School Struggles Summit

Top Insights & Strategies to Help Struggling Learners Inside and Outside the Classroom

Thirty of the world’s learning, education, ADHD, and autism experts  — 25% of whom are neurodivergent or have learning challenges — have come together in one conference to share the evidence-based knowledge, tools, and strategies that help struggling learners succeed and shine.

Ready to transform your struggling learners' school and learning experiences and help them thrive?

You'll learn how to:


🎯 reduce homework battles and disruptive behavior triggered by school and schoolwork

🎯 help your child not only get the work done, but also turned in

🎯 help a kid re-engage who has shut down or given up on school

🎯 get the services and accommodations your child needs, deserves, and has a legal right to

🎯 shift your mindset to a pattern of understanding and thinking that’s crucial to your child’s success and your entire family’s wellbeing

🎯 ensure that school struggles don’t negatively impact your child’s mental health and your relationship with them

🎯 recognize behavior as a stress response and a signal that your child needs your help to eliminate common stressors around school and learning

🎯 use your child’s strengths to overcome challenges and nurture confidence

🎯 take care of yourself too, given the stress school struggles cause for parents and families


🎯 address learning and behavior struggles with dignity and respect

🎯 help a student re-engage who has shut down or given up on school

🎯 manage classroom behavior with science-backed strategies that are also compassionate and effective (more than PBS) 

🎯 help students struggling with reading, writing, math, or processing speed

🎯 foster a collaborative, community atmosphere in your classroom

🎯 shift from a compliance model to a humanistic model focused on connection, regulation, and collaboration 

🎯 recognize behavior as a stress response and a signal that the student needs your help

🎯 make changes for your entire classroom that help struggling learners but benefit all students

🎯 co-regulate with your students instead of co-escalate

🎯 use a student’s strengths to overcome challenges and nurture confidence

The Experts

What You'll Learn

Join us on a journey of discovery where you’ll grow to understand the hurdles that block some kids’ learning and school success and how to overcome them. Our goal is to empower you by providing the evidence-based information, support, strategies, and community you need to help struggling learners thrive.

What Your Student's Behavior is Actually Signaling to You

The behavior of complex students can be frustrating and confusing. Learn the WHYs behind kids who act out, freak out, or zone out when it comes to school and homework so you can help them connect and regulate to feel better so they can do better.

Accommodations & Interventions Available, With or Without an IEP or 504 Plan

Learn a myriad of potential interventions for students with ADHD, autism, anxiety, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and more. You'll also learn how to prepare for successful school meetings.

How to Identify and Intervene with Specific Learning Challenges

Learn the warning signs of specific learning disabilities — like dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscaculia — and how to help kids who are struggling with reading, writing, and/or math. Conditions like ADHD, autism, and anxiety can affect a student's abilities in these areas too.

The Pivotal Role of Social & Emotional Wellbeing in Learning

If kids are flooded with emotions, struggling with peers, or just not feeling safe at school, their thinking brains are offline and they aren't available to learn. Learn how to ensure that kids feel safe at school and at home so their thinking brains are online and they're available to learn.

At the end you’ll know:

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“I learned so much valuable information from this Summit. But the most important is that I’m not alone! I’m a special educator, and I learned specific tips to use with not just my son, but also my students!”
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“Just wanted to say that I attend about 10 online summits each year, and I really love how yours is organized. It is so easy to access and navigate. Plus: great speakers.”
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“Thank you for all that you do! This is one of the best summits out there.”
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“This was the type of training that I have been looking for since my children were diagnosed. So helpful to know about the challenges that others have gone through and the options available out there for me as a parent to prepare my kids for the future, in school, work, and social development."
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“For me, I'm so motivated to review the ways and which our little team could do better, feel better. I'm motivated around revisiting our sensory strategies and executive function training and support. And I feel super supported right now, which I totally needed. <3 Thanks for all you do.”

