Richard Gentry

Author, Educator, Speaker, Webinars

A Spelling and Word Study Awareness Session


The Neuroscience of Word Study:

Igniting the Reading Brain


Intended Audience:

Grade Kindergarten—Grade 8:

  • Administrators,
  • Classroom Teachers,
  • Special Education Teachers,
  • Staff Developers,
  • Parents


2 to 2 ½ hours recommended; could be full day with K-2 and 3-8 split; Session time is flexible

Short Abstract:

Dr. Gentry is sometimes referred to by teachers as America’s “Guru of Spelling.”  He is the author of numerous books on spelling and Zaner-Bloser’s Spelling Connections, the nation’s best-selling spelling series.


Who needs spelling?

As it turns out, all students do. Cognitive psychology and brain science have revolutionized the importance of teaching spelling. This session shows the how direct, systematic, grade-by-grade teaching of spelling improves reading scores at all grade levels and it’s role for detecting and overcoming the nation’s number one learning disability, dyslexia.

Leave this session with a 21st century view of the importance of spelling and specific strategies to take back into the classroom.

  • Discover how spelling ignites reading-brain circuitry.
  • Explore the connections between decoding and encoding and learn how to leverage these reciprocal skills in your word study curriculum.
  • Learn the best 21st century research-based strategies for teaching spelling.
  • Develop a spelling curriculum with the right words at the right time.
  • Learn how to save teaching time by teaching spelling and word study efficiently.
  • Develop the confidence to teach spelling effectively in 15 minutes a day.
  • Contrast instructional delivery systems’ strengths and weaknesses.
  • Learn why word sorting and games alone are not sufficient and come away with an understanding of other research-based word study strategies that suit any framework.
  • Understand the spelling/dyslexia connection and strategies for detecting and overcoming dyslexia.
  • Discover how developmentally appropriate word study and word lists ensure that grade-level growth requirements of the new standards are me


Contact Dr. Gentry for more Information about his Spelling Awareness Session

Spelling Connections

K-8 Textbooks

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