Elizabeth
Kleinrock


Liz Kleinrock creates curricular content for K–12 students around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, and specializes in designing engaging and accessible units of study for all ages of learners. She began her career in education as an AmeriCorps volunteer teacher in Oakland, California in 2009, and has since served as both a classroom educator and diversity coordinator in Los Angeles. Liz also works with schools and districts throughout the United States to develop workshops and trainings for adults that support culturally responsive practices that fit the needs of specific communities. In 2018, Liz received the Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching, and she has written for Heinemann Publishing, Teaching Tolerance, ASCD and EdSurge on topics such as destigmatizing privilege, trauma-informed teaching, and cultivating relationships with students and families. Recently, Liz wrote and delivered a TED Talk, “How to Talk to Kids About Taboo Topics.” She is working on her first book. 

Articles by Elizabeth

How Inclusive Is Your Teaching About the Environment?

How are you aligning the way you teach about the environment with the rest of your work as a social justice educator?

How My Third-Graders and I Address Consent

A TT Award winner shares how she teaches her elementary students about consent throughout the year. It’s not too early—or too late—to start.

A Teacher's Message to Young Activists After #MarchforOurLives

An elementary teacher's open letter to the young activists who remind her that the future is in good hands.

Destigmatizing Privilege

Privilege can be a sticky subject, but this teacher introduces it to her fourth-graders as a tool they can use to elevate others.

Teaching in the Shadow of Trauma

When we teachers get a so-called “problem child” in class, it’s crucial to ask ourselves, “What is causing this behavior to manifest? What is occurring in this child’s life that we can’t see?”