Be a Part of the 47th Annual CODE Conference - Claiming Our Voices

CODE is thrilled to announce that the 2017 Conference page is live and accepting registrations for the 47th Annual Conference, Claiming Our Voices.  From October 13-15, Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario will become the place to be for drama and dance educators and artists!The vision of the conference is to celebrate, inspire and learn about the diverse voices that make up our drama and dance community. We have artists, educators and academics from diverse backgrounds sharing their dance and drama work around equity issues, arts advocacy, teacher and student wellness and the lenses which shape understanding.  To learn more about the conference, read on!

Bur Oak Secondary School breaks down barriers with "Shoes"

The Special Needs class of Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham made history on March 3, 2015, when they competed at the Ontario Sears Drama Festival. This unique show titled “Shoes” featured youth who are living with challenges such as autism, developmental delays, and Downs Syndrome. In visually innovative ways, the show explores the hopes and dreams of these young people. 

In Memoriam - David Wasse

CODE is far more than a collection of resources, a website or a conference. At its heart, it is a community of caring professionals who support each other in good times and bad. We celebrate our successes and grieve our losses as one.

CODE at Kempenfelt

The CODE Management Board, along with the Elementary Inquiry-based Learning writing team, is meeting this weekend at Kempenfelt Conference Centre in Barrie

Website Launch Reception a Great Success

From the spectacular Nexus Lounge at OISE, overlooking the Toronto skyline, members of the CODE Management Board, members, alumni and teacher candidates gathered to launch our new, improved website. MC'ed by Sarah Papoff, the new site was introduced by Stephen Wei, former Communications chair and the driving force behind the website redesign. Shawn Rocheleau, Publications chair, spoke about the path forward, and how CODE can and will use our new online platform to expland our reach and scope. At the event to sign their new books were CODE Alumni and supporters Larry Swartz, Kathleen Gallagher, Debbie Nyman and David Booth. We thank them for their on-going work to further Drama education in Ontario and beyond, and for their support of CODE. It was a wonderful evening of networking and reconnecting, and a great cross-section of our membership came out to support and celebrate. We would like to extend special thanks, as always, to David Booth, who provided so much support and leadership in organizing the event. Thanks also to Rochelle Matthews, Toronto Regional Rep, for spearheading this event. 

In Memory of Bob Beattie

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CODE grieves the loss of one of our early founders. CODE is honoured to share this tribute to founding member and past president Bob Beattie.

Calling all Professional Artists for CODE Conference 2015

Calling all amazing drama and dance artists and educators! We are still seeking drama and dance workshop proposals, especially those from our experienced 'Master' drama and dance specialists, for this year's conference. And do you have a favourite guest artist who you have loved having in your classroom and would want to see at a conference? Send them this link and encourage them to apply! Submit by March 1, 2015http://dramafocus.formstack.com/forms/code_proposals

Join us for a Celebration!

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On Thursday, February 19th, Join the CODE Board for the official launch of our new website, and reconnect with colleagues and special guests. 

Entry Points for Drama - Intermediate

Are you an Intermediate teacher who is looking for great ways to bring Drama into your classroom? As a follow-up to our Entry Points for Drama - Primary and Entry Points for Drama - Junior resources, Grade 7 and 8 teachers who are CODE Members can now access Entry Points for Drama - Intermediate. These fantastic resources give new (and experienced) Drama teachers useful Inquiry-based entry points using Media, Non-fiction and Fiction sources. Not a CODE Member? Check out our Membership page to find out how to become a member. To access the Resources, Members can log in, click on Resources and Seach "Entry Points."

Pre-Service Education in Ontario: Drama and Dance Panel Report

Starting in September of 2015, Faculties of Education in Ontario will move to a two-year Bachelor of Education Model.  Michael Wilson, Past President, founding CODE member and long-time advocate for the Arts in Ontario schools led a panel discussion at the 44th Annual CODE Conference in October 2014, about the state of Teacher Education in Drama and Dance, and what we can do as teachers and as a subject association to ensure the long-term viability of our subject areas in Ontario Schools. Please read!

Call for Proposals: Greetings from the organizers of the 14th World Festival of Children’s Theatre

 Please read and distribute this invitation to everyone you can think of who has a stake in the creativity and well-being of children: teachers, researchers, social workers, parents, academics, theatre practitioners, health care workers, etc. Think outside the box! The symposium’s organizing committee wants to create a truly unique, interactive, dynamic forum to exchange ideas and learn from each other. Think regionally, nationally, internationally. What networks need to hear this Call for Proposals? Thank you! Posted on behalf of:  Ron DodsonArtistic Director14th World Festival of Children's TheatreStratford, Ontario, CanadaJune, 2016 | "My World, Our Planet"www.worldfestivalofchildrenstheatre.com