Gentry Session Descriptions


Scaffold with Kid Writing in the 21st Century and Lead the Way to Literacy

In 1982 Marie Clay issued a call to find the writing connection to reading instruction: Could we capitalize on the potential for beginning writing to complement learning to read? In 1998 she recommended “leading children back…to a more secure developmental track, that is, to the recovery of a more normal trajectory.” See how Kid Writing in the 21th century along with scaffolding invented spelling and phase observation accomplish both challenges and lead the way to literacy.

General Session

How Spelling Knowledge Ignites the Reading Brain

Explore the connections between decoding and encoding and learn how to leverage these reciprocal skills for successful reading and writing. Move beyond memorizing for the Friday test. Leave this session with best spelling practices for igniting the reading brain and long term spelling retention.

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