• Colonial IU 20 is one of 29 intermediate units throughout Pennsylvania, which were created in 1971 to provide services to school districts in ways that create economies of scale, cost savings, and better efficiencies in the delivery of important programs and services to children, especially those with special needs.

    We also play an important role in providing substantial support service to the administrators and teachers in the 13 school districts that comprise IU 20.

    At IU 20, we believe that:
    • Supportive Relationships, integrity, and good judgment create trust and respect.
    • Strong Relationships depend on open, honest, and shared communication.
    • Responding to the needs of others demonstrates the value and respect the organization has for every individual stakeholder.
    • Responding to stakeholder needs through creative problem-solving and progressive solutions demonstrates a commitment to excellence.
    • Meaningful Results come from a commitment to do the right things right.
    Our mission is that Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 and its partners develop positive Relationships that support student growth, are Responsive to stakeholders’ crucial needs, and demonstrate Results through services and programs for students.

    Our staff serves 13 school districts and 3 career and technical centers in Northampton, Monroe, and Pike Counties. With 1,400 full and part-time staff and budgets totaling $180 million, we are one of the community’s largest employers and contributors. We serve 79,000 public school children; 9,000 non-public school children; and 7,000 professional staff in our service region of 1,200 square miles.

    Our website will direct you to news and happenings at IU 20 and information regarding our Departments and Services, including our Executive Offices, Special Education Services, Mental Health Services, Non-Public School Services, Curriculum, Technology, Human Resources, and Business initiatives.

    As the Executive Director of IU 20, I strive to keep our staff focused on our mission of being a resourceful community partner and our vision of being an organization that is cohesive, proactive, data-driven and data-informed with high accountability and great communication.

    I am very proud of our staff at IU 20 and am thankful for all of the people who support us, especially our board of directors and our school district superintendents. Together we do important things for children and families.


    Charlene M. Brennan, D.Ed.
    Executive Director