Partnership for After School Education


Nicole Hamilton is a radical educator, trainer, curriculum designer, youth worker, circle keeper and community builder. Nicole believes that working in close partnership with schools builds the trust, transparency and accountability needed to do the hard work of shifting school culture. Nicole brings ten years of experience in direct service provision from her roles as the Program Director of a multi-site after school program, Director of School Based Programs and Partnerships and currently as the Director of Community Partnerships for Girls for Gender Equity, a non profit organization in Brooklyn, NY. In her work, she has supported the positive transformation of programs and schools by leading staff and young people towards a common goal of creating a safer, more equitable and affirming anti-racist and inclusive culture.

Blending the disciplines of circle keeping and coaching, Nicole focuses on laying the preliminary groundwork of shifting hearts and minds through the development of critical consciousness in order to co-create environments that are prepared to embrace the principles of culturally sustaining restorative practice. Nicole works in collaborative partnership with schools to create pathways leading from punitive, racial and gender biased disciplinary practices towards methods that are more restorative, trauma informed and culturally affirming. Through experiential modeling, development of personalized tools and coaching administrators through the processes of building infrastructure, providing meaningfully resonant professional development, building youth capacity for leadership through circle keeping and restorative practice, Nicole mobilizes partners to engage in school wide initiatives that engage all stakeholders in cultivating the sustainable practices needed to create lasting changes in school climate.