Liz Kleinrock

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Liz Kleinrock (she/her) is a Korean-American, queer, Jewish, antibias and antiracist educator of both children and adults, and creates curriculum for K-12 students, specializing in designing inquiry-based units of study. In addition to her work as a classroom teacher, Liz also works with schools, nonprofits, and corporations to facilitate learning for adults that supports antibias and antiracist practices. Topics include: Holding space for challenging conversations, unpacking identity and bias, Asian American identity and history, dismantling antisemitism, and more.


In 2018, Liz received the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2019 delivered her TED Talk, “How to teach kids to talk about taboo topics." In the spring of 2021, Liz released her first book, Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community with Heinemann Publishing, and is excited to announce the publication of four upcoming children's books with HarperCollins. She currently teaches and resides in Washington DC with her partner and two bunnies. 


In addition to her keynote presentations, Liz Kleinrock is available for professional development and training customized to students’ needs. Her goal is to make social justice education accessible, meaningful, and relevant to everybody. Liz has collaborated extensively with colleagues across schools, grade levels, and districts, and she currently leads professional development for her school staff within fields relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Furthermore, Liz has both developed and led parent and family education workshops on social and emotional learning, and the importance of discussing race and race issues with children.

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  • What is your favorite quote? "The more radical a person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can better transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? Fly fishing, reading, watching horror movies, baking