In today's episode, I interview Dr. Sara Morrow - a child psychologist on a mission to change school start times. She has compiled 20 years of research that proves that later school start times for teens lead to: healthier sleep hygiene, less depression, less risky behavior, better performance in school, better and safer performance in athletics, safer driving as teens get themselves to school, better moods, fewer morning parent/teen power struggles and surprisingly, positive economic implications.
Quicklinks to Resources from this Episode
American Psychological Association Policy Statement with References
The Economic Implications of Later School Start Times in the United States
Later Start Time for Teens Improves Grades, Mood, and Safety
Relationships Between Hours of Sleep and Health-risk Behaviors in US Adolescent Students
Start School Later
"Changing Bell Times to Meet Student Needs: A Toolkit for Superintendents and School System Leaders" (They sell a pdf guide for $99)
Nonprofit agency directed by professionals from education, child development, mental health, pediatrics,dedicated to helping school districts make the transition to later start times for middle and high school.
Vashti Summervill is a PCI Certified Parent Coach and a certified teacher in the state of Idaho. She is the secretary of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition and the co-chair of the St. Luke’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council.