CODE-Upon-Avon: Growing Your Soul - Registration Now Open

Now in our 49th year, CODE invites you to spend the day engaged in professional development that will leave you full of new ideas for your pedagogical practice while you enjoy a day of fun at one of Canada’s most renowned Theatre Festivals.

Research and Advocacy for Drama and Theatre: The DICE Report

DICE (“Drama Improves Lisbon Key Competences in Education”) was an international EU-supported project to research and support the teaching of drama and theatre in educational contexts. In addition to other educational aims, this two-year project was a cross-cultural research study investigating the effects of educational theatre and drama on five of the eight Lisbon Key Competences. Read more to get access to the research and educational materials created through this important project.

ETFO AQ Opportunity

ETFO (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario) is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for teachers wishing to get an AQ in one of the arts. Read on to learn about the destination courses being offered this summer!

The Students' CornerMembers only

Hey CODE members! For our newest blog, The Students' Corner, we'd love to hear from your students. Is there an exercise or unit that your students really felt helped them grow as performers or young adults? If so, ask them to write a short piece that explains how the exercise works and why it had such a strong impact on them. Submit their entry to and it may end up on the CODE site as a resource for teachers. For younger students, perhaps their teachers could explain how the unit works and the student could write about why they enjoyed the unit so much. The second entry for The Students' Corner comes from a Grade 12 student at Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School in Mississauga.

Step Into Motion 2013 - On Road

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Step Into Motion 2013-   On the road....

Codie Abroad: Teaching Shakespeare and New Initiatives from the University of Warwick

This week, our Codie Abroad profiles the Teaching Shakespeare program, a new program available to educators around the world through the University of Warwick and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as Jonothan Neelands' recent work teaching creativity to Warwick Business School students.

The Students' CornerMembers only

Without a doubt, our greatest source for Professional Development is hearing what teachers around the province are doing with their students to encourage their artistic growth in dance and drama.  Our newest blog, The Students’ Corner aims to share effective activities and lessons, but this time, from the point of view of our students.  CODE members are doing incredible things all over the province, and here is your chance to find out your students’ favourite activities and units.  Ask your students to write a short piece on what their favourite activity/unit was and how it worked.  Let them know that teachers all over Ontario could read their submission so they should be specific in their description of the exercise.  Also, once they have explained how the activity works, have them write how it benefited them as performers and people.  Did it help them really break down their wall?  Did it allow them to see the world from a brand new perspective?  Maybe it helped them understand a concept they were having trouble grasping. We are looking for submissions from teachers and their students  all over Ontario.  For the younger students involved in drama and dance, perhaps they could write why they enjoyed the exercise and their teachers could break down how the exercise works. Feel free to submit your responses to Check out the CODE site often for new drama and dance exercises – brought to you by the students. Our first submission comes from a Grade 11 Drama student at Meadowvale Secondary School, in Mississauga.

Activity of the Week - February 18-22Members only

This week's activity is an excellent warm up that all grades will love.  It can be used in conjunction with a mime unit, characterization unit or as a way to challenge students to freely use physical expression.  Check out the CODE site every week for a brand new warm-up/activity.Activity of the Week: Exaggerating CircleType of Activity: Physical warm-up; observation; mime; characterRequired Props: None

Special Teacher Offer from The Shaw Festival

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The Shaw Festival is offering a special teacher rate for upcoming shows."The Shaw Fesitval is reaching out to teachers with a special theatre ticket offer.  We would like to invite teachers (and a guest) to attend a production of Guys and Dolls, Lady Windermere's Fan or Major Barbara between April 3 and July 7 for only $30!  Check out details here:

In Memory of Charles Lundy November 9, 1939-February 13, 2013

Charles Lundy was a brilliant teacher at the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, published author, and an award-winning videographer, Chuck paved the way for principled, inventive teaching in the Dramatic Arts. Beloved husband of Kathleen Gould Lundy. Proud father of Tracy (Geoff), Andrea (Kathryn), Jeremy and Jessica. Grandfather of Caitlin, Christopher and Ivy. Son–in-law of Ethel Gould. Pre-deceased by his parents Richard and Dorothy Lundy and by his brother Herb. Those who loved Chuck will know that he was happiest at “Islay Woods”—the old farm that he and Kathy bought in 1984. This special place offered him comfort throughout his long illness. The funeral will be held at the Mangan Funeral Home, 332 Osborne Street, Beaverton on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Visitation from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. with service at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Ross Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit would be most appreciated.

Date with Dance - FREE for CODE MembersMembers only

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Before March Break, come on a Date with Dance Wednesday March 6th, 7:00pm Go on a “date” with the charming Nova Bhattacharya, Artistic Director of Nova Dance. Your date is clearly trying to impress you by taking you to the Gladstone Hotel’s Gallery. While you enjoy a drink and appetizers, Nova will tell you about herself.