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Deep-Dive into our resource center to learn all about the Acton Academy philosophy


The Hero's Journey

Learn more about what we mean by a Hero's Journey, and how children launch their own while at Acton Academy.



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Why Social and Emotional Learning and Employability Skills Should Be Prioritized in Education

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses, by Joshua Davis

Creating Innovators, by Erica Swallow

It’s Time to Rethink How We Are Educating Our Children, by Benjamin Stecher

Lessons Learned From Great Schools Around the World, by Will Minton

The Founder of Khan Academy on How to Blend the Virtual with the Physical, by Salman Khan

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids, by Carol S. Dweck

Let Children Take Risks, by Lenore Skenazy

The Key to Raising a Happy Child, by Cory Turner



Courage to Grow

By Laura Sandefer, co-founder of Acton Academy Austin

Unschooling Rules

By Clark Aldrich (foreword by Jeff Sandefer, co-founder of Acton Academy Austin)

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

By Sal Khan

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

By Sir Ken Robinson

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

By Carol S. Dweck

The Self-Driven Child

By William Stixrud, PhD & Ned Johnson

A More Beautiful Question (particularly Chapter 2)

By Warren Berger

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Reframed: Educating for the Virtues in the Age of Truthiness and Twitter

By Howard Gardner 

Work Rules!

By Laszlo Bock

Lifelong Kindergartener

By Mitchel Resnick

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education,

By Sir Ken Robinson

The Test

by Anya Kamenetz

Acton Academy in the Press

A Conversation with Peter Diamandis (Youtube): Reinventing Education (5/12/2020)

Unschooling Thrivenomics. Episode 10: How to Launch a Hero's Journey: Jeff Sandefer, Co-Founder of Acton Academy (6/15/2020)

The Essential 11. Episode 45: Heroes of Education (6/15/2020)

Forbes: One of Education's Best Examples Of A Learner - Driven Community (6/21/2018)

SXSWedu: Disrupting Education, a Master-Apprentice Approach, by Jeff Sandefer (3/7/2013)