Elliot Washor

Co-Director
Big Picture Learning

Elliot Washor, Ed.D. is the Co-founder of Big Picture Learning in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also the Co-Founder of The Met Center in Providence, RI.

Elliot has been involved in school reform for more than 35 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, superintendent, video producer, writer, and speaker. He has taught and is interested in all levels of school from kindergarten through college, in urban and rural settings, across all disciplines. His work has spanned across school design, learning environments, practice, and authentic assessment. He is supporting others doing similar work throughout the world. Elliot’s interests lie in the field of how schools can connect with communities to understand tacit and disciplinary learning both in and outside of school.

His professional development programs won the “Innovations in State and Local Government Award” from the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has been selected as an educator to watch in Rhode Island and has been selected as one of the “Daring Dozen– The Twelve Most Daring Educators” by the George Lucas Education Foundation.

His dissertation, “Innovative Pedagogy and New Facilities,” won the merit award from DesignShare, the international forum for innovative schools.

His is the co-author with Charles Mojkowski of Leaving To Learn: How to Increase Student Engagement and Reduce the Dropout Rate.

Elliot lives in sunny San Diego with his wife and five dogs.

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