6826 Begin at the End: Backwards Design PreK-5 Curriculum Planning


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Recital Highlights

This “reverse-engineer” course is designed to provide effective tools for developing a results-driven curriculum. Learn to create templates and strategies for designing a scope and sequence that may be aligned with standards, and how to establish sequential curricular grade-level objectives. Best practices for planning, presenting and implementing lessons and assessments that develop 21st century skills for learning, while incorporating available technology, are thoroughly covered. Resources include movement, folk dance, song, story, poetry, speech, instruments, children’s literature, active listening, improvisation, and composition materials. Curriculum development, lesson plans, and assessment templates will be provided.

Instructor: Manju Durairaj

Durairaj,_Manju_headshot_2012Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied in London, England, and was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (carnatic) and Western Music. She graduated with her second master's degree from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago. Manju is certified in Orff-Schulwerk, completing her levels training at VanderCook College, George Mason University, University of St. Thomas, and at the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. Manju currently teaches Pre K-5 general music at the Latin School of Chicago. She is president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. She has presented at ISME, AOSA, OAKE, ILMEA, ECMMA, MKMEA and NAfME (formerly MENC) and has been published in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.


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Course Information

6826 Begin at the End: Backwards Design PreK-5 Curriculum Planning

August 1-5
3 graduate credits
Classroom: TBD

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Tuition: $960 (includes $75 resource fee)
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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