Rethinking Homework: Best Practices to Advance Learning and Respect Student Time


Speaker: Cathy Vatterott


SKU: W211-13014

Webinar Description

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Stop second-guessing yourself about what is the right amount of homework and the right kind of homework to give your students.

Across the U.S. and Canada, attitudes about  homework are changing.  Schools and districts are rethinking K-12 homework practices, not only in response to parent and student protests about the demands and stresses that homework places on after-school life but also because research is questioning the educational benefits of many homework assignments.

Join Cathy Vatterott, aka the homework lady, for a practical, lively and thought-provoking 2-hour webinar on what’s effective and ineffective in homework practices.  She will examine ingrained beliefs and biases about homework, conventional homework practices and discuss how the moves toward standards-based grading and tougher standards are changing homework.

Webinar Topics

  • Common beliefs and misconceptions about the goals and objectives of homework
  • Trends in homework reform in K-12 districts in U.S. and Canada
  • 5 steps to meaningful and effective K-12 homework practices
  • Differentiating homework and increasing homework completion rates
  • Why students need homework support and what makes a good homework support program
  • How the Common Core will change homework practices
  • What the move to standards-based grading means for homework  practices


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About the Speaker

Cathy Vatterott

Cathy Vatterott is a Professor of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is widely regarded as a national expert on the topic of K-12 homework. She is a parent, former teacher and principal, and author of Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs (ASCD, 2009). She first became interested in homework as the frustrated parent of a 5th grader with learning disabilities. Since then, she has presented her homework research to over 10,000 educators and parents in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She is also the author of Becoming a Middle Level Teacher: Student-focused Teaching of Early Adolescents and Academic Success through Empowering Students.


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