Acton Welcomes Katie Langford as New Elementary Guide

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We’re excited to welcome Katie Langford to the Acton Academy team as our Lead Elementary Guide. Katie’s passion for changing the world of education has taken her around the globe, including teaching positions in Thailand and Ethiopia. Katie has served in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps and has researched education innovation at The Brookings Institution. She believes that creativity, grit, and a love for learning are essential for children in the 21st century. She is excited to guide Acton students as they take charge of their own learning and she looks forward to joining them on their entrepreneurial journey.

You can meet Katie at our next information session.

Join us at WeWork Tomorrow

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Learn more about Acton Academy on your lunch hour tomorrow! Join us, Acton Cofounders David Kirby and Nicole Spencer, and the entrepreneurs at WeWork for a conversation about the purpose of education, why we are starting Acton, and the Acton Children’s Business Fair. We will be at WeWork’s Manhattan Laundry location in the U Street Neighborhood from 11:30am to 12:30pm tomorrow, Wednesday, February 7. Get all the details and RSVP.

Three Ideas for Raising Entrepreneurs

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Acton Cofounder David Kirby talked to Tameka Montgomery, host of the “Raising Entrepreneurs” podcast, about the Acton Children’s Business Fair and how Acton Academy is reimagining school. During their conversation, he offered a few ideas you can use in your family to help your child develop an entrepreneurial mindset and find a calling:

  1. Encourage your child to explore her passions by interacting with the world.
  2. Help your child view mistakes as an essential part of learning.
  3. Talk to your child about your own entrepreneurial journey.

Listen to the podcast.

Bernard Bull: Acton is a truly inspiring and exceptional school.

Education innovation scholar Bernard Bull recently reviewed Courage to Grow: How Acton Academy Turns Learning Upside Down, the new book by Laura Sandefer, cofounder of the first Acton Academy. Bull writes:

“I’ve visited and studied hundreds of innovative models of schooling over the past decade, and Acton continues to be one of the most promising models. From their grounding the vision of the school in the metaphor of the Hero’s Journey to their humane and mission-inspired approach to assessment, their distinct and compelling vision for what it means to be a learner-driven community to their wonderfully reflective and emergent approach to nurturing a rich and compassionate community, Acton is a truly inspiring and exceptional school.”