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

Did you know?

Seven Hills had two fabulous speakers last year: Dacher Keltner and Denise Pope!

Seven Hills Parent Lecture Series History

For several years, Seven Hills School has hosted a sold-out Parent Lecture Series which is held on weeknight evenings, 2-3 times during the year. Our school mission, "to develop the intellect, engage the spirit, and foster respect for and responsibility to our world," inspires us to present the series, not just to our Seven Hills parents but, to the broader community of the East Bay.

Speakers and topics have included:

2015-2016
  • Dacher Keltner, "The Science of Inside Out"
  • Denise Pope, "The Well-Balanced Child"
2014-2015
  • Dr. Sam Goldstein, "The Power of Resilience"
  • Tiffany Shlain, "Being Connected"
2013-2014
  • Peter Brown Hoffmeister, "Let Them Be Eaten by Bears"
  • Andrew Solomon, "Far From the Tree”
2012-2013
  • Laura and Malcolm Gauld, "Parenting: The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have"
  • Michael Johnson (aka: Dr. Wave), "Making Movies is Hard: Building Tools for Making Stories"
2011-2012
  • Christine Carter, "Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents"
  • Denise Pope, "How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students"
  • Cynthia Kapphahn, "Eating Disorders and Teens: What Every Parent Should Know"
2010-2011
  • Michael Clark, "Youth Sports and Fitness - What's Enough, What's Too Much?"
  • Wendy Mogel, "How to Be an Effective Parent in a Culture that Breeds Anxiety in Older Children and Teens"
  • Carol Dweck, "Why Students Success and How To Foster Their Success"
2009-2010
  • Po Bronson, "The New Science of Prosocial Behavior"
  • Dr. Richard Freed, "Don't Lose Your Child to Video Games, the Internet, and Texting"
  • Annie Fox, "Helping Kids Develop and Keep Good Friendships and Relationships"
2008-2009
  • Seven Hills Teachers Panel, "It's Not Just 'Mean Girls' - Understanding Relational Aggression, A Tool Kit for Parents"
  • Dr. Michael Riera, "Raising Children with Character"
  • Dr. William Pollack, "Understanding and Interacting with Boys of all Ages"
2007-2008
  • Robert Evans, EdD.D, "Raising Healthy Children in Challenging Times"
  • Deya Brashear, "Early Child Brain Development"
  • Madeline Levine, Ph.D, "The Price of Privilege"
  • Dr. Pat Wolfe, "Brain Development"
2006-2007
  • Seven Hills Teachers Panel, "Developing a Healthy Attitude Toward Learning in a Pressured Culture: How Parents and Teachers can Work Together"
  • Walter Mayes, aka Walter the Giant Storyteller,"The Importance of Reading to Your Kids"
  • Rachel Simmons, "Odd Girl Out"
  • Linda Turnbull and Dr. Rick Weisser, "Teens and Teen Sexuality"
2005-2006
  • Seven Hills Teachers Panel, "Healthy Expectations: How to Support Your Child's Successful Journey through Seven Hills School"
  • Michael Thompson, PhD, "The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life"
  • Sheri Glucoft Wong,"Raising Kids with Character: The Changing Role of Parents as Kids Grow"
  • Roy and Susie Smart, "Parenting with Love"
2004-2005
  • Richard Carlson, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"
  • Susan Isaacs Kohl, "The Best Things Parents Do"
  • Dr. Barbara Staggers, MD; Abby Holland, PhD; Debra Waterhouse, MPH, RD, "Mind, Body, Nutrition - Healthy Body Image in Kids"
2003-2004
  • Ron Claasen, Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, "Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice in Schools"
  • Laura Gauld, author, Hyde Schools, "The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have"
Please join us - we're all parenting in an increasingly complex world and thrive on the wit and wisdom of our speakers.