Educational Speaker Series


Nantucket Lighthouse School's annual Educational Speaker Series brings prominent educators and industry leaders to our community, providing parents with informative workshops on timely topics and offering Nantucket educators on-island professional development opportunities.


Upcoming Events:


Nancy Armstrong | Screening and Q&A of the film The Disruptors
Thursday, February 10 | 6-8 p.m.
Nantucket Dreamland


Nantucket Lighthouse School's Educational Speaker Series proudly welcomes, Emmy-nominated producer and Executive Producer at Happy Warrior Media, Nancy Armstrong for a screening of The Disruptors followed by a Q&A at Nantucket Dreamland on Thursday, February 10th from 6-8 p.m..


Previously, Armstrong co-founded the award-winning women’s leadership and media platform, MAKERS, that was named one of the 100 best websites for women by Forbes and received the Women’s Media Center Award for its ground-breaking contribution to women, history, and America. Prior to MAKERS, Nancy was a senior executive at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in NYC. Nancy made her start as a professional actor and singer, and later received a masters in communication from Boston University.  Nancy was inspired to make this film as a result of her family’s experiences navigating life with ADHD.


Find out more about the film at



Past Speakers:


Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Speaker, Journalist and Parent Educator


Rosetta Lee
Educator, Diversity Speaker, School Consultant


Max Stossel
Head of Education at the Center for Humane Technology, Poet, Filmmaker 


Dr. Ned Hallowell
Psychiatrist, nation's leading expert on ADHD and author Driven to DistractionDelivered from DistractionSuper-Parenting for ADD and more!


Ralph Fletcher
Writers' Workshop educator and award-winning Children's author Marshfield MemoriesHello, Harvest MoonSpider Boy, and Fig Pudding


Grace Lin
Award-winning children's author A Big Moon Cake for Little StarThe Ugly VegetablesWhere the Mountain Meets the MoonWhen the Sea Turned to SilverStarry River of the Sky, and more!


Debby Irving
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race


Zoe Weil
The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of SolutionariesMost Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful LifeThe Power and Promise of Humane Education and Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times.


Meenoo Rami


Tony Wagner
Most Likely to Succeed, Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap


Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
The Big Disconnect


Dr. Ross Greene
Raising Human Beings, Lost at School and The Explosive Child


Cindy Horgan
Executive Director of Cape Cod Children's Place



Our Educational Speaker Series is generously funded by:







“I would like to thank you all for the resent educational series offered by NLS this winter given by Cindy Horgan, which incorporated several current and sensitive topics with regards to parenting and child development for the Nantucket community. I have had the opportunity to attend several of Cindy’s workshops - she never disappoints no matter what the topic! Cindy provides solid, beneficial information in a practical format. Her passion to help parents and educators comprehend the complexities of each of the topics on behalf of the child is/was clearly expressed through her presentation. Cindy is capable of quickly sizing up her attendees and is able to accommodate their level of understanding and needs providing solutions or suggestions where necessary. How lucky the community was to be able to have this opportunity to learn from Cindy’s guidance. This series provided current research and a level of understanding for all stake holders. On behalf of the children that I work with, again, I thank you very much for this opportunity!”

– Michele Perry, Educator


“Thank you for setting up the talk with Cindy Horgan.  It was a pleasure to hear her share her passion, knowledge, and experience with raising healthy boys. Great job on bringing this to our community - it was very beneficial!”
– Kevin Korn, Nantucket Lighthouse School Parent