Elisabeth Sepulveda, EXPLO’s Assistant Director of Curriculum and Education Technology Specialist, rarely stops moving. She does aerial acrobatics, dances three nights a week, (having cut back from six so that she could carve out some more time to learn how to code), and can often be found investigating new tech trends while walking on EXPLO’s community treadmill desk.
We wanted to take a moment to thank you, our inspiring students and families for yet another incredible summer of daring and courage.
Researchers say that we can't choose our children's friends. But strong friendships are a critical indicator of whether a person will thrive in adulthood. How can parents ensure their kids make friends that will help them flourish and grow? Choose the right environment.
Making new friends — at any age — can be daunting. For some of us, it’s as easy as saying hello. For others, it may take some time. We talked to our students during the summer to get their perspectives on friendship, and though approaches may vary, they all agree: friendship is essential to our quality of life.
As someone who aims to inspire global citizenship in young people, Sirianna certainly has walked the talk. With a background in visual arts, Hispanic Studies, and Sociology, she has lived and studied in the U.S., U.K., Scotland, and Cambodia teaching students about leadership development. To Sirianna, there are infinite ways to learn, but believes that cross-cultural conversations are often the most powerful.
During the summer, our EXPLO Summer Sites explode with photos, interviews, videos, and other stories from our campuses. Take a look at what is happening today:
EXPLO at Yale Summer Site
EXPLO at Wellesley Summer Site
EXPLO at Wheaton Summer Site
For additional tips on how to navigate the blog, including instructions for downloading images in a slideshow, click “Read More"
Laurie Santos Keynote
- Yale University Professor Laurie Santos, Ph.D., delivered the keynote address to more than 300 students at EXPLO's inaugural CORE Day. Dr. Santos is the head of Silliman College, a residential college at Yale University, and has most recently been in the news for her course, "Psychology and the Good Life" — a course offered to first year Yale students that instantly became the most popular course in the University's 317-year history. Students then participated in breakout sessions to explore topics and build skills that will help them develop their strengths and interests as they prepare for college.
If you were to take inventory of the professionals in your field that you admire most, would you feel too intimidated to reach out to them? Kelly Corrigan — EXPLO parent, Writer-in-Residence, and New York Times best-selling author — says it's time you feel otherwise.
In every classroom at EXPLO hangs a Community Expectations Poster, a reminder to students of the expectations we have for them while they are a member of the EXPLO community. On the first day of classes for any new course or workshop, students sit down with their instructor and thoughtfully discuss the “four pillars,” dissecting how each one is an integral part of the EXPLO experience: to be kind, be safe, be true, and be curious.
Commencement season has arrived. ‘Tis the time for inspiring speeches, advice-giving tales of caution, and everyone in a high school graduate’s extended family asking them what their plans are now that their senior year has ended.