Freedom Writer Teachers Empowerment Symposium

Freedom Writer Teacher Symposium

Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

How I met Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers to becoming a Freedom Writer Teacher. Continue reading

Meeting Erin Gruwell to Graduated Freedom Writer Teacher

I admire Erin Gruwell for everything she has accomplished. Most people have heard of herErin Gruwell from the Hollywood film Freedom Writers. Erin’s story fascinated me from the moment I heard about the Freedom Writers. Erin helped 150 students, who were not destined to graduate, receive their high school diploma. Many went off to university. She engaged, enlightened, and empowered her students who were nominally deemed as “unteachable”, “rejects”, or “too stupid” to believe in themselves and their ability to succeed. Erin’s students followed in the footsteps of the ‘Freedom Riders’ and are known as the Freedom Writers after they published the book The Freedom Writers Diary in 1999. They were writing for change and educating the world through their stories of how a group of “throw-outs” and rival gangs can come together, co-exists in harmony, and teach each other regardless of colour, race, religion, or socioeconomic status. Continue reading