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erick m hamilton authorErick M. Hamilton is an experienced educator, youth development executive, and emerging voice on effective parent engagement strategies. As the host of “Chalk Talk,” a new radio talk show on the VoiceAmerica network, Erick is redefining the role of parents in schools by providing them with information, guidance, and a venue for discussion. The three pillars of his approach to parent engagement are academics, accountability, and advocacy which empower parents to better support success at the child, school, and system level.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Erick began his career in program management with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. He managed and evaluated educational, cultural, physical fitness, and enrichment after school programs for approximately 100 children ages 6 to 15 from diverse backgrounds. Erick also directed summer program sites that provided students with fun, educational, and safe experiences. His time with the Boys and Girls Clubs enabled him to cultivate strong relationships with children and their families and contributes to his understanding of how effective support systems help families thrive.

In 2002, Erick transitioned to education as a way to have greater impact on the lives of young people. Initially he managed an in-school reading and math tutoring program at five middle schools in Atlanta Public Schools. Since then, he has taught social studies in public and charter high schools in Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C., spending the last 5 years teaching in a rigorous high school International Baccalaureate program. As a teacher and eventually as a parent himself, Erick came to realize the confusion many parents face in trying to understand schools and make wise choices for their child’s education.

Erick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Science in Educational Administration from Trinity Washington University.

To learn about his book, School Whys, please click here.