The Expert Sessions

Classroom and School-Triggered Behavior

Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okay: Helping Kids Develop the Executive Function Skills They Need in the Age of Attention

Michael Delman, M.Ed.CEO of Beyond BookSmart

Humanizing Students with Behavior Challenges & Addressing Unmet Needs

Sam Parmerlee — School Behavioral Consultant & Former Self-Contained SPED Teacher

Teaching the “Unteachable” Students

Claire English — Australian Secondary Teacher, Creator of Teacher Professional Development Programs at ‘The Unteachables Academy’

Compliance vs. Regulation

Greg Santucci, OTR/L, — Pediatric OT, Founding Director of Power Play Pediatric & Creator of the Model of Child Engagement

How Sensory Impacts Learning

Laura Petix, OTR/LPediatric Occupational Therapist

Taking a Humanistic Approach to Behavior Management

Emily King, Ph.D. — Licensed Psychologist and Heath Service Provider

How to Help Kids Stuck in Survival Mode at School

Dayna Abraham — Founder of the Calm the Chaos® Framework, Author of The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day

School Avoidance & Refusal

Penny Williams with Luke Williams — Parenting Coach for Neurodiverse Families, Co-Founder of The Behavior Revolution, Award-Winning Author of Boy Without Instructions and 3 Other Books on ADHD

Specific Learning Challenges

Executive Functions: What They Are & How to Support Students with EF Deficits

Seth Perler, M.Ed. — Renegade Teacher Turned Executive Function, ADHD & 2e Coach

Working with Frustrated Learners

Stephanie Pitts, M.Ed, BCET & Rachel Kapp, M.A., BCETBoard Certified Educations Therapists & Hosts of the Learn Smarter Podcast

Reading Struggles & Dyslexia

Jeannette Roberes, M.Ed.Speech Pathologist, Software Engineer and Educator, Author of Technical Difficulties: Why Dyslexic Narratives Matter In Tech

Handwriting and Written Expression Struggles & Dysgraphia

Cheri Dotterer, MS, OTR/L — Occupational Therapist, Dysgraphia Expert & Author of Handwriting Brain-Body DisConnect

How to Help Students Struggling with Math & Dyscalculia

Adrianne Meldrum, M.A. — Certified Multisensory Math Instructor & Founder and Owner of Made for Math

Processing Struggles: Your Student Isn’t Defiant, They Just Need Time

Sarah Wayland, Ph.D. — Special Needs Navigator and RDI Consultant

2e: When Students are Gifted & Have Learning Challenges

Debbie Steinberg Kuntz, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Founder and CEO of Bright & Quirky

Intervention & Accommodation

The Support Neurodivergent Students Want & Need

Paul MicallefAerospace Engineer, Proud Aspie, Founder of AutismFromTheInside.com.au

Redefining Success

Iris Chen Recovering Tiger Mother, Unschooler, Founder of the Untigering Movement & Author of Untigering: Peaceful Parenting for the Deconstructing Tiger Parent

Playing to Strengths: Optimizing Brain Systems to Maximize Learning

Andrew Fuller — Ambassador for Mind Matters, Member of the National Coalition Against Bullying (Australia), and Author of Numerous Books Including Tricky Behaviours

How to Help Students Get Things Done that Should be Easy, But Aren’t

Brendan Mahan, M.Ed., MS — Producer and Host of the ADHD Essentials Podcast, Internationally Recognized ADHD/Executive Function Expert

Connecting with Students with Learning Challenges

Norrine Russell, Ph.D. —  Founder of Russell Coaching for Students, which Uses an Innovative Method of Coaching for Complex Students

Preparing for Successful School Meetings

Liz Capone, M.S. — Special Education Advocate & Expert Witness, Former SPED Teacher

What to Do When School Accommodations Aren’t Being Met

Nicole Beurkens, Ph.D., CNS — Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Host of the Better Behavior Show

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

How to Help Kids Feel Accepted & Valued

Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart, PsyD, ABPP — Pediatric Psychologist & Parent Coach

Teaching Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom and Beyond

Nadine Levitt Founder and CEO of WURRLYedu & author of the My Mama Says SEL program

Helping Disconnected Kids Find Social Connection

Caroline Maguire M.Ed.Social Skills Clinician & Author of the Award-Winning Book, Why Will No One Play With Me?

