SEL Program and Speakers Overview


    Hinsdale Township High School District 86 collaborates with District 181, and the District 181 Foundation to bring in nationally respected and inspirational SEL-related authors, researchers, and speakers to provide informative presentions to our school families, staff, and communities. Known as the "Community Speaker's Series" these events have been highly valued by attendees.  As soon as it is available, the event brochure for the current year will be attached below in the "Helpful Documents" section of this page.                                                                                                                            

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    Here is the current snapshot of our 2017/18 events:

    Jessica Lahey ~ The Gift of Failure * (

    Jessica Lahey is a middle school teacher and the author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, released in 2015.  The committee noted, “We love the title of her book and feel it would make a great headliner for our fall 2017 events!”

       11/16/17 (Th) – 7:00 - 8:30 pm at The Community House

       11/17/17 (Fr) - 9:30 – 11:00 am at The Community House

    Michael Bradley ~ Teen Mental Health & Illness * (

    The committee is bringing back keynote speaker Michael Bradley, “who was very effective and well received when he spoke here in Spring 2013.  Everyone in our group who has heard Bradley speak feels that he could be a compelling speaker on the topics of mental health and illness.  Bradley has literally written a book titled When Things Get Crazy with your Teen, which offers little theory and lots of advice on generally accepted strategies for initial interventions to problems most common to contemporary adolescence.”

       2/21/18 (We) - 7:00 - 8:30 pm at The Community House

       2/22/18 (Th) - 9:30 – 11:00 am at The Community House

    Michael Thompson ~ Boy Development and Stressors* ( 

    Dr. Michael Thompson, clinical psychologist, school consultant and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools and parenting

       5/1/18 (Tu) - 7:00 - 8:30 pm at The Community House

       5/2/18 (We) - 9:30 – 11:00 am at The Community House

    Superintendents' Community Speaker Series Message, 2016-17

    Dear Friends and Families of Hinsdale 86 and D181:

    Welcome to the 2016-17 Community Speaker Series! Thank you for your support and for your interest in joining the conversations we will have this year:

    • How we can support our children's success, without compromising their health or losing the joy of learning, with the encouragement and guidance of Dr. Madeline Levine.
    • How mindfulness can help us, and our children, feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and more focused through the humorous and engaging solutions offered by Kristen Race.
    • How tech time impacts kids’ development and how adults can empower them to navigate the digital world, as presented in the documentary "SCREENAGERS" with filmmaker Dr. Delaney Ruston.

    On behalf of the elementary schools of District 181 and the high schools of District 86, we are proud to join in bringing these thought-leaders and groundbreakers to our community.

    Over the last four years the Speaker Series events have been held, it is worth looking back on the many critical topics we have addressed together. We have learned how brain science can help us better understand teenage behavior, and how to nurture children who are resilient and self-disciplined. We have recognized the "price of privilege" and discussed how to raise children who are the "opposite of spoiled." We have aspired to change the way we treat our sons and the messages we send them about being a man in today's world. We have supported mental health awareness and confronted real issues in our community. Please join us in thanking the team of people who have created and sustained this deeply meaningful and impactful Speaker Series. 

    If there is one common message shared in each session we have held in these Speaker Series events, it is that we can help. All of us can help—teachers, school personnel, parents, from preschool through grade 12. As a great school community we have the ability to support the incredible potential of each and every child. Thank you for joining us on the journey to do that work better, together.


    Dr. Don White                                                      Dr. Bruce Law

    Superintendent, District 181                            Superintendent, District 86