Our Mission

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.

How Teachers Create a Scope and Sequence for the School Year

A properly designed school curriculum stands on the firm pillars of defined scope and concrete sequence. The statement of scope and sequence describes the content and skills that a student needs to master in progressive order by the end of the session. The way teachers create a scope and sequence depends upon what they anticipate from their students to acquire from the school curriculum. It is an arduous job that requires a lot of patience and in-depth knowledge of the subject, but it can be boiled down to three simple steps.

Behavior Modification at Home

HAPPY SUMMER BREAK! Most everyone has finished the school year and e-learning as the primary mode of learning is hopefully a thing of the past.  There are many different theories going around about how the beginning of the new school year will look, but right now it's time to relax a little and give yourself a much-deserved break. However, one thing you may not want to lose grip of is behavior management.  

How to Use Echo, Echo Dot, and Alexa in the Classroom

The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are voice-controlled devices that use Amazon’s Alexa. In some ways, it is like Siri, but has the ability to connect to other features and apps. The only difference between the Echo and Echo Dot is that the former has better sound quality and is more expensive than the latter. You can set up various “skills” through the Alexa app. This, plus the fact that such devices are relatively inexpensive, makes these smart speakers ideal for use in the classroom. Do you want to know how to use Echo, Echo Dot, and Alexa in the classroom? Read on to find out.

Top 10 Digital Tools for the Classroom

Technology plays an important role in the new era of learning. There are lots of tech-based tools out there that can make learning easier and more fun. They encourage collaboration, facilitate communication between teachers and students, improve the administration of academic processes, and so much more. In this article, we will enumerate the top 10 digital tools for the classroom.

Top 5 Books for Teachers to Read this Summer

For educators, summer is a time to relax, rejuvenate, replenish and learn new things to implement next school year. The summer of 2020 is a bit different for educators in the US. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique situation for most teachers. In-person school ended abruptly for most and online learning or learning via […]

5 Books Every New Elementary Teacher Should Read

Congratulations on your new teaching position! As educators, we commit to a life-time of learning. You will learn more in your first five years of teaching than you can possibly imagine. To help get you started, we put together a list of books for you. Check out our list of the 5 best books every new elementary teacher should read.

Top 10 Face Masks for Teachers

While schools are still deciding when students will be able to return to school, the one thing we know is that we will eventually be back in the classroom again. Heading back to school will look different this year. Teachers will be taking precautions to keep students and themselves safe. The CDC has provided schools with recommendations to help lower the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. One of the recommendations is to wear a face mask to help stop the spread of germs. We put together a list of FUN face masks to give your return to school a little extra pizzazz. Check out our list of top 10 face masks for teachers.

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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."
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.”
Amy McCleery, 1st grade teacher
“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.”
Deb Bishop, Counselor, Roosevelt Middle School
“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.”
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.”
Ashley Schenck, 5th 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.”
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.”
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!!
Robin Mills, Coordinator of Curriculum North Montgomery Community Schools
“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!”
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