|CAFCAN ||Life Skills and Community Engagement ||In support of Caring & Safe Schools programming, CAFCAN will provide life skills group sessions that help youth who have faced complex challenges in the school and in the local community to re-engage. Topics and discussions are varied: from stress management to conflict resolution, from cyber safety to financial literacy. CAFCAN, TDSB Caring & Safe Schools Staff and the youth referred by Caring & Safe schools determine the specific activities to be implemented together.
|Laura Beglin||Creativity, Confidence, Artistry Through Dance||In these dance workshops, students build leadership skills as they create their own choreography and creative composition. Each session typically concentrates on one dance style or tradition, providing instruction in technique and dance history. Styles available include jazz, ballet, hip hop, disco, modern, musical theatre, country line dance, Western-style folk dance, and creative movement. With elementary students the instructor focuses on body and spatial awareness, form and style, and physical conditioning. With secondary students the instructor places greater emphasis on proper dance technique and history. All workshops seek to provide new and diverse perspectives to teachers and students in the classroom.|
|Method to Mindful||Mindfulness and Meditation in School||In these engaging workshops, students will learn how to develop mindfulness as a life skill. They will learn to manage their emotions, increase their attention span, make more effective decisions, and recover from disappointments.Yoga, meditation and mindfulness are skills that can help overcome stress. |
|York University||Unity in Diversity||In these immersive arts workshops, students will deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills around themes of identity, community and multiculturalism to produce an art project or initiative. Artist facilitators (Asian Canadian artist facilitators?) will develop students’ literary and artistic tools to explore and develop content in expressing their vision around a theme. Workshops may include literary writing, music composition, visual art and photography/videography. Students will create an artistic work at the end of the workshop and facilitators will collect and create a collaborative piece of art (if applicable). Workshops are also suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
|The Pottery||The Pottery Clay Workshops||In these workshops, the facilitator works with clay sculpture and story development in an effort to allow students the chance to explore their own artistic nature and to tell their own stories. Students will learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project will be determined in consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections. The finished pieces re fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks.|
|New Heights Climbing Academy Inc.||Aim High Archery||In this full day program, sessions are offered within Physical Education classes to introduce students to the sport of archery. Facilitators teach safety rules, fundamental archery form, bow & string grip, alignment, aiming and anchor point, release and follow through as well as rules and scoring. Using a variety of games and activities, students have the opportunity to practise and develop their technique by hitting various 2D and 3D targets. Resources are available to teachers prior to program delivery.|
|Ryerson University||We Will Read||In this long standing partnership program with the TDSB, Early Childhood Studies Field Placement students work one-on-one with grade one students to improve literacy skills. The focus of the program is to provide reading partners for children with disabilities or with additional support needs. Participating schools have four days of programming for eleven weeks between January and April. Each post-secondary field placement student is at the school for two days per week, with a minimum of two students placed at the same school to provide the four days of literacy programming under the supervision of grade one classroom educators. |
|Inner City Angels||Interdisciplinary Arts Education||Inner City Angels provides enhanced arts workshops integrating the arts with rich narratives in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), social justice, cultural competency and health & wellbeing. Students participate in classroom-based hands-on arts activities that may include storytelling, poetry, new media, design, craft, music and visual arts. Professional learning workshops are also available for teachers, and are designed to provide practical examples of integrating the arts across the curriculum.|
|Education Arts Canada||Musical Adventures||Interactive and participatory theatre productions use characters to bring math and physical literacy curriculum to life and address mental health topics. Using stories, songs, music and movement, students review math/physical education concepts and skills and utilize those concepts to help the characters solve the story’s conflict. The following are available productions: MathJam (Wizard of Math, Math Rules, Shape Caper, Massively MathJam), JiggiJump (Snack Attack, Healthy Earth, Rock, Beach Party) and a mental health production. Accompanying educational resources are available online at http://educationarts.ca/teacher-resources.
