Adolescent Sleep and Later School Start Times

Status: RECORDED on FEB 04, 2015

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

Recent research on adolescent sleep and school start times has come out of the National Sleep Foundation and the University of Minnesota, leading to the recommendation that schools consider delaying their start times to 8:30-9:00. But what's best for some schools may not work for others, and changing a school's start time has broader implications than simply letting students "sleep in."

To offer ISM's perspective on this research, Dr. Smyth will offer an overview of the research's results and implications while highlighting the critical issues as they apply to private-independent schools, including its impact on students.

We'll cover these topics and more:

  • Transportation
  • Co-curricular activities
  • The school day
  • Homework
  • Student performance

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

Who Should Attend: This Webinar is for all school leaders, particularly Heads of School and Division Heads.

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Bryan Smyth, Ph.D.

ISM Consultant | Director of Research


Bryan’s central purpose is to help students flourish. He believes that the enhancement of school environments and cultures is the best way to facilitate growth in children and adults.

Current Role

As a Consultant and ISM’s Director of Research, Bryan:

  • Oversees ISM’s research initiatives
  • Provides on-site scheduling consultations, having had extensive experience creating and implementing unique daily schedules and annual calendars for both boarding and day schools.
  • Leads scheduling-focused workshops and webinars

Bryan joined ISM as a Consultant in 2013, following 13 years in independent school administration.

Prior Experience

Bryan came to ISM from Mount Pisgah Christian School, GA, where he served as the Vice President, Head of the Upper School, Guidance and College Advisement Director, varsity head coach, and psychology teacher over the course of his tenure. Prior to that, he was the Associate Head of School at Brandon Hall, GA.

He is also a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice specialized in the psychological assessment and treatment of adolescents and their families. This varied background and set of experiences affords him the ability to view a school’s form and function from multiple viewpoints, leading to solutions that take into account all perspectives.


Bryan holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Marquette University, WI, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. He also earned an MBA from Reinhardt University, GA, that focused on the application of business principles to the management of independent schools.

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