EXPLOwas founded in 1976byAnn andArnie Singal.
Ann and Arnie Singal envisioned “a third way” for summer programming for high school students. Neither the traditional summer school nor a summer camp, but the kind of program that takes the best of both — close friendships, activities, and adventure with a focus on intellectual engagement and lifelong learning. EXPLO was a pioneer more than 40 years ago and it is still infused with that pioneering spirit. Today, EXPLO creates and runs world-class residential and day programs for young people ages 8 to 17 on the campuses of Wheaton College, Wellesley College, and Yale University. EXPLO designs transformational active learning environments that connect academic pursuits with the real world. EXPLO is where many young people meet their future selves.
Each year, EXPLO welcomes students from more than 40 states and 70 countries to summer programs on our campuses where we explore the world of people and ideas, and celebrate the differences that bring us together as a community.
The curriculum at EXPLO intentionally allows students to investigate subjects they’re not likely to encounter during the school year. EXPLO designs programs so that students will take risks. We don’t want students to hold back because they don’t think they will be good at something — because they fear a poor grade or a drop in their G.P.A. We encourage students to step away from focusing on performance and evaluation, and instead focus on their own curiosity and learning. With the tremendously broad options for courses, workshops, teams, clubs, societies, activities, and trips, students are pushed daily to try something new . It is when you experience the discomfort of something new that you experience the greatest amount of growth both personally and intellectually. Exploration expands the mind and spirit.
30 UNDER 30
Every year, the editors at Forbes magazine feature individuals who are the most innovative in their fields in the “30 under 30” issue. More than 35 EXPLO alums have been showcased in those issues. Most recent examples have included:
C0-FOUNDER, MODERN ELECTRON (2016)
Ph.D. STUDENT, MIT + HARVARD (2015) After his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Eran Hodis switched from studying yeast to oncology. Through his efforts, we now know which gene mutations are among the most common across different cancers — and which chemical process transforms cancer cells into near-immortal beings. Hodis now works at the Broad Institute of MIT and at Harvard University.
Max Mankin is the founder of Modern Electron, a startup that seeks to overturn 100 years of history in generating electricity, replacing steam turbines with small, modular devices that convert heat to electricity. The company has raised $11 million so far.
NEDSAHIN NEUROSCIENTIST + CEO Brain Power
PRODUCER + DIRECTOR Jason Bourne Franchise
KATIESTACK Ph.D., DEPUTY SCIENTIST NASA JPL, 2020 Rover Mission KEVINSYSTROM CO-FOUNDER Instagram
ELLENSIMINOFF ENTREPRENEUR, INVESTOR + Forbes Master of Information FOUNDING EXECUTIVE Yahoo ALEXKOREN THIEL FELLOWSHIP WINNER GEORGEWHITESIDES CEO Virgin Galactic
SALVADÓRGOMEZCOLÓN 2017 TIME TEEN OF THE YEAR + FOUNDER Light + Hope for Puerto Rico ANNASTORK CO-FOUNDER + KAUFFMAN GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR FELLOW LuminAid
MARKKORSHAK FOUNDING PRODUCER Attainment Media
NICKWEIS-RICHMOND FOUNDER Workbench Productions ANDREWMARANTZ CONTRIBUTOR + EDITORIAL STAFF The New Yorker
GIDEONROSE EDITOR OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council on Foreign Relations SARAGILBERT EMMY AWARD WINNING ACTOR +
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER The Talk + Roseanne
CURRICULUMADVISORS PARTNERS + GUEST SPEAKERS If, at EXPLO, we’re going to commit students to the task of exploring the world of people and ideas, we cannot expect that to happen in a bubble. Through the years, we have joined with some of the most engaging minds in academia and industry, drawing on their expertise and connecting them to our students. There are many ways that we do this, from subject- specific expert visits to bigger picture TED-style talks at Community Meetings to site visits with industry leaders. From neurobiologists and New York Times best-selling authors to emergency physicians at world-class hospitals, internationally-renowned education reformers, and space explorers — they help generate new course concepts, shape current curriculum, and keep EXPLO on the leading edge of the world of people and ideas. A few of our recent Curriculum Advisors and
MIHALYCSIKSZENTMIHALYI Distinguished Professor, Psychologist + Author of Flow
SAMANTHAPOWER Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Speakers include Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Samantha Power, and Robert Mulligan.
ROBERTMULLIGAN Yale School of Medicine’s Professor of Transplant Surgery, Section Chief
NAVIGATINGTHE SKILLS GAP
WhatToday’s Students Need toThrive in2020 andBeyond
EXPLO is tuned into the future. Entire fields are undergoing dramatic change, and that inevitably means that to stay relevant, EXPLO
needs to be regularly reviewing its curriculum, its focus, its projects, its
connections, and its trips. Recent estimates suggest that 65 percent of children entering elementary school today will end up working in jobs that currently do not exist; and according to responses from chief human service leaders and strategy executives worldwide, 35 percent of the skills that are considered important in the current workforce will change in the next five years. In fact, when you compare the skills needed to thrive in 2015 against those needed in 2020, there are some key differences.
