21News

  • Welcome to the 21News page!
    Here's where you can stay updated on all the events, opportunities and staff achievements here
    at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21.

    From our own team creating videos and social media posts, to CLIU 21 being featured in local news!
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Acknowledging Teacher Appreciation Week with CLIU's Dr. Elaine Eib

We are coming off of an enormously difficult two years as educators where the pandemic pushed us to our limits. Although it was stressful and challenging, we learned so much about ourselves. We are capable of more than we imagined.

In honor of teacher appreciation week, Dr. Eib would like to thank everyone at CLIU for their tireless work during one of the worst eras in modern history. We look forward to continuing the mission of helping children learn.


Gabe the PV Weatherman Makes the News.....Again!

Gabe Watterman from Panther Valley High School has been a huge hit after everyone found out about his weekly weather forecasts. He's made it to local news on Blue Ridge Channel 13, 69 News, The Times News, and now WNEP Newswatch 16!

In June, Gabe is taking a tour of a WBRE Eyewitness News in Wilkes-Barre! We are so proud of Gabe for showing everyone how students with autism can run through barriers!

CLIU Celebrates Autism Awareness Month of April

April is an entire month dedicated to recognizing students with autism and all the challenges they overcome with the help of their CLIU teachers and staff.

We go to the Northwestern School District where some students are dancing and others are cooking!

Support Staff Shown Appreciation with Bingo Luncheon

Behind every executive, manager and director at CLIU21 is a group of support staff members backing them up! And we took the day to celebrate and appreciate those people at our annual bingo luncheon with live music. We would not be such a well-oiled machine without them!

We appreciate them all every day of the year. Not just today!


For the April board meeting at CLIU, we showed all the good work done by students who have vision and hearing problems. And we can't forget the staff members who work with them to help them shine! One student who's completely blind gets Braille worksheets to do his work, and he's in AP calculus. The other two students with cochlear implants and hearing aids are working hard toward a career at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute

We are so proud of these students for smashing through barriers and refusing to be anything less than great!

Take the Early Intervention Survey for CLIU!

Early Intervention is so important for children with special needs before they enter the school system. It helps us understand how we can best educate them.

But the program is not nearly as effective without the input of the families we serve. We want to know what we're doing well, and more importantly where families think we should improve. Use the links below to take part in our survey!

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EngFamSurvey2022

Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpanFamSurvey2022

DHH Student Signs the National Anthem at a Baseball Game!

Not all of us get to hear the National Anthem when we go to a sporting event, which is why Athen Orlang from CLIU21 sang the song in ASL sign language! He was representing the Lehigh Valley Deaf and Hard of Hearing Task Force and all people just like him!

This is special moment for Athen as he continues to serve as a role model to younger people with similar disabilities.

CLIU's Dr. Eib and Dr. Schumacher Give Tips to Project SEARCH Interns

Project Search is a national program helping special needs adults get real jobs in the workforce. In the Lehigh Valley chapter, we are partnering with Lehigh Valley Health Network to hire some of our graduates at their Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg campuses. Jobs range from kitchen staff, to patient transport, and even medical tool sterilization.

Dr. Elaine Eib and Dr. Lisa Schumacher came in to speak with the interns to answer questions about going through a job interview, how to handle stress on the job, and how to climb the ladder in their field.

Become a Guest Teacher with CLIU!

For many people, teaching is a calling. But sometimes those people choose a different career path or struggle to find the time.

The Guest Teacher Program is your chance to get in the classroom teaching children without going back to college for a another degree. All you need is any bachelors degree and the desire to be an educator.

Guest Teacher Application: https://www.cliu.org/Page/125

Get Ready for the 2022 Special Needs Golf Tournament!

Hello, friends! Now that The Masters are over, we look ahead to a golfing tradition more helpful than any other. Join the Carbon Lehigh Special Needs Children Foundation on June 21st for the 29th annual golf tournament!

All money raised through this four man scramble goes toward giving special needs children awesome experiences.

Sign up today by visiting www.CLSNCF.org! Or contact Valerie Borman for more information 610-769-4111 ext 1159 | bormanv@cliu.org

Pennsylvania Miss Amazing Was a Huge Success!

Over 30 young special needs ladies got to strut their stuff for a beauty pageant! They were able to show their personality while showing off their skills, their passions and some really nice dresses! This contest is much more than a pageant. This is a special night where parents get to watch their children shine! Thank you to the pageant coordinators for all their hardwork!

Regional Academic Competition 2022 - CLIU21

It's good to be back! This is the first in-person academic competition at CLIU since 2019! What a great day of friendly competition between 12 different high schools. Students were competing with themselves against the clock or against other teams with the buzzer. Congratulations to all the teams who came out, and good luck to Emmaus High School as they move on to the state competition in Harrisburg!

Students See the Career Future of E-Sports Gaming at East Stroudsburg University

East Stroudsburg University is helping students turn their love for video games into a career! There's more to competitive gaming called "e-sports" than meets the eye in a field that is growing rapidly! See how our students enjoyed a campus tour of a state-of-the-art facility.

911 Simulator Gets TV13 Coverage!

We're so happy to see Blue Ridge TV13 continuing to tell the awesome stories of our CLIU21 students! This story aired was about students at Panther Valley Intermediate School learning how to work with a dispatcher after dialing 911.

When should you call 911? Special needs students learn when to call for help

We may take for granted how easy it is to call 911 for help. But for special needs students it's not that easy. Panther Valley Intermediate kids went through a 911 simulator. They first learned what types of incidents need help and those that do not. Then they learned how to respond to a 911 operator on a phone.

National Social Workers Month: March

March is a national celebration of all the social workers in our country! And we're recognizing two of the eleven incredibly dedicated LSWs in CLIU 21 who work with our children and families every day!

March Board Meeting Presentation: Non-Public Schools

During each months board meeting, CLIU highlights a department and shows some of the work they do in the classrooms. For March, we're highlighting our NonPublic Schools department!

Gabe the Panther Valley Weatherman!

Gabe Watterson of Panther Valley is one of our IU21 students with autism, but he doesn't let that stop him from doing his own weather forecast! Watch how he and his teachers get creative to strengthen his verbal skills!


Code Jam 2022

CIU20 and CLIU21 students face off in coding/computer programming speed competition.



Media and Design Competition

From programming to logos and graphic design, students showcase their work in the Media and Design Competition.

Jenn's House 25k Donation

We are so thankful to the non-profit Jenn's House for making a massive monetary donation to the CLSNCF.

Schnecksville DHH Winter Olympics

Look out, winter olympians! Our deaf and hard of hearing kids at Schnecksville Elementary can compete, too!

National School Police Officer Appreciation Day

February 15th is National School Officer Appreciation Day! Thank you to the CLIU policeman who keep our buildings safe!

National School Counselors Week

We are acknowledging our traveling school counselors during National School Counselors Week February 7-11!