Dr. Cathy Vatterott Bio
Dr. Cathy Vatterott is a Professor of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. As a former middle school teacher and principal, and the parent of a college graduate, she has experienced homework from a variety of perspectives. She is the author of four books: Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs (ASCD, 2009; 2nd edition this fall), Rethinking Grading: Meaningful Assessment for Standards Based Learning (ASCD, 2015) Becoming a Middle Level Teacher: Student-focused Teaching of Early Adolescents (McGraw Hill, 2007), and Academic Success through Empowering Students (National Middle School Association, 1999). Her most recent article about homework appeared in the March 2017 issue of Educational Leadership. She frequently presents at national conferences and has served as a consultant and workshop presenter for K-12 schools on homework and standards-based grading.
She first became interested in homework in the late 1990’s as the frustrated parent of a 5th grader with learning disabilities. Since then, she has presented her homework research to over 12,000 educators and parents in the United States, Canada, and Europe.