Richard Gentry, Ph.D.
J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D. is an internationally acclaimed author, researcher, and educational consultant known for his ground-breaking work in education on topics such as early literacy; best-practices for reading, writing, and spelling; and dyslexia. In addition to authoring 15 books, 2 textbook series, and numerous journal and magazine articles, he blogs for the prestigious Psychology Today magazine offering commentary on a range of topics including education and policy, reading and the brain, dyslexia, baby/toddler reading, and Common Core State Standards. Recent books and textbooks include Strategies for Implementing Writer's Workshop (Shell Education, 2016), Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write—From Baby to Age 7 (Da Capo Press, 2010), Fostering Writing in Today’s Classroom (Shell Education, 2014), and Spelling Connections (Zaner-Bloser, 2016), a popular evidence-based spelling series for grades K-8.
Dr. Gentry received a BA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a PhD from the University of Virginia. He currently resides in Mobile, Alabama and can be reached at Richard@jrichardgentry.com.
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.
Dr. Gentry recently published work is his highly acclaimed book for parents, Raising Confident Readers, How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write–from Baby to Age 7. As a result of the success of his book and his many years of research on early childhood literacy, Dr. Gentry has become the "go-to" person for baby reading and writing.
Often referred to as 'America's Spelling Guru,' Dr. Gentry is the author of Spelling Connections, the most popular spelling text book series in the nation's schools. He is outspoken in his belief that our nation's reading problems began when schools took the spelling textbook out of the classroom.
In addtion to his many books, speaking events, and on-going litearcy research, Dr. Gentry blogs for PsychologyToday.com.
Snapshots of Richard Gentry's Career:
Writer, Researcher, Educational Consultant, Speaker 1994-Present
Department of Elementary Education and Reading Western Carolina University, July 1, 1989-1994
Director of the Reading Center
Western Carolina University, 1982-1989
Department of Elementary Education and Reading Western Carolina University, 1983-1989
Summer Reading Clinics--Campus and Oteen Clinics (UNC-Asheville) Western Carolina University, 1978-1984
McGuffey Reading Center University of Virginia, 1976-1977
Continuing Education University of Virginia, 1977
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. (2010). Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write–from Baby to Age 7. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.
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.
J. Richard Gentry, Ph.D.