The Call for Proposals for this year's conference is now closed.

This year, CODE turns 50! To celebrate this milestone event, we will be presenting a very special weekend conference EVOLVE 2020, at the Sheraton Hamilton October 23-25th, 2020, and we want to see you there!

Conference Themes

EVOLVE 2020: Looking Back, Moving Forward will honour and celebrate the important contributions to drama and dance education in Ontario from the past fifty years. It will also look forward to new innovations, ideas, and practices that will take us into an exciting artistic future. This inspiring theme generates room for artists and educators to create engaging and innovative presentations that honour the fifty-year evolution of CODE in the following areas:

Revisiting the Masters

New takes on “classic” approaches to drama and dance, such as story drama and creative movement. Offerings could include: focus on well-known practitioners such as Booth, Laban, Graham, Shakespeare, etc.)

New Innovations in Drama and Dance

Forward-thinking approaches to drama and dance such as STEAM, technology, brain research, global competencies, project-based and inquiry learning.

Indigeneity and the Arts

Best practices for honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action through drama and dance education. Done by or in partnership with Indigenous elders, artists, and knowledge-keepers.

Exploring Language through Drama and Dance

The role of drama and dance in language learning, including extended French, French Immersion, or English Language Learning.

Productive Artist-Teacher Partnerships

Explorations of collaborative practice and projects between classroom educators and artist-educators.

Drama and Dance in Alternative Settings

Drama and dance beyond the classroom such as applied theatre, trauma-informed arts practice, and site-specific artistic work.

CODE conferences are known for inspiring participants and giving them an arsenal of ideas that can be applied to both traditional and alternative classroom settings. Our aim is to meet the needs of a vast array of artists, teachers, pre-service teachers, and arts advocates. Whether you an elementary or secondary teacher, an arts researcher or beginning teacher, there will be papers, workshops, and special interest groups that will appeal to you. Registration, presentations, and schedule will launch in May 2020!

For any questions please email the 2020 Conference Co-Chairs:

Brooke Charlebois brooke.charlebois@code.on.ca 

Kim Snider kim.snider@code.on.ca