Javier Guzman has served youth for nearly three decades in multiple capacities, including after-school director, middle and high school teacher, literacy coordinator, assistant principal, Principal of Big Picture Learning schools in New York City and Los Angeles, and now as Regional Director for Big Picture Learning (BPL). Javier has led the growth of Big Picture Learning schools and BPL-inspired schools in California, beginning with just six schools in 2016 to over forty in 2021. Specifically, this has led to schools, small districts, and county offices of education to institute internships/apprenticeships/mentoring experiences and other out-of-school learning as well a range of instructional practices connected to BPL’s distinguishers. At the core of his work is the belief that every student has talents and passions that need to be nurtured and cultivated and that the more we listen to students, the more we realize that education must change. Currently, Javier works with districts and schools across the Southwest to help transform learning for students furthest from opportunity and disengaged from school. He leads the Upstream Collaborative, an effort to redesign alternative education schools in California for equity and student success. Javier also serves as the Director of Program Strategy and Convenings for the Deeper Learning Equity Fellowship, a partnership between Internationals Network and Big Picture Learning and funded by the generous support of several foundations.