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WHY WE DO THIS

WHY WE DO THIS

Laura Sandefer

November 6, 2012

As  7 year old Reese was falling asleep last night, she whispered in her mom’s ear, “I just can’t stop thinking about archaeology.”

Her words tell best why we invite heroes to share their stories with our children on such a regular basis.

Heroes and callings: these are the linchpins of Acton Academy’s curriculum. As we move through topics, subjects and ideas, we expose the students to as many heroes and callings as possible. They should meet hundreds over their time at Acton.

Thank you to Marcy Carpenter – a extraordinary mom, pilot, athlete and archaeologist. Marcy is sharing her story of being an archaeologist in history this week. She is an example of the generous souls who spend time in our classroom in order to open up the world of ideas, passions and possibilities to our children.

And here’s to Reese … a curious, independent learner who will change the world.

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HERO IN OUR MIDST – HEATHER STAKER

HERO IN OUR MIDST – HEATHER STAKER

Laura Sandefer

July 5, 2012

If you haven’t had a chance to have a nice, long conversation with Heather Staker, you may want to add that to your “to do” list for this fall. (She’ll be a bit busy this summer as she welcomes her new baby into the world next week!)

While being the mom of four (soon to be five) curious, compassionate and generous children is enough to make her a hero, our own Heather Staker is looked to as one of our nation’s leaders in education innovation. Here is a glimpse of her bio:

“Heather Clayton Staker is a Senior Research Fellow for the education practice at Innosight Institute and a thought leader in the field of educational innovation.

Scholastic’s blog named Mrs. Staker as one of 5 people to watch in education in 2012 and her Innosight report “The rise of K-12 blended learning: Profiles of emerging models,” was listed by Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning one of the 11 most valuable reports for online learning policymakers and practitioners in 2011. She is a frequent keynote speaker at major education innovation conferences and has testified before state policymakers, including in Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Heather graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with a concentration in Government. She received an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.”

I don’t make promises lightly; and I happily promise you that Heather’s recent blog post about Acton Academy will be of great interest to you. Enjoy:

http://www.innosightinstitute.org/education-blog/the-first-principle-of-blended-learning/

Thank you, Heather, for changing the world for good.

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