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.
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Areas of Expertise (2)
Nomination for TAGT Legacy Award (professional)
I have had six of my books nominated for the TAGT Legacy Award.
Grand Valley State University: Bachelors of Arts, Double: Spanish and Group Science with an emphasis in Chemistry 1990
My minor was in elementary education.
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.
- TAGT Business member
Sample Talks (2)
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!
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.
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