ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND OUR FACILITATORS
Author, Speaker, Consultant
Lisa Westman is an author, speaker, and consultant who works regularly with school systems across the country to effectively implement student-driven differentiation, standards-based learning, and instructional coaching programs. Her presentations are designed to "keep it real," focusing on specific models and strategies that all educators can implement—and, more importantly, want to implement.
Lisa is passionate about teaching and learning, and she is dedicated to effecting change that positively affects both students and educators. Her recent publications include Student-Driven Differentiation: 8 Steps to Harmonize Learning in the Classroom (Corwin Press, 2018) and Teaching with Empathy: How to Transform Your Practice by Understanding Your Learners (ASCD, August 2021).
Executive Coordinator, Washington State ASCD
Carrie Lam is the executive coordinator for Washington State ASCD and currently serves as a substitute teacher. She has taught first grade and K–5 special education.
Carrie holds an elementary teaching certificate and an endorsement in special education in Washington State. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Masters of Education from the University of Washington.
Strategic Advisor, Consortium for Educational Change
Mannu Sika is a Strategic Advisor for the Consortium for Educational Change. She is an experienced educational professional with a demonstrated history in both instructional and leadership roles. She has taught 4th and 5th grade and served as an academic interventionist for grades K–8. Mannu has also served as an EL coordinator and an instructional coach. Her areas of strength include instructional coaching, educational technology, schoolwide instructional planning, student data-analysis, and small group intervention planning, Mannu is a Google Certified Educator Level 1 & 2 and is an ASCD Emerging Leader.
Mannu holds her elementary teaching certificate and K–9 ESL endorsement in Illinois and California. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Women’s Studies from DePaul University, a Masters of Arts degree in Education from UC Davis, and holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership with principal endorsement from National Louis University.