Michele strives to support the transformation of systems by prioritizing professional development. Central to all of her work is a commitment to support self-directedness. De Bellis designs and leads professional development for the Institute for Habits of Mind as the North American affiliate and director of professional development. She also serves as a training associate for Thinking Collaborative – providing professional development in Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools Seminars. She has been a special education teacher, district administrator and most recently director of K-16 partnerships in literacy, mathematics and science focused on issues of equity and school reform through professional development.