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.

CODE Resources

CODE Dance Brochure

CODE Drama Brochure

We Need to Talk About DramaA Chorus of Voices: Shaping a Future for Drama in Education - Christine Jackson, CODE Conference October 2015


Agencies and Organizations


Arts Education Consultants of Ontario (ARTSECO)

Dance Ontario

Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Ontario Art Education Association (OAEA)

Ontario College of Teachers (OCT)

Guidelines for Additional Qualifications Courses in Dance and Dramatic Arts

Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA)

Ontario Music Educators’ Association (OMEA)

Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)

Ontario Teacher Educators in the Arts (ONTEA)

Ontario Teachers’ Federation (OTF/FEO)

People for Education

Pulse Dance Conference

Theatre Ontario



Canadian Conference of the Arts

Canadian Dance Assembly

Dance Collection Danse (DCD)

National Roundtable for Teacher Education in the Arts (NRTEA)

National Theatre School Festival - Ontario (NTSFestival Ontario)



Dance and the Child International (DACI)

International Drama/Theatre Education Association (IDEA)

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE)


Government Agencies

Canada Council for the Arts (CCA)

Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

Ontario Ministry of Education (MOE)

Toronto Arts Council (TAC)


Advocacy Tools

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

All I's on Education: Imagination, Integration, Innovation Research Report, Kathleen Gould Lundy, 2016

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



CODE 40th Anniversary Documentary

Learning Through the Arts Video Series

Pulse Dance Conference Videos

Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Why I Dance Video - The Dance Current Magazine