The CODE Management Board is Inspired With a Weekend at Akinomaagaye Gaamik: House of Learning

From March 3rd to 5th the CODE Management Board held our annual retreat in order to plan for the activities of the coming year, including the CODE Conference. One important priority this year is decolonizing our practice, updating, reflecting on and redefining our Equity lens. This year’s retreat was instrumental in furthering the new relationship between CODE and the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO). The retreat was held on the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, all hosted by Nancy Rowe at Akinomaagaye Gaamik: House of Learning.  Read on to learn about this incredible experience!

National Roundtable for Teacher Education in the Arts

Brooke Charlebois and I had the pleasure of attending the annual National Roundtable for Teachers Education in the Arts in June, 2013. We were excited to lias and attend panel discussions with arts education faculty members, artist educators, classroom teachers, advocates and other stakeholders for arts in education such as the Ontario College of Teachers.  Check out the website at www.nrtea.ca To read more about these meetings and the agenda, click here!

People for Education's Final Report 2013: Arts Recommendations

Hi CODE members,A valued CODE member and former board member, Jane Deluzio, wrote into People for Education to ask about their 2013 final report. You can read the final report here:http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/annual-report-2013-WEB.pdfIn her response, Jane reminded and asked about People for Education's equal support of ALL the arts: dance, drama, visual art and music.  She got a fantastic response, check it out here:http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/faq/in-your-2013-annual-report-on-schools-why-are-all-of-your-arts-recommendations-related-to-music-only-jane-d/15/We are encouraging CODE members to respond to People for Education in their online form. To get more information, click read more!

An American Perspective on Why the Arts Matter

 Have a look at this powerful Arts Education advocacy document coming out of the United States. An interesting read with great resources on why arts in education make students successful in school, work and life.http://www.aep-arts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Preparing-Students-fo...The Arts Education Partnership, who wrote the report has a great website and links to all kinds of resources.

Activity of the WeekMembers only

For students who are brand new to improv, this is an excellent introduction to the idea of receiving what your fellow performer provides you on stage as opposed to simply pre-planning what your actions and dialogue will be.ACTIVITY: Send and AcceptTYPE OF ACTIVITY: Improv; Warm-up; Concentration; Reacting

Pulse Summer Hip Hop Intensive

Tags: Dance
Since 2006, the Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference has supported teacher and student learning through dynamic workshops with professional artists.  In keeping with Pulse's mandate to provide rich professional development opportunities to dance educators, Pulse will be running a 2 week dance institute focusing on the art and history of Hip-Hop dance. Its aim is to dispel some of the common misconceptions about Hip-Hop, and provide educators with an enriching experience based in sound and informed practice. Our main goal is to support the growth and development of Urban dance, and with a tremendously knowledgeable group of hip-hop artists at the helm (including Pulse 2012 keynote speaker Mariano Abarca), this experience will provide dance educators with the background information necessary to better inform their teaching practice. 

DramaWay's Annual Youth and Adult's with Special Needs Multi-Arts Showcase 2013

The artistic talents of youth and adults with special needs will be showcased in DramaWay's annual open class showcase on May 30 and June 15, 2013. This year, DramaWay's actors present, Snow White’s Ever After, an original full-length dramatic production, which will also include a variety of vocal and dance performances. The play is not only a fun sequel to the much-loved fairy-tale, but, in a contemporary spin, addresses current environmental and labor concerns. As a celebration of the exceptional artistic achievements of Toronto's special needs community, DramaWay's annual performances also raise much needed funds necessary to ensure its ability to continue to offer creative arts programs.

Drama and Dance lesson now available on edugains!

Tags: Dance, Drama
Grade 9 Drama and Dance resources are now up on the edugains website. To access the resources, click here.

Shakespeare in Action does a feature on CODE!

Read this feature on the shakespeare in action website:

Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive

Theatre Ontario's annual Summer Theatre Intensive (August 11-17) is gaining momentum! The Intensive will be taking place in Waterloo at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Accomodation, meals, a trip to Stratford and the choice of a course for the week is rolled into one price.Read on to learn more about this fantastic opportunity!

Prologue Spring Showcase 2013

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 Prologue for the Performing Arts is hosting its annual preview Spring Showcase on May 28th, 2013 at Young People's Theatre. For more information check the invitation here: http://prologueshowcase.eventbrite.ca/