Managing Stress and Anxiety at School

Natalie Borrell, Ed.S. — School Psychologist & Founder of Life Success for Teens

The Correlation Between School and Suicide

Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW —  Professor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, Coauthor of Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention, Host of the Social Work Podcast

School Shootings are Everyone’s Problem & Everyone Is Part of the Solution

Florence Ann Romano — Childcare and Village Advocate, Author, and Philanthropist

Celebrating the Accomplishments of Introverts

Deborah Farmer Kris, M.Ed. — Parent Educator, Founder of Parenthood365 & Author of the All The Time Picture Book Series

Navigating the Journey of Raising Kids Who Struggle in School

Debbie Reber, M.A.Founder of TiLT Parenting, Podcast Host, Speaker & Author of Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World

PLUS! sweet extras

Masterclass: How to Meet Neurodivergent Kids Where They Are

We know that meeting your neurodivergent child or students where they are is critical to their success, but what exactly does that mean? In this masterclass, Penny Williams will walk you through how to determine "where a child is," what it means to meet them "where they are," and how to scaffold support in a way that honors differences and also meets kids exactly where they are. A brief Q&A will follow. A replay will be available to all registrants.

Advocacy Bonus Pack

If you purchase the Fast Pass, you get the Advocacy Bonus Pack immediately upon purchase.This package includes 4 sample letters for teachers and schools (Introduce Your Child to Teacher, Parent Concerns, Present Levels of Performance, and IEP Overview) as well as our new Manifesto of the Neurodiverse Classroom, a Brain-Based Lens Infographic, How to Address Challenging Behavior Flowchart, and Student Strengths Worksheet.

Your Summit Host

Penny Williams

Parenting ADHD/Autism Coach. Award-Winning Author. Speaker.

Penny Williams trains and coaches parents raising kids with ADHD and/or autism. She’s the parent of a son with ADHD, autism, and learning disabilities, and the award-winning author of four books on parenting kids with ADHD, including Boy Without Instructions.

Penny is the founder of ParentingADHDandAutism.com, host of the Beautifully Complex Podcast, co-founder of The Behavior Revolution, and a contributor on parenting and children with ADHD for various publications.


How the Pro License Works and Answers to Other Questions

You will receive one login to the hub that can be shared for searching the library of sessions. You also have the ability to download the videos for sharing within your organization. We recommend hosting them in a shared internal space — like Google Drive or Dropbox — and sharing access to that folder. You will also have instructions on loading the sessions as a podcast to share.

You are not permitted to broadcast sessions to the public or resale any of the content. HOWEVER, you can host meetings where the sessions are watched together, even with the families you serve, not just your staff.

This license affords you permanent, on-demand access. 

The system will need to track the watch history of anyone wanting to get a certificate of completion to apply for continuing ed credits. If you have anyone on staff who wants to take advantage of this option, you’ll need to email us to set up a separate login for them so their completion of videos can be tracked.

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Multi-Use license for educators, clinicians, therapists, and non-profit organizations.

With the Professional Access Multi-use License you get:

  • Unlimited access to all 2022 School Struggles Summit sessions to share within your school, non-profit, or practice (for 1-3 locations in the same company or school — if you have more locations, email us.)
  • Downloadable video and audio versions of all 30 expert sessions
  • The Empowerment Workbook to use with the parents and educators that you serve

* This license prohibits the resale of any and all materials contained therein. 

Lily KernWashington, DC
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Dr. Jeffrey Kranzler, Ph.D., LCSW-CPsychologist
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VivianTeacher & Parent
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“I learned so much valuable information from this Summit. But the most important is that I’m not alone! I’m a special educator, and I learned specific tips to use with not just my son, but also my students!”
SarahPreschool Teacher
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“This session was very informative. I actually work with preschoolers and I was able to gain some valuable knowledge on SPD and how I can help some children in my room who exhibit SPD traits. I also loved hearing about your activities that you do at presentations and your ideas for ice breakers. I am working on some research on the benefits of outdoor play and I loved your activity with the paper plates. Its interesting to see how many of our early memories relate to the outdoors. Thank you so much for this session.”