National Writing Project

Literacy Expert P. David Pearson Joins NWP Board

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Voice, Vol. 11, No. 1
Date: 2006

Summary: Professor Pearson, a former elementary school teacher and now dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education and director of a line of research in literacy and education, is the newest member of the National Writing Project Board of Directors.


P. David Pearson

The National Writing Project welcomes P. David Pearson, Dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education (GSE) and Professor of Language and Literature, Society and Culture, as the newest member of the board of directors. Dr. Pearson, who conducts a line of research in the area of reading instruction and assessment at local, state, and national levels, joined the board in June 2005.

A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Pearson currently teaches in the Joint Doctoral Program in Leadership for Educational Equity, a collaboration among UC Berkeley and three California State Universities in the Bay Area. The program's aim is to prepare outstanding educational leaders who will create transformational change and promote equity and scholastic achievement in the 252 school districts of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Pearson is also the director of the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (located at UC Berkeley), a research and development program focused on improving the education of students whose ability to reach their potential is challenged by language or cultural barriers, race, geographic location, or poverty. And he is one of the two principal investigators for Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading, a National Science Foundation–funded curriculum development and research project working at the interface between science and literacy. Its curriculum units provide rich reading and writing lessons embedded in high-quality inquiry-based science activities.

Professor Pearson's honors include the William S. Gray Citation of Merit from the International Reading Association, the Oscar Causey Award for Contributions to Reading Research from the National Reading Conference, and the Alan Purves Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. Among his books and articles are the Handbook of Reading Research, now in its third volume; and Learning to Read: Lessons for Effective Schools and Accomplished Teachers (with B. Taylor, 2000).

"With his deep knowledge of the field of literacy instruction and his dedication to equity and transformation in education, David has been a supporter of the National Writing Project for many years and is thoroughly aligned with our mission and values," says NWP Executive Director Richard Sterling. "In addition, his broad experience with research and his well-exercised leadership ability will help us continue to increase our visibility and expand our programs. I am delighted to have him on our board."

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