Symposium Event Archive

To mark the occasion of my retirement after 48 years, colleagues and friends were gracious enough to plan a Festschrift celebrating my life & work on the weekend of June 29-July 1, 2018 in Berkeley, CA.

In addition to a Symposium, speakers and out-of-town guests started the weekend off with a dinner, colleagues toasted and roasted me and joined me on the dance floor at an evening reception, and my former advisees & grad students gathered for brunch to close out the weekend.

It was an amazing and enriching event and I am so grateful to everyone who came and to those who helped to plan it.

On this page, I’ve archived the Symposium program, the selected works that speakers responded to, and videos of nearly all the talks that speakers gave. You also find pictures from each of the weekend’s events and even some of the lovely and funny things people made.

The Symposium

honoring the work of P. David Pearson
Saturday, June 30, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.


Prudence L. Carter
Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Berkeley
Highlights from David’s Career
Freddy Hiebert

9:20 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.


12:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.


Diane August

The Moderating Influence of Instructional Intensity and Word Type on the Acquisition of Academic Vocabulary in Young English Learners

Alison K. Billman and P. David Pearson

First Grade, Second Language: Uniting Science Knowledge and Literacy Development for English Learners

Gina Biancarosa

Advancing Reading Comprehension Assessment

Alexander Blum

The Structure of Inferential-Integrative-Reasoning (IIR): An Application of Item Response Theory (IRT) Using Comics

Devon Brenner and Elfrieda H. Hiebert

If I Follow the Teachers’ Editions, Isn’t That Enough? Analyzing Volume of Reading in Six Reading Core Programs

Leslie Buffen, Marjorie Rowe, Alison Billman, and P. David Pearson

Assessing Science Knowledge & Language Use in Emergent Bilingual First Grade Students

Douglas K. Hartman

Comprehending the Unbound Book

Robin Irey

Developmental Trajectory of Textual Morphological Awareness

Alejandra Ojeda-Beck

Graphic Novel for Vocabulary Growth and Reading Motivation

Sunaina Shenoy and Richard K. Wagner

Progress-monitoring Tools to Measure the Reading Development of Students in Bangalore, India

Yukie Toyama

Investigating the Effects of the Reader-, the Text-, and the Task-characteristics on Comprehension, Using Explanatory Item Response Models

Chad Vignola, Dr. Nicole Renner, Eleanor Dougherty, Rob Kantner, and the LDC Team

Five Years and 70,000 teachers later:  Dr. David Pearson and team Improve Teacher Capacity Particularly in Support of the most Disadvantaged Students through the Literacy Design Collaborative’s co-designed EdTech platform

Jenny Zhang

Literacy and International Development—Perspectives from Indonesia

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Reflections on the Day
P. David Pearson

The Dinner

Friday June 29, 2018
University Club

The Reception

Saturday June 30, 2018
Berkeley Way Building

The Brunch

Sunday, July 01, 2018
Hotel Shattuck Plaza