Happy International Dance Day!

April 29th is International Dance Day! Since 1982, this worldwide event has helped to raise the profile of Dance as an important performing art in all corners of the world. REcognised by UNESCO, World Dance Day events are happening around the world. Tell CODE what you're doing to celebrate! Send photos and information to publications@code.on.ca to be included in an upcoming post. 

Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive

From our friends at Theatre Ontario...Experience a week away from all distractions and immerse yourself in a unique theatrical learning experience. You will learn new skills, meet passionate theatre people, enrich your theatre capacity, and flex your creative muscle!

Resource: Dancing to Learn

Dancing to Learn is grounded in the new brain sciences and integrated with knowledge in education, the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This book explains that dance is nonverbal language with similar places and education processes in the brain as verbal language, thus a powerful means of expression.  Dance is physical exercise that sparks new brain cells (neurogenesis) and neural plasticity, the brain’s amazing abil­ity to change through­out life—I'm dancing--flamenco, belly dance, jazz, and salsa!). Moreover, dance is a means to help us cope with stress that can motivate or interfere with learning. We acquire knowledge and develop cognitively because dance bulks up the brain and, consequently, dance as an art, recreational, educational, and or therapeutic form is a good investment in the brain. The “brain that dances” is changed by it.

Dance is Elementary to Education

CODE Secretary Clyre Lyndley published an article in the Spring 2015 edition of ETFO Voice. 

Former CODE President Selected as Toronto Arts Council Fellow

Christine Jackson, former CODE President and current Toronto DSB Program Coordinator for the Arts, has been chosen as one of an esteemed group of artists and educators to participate in the inaugural Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab. 

Bur Oak Secondary School breaks down barriers with "Shoes"

The Special Needs class of Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham made history on March 3, 2015, when they competed at the Ontario Sears Drama Festival. This unique show titled “Shoes” featured youth who are living with challenges such as autism, developmental delays, and Downs Syndrome. In visually innovative ways, the show explores the hopes and dreams of these young people. 

In Memoriam - David Wasse

CODE is far more than a collection of resources, a website or a conference. At its heart, it is a community of caring professionals who support each other in good times and bad. We celebrate our successes and grieve our losses as one.

CODE at Kempenfelt

The CODE Management Board, along with the Elementary Inquiry-based Learning writing team, is meeting this weekend at Kempenfelt Conference Centre in Barrie

Website Launch Reception a Great Success

From the spectacular Nexus Lounge at OISE, overlooking the Toronto skyline, members of the CODE Management Board, members, alumni and teacher candidates gathered to launch our new, improved website. MC'ed by Sarah Papoff, the new site was introduced by Stephen Wei, former Communications chair and the driving force behind the website redesign. Shawn Rocheleau, Publications chair, spoke about the path forward, and how CODE can and will use our new online platform to expland our reach and scope. At the event to sign their new books were CODE Alumni and supporters Larry Swartz, Kathleen Gallagher, Debbie Nyman and David Booth. We thank them for their on-going work to further Drama education in Ontario and beyond, and for their support of CODE. It was a wonderful evening of networking and reconnecting, and a great cross-section of our membership came out to support and celebrate. We would like to extend special thanks, as always, to David Booth, who provided so much support and leadership in organizing the event. Thanks also to Rochelle Matthews, Toronto Regional Rep, for spearheading this event. 

In Memory of Bob Beattie

Tags: Drama
CODE grieves the loss of one of our early founders. CODE is honoured to share this tribute to founding member and past president Bob Beattie.

Calling all Professional Artists for CODE Conference 2015

Calling all amazing drama and dance artists and educators! We are still seeking drama and dance workshop proposals, especially those from our experienced 'Master' drama and dance specialists, for this year's conference. And do you have a favourite guest artist who you have loved having in your classroom and would want to see at a conference? Send them this link and encourage them to apply! Submit by March 1, 2015http://dramafocus.formstack.com/forms/code_proposals