Leadership & Assessment Offerings

Leadership & Assessment Offerings

INcompassing Education offers high-quality professional development opportunities to meet both schools’ and teachers’ needs. Our specialists support educators in multiple content areas. We would love to design professional development to meet your specific needs.

Full-day professional development sessions are designed to dive deep into a topic. Your staff will spend time learning, collaborating, and engaging in professional learning opportunities designed to meet their needs. 

Getting substitute teachers to cover classrooms can be extremely difficult. By scheduling a “No Sub” professional development day, we will work with you to design a training day that best fits your teachers’ needs. These shorter PD sessions allow us to provide training during each team’s prep period and allow you to ensure that each team is supported in the same way without the hassle of looking for subs.

Coaching days are designed for maximum growth and impact. These days consist of a 1-hour professional development session and 5 hours of on-the-job coaching.  Your PD facilitator will observe teachers while they are teaching and then meet one-on-one with them during their prep time to provide positive feedback and suggest opportunities for growth. Coaching days are most effective when done once a month. Coaches can also provide modeling and a wealth of resources. Most schools choose coaching days for an entire department.

Do you have a specific need that doesn’t quite match one of our professional development delivery models? Contact us! We would love to discuss what your school’s needs are and find a way to help!

Professional Development Courses and Descriptions

Curriculum Mapping

Our Curriculum Specialists will lead your ELA, Math, or Science team through the  Rigorous Curriculum Design model. This five day process is spread out to ensure maximum success. Your teachers will learn the process of prioritizing standards, grouping them into units of study, designing common formative assessments, creating engaging learning experiences, differentiating instruction, and much more.


Data Team Meetings

Once you have completed curriculum mapping, our Curriculum Specialists will teach your staff how to conduct data team meetings based on the common formative assessments they have created. Teachers will learn how to make data-based decisions that allow for proper differentiation and impactful interventions that maximize student growth. 



Setting math students up for success in grades 5-8; What did we learn from spring ILEARN?

Audience: Administrators, Teachers, Testing Coordinators

Have your ILEARN math scores declined? Do you spend day after day working hard on math skills with your students only to have them struggle to show progress?

Join us to learn how to use your classroom instruction to maximize students’ achievement on the math portion of the ILEARN Assessment. We will look at and discuss the types of questions used on the ILEARN as well as the best mathematical practices you can use to increase student performance for those questions. Additionally, you will receive valuable resources, activities, and ideas for increasing student performance that will be modeled for you.


The SAT Assessment – Test Details, Tips, and Tricks to Help Students Achieve Their Personal Best. 

Audience: Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Aides

Do you need to raise your PSAT and SAT scores for school accountability? Are your non-college bound students completely unmotivated to take the PSAT and SAT? Does your school think that the PSAT and SAT are issues for the English and math departments only?

Join us to learn how getting all teachers in all subjects working together can help your students perform their best on the PSAT and SAT. You will be provided with resources detailing how the PSAT and SAT scores are earned. Find out how scores can be used by everyone, including students NOT going to a 4-year college, which can help motivate the unmotivated students to score their best! 

You will receive copy-ready information, materials, and resources that you can disseminate to parents to help their children better understand and prepare for the PSAT and SAT. We will  delve into the types of questions used on the PSAT and SAT as well as the best practices teachers of all subjects can use to increase student performance. Additionally, you will receive valuable classroom resources, activities, and ideas for helping students achieve their best scores.


Higher Order Thinking, DOK 2 and 3 Questioning for I-LEARN and SAT Assessment Success!

Audience: Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Aides

Are you struggling to formulate DOK 2 and DOK 3 questions to elevate your instruction? Do you ask more DOK 1 Memory/Recall questions than Higher Order Thinking questions in your instruction, on quizzes, or tests? Are you struggling to formulate good DOK 2 and DOK 3 to get your students to think and understand?

Join us to learn how to easily convert DOK 1 Memory/Recall questions into DOK 2 and DOK 3 Higher Order Thinking (H.O.T.) questions. You will be provided with resources detailing how to easily formulate DOK 2 and DOK 3 H.O.T. questions. Using Higher Order Thinking questions to get students to think, understand, and relate what you are teaching to past and future skills will be modeled. You will be shown how H.O.T. questions can be used in conjunction with shorter student assignments to accomplish more with less and support better and deeper understanding. You will receive valuable resources, activities, and ideas for increasing student performance using DOK 2 and DOK 3 questions in many different subjects.


