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Sep 29, 2022 EXPLO Today Exploring Education

EXPLO: Vision and Core Values

At EXPLO we strive every day to return curiosity and exploration to teaching and learning. Our values are our compass, providing purpose, direction, and guidance for all of the work we set out to do.


At EXPLO, we believe learning mirrors life — full of questions, tensions, and worthwhile digressions in an ever-changing world. We know that whimsy and wonder have a place alongside pragmatic investigation. We celebrate discovery through doing, and empathy through authentic connection. We know immersing ourselves in the earnest exploration of the world of people and ideas reveals the joy of learning — and with it, the joy of living.

It is for this reason that we strive every day to return curiosity and exploration to teaching and learning — so that every child can thrive.

But an organization without values is like a ship without a rudder: lacking purpose, direction, and the ability to navigate its course. These values are our compass, guiding all of the work that we set out to do. 


The fuel of imagination and exploration, curiosity banishes boredom and sets the stage for lifelong learning, creativity, and innovation.

Courage and Vulnerability

We are open to learning and new experiences; open to failing; and willing to get back up and try again and again. We aim to be emotionally honest and open with ourselves and with others.

Making Connections Through Diversity

Our strength comes from both celebrating individual differences and seeking the common ground that makes us a community. Better ideas can emerge when the team is diverse and we listen to one another.


Being in a state of play opens our minds to the unexpected, begs creativity, and pushes us to explore beyond our boundaries. Playful learning allows us to deal with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. As the Finnish proverb says: That learned without joy is forgotten without sorrow.

Generosity of Spirit

We embrace new ideas and people with open minds and open hearts. This is the antidote to smallness, and a key ingredient to engaging with the world — and broadening your horizons.

All Work is Worthy

Our work is interconnected, and all work — the big, the small, and even the messy — is important. All work must be done and all members of the community, regardless of rank or role, contribute to get the job done.

Seeing Beyond

We dream of shores we cannot see and know that uncharted possibilities await those willing to make the journey. Best practice is what we knew yesterday and without an eye to the future, we risk being mired in the past.