Hi CODE members,
A valued CODE member and former board member, Jane Deluzio, wrote into People for Education to ask about their 2013 final report. You can read the final report here:
Pages 16 -19 are the Arts recommendations, which focus largely on Music.
In her response, Jane reminded and asked about People for Education's equal support of ALL the arts: dance, drama, visual art and music. She got a fantastic response, check it out here:
We are encouraging CODE members to respond to People for Education in their online form or email firstname.lastname@example.org with their thoughts on:
-why core classroom teachers K - 6 be given professional learning in dance, drama and all the arts
-why specialist dance and drama teachers matter at all levels and in particular in intermediate and secondary levels
Here is a sample letter you can cut and paste or personalize:
Dear People for Education,
I am a member of CODE - the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators. As a dance/drama teacher, I feel that all of the arts matter in education. CODE believes that all students in all schools must be educated in all of the arts in order to ensure: social equity, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, digital and technological literacy, collaboration and empathetic communities.
We look forward to future advocacy from People for Education that includes all four of the arts in our curriculum as vital to the students of Ontario's publicly funded school system. Thank you for considering Jane D's comment and noting that all arts matter to all students. How will you be including the voice of drama and dance research and resources in your future lobbying efforts?