|Money School Canada||Moneyi$t in the School Financial Literacy Educational Programs ||Interactive financial literacy programming that introduces students to essential money concepts including saving, smart spending, budgeting, borrowing and credit. Offered in both a classroom and assembly formats. Professional financial literacy instructors make learning fun and memorable by using a diverse array of experiential learning techniques such as skits, role-play, hands-on activities and simulations. Age appropriate, plain language, relevant examples are drawn from student life experiences and shared to engage, inform and build student knowledge, skill and confidence with money and its management. Workshops meet math curriculum requirements, use a variety of instructional methods, and are tailored by grade (for grades 4 through 12).|
|University Health Network||Body Pride||Interactive presentations for school communities that foster an environment to support students in developing positive body image and self-esteem. For student audiences, "Body Image, Media Literacy, and Self-Esteem," empowers young people to critically navigate messages and imagery from the media. Teacher and parent presentations assist with understanding the warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation, and resources for addressing these issues. Available presentations are “Addressing and Preventing Body-Based Bullying” and “Eating Disorders: What to Look for and How to Help”. Post-secondary students and NEDIC staff will facilitate all presentations. |
|Shakespearience Performing Arts||The Shakespearience Experience||Interactive workshops empower students to develop character, confidence and communication skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Subsidies are available and professional development sessions can also be arranged for a program that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations."|
|James Mandarino||Courage to Dream||Jay Mandarino shares his life story of overcoming obstacles, achieving success, and giving back to the community in this free inspirational assembly. Students hear a positive message to not let any obstacles stop them from achieving their dreams. Jay Mandarino talks about business and entrepreneurship, confidence and self-esteem and how to live with a learning disability such as dyslexia and ADHD and the life challenges these diagnoses often present. His message empowers students to strive for success in the face of adversity. Presentation is followed by a question and answer period.|
|Junior Achievement of Central Ontario||Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship Programs||Junior Achievement of Central Ontario (JACO) provides financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship workshops, presentations, and special events. Programming includes interactive activities and resources to inspire youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable financial decisions; to be innovative in business ideas and starting their own companies; and, develop career plans. Programs are led by professionals serving as JACO trained volunteers from the business community. For a full menu of service, and to download resources visit http://central-ontario.jacan.org/programs.
Workshops include, but are not limited to: More Than Money (Gr 4); Our Business World (Gr. 5); Stronger Together: Diversity in Action (Gr 6); Be Entrepreneurial Junior (Gr 6); Dollars with Sense (Gr 7); Economics for Success (Gr. 8); Success Skills: Work Readiness (Gr 9); Personal Finance (Gr 9-12); and, Be Entrepreneurial (Gr 9-12). JACO resources teachers to be able to provide the programming of "Investment Strategies" (Gr 9-12); and, "Company Program: Solving real-world business challenges" (Gr 9-12). JACO off-site special events for secondary schools include, but are not limited to: Titan Challenge; World of Choices; TechWorks; and, the after-school Company Program.
|Just BGRAPHIC Inc.||Just BGraphic Programs||Just BGraphic provides workshops in The Arts. The program includes dance, spoken word, visual arts, drama and leadership workshops. Students will develop skills in the various Arts disciplines, enhance their creative and critical thinking skills, leadership, team work and cooperation skills.|
|The Chess 'n Math Association||Math n' Chess Schools Program||Learning to play chess helps students develop mathematical, logistical and analytical skills. It improves their concentration and memory. It bolsters their self-esteem and their ability to collaborate and interact with others. This program delivers a structured nine-level course for students who then may take part in the culminating event of a chess tournament. Using games, exercises and worksheets students learn the rules of the games, how to solve problems, work in teams, and use judgement. Students learn to think ahead and anticipate the moves of their opponents by developing their logic and reasoning skills. |
|Lakeshore Arts||Shazaam! In Focus||Led by two professional artists, Grade 8 students examine their identity through a variety of arts mediums. Students participate in an outdoor photo shoot, photo editing with Photoshop, mixed-media collage, creative writing exercises, and a spoken word Poetry Slam performance. |
|Live Different||Live Different School Assemblies||Live Different offers hour-long motivational assemblies that encourage students to make a positive difference in the world. Assemblies centre on a different theme each year and include speakers, musical performances and videos. The assemblies seek to inspire students to take action to make a difference in the world. Supplementary materials and in-class workshops, or smaller group discussions are also available to follow-up on the assemblies for interested schools. |
|Rumberos||Cuban-Brazilian Drumming and Dance||Master Rumbero Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo leads performances and workshops on Cuban/Brazilian drumming, music and dance. Students learn cultural history, relationship between music, dance, costume and other forms of Latin arts. Practical demonstration of how the music is executed using traditional instruments are first shown followed by an exploration of the traditional instruments by students. Facilitator brings all instruments for full classroom participation. Students enhance their performance and ensemble skills while gaining a rich knowledge of Cuban/Brazilian music and culture. Traditional dance steps and choreography are explored in the dance workshops.
