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!

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. 

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.

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

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.

Let CODE Know About Your Upcoming Productions!

As the new school year begins, teachers all over Ontario are probably in the beginning stages of planning their school productions, whether they be musicals, one acts, student written shows, choirs, dance performances, etc.  Let CODE help you get the word out about any upcoming performances happening at your school!  Simply email all of the important information (school name; school address; title of performance; how to get tickets, etc.) to publications@code.on.ca.  You can include one attached image (ie. a poster).  We will get your show up on our Twitter page (please follow us @dramadancecode) and on our Facebook page for all Ontario educators and artists to see.  Also, check our Twitter and Facebook pages often to see about any upcoming school productions happening in your area!  Break a leg to all of the teachers, directors, choreographers, music directors and others who bring the arts in to the lives of students!

Theatre Books, the Impeccable Resource for Arts Educators - and Great Friends of CODE - are Shutting Their Doors

When an arts educator is asked about their most important resource, more often than not, Theatre Books is going to be their answer.  The Toronto fixture has been the source for finding plays, monologue books, biographies and any other resource on theatre, dance, opera and film.  Since opening in 1975, teachers, artists and lovers of the arts have spent countless hours browsing the titles and leaving the store with a collection of books that they would be hardpressed to find anywhere else.  For anyone who has attended the CODE Conferences in the past, you have most likely eagerly anticipated the opportunity to visit the Theatre Books booth and chat with the lovely owners, John and Leonard.  Sadly, Theatre Books has announced that they will be closing, and although no set date has been announced, they have launched a closing sale giving everyone one last opportunity to get their hands on some incredible resources.  On behalf of CODE, a huge thank-you to Theatre Books, John and Leonard for being wonderful ambassadors of the arts and arts education!  Richard Ouzounian from The Toronto Star wrote a nice tribute to the store.  Click here to take a look.For another lovely tribute from The Slotkin Letter, click here.

Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) Theatre Arts Conference - Call for Proposals

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 Singapore, 26th - 28th June 2015STANDING STILL : STILL STANDINGReflecting on the changing landscape of drama and theatre practices

TDSB Dare2Create Festival

The TDSB is running a month long arts festival called Dare2Create. From May 2nd to June 10th, this festival will celebrate student voice, creativity for all, and our city’s stories.