Elliot Washor, Ed.D. is the co-founder of Big Picture Learning, an education nonprofit transforming education one student at a time, and the co-founder of The Met Center in Providence, RI. He is also the co-author of Leaving To Learn: How Out-Of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates.
Elliot has been involved in school reform for more than 35 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, video producer, policy adviser, and writer. 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, innovative practice, learning environments, and education policy reform.
At Thayer High School in Winchester, NH, 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 an educator to watch in Rhode Island and has been selected as one of the “Daring Dozen – the Twelve Most Daring Educators in the World” by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. His dissertation on Innovative Pedagogy and New Facilities won the merit award from DesignShare, the international forum for innovative schools.