These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Global Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 8 week classroom visits.
|Me to We Social Enterprises Inc.||ME to WE Student Leadership Development ||Me to We Leadership sessions are fee for service student leadership development programming through which 30 selected students in interested schools are provided with a full day or more of activities specifically designed to nurture their leadership skills and assist them in reviewing current and potential leadership opportunities in their school and beyond. Professional learning sessions for staff designates from these schools are also offered. They are designed to focus on co-creating student leadership opportunities, with participants strategizing together on specific student ‘service-learning’ initiatives that can be implemented immediately following these sessions. All student and professional learning programming includes curriculum and resource materials.|
|Patrick DeCoste||Metis Mapping, Visual Art Workshop||Métis Mapping is a cross-curricular activity infusing visual arts with Indigenous perspectives, social studies, geography, and history, while building cross-cultural community awareness with reflection on individual identity. Using paint on canvas and other mediums, students will engage the questions: Where have you been? Where are you now? Where are you going?|
|METRAC||Respect in Action: ReAct||METRAC’s Respect in Action (ReAct) is peer-to-peer youth led violence prevention program. Using popular education techniques, ReAct’s Youth Peer Facilitators work with students to increase their understanding of violence, to create safe spaces for youth to talk about their experiences, and to inspire young people to take action to address violence in their lives and communities. ReAct offers a variety of workshops and presentations with a focus on preventing gender-based violence.
|Ryerson University||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|York University||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|One Mic Educators||One Mic Educators||Multicultural artists provide enhanced creative arts workshops in spoken word, hip hop, theatre and visual arts. They engage students through a variety of arts disciplines to identify and develop their own place in society. Students build the skills and confidence to create and perform their own work. The workshop series culminates with a creation and performance in spoken word, visual and media arts. Workshops may be provided in Spanish and offered to students and teachers.|
|New Leaf Foundation||Yoga and Mindfulness-based Life Skills Program||New Leaf Foundation is a charitable organization supporting the mental, emotional and physical health of youth in marginalized communities. Yoga-inspired movement and mindfulness-based activities are offered in order to address chronic stress, cultivate self-awareness, as well as build resilience and pro-social skills. The program prioritizes making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible, inclusive and engaging for young people of all abilities and backgrounds. Professional education sessions are also available for staff teams.|
|Humber College||Humber Nursing Field Placements ||Nursing Field Placements and their Faculty Advisors collaborate with TDSB Educator Teams (kindergarten to grade two), to develop learning activities that enhance the Early Years curriculum and the interested elementary schools' health promotion activities. A member of the faculty from Humber School of Health Sciences is available in the school to supervise the nursing field placement students. |
|OT Fitness Educational Services Inc||OT Fitness Programs||OT Fitness provides a variety of half-day and full-day physical fitness workshops as well as team competitions for students. Students learn movement skills using specialized equipment. Workshops include fitness, agility challenge, team competitions, relay and track challenge and family fitness nights.|
|Authors' Booking Service ||Authors' Booking Service||Over 150 Canadian Authors and Illustrators are available for readings and presentations. Students, staff or school communities learn about the book creator’s background; the writing and/or illustrating process; tips and tools for writing and/or illustrating; as well as hear/see short selections from one or more of the creator’s books. Schools schedule through www.authorsbooking.com, which also provides timely information about authors and illustrators who are currently touring Ontario and/or who live in the GTA. Some readings/presentations are available in French.|
|Stand Up for Student Well Being Inc.||Stand Up for Student Well Being||Participants learn about stand-up comedy using an innovative, activity-based approach to teach literacy skills and mental health awareness. Several activities are completed in a single workshop, or through weekly sessions over a six week period. These include performing a one-minute joke that is written by a peer and writing and performing a two-minute stand-up comedy act about them. Comedian coaches support participants to develop their stand-up routines and students with the strongest scripts will write and perform in their school’s Stand-Up Comedy Showcase. |
|East Metro Youth Services||Positive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)||PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. |
|Operation Springboard||Positive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)||PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. |
|Soul Drums Ltd.||Soul P.O.P. ||Percussion Optimizes Potential (P.O.P.) enhances music and life skills through drumming. Sessions include drum circles in small or large class formats. This hands-on workshop provides students an opportunity to enhance their drumming skills with an emphasis on communication, team building, positive risk taking and leadership skills. Activities include musical games, song chants and performing music using a variety of percussion instruments. Additional resources and professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator. |
|Electric Moon Theatre Company Inc.||Stage Struck Musical Theatre||Performance-based workshops offer musical theatre and acting skills to elementary students. Students learn to tap into their creativity while learning enhanced musical theatre technique and songs and dances to various Broadway shows. Professional theatre facilitators support students in exploring different aspects of acting, ensemble work and movement through the fundamentals of improvisation and related theatre games and activities. Workshop series are available for students to write small scenes or monologues linked to songs to create a mini-musical culminating in a performance to the school. Theatre productions may be available for booking (depending on scheduling).|
|Clearview School of Arts and Culture||Clearview Chinese Arts Workshops||Performances and Workshops increase students' understanding of Chinese art, dance, culture and heritage include Lion Dance and other traditional Chinese dancing; as well as calligraphy. They are wonderful special events suitable for schools' celebrating Asian Heritage month, or the Chinese New Year.
