Elliot Washor, Ed.D. is the co-founder of Big Picture Learning. He is also the co-founder of The Met Center in Providence, RI.
Elliot has been involved in school reform for more than 30 years as a teacher, principal, administrator, video producer, 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, pedagogy, learning environments, and education reform and 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. Elliot is deeply committed to imagining Big Picture Learning as a ‘do-think-do’ organization, and persistently pushes the boundaries of its design in order to continually innovate practice and influence in the world of education.
At Thayer High School in Winchester, N.H., 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 recently 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.
Elliot lives in sunny San Diego with his wife and five dogs.
Paul Reynolds is CEO/Co-Founder of award-winning digital media developer FableVision Studios, and has overseen over 100 million dollars worth of media & technology projects during his tenure—with best-in-class media players such as PBS Kids, Jim Henson Production, Nick, Jr., and Scholastic. He also helped found and run K12 edtech productization & publishing group FableVision Learning, as well as creative R&D group The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity. The Reynolds Center—a 501c3 non-profit—produces tech tools & media, which support all learners in more creative ways. Teaching at Boston College for nearly 30 years, Paul is also a children's book author who collaborates with his twin brother Peter H. Reynolds.
Arquisha (or Quay, as she is warmly known) has made a lifelong career of successfully supporting and helping teens and adults in their time of need. Quay holds a bachelors degree in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University and earned her Masters Degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University. She is currently a Licensed Counselor and actively practicing in the State of New Jersey. Quay’s experiences include working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorders, grief & loss, career identity, and spiritual issues. She approaches her work and life with a warm and collaborative perspective to help anyone she comes in contact with to maintain their mental and spiritual health. When Quay is not counseling, she loves traveling and sightseeing with her husband and daughter.
PEter H. Reynolds
Peter H. Reynolds is a NY Times best-selling author and illustrator (The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, The North Star, The Museum, Going Places), creativity advocate, and founder of FableVision. Reynolds’ book The Dot was named as one of the Top 15 “Greatest Books for Kids” of all time by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine—alongside Charlotte's Web by E.B. White and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
The Dot is now celebrated annually by over 7 million teachers and children in over 160 countries.
Reynolds also illustrated the best-selling Someday, The Water Princess, The Museum, You & Me, I Am Yoga, and the Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
Talmira Hill is a devoted fan of Big Picture Learning and founder of the T. L. Hill Group. Talmira considers Navigating Our Way a timely and essential tale -- affirming the value of every young person's choice to succeed by pursuing the way s/he finds inspiring.
Chris Jackson joined Big Picture Learning as the Chief Communications Officer of in March 2015. Prior to his work with Big Picture Learning, Chris taught high school English, served as an AmeriCorps volunteer, and distributed children's books as part of the national team at Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).
Chris holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Policy and Non-profit Management from the New York University Wagner School of Public Service.
Bruce Webb is an Atlanta-based educator who is passionate about the impact technology has on our classrooms, our society, and our world.
SUNNy dawn summers
Sunny is a passionate and dedicated public school educator. In the recent past, she's had great success as a teacher leader and instructional coach at New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School in New Orleans. Her World Lit classroom has been host to camera crews filming real-time sessions for teacher education as well as radio producers test driving podcasts and teaching storytelling. Sunny has taught Algebra, Geometry, reading intervention, 8.5 writing, and English I and II. As a founding teacher at ReNew Accelerated High School, she received Teacher of the Year Honors.
Sunny was a member of the New Harmony High School design team that won the nationally competitive XQ: The Super School Project, receiving a $10 million grant to rethink traditional high school. New Harmony's focus on coastal restoration and preservation will serve a community deeply affected by climate change and man made impacts. She is currently serving as the Founding School Leader for New Harmony. Summers and her husband share a Bywater home with Harry the cat.
You can catch her marching in front of the Treme Brass Band on Lundi Gras as El Capitan Ad Infinitum for Krewe of Redbeans and Rice in New Orleans.