Outstanding Contribution to Reading Award
The Orange County Reading Association is dedicated to the improvement of reading and promoting literacy. Each year OCRA proudly recognizes a special person who exemplifies the spirit of our organization. This year our association is proud to present the Outstanding Contribution to Reading Award to Dr. Michael Ford. Michael Ford is emeritus professor of reading in the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He has been involved with literacy education for more than 30 years as a first-grade and Title I teacher as well as a researcher and teacher-educator. His work with the international school associations has taken him to Africa, Europe, Central America, South America, and the Middle East. On behalf of the Orange County Reading Association, we applaud Dr. Ford for his worldwide contributions to literacy.