Have I mentioned lately that I am not a fan of differentiated instruction?
I've just this moment discovered Miss Brave, by the way. She's wonderful, but her school is a dystopian futureworld of guided reading, "strategies," goals, literacy coaches, and "APs." And paperwork. And more, more paperwork. Your tax dollars at work.
Lucy Calkins has a lot to answer for.
The good news: at least they're using phonics.