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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 Hilary Swank as Erin. The film is based on The Freedom Writers 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. Their story has earned Erin and her students dozens of awards, including the Spirit of Anne Frank Award, Channel 4 (NBC) Crystal Apple Award, the Channel 2 (CBS), and in 2000 she became the Distinguished Teacher in Residence at CSULB. Erin and the Freedom Writers founded the Freedom Writers Foundation, where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms by holding training sessions and workshops. To date, Erin and the Freedom Writers Foundation have trained hundreds of teachers in North America, and most recently, Erin and the Freedom Writer teachers have published Teaching Hope, which tells the uplifting, devastating, and poignant stories from their classrooms, stories that provide insight into the struggles and triumphs of education in all of its forms.
Erin Gruwell was born on August 15, 1969 in southern California. She gained her Bachelors degree in teaching at the University of California and gained her Masters at California State University. After college, Erin taught at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California where she taught Language Arts and began her story to help reform education.