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.
- An overlooked key to success? Teaching teachers how to teach reading 07/27/2017As Vice Principal at Gordon Denny Community School, I was part of the leadership team that led our transition to a school-wide literacy model. At the time, 32 percent of our students were testing below grade level in literacy. Once we assessed the situation we learned, as so many schools do, that a large part […]Reading Rockets
- Reading, Writing & Eclipse-Watching: How We Got Our Students Excited About Aug. 21 07/27/2017As educators, when we heard about the total solar eclipse that will cross the continental U.S. on Aug. 21, we realized that we were in the privileged position to help our students learn about and experience a phenomenon that rarely occurs in our backyard! We decided to help our students become eclipse experts so they […]Reading Rockets
- 13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy 07/27/2017How can educators teach elementary and middle school students to be critical consumers of news and media? We asked media literacy experts—teachers and librarians—for their best tips. Here’s what they had to say. Tip 1: Give them the vocabulary. “Much of media literacy exists in an abstract space, so I teach my youngest students the […]Reading Rockets