INcompassing Education Blog

Welcome! Here we share our thoughts on continuing education and professional development for education professionals.

Why Is It Important to Use Data in Your Classroom?

Data is important, and it is everywhere. Teachers collect all sorts of information about students. These data can inform and influence teachers how to teach, what to review, and what to adjust. Yet, some teachers may still not be aware of how to get data and how to use it. In this article, we will answer these questions: Where can you find data? And why is it important to use data in your classroom?

How to Best Prepare Students to Reach Grade Level Standards

No learner is the same. All require different pathways. There is no single class where all the students are exactly where the teacher wants them at the outset. To improve educational equality, teachers should be able to modify lessons to meet the needs of each student. Simply put, teachers have to differentiate instruction. The goal is to have students experience varying degrees of the same lesson. In this article, we will enumerate 8 strategies on how to best prepare students to reach grade level standards.

Why Does the US Use Standardized Testing?

Standardized testing has fueled a national debate in the last few decades. Some argue that standardized tests narrow the curriculum and encourage teacher-centered instruction. Many parents also don’t feel comfortable with the fact that their children are being judged on the basis of tests that puts too much emphasis on test scores, and too little on personal background, innovation, and critical thinking. In this post, we will answer the question, “Why does the United States use standardized testing?”

How to Analyze Your Personnel Budget to Maximize Return on Investment

Most school districts spend between 80%-90% of their general fund budget on personnel costs. One would be hard pressed to find a way to solve their financial challenges by simply making changes to the other 10-20% of their budget.
How might we go about analyzing our personnel budget to ensure we are getting the best return on investment? We can start by looking at these number of areas.