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!

Drama New Zealand Advocacy Materials 


CODE Advocacy Resources

2020 CODE Advocacy Brochure

CODE Drama Brochure

CODE Dance Brochure

We Need to Talk About DramaA 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 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


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


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

  • Research Report on Teaching in Ontario by Kathleen Gould Lundy

          All I's on Education: Imagination, Integration, Innovation Research, K.Lundy, 2016


CODE Recommended Videos: See CODE YouTube and suscribe!

Sir Ken Robinson:

Why Dance is just as Important as Math in School

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Also watch: 

Why I Dance Video - The Dance Current Magazine

CODE'S TRIBUTE to David Booth

CODE 50th Anniversary Launch 

CODE 40th Anniversary Documentary 

....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   
Our current Past President is: Jane Deluzio.