Ernest Morrell   DEMOCRAT

Associate professor of urban schooling, UCLA

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[In addition to being a candidate for the 37th District of the California State Assembly, Dr. Ernest Morrell is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and Associate Director at the Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) at UCLA. For more than a decade he has worked with adolescents in Southern California, drawing on their involvement with popular culture to promote academic development and civic engagement.

Morrell, a native of Oakland, California, is the author of four books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. In the 1990s when he was a doctoral student at UC Berkeley, Morrell taught English and coached basketball at Oakland High School in Northern California where he was recognized by the Oakland Unified School District, Oakland Community Organizations, US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and the California State Senate for his service to the Oakland Public Schools. He was also nominated five times for Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers.

Since his relocation to Southern California his work with youth has been recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and by numerous other policymakers and community organizations for its impact on youth and on schools. Morrell was included in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles in 2008.His commitment to teaching and service has also been recognized at UCLA where he was the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. From his nearly 20 years of scholarship and service he shares a vision of powerful teaching practices in education that provide youth the skills they need to succeed academically and function more powerfully as citizens in our multicultural democracy.

It is this commitment to service and justice that has influenced the decision to pursue political office. A lifetime of personal and professional experiences have demonstrated his commitments to fight for quality education, affordable and accessible health care, livable wages, a clean environment, and safe neighborhoods, to ensure that all of California’s citizens, regardless of their backgrounds, their origins, or their pocketbooks, have lives of decency, dignity and promise. He plans to take that same commitment to the California State Assembly. Ernest Morrell is married, is the father of two children who attend Pleasant Valley schools, and he is a volunteer football and track coach for neighborhood youth.

Last edited by Ernest Morrell on Dec. 14, 2009

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