EVOLVE 2020: Call for Presenters

Deadline for Applications: Sunday, March 1st, 2020, midnight
To Submit, CLICK HERE 
*Please read this call carefully and prepare your materials before submitting through Google Forms*


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, Heathcote, Laban, Graham, Shakespeare, Boal 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.

Target Audience

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. Therefore, we are looking for workshops that address the following audiences:

Elementary Focus (P/J)

Secondary Focus (I/S)

Beginners (for pre-service teachers and those with limited arts experience who would like to learn how to incorporate drama and dance into their classrooms)

Drama and Dance in Kindergarten (effectively threading the arts into the play-based learning framework at an early age to enhance student growth as creative thinkers)

French and English-Language Teachers (using drama and dance techniques in extended and French-immersion classrooms, and for English Language Learners)

Experienced Arts Educators (intensive ‘master’ classes with a specific focus for conference attendees who have a wealth of experience)

Arts Researchers (professors, graduate, and post-graduate students interested in current arts-based research approaches)


Presentation Formats

Workshop (80 minutes)

Participatory sessions that have direct applications for the classroom (sharing of lesson plans, activities and strategies; how to work with a source; assessment and evaluation strategies, etc). 20-30 participants.

Academic Paper (20 minutes; 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions)

Presentations of current research in drama and dance education; should include time for discussion and/or a short practical application for participants. Paper presentations may also include performance components (within the time limits). 20-30 participants.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Discussion (40 or 80 minutes)

Discussions about an identified topic related to the themes of our conference. SIG Leaders are encouraged to consider creative approaches such as panels, roundtables, or open-space learning approaches.


Remuneration for Presenters

Workshop Presentations

Retired and Full-Time  Educators $125

Full-Time Freelance Artists $250

Paper Presentations

$50 per session

SIG Leaders

$60 (40 minute session), $120 per session (80 minutes)

Please Note:
  • Presenter fees do not include conference attendance fees, accommodation, meals, travel expenses, or CODE membership.

  • Presentation remuneration is a flat rate to be shared between co-presenters 

  • Current CODE Board and Committee members will not be paid for conference presentations. 

  • Presenters who wish to donate their fees to CODE, a registered charity, will receive a tax receipt.

To submit your proposal, click HERE

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

Brooke Charlebois brooke.charlebois@code.on.ca 

Kim Snider kim.snider@code.on.ca