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  • Parent Leadership Summit

    FROM THE CAPITOL TO THE CLASSROOM

    A 10-year retrospective of education legislation's impact on Minnesota schools

    Monday, April 28, 9-12:30 (includes lunch)


    We will take a look at what legislated shifts in accountability, teacher training/evaluation, student assessments, academic standards and state-level structural changes mean to our students.
    Register now! $20; scholarships available


  • At the Capitol

    CALLING POLITICAL JUNKIES!

    If you’re still with us at this point in the process – congratulations! Following the legislative process this year has been a bit confusing for all but the most seasoned political junkies. Get enlightened with this week’s update.

    Please join us for a dynamic and unique conversation at our annual Parent Leadership Summit on the morning of Monday, April 28.
  • Shifting Rhythms vs. Shifting Clocks: Later Start Times for Teens

    Since the 1970s, medical research has shown that typical teenagers need 8½ to 9¼ hours of sleep. Teens’ circadian rhythms also shift to a schedule where they are more alert until 11:00 at night and after 8:30 in the morning (Wolfson & Carskadon, 1998). Evidence showing the academic, mental health, developmental and safety benefits of starting school later are indisputable.

    However, delaying school start times for high schools is complicated for districts and often met with resistance due to transportation costs, parents’ schedules, sports and activities, and other local factors (Wahlstrom, 1999). Despite the difficulty of the task, Mary A. Caraskadon, PhD, speaks for many researchers, parents and teachers when she suggests: “Given that the primary focus of education is to maximize human potential, then a new task before us is to ensure that the conditions in which learning takes place address the very biology of our learners."

    • The University of Minnesota has led this charge in research for 15 years.
    • The Star Tribune has offered a summary of how this research has been applied in Minnesota.
    • The National Sleep Foundation offers a backgrounder on later-school-start research.