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Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Services


The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is dedicated to providing services focused on comprehensive educational reform that include initiatives supporting increased student engagement, achievement, and the emotional and physical safety of our students and staff.



MIU IV Comprehensive Plan

Meet the CIA Team Members

Shannon Smith, Educational Consultant ELA/ESL

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Masters of Education, Literacy

Bachelor of Science Secondary Education, Integrated Language Arts - English

Shannon comes to MIU4 with 18 years of classroom experience as a Secondary English Teacher. During this time, she was a member of the Curriculum Writing Team for 7 years and is DataWise Certified.  Over the past year, she has served as an Educational Consultant - ELA. She provides literacy support for middle school/high school content area teachers and is a Structured Literacy Trainer. Additionally, she is the Artificial Intelligence Coordinator and Taskforce Member, Academic Games League Support - Score Room Facilitator, School Climate Point of Contact, Social and Emotional Wellness Point of Contact, Librarians Network Coordinator, Social and Emotional Wellness Point of Contact, ESL Coordinator, Social Studies Network Coordinator, Arts Network Coordinator (Visual, Music, Theater, and Dance), Health and Physical Education Network Coordinator, and CSI, ATSI, TSI School Support Team Member

Halee McCance, Educational Consultant Mathematics

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Masters of Education: Technology Concentration

Bachelor of Science Secondary Education, Mathematics

Halee comes to MIU4 with 15  years experience as a Secondary Education Mathematics Teacher and is a Google Classroom Certified Educator. For the past 2 ½ years she has served as an Educational Consultant - Mathematics.  In addition to providing mathematics supports in all areas of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, she is the Extreme Leadership Student Program Coordinator, Academic Games League Coordinator, Act 158: Pathways to Graduation Point of Contact, Career Readiness Point of Contact, PVAAS/CDT Data Consultations and Support, School Counselors Network Coordinator, MIU IV Gifted Liaison, and a CSI, ATSI, TSI School Support Team Member.

Diane McGaffic, Educational Consultant Science/STEM

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Masters of Science, Education - Curriculum and Instruction.

Masters of Science, Biology

Bachelor of Arts, Biology

Diane is an active member of the following STEM initiatives: STEELS Content Team, Tech & Engineering - Statewide Lead, and STEM Toolkit - Statewide Lead. She is currently the MIU4 STEM Point of Contact - responsible for the STEM SOW inclusive of Computer Science, STEM competitions, local and statewide STEM ecosystems, Technology and Engineering, MWEE, PA Lending Library, STEELS Standards Implementation, Environmental Literacy and Sustainability, Student Centered Learning, PA Smart IGA, Collaboration with IU TaC, Statewide subgroup participation, and support of AL School Improvement.  To further support our districts, she supports CSIS Launch for School Improvement, is the CSI School Improvement Facilitator, A-TSI School Improvement Facilitator, Gifted Education Liaison, PVAAS Liaison, and CDT Liaison.

Dr. David Zupsic, Director of Educational Services

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Doctorate, Education

Dissertation:  Examining the Values of Education:  Using Student Viewpoints to Redesign the Educational Structure to Achieve Optimal Experiences

Master of Science, Education Administration      

Bachelor of Science, Marketing (minor: Psychology)

As the Director of Educational Services for the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, Dr. David Zupsic is responsible for supporting the curriculum design, instructional delivery, and other state initiatives for twenty-seven school districts in Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania. Most recently serving as the superintendent of the Knoch School District, Dr. Zupsic has over 20 years in public education. He earned his doctorate in 2016 from Youngstown State University while focusing his research on adolescent development and the emotional well-being of students. Dr. Zupsic is a strong advocate of social-emotional learning and endorses Positive Education as the structure for school systems to use when attempting to achieve optimal experiences in academic, athletic, and social activities.