Meet the presenter

Manju Durairaj

Manju teaches at the Latin School of Chicago and is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College Chicago. She teaches several continuing education courses spanning from culturally responsive teaching to general music methods and assessment and standards. Manju is the program chair and past president of the Greater Chicago American Orff Schulwerk Association. She was on the Diversity Commission of the American Orff Schulwerk Association and the Elementary General Music Council of Illinois Music Education Association. She is an AOSA certified Orff Schulwerk teacher educator. Manju has presented at national and international music education conferences as well as at Orff and Kodály chapters. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, InterAct Levels 1&2 Student Activities for Devices and Print, Technology in Today’s Music Classroom and Dancing Around the World with Music Express Magazine.

What you'll learn

In a classroom, the learning environment is impacted by relationships. Social emotional functioning impacts learning, which in turn affects the nature of instruction. The heightened awareness of ability, racial, cultural, gender identities, and socioeconomic structures in the classroom impact the social emotional functions of a student. These social identifiers make each student unique and different. Diverse children’s literature may be used for a two-fold purpose – achieving curricular objectives as well as setting the stage for students to develop empathy and awareness of the people of and beyond their community. This 30 minute course looks at some strategies to raise awareness of Identity, Diversity, Justice and action using award winning children's books. *Courses are video-based and structured like sessions.*