Jan 27, 2016

Teaching Hope Diary #91

"Teaching Hope" Diary #91 "School Attack" There is a name for educators, and it has nothing to do with books or classrooms. It’s sunshine. As soon as my students arrive, I greet them: “Good morning. Are you ready for a great day?” There’s the bubbly student body president, who immediately mirrors my grin.  ..
Nov 27, 2015

Exclusive Documentary Clip

An Exclusive Documentary Clip Click on the video below to watch an exclusive clip from our documentary Freedom Writers: Stories From an Undeclared War. The scene shows two original Freedom Writers who give moving presentations to incarcerated youth at the San Diego Juvenile Hall where Erin will visit on Christmas Eve this year. (https:// ..
Nov 24, 2015

Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle Katie Johnson was a teenager who ended up in the juvenile hall that Erin will be visiting in San Diego on Christmas Eve. Katie is an example of how positive reinforcement and second chances can change students' trajectories and how they see themselves. Below is her story of success. Katie Johnson was arrested ..
Nov 23, 2015

Teacher of Hope

A Teacher of Hope Photo Above: Erin hugging a student at Fresno Juvenile Campus in December 2014 Last December, Erin Gruwell visited the Worsely School at the Fresno Juvenile Campus for the holidays. The event was orchestrated by Bill Feaver, who was in the very first group of Freedom Writer Teachers in 2006. Bill’s facility includ ..
Nov 17, 2015

Message From Erin Gruwell

Give Hope for the Holidays! Giving Tuesday- December 1, 2015 A Message From Erin Gruwell Hope. It’s my favorite four-letter word. Each holiday, I try to spread hope to the hopeless. I have had the privilege of visiting all 50 states in America, nearly all the provinces of Canada, and over a dozen countries around the world ..
Oct 22, 2015

Diary #63

Diary #63 Dear Diary, If you look into my eyes, you will see a loving girl. If you look at my smile, you will sense that nothing is wrong. If you look in my heart, you will see some pain. If you pull up my shirtsleeves and look at my arms, you will see black and blue m ..
Sep 24, 2015

Teaching Hope Diary #89 White Supremacy

Teaching Hope ( #89 "White Supremacy" I remembered my dream vividly. I was arriving at school early, as usual, at about 6:15 a.m. The sun was only beginning to peek. As I pulled in, I noticed my car was the only one in the deserted lot, the first eager teacher of the  ..
Aug 18, 2015

A Freedom Writer Speaks to Housing Authority Scholars

Bringing It Full Circle A Freedom Writer Speaks to Homeless Youth ´╗┐Photo Above: Freedom Writer Narada Comans In 1995, at the age of fourteen, original Freedom Writer, Narada Comans, had to put on a brave face the first day of school, knowing when the bell rang that he would not have a home to go to. Narada feared that his classm ..
Jul 13, 2015

Teach One to Teach Another

Teach One to Teach Another Since 2006, Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers Foundation have trained educators from around the world to use the Freedom Writers Methodology. Our 400+ trained educators have reached over 450,000 vulnerable students. The Freedom Writer Teachers help their students overcome adversity through education. (h ..
Jul 13, 2015

Freedom Writer Teachers Institute

Freedom Writer Teachers Institute The Freedom Writer Teachers Institute is a nationally acclaimed five-day professional development program for educators. Participants include principals, K-12 teachers, superintendents, counselors, community leaders, and professors. We have trained educators from every state, 2 U.S. territories, and 12 countrie ..