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!  

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!

Pulse Conference Documentary

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The Ontario Pulse Youth Dance Conference is a chance for students and teachers in Ontario to experience the wealth of diversity in our dance community.  The conference was developed in partnership with CODE.  Watch the mini documentary to find out more.

August Dance Workshops for Elementary Teachers - with Janice PomerMembers only

Explore the New Dance Curriculum with dance artist, educator and author Janice Pomer.Two 2-day experiential workshops for elementary teachers and dance artists to chose from.WHEN: Workshop A. Monday August 22 & Tuesday August 23. 10:30 am - 3:30 pm.             Workshop B. Wednesday August 24 & Thursday August 25. 10:30 am - 3:30 pm.CODE Members - Save 15%!

Professional Teacher Training in Dance: August 26th - 28th with Annemarie CabriMembers only

Professional Teacher Training in DanceAugust 26th - 28th 2011Fri. 6-8pm/Sat. 9:30-4:30pm/Sun. 10-3pm Enjoy a workshop that teachers have been requesting - making dance relevant for students.Invited are dance studio, gym, music, and classroom teachers as well as anyone wanting a fresh insight, new ideas, and lesson plans that work with reason.  Find out, What is Brain-Compatible class really all about? And take home tools that are useable today!  Enrolment limited.CODE members - save 20%!

A Call for Writers and Review Consultants: CODE - Financial Literacy Resource Development Project

We are pleased to announce that the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators, with the support of the Ministry of Education, will be developing resource materials to support teachers with the implementation of the Financial Literacy initiative as it relates to the revised Drama and Dance curriculum. The development of resources reflects CODE’s mandate to encourage and support Drama and Dance in education in Ontario.Click "Read More" to find out details and download the application.

Dance and the Child II Summer Intensive offered by York University

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York University is pleased to announce that it will offer Dance and the Child II Summer Intensive from July 4-15th, Monday to Friday 9a.m.-1p.m. This course is ideal for teachers wishing to learn more about teaching dance in an educational setting.

It's Time to Step Into Motion!

Read about this year's annual Step Into Motion event taking place in Cornwall, Ontario May 18th - 21st, 2011 in the Standard Freeholder! Register today to be part of this amazing event!