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We’ve listed some of the books, articles, and presentations that have helped inform and inspire our approach. We are also including a few others to help you explore some of the current thinking around best practices in the world of education.




Imagine If We Invented School Today

A short animation on reimagining school.

Rethinking Education: Genius and Heroes

In this TED talk, Jeff Sandefer poses the question of why we no longer apprentice our own children in our trade or craft?

Get Hooked on Nature

Ben Klasky proposes a free and natural remedy to the physical problems kids face: the Great Outdoors.

Grit: the power of passion and perseverance

In this TED talk, Angela Lee Duckworth explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

Build a school in the cloud

Hear Sugata Mitra’s inspiring vision for Self Organized Learning Environments.

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

A TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson, emphasizing the importance of creativity in education.

Let's teach for mastery — not test scores

A TED talk by Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, and Acton Academy visitor.

Acton Academy Austin Middle School/Launchpad interviews

Learn about the student experience at Acton Academy.

Acton Launchpad

Would you prefer a traditional high school or the adventure of a lifetime?