‘Freedom Writers’ Teacher Selected as Keynote Speaker

We are excited and honored to announce that Erin Gruwell is our 2012 Arizona Charter Schools Association Annual Conference keynote speaker and presenter. Erin is best known as the character played by two-time Oscar winner, Hilary Swank, in the 2007 movie, Freedom Writers.

Erin 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, and two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank calls Erin “a force of nature.” Freedom Writers is based on The Freedom Writers Diary, the New York Times bestseller that chronicled Gruwell’s extraordinary journey with 150 high school students who had been written off by the education system.

Arizona charters are bound by law to improve student achievement for all students, and Erin has earned a national reputation for helping students realize their potential. She will be a perfect fit as the keynote speaker for our Conference, which focused on improving student achievement.

The 2012 Arizona Charter Schools Annual Conference on Nov. 1-2 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler is the largest gathering of charter educators in the state. The Conference is expected to have 850 district and charter educators, and includes over 65 sessions focused on academic achievement.

Find out more about Erin Gruwell here and the 2012 Annual Conference here.


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