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!  

Performance & Learning Series: Sugar and Gold, The Story of the Underground Railroad in Canada at the Royal Conservatory

The Royal Conservatory of Music and Learning Through The Arts inviting you, your students, your colleagues, and their students to our third concert in the Performance & Learning Series: Sugar and Gold, The Story of the Underground Railroad in Canada, a very special Grades 3-8 Music and Learning event on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 10:30am.This fantastic, interactive performance arrives just in time to prepare students for Black History Month and all attending groups will receive a teaching guide.

Looking for Teaching Tools? Ministry Revised Arts Podcasts Have Been Posted!

To help support the revised arts curriculum, the Ministry of Education has launched a series of podcasts featuring real teachers, students and classrooms. Watch the podcasts to learn hands-on about teaching strategies in drama and dance. Prepare to be inspired!

Peel DSB Presents 'Arts Alive'

Arts Alive is an annual professional development for the arts event in Peel DSB.  This year it will be held on Jan. 13th, 2011. 

"Breakin' it Down" Dance Workshop for Teachers only $75 for CODE members!Members only

Tags: Dance
Consider this workshop as a "crash course" in teaching dance! By the end of this hands-on and practical day, you will learn how to use the new dance curriculum, explore and understand the elements of dance, create and assess dance lessons and units, explore various world dance forms, and increase your confidence in teaching dance to your students. You don't want to miss this! 

Post-Report Card Detox by Travelling StageMembers only

One of CODE's partners, The Travelling Stage is offering a discount on yoga classes for teachers!The Travelling Stage has teamed up with Power Yoga Canada - Liberty Village to bring you a phenomenal offer! Enjoy one month of unlimited hot yoga for only $50.00! Regular Price: $140.00The Travelling Stage has teamed up with LiV Yoga Studio to bring you a phenomenal offer! Enjoy one month of unlimited hot yoga for only $50.00! Regular Price: $140.00 Offer valid November 16-December 31, 2010. Cannot be combined with other offers. Teachers must show board ID or OCT card to participate. Pass it on to other teachers you know! Our Price: $50.00 (plus hst) for one month of unlimited hot yogaFor more information click "Read More"

2010 CODE Conference Workshop HandoutsMembers only

The 2010 CODE Conference this year at Niagara-On-The-Lake was a huge success! The conference's array of workshops and keynote speakers left conference delegates full of inspiration and innovation. A variety of workshop handouts are now available in the resource section of our website. Thank you to all workshop presenters and keynote speakers for making this conference memorable!You can find the resources filtered for workshop notes here.

Learn About the UK's "Drama for Learning and Creativity" (D4LC) Initiative

The Drama for Learning and Creativity initiative, or D4LC, is an innovative program operating in the UK and bring implemented by other countries across the globe. At this year's CODE conference, Patrice Baldwin, President of National Drama UK and Chair of IDEA, premiered this video so that Ontario teachers could learn about ways in which drama in making its way into all aspects of the elementary curriculum thanks to D4LC. . .

Celebrating 40 Years of Drama and Dance At the 2010 CODE Conference!

Highlights from the 2010 CODE Conference "Celebrate Drama and Dance: Inspiring the Artist in the Teacher" at Queen's Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

AGM Executive and Management Board Reports

For those of you who are attending CODE's Annual General Meeting, we are posting the reports from the Executive and the Management Board for your perusal.  Please read through them so that any questions regarding these reports can be brought up at the meeting.Executive ReportsManagement Board Reports

Call for Artists: Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Training Initiative

Canadian Stage is offering an opportunity for artist educators in communities and schools:Canadian Stage, in partnership with PAONE (Professional Arts Organization Network for Education), is pleased to announce the Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Training Initiative taking place between February 14 and 19, 2011 with support from the Ontario Arts Council, and the Government of Ontario through the Cultural Strategic Investment Fund of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. This initiative is comprised of a training intensive for artist educators, a practical placement for training delegates, and an exchange conference in arts education.