Jeff Baker

Guest Blogger

Mental Health Therapist and School Counselor

Los Angeles, California

Jeff is a youth development practitioner, trainer and researcher who is known for his activism and writing concerning child welfare, education and public health. He is also a mental health therapist and school counselor, by training.

Jeff is an alumnus of the Houston Independent School District, and he has worked with schools in Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He holds a M.Phil.Ed in professional counseling from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and an Ed.M. in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Posted Oct. 11, 2018

‘Sesame Street’ Just Missed a Big Opportunity to Support the LGBT+ Community

Recently, a whirlwind of controversy swirled around speculation that childhood favorites Bert and Ernie, of “Sesame Street,” might be partners—yes,…

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Posted Sep. 14, 2018

We Need to Keep Talking About Serena Williams and the Dignity of Black Children

By now we’ve all seen the headlines after the most recent U.S. Open in which Serena Williams lost to Naomi…

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Posted Aug. 3, 2018

What James Baldwin’s Activism Can Teach Schools About Social Justice

Every August 2, I spend nearly the entire day observing the birthday of the late James Baldwin, one of the…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Mar. 27, 2018

Rapper Vic Mensa Says We Need More Therapists in Schools Not Guns

In a recent video with ATTN, rapper Vic Mensa makes the case for combating gun violence in schools with more…

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Posted Mar. 20, 2018

How We Can Transform Schools Into Sites of Racial Healing

Students across the nation have joined in solidarity to ignite a long overdue national conversation on gun reform and school…

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

JAY-Z Says We Need More Therapists in Our Schools and He’s Absolutely Right

JAY-Z was the inaugural guest on CNN’s new weekly “The Van Jones Show.” During the 40-minute interview, JAY-Z appeared deeply…

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

Affirming Our LGBTQ+ Educators Is Essential to Fighting Prejudice

I have long since forgiven the eighth-grader who, during my first year as a school counselor, called me a “f-ggot.”…

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016

What ‘Moonlight’ Tells Us About LGBTQ Black Boys and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

While the new film “Moonlight” tells the riveting coming-of-age story of a young queer Black man, it also serves as…

By Jeff Baker

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Posted Oct. 10, 2018

Trying to Promote Equity in Your School? Here Are 5 Things Anyone Can Do.

I just got back from an amazing professional learning session delivered by Kentucky State University’s Dr. Roger Cleveland. In the session, he had us do…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 8, 2018

Episode 18: ‘Hard Words’ (feat. Emily Hanford)

In this episode, we discuss the science-backed methodology for teaching kids how to read and why schools are not using it. Our guest, Emily Hanford…

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Posted Oct. 9, 2018

How to Talk to Your Child About Bullying

This month is National Bullying Prevention Month. As a principal, have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying. I decided to address this issue because parents need…

By Shanessa Fenner

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