With Jeremy Stuart after screening of Class Dismissed in SF

I love to speak with groups and connect in person.

I enjoy sharing and helping to spark a lifelong love of learning at any age, and at any stage.

Send me an email at learningbeyondschool@gmail.com to start the conversation.

What people say:

“I was really enlightened by Lisa Nalbone’s speech at MIT Splash weekend.  Her open, honest talk was easy to relate to and benefit from her suggestions.  I took pages of notes and acted on several of her ideas.  The biggest lightbulb moment for me was when she described college brochures as marketing materials.  Up until that moment I had been viewing them more like invitations to a great party than marketing materials they truly are.  She was the first speaker I had heard that embraced giving motivated, gifted students an alternative path besides a 4-year college.  Lisa would be an asset to any event.”   – Alli Irwin

“I heard Lisa Nalbone speak at MIT Splash and it was extremely clear and focused on many of the issues of why our education system isn’t working and what might we individually do about it. I found her to be a great speaker. Although addressing issues that aren’t working, perhaps seen as a negative topic, the talk was upbeat, engaging and helpful.”   -Laura Allen, VEMNY.org

“Lisa was a captivating speaker at Girl Empire. She knew how to speak to a teen audience, how to capture their limited attention and how to leave them with that tingly feeling inside! Her talk was a mix of “aha” moments and action items to put theory to practice.”  – Alex Ellison, Co founder Girl Empire, Dunce

“Lisa is lovely. and she is ordinary. With perhaps a vital insight many of us today are missing -how to see/hear/question what we keep accepting/assuming. Because she’s lived/embraced that space. of uncertainty.” – Monika Hardy redefineschool.com

“Thank you for your informative talk.  We can all use your ideas, practices and suggestions.   – Janet Aguiar, Winters Soroptimist

“As a member of Winters Friends of the Library with Lisa, I’ve heard her speak on many occasions.  I’m always impressed with the passion she has for her subject.   As a result of that passion, she stimulates ideas and enthusiasm in her audiences.   On more than one occasion she has triggered a new way of thinking for me.   Her intelligence and “outside of the box” thinking make her talks very engaging.”  – Linda Springer

Past Speaking Engagements






MIT SplashCollege, Gap Year or Career? Helping Your Child DECIDE within a Framework of Cooperation and Respect (Parents Program)

Homeschool Association of California Conference: Helping your child be a happy and successful self-directed learner.

Girls Innovate.org:Most Likely to Succeed Screening and Community Discussion

Girl Empire Con: Choose to Create a Life YOU Love (Teens); Hacking Your Education (Teens)

Homeschool+ ConferenceThe ABC’s of Learning Beyond School, Start with the Letter T Because T is for Trust

Winters Soroptimist: Choose to Create a Life YOU Love (Adults)


Lisa Nalbone speaking at GirlEmpire.con

Speaker Bio:
Lisa is a community and education expert with thirty years of experience leading the alternative education movement in urban areas as well as rural communities. She got her start in Seattle with Armistice, taught in CA public schools, moved from public education to unschooling, and for the last twenty years has been deeply involved with the Winters (CA) Friends of the Library organization, serving as president. More recently, Lisa has served as a special educational advisor to UnCollege.org and has been invited to share her expertise on supporting self-directed learners at venues such as MIT.

Her book, LifeSPARKS- Ask hard  questions, Try new things, Do what matters provides support and strategies for people wanting to transition to self-directed and joyful learning and living.

She is also the mother of grown unschooler Dale Stephens, Thiel Fellow, the founder of UnCollege.org, and the author of Hacking Your Education. Dale speaks around the world on the changing landscape of post-secondary education.


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