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Erin Gruwell to visit MHS and RJK Sept. 8

Aug. 3, 2017 

Erin Gruwell, the Southern California teacher whose work with at-risk teens inspired the movie “Freedom Writers” will speak to students at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School and Monticello High School on Friday, Sept. 8.

In 1994, Gruwell began teaching at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach. She was assigned to work with 150 at-risk students and strongly believed that through education they could overcome even the worst kinds of adversity. Four years later, all 150 students, dubbed the Freedom Writers, graduated from high school. The students’ book, “The Freedom Writers Diary,” became a best-seller and the subject of a movie.

Today, Gruwell teaches teachers around the country how to implement her lesson plans in their classrooms through the Freedom Writers Foundation and encourages students to learn, be inspired and change the world.

Following her presentation to students, Gruwell will answer questions and sign books and the schools’ libraries will host a follow-up group discussion. In the weeks to follow, district teachers and staff will incorporate the book and movie into their lessons.