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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Education, Writing

Huffington Post blogs

7 Mar , 2016  

sleeping teen girl

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 […]


Education, Writing

Is Sleep Worth the Price?

20 Feb , 2016  

sleepy teens

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, […]


Education, Writing

Sleep is Essential for Effective Education Reform

12 Feb , 2016  

teen sleeping

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 […]



Seattle School Board Accomplishments

4 Dec , 2015  

girls at Seattle Public Schools

We did all this! December 1, 2011-December 1, 2015 Nobody knows what happens behind the scenes in a large and complex school district unless they work there.  School Board Directors have a unique perspective because we’re charged with oversight and are well-advised to stay out of management.  Our decisions set priorities and drive them forward. […]



Farewell Seattle School Board

2 Dec , 2015  

last school board meeting

My four year term on Seattle School Board ended in December, 2015. We accomplished far more than I ever dreamed possible. I’ll include the complete list in another post. There are a few issues I will continue to be involved with.  One is the switch to later start times for middle and high school.  Huffington […]


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