lisa Hi!  Thank you for visiting my blog! My name is Lisa Westman, and I am passionate about the field of education. I have fifteen years of experience in public education. Currently, I am an instructional coach who specializes in differentiation for Skokie School District 73.5. Prior to being a coach, I taught 6-8 gifted humanities, English language arts, and social studies. I also provide professional development services for school districts across the country.

I am honored to be a frequent guest contributor for Peter Dewitt’s blog, Finding Common Ground in EdWeek and I am currently authoring a book on differentiation for Corwin Press. 

I have presented at national, state and local conferences including ASCD Empower17, The Illinois Association For Gifted Children, The Illinois Computing Educators Conference, The Illinois Educator Technology Conference, the Illinois Council of Instructional Coaches and I look forward to presenting at the 2017 annual Visible Learning Conference this summer. 

In 2016 I was listed as one of the Top 100 Educators from IL to follow on Twitter, and I have been fortunate to receive media attention for some of the innovative units I have created; most notably was the SharkTank simulation I facilitated.  This educational experience provided student participants the opportunity to Skype with Mark Cuban. 

When I am not thinking about education, I enjoy spending time with my husband (also an educator), our two children, attending Bar Method classes and going for long walks with my girlfriends.

I would love to hear from you. Follow me on Twitter, follow this blog, or email me: lisadwestman@gmail.com

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