/20/2014178.22 KBDownload
New Teacher Evaluation SystemDANIELLE CLOUSE 6/24/201267.44 KBDownload
NEA DuesDANIELLE CLOUSE 11/5/201337.04 KBDownload
Letter writing sample 2DANIELLE CLOUSE 2/16/2014299.38 KBDownload
Membership Discounts at Fitness LocationsDANIELLE CLOUSE 9/5/20132.12 MBDownload
National Board Certification For TeachersDANIELLE CLOUSE 9/7/201394.37 KBDownload
Pension InformationDANIELLE CLOUSE 4/8/20133.64 MBDownload
Schedule of benefits 2DANIELLE CLOUSE 3/20/2014550.77 KBDownload
Teacher AwardDANIELLE CLOUSE 11/20/20121.45 MBDownload
Workman's Comp InfoDANIELLE CLOUSE 10/20/20122.78 MBDownload
Schedule of benefits 1DANIELLE CLOUSE 3/20/2014559.81 KBDownload
Protect your eyesDANIELLE CLOUSE 3/24/20132.63 MBDownload
Retirement Powerpoint 2014DANIELLE CLOUSE 3/20/2014248.50 KBDownload
Save our schoolsDANIELLE CLOUSE 5/26/201318.39 KBDownload
Letter writing sample 1DANIELLE CLOUSE 2/16/2014246.37 KBDownload
Benefits Change InformationDANIELLE CLOUSE 7/30/20121.33 MBDownload
Conference on Behavior SupportDANIELLE CLOUSE 1/23/2013140.43 KBDownload
Constitution and Bi Laws of the AIUEADANIELLE CLOUSE 8/29/201262.67 KBDownload
Annie Sullivan Nomination FormDANIELLE CLOUSE 4/7/201339.50 KBDownload
ACT 85 and Opportunity ScholarshipDANIELLE CLOUSE 9/2/201295.79 KBDownload
AIUEA Expense VoucherDANIELLE CLOUSE 6/24/201274.00 KBDownload
AIUEA Fiscal PolicyDANIELLE CLOUSE 9/25/201220.90 KBDownload
Contact you legislatorsDANIELLE CLOUSE 4/8/20132.16 MBDownload
Imagine A Healthier YouDANIELLE CLOUSE 10/3/2013938.05 KBDownload
Kades Margolis Scholarship ApplicationDANIELLE CLOUSE 2/16/2014357.26 KBDownload
Kades Margolis Scholarship InformationDANIELLE CLOUSE 2/16/2014395.52 KBDownload
Healthcare RallyDANIELLE CLOUSE 9/3/2013909.35 KBDownload
ED Camp PGHDANIELLE CLOUSE 3/20/2014504.15 KBDownload
Flipped LearningDANIELLE CLOUSE 3/20/2014225.59 KBDownload
Head InjuriesDANIELLE CLOUSE 3/24/20132.59 MBDownload

Future teachers win 2014 PSEA scholarships
The future is a little brighter for eight teacher-hopefuls. Thanks to PSEA, three Student PSEA members and five high school students will be able to better fund their education after winning this year's Lucy A. Valero Scholarships.
4/17/2014 3:07:49 PM

PSEA community shocked and saddened at Franklin Regional High School tragedy
The tragic events at Franklin Regional High School in Westmoreland County on Wednesday, April 9, resulting in the stabbings of 21 students and a security guard, shocked and deeply saddened PSEA's leaders, members, and staff.
4/12/2014 3:50:36 PM

Update regarding the 'Heartbleed Bug'
Recently, you may have seen media reports on a website security vulnerability called "Heartbleed Bug." This vulnerability can compromise the technology used to keep websites secure and protect information transmitted over the Internet - which can allow personal information to be stolen. We are happy to report that PSEA's website has not been affected by the Heartbleed Bug.
4/12/2014 3:47:57 PM

Pension proposal repeats past mistakes

Leave it to Gov. Tom Corbett to take a bad idea and make it worse. As if proposing to move new public school and state employee hires from a secure and proven pension system to an inferior and more costly system wasn't enough, he now wants to reduce the state's contribution to the funds for current employees and retirees.

3/27/2014 4:56:30 PM

Corbett's election year budget gimmicks won't fix the school funding crisis
On Feb. 4, Gov. Tom Corbett presented another state budget full of election year gimmicks and false choices, putting wealthy corporations ahead of public schools, retirement security, and middle-class families.
2/7/2014 2:21:27 PM