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.
- Parents Have High Hopes, Engagement in Children's Schooling, Study Says 09/26/2017Virtually no parent believes his child will drop out of high school, and nearly 70 percent expect their children to earn a bachelor's or professional degree in college. Those results are part of a first look at data released this morning from the 2016 federal Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey, a nationally representative […]Reading Rockets
- Preschool teachers need better training in science 09/26/2017Preschool instructors appear to lack the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively teach their young students science – a problem that is likely contributing to America’s poor global performance in this crucially important subject. A first-of-its-kind study by Michigan State University researchers found that early childhood educators’ self-reported ability and enjoyment was high for literacy, […]Reading Rockets
- Banned Children’s Books to Read This Week 09/26/2017This week is Banned Books Week, the week we celebrate having the freedom to read whatever we want. Did you know that even children’s books are challenged sometimes? It’s true. You might wonder why anyone would try to ban a picture book or a young adult novel. It turns out that there are a whole […]Reading Rockets