The ASVAB Assessment – Test Details, Resources to Help Students Achieve Their Personal Best. 

Audience: Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Aides

Do students in your school take the ASVAB assessment to fulfill their Indiana Graduation Pathway Postsecondary Ready Competency requirement? Do you know what is tested on the ASVAB assessment? Do you know how to help prepare your students to take the ASVAB assessment?

Find out all the important information for the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) assessment by attending this professional development. You will learn how to prepare students for the ASVAB assessment so they can fulfill their Indiana Graduation Pathway Postsecondary Ready Competency requirement. We will delve into the 8 subtests that make up the ASVAB assessment. You will be provided examples along with tips and strategies for students to achieve their personal best. You will receive copy-ready information, materials, and resources that you can disseminate to parents to help their children better understand and prepare for the ASVAB assessment. Additionally, you will receive valuable classroom resources, activities, and ideas to help students prepare for the assessment and perform their best. Finally, there will also be information and examples of Career Aptitude and Career Assessment tools you can use with your students.


IREAD3: Setting Students up for Success K-3

Time: Full Day

Audience: K-3 general education teachers; K-3 special education teachers; instructional coaches

Would you love to have all students pass IREAD3 the first time? Do you have a plan for foundation reading skills starting in kindergarten to make that happen?

Setting students up for success on IREAD3 begins in kindergarten, and continues through third grade. Join us as we  focus on the important aspects of early reading and show you the expectations of the IREAD3 assessment. During this learning opportunity you will correlate the IREAD3 Assessment Blueprint, item specifications, and released items, to deepen your understanding of the skills your students need to pass the assessment. Come join us as we share and explore resources, activities, and ideas for increasing students’ foundational reading skills, including high frequency word instruction

ILEARN: Setting Students up for E/LA Success 3-8

Time: Full Day

Audience: General education teachers, special education teachers, instructional coaches, instructional leaders

Are you wondering about the ILEARN assessment and how to best prepare students? Do you want to make sure your daily instruction aligns with the expectations on high-stakes assessments? Are you teaching a new grade level?

Join us to learn more about the E/LA portion of the ILEARN assessment. You will begin by exploring important aspects of reading acquisition and development. Then keeping this foundation in mind, we will correlate the ILEARN Assessment Blueprint with the Indiana E/LA standards, so you can identify priority standards to focus on with students. You will have time to explore the vertical articulations, as well as the  types and DOK levels of questions students will encounter when taking ILEARN. Most importantly, you will have time to explore and share resources that support learning opportunities for your students.

Dianne McKinley: Leadership

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.

April Connelley: Curriculum, Instruction, and ELA

April is a life-long learner and educator with 24 years of experience in elementary and special education. She offers expertise in literacy, including the Science of Reading, instructional coaching, professional learning, and curriculum development.

Prior to joining INcompassing Education, April fulfilled the role of Literacy Specialist working with multiple school districts across the country, as well as an Early Reading Virtual Coach, and Early Reading Training Facilitator. As a District Instructional Coach and E/LA Curriculum Coordinator April focused on bringing written and taught curriculum together. April spent 15 years working directly with students as a Reading Interventionist and Special Education teacher. She is an avid reader and advocates for students to develop life-long reading habits by finding their personal reading identity.

April has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Saint Francis; a Master’s Degree from Concordia University Mequon WI; and completed an endorsement program in Educational Leadership.

Bill Reed: Secondary Math, STEM, and Assessments

Bill is a licensed Secondary Math Teacher who has taught at every level from 7th grade through community college.  He was a classroom teacher for over 30 years in a combination of both Indiana and California. He has taught every secondary math class from 7th Grade Math to Calculus. Bill has been a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science State Finalist in both California and Indiana. After retiring from classroom teaching, he was the Secondary Math Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education and then a Regional Director for the Indiana GEAR UP Grant at Purdue University before joining the INcompassing Education team in 2021.

Bill earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at Butler University along with his teaching certification. He worked on his graduate studies in Secondary Mathematics Education at both California State University and Ball State University. Bill received a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship to study the education system in Japan during the summer of 2001 and a second Fulbright Scholarship to study the education system in Brazil during the summer of 2010. In 2019 he worked with U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan both in-person and online to give S.T.E.M Professional Development to Central Asian Teachers.

When you’re ready to set up one of our valuable professional development opportunities for your school, simply click the button below to contact us. With school year dates filling up quickly, we will work with you and your school to schedule a date and PD model option that works best with availability and your school’s needs.

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