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.

August 2, 2020 2pm PST / 5pm EST | Online | COVID and College Applications | Details

"COVID and College Applications"

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 high school juniors and seniors 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 are now test-optional, and won't require students to submit standardized test scores. Ana will highlight some of the latest updates, and discuss how she and her staff approach the college application process with students. The webinar will be around 45 minutes with time for Q&A.

The talk is free, though spots are limited.

About Ana Homayoun:  Ana Homayoun is a noted author, speaker and educator. She is the founder of Silicon Valley-based Green Ivy Educational Consulting and the author of three books - That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last WeekThe Myth of the Perfect Girland Social Media Wellness - that are particularly relevant right now. She works with schools all around the world on issues related to organization, time-management, and overall wellness. More about Green Ivy Educational Consulting's college counseling work and philosophy can be found here.

Ana is also the founder and executive director of Luminaria Learning Solutions, a non-profit program designing the Life Navigator Middle School Program, which brings practical life skills and social and emotional skills into public middle schools.

Learn more about her work and find extra resources at www.greenivyed.com and www.anahomayoun.com.

August 18, 2020 12pm PST / 3pm EST | Online | Setting Students Up for Success in a School Year of Uncertainty | Details

"Setting Students Up for Success in a School Year of Uncertainty"

We know the only constant this school year is change. 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 change is key to long-term success.

About Ana Homayoun:

Ana is an author, educator of three books, and founder and executive director of Silicon Valley based Green Ivy Educational Consulting, which helps students thrive in and outside of the classroom. Ana is also the founder of Luminaria Learning, a non-profit initiative bringing critical programming into public schools through the Life Navigator Middle School Program. Her work has been featured in the NYTimes, Washington Post, the Atlantic, Fast Company, CNBC, CNN, ABC News, among others, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.

She speaks at schools in-person and virtually doing student talks, parent education, and faculty professional development. Learn more about her work at www.anahomayoun.com.

August 19, 2020 7pm PST / 10pm EST | Santa Clara Library (Virtual) | Getting Ready For Distance Learning | Details

"Getting Ready for Distance Learning"

For students and families, next year is going to feel like a pendulum swinging between remote, hybrid, and in-person options. So much of the national conversation is focused on how schools will operate logistically, but little has been said on how to help students navigate this exponential level of transition. How to keep track of papers? Manage distractions? Navigate alternating schedules and changing activity options? This webinar will offer strategies on how to help students and families get ready for distance learning, and will provide tips on how to track assignments, activities and different learning options.

About Ana Homayoun:

Ana is an author, educator of three books, and founder and executive director of Silicon Valley based Green Ivy Educational Consulting, which helps students thrive in and outside of the classroom. Ana is also the founder of Luminaria Learning, a non-profit initiative bringing critical programming into public schools through the Life Navigator Middle School Program. Her work has been featured in the NYTimes, Washington Post, the Atlantic, Fast Company, CNBC, CNN, ABC News, among others, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.

She partners with schools around the country doing student talks, parent education, and faculty professional development. Learn more about her work at www.anahomayoun.com.

August 25, 2020 12pm PST / 3pm EST | Online | Juggling Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Schooling | Details

"Juggling Remote, Hybrid and In-Person Schooling: Strategies for Organizational Success"

For students and families, next year is going to feel like a pendulum swinging between remote, hybrid, and in-person options. So much of the national conversation is focused on how logistically schools will operate, but little has been said on how to help students navigate this exponential level of transition. How to keep track of papers? Manage distractions? Navigate alternating schedules and changing activity options? This talk will offer strategies on how to help students and families track assignments, activities, and shifting learning options.

About Ana Homayoun:

Ana is an author, educator of three books, and founder and executive director of Silicon Valley based Green Ivy Educational Consulting, which helps students thrive in and outside of the classroom. Ana is also the founder of Luminaria Learning, a non-profit initiative bringing critical programming into public schools through the Life Navigator Middle School Program. Her work has been featured in the NYTimes, Washington Post, the Atlantic, Fast Company, CNBC, CNN, ABC News, among others, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.

She speaks at schools in-person and virtually doing student talks, parent education, and faculty professional development. Learn more about her work at www.anahomayoun.com.

August 27, 2020 12pm PST / 3pm EST | BakerAvenue Financial Feminism Expert Insights (Virtual) | COVID and the New Normal | Details

"COVID and the New Normal"

Ana Homayoun partners with BakerAvenue Financial Feminism Expert Insights to present COVID and the New Normal: K-12 education.

