Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”full_width_content” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”padding-3-percent” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”2/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default”][toggles style=”default”][toggle color=”Default” title=”What’s the best way to prepare for symposium presentations and conversations?”][vc_column_text]For each of the 5 Symposium sessions, you will find links to “touchstone” papers that have motivated each speaker’s comments.

Reading or perusing or glancing at those beforehand and thinking of issues they trigger would be helpful.

For each session, about 65% of the time is allocated to presentations and about 35% to interactions and Q&A. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”What sort of dress is appropriate for the event?”][vc_column_text]We asked David what he thought about dress.  Big mistake! He has absolutely NO standards.

Here’s his exact answer:

Well, this is Berkeley, so mostly people wear whatever makes them feel at one with themselves.  But if we had to put a culturally marked name on attire, we’d say that the Saturday symposium is business casual and Saturday night is party dress.

As for me, I’ll wear to the symposium what I would normally wear on campus. As for the party, I’ll start with a jacket (just so everyone knows I own one) but it will be gone when the music starts.  And dancers, be sure to wear comfy shoes.

One thing about dress in June in the Bay Area—dress in layers so that you can adjust to the big changes in temperature between sunlight and shadow.  Mark Twain said the the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. Berkeley’s a little more reliable, but not much.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”What sorts of gifts can I bring/how can I honor this passage in David’s career?”][vc_column_text]We asked David and here’s what he said.

Everyone’s presence at the event, in person or vicarious, is gift enough. I neither want nor need anything material for my own use.  But I do have some causes that I care about.

One is finding ways to support doctoral students as resources in universities get more and more scarce.  So contributing in my name to the Pearson Family Fellowship for doctoral students studying literacy would be fantastic.  There’s one at Berkeley.  And a second at Minnesota.

Another cause is the lack of equal opportunity for poor kids in poor schools.  So contributing in my name to a local organization in your area that does its best to level the playing field for all kids would also be wonderful.  And there are not-for-profits virtually everywhere that promote literacy for our youngest and most vulnerable readers.

Colleagues in the literacy field can make sure that their colleagues get nominated for the LRA award that bears my name: The P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award.

Really want to give the greatest gift possible?  Double down on your personal efforts to engage in scholarship, school reform, teaching practices, volunteer work—including  community or church-related work (in short in whatever setting you make a difference!)—that benefits learning for all kids, but especially for children of poverty.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”Where can I park for the Saturday Events, The Symposium and The Reception?”][vc_column_text]This map shows where you can find City of Berkeley lots/garages and UC Berkeley lots/spaces.

The Symposium and the Reception are both at 2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

  • The closest UCB lot is the Genetics Garage, which you enter from the extension of Berkeley Way where it crosses Oxford.
  • Next closest is the south end of the Crescent, which can be entered from University where it crosses Oxford.
  • Third closest is the Wellman Lot, which requires that you enter campus at the kiosk (no need to stop) on the Crescent and meander east up the hill about 300 yards, turning left up the hill where you see the “P” sign.  

To park in a campus garage or lot, you’ll need a scratch-off hang tag (we sent you one if you requested it).

  • The scratch off hang tag pass we sent to you will be good in any C or F parking space on campus.
  • The scratch off hang tag pass is good for 24 hours, from midnight to midnight.  You need to scratch off the appropriate month, date and day in order for it to be valid.  Those who are attending both the Symposium and the Reception/Party can re-enter with the same pass within the 24 hour window.

In some UC lots/garages (including the Genetics Garage), you will find a machine to use to pay for public parking after 6 pm.  

Campus Parking officials suggest that usage of the Genetics Garage is minimal on Saturdays, especially Saturday nights in the summer, so there should be plenty of space.

There are two levels, the C (for Central campus stickers) level where you will enter from Berkeley Way and the F (for faculty, which you can also use with a C pass) one level up.

  • If you park on the F level, you can take an elevator or stairs at the east end of the level down to the street level.
  • From there walk due west on Berkeley Way to the venue at 2121 Berkeley Way—about 300 yards.

