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Raising the Bar: Holding Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators Accountable for Successful Learning

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  • Learn how teachers, parents, and administrators can guide students to be more accountable for their own work and progress. Formative assessment, adult nurturing, careful teaching strategies, and clear targets improve individual progress and performing groups as a whole. Rethink your instruction, grading, and teaching practices to address the twenty-first century learner. Partner with parents and administrators to provide the best educational support system a student could have!
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  • Denese Odegaard has taught orchestra for thirty years and is currently the Fargo Public Schools Drama and Music Curriculum Specialist. She is president of the North Central Division of MENC and past-secretary for ASTA. On a state level, she served on the committee for writing the state Fine Arts Standards, and is currently on the North Dakota Curriculum Council. She has been president of the North Dakota String Teachers Association and the North Dakota Music Educators Association (NDMEA) and currently serves as executive director of NDMEA. Odegaard has presented sessions on curriculum and assessment at the Midwest Clinic, ASTA Conferences, North Central MENC Conference and several state conferences. She is author of "Simply Strings Beginning String Method Book" and "Music Curriculum Writing 101: Assistance with Standards-Based Music Curriculum and Assessment Writing" (GIA).