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About J.Richard Gentry

 

pic J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D., earned his Elementary Education degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of Virginia in 1977. For sixteen years he taught Reading Education at Western Carolina University where he directed the Reading Center. He is well known for his research and writing in literacy education and is currently an independent researcher, author, and educational consultant. A frequent keynoter and featured speaker at conferences for teachers both nationally and internationally, J. Richard Gentry continues to write and speak widely on literacy development and spelling. His depth of knowledge and breakthrough thinking about the importance of teaching spelling for reading and writing development has resulted in a number of books including Spel... Is a Four-Letter Word, The Literacy Map: Guiding Children to Where They Need to Be, and My Kid Can't Spell as well as numerous articles in academic journals and textbooks for school-age children.

J. Richard Gentry's ground breaking book, Breaking the Code: The New Science of Beginning Reading and Writing (Heinemann) was released in February of 2006. Writing with the same clarity and teacher-friendly approach as in his best-selling The Science of Spelling (Heinemann, 2004), Richard Gentry shows you how scientific thinking and student-centered teaching can work together to create powerful literacy instructional practices. His staff development sessions open a window for teachers and parents into the minds of young readers, so that they can open a window for them into a world of literate possibilities.

His book Breakthrough in Beginning Reading and Writing, released by Scholastic in late in 2007 and Step-by-Step Assessment Guide to Code Breaking released in 2009 are already popular for teachers of beginning reading and writing and along with his other books have established Richard as one of the foremost national experts on teaching beginning reading and writing.

Snapshots of Richard Gentry's Career:

Writer, Researcher, Educational Consultant, Speaker 1994-Present

Professor
Department of Elementary Education and Reading Western Carolina University, July 1, 1989-1994

Director of the Reading Center
Western Carolina University, 1982-1989

Associate Professor
Department of Elementary Education and Reading Western Carolina University, 1983-1989

Clinic Director
Summer Reading Clinics--Campus and Oteen Clinics (UNC-Asheville) Western Carolina University, 1978-1984

Psychometrician
McGuffey Reading Center University of Virginia, 1976-1977

Instructor
Continuing Education University of Virginia, 1977

Clinic Director
Teenage Reading Clinic, McGuffey Reading Center University of Virginia, 1974-1975

Public School Teacher
Grades 3, 4, and 5, Jackson Via Elementary School Charlottesville Public Schools, Charlottesville, Virginia 1971-73; 1972-93; 1974-75

Books by J. Richard Gentry:

Gentry, J. R. (2008). Step-by-Step Assessment Guide to Code Breaking. New York: Scholastic.

Gentry, J. R. (2007). Breakthrough in Beginning Reading and Writing: The Evidence-Based Approach to Pinpointing Students' Needs and Delivering Targeted Instruction. New York: Scholastic.

Gentry, J. R. (2007). Assessing Early Literacy with Richard Gentry: Five Phases, One Simple Test. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Gentry, J.R. (2007). Spelling Connections: Words Into Language. Columbus, OH: Zaner-Bloser.

Gentry, J. R. (2006). Breaking the code: The new science of beginning reading and writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Gentry, J. R. 2004. The Science of Spelling: The Explicit Specifics That Make Great Readers and Writers (and Spellers!). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Gentry, J. R. 2002. The Literacy Map: Guiding Children to Where They Need to Be (Grades 4-6). New York: Mondo.

Gentry, J. R. 2000. The Literacy Map: Guiding Children to Where They Need to Be (K-3). New York: Mondo.

Gentry, J. R. 1997. My Kid Can't Spell. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Gentry, J. R. 1987. Spel... Is a Four-Letter Word. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Gentry, J. R. 1977. A Study of the Orthographic Strategies of Beginning Readers. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Gentry, J.R. (2010), Raising Confident Readers:
How To Teach Your Child to Read and Write--from Baby to Age 7. New York: Da Capo Lifelong Book
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Richard is the author of Zaner-Bloser's new Spelling Connections 2012, offering effective resources including an easy-to-follow Student Edition and a comprehensive Teacher Edition containing a variety of assessment options. Also available in cutting edge technology E-book edtions.
He resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Gentry Press Kit

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