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An Interview with Erin Gruwell of Freedom Writers

This year at the National Leadership Forum, we are so excited to have Erin Gruwell joining us. It has been a pleasure getting to know her recently and I can’t wait for her to equip, encourage and inspire this year’s attendees. Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. Her impact as a change agent runs deep. So deep, in fact, that her story attracted Hollywood’s attention. In January 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Erin. The film is based on The Freedom Writer’s 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. Erin is the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches teachers around the country how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms.

Check out this conversation I recently had with Erin:

We hope that you’ll join us for this year’s National Leadership Forum – June 28-29th in Atlanta. Spaces are filling up fast. For more information, visit the website at Hope to see you there!

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An Interview with Erin Gruwell of Freedom Writers