Dr. Cathy Vatterott is an Associate 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. Dr. Cathy Vatterott is the author of numerous articles about education and three books-Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs (ASCD, 2009), 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). Dr. Cathy Vatterott frequently presents at national conferences and has served as a consultant and workshop presenter for K-12 schools on a variety of educational topics.
Dr. Cathy Vatterott 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 8000 educators and parents in the United States, Canada, and Europe and has conducted several Professional Development Institutes about homework for ASCD. She has been interviewed as a homework expert for radio and television and for articles appearing in such magazines as Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, Child, and Working Mother, and for articles appearing in numerous U.S. newspapers and educational websites.