The Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE) encourages and supports the development of drama and dance in education in Ontario. CODE often engages with partner organizations, as well as provincial, national, and international agencies to represent its members and advocate for issues of importance to those in the field of arts education.
CODE encourages its members and the public-at-large to assist us in advocating for the arts in your schools and communities. Please see the following links to support you in becoming an advocate for dance and drama education.
With special permission...and heartfelt thanks to our international drama colleagues in New Zealand!
CODE Advocacy Resources
We Need to Talk About Drama: A Chorus of Voices: Shaping a Future for Drama in Education - Christine Jackson, former CODE President, CODE Conference October 2015
CODE Advocacy Letters:
Recent to oldest...
July 20 - Email letter to Council of Directors of Education (also CODE) re: Ministry's Big Ideas in the Elementary Curriculum Project
January 14 - CODE'S submission to MOET's Consultation on Funding for Public Education: CODE's Submission: MOET Consultation on Funding Education
January 4 - Letter from all ARTS subject association to MOET: CODE, OAEA, OMEA: Ontario's Future Depends on STEAM
August 4 - Updated Return to school document, adding 18 COVID adapted resources and shared widely: Drama and Dance: Creative Community in the Time of COVID
June 25 - Document sent to School Boards in Preparation for Return to Schools: Drama and Dance in the Time of COVID
June 15 - Joint Letter (CODE, FNMIEAO, OAEA, OASPHE, OMEA, Ophea) to Directors and Trustee Chairs Return to Schools
May 27 - Letter from CODE to MOET: Consultation for School Reopening - COVID 19
March 23 - Letter from OAEA, OMEA and CODE to MOET: Joint Support for Arts Resources during COVID 19
May - Response to Ministry of Education's Open Call for Class Size Consultation
August - Letter to the Toronto District School Board from OAEA, OMEA and CODE: Equity Among ALL of the ARTS in the TDSB
November - Response to Ministry of Education's Open Call for Consultation on Education
August 30 - Letter to Chair of Deans of Faculties of Education: Offer to Collaborate with Pre-Service and AQ Dance and Drama Courses
March 4 - Feedback to People For Education: Arts Education Draft Feedback
Note: We are working to archive all previous advocacy letters and documents. This is a work-in-progress
CODE Recommended Research and Writing
- Arts Education Advocacy Toolkit - The Kennedy Centre Alliance for Arts Education Network
Arts Education for the Development of the Whole Child - Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)
Ontario Arts Curriculum (2009) Front Matter
- Research Report on Teaching in Ontario by Kathleen Gould Lundy
- Ten Lessons the Arts Teaches by Elliot Eisner
UNESCO Questionnaire on the Implementation of the Road Map for Arts Education: Report for Canada (March 2010)
Unleashing Potential, Harnessing Possibility: An Odyssey of Creativity, Innovation and Critical Thinking: An Action Research Study by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board: www.leadthewaytocreativity.com
CODE Recommended Videos: See CODE YouTube and suscribe!
Sir Ken Robinson:
....also discover Learning Through the Arts Video Series showing teachers working with students using drama and dance and CODE's Regional Coordinator Videos featuring a resource most suited for Distance Learning.....and much much more!
Please send all recommendations and suggestions to the Chair of the Advocacy Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our current Past President is: Jane Deluzio.