An award-winning author, teacher, and researcher, Ernest Morrell is the Macy Professor of English Education and Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College at Columbia University. Ernest is also past-president of the National Council of Teachers of English, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and an appointed member of International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. In 2016, Ernest was ranked among the top 100 university-based education scholars in the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Ernest was an award-winning English teacher and coach in Northern California who now works with schools and after-school programs across the country to infuse social and emotional learning, digital technologies, project-based learning, and multicultural literature into empowering literacy practices in K-12 classrooms.
Ernest is the author of more than 75 articles and book chapters, and eight books including Every Child a Super Reader: 7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible, New Directions in Teaching English, Linking Literacy and Popular Culture and Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools, which was awarded Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice Magazine of the American Library Association. Ernest has earned numerous commendations for his secondary and university teaching, including being nominated five times for Who’s Who Among America’s High School teachers and receiving UCLA’s Department of Education’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Morrell earned his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of California at Berkeley where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award. Ernest also proudly sits on the Executive Boards of LitWorld and the Education for Democracy Institute.