LEARNING AT EXPLO
A FOCUS ON CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT+TEACHING
EXPLOdoesn’t take good teaching for granted. We believe thatwhich is learnedwithout joy is forgottenwithout sorrow. Sowe heavily invest in research, curriculumdesign, and professional development.
With a Teaching and Learning Department staffed with 15 full-time educators during the academic year, EXPLO runs a cutting–edge teacher development program for more than 300 teachers each year. During the summer, each EXPLO campus has its own Teaching and Learning Department to observe and give instructors feedback on their work. “The Gold Standard.” Time and again, that’s what the EXPLO faculty has been called. 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 mix. We also welcome visiting scholars and professionals who share their wisdom and insights about their disciplines and industries.
This is a place that says ‘Yes, and . . . ’ to everything. There are no ceilings to what you can accomplish at EXPLO. I often wish the rest of the world could live in EXPLO‘s philosophy for three weeks. It would dramatically change the tenor of how people and nations interact with one another, and would almost instantly make world-wide, aspirational goals all that more achievable.
Founder of Buzzfeed; Co-Founder of Huffington Post,; Creator of Reblog
Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Co-Founder of Elevation Partners; Founding Principal of Silver Lake Partners, currently leading the Business and Community teams at Quora — a question and answer social media site
Henry J. Friendly Professor at Harvard LawSchool; U.S. Supreme Court Law Clerk for Thurgood Marshall
David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor, University of Virginia Law School; Former Dean, University of Virginia Law
Professor at Yale School of Management; Co-Founder of Honest Tea
Yale LawSchool Professor; Co-Founder of Maya Angelou Charter School, U.S. Supreme Court Clerk for Sandra Day O’Connor; Pulitzer Prize Winner for “Locking Up Our Own”
Award-winning Author, James N. and Sarah L. O’rielly Barrett Professor in Creative Writing, College of the Holy Cross
Co-Founder + COO Houseparty (Life on Air); Director of Media at Tumblr, Inc.
Bestselling author of Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow
Executive Director, Outward Bound USA
RESEARCH PROJECTS: EXPLO has participated in research projects with professors, fellows, and doctoral candidates at the MIT Media Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Wellesley College. These projects allow EXPLO students to participate in cutting-edge research involving handheld devices, robots, and digital circuit design.
CURRICULAR PARTNERSHIPS: EXPLO is currently working with CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) to develop a particle physics course for nine and ten year olds that will be made freely available to educators in 2019. EXPLO also partnered with PBS, The National Governors Association, and the Commission on Presidential Debates to lead the “Join the Debates” project to help educators teach their students how to engage in civil discussion on controversial topics. More than 20,000 teachers have used the “Join the Debates” curriculum both in the United States and internationally.
EXPLOpartnerswith a number of organization to bring scholarship students to the programs.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Harlem Village Academies
Mawhiba Foundation for the Gifted and Talented (Saudi Arabia)
Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunities (METCO)
The Ellis Foundation
In addition to general financial aid funding, EXPLO has targeted programs serving students from the Mississippi Delta, as well as Richard Steele Scholars (Northern Aroostook County, Maine) and students from ISMART Brasil
EXPLOhas also awarded scholarships for students to attend its summer programs aftermajor national tragedies.
Children whose parents perished in September 11th, 2001 attacks
Children of Boston Marathon Bombing First Responders
In order to reach even more students than can be directly served at EXPLO’s summer programs, the organization has provided professional development for groups and organizations serving low-income students. Some examples include leadership and staff training for the Sunflower County Freedom Project, which serves students in the Mississippi Delta, as well as members of the Summer Collaborative (Wilmington, Delaware), comprised of community center camps serving low income students through the YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other community centers. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
EXPLO operates out of the Exploration Center in Norwood, Massachusetts. The building was originally founded as the first academic press in the United States. EXPLO saved it — empty and boarded up — renovated it, and now it houses not only offices, but a woodshop, electronics lab, video studio, paint shop, and makerspace. There are more than 40 people who work full-time and EXPLO’s work now involves not only summer programming, but curricular design, consulting, and educator professional development for schools and not-for-profits.
brought together those who are leaders in their field. A broad array of domestic and international educators and educational policymakers have found their way to the Exploration Center to learn more about EXPLO’s work. Recently, EXPLO has been invited to set up its academic home at a large research university to work with its Department of Education on changing how preservice teachers are educated.
EXPLO’s outreach arm, EXPLO Studio, is working in two Boston area schools piloting a critical making foundation course for all 6th and 7th graders in each of the schools. EXPLO Studio has worked with educators from across the U.S., Canada, China, and Brazil. In the fall, EXPLO’s Executive Director, Moira Kelly, and EXPLO’s Creative Director, Dave Hamilton, were tapped to participate in the Open Leadership Camp at the MIT Media Lab hosted by Joi Ito and Mitchell Baker. The Camp
Upongraduation fromhigh school, most EXPLOalums go on to studythe liberal arts. EXPLOfamilies are highly educated andvalue the essence of a liberal arts education.
