CODE Workshop

CODE President Explores Sustainability through Drama with York Preservice Students

This past November, teacher candidates at the Regent Park site participated in a drama workshop to explore sustainability issues and global citizenship through a social justice lens. The workshop, which was presented by Sarah Papoff from the Council of Drama and Dance Educators (CODE), provided the students with an opportunity to explore how they could use drama in their future teaching practice(s) as a creative and effective way to explore global issues with their students.

CODE and Diana Tso: A Powerful Afterschool Workshop Event

CODE is thrilled to offer: Speaking up in Solidarity for women in violence through Drama - a dynamic and powerful workshop with artist educator Diana Tso. Join us Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 at Rosedale Heights School for the Arts. Register today!

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!

Dr Philip Taylor: Integrating Process Drama and Social Studies in the Reflective Classroom - A Workshop!

CODE is pleased to announce that NYU's Dr Philip Taylor will be faciliatating a dynamic Drama workshop at OISE, University of Toronto, on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. For more information please read more.  To register for the workshop, visit the registration page. 

Patrice Baldwin, President of the International Drama and Education Association providing workshops in Toronto

PATRICE BALDWIN is President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) and Chair of National Drama (UK), as well as a member of the Executive Council of the World Alliance for Arts Education. She was for many years, a headteacher and a local authority Adviser for Arts Development and Improvement and has been a school inspector. She also worked as a scriptwriter and series consultant for the BBC Education. Since becoming President of IDEA in July 2010, Patrice has worked increasingly internationally, as a speaker and workshop leader for Drama and also works freelance as a school improvement professional and arts and curriculum consultant in the UK. She is currently an Artsmark assessor for Arts Council England and a part time lecturer at the University of Warwick. Patrice is a well-established and prolific author in the field of drama, creativity and the curriculum and has a particular interest in the links between arts, learning and neuroscience as well as between drama and literacy.She will be offering the following two workshops: Bringing Poetry Alive Through Drama (secondary)October 22nd, 2012  5-7pmOISE U of TThis drama is based around an ambiguous poem, ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare. Using a range of drama strategies, participants will imagine and explore together what is both evident and inferred in the poem itself. Actively and collaboratively participants will explore and develop character/s, setting/s and plot/s in ways that will deepen that their understanding of the poem itself and also give opportunity for its narrative extension and elaboration. The drama approaches used will be transferable, for use with other poems and text types.Register now! Bringing Picture Books Alive Through Drama (elementary)October 23rd, 2012  5-7pmOISE U of TThis drama session explores the picture book, ‘The Princess’ Blankets’ by Carol Ann Duffy. Through Storydrama participants will enter an imaginary world partly of their own making. They will use a range of drama strategies (using sound, words, movement, image) to collaboratively explore the universal themes of love, marriage, trust, fear, parenting and environmental sustainability. Although the book creates the frame for the drama, the participants will make it their own and the outcome of the drama is in the hands of the participants. The drama approaches used will be transferable, for use with other picture books and texts.Register now! Download the PDF Flyer

OTF Camp: The Arts, July 10-12th, McMaster University

Register now for this year's OTF Camp focusing on the Arts, being offered at McMaster University July 10-12, 2012. This primary/junior/intermediate workshop will feature three days of fantastic learning for teachers focused on the resources created by CODE, OMEA and OAEA. Your registration fee of $100 includes workshops, accommodation and food. Visit the OTF website to register today!

Jonothan Neelands' Workshop: In the souls of the people

On October 15th, Professor Jonothan Neelands of the University of Warwick presented a workshop based on The Grapes of Wrath for CODE members in Toronto. Participants explored timely issues connected to poverty, the arduous journey the Joad family made in pursuit of a better life, and the power of memory. Click here to access the workshop materials on our Resources page.

Jonothan Neelands Workshop on October 15 at OISE U of T!

This practical drama workshop with Jonothan Neelands will explore John Steinbeck's iconic novel The Grapes of Wrath and its contemporary resonances for the troubled world that young people are experiencing.Using material from the novel and the film and play versions as well as other historical and contemporary materials the workshop offers a model of how teaching literature of the past through drama can connect us powerfully with our world today. The workshop started life as a pre-show and post-show workshop for the current Stratford Festival production and is still evolving as a socio-historical theatrical journey into the lives, experiences and art of those living on the edge then and now.Please note that only those who have registered will be admitted. No walk-ins please.  REGISTER NOW!

October 21-23rd, 2011 CODE Conference REACH: Drama and Dance Beyond the Classroom -- Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for CODE's 41st Annual Conference REACH: Drama and Dance Beyond the Classroom. This unique event promises to provide top-notch professional development to teachers and artists through hands-on workshops, showcases, networking opportunities and more!Read on for more highlights, or to register today click the REACH icon on the right hand side of our website's main page. . .

Summer OTF Camps in Drama and Dance-- Register Today!

OTF and CODE are working together to expand our highly popular series of three-day summer camps for teachers. This summer, choose from four workshops in all areas of the province and pay only $50 for three days of quality PD. Read more for dates, locations and workshop descriptions, as well as the link to register. . .