There is SOME on the street parking nearby, but not much. Meters do not operate after 6 pm in Berkeley.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”How can I participate in the Festschrift from a distance?”][vc_column_text]If you are unable to join us in Berkeley you can

  • Watch the symposium on David’s YouTube Channel,  and, if so moved, submit questions and comments on Twitter.
  • Post a memory (include a photo if you have one to mark the memory) about your relationship with David–an anecdote, a humorous story, something he did, or something you did or shared jointly.  The more, the merrier, David says. David is especially interested in recovering old photos of him and his friends and family.
  • Post a paper or a presentation that you co-authored with David OR that was inspired by something he wrote, said, or did–OR that is related to the conference themes around reading comprehension.  Tag it with the relevant themes from the symposium. The idea here is to build this robust portal for all things comprehension.

Help us develop our “two truths and a lie” web quiz, in which we make 3 statements about David, only two of which are true.  Challenge others to figure out which is the lie. Our goal is to have this up and running as a kiosk at the reception/party on Saturday night, June 30.  Post your two truths and a lie now!!![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”How can I use Twitter to follow the event and/or ask questions?”][vc_column_text]If you have any questions you’d like to ask—either while you’re at the Symposium or watching the live stream—during the Q & A portion of a particular session, use to do so.

  • You will need a twitter account
  • “Tweet” your question(s)/comments using the “hashtag #pdpfest
  • You don’t need to send your tweet “to” anyone—symposium organizers will find any tweets with #pdpfest and bring those questions to the panel facilitator.
  • Panel facilitators will decide which questions to ask the panelists during the Q&A.

If you’d like, you can keep up with all #pdpdfest twitter activity by opening a tab or window on your web browser and going to a saved search of the pdpfest hashtag; new tweets will automatically appear as your browser reloads.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”What are my options for displaying a poster?”][vc_column_text]We have many display options.

  • Display a 3’x4’ printed poster
    • Use tacky putty or velcro to attach them to walls or windows in the lobby
    • Attach them to 3 x 4 poster boards to sit on a table or easel
    • Pin them to one or two walls made for just such a display
  • Bring 8.5×11 prints of slides
    • We can attach them to a 3×4 poster board for easel or table top display
  • Display slides or videos on a laptop computer

The poster session is associated with the lunch break on Saturday, from 12:10 to 1:40.

Poster presenters will have first access to the food line so they are assured of being able to eat before presenting.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”Where are the Facilities at the Symposium and Reception?”][vc_column_text]The ground floor restrooms and elevators are due west in the long hallway to your left as you enter the building from the 2121 Berkeley Way entrance.

The ground floor restrooms are all gender restrooms, with floor to ceiling stalls and a common sink area.  

There is an accessible restroom behind and to the north of the main reception desk in the center of the ground floor lobby.

If you walk up the stairs from the ground floor to the second floor, turn right and make a U turn, you will find single gender restrooms.  You can also take the elevator to the second floor.

The elevators require you to press the floor number you wish to travel to while still outside the elevator.  Then enter the elevator the system identifies for you. That elevator will take you to your floor without any more actions on your part.  Just get on and ride![/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”I have decided to take BART to Berkeley. What should I know?”][vc_column_text]

First, congratulations for making a wise decision.  Driving in the Bay Area is always complicated and often frustrating.  First and foremost, go to and you’ll find a user friendly website with all the information you’ll  need.

Second, here’s some helpful insider hints:

  • From SFO, you take a Yellow Line Train with one of two destinations:  Pittsburgh-Bay Point or Antioch (Antioch is a new designation). At 19th Street, exit the train, walk across the platform, and take a Richmond Train. There should be one waiting for you because the two lines are coordinated for destination exchanges.  If not, just take the first Richmond Train that comes along.

  • From OAK, take the spur that connects OAK with the Richmond/Fremont-Warm Springs line.  Get off the spur at Coliseum and take a Richmond Train.

