Short Bio

Currently a Literacy Coach at the Educational Service Center for Region 11, Michael has also spent time in education working at elementary and the secondary levels as an administrator, teacher and instructional coach. His M.Ed. in Autism Intervention, love of literacy and passion for innovations, especially in technology, color his work with a unique knowledge base. 

His desire to serve reaches globally, as he has supported students in Taiwan as an ESL Teacher, facilitated a Taiwanese pen pal program, coached county and federal government special education programs in Kajiado, Kenya, and was featured as a speaker at Turkana University in Kenya. 

In addition to his educational work, Michael has worked as a writer for Radio Disney at the national level and most recently has published his first children’s book, Hadrian’s Purpose. He has two awesome young children and a wonderfully supportive wife.

Research Conducted

The Efficacy of Students Self-tracking Data

Professional Development Presented


  • Reading Everywhere: Using Read-Alouds Across Content
  • READ Grant: 3-5 Summer Academy
  • READ Grant: Science of Teaching Reading- Foundations of the Science of Teaching Reading
  • READ Grant: Science of Teaching Reading- Foundations of Reading Assessment
  • READ Grant: Science of Teaching Reading- Analysis and Response
  • READ Grant: Science of Teaching Reading- Syllabication and Morphemic Analysis
  • READ Grant: Science of Teaching Reading- Writing
  • K-2 Literacy Framework –Writing Component: Effective Writing Conferences
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Explicit Vocabulary
  • Summarizing and Inferencing
  • Daily 5


  • RTI – Yes We Can!
  • Instructional Design
  • Coaching Partnership Learning
  • Collaboration for Connection
  • Word Work and Anchor Charts for HS
  • Teaching For Understanding Planning Cycle

Social and Emotional Learning:

  • Student Growth and Autism
  • Special Education Basics


  • Technology for Parents
  • Google Apps for Students
  • IStation
  • IPad
  • Office 365
  • Class Dojo


  • Principal EC-12
  • Special Education EC-12
  • Generalist EC-6
  • ESL Supplemental EC-12
  • Generalist 4-8
  • Enterprise Design Thinking: Practitioner
  • T-TESS Appraiser
  • Leadership Coaching Level 1
  • Advancing Educational Leadership (A.E.L.)
  • The Mandt System
  • Sheltered Instruction
  • Crisis Prevention Institute (C.P.I.)


Hadrian’s Purpose © 2020 by Michael Zook, illustrated by Linley Zook, Zook Create


AISD Service Award

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