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Seattle Public Schools Give Sleep A Chance

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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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Sleep or Sports: which is more important for teens?

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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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Mothership launch

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I’ve rebuilt the mothership.  Please check it out.  SharonPeaslee.com. This used to be my Seattle School Board Director site.  Now it links to other sites and projects I’m involved with. I’ll also be using it to test web features and other ways to reach out and engage. Please like, follow and connect. Your feedback is […]

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Infomercials

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These are clips from infomercials written and in some cases produced by Sharon Peaslee. Sharon has scripted more than 50 direct response commercials and infomercials, also producing many of them. This sample reel shows a few highlights, with some surprising celebrity hosts.

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Huffington Post blogs

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Arianna Huffington is launching a national sleep revolution.  She heard about the success of Seattle Public School in deciding to shift to later start times for middle and high school.  Huffington Post contacted me and invited me to blog on this topic. I’ll continue to post my pieces here as well as on Facebook and […]

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Donald, Give it a Rest!

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Published in Huffington Post, 3/7/16 – Donald Trump says he only sleeps three to four hours per night. That could explain everything. At the risk of politicizing this issue it may be the only way to get it any attention these days. I was going to post a third blog on Seattle Public School’s shift […]

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Is Sleep Worth the Price?

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Published in Huffington Post, 2/20/16 – With so much research showing that teens need more sleep why aren’t all school districts switching to later start times? Some say it costs too much, but does it really? In my last post on this topic I pointed out that the US spends over $1billion on standardized testing, […]

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Sleep is Essential for Effective Education Reform

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Published in Huffington Post, 2/12/16 – In the US we spend over a billion dollars a year on standardized testing for the purpose of improving public education. Reauthorization of ESSA isn’t likely to change this since the testing is still required. Standardized testing drives standardized curricula and standardized pacing. The obvious reason this isn’t diminishing […]