  • Three stops in Berkeley, from south to north Ashby, Downtown Berkeley, and North Berkeley.  If you are staying at the Shattuck, the Faculty Club, or the Berkeley City Club, you want Downtown Berkeley

  • The Downtown Berkeley stop is still undergoing remodeling, so it’s a bit of a hassle.  The main escalator in the middle of the station is still not operating. There is an elevator that will take you to street level just forward of the center of the train.  If you take it, you’ll end up on the NW corner of the intersection of Shattuck and Center. If you exit the stairs at the rear of the train, you’ll end up on the northwest corner of Shattuck and Allston Way, literally across the street from the Shattuck Plaza Hotel.

  • Cabs are available on Center Street just west of the elevator entrance to BART.  I think, but I am not 100% sure, that Uber and Lyft also pick up near Shattuck and Center.

  • If you are being picked up or if you are staying at another hotel not near downtown Berkeley (the DoubleTree at the Berkeley Marina for example, get off at North Berkeley and catch a cab, Uber, or Lyft from there). Much less hassle than the Downtown Berkeley pickup.

[/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”What are the arrangements for the Sunday morning Brunch?”][vc_column_text]Friendship and Food are the major goals.  David will share a few thoughts on what he has learned about mentoring from all of you. All of you, in the spirit of a Quaker meeting, are free to share your thoughts.

Date and Time
Sunday, July 1, 2018, 10 am

Boiler Room in the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA.

To get to this exotically-named room, walk past the elevators that go to the guest rooms, through the enclosed patio area, and directly into the Boiler Room door.


Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
Seasonal Sliced Fruit
Assorted Breakfast Pastries and Bagels
Sweet Butter, Marmalade, Jams, and Cream Cheese
Locally Roasted Peerless Coffee and Smith Teas
51 Frittata with Artichokes, Tomatoes, Spinach,
Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese
Smoked Salmon, Tomato, Capers and Red Onions
Steelcut Oatmeal with Raisins and Brown Sugar[/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle color=”Default” title=”I have food allergies. What food is safe for me?”][vc_column_text]Each dish will have a “tent” identifying its name and whether it is Vegan or Vegetarian.

Here’s what we know about allergens in the dishes served:


Pastry platter – contains gluten, dairy, nuts
Spinach Frittata – contains dairy, onion, garlic
Ham Frittata – contains dairy, onion
Fruit Platter –  no allergens
Chicken apple pinwheels – contains gluten, onion, dairy
Chia pudding – no allergens


Charred corn – contains onion, garlic
Watermelon salad – contains onion, dairy
Orzo – contains pine nuts, dairy, gluten, onion, garlic, eggplant
Black rice – contains onion
Steak finger biscuits – contains gluten, dairy, garlic
Fried chicken biscuits – contains gluten, dairy, onion, garlic
Focaccia-Portobello – contains gluten, dairy, garlic, onion
Focaccia-squash – contains gluten, onion, garlic
Focaccia-turkey – contains gluten, onion

Afternoon Snack

Salami platter – contains gluten, dairy, onion, garlic
All around cheese – contains gluten, dairy
Vegetable Antipasto – contains gluten, dairy, garlic


Crispy Portobello – contains gluten, dairy, onion, garlic
Stuffed potato-basil pesto – contains dairy, garlic
Stuffed potato-broccoli – contains garlic
Shrimp tostadas – contains onion, garlic
Moroccan chicken – contains gluten, garlic, onion
Tuna Medallions – contains soy
Bbq pork medallions – contains dairy, gluten, garlic, onion
Red quinoa salad – contains garlic, onion
Kale slaw – contains onion
Grilled Nectarine salad – contains dairy, garlic
Strawberry Spinach salad – contains dairy
Dessert bars – contains gluten, dairy, peanuts[/vc_column_text][/toggle][/toggles][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”padding-3-percent” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/3″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” offset=”vc_hidden-sm vc_hidden-xs”][image_with_animation image_url=”1048″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” box_shadow=”none” max_width=”100%”][/vc_column][/vc_row]