Drama and Literacy Course with Dr. Jonothan Neelands

In this course, you will have the opportunity to work with graduate students at York University’s Faculty of Education and with Dr. Jonothan Neelands from the University of Warwick, UK. The focus of the course will be on the ways in which language learning and literacy development can be enhanced in and through drama.

NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE ON TEACHER EDUCATION IN THE ARTS 2014

 

                                                                                                  MAY 21, MAY 22, 2014 – OTTAWA

 

                                                                                                                        NEWSFLASH

 

THE “ JOURNEY”:

 

As with all previous Roundtables, we offer an image of investigation and discovery for renewed examination of our beliefs and practices in teacher education in the arts (TEA).  This year, we are emphasizing the image of the “journey”.  We will literally be walking between  locations  which may have as much impact on our work as that found in the destinations.  To what extent does the image of the “journey” resonate with your research or practice?  Please let us know before the Event of any internet links or web-sites re the “journey’ that we might all find informative in our quest for the 2 days.  We will be pleased to compile and make all submissions available to all.

 

REGISTRATION: 

 

Registration remains open.  For your convenience, we enclose a registration form with this note.  But, please do not delay as we are now more than half full for the 50 slots available.  Registration will close on May 15 or when we reach 50 participants. 

Theatre Ontario’s Summer Theatre Intensive Coming this August!

Enjoy your passion for theatre this summer by immersing yourself in learning the craft of Acting or Directing.  

Theatre Ontario will be running a week-long Summer Theatre Intensive August 10-16th 2014 in Waterloo at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Choose one of the following courses and receive training with an exceptional instructor,  6 nights accomodation, meals, and a trip to see Man of LaMancha at the Stratford Festival. 

These courses are designed for emerging artists and those with a passion for theatre, running now for over 35 years!

 2014 line up:

1.   Everything you always wanted to know about Acting…and then some! – Tom Diamond 

2.   More Hot Scenes: Building Acting Technique  Brenda Kamino

3.   Reviewing your Revue: creating a musical theatre performance – David Gale and Randy Vacourt

4.   How do I make this play happen? Directing for Beginners – Thom Currie 

5.   Whose text is it, anyway?  Adventurous approaches to performance  –  John P. Kelly   

To register and for more information, click here.

*Early Bird Special – save $50 if you register by May 1st!

 

A Great Website to Check Out

As arts educators it can sometimes feel like an endless job explaining the importance of the arts to those that just don't seem to understand it.  Currently, in the UK, drama and dance teachers are fighting to make their government understand the value of these art forms.  Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, has rather famously indentified drama (in addition to PE and Media Studies) as one of the 'soft subjects'.  While hearing this devaluing of the arts from yet another politician may cause arts educators to want to tear their hair out, a really cool website has emerged from all this.  Check out the article. It has some astute, passionate and inspiring articles from students, teachers and artists about the role that drama and dance play in the development of a young person. 

CODE Activity

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Here is a fun exercise that highlights the importance of focus and isolating listening when on stage.  It involves some simple group singing, and is always a hoot to facilitate!

ACTIVITY: Sing Sing Syllable

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: Warm-up; listening skills; focus; teamwork

Attention Dance Educations - help needed!

Tags: Dance

Dance educators, please take a moment to complete this survey. The government is trying to collect information about the dance community. Your participation is appreciated. To visit the survey, click here.

IDEA's Land and Home Project

The International Drama/Theatre and Education Association announces a new international arts initiative, the “Land and Home” project. The “Land and Home” project is open to all members of IDEA. The project’s focus is on the changing relationship between human beings and the land, their dwelling place. What are the issues and challenges we all face as we move into the twenty first century? To foster regional and international arts collaboration between a variety of populations and groups on this central theme, experienced artists, teachers, directors, film makers, choreographers, poets, musicians, and environmentalists who are interested in this topic are invited to develop opportunities for communities of people within their respective countries to express their hopes and concerns for the use of the land as it is manifested in their localities. The goal is to provide a means of expression to communities whose voices may not be heard through the global media and who may not usually express themselves through artistic means. 

UNESCO's Road Map for Arts Education - ACTION NEEDED!

UNESCO has been busy analyzing and ranking the areas of their work by priority, with those areas that receive the lowest ranking being marked for elimination. The Creativity programme, within which arts education falls, was ranked at the very bottom of UNESCO's 48 priority areas and is at risk of elimination. If this happens, UNESCO's invaluable work in this area, including the Road Map for Arts Education, the World Conferences for Arts Education, the International Arts Education week, and all the other projects related to both arts education and creativity in the broadest sense, will be terminated and will no longer receive support

CODIES Abroad: Jane Deluzio in Kazakhstan

Tags: Drama, Event

Jane Deluzio, long-time Code member, was invited to teach drama in Astana, Kazakhstan in early November by Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools (NIS). 

IDEA (International Drama/theatre and Education Association) International Teachers' Project

IDEA (International Drama/theatre and Education Association) has just announced an exciting international project for teachers in various countries, and we urge you to consider joining! Click 'Read More' to see the details, and visit the IDEA page to join the group and read the call in French, Spanish or Chinese.