The initial inspiration for Greenfields Academy was a remarkable school based in Austin, Texas called Acton Academy. We consulted with Acton during the creation of Greenfields and receive continued mentorship from their team. Watch the videos below to get a sense of the Acton classroom that gave us such passion for opening our academy and to hear Acton’s founder, Jeff Sandefer, talk at SXSWedu 2013 about a master-apprentice approach to disrupting education.
Of course, there are many educators, parents, and children exploring alternative school models that inspire the work of Greenfields Academy. Explore the resources below, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
- Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning
- Education scientist Sugata Mitra’s inspiring vision for child-driven education
- A CBS News Sunday Morning segment about the One Room Schoolhouse approach
- 13 year-old Logan LaPlante discusses how he’s hacking his education
- Salman Khan talks here about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, one of the online tools that Greenfields employs to help students master their mathematics goals
- Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking school in India teaches kids life’s most valuable lesson, “I can.”
- Angela Lee Duckworth explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success
- Gever Tulley’s Tinkering School is a great example of project-based learning
- Dr. Martin Seligman talks about positive psychology and its connection to, amongst other things, education
- Podcast featuring an interview with Jeff Sandefer, founder of Acton Academy in Austin, Texas
- Freakonomics podcast: Think Like a Child
- Unschooling Rules, by Clark Aldrich (forward by Jeff Sandefer, founder of Acton Academy)
- Our of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson
- The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing, by Alfie Kohn
- Educating for Human Greatness by Lynn Stoddard
- Teaching Minds: How Cognitive Science Can Save Our Schools, by Roger Schank
- The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan
- How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
- Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez
- Dumbing us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
- The Habit of Thought by Michael Strong
While we don’t subscribe to everything that’s discussed in these resources, we certainly get excited about some of the ideas they share. Access our entire suggested reading list here.