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July 18, 2022 @ 8:30 am July 21, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series: 2022 Summer Literacy Institute

Bringing Antibias and Antiracist Practices to Life in Classrooms and School Communities

Join us for this four-day Summer Literacy Institute, featuring Liz Kleinrock and the CRRLC literacy trainers, Cindy Downend, Courtney Lorden Varner, Linda Murphy, Heather Rodman, and Gen Arcovio.

July 18-21, 2022
8:30-11:30am & 12:30-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
4 days
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual (Live Only)
Grade Levels:
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • District & School Leaders
Non-credit; graduate credit available
$895 (includes professional text)
  • Additional fees for graduate credit
  • Group discounts available! Email to inquire.
Institute Overview
Meet Liz Kleinrock
Learn About the Complete Series
Registration Policies & Graduate Credit Option


Bringing Antibias and Antiracist Practices to Life in Classrooms and School Communities featuring Liz Kleinrock

In this session, participants will explore inquiry as a student-centered and anti-bias approach to engage learners, and look at strategies to concretize anti-bias and anti-racist ideas into curriculum, lesson design, and building relationships with students and caregivers.

Registered participants will receive a copy of the professional text, Start Here, Start Now: A Guide to Antibias and Antiracist Work in Your School Community.

Please note that this institute will not be recorded.

Attendees will earn 24 professional development hours for participating in this institute. There is also an option to complete this institute for graduate credits (2 or 3 credits).

Headshot of Liz KleinrockLiz Kleinrock

Liz Kleinrock (she/her) is an anti-bias and anti-racist 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 and companies to facilitate learning for adults that supports antibias and antiracist practices. 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 two upcoming picture books with Harper Collins. She currently teaches and resides in Washington DC with her partner and two bunnies.


This institute is part of a larger series designed to deepen your understanding of how to cultivate anti-bias and anti-racist practices in classrooms and schools. You may register for this individual institute or all of the series.

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series

Friday, March 18, 2022
From Talk to Action: Supporting Students to Become Real Agents of Change with Chris Hass
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Friday, May 6, 2022
Cultivating Genius and Joy in Education through Culturally and Historically Responsive Pedagogies with Gholdy Muhammad
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July 18 – 21, 2022 (Summer Literacy Institute)
Bringing Antibias and Antiracist Practices to Life in Classrooms and School Communities featuring Liz Kleinrock

Click here for the complete Kids, Books & Anti-Racism series.

Transition from In-Person to Virtual:

In-person training is currently available to a limited number of participants and you may choose that option. Should any of the conditions change and it is determined the training can be offered online only, you will be notified as soon as possible.

At this point in time, participants who have opted to come to Lesley University for the in-person format of professional learning must be prepared to follow Lesley University’s protocols (click for more information). Check this page for the most up-to-date information about safety protocols before you arrive and during your time on-campus.

Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies

You must cancel in writing two weeks before the start of the course to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email to cancel. Regardless of conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Graduate credit

Review the university’s cancellation and refund policies for credit-bearing courses.

Registration Deadline

The registration portal closes two business days before the first day of training to allow the minimum amount of time to ship training materials.

If you register within two weeks before the registration portal closes, you may incur additional fees for expedited shipping. You may still experience delays in receiving your materials.

Independent Learning Policy & Recordings

This institute will not be recorded. The registrant agrees to access the live session for the purpose of independent learning. Access to the live session is restricted to the registrant and may not be accessed in a group setting.

Certificates of Attendance

Only registered participants will receive a certificate of attendance for their participation by completing an insight form, which will be provided to participants at the end of the event. Please allow our team at least 1 week to process your certificate.

Graduate Credit Option

Participants have the option to earn 2 or 3 graduate credits for this institute.

To register for graduate credit, follow these steps:

  1. Register through the link found on this page. You’ll be prompted to pay the fee of $75 for the required professional text.
  2. After March 22, 2022, complete the second registration and payment process here as a new or returning student. If you have questions, email us at

Graduate Credit Costs

  • 2 graduate credit option: $1,340 ($650/credit* + $40 registration fee), plus cost of required texts ($75)
  • 3 graduate credit option: $1,990 ($650/credit* + $40 registration fee), plus cost of required texts ($75)
  • Tuition discounts

*These graduate credit costs reflect academic year 2021-2022. All fees are subject to change.

Share a flyer about the series with your colleagues!

“This 4-day institute last year was inspirational and empowering. I cannot wait to use and share all that I have learned. It was a very engaging, thought-provoking and reflective week. [The speakers] are not only incredible educators, but amazing human beings!”

Crystal R., Classroom Teacher, Half Hollow Hills Central School District, New York