On “Playing Pretend”: Making Space for “The Real” in Elementary Education

As an artistic community who are heavily invested in the health of drama and dance education in Ontario, it is important to celebrate some of the great work being done with Pre-Service educators at the university level.  The importance of effective pedagogy in drama and dance education in Ontario Faculties of Ed. is vital to the future of these art forms in schools. Under the guidance of Professor Christine Jackson, pre-service student Jessamyn Polson has written a paper that explores the role that drama and dance can play in assisting with the exploration of potentially difficult themes and topics in an elementary setting.  Both Christine and Jessamyn have been kind enough to share their work with CODE. Read on for context and insight from Christine Jackson and to read the paper submitted by Jessamyn.A big thank-you to both for the exciting work you do on behalf of students and the arts.  Bravo!  

Healthy Dancer Canada - Fourth Annual Eastern Conference

Tags: Dance
September 25, 201110 am to 4 pmHosted at Canada's National Ballet School(400 Jarvis Street Toronto) For more information on conference schedule, fees and to register visit:www.healthydancercanada.org

Enhance your Students’ Creativity: Invite an Artist into your Classroom!

The Artists in Education Roster and the Aboriginal Artists in Schools Roster at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) are resources for Ontario teachers who wish to hire professional artists to teach hands-on workshops to their students. The roster is available to teachers working at elementary or secondary schools registered with the Ontario Ministry of Education, or federally-funded. 

Hot off the Presses, Financial Literacy Resources are Here!

CODE is pleased to announce its brand new Financial Literacy resources, created with the generous support of the Ministry of Education. Browse lessons and units from grades 4-12 connecting drama, dance and concepts of financial literacy. These units offer new and innovative ideas and cross-curricular connections to help you educate students about this important subject. Visit our Resources page to access these great resources today!

Nominations for Board Members

The following positions are to be elected in 20011 at the Annual General Meeting of CODE at Blue Mountain Resort in Blue Mountains, Ontario on Sunday, October 23rd, 2011. All Management Board positions are up for election and cover a two year term: Conference Chair, Publications Chair, Communications Officer, Membership Officer, Drama Liaison, Dance Liaison, Metro Toronto Rep, Central East Rep, Central West Rep, Eastern Rep, Western Rep, Northeastern Rep, Northwestern Rep, Mid-Northern Rep. For a detailed description of these positions, please see the CODE By-Laws and at the CODE table at the conference.Download the nomination form if you are interested in serving on the board.

CODE Goes Virtual! Join the Conversation on Facebook and Twitter

We are pleased to announce that, in an effort to become more wide-reaching in our communication with members, CODE has gone virtual! Visit and "like" our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter!

Board Reports for 2010/2011 Annual General Meeting

Any members attending the AGM in October at the annual conference at Blue Mountain Resort may wish to look over the board reports for 2010/2011 and the AGM Minutes from 2010.

Newsletters, Workshops and Discounted Books at Playwrights Guild of Canada!Members only

CODE is pleased to announce its new partnership with the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Gain access to the PGC newsletter, learn about exciting workshops with artists such as Brad Fraser, and obtain a 20% discount on books!

FALL Into The Arts With The Travelling Stage Company!Members only

A new school year is just around the corner and that means The Travelling Stage is gearing up for our 10th year of school workshops!  This year is set to be the most exciting yet with new workshops, new partnerships and our most incredible guest artist roster yet!  Prices haven't increased in 5 years and they'll stay that way again this year in order to offer you innovative, quality workshops that you can afford. Visit the website to learn more about new workshops for educators, including Yoga in the Classroom, Halloween Fun, Insta-Musical and more!CODE members receive a discount on in-school workshops. For details click on "read more". . .

Remembering Nancy Swortzell

Today, we were learned the sad news that Dr. Nancy Swortzell, co founder of the NYU Program in Educational Theatre, had passed away. Though few of us at CODE knew Nancy personally, Dr. Philip Tayler, current Director of the NYU Educational Theatre Program, has shared some background on her inspirational work as a drama educator to share with us.

Longstanding CODE Member Helen Zdriluk Wins Distinguished Award

Helen Zdriluk's Master of Education thesis, "Ten Years After: A Qualitative Study of Students' Experiences in a High School Theatre Company," has received the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Distinguished Thesis/Dissertation Award. Congratulations, Helen!