EDANS (The Educational Drama Association of Nova Scotia) is a special association of the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union (NSTU). 

EDANS mandate is to support teacher development in the areas of Drama and Theatre Arts at all levels of the curruculum. In the last few years, EDANS has also made efforts to support teachers in the areas of Dance and Film and Video Production. 


Educational Drama Association of Nova Scotia (EDANS) 

EDANS is a Special Association of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. Like other special associations, EDANS serves the needs of NSTU members in the areas of curriculum, specifically drama, and professional development. 

The purpose of Special Associations, according to the NSTU Special Associations Handbook, 2001-2002, is: 

  • to improve practice for increasing members knowledge and understanding of the subject (in this instance, Drama);
  • to act as a clearing house for ideas and a source of trends and new developments;
  • to furnish recommendations and advice to the Provincial Executive and other committees of the NSTU on matters affecting the subject.

To achieve this purpose, Special Associations provide: 

  • ongoing professional development to the membership
  • regular communication lines with the membership;
  • an annual conference or its equivalent;
  • assistance to the NSTU in responding to curriculum changes to the PSP.

Specific Roles and Responsibilities

1. Professional Development Activities 

Special Associations organize professional development activities and curriculum development opportunities which include: 




  • Responding to NSTU priority goals
  • An Annual Conference designed to meet the professional needs of teachers. 
  • Regional inservice activities which may have more immediate relevance to the teachers attending.
  • Participation, where possible, on Department of Education provincial task forces, committees or work groups.
  • Involvement in the NSTU Summer Short Course Programs.
  • Sponsoring an evening or weekend session in an area to assist interested teachers with their professional development.

2. Curriculum Development 

Special Associations enable teachers to contribute to the development of curriculum. Such activities as the evaluation of materials, the development of new courses and student assessment and evaluation procedures are matters which can be addressed by associations. 

3. Publications 

Publications (newsletters, annual reports, surveys, directories, policy handbooks, web pages, etc.) serve as a regular communication vehicle for association members to provide them with relevant literature or current research.
Annual Provincial Conference 

EDANS primary mandate is to promote drama in schools, both as a teaching strategy and as a separate arts discipline, and to provide support and professional development for teachers. The Annual Provincial Conference, held every October brings together teachers of drama and teachers interested in enhancing learning in their classrooms through drama as a teaching strategy. They come together as a group of professionals, teachers of grades primary to 12, to explore and to try out. Workshop leaders are experienced classroom teachers, theatre professionals and, sometimes, internationally-known drama practitioners and/or authors. Teachers have the opportunity to work with and to learn from other teachers and to take back to their classrooms new ideas for meeting students? needs. The conference also breaks down the sense of isolation that some teachers of drama feel when they are the only drama teacher in the school. 

Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival  

The Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival is a special project of EDANS. The festival, begun about thirty years ago by the Dalhousie University Theatre Department, was passed on to EDANS by Dalhousie when it announced that it could no longer continue to organize the festival. The Festival has become a key component in the association?s commitment to support drama in schools and teachers of drama. The Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival relies on the support of the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. 

The Drama Festival provides an opportunity for students from across the province to share their drama work with other students. More than half of the productions at the festival are original plays written and performed by the students. Students (approximately 450 students attend each year), and teachers, learn from professional artists in the theatre and take these skills back to their own high schools to enrich drama programs there. A network of teachers of drama is developed, who will support each other through the implementation of the new drama curriculum guidelines and the student assessment and evaluation policy. 

Most importantly, for the students, it is an opportunity for them to meet other students from throughout the province who share similar interests and a similar passion for the theatre. Some of these students will go on to careers in professional theatre. Some of these students will become active in community theatre. Many of these students will become the audiences for local professional and community theatre and will help to sustain the cultural industries 


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