Introducing the 2022 Keynote Speakers!
Friday, March 4, 3:45pm
Liz Kleinrock (she/her) is an antibias antiracist educator and consultant based in Washington, DC. A transracial adoptee, Liz was born in South Korea and grew up in DC before attending Washington University in St. Louis, MO. After graduating, Liz moved to Oakland, California, where she served as an AmeriCorps teacher with Girls Inc. and Super Stars Literacy for two years. Following her service, Liz moved to Los Angeles and earned her M.Ed from UCLA's Teacher Education Program. After a year student teaching a 5th grade class in Watts, Liz joined the founding faculty of a startup school in East Hollywood where she spent seven years teaching 1st through 4th grades.
In addition to classroom teaching, Liz also works as an antibias antiracist facilitator for schools, organizations, and companies across the country. Her work has gained national recognition through a documentary short produced by Fluid Film, and media outlets such as CNN, The Washington Post, NPR, and BBC. In 2018, Liz received Teaching Tolerance's 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching, and currently serves on the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board. Liz is proud to share her 2019 TED Talk from "Education Everywhere" on building foundations of equity with young learners, and is the author of Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to AntiBias and AntiRacist Work in Your School Community with Heinemann Publishing.
Liz currently resides in Washington DC with her two bunnies, and teaches middle school.
You can connect with Liz on her website, TeachAndTransform.org, on Twitter at @teachntransform, or on Instagram at teachandtransform.
CEO and Founder of Look for the Good Project
Saturday March 5, 10:30 am
I founded Look for the Good Project as a public art project in 2011, incorporated it as a nonprofit organization in 2014, and launched our product in the education space in 2016. Since then, our school program has expanded into 35 states and reached over 150,000 kids who have generated 2 million messages of gratitude to uplift their communities.
I believe that many forms of adult violence, addiction, and personality problems boil down to poor self-esteem, resulting from unresolved trauma in childhood. Adult interventions are expensive, complex, and often "too little, too late". That is why I'm focused on prevention.
According to Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child, the single most common factor in children who are resilient to trauma is just one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. Look for the Good Project gives K-6 children access to Social Emotional Learning tools and programs that help them identify and connect with supportive adults, and to develop a healthy sense of self.
The mission of Look for the Good Project is to improve the lives of children by giving them access to social emotional learning programming which develops a healthy self-esteem. We have partnered with organizations such as BSN's OPEN Online Physical Education Network, The American Heart Association, and the Connecticut Association of Schools. I am so grateful for the many people who have helped me get here!
Learn more here: www.lookforthegoodproject.org