Differentiated instruction is student focused and based on assessment (formal and informal). It allows teachers to be responsive to all students’ readiness, interests and learning needs. Teachers intentionally plan multiple approaches to content, process, and product with this knowledge in mind and work continually to align teaching and learning across the school day. Differentiation is not an event, but an ongoing responsive approach to teaching and learning. READ, Individual, and Advanced learning plans document focused goals as part of the differentiation process. Differentiation is for all students (whether on a plan or not). Systemic models include -writing groups, math workshop, gradual release, close reading, socratic seminars, student driven inquiry, problem based learning, etc.