Cerelle Morrow is a Region 7 Comprehensive Center staff member, working on the Alabama Improving English Learner (EL) Student Academic Achievement project. Ms. Morrow specializes in multilingual learners/English learners and adolescent literacy. In addition, Ms. Morrow currently serves as a senior program associate with WestEd designing and implementing professional learning with schools and districts in the area of English learners, adolescent literacy, and best practices related to standards-based instruction and inclusive practices. As a member of the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, she also provides technical assistance to state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) in the southeast, northeast and islands supporting effective teaching and learning for district and school improvement. Prior to joining WestEd, Ms. Morrow worked for various organizations facilitating and supporting district-level teams on a range of Grades K–12 topics that included developing evidence-based tools and strategies for building adolescent students’ literacy and English language skills, as well as guiding professional collaboration within and across schools.
Over the years, Ms. Morrow’s work has focused primarily on school improvement for large urban school districts, where she has provided support in teaching methods and programs such as service learning and international education programs. She is a former middle school English as a second language (ESL) teacher and served as a Peace Corps ESL teacher trainer in the Philippines.
EDUCATION: M.Ed. in education, international education development with specialization in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Teachers College, Columbia University; B.S. in English education from Florida State University
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: English learners; Adolescent literacy; School improvement; Data inquiry; Standards-based instruction; and Professional learning communities