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Teach with Your Heart: Lessons I Learned from the Freedom Writersby Erin Gruwell
Synopses & Reviews
In this memoir and call to arms, Erin Gruwell, the dynamic young teacher who nurtured a remarkable group of high school students from Long Beach, California, who called themselves the Freedom Writers, picks up where The Freedom Writers Diary (and the movie The Freedom Writers) end and catches the reader up to where they are today. Teach with Your Heart will include the Freedom Writers' unforgettable trip to Auschwitz, where they met with Holocaust survivors; toured the attic of their beloved Anne Frank (Gruwell had the kids read Anne's Diary in The Freedom Writers Diary); visited Bosnia with their friend Zlata Filipovich, and more. The book also includes what happened with the Freedom Writers as they made their way through college and graduation. Along the way, Gruwell includes lessons for parents and teachers about what she learned from her remarkable band of students.
In this passionate, poignant, and deeply personal memoir, Gruwell tells the tale of her journey through the emotional peaks and valleys on the front lines of our nation's educational system and her commitment to awaken personal power in students and people everyone else discounts. Teach with Your Heart is a mesmerizing story of one young woman's personal odyssey and of her remarkable ability to encourage others to follow in her footsteps.
Teach with Your Heart is marked by the enviable radiance and irrepressible force of nature that is Erin Gruwell and her unbelievable determination to ensure that education in the United States truly meets the needs of every student.
"Erin is a true inspiration and an example of the extraordinary difference one person can make in the world. She continues to transform the lives of students across the country through her work and The Freedom Writers Foundation." Hilary Swank, Two-time Academy Award Winner
"The examples of Erin Gruwell's success as a high school English teacher in Long Beach, Calif., aren't mounted on posterboard or bound in a notebook. They walk and talk and tell their stories of academic and personal redemption brought on by a preppy suburbanite who used pop culture to reach gang- and poverty-scarred inner city kids." Ed Hayward, Boston Herald
"There is no guile to Erin; she's the real thing. That's why so many of us say yes." Dr. Carl A. Cohn, Superintendent Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent (Ret.)
A high school teacher in Long Beach, California, and participant in the Freedom Writers Project, Gruwell recounts how her students have helped her figure out the best ways to work for educational reform and continually renew her sense of commitment to and compassion for young people.
In the fall of 1994, the young and idealistic Erin Gruwell was assigned to a freshman class at Wilson High in Long Beach, California, that had unofficially been deemed hopeless by the educational system. Some kids predicted she'd last a day, the generous ones, a month. But it soon became apparent to them all that "Ms. G" was different. Before her new students could drive her from the classroom, Gruwell captured their imagination and leveraged the power of education to transform their lives by teaching tolerance through literature and writing. The amazing success of her program is chronicled in The Freedom Writers Diary.
The Freedom Writers project had a profound affect not only on Gruwell's students, but also on Gruwell herself. In Teach with Your Heart, Gruwell recounts how her students have helped her figure out the best ways to work for educational reform and continually renew her sense of commitment to and compassion for young people. Teach with Your Heart is a mesmerizing story of one woman's personal odyssey and of her remarkable ability to encourage others to follow in her footsteps.
About the Author
Erin Gruwell, the Freedom Writers, and her nonprofit organization have received many awards, including the prestigious Spirit of Anne Frank Award, and have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Prime Time Live, Good Morning America, and The View, to name a few. All 150 Freedom Writers went on to graduate from Wilson High. She lives in Long Beach, California.
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