Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962

Parent Lecture Series

A long standing tradition at The Seven Hills School, the Parent Lecture Series brings renowned speakers to our Walnut Creek campus, who share insights, advice and inspiration on current parenting and education topics. Offered to parents, educators and community members throughout the East Bay, the Series is held two times a year and is an extension of the School’s mission to “develop the intellect, engage the spirit and foster respect for and responsibility to our world.” 

Here are last year's two speakers; stay tuned for news of our 2016-17 speakers.

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  • Dachner Keltner

    Dacher Keltner, Director of the Greater Good Science Center at University of California, Berkeley, and consultant on the recent Pixar blockbuster “Inside Out”, has focused his career on the scientific origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, and happiness. In this lecture, Dr. Keltner outlined key insights from that science and how they played out in the film’s five featured emotions —Anger, Disgust, Fear, Sadness and Joy.The film lives in the mind of an 11-year-old girl as she navigates a few difficult days in her life and has won rave reviews for its powerfully moving treatment of childhood emotions.

  • Denise Pope

    Co-founder of Challenge Success, and an internationally renowned educator and lecturer at Stanford University, Denise Pope spoke to parents about helping children strike a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment. Today’s high-pressure, competition-fueled, fast-paced, tech-filled culture can interfere with healthy child development as kids miss out on the time and space they need to effectively tackle the demanding work of growing up. This lecture examined the resulting tensions that can occur between students, parents, and educators over issues such as homework and grades. Dr. Pope also offered research-based strategies to help parents create healthier home and school environments as we set our children up for lives of meaning and fulfillment.

How does Seven Hills get these amazing speakers? I tell everyone I know about them and always bring a friend or neighbor.

— Julie, Seven Hills parent


Tickets for each individual lecture are $20/person and $10 for teachers. Seating is limited so we always encourage those interested to register early. Free childcare is provided to Seven Hills families.