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Have the ideas at Acton Academy Bee Cave sparked your interest? If so, we recommend reading Courage to Grow: How Acton Academy Turns Learning Upside Down, by Laura Sandefer, Acton’s Co-Founder. This fast, engaging read is the best account of our learner-driven studios.


The Hero’s Journey at Action Academy

Most Likely To Succeed Trailer

Jet Cockpits and The End of Average

TED: Sir Ken Robinson | Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Disruptive Education: The Acton Academy Story

TED: Sal Khan (Khan Academy) | Let’s Teach For Mastery – Not Test Scores

TED: Sugata Mitra | Build A School In The Cloud

Grit: Angela Lee Duckworth | The Power Of Passion And Perserverance

TEDxOKC: The Learner-Driven Revolution | Jeff Sandefer

A Virtual Tour Of Acton Academy

TED: Let’s Use Video To Reinvent Education | Salman Khan

Acton Academy – A Day In The Life

Children’s Business Fair – An Annual Tradition


Courage to Grow, by Laura Sandefer, co-founder of Acton Academy Austin

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go Of Who You think You’re Supposed To Be and Embrace Who You Are, by Brene Brown

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Brave Parenting: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Raising Emotionally Resilient Children by Krissy Pozatek

How To Raise An Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims

The Self Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by  William Stixrud & Ned Johnson

Unschooling Rules: 55 Ways to Unlearn What We Know About Schools and Rediscover Education, by Clark Aldrich

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, by Sal Khan

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, by Sir Ken Robinson

Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google that Will Transform How You Live and Lead, by Laszlo Bock, Former Head of People Operations at Google

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How., by Daniel Coyle

A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching A Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-First Century, by Oliver DeMille

Fooled By Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto), by Nassim Nicolas Taleb

12 Rules For Life: An Antidote for Chaos, by Jordan B. Peterson

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, by Jordan B. Peterson

The Importance of Being Little, by Erika Christakis

The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children, by Alison Gopnik





Two Forms of Human Motivation: Pain and Gain – Farnam Street Blog, Shane Parrish and Steve McClatchy

The Coddling of the American Mind – The Atlantic, Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt