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Ms Lisa Westman


Founder and President

Lisa Westman Consulting, United States

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Lisa Westman is an author, speaker, and consultant who regularly works with school systems internationally to provide professional learning on student-driven differentiation, empathy as the foundation of our instructional practices, standards-based learning, and implementing instructional coaching programs. Before becoming a consultant, Lisa taught 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade (gifted humanities, English language arts, social studies) and was an instructional coach specializing in differentiation in Skokie, IL.


Her publications include Student-Driven Differentiation: 8 Steps to Harmonize Learning in the Classroom (Corwin Press, 2018), Teaching with Empathy: How to Transform Your Practice by Understanding Your Learners (ASCD, expected August 2021) and frequent contributions to Education Update (ASCD), Education Week, Education Week Teacher, and Edutopia.


Lisa is married to an educator, is the parent of a sixth-grader, a ninth-grader, an 8-year old Pomeranian Rat Terrier, and an 18-month old Border Collie. She enjoys the Bar Method, loves music and the City of Chicago!

Student-Driven Differentiation: 
Conduct Orchestras, Not Trains

Transform teaching and learning with student-driven differentiation. Educators often desire to implement differentiation in their classrooms, yet are unable to do so successfully. This is due to a variety of reasons including fallacies about what differentiation is and is not, and overlooking the most powerful tool we have: student's voice. Let’s demystify differentiation and harmonize learning in our classrooms with student-driven differentiation.

Participants of the workshop will:

  • understand the why of differentiation

  • unravel common misconceptions of differentiation

Student-Driven Differentiation: 8 Steps to Harmonize Learning in the Classroom

I want to differentiate instruction, but, how? Join this session to discover the student-driven differentiation roadmap which will guide you to best meet the social-emotional and academic needs of your students AND yourselves.

Participants of the workshop will:

  • develop a shared and secure understanding of student-driven differentiation.

  • engage in learning about each of the 8-steps in the Student-Driven Differentiation roadmap (see below).

  • be ready to successfully implement one or more student-driven differentiation instructional strategies immediately.

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