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Michael P Ford

Michael Ford is a 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.

Teacher Professional Books with Heinemann

  • Classroom Catalysts: 15 Efficient Practices That Accelerate Readers’ Learning (2014)
  • Do-able Differentiation: Varying Texts, Supports and Groups to Reach Readers (2008)
  • Books and Beyond: New Ways to Reach Readers (2006)
  • Where Have All the Bluebirds Gone? How to Soar with Flexible Grouping (2002)
  • Reaching Readers: Flexible and Innovative Strategies for Guided Reading (2001)

Core, Supplemental, and RTI Programs

  • LEAD 21 (McGraw Hill-Wright Group, 2010, senior author)

Mike is the author of more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as:

  • The Reading Teacher
  • Childhood Education
  • Language Arts
  • Reading Research and Instruction

Leadership Roles

  • Chair of the International Reading Association’s Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards Committee
  • Former President of the Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA)
  • Current WSRA Advocacy Chair
  • Current President of the Wisconsin Professors of Reading
  • Host of the series Behind the Lesson—a teacher PD companion to the award-winning Wisconsin Public Television children’s series Into the Book

Awards and Honors

  • The McGraw Hill Seeing the Learner in Every Child Award
  • WSRA’s Celebrate Literacy Award
  • WSRA’s Outstanding Service Award

Professional Development
Michael Ford provides on- and off-site professional development through Heinemann Professional Development Services. Visit for more information.

Related PD Offerings

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