Examples of speaking engagements



Dr. Baines speaks about her journey finding her voice as a young person and her current mission to help young people break templates and express their original thoughts.



Dr. Baines moderates a virtual Edutopia event conversation (together with George Lucas) with researchers and educators about evidence to support project-based learning.



Recording of Equity Story for national Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship.


Dr. Baines is a recognized expert in the field of identity development, youth voice, and disability studies with journal articles, books, and conference presentations from peer-reviewed sources. She has been a faculty member at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University in the areas of secondary education and public speaking.

Her first book, (Un)Learning Disability: Recognizing and Restrictive Views of Student Ability, is a cross-context ethnographic study of high school students labeled with invisible disabilities, examining how learning environments share how youth develop identities as “smart”, capable leaders. Teachers College Press, 2014.

Her second book, Amplify Student Voices: Equitable Practices to Build Confidence in the Classroom, is co-authored with Diana Medina and Caitlin Healy. Together, they showcase youth stories and poetry and offer practical methods for centering youth voices and challenging traditional notions of “good” public speaking. ASCD, 2023.

Clients and Partners

As part of The Practice Space, Dr. Baines has coached students and teachers at K-12 schools and universities. Past clients also include Kaiser Permanente, Title Nine Sports, Alliance for Girls, Richmond Art Center, City of Richmond, California Competes, and a variety of nonprofits. For more information, visit The Practice Space


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