TBALL and a Hat

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

Remembering a Common Legacy

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

How I became a teacher

In 1963, Mary Alyce and I did the same 3 things as all our close friends. We graduated from UC Berkeley (Cal in those days), got married, and moved on to a new life—Mary Alyce as a grad student in a post-baccalaureate MA credential program at Stanford and I as a newly minted member of the management training cadre within Macy’s San Francisco.… Read the rest

Learning to Read… in first grade at Pleasant Prairie Grammar School

I went to a one room schoolhouse in the wide-open spaces of the Sacramento Valley in post-World War II California. In 1947, when I started first grade, all 42 of us-from first graders through eighth graders were taught by Mrs. Millsap, a matronly lady in her early sixties who was driven daily to and from the school by a retired Mr.… Read the rest

Where the P in “P David” comes from

This is the second installment of the name saga…

Fast forward from Grade 1 to my sophomore year in high school. 16th birthday coming up in April of 1957. In the 1950s, turning 16 is a triple witching hour of sorts—have to get a driver’s license, register for Social Security, AND register for Selective Service (the draft for those of you born after 1980).… Read the rest