We are gathering a robust collection of scholarly work informed by, building on, or responding to the contributions of P. David Pearson.

Our goal is to build and maintain a website that all of us—and our students—can use in the future.

The “Webfestschrift” is a collection resources related to each of the major themes of the PDP Festschrift Symposium held on June 30, 2018:

  • The Nature of Comprehension
  • Comprehension Instruction
  • Comprehension Assessment
  • Teacher Learning and Comprehension
  • The Stuff of Comprehension: Reader, Text, and Context

Along with these themes, we welcome papers on other related topics, including:

  • Comprehension and English Learners
  • Comprehension as Critique
  • Comprehension and Composition
  • Policies that Impact Comprehension Development
  • Comprehension and Underserved Students


To mark the occasion, a Festschrift celebrating P. David’s life & work took place June 30, 2018 at the brand-new home of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education.

In addition to a Festschrift Symposium, we toasted & roasted PDP at an evening reception on Saturday night, David’s former advisees & grad students brunched on Sunday, July 1.

Now, moving forward, all of us will compile our work together in a Webfestschrift, hosted on this very website.