Items filtered by date: June 2018

One More Chance for Snowme...

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"We're All the Same Right ...

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You've seen the movie. You've read the book. Now listen to the podcast!
 
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016 19:38

Give Hope for the Holidays

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Thursday, 19 May 2016 18:22

Freedom Writer Scholar Ellis Sanchez

From the moment you walk into a room, Ellis Sanchez is the first person to greet you with an outstretched hand and a huge smile. He has a wonderfully warm personality and radiates posit...

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Friday, 13 May 2016 22:31

The Promise of the Promised Land

 

I recently returned from the Middle East, and I feel compelled to share. My trip to Israel and the West Bank was inspiring and eye-opening. I did over 20 events in Israel on behalf of the U.S. Embassy and 7 events for the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank on behalf of the U.S. ‎Consulate General. All told, I worked in over a dozen...

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Friday, 13 May 2016 22:31

Precious Symonette

Freedom Writer Teacher Precious Symonette’s name is called, and immediately the whole room erupts into applause. Ms. Symonette doesn’t even hear that she’s the winner of the Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the Year!

As a beloved teacher at Norland High School in Florida, Symonette has been able to touch the lives of many inner-city studen...

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The smell of marijuana greets me at the door, followed closely by a disheveled woman. She asks what I want, and I tell her that I have come for the girls. She calls to them: “The lady is here.” The girls dart to the door, excited and expectant, each asking what the plans are for the evening and what they will eat.

In this neighborhood gr...

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When Ferial Pearson first attended the Freedom Writers Institute (FWI) in the summer of 2010, it was immediately clear what an incredible teacher she was. Her passion for education and her students came out every time she spoke about her job. Some say that teaching is not a career, but a calling. We believe that this amazing woman has definitely...

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 08:56

Teacher of Hope

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 includes kids from 13-18 years of age who are typically held for six months or less.

During Erin’s visit, she...

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