Creating Cultures of Acceptance, Compassion, & Integrity with Erin Gruwell
Sixth District PTA is hosting a second evening with Erin Gruwell & the Freedom Writers Foundation.
We are excited to host Erin Gruwell for a second evening and Watch Party of the Freedom Writers Documentary and Erin will live with us answering questions and providing more inspiration.
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
About Erin Gruwell
Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an education activist, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. She created the Freedom Writer Methods, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students. She maintains a steadfast commitment to the future of education, and her impact as a change agent runs deep. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Gruwell transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures. With Gruwell’s support, they chose to forego teenage pregnancy, drugs, and violence to become aspiring college students, published writers, and catalysts for change. They dubbed themselves the “Freedom Writers” –in homage to civil rights activists The Freedom Riders—and published a book. Inspired by Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic (who lived through war-torn Sarajevo), Erin and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary. Through poignant student entries and Erin’s narrative text, the book records their “eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding.” In early 2007, Teach With Your Heart, Erin’s powerful memoir and call to arms was published.
More about the Freedom Writers Foundation:
For 20 years, the Freedom Writers Foundation has mitigated student dropout rates by reproducing the Freedom Writers’ experience in schools around the world. The Foundation’s mission is to provide educators with tools to empower all students to succeed. Our core programs include Training, Outreach, Scholarship, and Curriculum.
The Training Program includes a 5-day intensive workshop led by Erin Gruwell that helps educators of all subjects and grade levels focus on the humanity of every student. Through keynote speeches by Erin and the Original Freedom Writers, the Outreach Program improves classroom attendance, increases student and employee engagement, and fosters inclusive campus atmospheres. The Scholarship Program provides support for first-generation college students who have remarkable academic promise despite tremendous adversity.
The Foundation’s growing library of curriculum includes all of the Freedom Writer books, a Teacher’s Guide, a podcast with companion curriculum, and other digital media. To stay connected with Erin and the Freedom Writers, follow the Freedom Writers Foundation on social media and share your stories with firstname.lastname@example.org.