Student-Driven Differentiation

I am excited to announce that my first book,  Student-Driven Differentiation (forward by Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson and published by Corwin Press), is now available for pre-sale on You can check out the contents and preliminary reviews here.

What is Student-Driven Differentiation?

Student-driven differentiation shifts the focus from what students are going to do to what students need to learn. The focus also shifts from the teacher as the owner of the knowledge and the students the receivers of such knowledge. Student-driven differentiation requires teachers to find a healthy balance in their relationships with all students, use multiple types of evidence to ensure student growth, and partner with students in the process.

  • Shifts the focus from what students are going to do to what students need to learn
  • Requires teachers to find common ground with all students
  • Creates learning environments where students have control over their learning
  • Gives students the autonomy to create, learn, and grow at their own pace
  • Requires honest and mutually respectful teacher-student relationships
  • Students’ voices (collective and individual) are sought to craft the plan


6 thoughts on “Student-Driven Differentiation

  1. Kimberly says:

    Hello! I just listened to a webinar from Carol Tomlinson today and then I saw your email about your book! How exciting. I am hoping to use what I learned in the webinar with my teachers and I am sure your book would be another great resource. When will it be published?

    • Lisa Westman says:

      That would be awesome! It will be available in May. If you read the book, definitely let me know what your teachers think. 🙂

  2. Diane says:

    Congratulations Lisa! If the book is half as amazing as you are, it will be incredible! I can’t wait to read it!! (autographed copy, of course!)

    • Lisa Westman says:

      Aww, thank you, Diane! You are very kind- thank you for the inspiration. Look for your shout-outs in the book which I will gladly sign:)

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