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 | Registration Link Here | 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 | Registration Link Here | 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 25, 2020 12pm PST / 3pm EST | Online | Juggling Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Schooling | Registration Link Here | 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 piece would offer strategies on how to help students and families track assignments, activities and switching between 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 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.

October 29, 2020 8:45am PST / 9:45am MDT / 11:45am EST | Online | 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 | Milwaukee, WI | Social Media Wellness | Details

"Social Media Wellness: Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World"

In our always-on digital world, it can be hard for tweens and teens - and adults! - to successfully navigate online and IRL worlds. With empathy, compassion, and humor, noted Silicon Valley author Ana Homayoun discusses some of the modern parenting dilemmas in the age of the smartphone and speaks about her latest book, “Social Media Wellness: Helping Teens and Tweens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World.” The book explores how the digital balancing act affects all aspects of our lives and personal wellness, and for students impacts academic abilities and social well-being as well as emotional and physical health. Ana's work, which is grounded in research and based on over fifteen years of working with students of all ages, offers practical solutions for students, parents, and educators as they navigate the ever-changing issues involving social networking and healthy teen development.

To get a sense of Social Media Wellness, please watch this video of students speaking about ways to promote social media wellness, or read some of the features below: