At INcompassing Education we strive to support educational leaders by helping to identify needs, build capacity, and promote growth to ensure that all students are able to meet their maximum potential.
Dianne holds an Ed.S from St. Thomas University in K-12 Educational Leadership. She also holds a B.S.Ed. from the University of Georgia and an M.Ed. from Georgia State University. She has been in education for over 20 years in four states. Dianne has been a classroom teacher, writing coach, building level administrator, Outreach Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Education, and now owner of INcompassing Education.
As a consultant, Dianne works with educational leaders in the areas of school turnaround, curriculum, assessments, PBIS, strategic planning, instructional coaching, and school and district leadership. Dianne has been providing professional development to educators for the past 18 years. She is proud to serve Indiana educators as they strive for excellence.
Tabitha Freeman, Spencer-Owen Community Schools
“Prior to working with INcompassing Education, we acted as a ‘system of schools’, rather than a ‘school system’. Now that we have district-wide curriculum maps, our four elementary schools are aligned and equitable. INcompassing Education was able to lead us through a 10-month curriculum mapping process, where our teachers were able to collaborate, share ideas, develop common formative assessments, and learn from each other on a large scale. Through this process we were able to identify our district’s strengths and areas of need. Our teachers are excited to implement their new curriculum maps in 2020-2021.”
Melissa Gill, Assistant Principal, Delphi Community School Corporation
“Education is constantly changing! It is easy to become isolated and stuck. INcompassing Education is cutting edge with current best practice and strategies. Dianne’s work with many state districts has allowed us to really understand that we are all in this together and everyone is fighting the same battle. Not only does INcompassing Education help determine the instructional gaps and needs of the school to improve practice, but Dianne models and stands in the gap with the school to ensure instructional gains. She works tirelessly to support her schools.”
Robin Mills, Coordinator of Curriculum North Montgomery Community School Corp
“Dianne’s knowledge base of working with many schools in many states under many different kinds of standards is rich and deep. It brings deep overall understanding of the instructional process and what truly works in education. She is able to dispel many wrong perception and attitudes about what effective classroom instruction should be. [She has the] ability to quickly assess where teachers are and accommodate their needs into every PD session. Dianne has become a professional colleague and friend to our principals and teachers.”
Cris McCoy, Principal Sugar Creek Elementary
“[Working with Dianne] made me feel empowered. Before the process, I was totally overwhelmed and angry when we received a poor school letter grade. I wanted to be a strong leader, but didn’t know what that would look like or how to do it. Through the process, I discovered that when you are overwhelmed, that it’s very hard to make positive change happen. I learned that being a good leader doesn’t mean doing it all, it means doing it all together. I learned that I had to trust the process, (after all, we didn’t have much to lose at that point) and those around me. There were times it was very challenging, but I knew that I had support. I gained confidence, and feel much more equipped to lead change in a school.”
Brian Johnson, Principal Green Meadows Intermediate
“In August 2013, I was a first-year principal of a struggling, low-performing school. Our school began working with Dianne that September, and we saw an immediate positive impact on staff and student performance. Dianne supported us in building a foundation that changed the culture and climate of the school. Over the past 2.5 years, Dianne has become a part of us and helped our school grow in so many ways. Through Dianne’s work and support, I have become a more effective school leader and our staff has become a stronger team with a better understanding of what it looks like to provide a high-quality education to all students. Dianne McKinley is a difference maker!”
Matthew Miller, Principal Tri-Central Elementary
“I would highly recommend Dianne McKinley as an educational consultant for your school. Dianne was instrumental in leading our school from a letter grade of “D” to a letter grade of “A” in just over a year’s time. Her knowledge and professionalism is second to none. Dianne has a wealth of experience, including her work with the Indiana Department of Education. Her depth of knowledge will enhance your school’s best practices and leadership practices.”
Tiffany Creager is a licensed school social worker. She has a background as an Early Childhood Education Director where she collaborated with teachers, board members, and parents to create an environment in which students could thrive academically, socially, and emotionally no matter the family’s financial circumstance. She was a School Social Worker for close to 600 students and partnered with administrators, teachers, and parents to integrate trauma sensitive practices school-wide which enabled them to see office referrals for aggressive behavior decrease from 59 in the first nine weeks to less than 10 in the third nine weeks. Tiffany was also a Director of School-Based Services for a Community Mental Health Center where she collaborated with over twenty schools to integrate mental health services and provide supportive training for mental health providers and educators. Additionally, she provided clinical therapeutic services to youth, adults, and families.
Tiffany specializes in social and emotional learning, trauma-informed schools, mindfulness, and supporting students’ and teachers’ mental health. She (and a co- presenter) recently partnered with the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative to provide training across the state of Indiana aimed at supporting the mental health of students in the classroom.
“I am grateful for Mrs. Creager’s influence upon our daily routines at Mt. Comfort Elementary. While she was at Mt. Comfort, she emphasized mindfulness and implemented cool-down zones in our classroom. She also initiated the Character Counts program — in which students demonstrate strong character attributes rather than simply learn about them. I teach first grade, and the students who came into my room last year already knew how to reach into their “mental toolboxes” and retrieve tools that Mrs. Creager had put in them the year before so they could be successful each day and in every circumstance. I appreciate Mrs. Creager’s work in giving our students the building blocks they need for success in life.” ~Amy McCleery, 1st grade teacher
“Mrs. Creager was an incredible asset to the students and staff within our building. She had such an amazing way of connecting with students and helping staff members do the same. I was truly blessed in my time of working with Mrs. Creager to learn so many skills that were helpful in working with students in my classroom. For example, she taught myself and my class the ability to breathe and relax through times that may have caused anxiety, for example – state testing. I saw so many students use these skills during testing each day and even after in the general classroom. Mrs. Creager’s knowledge about mental health would be an asset to any organization or facility.” ~Ashley Schenck, 5th grade teacher
“I would highly recommend working with Tiffany Creager and INcompassing Education. Tiffany’s engaging presentation and expertise in Social Emotional Learning through a Trauma Informed Lens resonated and sparked conversations among our staff. Dianne and Tiffany were extremely supportive in helping to design and implement a Professional Development experience to meet our specific needs.” ~Deb Bishop, Counselor, Roosevelt Middle School
For 15 years, Amanda has been an educator in urban settings. She has a Master’s degree in both Educational Leadership and Administration and in Applied Behavioral Analysis with a focus on autism.
Amanda has been a classroom teacher, Building Options Coordinator for Indianapolis Public Schools, middle and high alternative school interim coordinator, and an Assistant Principal in a charter school. She has developed academic and behavioral plans, helped to reduce the number of suspensions or expulsions, led data collection, analysis, reporting for the Alternative Education Department, and provided data-driven procedures and strategies to implement for students to be successful in their least restrictive environment.
Amanda provides professional development for Autism and Alternative Education.
Kim Corsaro, Asst. Superintendent of Fayette County Schools
“[Amanda gave a] great presentation and information. [She is] very knowledgeable and came with a lot of great ideas.”
J.P. Mayer, Teacher at Hauser Jr-Sr High
“[Amanda is] speaking from experience and we appreciate that. [She] definitely gave me some strategies for the classroom and that’s exactly why I came today. Thank you!!”
Dr. Joe Brown, Superintendent of Elwood Community School Corporation
“Everyone involved appreciated how Amanda asked open-ended questions to gain insight into our current programming. Her suggestions are based on research and best practice. We [now] have a plan in place to better our programming.”