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Speaker Series Community Events

The MPCSD Speaker Series is presented by the District Council, The Parent Teacher Organizations from Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview, and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, and supported by the One Community Campaign. Events are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). Events at Hillview offer free childcare for potty-trained children, and live Spanish language translation.

2023-24 Speaker Series

A child holds a phone and uses social media emojis

Helping our children navigate social media and addressing the affects of today's online world is one of the most requested parenting education topics we receive. Come hear from a panel of experts, sharing researched-based advice, about how you can make the best decisions for your family as children grow up in this digital age. Superintendent Gracia will moderate the discussion with panelists

  • Naama Barnea-Goraly, MD, Co-Founder and CEO of GirlTelligence
  • Vidya Krishnan, MD, Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Children's Health Council
  • Willy Haug, MPCSD Director of Technology and Innovation and CITE Certified CTO
  • Teen Advisors from SafeSpace

April 3, 2024 • 7:00 p.m. • Hillview Middle School • Watch video of event

Four men from the SafeSpace movie Be A Man

Back by popular demand! MPCSD is pleased to host this six-week series that offers tools for strengthening our relationships with our own kids and those in our community. With other MPCSD parents/caregivers in a supportive, welcoming, and safe environment, you will share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help the youth in your life succeed. This series is for currently enrolled MPCSD parents/guardians only.

Six sessions are in person at the TERC, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton, from 9-10:30 a.m.: February 28, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, 2024

Registration is now closed for this workshop.

Professor Cohen and Superintendent Gracia on stage at Speaker event

We know that a sense of belonging is a fundamental human need, and that communities thrive when all members feel valued. As MPCSD anchors this school year around the importance of belonging, we welcome Stanford Professor Geoffrey Cohen in conversation with MPCSD Superintendent Kristen Gracia to discusses highlights from his book Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides

October 3, 2023 • 7:00 p.m. • Hillview Middle School

Four men from the SafeSpace movie Be A Man

Local youth-led mental health organization SafeSpace has created a short film, Be A Man, to address the importance of mental health and how societal pressures can make it hard to care for our emotional needs. Together we will screen this powerful movie and then unpack its themes with a panel of experts from MPCSD schools, SafeSpace, and the local community.

January 31, 2024 • 7:00 p.m. • Hillview Middle School 

Four men from the SafeSpace movie Be A Man

Are you ready to be your young person's primary sexual health resource? Vanessa Kellam, from Health Connected, aims to inspire and help equip parents and guardians to engage their young people in open and honest conversations about sexual health. Join us as we build skills and develop language to be "Askable Adults." This event is especially useful for parents/guardians of 4th-8th grade students, and is meant to complement MPCSD's in-class sexual health curriculum. This event is for currently enrolled MPCSD parents/guardians only.

February 13, 2024 • 7:00 p.m. • Zoom (Pre-register here)