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!

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! 

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. . .

Theatre Museum Canada Presents a Staged Reading of "OD On Paradise"

O.D. ON PARADISE There will be a reading of the 1980s hit O.D. ON PARADISE at the Rivoli (344 Queen Street West) Sunday June 26 at 2pm. Admission $10. Written by Linda Griffiths and Patrick Brymer.

The Dreamcatchers Hits the Edinburgh Fringe!

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Seventeen students from Earl Haig Secondary School along with Jan Kish and teacher Kirk Davis have collectively created a new play entitled "The Dreamcatchers" which will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2011. The play was inspired by the 1995 incident at Ipperwash and the G20 riots last year in Toronto - but is entirely fictional.  This tragedy explores politics, spirituality and identity through chorus, dance, meta-theatrics and drama. For more information, please visit: http://www.dreamcatcherstheplay.ca  or the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dream-Catchers/111008368966087 or the blurb in the Edinburgh Fringe online catalogue: http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/dreamcatchers.

Drama in Education Pioneer Dorothy Heathcote Honoured

Doctor of Letters (DLitt): Dorothy Heathcote, internationally-acclaimed drama in education pioneer has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (published 11 June 2011) for an MBE, Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to Drama as Education. CODE wishes to congratulate our honourary member on this amazing achievement!