Last evening I was invited to the Region 1 Superintendent’s Study Group to a talk by teacher Erin Gruwell, who was behind the Freedom Writer’s project. There’s been a movie about her, and you can also learn about the foundation her students helped create.
I was able to attend with several colleagues, both in Goochland and beyond here in Region 1. Erin’s message was that students will be coming back to school, and each one is an opportunity to educators. As a fresh teacher, she helped change the lives of students who were left by other educators to simply fail and drop out. Despite their challenges such as involvement in gangs, she helped these students find self improvement through writing.
Based on the experiencing of hearing this amazing educator last night, I’d recommend the books and the movie. She was a true inspiration.