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J. 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 17 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, baby/toddler reading, and educational standards. His latest book is BrainWords: How The Science of Reading Informs Teaching (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019). Other recent books and textbooks include Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write—From Baby to Age 7 (Da Capo Press, 2010), Strategies for Writing Workshop (Shell Education, 2016), Kid Writing in the 21st Century with Eileen Feldgus and Isabell Cardonick (Hameray Publishing Group, 2017) 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 For more information about Dr. Gentry, his work, seminars and publications, visit

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