|Right To Play Canada||Play Your Part ||Play Your Part is based on the “Right To Play Lives Here” philosophy which is encouraged in participating schools. There are three programming components in this initiative:
Inspiring stories of athletes, and of children and youth globally who actively participate in Right To Play programs, are delivered by a Right To Play Facilitator. They are offered in January/February of each year to a select number of schools, through an application process.
The Workshop is a full-day workshop that empowers students to become leaders through developing facilitation skills and increasing knowledge around global citizenship while developing an understanding of the benefits of experiential learning through play. Students become certified as Junior Leaders, able then to lead Right To Play games that educate their peers about child rights, global development and leadership back at their school.
Designed to unite students across Canada and within each school, the Activation encompasses four critical components through a Play Day led by student leaders: social justice, being active, character development, and giving back. All games used on this day are inclusive and encourage team-work, physical fitness, sport, cooperation and critical thinking. The event is designed to connect students with social justice issues in an experiential form.
|Let's Talk Science||Let's Talk Science Outreach Program||Post-secondary volunteers and staff lead free hands-on programming that enhances the curriculum and help students develop their scientific inquiry, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students see direct application of STEM concepts to real-life environments. Volunteers also act as role models to provide information on post-secondary education and future careers in STEM. Some examples of workshops include Feast for the Senses, Rube Goldberg Machines, DNA Biotechnology, Super Science Challenges, and Crime Lab and workshops are customizable. Schools may contact the outreach program that is closest to them at outreach.letstalkscience.ca.
|Xennial Productions||Accidental Apprentice ||Presentation and workshop exploring career journey on non-traditional career pathways including trades and apprenticeship. Presenter, Adam Melnick shares his personal career journey which involves, by accident, stumbling down a career path he never planned. This presentation focuses on career exploration resources, trades and apprenticeship information and personal lessons along the way. Workshop provides a hands-on exercise for students to brainstorm and identify workplace roles and skills and learn ways to be successful in any job culminating in student-led presentations. Professional learning is also available. |
|CMV SocialMedia Inc.||Digital Intelligence||Presentation assembly to students, teachers, and parents on how to utilize their social apps and platforms to build their online reputations via principles of digital citizenship. Students learn how to incorporate impeccable character, integrity, kindness and gratitude into their social apps and online experience. This presentation uses relevant, real-world examples, strategies and solutions to guide participants on safe and purposeful digital use. Facilitator provides tools and tips on how to communicate and minimize risks while creating a meaningful online presence for today and in the future.|
|Toronto Community Benefits Network||Career Opportunities for Youth||Presentation encourages, supports and mentors students in under-represented populations to learn how to progress along the apprenticeship pathway and ultimately gain employment in the construction/trades. Students receive labour market information, gain tools and supports to navigate and complete an apprenticeship program, learn about construction projects and employment opportunities and connect with a broader network of trades professionals and mentors. Students also learn about specialized pre-apprenticeship and mentorship programs for women in trades, racialized youth, newcomers and indigenous people. |
|The Water Brothers TV Series||The Water Brothers Eco-Adventures||Presentation to educate, inspire and engage audiences about water-related environmental issues occurring on the planet today. Students will learn about environmental challenges in Canada and around the world, the root causes of these problems and their role in helping to overcome these challenges, and learn more about environmental stewardship. Topics include: climate change, access to clean water & sanitation, water infrastructure, renewable energy, biodiversity, invasive species, deforestation, drought, floods, illegal & overfishing, the water cycle, agriculture, plastic building up in our oceans and lake, water in space, earth sciences, sustainable fishing etc. Teacher resources and interactive learning portal are available for each of the topics can be found online at http://thewaterbrothers.ca.|
