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Straight-Up with Chris: Real Talk on Business and Parenthood

Straight-Up with Chris: Real Talk on Business and Parenthood

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August 15th 2013:Special Encore Presentation: Becoming a Catalyst for Change

One of the greatest crimes in education is to write off students as incapable of learning. It is important to recognize students are diverse and learn differently. Written "off” students deserve a second chance, they are our future. By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, you can transform students’ lives. What are Freedom Writers and what's the importance of writing a Freedom Writers Diary? Educators and parents must be catalysts for change. Erin Gruwell is the educator whose character was portrayed by Hilary Swank in the movie Freedom Writers, will be my g

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Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. An educator, she authored The Freedom Writers Diary, the New York Times bestseller that chronicled Erin’s extraordinary journey with 150 high school students who had been written off by the education system. By fostering an educational philosophy that valued and promoted diversity, she transformed her students’ lives. In January 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring Hilary Swank as Erin. Erin’s experience as an advocate for students and education caused her to found the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to imp
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