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-three 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.” 
Adults-only tickets for each individual lecture are $20 per person and $10 for educators.

Please check back for updates to our 2019-20 Parent Lecture Series lineup. Click here for the series history.

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  • Matt de la Peña

    "From Reluctant Reader to Bestselling Author: The Power of Literature and Reading"

    Tuesday, January 28
    Register Here

    Matt de la Peña is the New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels (including Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and Superman: Dawnbreaker) and five picture books (including Love and Last Stop on Market Street). He has also published short fiction and essays in various newspapers and literary journals, including: Time Magazine, The New York Times,, The Writer, Pacific Review, One Teen Story, The Vincent Brothers Review, Chiricú, George Mason Review, and Allegheny Literary Review. In 2016 he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn NY and teaches creative writing and visits schools and colleges throughout the country.
    For those who are late readers, doesn't mean they aren't lifelong readers. Matt will share his stories on how he went from a reluctant, late reader to a best selling author. Discussion and Q&A will be followed by a book signing (books will be available for purchase).
    • Dr. Denise Pope with event co-chair, Lori

      Dr. Denise Pope with event co-chair, Lori

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. We look forward to seeing you!