About Us

EXPLO Elevate is a global innovative schools cooperative.

Our mission is to help schools design, build, implement, and continuously improve the environments needed for all learners to thrive now and in the future. EXPLO Elevate is a division of Exploration Learning (EXPLO), a 46-year old non-profit international leader in education innovation. EXPLO inspires students and teachers to explore the world of people and ideas, and to experience the joy of learning in pursuit of purpose and meaning.


Moira Kelly
President, Exploration Learning

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Ross Peters
Managing Partner

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Susan R. Perry, PhD, MSW, LCSW
Senior Consultant

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Natasha Goddard
Program Director

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Pete Talbot
Senior Consultant

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Sara Mierke
Senior Consultant

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Kielynne Banker

Director of Teaching and Learning, EXPLO Chicago
Former Science Dept. Head/Teaching Faculty, Sacred Heart High School

Leah Van der Sluis

Director of Teaching and Learning, EXPLO
Former teacher Shady Hill School and New City Charter School

David Saunders

Consultant, EXPLO Elevate

Director of Innovation + Changemaker Coordinator

Brookwood School

Dr. Adam Lavallee

Dean of Studies, EXPLO
Former Math & Economics teacher, Episcopal Academy
Internal Accreditation Coordinator, Middle States Assn. of Colleges and Schools
Former Site Director, Global Online Academy
Former Learning Design Coach, Global Online Academy

Jim Dunaway

Consultant, EXPLO Elevate
Former Head of School, Manlius Pebble Hill School
Former Dean of Faculty, Northfield Mount Hermon School
Former Dean of Faculty, Assistant Head, The Kinkaid School

Meghan O'Leary

Director of Teaching and Learning, EXPLO
Former Assistant Principal, St. Mark School (MD)
Former Curriculum Coordinator, St. Mark School (MD)

Elevate Advisors

Dr. Andy Boynton

Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management
Co-author, The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Deborah Hirsch

President, High Meadows Graduate School of Teaching and Learning
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Yong Zhao

Foundation Distinguished Scholar, University of Kansas
Author, World Class Learners
Lawrence, Kansas, USA

Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi*

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management Claremont Graduate University
His pioneering work on flow led to his seminal work,
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
Claremont, California, USA

* Deceased

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg

Gonski Institute for Education, The University of New South Wales
Author, Finnish Lessons
Grawemeyer Award Winner
Sydney, Australia

Sunand Bhattacharya

Associate Vice Provost, Design and Innovation Strategies at Boston College

Dr. Barry Fishman

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Learning Technologies, University of Michigan
Co-author of the Obama administration’s 2010 U.S. National Educational Technology Plan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Dr. Jim Spohrer

Director, Cognitive Open Tech, IBM
Director, Global University Programs and Cognitive Systems Institute
San Francisco, California, USA

Amon Millner

Associate Professor of Computing and Innovation at Olin College of Engineering; Entrepreneur
Co-inventor of the Scratch programming language.
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Board Members

Jon Chang

Director of Growth, nate
Lecturer, Columbia Business School
New York, New York, USA

Jody Sherman LeVos

Chief Learning Officer, Homer
Oakland, California, USA

Alan Kump

Chair, Finance Committee
Director of Finance
Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

Adam Newman

Founder and Managing Partner
Tyton Partners
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Elliot Hacker

Consultant, Financial & Treasury Operations for Independent Schools
Ret., Director of Finance, Phillips Andover Academy
Andover, Massachusetts, USA

Izzy Kasdin

Executive Director
Historical Society of Princeton
Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Rekha Murthy

Chair, Governance Committee
Public Media and Podcast Consultant
Arlington, Massachusetts, USA

Scott Traylor

Founder 360 Kid
Chief Product Officer, Encantos
San Mateo, California, USA

Brian Hughes

Chair, EXPLO Studio Committee
Chairman and Director R&D
HBN Shoe
San Antonio, Texas, USA

Aamer Khan

Co-founder, Qaulivian Investment Partners LP

Wendall Mitchell

Board Chair
Senior Real Estate Counsel
Albertsons Companies
Oakland, California, USA

Chris Toy

Project Director
Center for Innovation
Thomas College
Bath, Maine, USA

Featured Partners

The Bridgeway Group works with Elevate members schools on stakeholder engagement, strategic trust, and conflict management.

Mint Chip Studios works with Elevate member schools on leadership coaching for learning, collaboration and innovation.

Founding Member Schools

We've worked with educators from dozens of schools

Agnes Irwin School
Belmont Hill School
Boston Public Schools
Brawerman Elementary School
Brimmer & May School
Brookline Public Schools
Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School
Cambridge School of Weston
Catholic Memorial School
Collegiate School (VA)
Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School
Concord Public Schools
Crossroads School
Culver Academies
Dana Hall School
Deerfield Academy
Derby Academy
Episcopal Academy (PA)
Fenn School
French-American International School (CA)

Haverford School
Hewitt School
Hillbrook School
Inly School
Menlo School
Miss Porter’s School
Montclair Kimberley Academy
Morristown-Beard School
Norwood Public Schools
Oakland Unified School District
Park School (MA)
Park School of Baltimore
Phillips Academy
Pine Crest School
Pingry School
Rashi School
Rivers School
Roxbury Latin School
Rumson Country Day School
Rye Country Day School

San Francisco Friends School
San Francisco University High School
Shady Hill School
Sharon High School
Shore Country Day School
St. Matthew’s School
Stuart Country Day School
Taft School
The Bishop’s School
Trafalgar School for Girls
Village School
Wahaha International School
Walnut Hill School
Wareham Public Schools
Wayland High School
Waynflete School
Wesley School
Wheeler School
Willows Community School

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