April 27-28, 2017 Washington DC
The overarching goal of the conference is to provide a forum for all interested school stakeholders to come together and discuss WHY healthy school start times are important to the health of adolescents and HOW school districts can successfully make the change.
This conference is designed to meet a critical need expressed by many educators and health advocates around the country:
"We need an opportunity to network, share ideas and experiences, tap into unique and practical solutions to challenges, and interface with experts in sleep health, advocacy, education and policy."
The Conference will bring together a diverse set of stakeholders, including internationally recognized sleep experts, education policy makers, school superintendents, principals and teachers, health care professionals, community advocates, and transportation experts to:
(1) discuss the latest findings and recommendations on adolescent sleep and their implications for health, well-being, and performance;
(2) share best practices and to provide clear, practical implementation guidelines for school districts across the country considering a change to healthy school start times.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to meet and hear from the experts who wrote the school-start-time recommendation and many of the sleep experts whose research underpins the recommendation. They will present their findings and explain WHY later school start times benefit adolescent health and performance. Importantly, they will be available to answer questions from attendees during the conference proceedings, or informally at the “Conversation Stations” during the cocktail networking reception.
Among issues to be discussed are:
Why is sleep necessary from a physiological standpoint?
· How much sleep does a teenager require?
· Developmental changes in adolescent sleep and circadian rhythms
· What is the best “sleep window” for an adolescent?
· Impact of chronic sleep loss on:
o Cognitive function
o Obesity and metabolic function
o Academic performance
o Mood, depression and stress
o Safety and risky behavior
o Athletic performance
· Historical perspective on school start times
· Review of the evidence on the impact of start times on adolescent outcomes
· Debunking major myths about adolescent sleep
The Conference will focus on HOW to implement the change in six interactive breakout sessions. These sessions will be led by school board members, school administrators, community advocates, and subject matter experts who have successfully led the change in their districts. The emphasis will be on best practices and lessons learned, with ample time allowed for networking.
· Case Studies: Three breakout sessions will be devoted to an in-depth examination of how a particular school district made the change -- from start to finish.
· Core Topics: Three breakout sessions will do a deep dive into topics that are key to making the change successfully:
o Educating the Community;
o Understanding Community Impact of Making the Change;
o Addressing Transportation and Related Logistical Issues.
WHO Should Attend the Conference?
Education policy makers
· School board and school committee members
· School district superintendents
· School principals, administrators, and teachers
· Parents and students
· Health care professionals
· Community advocates for healthy start times
· School nurses
Tap into a network to share ideas and experiences, discuss best practices, receive practical guidance, discover new resources. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask your questions directly to internationally recognized sleep experts.
Seating is limited so Click to register today:
LOCATIONJW Marriott1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, DC202-393-2000
Learn More: Background, Agenda and Speakers, Registration Information, Venue, Hotels and Accommodations, FAQs, Contact
The following organizations have sponsored this conference:
· Yale School of Medicine – Department of Pediatrics
· The RAND Corporations
· The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
· Start School Later Inc.