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
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!
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.