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Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers and Erin Gruwell

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“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 Erins 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.

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Marking the 10th anniversary of the "New York Times" #1 bestseller "The Freedom Writers Diary," this collection features 150 teachers--trained in the Freedom Writers method by Gruwell--who share their experiences teaching students in and out of traditional classrooms.

About the Author

Erin Gruwell is the Founder and President of the Erin Gruwell Education Project, a non-profit organization that funds scholarships for disadvantaged students and promotes innovative teaching methods.

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ISBN:
9780767931724
Author:
Gruwell, Erin
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Foreword by:
Quindlen, Anna
Foreword:
Quindlen, Anna
Author:
The Freedom Writers Teachers and Erin Gruwell
Author:
The Freedom Writers
Author:
Quindlen, Anna
Author:
Foreword by Anna Quindlen
Subject:
Teacher-student relationships
Subject:
Teachers
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Attitudes
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
Education-Classroom Resources
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.00x5.26x.84 in. .63 lbs.

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