This talk will offer strategies on how to help students and families track assignments, activities, and shifting learning options.

About Ana Homayoun:

Ana is an author, educator of three books, and founder and executive director of Silicon Valley based Green Ivy Educational Consulting, which helps students thrive in and outside of the classroom. Ana is also the founder of Luminaria Learning, a non-profit initiative bringing critical programming into public schools through the Life Navigator Middle School Program. Her work has been featured in the NYTimes, Washington Post, the Atlantic, Fast Company, CNBC, CNN, ABC News, among others, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.

She speaks at schools in-person and virtually doing student talks, parent education, and faculty professional development. Learn more about her work at www.anahomayoun.com.

September 1, 2020 12pm PST / 3pm EST | Menlo Atherton High School (Virtual) | How to Give Kids a Sense of Routine and Stability in a Pandemic School Year | Details

"How to Give Kids a Sense of Routine and Stability in a Pandemic School Year"

The uncertainty of what school will look like and how long the pandemic will go on, along with fear of the virus, is stressful for parents and kids alike.

Research suggests that stress and trauma can affect executive function, which includes organization skills, critical thinking and problem-solving, planning, decision-making and executing tasks.

Join Ana Homayoun, founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, and DeLise Barnard, founder of Surviving Homeschool, as they discuss how to help kids - and parents! - navigate the transitions ahead.

Parents, students, educators, clinicians, and community members welcome! Free admission.

This presentation is sponsored by M-A PTASequoia Healthcare DistrictSequoia Union High School School District, and The Parent Venture.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Founder and CEO, The Parent Education Series, at cmargot@csmconsulting.net

October 15, 2020 9am PST / 12pm EST | Safe Community Coalition of McLean, VA (Virtual) | Setting the Tone: Habits for a Smooth School Year | Registration Link Here | Details

"Setting the Tone: Habits for a Smooth School Year"

We know the only constant this school year is change. In this pragmatic, solutions-oriented talk, noted author and educator Ana Homayoun discusses ways to support students socially, emotionally and academically in the midst of this unique school year. She will also suggest potential daily and weekly habits that might work for your family as a way to create a thriving environment amid so much change.

Within this year of transition, our overarching goals of 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 - remain critical for this year and beyond.

Thank you to the Safe Community Coalition for their generous sponsorship of this talk. The talk will be about 35-40 minutes, with time for Q&A. The replay will be available for two weeks after the live broadcast those who register.

October 29, 2020 8:45am PST / 9:45am MDT / 11:45am EST | Colorado Academy (Virtual) | Social Media Wellness with Ana Homayoun | 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.

November 2, 2020 10:00am PDT / 12:00pm CDT | REDgen and University School of Milwaukee (Virtual) | Social Media Wellness and COVID-19 | Registration Link Here | Details

"Social Media Wellness and COVID-19: Understanding the Intersection of School, Stress and Technology During a Pandemic School Year"

Working with kids in today’s digital world has never been so complex, and keeping up with the latest social media trends can seem like a never-ending challenge. In this pandemic school year, many teens and young adults have found online tools to be the critical lifeline for promoting and maintaining community. At the same time, our current learning environments also play host to many distractions, including social media.

Noted author and educator Ana Homayoun helps parents and educators understand the new world of social media socialization, and provides practical tips on how we can all work to make better choices around social media use and overall wellness.

This talk is generously sponsored by REDgen and University School Milwaukee.

November 5, 2020 10:00am PDT / 12:00pm CDT | Memphis University School (Virtual) | Setting the Stage for Smooth School Year | Details

"Setting the Stage for a Smooth School Year: Helping Students Navigate Virtual, Hybrid and Remote Learning"

We know the only constant this school year is change. In this pragmatic, solutions-oriented talk, noted author and educator Ana Homayoun discusses ways to support students socially, emotionally and academically in the midst of this unique school year. She will also suggest potential daily and weekly habits that might work for your family as a way to create a thriving environment amid so much change.

Within this year of transition, our overarching goals of 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 - remain critical for this year and beyond.

Thank you to Memphis University School for generously hosting this parent event for their school community. The talk will be about 35-40 minutes, with time for Q&A. The replay will be available for two weeks after the live broadcast those who register.

December 8, 2020 The Potomac School (Virtual) | Social Media Wellness | 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.

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