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© 2018 by Liz Kleinrock 

About

Liz Kleinrock is an anti-bias educator and consultant based in Los Angeles, California. A transracial adoptee, Liz was born in South Korea and grew up in Washington, DC. She attended Sidwell Friends School from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and Washington University in St. Louis, MO, where she graduated with a BA in International Area Studies and Children's Studies.

 

After graduating, Liz moved to Oakland, California, where she served as an AmeriCorps member with Girls Inc. and Super Stars Literacy. For two years, she taught an at-risk class of 1st and 2nd graders in Title-1 schools in East and West Oakland. Fully convinced and determined to continue down the teaching path, Liz moved to Los Angeles, where she attended UCLA's Teacher Education Program. After spending a year student teaching a 5th grade class at 122nd St. Elementary in Watts, Liz joined the founding staff at Citizens of the World Charter School Silver Lake. Liz earned her M.Ed in 2013, completing her thesis on social and emotional learning based on research conducted with her students.  

During her time at Citizens of the World Charter School, Liz was accepted as part of Teach Plus Teaching Policy's 2014 cohort, where she met with local and national educational leaders and collaborated with fellow Los Angeles teachers to propose policy reform around teacher preparation programs. She is also a published author with Teaching Tolerance, and her work has gained national recognition through a documentary produced by Fluid Film, and media outlets such as CNN, The Washington Post, NPR, and The Huffington Post. Liz was invited to SXSW EDU 2018 as an education mentor, where she met with educators and innovators in order to assist in the creation of social justice programming in schools. In 2018, Liz received Teaching Tolerance's 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching, and currently serves on the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board. Most recently, Liz is proud to share her 2019 TED Talk from "Education Everywhere" on building foundations of equity with young learners, and is working on her first book with Heinemann Publishing. 

Curricular Training & Experience 

Liz has created original content focusing on equity and inclusion for K-12, and has consulted for public, charter, and independent school around diversity and culturally responsive practices. Her curricular training also includes: 

  • Mindful Schools 

  • Teaching Tolerance Anti-Bias Curriculum 

  • Facing History & Ourselves 

  • Restorative Justice 

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention 

  • Inner City Arts 

  • Design-Based Learning (Art Center College of Design) 

  • miniyogis 

  • Cool Tools 

  • Connected & Respected 

  • Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)

  • Lucy Calkins' Readers & Writers Workshop