Educational Speaker Series

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 Speakers:

Catherine Steiner-Adair - Educator, author (The Big Disconnect), school consultant and clinical psychologist.

Debby Irving - Author (Waking Up White) and racial justice educator.

*Both events are generously funded by the Community Foundation for Nantucket's ReMain Nantucket Fund and are in collaboration with the Nantucket Historical Association and Cape Air / Nantucket Airlines.

Cindy Horgan - Educator, Parent of Five, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Children's Place.

*These lectures are in collaboration with the Nantucket Community School.

APRIL 2019
Grace Lin - Award-winning and NY Times best-selling author/illustrator (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, the Ling and Ting series, the Lin Family picturebooks, The Ugly Vegetables, and more!).

*This event is generously funded by the Community Foundation for Nantucket's Nantucket Fund.


Past Speakers:

Zoe Weil

The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries, Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life, The 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

Our Educational Speaker Series is generously funded by:

Community Foundation for Nantucket's ReMain Nantucket Fund and the Community Foundation for Nantucket's Nantucket Fund.


Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines
Nantucket Community School
Nantucket Historical Association


“Small Friends greatly valued the Cindy Horgan Workshop Series. To maintain our EEC qualifications teachers must acquire 20 professional development hours. This can be a challenge on our island. Either the trainings require travel or are not applicable to the educators. Through this workshop many staff members were able to enjoy and learn in a comfortable setting, right here on Nantucket. Three of our families also took advantage of the workshop and were particularly interested in the “Raising Healthy Boys” session. We hope that more offerings like this are available to our island educators.”
– Courtney Bridges, Executive Director of Small Friends on Nantucket

“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