ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford College Professor of Education Louis Ferroli, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Illinois Reading Council (IRC) Hall of Fame Award.
The award is the highest award given to a member of the Illinois Reading Council and is presented in recognition of the significant contributions to reading and reading education. The Hall of Fame Award is presented at the IRC’s annual conference held in Springfield, Ill. This year’s award presentation was on March 18. The IRC has approximately 6000 members.
Dr. Ferroli has been teaching at Rockford College since 1990. He has been an active member of the IRC for more than 30 years, serving in a variety of leadership roles. He is Chair of the IRC Obama Literacy Fund Committee, former president of the West Suburban Reading Council, former president of the College Instructors of Reading Professionals, and former Treasurer of the council. He is a consistent contributor to the council’s newsletter, the Communicator, known for his “Cool Studies” section that highlights current research in reading, and has involved dozens of students from the College in presentations for at the council’s annual statewide conference.
In addition, Dr. Ferroli has been instrumental in the development of Rockford College’s Master of Arts in Teaching Reading Specialist Certification. The new track began in the fall of 2010 and allows teachers to achieve “highly qualified” status as literacy reading coaches following guidelines put in place by the No Child Left Behind Act.