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.

 

Drama New Zealand Advocacy Materials 

Shared with special permission and heartfelt thanks to our international drama colleagues in New Zealand!

 

 


2020 CODE Advocacy Brochure

CODE Drama Brochure

CODE Dance Brochure


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

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In reverse chronological order beginning with most recent:

2021

September 30 - CODE Response to Hybrid Learning

September 3 - Drama and Dance: Creative Community in the Time of COVID Version 2.0

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 EducationCODE'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

2020

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 (English, Francais)

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

2019

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

2018

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.

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Follow CODE on YouTube

Learning Through the Arts

Video Series showing teachers working with students using drama and dance.

Dance

Drama

Why Drama and Dance?

Why I Dance Video - The Dance Current Magazine

More from Sir Ken Robinson:

Why Dance is just as Important as Math in School
Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy in Drama and Dance

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Please send all recommendations and suggestions to the Chair of the Advocacy Committee at pastpresident[at]code.on.ca.

Our current Past President is: Jane Deluzio.