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Laurie Westphal - Laurie E. Westphal. Houston, TX, US

Laurie Westphal

Published Author / Educational Speaker | Laurie E. Westphal


Author/Speaker who focuses on making differentiation a teaching lifestyle









After teaching science for more than 15 years, both overseas and in the U.S., Laurie E. Westphal now works as an independent gifted education and science consultant nationwide. She enjoys developing and presenting staff development on differentiation for various districts and conferences, working with teachers to assist them in planning and developing lessons to meet the needs of their advanced students. Laurie currently resides
in Houston, TX, and has made it her goal to share her vision for realworld, product-based lessons that help all students become critical thinkers and effective problem solvers. She is the author of the Differentiating Instruction With Menus series, Ready to Use Differentiation Strategies series as well as Hands-On Physical Science and Science Dictionary for Kids.

Industry Expertise (2)


Corporate Training

Areas of Expertise (2)

Differentiation Strategies

Choice Menus

Accomplishments (1)

Nomination for TAGT Legacy Award (professional)

I have had six of my books nominated for the TAGT Legacy Award.

Education (4)

Jones International University: M.Ed, Adult Education 2011

Frammingham University: 24 hours of Masters credit, Educational Adinimistration

I went through this program and found out that administration was just not for me, so I quit right before finishing.

Jones International University: Master's Degree, Adult Education 2011

Capstone will be complete as of December 2011.

Grand Valley State University: Bachelors of Arts, Double: Spanish and Group Science with an emphasis in Chemistry 1990

My minor was in elementary education.

Affiliations (1)

  • TAGT Business member

Sample Talks (2)

Differentiating Instruction with Menus

This session shares the nuts and bolts behind creating and effectively using menus in the classroom. It includes choosing appropriate products as well as the considerations for developing and implementing the ten types of menus. Participants should Come prepared to brainstorm ideas and leave with menus they have created - ready to use in their classroom.

Ready to Use No/Low Prep Differentiation Strategies

Differentiation is more than just an add-on to instruction; it can a way of life in the classroom. This session shares multiple low/no prep activities which can be used during various aspects of the lesson cycle. Be prepared to brainstorm and leave with ideas you can use right away in your classroom!



  • Keynote
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Author Appearance


1200 to 3000 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee