facebook Contact Us Audio Archives

Reading Instruction


David Pearson is a faculty member in the programs in Language and Literacy and Cognition and Development at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as Dean from 2001-2010. Current research projects include Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading–a Research and Development effort with colleagues at Lawrence Hall of Science in which reading, writing, and language as are employed as tools to foster the development of knowledge and inquiry in science–and the Strategic Education Research Partnership–a collaboration between UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the SFUSD designed to embed research within the portfolio of school-based issues and priorities. Prior to coming to Berkeley in 2001, he served on the faculties of education at Michigan State, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Barbara Foorman is the Francis Eppes Professor of Education and Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University. During 2005, Dr. Foorman served as the Commissioner of Education Research in the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education. From 1978 to 1996 Dr. Foorman was Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Houston and from 1996-2006 she was Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Academic and Reading Skills at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Foorman has over 100 publications in the area of reading and language development. She serves on editorial boards of several journals, national advisory committees, and national consensus committees on reading, and has been principal investigator of several federally-funded grants concerning early reading interventions, scaling assessment-driven instruction, and literacy development in Spanish-speaking children.

Dick Allington is professor of education at the University of Tennessee. Previously he served as the Irving and Rose Fien Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Florida, and as chair of the Department of Reading at the University at Albany – SUNY. Dick has served as the President of the International Reading Association, as President of the National Reading Conference, and as a member of the International Reading Association Board of Directors. He is the co-recipient of the Albert J. Harris Award from IRA in recognition of his work contributing to the understanding of reading and learning disabilities and the William S. Gray Citation of Merit for his contributions to the profession. In addition Dick has been named to the IRA Reading Hall of Fame.


  • Share/Bookmark