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FOCUS Summit – The Financial Education Conference
Monday, December 12, 2016 6:35 AM

Erin Gruwell

The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation announced that Erin Gruwell will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2017 FOCUS Summit which takes place March 30-31 at the Sheraton Galleria Hotel in Dallas.

Erin Gruwell is an American teacher known for her unique teaching method, which led to the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. The 2007 film Freedom Writers is based on her story.

The Freedom Writers journey began in 1994 when Erin Gruwell taught English to 150 at-risk students in Long Beach, CA. With the use of Gruwell’s engaging teaching techniques, 100% of her students, affectionately known as the Freedom Writers, graduated from high school, became co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book, The Freedom Writers Diary, and exceeded expectations by pursuing higher education and advanced degrees. In order to replicate the success she had with her students, Gruwell and the original Freedom Writers founded the Freedom Writers Foundation.

Focus SummitFOCUS Summit
March 30-31, 2017
Sheraton Galleria Hotel
Dallas, Texas

Registration is now open. Please visit the Foundation's website, All speakers and sessions will be updated very soon.