Wellbeing Speaker Series
Wellbeing Speaker Series
Posted on 05/18/2022
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The Community Outreach Program Wellbeing Speaker Series aims to foster a strong relationship between the district, our families, and the community by providing opportunities to come together to learn about trending issues related to the academic, social, and emotional development of today’s youth.  

Spring 2022 Programs

Wednesday, April 27, 2022:  “A Perfect Storm:  Sleep in Adolescents”
In this virtual presentation, Judith Owens, MD, MPH, Co-Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and internationally recognized authority on pediatric sleep, will describe normal sleep development during adolescence, outline the physical and mental health, safety and academic consequences of deficient sleep in teens, and summarize data supporting healthy school start times as a public health intervention. 

Monday, May 16, 2022:  “Cultural Competency”
Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee is a classroom teacher and expert diversity trainer for Seattle Girls’ School, an innovative school for junior high school girls, aiming to empower women leaders and dedicate its energies to a diverse community and an anti-bias mission.  Ms. Lee will discuss how “Old School Diversity” is shifting to “21st Century Cultural Competency”, critical for our students’ success in a global world.  This event will be live at George Washington Middle School; please register in advance (suggested but not required).

View the presentation recording through Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

View the slide deck. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2022:  “Healthy Sleep, Healthy Teens:  How can healthy sleep promote positive mental health, academic performance, and overall wellbeing?”
Heather Turgeon, MFT and Julie Wright, MFT are psychotherapists, sleep specialists, and authors of the popular parenting books, The Happy Sleeper, and the new book Generation Sleepless.  Their work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and NPR.  Through this virtual presentation, Ms. Turgeon and Ms. Wright will explore the science of teen sleep, along with ways that families, high schools, sports teams, and others can take steps to help teens improve their sleep, health, and wellbeing.  Registration is required.  Zoom information will be emailed to registrants the day of the event.


For more information, see the flyers below.

Sleep Presentation, Dr. Owens

Cultural Competency Flyer

June 1 Speaker Series Flyer