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

Join us for a Celebration!

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On Thursday, February 19th, Join the CODE Board for the official launch of our new website, and reconnect with colleagues and special guests. 

Entry Points for Drama - Intermediate

Are you an Intermediate teacher who is looking for great ways to bring Drama into your classroom? As a follow-up to our Entry Points for Drama - Primary and Entry Points for Drama - Junior resources, Grade 7 and 8 teachers who are CODE Members can now access Entry Points for Drama - Intermediate. These fantastic resources give new (and experienced) Drama teachers useful Inquiry-based entry points using Media, Non-fiction and Fiction sources. Not a CODE Member? Check out our Membership page to find out how to become a member. To access the Resources, Members can log in, click on Resources and Seach "Entry Points."

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