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Morrell Installed as Vice President of National Council of Teachers of English


Ernest Morrell

Ernest Morrell

Morrell will assume the presidency of the literacy council in 2013.

Ernest Morrell, Professor of English Education and Director of TC’s Institute for Urban Minority Education (IUME) in Harlem, was sworn in on November 20 as Vice President of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the premiere organization of literacy educators in the United States.

Morrell, who came to TC in August as a prominent scholar in literacy, urban education and ethnic studies, was installed at NCTE’s annual meeting in Chicago to begin a four-year term of leadership. As previously announced, after serving for a year as
Vice President, he will be named Incoming President, then President, and finally Immediate Past President of the organization, each for one-year terms. He was elected through a balloting of NCTE’s 35,000 members.

As Vice President, Morrell will advocate for and shape literacy education, particularly in urban settings, and to help translate education research into usable data for policymakers and educators, according to a statement by the NCTE. He will play a lead role in a leadership meeting in July of early-career educators of color. With his installment, Morrell becomes an NCTE co-sponsored speaker and will be available to members of the media as a member of the NCTE presidential team.

In addition to his work with NCTE, Morrell will participate in the Teaching Edge Series at the annual convention of the International Reading Association (IRA) in late April. The IRA is a nonprofit network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy with more than 70,000 members.

To view an interview with Morrell, go to

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