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A. Sterl Artley

A. Sterl Artley was one of three authors of the children's "Dick and Jane" primers and an expert in the field of reading education.

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Zerna A. Sharp
Hugh A. Foresman
William S. Gray
William H. Elson
May Hill Arbuthnot
E.H. Scott
A Sterl Artley
Marion Monroe



A. Sterl Artley

A. Sterl Artley, a Professor of Education and Director of the Child Study Clinic at the University of Missouri. A. Sterl Artley is the co-author of the Reading for Independence books for Grades 1-3; author of Your Child Learns to Read (a guide for parents whose children use The New Basic Readers), and other professional books.

A. Sterl Artley was born in Liberty, Pennsylvania, in 1907. He taught high school English for several years in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and then went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology and reading at Penn State.

After receiving his degrees he and his family moved to Columbia, Missouri, where he taught psychology at Stephens College. After four years at Stephens he took a position teaching reading at the University of Missouri.

Professional speaking soon became a part of his job. This duty took him around the country, into Canada, and even Germany. In 1947, while speaking in Peoria, he met two editors from the Scott, Foresman Company who enticed him to help write stories for the popular children's primer series "Dick, Jane, and Sally."

He was president of the International Reading Association (IRA), began a Child Study Clinic in Columbia, which was dedicated in his honor in 1977, and has received numerous awards and commendations for his commitment to teaching reading including the Citation of Merit for Distinguished Service in Education, and the rank of Professor Emeritus from the School of Education.

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