Each summer, EXPLO hosts upwards of 3,000 students from over 40 states and 70 countries.
Since, 1976, the EXPLO network has reached over 75,000 students.
75% of EXPLO alums go on to attend either “most selective” or “highly selective” colleges and universities.
EXPLO’s marketing program has an international footprint. In addition to outreach across the U.S., recruiting trips in the last three years include much of the Americas, southeast Asia, and Europe.
TOP 20 INTERNATIONAL VISITORS PER COUNTRY:
- Turkey - Canada - Venezuela - Pakistan, - Uruguay - Thailand - Switzerland - UAE - Japan - South Korea
- India - China - Brazil - Lebanon - UK - Colombia - Greece - Italy - Spain - France
- Florida - California - llinois - Texas - Minnesota
Each year, EXPLO sends out 1.6 million direct mail flyers throughout the U.S.
EXPLO’s annual website traffic is ~400,000 visitors — one third of those visitors are international.
EXPLO’s outbound email campaign reaches 1 million domestic families each year.
Each year, EXPLO attends more than 30 camp fairs throughout the New England area.
Each year, EXPLO hosts more than 35 in-person and virtual information meeting in major cities throughout the U.S. e very year.
In 2017 at SXSWedu, EXPLO ran the largest and most trafficked interactive educational display in the playground.
18+ years ago, when EXPLO was looking to move its high school program, we explored Yale University’s campus. However, a market analysis on 12 different colleges and universities claimed that Yale had the most negative ratings, by far. Overwhelmingly, EXPLO families who initially said they would not send their children to a program at Yale due to the perceived crime rate, the negative perception of New Haven, and the deferred maintenance at Yale. EXPLO decided to make the move, nevertheless, and developed a concentrated marketing strategy that would change those perceptions. EXPLO was so successful that the Yale Admission Department asked to meet with us regarding our marketing strategy.
EXPLO has recently started broadcasting virtual informational meetings from our Norwood, Massachusetts studio. One of our recent meetings had more than 200 registered attendees from 20 states and 20 countries.
A number of years ago, Jennifer Desjarlais, the Dean of Admission at Wellesley College, added EXPLO as an inquiry code for the College given the number of inquiries that indicated students had attended EXPLO. Dean Desjarlais was surprised for two reasons. One was that EXPLO is a co-educational program, so upwards of 50% of the students were not eligible to apply to Wellesley. And two, the EXPLO students inquiring had been 13-and 14-years old when they attended EXPLO on the Wellesley campus.
SAFETY EXPLO runs residential and dayprogramming forminors,which is inherentlya different endeavor than doing the same for college students. Parents have identified “safety” as their primaryconcernwhen selecting a summer program
Staff-to-student ratio is best in the industry
Regular risk management assessments
All staff are required to live on campus throughout the program, including all Heads of Programs and all administrators
24/7 Nursing staff on-duty on campus and 24/7 consulting psychologist on-call
Heads of Programs work year-round and are intimately involved in the planning during the academic year in order to have a constant and effective point person
Yearly crisis simulation training for all administrators
An industry leader in out-of-class programming: the more students are engaged programmatically, the less they are likely to engage in dangerous or inappropriate behavior
Current Heads of Programs each have worked for EXPLO for more than 15 years
EXPLO offers a shuttle to and from the airport, where faculty remain on-site until each student is known to have safely taken off or landed
Staff training and supervision is the most comprehensive in the industry. EXPLO is often asked to consult on training for other programs.
Vetted protocols for residential life operations, field trips, and extra-curricular programming
Members of the Trustees Program Committee spend six days each summer visiting programs
The SummerProgramsmarket is highlyfragmented andhas undergone a sea of change in the past sixyears. Changes include:
- A space where private equity has taken a role by buying up smaller for-profit players, merging them under an umbrella, and building out a national network of programs. The economies of scale are profound. - Privately held companies moving in from related industries (ex. online education) or not (ex. New York Times Academy). They bring big marketing budgets with them— or the equivalent, such as owning the paper of record. - Dramatic increase in colleges and universities attempting to run their own programs for revenue generation. Those with national brands more successful often because they run them like businesses and commit significant resources to infrastructure support and marketing. Even here, schools are moving to farming out the back end (the non-classroom aspects of running a program) because of the challenges of running residential programs for minors. - One of the major for-profit players — publicly traded company —was brought down due to the bad publicity of a student death. There was no medical staff and inadequate training of general staff. The corporation has since gone out of business. - A tremendous growth in boutique programs — small (sub 100 student) specialized programs on just about every topic imaginable. They are coming and going and generally are not large enough to invest in medical staffing, robust out-of-class programming, or extensive staff training. -The enrollment season is splitting. Early enrollees — (those enrolled prior to March 1) — and then those enrolling post May 1. The post May 1 group is the group that is growing. Note: Three major for-profit national summer programs that currently operate in Los Angeles are for sale.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26
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