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Matt Beaudreau

Rethinking School: A New Model for Educating our Children with Matt Beaudreau

EPISODE: 78  |    DATE: June 23, 2022

“We believe that each one of [our students] should be the hero in their own story and not a bystander in somebody else’s script for their life.”

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Key Takeaways

Have you ever sat down to think about just what your kids are learning in school And how they are learning it?
Oftentimes in school, kids are told what to think, not how to think it. Not all the time. But a lot of the time.
The truth is, our educational system isn’t really designed to nurture self confidence and trust in oneself. Our educators are the true heroes of our time, no doubt. But is there a better way to educate our children such that both teacher and student can learn from each other in the process?
Matt Beaudreau thinks that there is. Matt is the founder of Acton Academy Placer and Acton Academy Sacramento. As a career educator, Matt has delivered TEDx talks, consulted with Universities, written books, and created programs that have helped to push education into the 21st century for teens across America. He currently hosts The Essential 11 podcast, which focuses on gaining world-class advice from prominent guests in business, media, sports, education, and entertainment. 
Matt is also a world-renowned keynote speaker, speaking to over 250,000 people across the globe with clients ranging from Lockheed Martin and the United States Air Force to Caterpillar and Honeywell.
On the show today, we talk about a new model for education, one that encourages critical thinking, goal setting – both individually and as a collective, socratic conversations, learning how to think vs what to think, character building and so much more.
If you’ve got a child about to be in school or currently in school, you cannot afford to miss this episode.
Here’s to the future of education!


As a Keynote Speaker, Consultant, and Coach to organizations around the world, Matt Beaudreau’s clients have ranged from Wells Fargo, Honeywell, and Lockheed Martin to American Eagle, Cedars-Sinai and the United States Air Force. Matt has a reputation as a provocative thought leader in educational and personal development practices. He is a two-time featured TEDx speaker and he was named Corporate Trainer of the Year at Stanford University, having spoken to over 250,000 people across the world.

In 2017, Matt Beaudreau Founded Acton Academy Placer; a school that utilizes the Socratic method, with an emphasis on
self-direction and cultivating confident, independent young people with a strong sense of character and personal responsibility. He has since helped to open multiple campuses around the world.

Pulling from his experience in the Acton model, in January of 2021, Matt co-founded Apogee Strong with Tim Kennedy, a mentorship program designed for young men from 12 to 22 to take on challenges presented by men who have come before them, in order to learn to lead. It is a right of passage through mentorship, action, and self-discovery so that young men can become true leaders.

His podcast, The Essential 11, is also geared towards emerging leaders, garnering advice
from the world’s leaders in business, sports, music and entertainment.

Resources mentioned in this episode

Book: Courage to Grow by Laura A. Sandefer

Apogee Strong Leadership Program

Acton Academy

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