Ernest Morrell is Associate Professor of Urban Education and Cultural Studies and Associate Director of Youth Research at the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA. He is a writer of poems, plays, essays, novels, and academic books, book chapters, articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries. For more than a decade he has worked with adolescents, drawing on their involvement with popular culture to promote academic literacy development. Morrell is the author of, Linking Literacy and Popular Culture: Finding Connections for Lifelong Learning and Becoming Critical Researchers: Literacy and Empowerment for Urban Youth. Morrell has been invited to give numerous keynote addresses for postsecondary institutions and national organizations and he consults with schools in urban areas including Boston and Los Angeles.
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Ernest has worked with adolescents, drawing on their involvement with popular culture to promote academic literacy development. He inspires and motivates teachers and students in the areas of media literacy, media production, literature instruction, mass media, hip-hop poetry, and culturally relevant pedagogy.