Carlos Moreno

Co-Exec Dir
Big Picture Learning

A proud native New Yorker, Carlos Moreno is a passionate educational leader committed to supporting school and district leaders who are creating high-quality, non-traditional schools. He is a Co-Executive Director for Big Picture Learning, a nonprofit organization that, since 1995, has developed over 150 such schools in the United States and throughout the world.
As Big Picture’s Co-Executive Director, Carlos is the visionary for all U.S. school and district wide programs. Carlos leads a national team of regional directors, designs and leads Big Picture’s several annual conferences, and coordinates leadership development and support services for school and district leaders and works with scores of non-Big Picture schools that wish to incorporate elements of the Big Picture Learning design. He also leads the Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship in partnership with the Internationals Network for Public Schools.

After a successful career in the corporate and international non-profit sectors, Carlos has played many roles in the Big Picture Learning network. First, in 2002, as a teacher and then principal (2006), Assistant Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent (2008-10) at the Met School in Providence, Big Picture’s first school. Carlos left beautiful New England to formally join the BPL Leadership team as a regional director in New Jersey (2010) where he supported the innovation and change efforts in Newark Public Schools and throughout the state. Carlos was then named National Director of Schools in 2012, serving as a tenacious voice for enriching and expanding opportunities for all youth.

Carlos is an author and speaker, but is happiest as a roll-up-your-sleeves, “let’s get it done” expert practitioner in designing highly engaging schools and environments for youth, particularly those who have not been served well by traditional schools. He is currently leading a William & Flora Hewlett Foundation supported national project focused on developing leaders and leadership for Deeper Learning and equity.

Carlos holds undergraduate degrees in marketing and business from Johnson & Wales University along with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Most recently Carlos was named as a 2016 Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow – a fellowship designed to sustain diverse, high-potential leaders who are reimagining public education and who will shape the future of the educational excellence and equity movement.

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