The 46th Annual Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators’ Conference
Pick Your Path: Inquiry in the Drama and Dance Classroom

White Oaks Resort and Spa
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Friday through Sunday – October 21st to 23rd, 2016


LIFE is full of choices. As Drama and Dance teachers in Ontario, we are faced with choices every day in our teaching and learning.  We include choice in our pedagogies for our students. As Inquiry becomes an integral part of our day-to-day teaching practices, we seek opportunities to locate resources, to gather practical learning and experiences, to make theoretical insights and to travel innovative pathways  as we integrate Inquiry into our Dance and Drama classrooms. As Arts Educators, we use Inquiry every day in the Creative and Critical Processes we apply. How does Inquiry evolve and grow in all of our learning spaces? What big questions arise? What explorations and journeys are unfolding?  

At the 46th Annual CODE Conference, we invite you to Pick Your Path.

We are excited to have some of the biggest innovators: educators, guest artists, and amazing classroom teachers from across the province, country and internationally.

Friday Master Class Keynote Keynote
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Dr. David Booth Kathleen Gould-Lundy Penny Couchie

Education Series:




Shaw Festival:

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Dr. Kathleen Gallagher Dr. Barry Freeman Delegate Specials!

WE are thrilled to welcome celebrated Drama and Multi-literacies educator, innovator and author Dr. David Booth. Dr. Booth will be leading a pre-conference Friday master class in using Inquiry in the classroom.

We are also delighted to have two amazing Keynote presenters: Kathleen Gould-Lundy will talk about her exciting Inquiry Drama work and collaborative creation: Voices of Innovative Practitioners with inspiring Ontario classroom teachers, and Penny Couchie, co-founder of Earth in Motion World Indigenous Dance will share her moving Dance work with us.

Being that we are in Shaw Festival country, we are also offering a special workshop (E4) at the Shaw Festival which will allow delegates to work with Shaw professionals and tour their facilities.  Registrants will also receive a discount code to see performances of Mrs Warren’s Profession or Engaged.

And these are only the special events! New this year is our Education Series: a selection of panels and academic papers that offer a glimpse into the theoretical world of Drama and Dance Education, Applied Theatre, and how some Ontario educators are starting their journeys into the world of Academia. To name one of them, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher and Dr. Barry Freeman will host a lively discussion about the virtue and value of theatre in Canada in the new millenium (D6).

2015-004compWE invite you to join us on a journey that has many parallel paths but which ultimately lead us in the same direction: more inclusive, diverse and challenging Inquiry-based experiences for our students.

We look forward to having you along on the adventure!

Rochelle Matthews and Shawn Rocheleau,
46th Annual CODE Conference Co-chairs



2016LogoBlackBgdOur logo has been designed by Karanvir Saini, a Grade 9

student at Middlefield Collegiate in Markham, Ontario.

Thank you – Karanvir!

What to Expect!

2015-006compArrival and registration at White Oaks begins at 5pm. If you are attending Dr. David Booth’s Master Class on Friday, October 21st, look for more event details in your registration.

Once you’ve checked in, join us in the conference space for a beverage, and the Game Exchange, a chance to meet new people and learn (or re-learn) fun, fantastic games to use in your classroom on Monday.

After breakfast on Saturday, we will gather for the opening address, after which time we head off for the morning workshops. Lunch will follow, and then afternoon workshops, followed by our Trade Fair Wine and Cheese event.

There is a break in activities (where you can take advantage of some of White Oaks’ wonderful amenities), and then our Gala Dinner, where, after the meal, we will enjoy keynote addresses from Kathleen Gould-Lundy and Penny Couchie. Then, we dance! Everyone is invited to our 90s Dance Party!2015-001comp

Sunday begins with breakfast, followed by CODE’s Annual General Meeting at 9:00 am. We are electing our Executive Board members this year, so all members are invited to attend this important meeting. Our final round of workshops take place after our Annual General Meeting, and then it’s the Closing Ceremonies followed by heartfelt goodbyes.

Contact Us

Conference Co-Chairs
Shawn Rocheleau
Rochelle Matthews

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