Freedom Writers Teacher Institute

Imagine helping all of your students reach their fullest potential. You understand the struggles they bring into the classroom every day; you feel in tune with your identity and mission as a teacher; and you work with purpose and intentionality to empower your students. What’s more, you feel confident in your ability to make a difference; you consistently teach culturally relevant content; and you rally fellow educators at your school site to serve students with compassion and empathy.

The Freedom Writers Teacher Institute will help you #BetheTeacher you want to see in the world.

The Teacher Institute is a 5-day intensive workshop in Long Beach, CA, led by renowned educator Erin Gruwell. While most professional development for educators emphasizes pedagogy or classroom management, Ms. G’s primary focus at the Institute is developing you, the educator, as an individual. You step into her classroom as a student, and leave better prepared to empower your own students. 

You’ll gain:

  • First-hand insights about Ms. G’s teaching methodology
  • A full tool chest of activities, frameworks, and lesson plans
  • A renewed sense of purpose in the classroom
  • Exclusive access to the global Freedom Writer Teacher network

Apply today for an upcoming Institute!

Are you a superintendent? 

You can sponsor a Freedom Writers Teacher Institute exclusively for teachers and staff in your school district. Here’s what two superintendents say about the Institute’s impact on their districts:

"150 people in our district have gone through the Institute -- teachers, principals, administrators, and board members -- and more will come. Those who go through the Institute are transformed. They have a new way of being and of looking at things. They are more capable and confident, more purposeful and passionate. Our students feel that someone cares about them. The Institute helps us do more and be better. I always want Erin to be part of what we do. I only wish I would have found the Institute back when I was a classroom teacher."
Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora of Moreno Valley California and supporter of the Freedom Writers Foundation Mission and Professional development program
Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District
"I get asked all the time, 'Why do you keep sending your people to Long Beach?' The answer is that the Institute has helped our staff better understand the needs of our students, and the importance of building relationships with them. It's not about pedagogy; it's about understanding the kids right in front of us. If we can better understand them and their needs, the greater chance we have of capturing their interest and serving them well. The Institute allows us to see things from numerous perspectives. And the bonds that are formed last far beyond the five days in Long Beach."
Rocco a suportive superintendent from Westmoreland New York
Rocco Migliori
Superintendent, Westmoreland Central School District

Not a teacher, but still want to be involved? 

You can sponsor an individual teacher, in part or in full, to attend a Freedom Writers Teacher Institute. Your donation helps cover a teacher’s costs for the all-inclusive 5-day workshop in Long Beach, CA.