Sharon Zinke is a specialist in the area of literacy development and reading intervention. She has worked extensively with struggling readers at elementary, middle, and high schools in her years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and resource specialist. Most recently, she has worked with elementary and middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area to quickly raise the decoding and word recognition levels of students reading significantly below grade level. She has inspired hundreds of teachers through her reading courses at UC Berkeley Extension, and currently works with classroom and reading intervention teachers, literacy coaches, and special education teachers to plan effective intervention and classroom strategies for struggling readers. Her new book, The Decoding Solution: Rime Magic and Fast Success for Struggling Readers (Scholastic) was published in 2013.
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- Are Parent-Teacher Conferences Becoming Obsolete? 11/22/2017A school district north of Denver is doing away with the traditional parent-teacher conferences this year, instead urging parents to log in to a website to find out how their children are doing. The Commerce-City based Adams 14 school district says it made the change in an effort to squeeze in as much instructional time […]Reading Rockets