87 episodes

Podcast by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers Podcast Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 75 Ratings

Podcast by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

    #75: Teacher Appreciation Week

    #75: Teacher Appreciation Week

    In this week’s episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with five fabulous Freedom Writer Teachers - Dr. Precious Symonette, Bill Feaver, Cathy Connelly, Paul Smith, and Tammy Purrington. They discuss the struggles faced by educators across the United States, the pride they feel seeing our students succeed, and the special moments that makes their noble profession worthwhile. We hope this episode will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

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    • 50 min
    #74: Two Worlds w/ Jill & Amnon Damti

    #74: Two Worlds w/ Jill & Amnon Damti

    In this week’s episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with Jill and Amnon Damti - world-renowned dancers, Israeli Ambassadors of Peace and Freedom Writer Teachers. They discuss Jill and Amnon’s innovative techniques for spreading peace through dance and how we can all advocate for the otherly-abled. We hope this episode will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

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    • 34 min
    #73: Dear Freedom Writer Symposium Panels

    #73: Dear Freedom Writer Symposium Panels

    On this week's episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with three panels of students, parents, teachers and Freedom Writers who participated in our new book, Dear Freedom Writer. They discuss overcoming mental health emergencies, the struggles faced by first generation Americans and how to maintain a vision, even without sight. This episode is a sneak peek into the fifty stories of hardship and hope from Dear Freedom Writer, and we hope it will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

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    • 51 min
    #72: Dear Freedom Writer Student Authors - Becoming Authors

    #72: Dear Freedom Writer Student Authors - Becoming Authors

    In this week's episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with three student authors of the new book, Dear Freedom Writer - Zoey (whom we affectionately call “Zi”), Jeremiah, and Robert. She is also joined by their parents, Freedom Writer teachers, and school administrators for a lively discussion about the book writing process, the pride of seeing their students become published authors, and the lessons they hope Dear Freedom Writer gives readers. This episode is a lighthearted look into the minds of the amazing student authors and those they hold dear, and we hope it will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.


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    Donate to Our Student Authors: https://tinyurl.com/DearFWFundraiser

    • 43 min
    #71: Writing Dear Freedom Writer w/ Original Freedom Writers

    #71: Writing Dear Freedom Writer w/ Original Freedom Writers

    In this week's episode, Erin Gruwell speaks with Original Freedom Writers Ian, Shanita, Tye, Shanate, Maddie, Calvin, Cynthia, Latilla, Kanha and Chirece. We discuss what it feels like to pass the torch to the next generation and help shape the lives of children from around the world. This episode is a heartwarming look into our writing process for our new book, Dear Freedom Writer, and I hope it will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

    Purchase Dear Freedom Writer: https://bit.ly/3wpsB8N
    Donate to Our Student Authors: https://tinyurl.com/DearFWFundraiser

    • 44 min
    #70: Georgie Smith - A Sense of Home

    #70: Georgie Smith - A Sense of Home

    In this week's episode, Erin Gruwell is joined by Georgie Smith, the founder of A Sense of Home and the 2016 top ten CNN Hero of the Year. They discuss the power of helping others and the importance of exercising the soul through giving. Georgie’s story is incredibly moving, and I hope this episode will leave you feeling enlightened and empowered to make a difference.

    Check out A Sense of Home Online: https://www.asenseofhome.org/

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

Stephanie M D ,

Inspiring

Every episode is a gold mine of not only inspiration, but also meaningful classroom content.

samuel louissaint ,

POWERFUL

I just watched the movie and now I want to read the book with everything going on now in 2020 this movie has opened my eyes a lot more now. We need more teachers like Ms. G, that actually believes in students and talks relates different things to students.

JesATeacher ,

Inspiring and Encouraging

It was the Freedom Writer’s Diary that inspired me to get back into urban education and day-to-day teaching five years ago. I took a detour of sorts that I needed that didn’t take me directly into an urbane classroom right away. But, after those five years, I am now working in an inner city middle school classroom. As I searched for podcasts to inspire and encourage, I came across Freedom Writers Foundation here. To hear the stories for the 20 year anniversary encourages me forward to stay in the trenches and continually dedicate my heart for my students. I take these podcasts on my walk/runs to help me forward in my calling. Thank you for the vulnerability and honesty coupled with the dedication and heart that makes you write forward with freedom in your pens because there is freedom in your hearts!

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