School’s out for Presidents Day on Feb. 16, but education events pick up soon afterward, including these three:
- Feb. 17: A Twitter and Facebook live conversation with ranking Republican members on education issues in the Washington State House of Representatives.
- Feb. 21: Parent/family engagement summit at Seattle Public Schools with keynote from National PTA president Ortha Thornton.
- Feb. 23: Seattle Town Hall, “Start School Later, Let Teens Sleep” panel discussion on teen sleep science.
In the first, House Reps. Chad Magendanz, Dick Muri and Melanie Stambaugh will field questions and take comments on K-12 education via Twitter and Facebook during an online town hall from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.
National PTA president Otha Thornton is the keynote speaker at the second, a free, day-long summit on Feb. 21 for parents and community members interested in getting more involved in their schools. The event, including continental breakfast, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the John Stanford Center, 2445 Third Ave. S in Seattle. The summit is sponsored by the Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators, the U.S. Department of Education and Seattle Public Schools.
Experts will discuss the science of teen sleep and make the case for starting the school day later for adolescents at the third event, at Town Hall Seattle at 7:30 p.m.
- Dr. Maida Lynn Chen, director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital
- Dr. Catherine Darley, director of The Institute of Naturopathic Sleep Medicine and co-chair of Start School Later/Seattle
- Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, Seattle Children’s pediatrician and author the Seattle Mama Doc blog.
Seattle Public Schools now has the staff and a community task force considering what it would take to push back start times for teens. Changing bell times can be difficult logistically, but not impossible, as Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia proved last October.