June 2021 Newsletter 
Volume 10, Issue 6
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News from Start School Later

Meet Our Latest Sleep Champions

Dear Friends of Start School Later.

Receiving the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation's 2021 Sleep Champion Award last week was a huge honor for Start School Later. Getting this kind of recognition was also a huge boost of confidence for an organization that literally started at a dining room table 10 years ago--and also a great chance to feature some of the many sleep heroes among us in a new VIDEO.
Find out more about what our incredible network of community advocates, sleep researchers, health professionals, and educators is doing to champion sleep health and sleep-friendly school start times in this month's newsletter. As always, we're also including info and resources for advocates and school leaders working to ensure safe, healthy school hours.
With all best wishes and gratitude for your continuing support,
Terra Ziporyn Snider, PhD
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Start School Later

Save the Date for our FREE June Webinar

Don't miss this month's FREE Let's Sleep! webinar, featuring two of the nation's top authorities on school start time change, and sponsored by

PSA Public Service Award 
Kudos to PA Chapter Leader Gail Karafin

Congratulations to Dr. Gail Karafin, a school psychologist and chapter leader of Start School Later Pennsylvania, whose tireless efforts to promote later school start times earned her the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's 2021 Public Service Award. Dr. Karafin will be honored at a virtual awards ceremony on June 18.
Leaders Who Lead
Shout out to New Canaan, CT Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Luizzi, who is overseeing an evidence-based campaign--including an info-packed website and social media campaign--to address concerns build community support for later, healthier start times.
Thanks to all our Supporting Members!

Supporting Members not only support our work but get access to many members-only resources on our website - plus selected discounts on workshops and educational resources.
Please feel free to share this newsletter and spread the word about benefits of membership!
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The Philadelphia Story
Astounding, the Philadelphia school district recently proposed a plan to shift most middle and high schools’ start times earlier, to 7:30 a.m., a move that flies in the face of American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations and recent efforts by suburban districts throughout the area to move schedules later. It also flies in the face of a recent statewide report by a Joint State Commission recommending that middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

A similar scenario is playing out in Atlanta Public Schools.

Fortunately, quick pushback by parents, teachers, and other communities leaders is leading school leaders to do an about take, and waking up the entire school community to the importance of sleep-friendly school schedules.
Quote of the Month
This [proposal to move bell times] is an opportunity for the Philadelphia School District to lead the nation by creatively solving the school transportation problem. Let’s hope district leadership follows the well-established guidance of experts and prioritizes the health needs of students as the conversation on start times and transportation evolves."
   -- Amy Janke, Associate Professor of Psychology at University of the Sciences. in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Research News
For the latest in sleep research, including studies related to adolescent sleep and later school start times, attend Virtual #SLEEP2021, You can earn 75+ hours of CME credits from general sessions and another 40+ hours from postgraduate courses. View the schedule and register today by CLICKING HERE!
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