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Elliot Washor

Co-Founder of Big Picture Learning

Elliot Washor, Ed. D. is the co-founder and co-director of Big Picture Learning (, a global leader in education reform, research, and innovation, with highly successful schools throughout America, the European Union, the Middle East, and Australia. Elliot 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, consultant, producer and writer. His work encompasses school design, pedagogy, learning environments, and education reform.

Elliot's professional development programs won an “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 one of the Daring Dozen– The Twelve Most Daring Educators by the George Lucas Education Foundation. Elliot's dissertation on Innovative Pedagogy and New Facilities won the merit award from DesignShare, the international forum for innovative schools. Elliot lives in sunny San Diego with his wife and six dogs.


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