The curriculum at EXPLO is unusual: It allows students to investigate subjects they’re not likely to encounter during the school year. Our courses aren’t for credit and are ungraded. They encourage students to step away from focusing on performance and evaluation and instead follow their passions and interests. An EXPLO classroom is lively and active. Students are moving, designing projects, and challenging one another. Here, learning is captivating, challenging, and fun.
At EXPLO, we know that kids can be gifted in lots of areas that are not generally tested. Often, students have not unearthed their strongest natural abilities, particularly if their talents lie in areas that are not part of the traditional school curriculum. At EXPLO, we believe that every student at the program has significant potential in some area or another. We want to help students learn more about what can light them up both intellectually and emotionally. To that end, we push our students to step outside of their comfort zones, to experiment, and to try something new every day.
By design, EXPLO hires high-energy, passionate teachers who are involved in all aspects of student life. Often, they are teachers, residential advisors, and coaches all in one. We rigorously train them in the well-crafted, research-based methods and thinking that guide our work with young people. We also know that real professionals desire careful and robust supervision — it’s the way they and their colleagues become even better educators. So we have a deep and broad team supervising and supporting every EXPLO faculty member, resulting in excellent support and supervision of our students.
“The Gold Standard.” Time and again, that’s what the EXPLO faculty has been called. We are a mix of highly experienced educators and professionals that lead a dynamic teaching staff that includes talented and mature college and graduate students. It’s a bold combination that generates a vibrant and unstuffy learning community. Some of our teachers are professionals who started with EXPLO when they were in college. We also welcome visiting scholars and professionals who share their wisdom and insights about their disciplines and industries. But many of our instructors are students themselves — deeply engaged with learning, and swimming with the same cultural forces as our EXPLO students. This helps break down barriers quickly, and make meaningful, relatable connections between the ideas and the world in which our young people live. They are the perfect role models to inspire and energize EXPLO students. EXPLO sees faculty and staff hiring each summer as a talent search. Read about some of the extraordinary people who worked for EXPLO while in college and graduate school.
No program takes teaching more seriously than EXPLO. We aim to light students up about learning, which means whether you’re new to teaching or you’ve been doing it for years, you participate in our extensive professional development process. We also put loads of resources into observing every teacher during the summer and making sure that EXPLO classes are places of deep and active learning. Our results are so exceptional that schools across the world, nonprofits, and even leading corporations have asked us to train their professionals to be more engaging and creative teachers.
EXPLO is a not-for-profit organization. In all things that we do, we are mission driven. Here’s our mission statement:
EXPLO creates a dynamic environment of intellectual inquiry, responsible decision making, and spirited adventure. Led by enthusiastic teachers, our students are encouraged to respect the differences that make us individuals and to find the common ground that makes us a community. At its heart, EXPLO inspires students to challenge themselves, discover the world of people and ideas, and experience the joy of learning.