We’ve listed some of the resources that have informed and inspired our approach to help you explore some of the current thinking around best practices in the world of education.



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

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined, by Salman Khan

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, by Sir Ken Robinson

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

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

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


Jet Cockpits and the End of Average, from Future for Learning

TEDxOKC, Jeff Sandefer

Imagine if We Invented School Today

Build a School in the Cloud, Sugata Mitra

Acton Academy Austin, Middle School Interviews

Acton Academy Launchpad 2016

Grit: the Power of Passion + Perseverance, Angela Duckworth

Growth Mindsets vs. Fixed Mindsets

The Myth of Average, Todd Rose

Dream Teams, Transcend + Achievement First

iNACOL 2017, Diane Tavenner,

Most Likely To Succeed trailer