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On Chalk Talk Radio Show, Erick is redefining the role of parents in schools by providing them with information, guidance, and a venue to learn from each other. 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. Each show will include an interview with an educational thought leader or discussion of a current event or report of relevance to parents of school age children; “Talk Back,” where you can call in or email comments and questions for response and discussion by Erick and his guests; “News You Can Use,” which provides education news relevant to parents; and “Spotlight on Education,” which highlights schools and systems that are taking an innovative approach to parent engagement.
Erick began his career in program management with the Boys and Girls Clubs in his native 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. He 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. He is married to a nonprofit executive and is the father of a daughter in elementary school.