Standards-Based Grading with Wendy Barden

Alan and Steve talk with leading standards-based grading expert Wendy Barden about effective assessment at all levels.

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Wendy Barden is currently Director of Professional Development and Resource Programs at Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota. She is also Music Education Consultant for Segue Consulting Partners, a company presenting workshops and specially-tailored sessions in a variety of professional & curriculum development subjects. Prior to these active positions, Dr. Barden retired from the Osseo Area Schools in Minnesota where she first served as a music educator, then K-12 Music Coordinator, during her 36-year tenure. Throughout her career, she has received numerous accolades and awards including recognition as a 2013 Yale Distinguished Music Educator. In 2014, Wendy Barden was honored to join the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

Wendy Barden holds B.S. and M.A. degrees in music education from the University of Minnesota. Her Ph.D., also from the University of Minnesota, is in music with emphasis in music education and musicology. She has actively served on the executive boards of several organizations including Chamber Music Minnesota, and as president of The Evergreen Club, Minnesota Band Directors Association, and Minnesota Music Educators Association.

Dr. Barden is author of the popular Maximizing Student Performance series and is coauthor of String Basics Books 1, 2, and 3; Basic Theory and History for Strings Books 1 and 2; Festival Solo Complete Assessment Manual; and is a contributing author for many more publications, including Standard of Excellence Books 1, 2, and 3.