The Education Speaker Series (ESS) returns for the 2018-2019 school year with an exciting mix of programs related to raising healthy children and young adults.

All events will be held at the Ellen Driscoll Theater (325 Highland Avenue, Piedmont) from 7:30 – 9:00pm, unless otherwise noted.

Tickets are available via the Piedmont Store or by calling the PEF office at 510-653-1816.

Teens & Screens: Parenting in the Age of Tech
September 25, 2018

Jean Twenge, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. Dr. Twenge has been interviewed on NPR, featured in The Atlantic, and quoted in the New York Times article, Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? She will share her findings and offer real-world tips for helping parents manage screen time and navigate a wired world.

About Homework
October 30, 2018

Denise Pope, Ph.D. is a co-founder of Challenge Success, a Stanford-based initiative that seeks to promote a balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. She is the author of Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students and a three-time recipient of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award. Dr. Pope returns to Piedmont to share her insights on how parents and educators can help students at all grade levels find meaning and motivation in their studies.

Talking with Kids about Healthy Relationships, Sex, and Porn
December 4, 2018

Teens and pre-teens are exposed to unhealthy attitudes and behaviors about sex and relationships through the internet, pop culture, and online pornography. Narda Skov, MPH, an adolescent sexuality educator and reproductive health specialist with over 25 years experience working with young people, will share information about the current landscape and how parents can start meaningful conversations with their kids about their values and safety as it relates to sex and relationships.

Coping with Anxiety
January 29, 2019

Psychologist and author Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders. An assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Berkeley and founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, he has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and on The Learning Channel, KQED, and NPR. Dr. Tompkins returns to Piedmont to share advice and tools parents can use to help an anxious child.

Parenting Boys
February 26, 2019

Rosalind Wiseman is the author of the bestsellers Queen Bees & Wannabes, Masterminds & Wingmen and the publisher of a social/emotional learning curriculum that she created in collaboration with middle and high school students. Ms. Wiseman returns to Piedmont to offer parents insights and advice about helping boys and parents navigate aspects of boy world such as rebellion, bullying, relationships, and the ways technology and social media have profoundly altered the ways boys and girls communicate.

The Critical Importance of Sleep
March 26, 2019

Matthew Walker, Ph.D. is professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. He is also the author of the book Why We Sleep. Dr. Walker will address the serious consequences of too little sleep, including problems in concentration, memory and the immune system, and will offer specific advice or parents of teenagers, who may have a chronic sleep deficit.