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Teaching Hope in your Classroom

teaching hopeTeaching Hope by Erin Gruwell was recently released on August 18 and I wanted to share with you a short video created to promote this fantastic teaching resource.

The following synopsis describes the book according to the Freedom Writers Foundation website:

About the book:

“There are lives lost in this book, and there are lives saved, too, if salvation means a young man or woman begins to feel deserving of a place on the planet. . . . What could be more soul-satisfying? These are the most influential professionals most of us will ever meet. The effects of their work will last forever.”  –from the foreword by Anna Quindlen

Now depicted in a bestselling book and a feature film, the Freedom Writers phenomenon came about in 1994, when Erin Gruwell stepped into Room 203 and began her first teaching job out of college. Long Beach, California, was still reeling from the deadly violence that erupted during the Rodney King riots, and the kids in Erin’s classroom reflected the anger, resentment, and hopelessness of their community. Undaunted, Erin fostered an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, tolerance, and communication, and in the process, she transformed her students’ lives, as well as her own.

Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers went on to establish the Freedom Writers Foundation to replicate the success of Room 203 and provide all students with hope and opportunities to realize their academic potential. Since then, the foundation has trained more than 150 teachers in the United States and Canada. Teaching Hope unites the voices of these Freedom Writer teachers, who share uplifting, devastating, and poignant stories from their classrooms, stories that provide insight into the struggles and triumphs of education in all of its forms.

Mirroring an academic year, these dispatches from the front lines of education take us from the anticipation of the first day to the disillusionment, challenges, and triumphs of the school year. These are the voices of teachers who persevere in the face of intolerance, rigid administration, and countless other challenges, and continue to reach out and teach those who are deemed unteachable. Their stories inspire everyone to make a difference in the world around them.

I am so excited this book has been released and know it will be a success! Below is the link to a video produced by Erin Gruwell promoting Teaching Hope. At the time of writing, the book is on sale from it’s regular price of $14.99 at Amazon* although you can purchase the book at most bookstores on and offline. Get your copy and further the efforts of Erin Gruwell, her students and the participating teachers are you teach hope in your classroom!

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*Disclosure: Link takes you to Amazon Affiliate Page

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Erin Gruwell of Freedom Writers Foundation – Closing Keynote of NECC 2009

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Erin Gruwell at NECC 2009

Erin Gruwell is a phenomenal speaker. I first heard her speak at the TCEA conference in Austin, Texas in February 2007. Since then I have been devout fan of her efforts. I admire her passion for teaching, her dedication to her students and making a difference in the lives of those she encounters every day. If you weren’t able to attend NECC 2009 or missed her presentation, you won’t want to miss watching this video. You won’t be disappointed!

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Erin Gruwell speaking at TCEA 2007

Recently as I was rewatching the video of the closing keynote of NECC 2009 by Erin Gruwell, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation and realized there was an embed code on the page with the video. I tried to embed the video using vodpod but never was successful in getting the player to work properly so I embedded the video on a wiki page and linked it to this post.

(Note: In case the vodpod player ever starts to work, I left the player embedded in this post with a copy of the embed code at the bottom of this post. If anyone knows how to successfully embed the video in a wordpress.com blog post using vodpod or the ‘press this’ feature of the dashboard please let me know!)

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more about “Erin Gruwell Closing Keynote“, posted with vodpod
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Videoconference Opportunities with the Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell

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Erin and Me at TCEA 2007

I am a huge fan of the Freedom Writers Foundation started by Erin Gruwell. I loved the movie and was so enamored and moved when I first met Erin Gruwell at the TCEA conference in February 2007. Since then, Erin Gruwell has been my ‘she-ro‘ as she champions for scholarships for her students and makes such a wonderful, positive difference in the lives of young adults every day. I admire her passion for teaching, her strength in life and her joy in helping those around her.

On August 18, Erin’s new book, Teaching Hope, will be released for sale. The new book is described as,

Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers went on to establish the Freedom Writersteaching hope Foundation to replicate the success of Room 203 and provide all students with hope and opportunities to realize their academic potential. Since then, the foundation has trained more than 150 teachers in the United States and Canada. Teaching Hope unites the voices of these Freedom Writer teachers, who share uplifting, devastating, and poignant stories from their classrooms, stories that provide insight into the struggles and triumphs of education in all of its forms.

The email announcement describes the new opportunity as follows,

000019The Freedom Writers Foundation is excited to announce a new program, Between the Lines:  Online Videochat With the Real Freedom Writers.  The program is designed to bring the original Freedom Writers right into your classroom or organization, using online tools, such as Skype to answer questions, serve as inspirational role models, and provide general encouragement.  Freedom Writers share their personal stories and interact directly with the audience, answering questions that may come up after reading The Freedom Writers Diary or watching the movie Freedom Writers.

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Freedom Writers Foundation Videoconference

The videochat is like a Q&A session during which the Freedom Writer will answer your questions in detail, and in doing so, share their own personal stories.   The Freedom Writers share stories of overcoming childhoods affected by poverty, gang violence, substance abuse, physical and mental abuse, learning disabilities, racial discrimination, and many other challenges.  Their uplifting talks focus on the power of the pen, and how reading and journaling began a long process of introspection for them, which ultimately re-charted their lives.  The Freedom Writers speak of their incredible transformation, and sessions can be tailored to focus on topics such as:

  • AVOIDING INVOLVEMENT WITH GANGS AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
  • HAVING PRIDE IN ONE’S HERITAGE AND BECOMING A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL
  • THE POWER OF READING, WRITING, AND FINDING ONE’S OWN VOICE
  • FREEDOM WRITERS’ VIEW ON THE KEY TO THEIR TEACHER’S SUCCESS
  • DIVERSITY AND TOLERANCE
  • OTHER THEMES BY SPECIAL REQUEST

For more information, visit www.freedomwritersfoundation.org/videochats or
e-mail Lisa@freedomwritersfoundation.org.

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Donations can also be mailed to:
Freedom Writers Foundation
P.O. Box 41505
Long Beach, CA 90853