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This year, the Colonial Fund planned to sponsor a 3-part speaker series with presentations that addressed the issues of stress and anxiety facing our students today.  Because of school closings due to the coronavirus, we are cancelling the second and third speakers in this series.  We will look for opportunities to bring Richard Weissbourd and Lynn Lyons to Shrewsbury in the future.  

Previous Speakers


Cathy Vattertot - The Homework Lady  Cathy Vatterot - aka The Homework Lady 

Thursday, November 14

7:00pm at Shrewsbury High School

(Handout from the presentation)

Do Shrewsbury students have too much homework?  Not enough?  What should the role of homework play in the lives of students today? Last spring, caregivers, educators and students used Thoughtexchange to answer these questions and to share their opinions about homework. Dr. Vatterott’s presentation will provide us an opportunity to continue this important community discussion by presenting current research on the topic of homework in grades K-12. She will share her own beliefs, informed by research, her own experiences and over 20 years of work in the field. She will also field questions. Shrewsbury Public Schools’ current homework policy was established in 2002. Our district goal is to update that policy this school year.  Join us for this presentation and help us continue the work of making informed decisions about the best homework policy for Shrewsbury students across all grade levels. 


About Cathy Vatterott

Dr. Cathy Vatterott is professor emeritus of education at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and a former teacher and principal. She is the author of four books, most recently Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs, 2nd edition (ASCD, 2018),and Rethinking Grading: Meaningful Assessment for Standards-based Learning (ASCD, 2015). Dr. Vatterott has been researching, writing, and speaking about K-12 homework for over 20 years and is considered an international expert on homework. 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 13,000 educators and parents in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her work with schools has been the catalyst for her latest research on teen stress. Her most recent article, "The Teens Are Not Alright", appeared in the May 2019 issue of Educational Leadership. 


To learn more about Dr. Vatterott and her work, visit her website.  Here is a link to her article “The Teens Are Not Alright”. 


Review results of the Thougthexchange survey completed last spring.  


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