Welcome to Start School Later California!
About Start School Later California
The California chapter of Start School Later is headed by Irena Keller, Ph.D., and Lisa Lewis, M.S. It was launched by Dr. Keller in 2016 to begin closing the gap between science and public school policies and to improve the health and safety of public school students by advocating for more developmentally appropriate school start times. Lewis joined as co-leader in 2017.
Dr. Irena Keller is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and a parent. Having done her PhD dissertation on sleep and development, she has a good grasp of the scientific understanding of sleep and its importance for development and learning. As the parent of a middle-schooler and a high-schooler, Dr. Keller has come to the realization that there is a big gap between the scientific knowledge about sleep and the actual public policies and school schedules.
Lisa Lewis is a parent and writer based near Los Angeles. The parent of a high-schooler and a middle schooler, she has seen firsthand the effects of too-early start times. Lisa has written about school start times for both the Los Angeles Times and Slate and has testified before the California Assembly Education Committee. Her interviews and conversations with leading sleep researchers nationwide have underscored both the importance of school start times and that they can and have been successfully implemented.
The statewide chapter works with chapter leaders in various communities in California to help them promote awareness of the issue and bring about change in their districts.
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California now also has six local chapters:
SB328: Hearing before the Senate Education Committee, April 19, 2017
"California schools should start their classes later. The health and learning benefits far outweigh the inconvenience of change." - Mercury News Editorial dated August 8, 2017