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 from DEI to mindset to health. Click here for the series history.

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.”
Check out our 2020-21 Parent Lecture Series lineup below, to be held in a virtual format this year. Spots and seating are usually limited, so we always encourage those interested to register early. Please join us—we're all parenting in an increasingly complex world and thrive on the wit and wisdom of our speakers.

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  • Jason Reynolds

    Talking to Kids about Race
    Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 6:00–7:00pm
    Virtually on Zoom

    Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences. His award-winning book, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, was a National Book Award finalist, Carnegie Medal winner, and was named one of the best books of 2019 by NPR, The New York Times, School Library Journal, and more.

    Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Maryland, Reynolds first found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry when he was nine years old. He went on to publish several poetry collections before publishing his first novel, When I Was the Greatest, which won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. He has since written numerous award-winning novels, including Long Way Down, a novel in verse which was named a Newbery Honor book, a Printz Honor Book, and best young adult work by the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Awards.

    Reynolds’ book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, written in collaboration with author and historian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, is a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative that illuminates the many insidious forms of racist ideas and gives readers the tools to identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their own lives. Reynolds provides an accessible book that helps young readers understand race and society.
    Photo Credit - James J. Reddington
  • Michael Thompson

    The Pressured Child During the COVID Era
    Tuesday, September 21, 6:00–7:15pm
    Virtually on Zoom

    Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, and school consultant. He has worked in schools for fifty years, starting as a middle school teacher, later training as a counselor and psychologist. He is presently the supervising psychologist for the Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA, and has worked in over 700 schools in the U.S., Asia, Africa Europe, and Central America.  
    Dr. Thompson is the author and co-author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Lives of Children, The Pressured Child and Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow.
    Dr. Thompson was the facilitator for the NAIS Institute for New Heads from 1992 through 2001 and subsequently served in the same role for the Academy of International School Heads from 2002-2016.
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
    • The Jason Reynolds Lecture is Co-Sponsored by POCIS