Rethinking Homework

Our NEW Homework Policy #6154.00: CLICK HERE to Read the Policy (adopted 8-15-11 by the BOE)

Where did the research originate? Our administrators started researching this topic in 2008, which culminated in a collaborative book study of the text "Rethinking Homework: Best Practices that Support Diverse Needs" (Vatterott; Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development: July 2, 2009), and started thinking about what we expect from our teachers and students. Learn More here - Cathy Vatterott's "Rethinking Homework" Video; Cathy Vatterott's Amazon Page

How was it presented to staff? Our October 2010 Staff Development Day was the introduction of this idea to our staff members. We shared a district produced video: "Rethinking Homework" (WMV), and PowerPoint presentation: (PDF File)

What do our teachers think? See for yourself with the results of our Staff Survey: "Rethinking Homework Staff Survey - October 2010" (PDF)

How about Galloway parents? We also administered a survey to Galloway parents. See the results here: "Parent Survey Results - February 2011" (PDF)

Follow the media coverage (listed in reverse chronological order):
"Policy to Limit Homework on the Weekends Is Passed": TV 40, August 15, 2011
"Should Students Receive Less Homework?": About.com Elementary Education Guide, June 22, 2011
"In Homework Revolt, School Districts Cut Back": The New York Times, June 15, 2011
"Should Districts Ban Homework on the Weekends?": Capital Outlook, June 10, 2011
"GT Proposal has Teachers, Parents Asking How Much Homework Should Area Students Be Doing?": The Press of Atlantic City, June 8, 2011
"The Homework Debate: Less Can Be More": The Press of Atlantic City Editorial, May 31, 2011
Dr. Giaquinto's Interview with "The Daily Wrap": May 26, 2011 (WSJ Radio - MP3 File)
"No More Homework on the Weekends" Fox News 'Happening Now' Program - May 26, 2011 (MPG Movie File)
Dr. Giaquinto's Radio Interview with Dom Giordano: May 26, 2011 (CBS Radio - MP3 File)
"Galloway Township Schools May Nix Homework..." - TV 40, May 25, 2011
"Galloway Township, New Jersey School Considers Changing Homework Policy..." - CBS Philadelphia News Story, May 25, 2011
"NJ School District Might Ban Homework on Weekends" - ABC Philadelphia Interview with the Superintendent, May 25, 2011
"No Weekend Homework" - NBC Philadelphia Interview with Superintendent Annette C. Giaquinto, May 25, 2011
"Galloway Schools May Ban Homework Over Weekends, Holidays": The Press of Atlantic City, May 24, 2011