Education

HCC in Seattle Schools. Fix it. Don’t Cut it!

2 Oct , 2019  

Seattle Public School students

The Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) in Seattle Public Schools is once again on the chopping block. On September 25 Superintendent Juneau proposed the sweeping elimination of this program. Two years ago, the School Board passed a resolution directing the Superintendent to “implement, by school year 2019-20, more equitable identification practices for advanced learning and highly […]

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Writing

Revisiting Amos Peaslee and his World View

11 Nov , 2018  

Peaslee family at State Department

The US State Department is recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Courier Service in an exhibit that features my grandfather, Amos Peaslee. I was honored to attend the opening reception with my son Max, sister Daphne, and cousin Lucy Ann. The exhibit is a moving display of photos and artifacts that bring to life […]

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Education

Where Have I Been?!

27 Oct , 2018  

Ingraham Yearbook staff with boxes of new books

Teaching is the answer. I’m now into my second year at Ingraham High School in Seattle Public Schools. As Head of Business Department I’m teaching Marketing, IB Business Management, Graphic Design, and Yearbook. After decades of working for corporate clients, non-profits, artists and myself this has been a huge transition. Which is why I have […]

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Education

Last push for two start times!

2 Jun , 2017  

teen trying to sleep

Next week the Seattle City Council will vote on whether or not to provide the one-time funding for a shift to two start times for Seattle students. The School Board will vote on June 7. It’s urgently important that they hear from you, particularly if you are negatively impacted by Tier 3. If we shift […]

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Education

Oh give us a break and give sleep a chance!

16 May , 2017  

sleeping teen

It’s hot potato time for teen sleep in Seattle. The Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee voted 4-3 in favor of recommending that the City of Seattle fund the shift to two start times. In other words they passed the potato or the buck or whatever you want to call it.  They could have covered […]

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Education

Pushback on better school start times

30 Apr , 2017  

sleeping teen

The good news is the Seattle Mayor’s office is recommending support of a shift to two school start times. The bad news is there’s pushback. Please send emails to key people listed below in support of a shift to two start times next year. The Mayor of Seattle is recommending to the Levy Oversight Committee […]

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Education

Help Improve School Start Times in Seattle

1 Apr , 2017  

later start times for teens

Seattle Public Schools could optimize start times for all students next year, but we need your help! This will take two minutes of your time. If we don’t do this we could end up with start times moving in the WRONG direction! The City needs to hear from as many people as possible by April […]

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Education, Writing

Seattle Public Schools Give Sleep A Chance

21 Aug , 2016  

teen boy sleeping

Huffington Post, 8/16/16 In three weeks Seattle Public Schools will give middle and high school students an extra hour of sleep — every night! Seattle is the largest urban district in the US to switch to later start times for adolescents, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control […]

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Education, Writing

Sleep or Sports: which is more important for teens?

29 Apr , 2016  

sports or sleep

Published in Huffington Post, 4/29/16– As pressures mount to shift to later school start times for teens many districts won’t because of sports. Athletes are trained to tough it out, push it to the limit, power through discomfort and fatigue. Districts encourage all students to participate in sports for their health and well-being. So what’s […]

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Education, Writing

Sleep Deprivation Is a National Crisis. Let’s Not Waste a Good Crisis!

21 Mar , 2016  

Published in Huffington Post, 3/21/16 – Seattle Public Schools is the largest urban district to shift to later start times for teens. This also means earlier start times for elementary schools. A seemingly simple flip creates logistical challenges that are deterring other districts from doing what’s right for teens. But it can also lead to […]

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