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Wednesday, July 20 • 4:00pm - 5:05pm
Redefining Homework for the 21st Century

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Homework can be a critical part of the educational process that impacts every member of the learning community.  However, as currently utilized, homework practices are outdated, deeply rooted in tradition and focus more on compliance and task completion rather than growth and learning.  The presenters will focus upon research regarding current homework practices and make a compelling case for the need to change our homework assignments so that they promote student inquiry, questioning skills, active engagement based on interest and curiosity, and feedback to students that is meaningful and specific.  

Based on research about the brain, motivation, persistence and student differences, Dr. Kasun, Mr. Aldarelli and Dr. Huguenin developed a powerful presentation in which they share their journey to improve and enhance homework practices globally. This engaging presentation details how educators can change their philosophy, set policies, and create practices that promote “home learning”.  By utilizing practical innovative applications that leverage the use of technologies such as Verso, Google Docs, Kaizena, etc., homework can become more meaningful and impactful for student learning. 


Participants Will:

- Understand how to influence the development of homework policies that promote growth learning as opposed to compliance and task completion.

- Obtain information regarding current and relevant research studies pertaining to homework practices and it’s impact on student achievement.  

- Walk away with innovative strategies that leverage the use of technology to promote collaborative and engaging homework assignments.


Topics Addressed:

- Flipped Learning

- Developing Student Questioning Skills

- Student Feedback

- Policy Development

- Student Voice/Choice

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Edward Aldarelli

Principal of the West Freehold School, Freehold Township Schools
Edward Aldarelli is the current principal of the West Freehold Elementary School, Law Professor at Monmouth University, and has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Mr. Aldarelli presents nationally on the topic of homework and has worked with school districts in... Read More →
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Dr Jeff Huguenin

Principal of the Catena School, Freehold Township Schools
I am entering my thirteenth year as an administrator, with four years as an Assistant Principal, and nine as a Principal. Currently, I serve as the Principal of the Joseph J. Catena Elementary School in Freehold Township Schools. In May of 2015 I finished my dissertation through the... Read More →
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Ross Kasun

Superintendent, Freehold Township School District in Freehold, New Jersey
Dr. Ross Kasun is currently serving in his sixth year as the superintendent for the Freehold Township School District in Freehold, New Jersey, and was chosen as the 2017 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. He earned his doctoral degree from Seton Hall University with a dissertation... Read More →

Wednesday July 20, 2016 4:00pm - 5:05pm EDT
Cambridge - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza
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  • Intended Audience General
  • Strand Designing Rigorous and Motivating Assignments
  • Session Level All