At Work With: Liz Kleinrock

Meet the elementary school teacher on a mission to improve diversity and anti-bias training.

“Everybody has biases—kids have biases—but they’re not as jaded as adults.”

For the past eight years, Liz Kleinrock, a grade school teacher in Los Angeles, has discussed all manner of topics with her students. Conversations range from the serious (the homelessness crisis) to the whimsical (“If you woke up tomorrow as a 30-year-old, what would you do?”). In 2017, she began posting some of her favorite classroom discussions on Instagram, in the hopes of sharing and connecting with other like-minded teachers. “When I got my first 10 followers who didn’t know me, I was like, ‘Oh, this is really cool!’” she says, speaking at a coffee shop in Larchmont Village. “I’m meeting people.”

But when Kleinrock shared a lesson plan on consent—what it means, why we need to ask for it—the post quickly went viral. Soon, newcomers to her page were discover...

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