About Me

I am Dr. Traci Baxley

I have worked in Pre-K-16 educational settings for almost three decades. My career in child development and education began as an elementary classroom teacher in a Title I school, where my passion began. After earning a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with areas of specialization in literacy and multicultural education, I became a professor at a local university. My areas of scholarship include culturally responsive practices, multicultural literature, racial and identity development, and Black homeschooling. I am also interested in investigating school communities and cultures that effectively support the academic and social successes of marginalized groups of students, specifically Black and Biracial children. I have co-authored three books, authored numerous publications, and presented  research at conferences nationwide

Mama

Over two decades ago, I married a childhood (white) friend and created my greatest joys, our 5 beautiful biracial children. As a mother of biracial children, I am extremely active in making sure they know, love, and embrace their blackness. I am very open and honest with what being black means in society, especially for my 4 black sons. As a mama, I am driven by compassion, social justice, and radical love. Not just for my birth children, but for all children. Through the use of age-appropriate children’s books, honest dialogue, and a space for inquiry—asking the hard questions—my husband and I are raising globally-minded, empathetic and mindful children. I talk openly to my children about topics of race, politics, and `current social injustices. We also dig into belonging and race identity. There is no topic that’s off limits. I try very hard not to engage in fear-based parenting, but instead use that fear to propel me to dig deeper into the principles of radical love! 

"Hope and fear can not occupy the same place at the same time, invite one to stay."

Consultant & Coach

I am dedicated to supporting parents on their journey of raising independent, compassionate, and socially conscious children. As a belonging and inclusion advocate and the creator of Social Justice Parenting, I assist families who are stuck in fear-based parenting to transition to parenting from a space of radical love.  As an educator for over 30 years and a mother of 5 children, I use my experiences and expertise to support parents through issues of belonging, self-advocacy, social-emotional and executive function development. In addition, I offer cultural awareness and racial identity training to non-profit and agencies that support transracial families.

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