Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We do this by:
- Centering equity in our work—layering it in to all of our decision-making
- Empowering our scholars through teaching that balances cognitive development and critical thinking skills, and through responsive, rigorous, standards-aligned curriculum
- Ensuring our adults have the necessary cultural competence to serve our students holistically
At Explore, Diversity is when different groups or ideas come together with a liberated mindset to help students connect to their own identity and the broader world.
We enable this through our curriculum—intentionally featuring diversity of thought in classrooms, and equipping teachers with skills to create and modify culturally relevant content.
For us, diversity includes race, gender expression, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, and socioeconomic status, as well as other ways people might identify differently.
Equity means that everyone can access opportunities and resources to reach their full potential.
At Explore, we actively work against implicit and unconscious bias, and remove the predictability of success or failure that currently correlates with any social or cultural factor.
To do this, we customize the way we educate our students and make adjustments based on their individual needs.
Inclusion is intentionally creating space for all voices to be heard, respected and valued.
At Explore, this means having a culture of acceptance and opportunity—where students and adults who have diverse perspectives, beliefs and identities can be their authentic selves, pursue their personal goals and help fulfill Explore’s mission.
Why We do This Work
Anwar Abdul-Rahman, Principal of Explore Upper
Why are you doing this work at Explore Schools? I am doing this work at Explore Schools because it is an intentionally diverse, open minded and inclusive organization. As a principal, I am fully supported by my school community and the Explore Schools community at large. The commitment to growth through targeted feedback and coaching creates an environment where excellence and equity can thrive.