About

headshot_lemiolaerinkitolaLemi-Ola Erinkitola An author and award-winning educator, Erinkitola is deeply passionate about empowering parents and their children. Her tutoring and consulting practice, The Critical Thinking Child LLC, provides parent coaching and fosters students’ academic achievement through the advancement of cognitive brain development and critical thinking skills. Her brain training boot camp program was featured on ABC News. Erinkitola is also the founder and Executive Director of the Children’s Reading Foundation of Greater Chicago. There, she collaborates with community partners to provide literacy support and free books while sharing a love of reading. Additionally, she currently serves as an Ambassador for By Kids For Kids (BKFK), helping to improve educational technology and promote innovation among today’s youth.  Erinkitola is an invited conference speaker at the local, national and international levels on early literacy, gifted education, cyber safety and critical thinking. Holding a Master’s degree from Rush University in Chicago, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois and specialized training in critical thinking from the University of Edinburgh, she is also the proud mother of three gifted children. In her spare time, she enjoys creating puzzles and traveling.

Book coaching or private tutoring: http://thecriticalthinkingchild.gettimely.com/

You can also meet Lemi-Ola at upcoming events:

2018 speaking events

March 22, 2018 – Chicago, IL – #IBMCyberDay4Girls!

January 18, 2018 – Chicago, IL – Bell Regional Gifted Center  – Parenting Gifted Children

2017 speaking events

December 14th 2017 -Chicago, IL – Esmond Elementary School – How  Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Digital Safety

December 11, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Keller Regional Gifted Center – Number Sense Boot Camp

December 4-5 2017 – Nashville, TN – NICE K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference – Spatial Thinking and Cybersecurity Education in Preschoolers and Elementary Education

November 28, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Depaul University’s 4th Annual Cyber-risk Conference

October 23, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Poe Classical School – Parent Workshop

October 21, 2017 – Chicago, IL  – What’s on the Test? Parent Information Session

October 4, 2017 – Chicago, IL  – Preschool Parent Workshop – Chicago Heights, IL

October 1-December 10th – Chicago, IL – Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Sunday Sessions

September 22 -23 2017 – Indianapolis, IN – Parent/Teacher Workshops -Pike Township

August 20, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Parent Tips on Tutoring a Cyber-Hyper Kid?

June 11-August 6th – Chicago, IL – Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Sunday Sessions

February 4th – Naperville, IL – IAGC Convention – Parent’s Day

2016 speaking events

Oct. 22nd – Dec 12 – Chicago, IL

Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Chicago, IL

Oct 21st  – Chicago, IL – What’s on the Test? Understanding CPS Gifted Testing & Admissions

Erinkitola will present alongside Grace Sawin – Chicago School GPS (www.chischoolgps.com

Preschool & Early Elementary Parents (PK-3rd) will gain answers to: Understanding of the CPS Gifted and Classical School Options, how to successfully navigate the admissions process and gifted enrichment tutoring strategies and resources. 

Oct. 14th -15th – Columbia, MO

Erinkitola will be presenting “Smart Play Teaching Techniques for Busy Parents and Educators” to educators and parents at the upcoming Gifted Association of Missouri conference. Click here to register

Erinkitola will join other educators in addressing the challenges and opportunities of cybersecurity education in elementary and secondary schools. Click here to register.

July 29 -August 14th – Chicago, IL

Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Chicago, IL

July 21-July 22 – Pasco, WA

Erinkitola was honored and spoke at the Early Learning Conference in Pasco, WA as she shares the speaker’s platform with University of Chicago’s Dana Suskind, MD, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words Initiative.

July 25th-30th – Sonoma, CA

35th International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform

“Strategies to Help Parents Foster Critical Thinking Skills of at Home.”

June 12-July 14 – Chicago, IL

Critical Thinking Boot Camp for Kids – Chicago, IL

June 7-June 9 – Park City, UT

Utah Association for Gifted Conference. Click here for conference program and handouts

April 2nd -3rd Winnetka, IL

Erinkitola is the 2016 winner of the Chicago Google Apps for Education Summit Demo Slam

March 31st – Chicago, IL

Bell Elementary School – Regional Gifted Center

March 14th -15th – Athens, Georgia

Georgia Association for Gifted Conference.  Click here for conference handouts