Dale Stephens is the author of Hacking Your Education (Penguin 2013). He left school at twelve to become an unschooler, the self-directed branch of homeschoolers. Instead of going to middle and high school he organized collaborative learning groups, found mentors, and volunteered in his community. This experience gives him a unique perspective on the future of education.
Today he leads UnCollege, the organization empowering students to create their own education. His work has been covered by major news networks including CNN, ABC, NPR, CBS, Fox, TechCrunch, New York Magazine, and Forbes. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Fast Company. He has spoken around the world from debating education at TED 2012 to speaking to the utive leadership team of NBC about how changes in education impact the future of work.
In May 2011 Dale was Selected out of hundreds of individuals around the world as a Thiel Fellow. The Thiel Fellowship, created by Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and first investor in Facebook, recognizes the top entrepreneurs around the world under the age of twenty. In 2013, Dale was recognized as one of Forbes' 30 Under 30.