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 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 Letters and Responses
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
May 27 - Letter from all ARTS subject association to MOET: CODE, OAEA, OMEA: Joint Consulation for School Reopening
Note: We are working to add all previous advocacy letters so that we are always posting for one year and archiving our work in previous years in a public folder available here.
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
- 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
PLEASE SEND ALL SUGGESTIONS FOR ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE CHAIR OF THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE: firstname.lastname@example.org