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Morrell to keynote the 2017 Teaching & Learning Symposium

Ernest Morrell

Ernest Morrell will conduct a special workshop and deliver the luncheon keynote at the 2017 Teaching & Learning Symposium

Ernest Morrell will  join hundreds of Illinois State faculty and staff members at the 2017 Teaching & Learning Symposium. The award-winning author, teacher, and researcher will conduct a morning workshop and deliver the luncheon keynote address, all centered on this year’s theme, Start Where You Are: The Journey Towards Cultural Responsiveness.

Morrell is the Macy Professor of English Education and director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. An award-winning English teacher and coach, he 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 culturally and socially empowering literacy practices in K-12 classrooms.

Morrell is the author of more than 75 articles and book chapters. Among his eight books is Critical Media Pedagogy: Teaching for Achievement in City Schools, which was awarded the Outstanding Academic Title for 2014 by Choice Magazine of the American Library Association. Morrell earned his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of California at Berkeley, where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award. He also sits on the Executive Boards of LitWorld and the Education for Democracy Institute.

Morrell’s morning workshop is tentatively titled, “New Directions in College Teaching: Community and Civic Engagement in Diverse 21st Century Classrooms.” His luncheon keynote will be “Because it Matters: The Case for Culturally Responsive Teaching at Today’s Colleges and Universities.”

The 2017 Symposium also includes more than 40 individual, panel, and poster presentations by members of the campus community. The event will be on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Uptown Normal. Registration is free and includes the luncheon. Seating is limited, and the deadline to register is December 16.

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the CTLT main desk at (309) 438-2542.


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