From Carol Booth Olson: David’s work on the reading/writing connection had a major impact on the UCI Writing Project. Specifically, Tierney and Pearson’s landmark article “A Composing Model of Reading” which suggests that reading and writing are reciprocal processes of meaning construction helped us to develop a cognitive strategies text-based writing intervention geared towards English Learners in grades 6-12.… Read the rest
This article was submitted by Joey García. After re-reading the 1994 García & Pearson article on assessment and diversity, I realized the relevance of the 2018 article to several of the questions that David and I asked at the end of the 1994 article.… Read the rest
I have known David since meeting him during the 2004 NCTE meeting when he was recognized for one of many lifetime achievement awards and I was at that time a new graduate and a ‘promising researcher.’ Our paths would cross again several years later at a critical juncture in my journey.… Read the rest
David made LRA 2008 (back when it was still NRC) in Orlando truly memorable by leading a dance party by the pool. Nothing quite like watching literacy superstars boogie down after blowing your mind earlier in the day. From then on, if there was a band or DJ, David and I had to have at least one dance.… Read the rest
UCB and UCLA played on the same team between 2003-2009—perhaps a first!
Of course this was the TBALL team (Technology Based Assessment of Language and Literacy).
With many flights up and down the coast of California (and one nixed suggestion of meeting half way at The Cattleman’s Ranch in King City)—we got to know David and Mia – Abeer (Alwan), Elaine (Anderson), Patti (Price), Shri (Narayanan), Margaret (Heritage) and I.… Read the rest
This article also was derived from Bob Jiménez’s dissertation. It provided qualitative case studies of a successful Latina student’s reading comprehension strategies in English compared to those of a less successful Latino student and a successful Anglo student’s reading comprehension strategies.… Read the rest
This article was submitted by Joey (Georgia) Garcia to accompany the 1994 publication entitled “Assessment and Diversity.” David was Bob’s Ph.D. adviser, and Joey was his thesis director. The actual publication was derived from Bob’s dissertation. The findings were from qualitative think-alouds in which Bob, as a bilingual researcher, interacted with the students in Spanish and English to document how they approached and comprehended narrative and informational texts in each language.… Read the rest
It has been extremely difficult for me to match specific works of mine with specific works of David’s (I have attached a few), not because he has had a limited impact on my work but because from his earliest publications and talks his work has had such a deep impact on the field, and therefore on me, that much of it has reshaped how we think about such issues as comprehension, instruction and assessment.… Read the rest
From Ailing Kong
This piece is the talk that David and I gave at the 2004 NCTE Annual Conference upon receiving the Alan C. Purves Award from NCTE. In this talk, we shared how I was mentored into the educational research community and the important role played by “a composite mentor”, a collective group of several different senior colleagues who provide the right bits and pieces to meet the range of needs of a young scholar.… Read the rest
Truthfully I can’t recall the very first time I met David. I do know that I was surprised, and honored, that he agreed to serve as a discussant in a session Christine Cziko and I gave at AERA or NCTE or IRA some 20 years ago.… Read the rest