Our founder, Ana Homayoun, regularly speaks at schools and conferences, providing parent education, faculty and staff professional development, and book talks related to her three books. To inquire about a speaking engagement, please visit here.

January 12, 2021 5:00pm PT / 8:00pm ET | Parenting in Place: Conversation on Expectations, Homework, and Executive Function | Registration Link Here | Details

"Parenting in Place: Conversation on Expectations, Homework, and Executive Function"

Join Ana in conversation with Tiffany Dufu ("Drop the Ball") as they offer parents compassion and strategies for managing the pressure of expectations: the school's, the neighbors’, and our own. They’ll give guidance on setting limits, supporting homework and building children’s executive function — and how to know when to drop the ball. Their advice will help parents enforce structure and healthy limits, while acknowledging the realities of this unusual school year. Parents will leave the session with new ideas for everything from screen rules to supporting kids in organizing schoolwork and managing their own time and mindset.

January 27, 2021 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST | A Brighter 2021: Strategies for Supporting Students This Upcoming Semester | Registration Link Here | Details

"A Brighter 2021: Strategies for Supporting Students This Upcoming Semester"

We know the only constant this school year has been change, and we know that students have experienced this school year so far in many different ways. As we head into 2021, how can we focus on making this time brighter for students and families?

Finding ways to promote autonomy, competence and a sense of relatedness and belonging - which research reveals are the key foundational tools to building intrinsic motivation - is critical for this year and beyond. Join noted author Ana Homayoun as she discusses how we set students up socially, emotionally and academically in the midst of pandemic pivoting, and how we support students in creating the brightest possible 2021.

The talk is free, though spots are limited.

January 29, 2021 9:00am PT / 12:00pm ET | Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (Virtual) | Social Media Wellness | Registration Link Here | Details

"Social Media Wellness with Ana Homayoun"

Working with young people in today’s digital world has never been so complex. Our technology-infused learning environments play host to many distractions, including social media. Ana Homayoun, a San Francisco-based author, school consultant, and educator, helps parents understand the latest trends in the world of social media socialization, and provides practical tips on how we can make better choices around social media use, managing distractions, and overall wellness. Homayoun is the author of three books, including Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World. Learn more about her books and work here.

February 3, 2021 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST | College Admissions and COVID-19 | Registration Link Here | Details

"College Admissions and COVID-19: Strategies, Tips and Solutions to Navigate the Application Process"

Wonder how COVID-19 will affect the college application process for high school students? Join us as noted author, educator and longtime college counselor Ana Homayoun discusses what current high school sophomores and juniors can think about this coming year.

This talk will focus on the college application process and recent developments in the college admissions process. Over half of colleges and universities this past year have been now test-optional, and don't require students to submit standardized test scores. Ana will highlight some of the latest updates, and discuss how we can help students think about their college application process in these unusual times. She will also discuss how she and her staff approach the college application process with students, and offer tips for students and families. The webinar will be around 45 minutes with time for Q&A.

The talk is free, though spots are limited.

April 13, 2021 9:00am PST / 12pm EST | Safe Community Coalition | A Brighter 2021: Ending the School Year Strong | Registration Link Here | Details

"A Brighter 2021: Ending the School Year Strong"

We know this past year has been filled with so much change and uncertainty for all of us. As we look to the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, what are ways we can make this time brighter for students and families?

Join noted author Ana Homayoun as she discusses how we set students up socially, emotionally and academically in the midst of remote and hybrid schooling. She'll look at ways to be organized during hybrid and remote learning, and discuss how to support healthy socialization and a sense of curiosity and discovery as we head into summer break. Many parents are feeling a sense of underlying anxiety about learning gaps and "feeling behind," and Ana will look at how to address and reframe some of these concerns. Above all, Ana will offer practical, implementable strategies to support student, parent and caregiver well-being.

Ana is thrilled to do this event in partnership with Safe Community Coalition.

April 20, 2021 6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST | Greene Middle School PTA | Supporting Students for a Brighter Spring and Summer | Registration Link Here | Details

"Supporting Students for a Brighter Spring and Summer"

We know the only constant this school year has been change, and we know that students have experienced this school year so far in many different ways. As we head into spring and summer 2021, what are ways we can focus on making this time brighter for students and families?

Join noted author Ana Homayoun as she discusses how we set students up socially, emotionally and academically in the midst of pandemic pivoting, and how we support students going forward. Ana is thrilled to partner with the Greene Middle School PTA for this event.