Dates have just been confirmed for the 8th World Congress of IDEA – the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association. The conference will take place in Paris from July 8-13, 2013.
Of significance for Australian drama teachers is that this conference will take place inside the school holiday break in all states and territories, with the exception of Queensland, where these dates represent the first school week of Term 3. So, for most drama and theatre teachers in Australia thinking of attending this fantastic event, hopefully your decision will be made a bit easier if you can disappear in school holidays. However, if you are in a position to sneak a bit of your Long Service Leave, hey its Paris, so this should be a no-brainer!
I have attended two IDEA World Congresses in the past – Bergen, Norway in 2001 and Ottawa, Canada in 2007. I can honestly say an IDEA World Congress is without question the best professional learning experience a drama/theatre teacher can have. To be in workshops and listen to speakers in drama education from across the globe is mind-blowing. As with most good conferences, networking opportunities in and around official sessions are just as valuable, so imagine making a bunch of international contacts in drama education!
- The portion of your trip used for the conference is tax deductible (check with your taxation agent)
- If planning on using some school time to attend, let your employer know ASAP – you can always withdraw your leave application if you change your mind later
- The conference is 18 months away, so start saving for your trip now!