On Friday, November 29th, CODE Eastern Regional Coordinator Matthew Sheahan traveled to Napanee to deliver a workshop for elementary teachers from the Algonquin Lakeshore Catholic District School Board on non-performative techniques in drama and dance, and integration of Indigenous content without appropriation of culture or voice. The participants learned about process drama, games, tableaux, creating movement pieces, and dance strategies such as flocking.
CODE is offering a 3 hour workshop for secondary teachers with Siobhan Richardson, a stage combat and intimacy director, to teach strategies for directing students in scenes with intimacy. Organized by Kathleen Karpenchuk, CODE's Drama Liaison. Click through for details!
This past November, teacher candidates at the Regent Park site participated in a drama workshop to explore sustainability issues and global citizenship through a social justice lens. The workshop, which was presented by Sarah Papoff from the Council of Drama and Dance Educators (CODE), provided the students with an opportunity to explore how they could use drama in their future teaching practice(s) as a creative and effective way to explore global issues with their students.
CODE is thrilled to offer: Speaking up in Solidarity for women in violence through Drama - a dynamic and powerful workshop with artist educator Diana Tso. Join us Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 at Rosedale Heights School for the Arts. Register today!
Starting in September of 2015, Faculties of Education in Ontario will move to a two-year Bachelor of Education Model. Michael Wilson, Past President, founding CODE member and long-time advocate for the Arts in Ontario schools led a panel discussion at the 44th Annual CODE Conference in October 2014, about the state of Teacher Education in Drama and Dance, and what we can do as teachers and as a subject association to ensure the long-term viability of our subject areas in Ontario Schools. Please read!
Patrice Baldwin, President of the International Drama and Education Association providing workshops in Toronto
PATRICE BALDWIN is President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) and Chair of National Drama (UK), as well as a member of the Executive Council of the World Alliance for Arts Education. She was for many years, a headteacher and a local authority Adviser for Arts Development and Improvement and has been a school inspector. She also worked as a scriptwriter and series consultant for the BBC Education. Since becoming President of IDEA in July 2010, Patrice has worked increasingly internationally, as a speaker and workshop leader for Drama and also works freelance as a school improvement professional and arts and curriculum consultant in the UK. She is currently an Artsmark assessor for Arts Council England and a part time lecturer at the University of Warwick. Patrice is a well-established and prolific author in the field of drama, creativity and the curriculum and has a particular interest in the links between arts, learning and neuroscience as well as between drama and literacy.
She will be offering the following two workshops:
Bringing Poetry Alive Through Drama (secondary)
October 22nd, 2012 5-7pm
OISE U of T
This drama is based around an ambiguous poem, ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare. Using a range of drama strategies, participants will imagine and explore together what is both evident and inferred in the poem itself. Actively and collaboratively participants will explore and develop character/s, setting/s and plot/s in ways that will deepen that their understanding of the poem itself and also give opportunity for its narrative extension and elaboration. The drama approaches used will be transferable, for use with other poems and text types.
Bringing Picture Books Alive Through Drama (elementary)
October 23rd, 2012 5-7pm
OISE U of T
This drama session explores the picture book, ‘The Princess’ Blankets’ by Carol Ann Duffy. Through Storydrama participants will enter an imaginary world partly of their own making. They will use a range of drama strategies (using sound, words, movement, image) to collaboratively explore the universal themes of love, marriage, trust, fear, parenting and environmental sustainability. Although the book creates the frame for the drama, the participants will make it their own and the outcome of the drama is in the hands of the participants. The drama approaches used will be transferable, for use with other picture books and texts.
Register now for this year's OTF Camp focusing on the Arts, being offered at McMaster University July 10-12, 2012. This primary/junior/intermediate workshop will feature three days of fantastic learning for teachers focused on the resources created by CODE, OMEA and OAEA. Your registration fee of $100 includes workshops, accommodation and food. Visit the OTF website to register today!
On October 15th, Professor Jonothan Neelands of the University of Warwick presented a workshop based on The Grapes of Wrath for CODE members in Toronto. Participants explored timely issues connected to poverty, the arduous journey the Joad family made in pursuit of a better life, and the power of memory. Click here to access the workshop materials on our Resources page.
This practical drama workshop with Jonothan Neelands will explore John Steinbeck's iconic novel The Grapes of Wrath and its contemporary resonances for the troubled world that young people are experiencing.
Using material from the novel and the film and play versions as well as other historical and contemporary materials the workshop offers a model of how teaching literature of the past through drama can connect us powerfully with our world today. The workshop started life as a pre-show and post-show workshop for the current Stratford Festival production and is still evolving as a socio-historical theatrical journey into the lives, experiences and art of those living on the edge then and now.
Please note that only those who have registered will be admitted. No walk-ins please. REGISTER NOW!