Tickets for the Women to Women luncheon to be held October 15th at the Koury Convention Center featuring educator and activist Erin Gruwell have sold out.
About the Speaker
Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. Her impact as a change agent attracted Hollywood’s attention, and in 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Erin. The film is based on The Freedom Writers Diary, the New York Times bestseller that chronicled Erin’s extraordinary journey with her 150 high school students who dubbed themselves the “Freedom Writers” in homage to Civil Rights activists the Freedom Riders.
By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider their own daily decisions, and ultimately, re-chart their future. While Gruwell has been credited with giving her students a “second chance,” it was perhaps she who changed
the most during her tenure at Wilson High School. She decided to channel her classroom experiences toward a broader cause, and today her impact as a teacher extends well beyond Room 203. Gruwell founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms.
Gruwell and her students have appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, Prime Time Live with Connie Chung, Barbara Walters’ The View, and Good Morning America, to name a few. PBS will be releasing a documentary about the Freedom Writers this fall, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Freedom Writers’ graduation date.
Erin is a graduate of the University of California Irvine. She earned her Master’s Degree and teaching credentials from California State University Long Beach.
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