45th Anniversary CODE Conference: Now Accepting Applications To Present

This year marks an incredible milestone for CODE - 45 amazing years of drama and dance education and inspiration.  The 45th edition of the CODE Conference is back in the GTA and we are expecting a huge turnout of presenters and delegates!  We are looking for an exciting array of workshops, roundtables and presentations, and would like to encourage artists and educators from Ontario, Canada and the rest of the world to be a part of this event.    

Call for Writers - Inquiry Learning Resources Project

We are pleased to announce that the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators, will be developing resource materials to support teachers with the implementation of the Drama and Dance curriculum in the context of inquiry learning. The development of resources reflects CODE’s mandate to encourage and support Drama and Dance in education in Ontario.

Canadian Stage Educator Preview Night - The Other Place

Canadian Stage in Toronto is hosting its second Educator Preview Night of the 2014-15 season on Tuesday, January 20th. 

Pre-Service Education in Ontario: Drama and Dance Panel Report

Starting in September of 2015, Faculties of Education in Ontario will move to a two-year Bachelor of Education Model.  Michael Wilson, Past President, founding CODE member and long-time advocate for the Arts in Ontario schools led a panel discussion at the 44th Annual CODE Conference in October 2014, about the state of Teacher Education in Drama and Dance, and what we can do as teachers and as a subject association to ensure the long-term viability of our subject areas in Ontario Schools. Please read!

Call for Proposals: Greetings from the organizers of the 14th World Festival of Children’s Theatre

 Please read and distribute this invitation to everyone you can think of who has a stake in the creativity and well-being of children: teachers, researchers, social workers, parents, academics, theatre practitioners, health care workers, etc. Think outside the box! The symposium’s organizing committee wants to create a truly unique, interactive, dynamic forum to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Think regionally, nationally, internationally. What networks need to hear this Call for Proposals? Thank you! Posted on behalf of:  Ron DodsonArtistic Director14th World Festival of Children's TheatreStratford, Ontario, CanadaJune, 2016 | "My World, Our Planet"www.worldfestivalofchildrenstheatre.com 

An Excellent Resource for K-8 Dance Education and Creative MovementMembers only

This 410-page manual includes everything a teacher needs to be successful at teaching and assessing dance education and creative movement for grades K-8. Filled with rich imagery, elemental dance vocabulary, lesson plans etc., it is also a great resource for kinesthetic and embodied learning in general and in many subject areas!It includes over 130 detailed dance lesson plans, presented in blocks for each grade level. Every block/grade includes cross-curricular lessons, an integrated arts units and cultural context activities, guaranteeing that you will cover every aspect of the 2009 Ontario dance curriculum, and/or all of your dance education program needs.It also includes several other teacher resources such as the Elements of Dance Poster Set (8.5x11) and the Elements of Dance Flashcard Set (116 cards individually depicting the elements and components of dance with images) as well as music and video suggestions/links, a very comprehensive assessment section including techniques/tools, and much more.

December Resource Highlights

 December is fast approaching, and most of us are looking for some great new (or great old-but-forgotten) strategies to breathe some much-needed life into our classrooms. We dug through the Resources and pulled out four fantastic Dance and Drama strategies that you can use in your classroom today!

NRTEA Annual Report Released

The National Roundtable for Teacher Education in the Arts (NRTEA) has released its annual report. The NRTEA meets annually with arts educators from accross the country to discuss and explore arts education. It is a national laboratory of ideas and a national forum for discussion and communication. Please click the link here to read the report:  NRTEA Annual Reports

Our 44th Annual Conference a Huge Success

Mirrors in Dance and Drama: A Journey to Identities has come to a successful close. Workshop resources are now available in the Teaching Resources section, and will be open to all visitors until December 1st, after which time, they will only be available to CODE members. 

DramaSound Is Offering A Great Resource For CODE MembersMembers only

 As we all know, music can add a powerful element to an arts educator's lesson.  DramaSound is offering a wonderful discount to CODE members to use original music of a variety of styles in their classrooms. CODE members will receive a 20% discount on all CDs, MP3 albums and kits (...and that includes HST and shipping).   We at DramaSound specialize in developing original, user-friendly and widely tested dramatic music--organized in an easy-to-use music library of dramatic categories or in multi-mood theme-based albums (see www.dramasound.com).  Our music is available in both CD and MP3 formats, and is meant to be used across the arts and the educational spectrum.  After working with teachers and artists for more than 25 years, we can help start you up, or give you new ideas and suggestions through our kits and mini-kits. Our music is royalty free for educational projects.To view the CODE discount, click on the 'Read More' link.