Thursday, June 22, 2017 This Week's Paper

Bestselling author to present cutting edge brain research at Annie Wright Schools

Annie Wright Schools will host bestselling author Dr. John Medina for a speaking engagement Aug. 22 to school community members about his book “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School.” The event will take place at 9 a.m. in Kemper Auditorium on the Annie Wright Schools campus at 827 N. Tacoma Ave.

Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He holds joint affiliate faculty appointments at the University of Washington School of Medicine in its Department of Bioengineering, and at Seattle Pacific University, where he is the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research. In addition, Medina was the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute, a Seattle-based research center originally focused on how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular, and molecular levels.

"The Annie Wright community is thrilled to welcome Dr. John Medina for this important discussion about how kids learn," said Christian G. Sullivan, head of Annie Wright Schools. "This opportunity directly aligns with Annie Wright's commitment to provide a rigorous curriculum and enables our faculty to support the individual learning needs of our students."

Annie Wright Schools has secured a limited number of seats for the public. Tickets are free and can be secured at Also invited to attend are area educators from various schools and Annie Wright parents, alumni, trustees and employees.

Medina's presentation was made possible through the generosity of the Annie Wright community's FundaNeed program, which raises funds for a specific area of need. In past years the FundaNeed provided upgrades to the school library, science and technology equipment, outdoor experiential learning opportunities, and financial aid and endowment.

Annie Wright Schools is an independent day school for boys and girls in preschool through eighth grade, and an all-girls day and boarding school in grades nine through 12. The Upper School offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma program. Learn more at