Laura Sandefer

For many of us, our children’s school situation may look very different than we anticipated at the start of the year. But for our children’s sake, this is not a time to be fearful, it’s a time to seek joy!

In a time of uncertainty, we have a special opportunity to ignite curiosity in our homes and unleash our children’s natural desires to create, invent and build. But how? This whole “school from home” scenario can be incredibly stressful for parents who are also having to work from home.

To help during this difficult time in human history, I wanted to provide a resource for parents who feel “stuck.” My hope is we can begin to savor this time at home with our children and discover the spirit of genius they each have within. My book about the Acton origin story is filled with ideas and tools for all parents to use at home to help children take charge of their own learning and grow curiosity.

For a Limited Time, the 2nd Edition of Courage to Grow is available for free when you sign up for an Audible trial or for 99 cents on Kindle.

I believe we will come through this experience stronger as families and communities. Our own innovation and curiosity will help us see the light. If you are an Acton parent, please share this resource with others. And if you have read the book before, this is the second edition! The new epilogue tells the story of what happens after graduation from an Acton Academy. Enjoy!

Co-founder and Chief Encourager for Acton Academy


Laura Sandefer is an author and the co-founder of Acton Academy, a school whose learner-driven model is spreading across the globe with over 130 locations in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Malaysia and more, and in 2019 is celebrating 10 years of letting children take learning into their owns hands.

Acton Academy bases their model of learning on the Hero’s Journey: a story pattern common in ancient myths and modern day adventures in which a hero goes on an adventure, wins a victory and comes home transformed. Children at Acton Academy know why they are being challenged to learn — they are on their own Hero’s Journey to find their passion in life.

Acton Academy and Sandefer have been featured in the Austin American Statesman, Inc., Forbes, National Review, Huffington Post and more. Sandefer has a bachelor of arts and masters of education degrees from Vanderbilt University. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, children and three dogs.