|University of Toronto||Allies Live Here||Presentations and assemblies promote diversity, acceptance and respect in schools. Speakers include medical students from the University of Toronto, guest speakers and performers. Students also participate in arts-based activities, including poster competitions, the making of videos, etc. on related themes.|
|University of Toronto||High School Outreach Initiative (HSOI)||Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school Science, Phys Ed & Health and Civics classes to educate students about the science, the success, civic engagement and medical careers in the field of organ and tissue transplantation; and, the importance of organ and tissue donation. Curriculum-related resources are also available to teachers, with cross-curricular links and course specific unit plans.|
|Lakeshore Arts||Connecting the Dots||Presentations connect students to creative arts professionals in multiple artistic fields to model possibilities for potential careers and illuminate pathways to post-secondary and workplace success. In these informal talks, the chosen creative professional shares personal experiences, insights and advice on their career journey. The session includes interactive/hands-on demonstrations when and where possible and a question and answer period. |
|Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center ||Tour for Humanity||Presentations educate students about human rights and social justice issues through the lens of historical events in Canada and around the world; including the Holocaust, genocide, and world heroes. These innovative, award-winning sessions occur in a 30-seat, wheelchair accessible, mobile human rights education center housed in an RV, designed to bring programming directly to schools across Ontario. They incorporate multimedia and surround sound that provides students with a rich and interactive learning experience, further engaging their interest and involvement. (Each T4H session is approximately 45 to 60 minutes in length. The mobile classroom can accommodate one class of 30 students at a time, allowing for six classes or 180 students over the span of a typical school day.) |
|The Period Purse||Menstruation Nation||Presentations help educate students about menstruation and the importance of menstrual health for all. Facilitators demystify the myths, share use of appropriate language and how to prepare for periods including learning about various period products and reusable options. Presentations also help students understand period poverty with girls in school and people experiencing homelessness. Three presentations are available: Myths and Periods, Period Poverty, Period Product Options. |
|Metrolinx||Transit in Your Community||Presentations on the Metrolinx Toronto Transit Projects provide an opportunity for students in school communities along the routes to understand this significant infrastructure construction in their community. These presentations deepen students understanding of city planning and by interacting with various transportation professionals leading the sessions, students gain an understanding of the many careers in transportation, planning and public transit. These presentations enhance the curriculum in Grade 5; and in Grade 10 civics, geography, and, careers. Guest speakers, videos, presentations and group activities are included in these interactive sessions. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is the first of three major Metrolinx projects.|
|Covenant House||Youth Homelessness Awareness and Prevention ||Presentations raise awareness about youth homelessness and prevention; youth leadership and social responsibility on the issue; resources and community supports. Two presentations are available for student audiences grades 7 - 12: "Before You Run" - covers a broad range of issues that youth face. Explains how the circumstances that lead young people to the street are as varied as the youth themselves. Discusses how the experiences of family breakdown, abuse, mental health, bullying, drugs, exploitation/online luring, and stress can act as contributing factors to youth homelessness. "Reality Check" - deglamourizes street life and discusses the struggle homeless youth face; how they’re driven to steal, sell drugs or worse, targeted by predators and often trading their dignity to survive. Students also participate in an activity that highlights the hardship young people face while trying to live independently, without family support, education or career. Includes a video featuring Covenant House youth describing the challenges they faced on the street and what they’ve done to overcome them. Students are encouraged to be future leaders, to volunteer in their communities, to give back, and pay it forward. We also provide local resources where youth can get help or get involved.
|The Concerned Kids Charity of Toronto||Expanded Communicating Through Puppetry||Presentations use puppetry to address bullying, anger management, mental health, peer pressure and substance abuse topics in order to maintain respect and enhance students’ self-esteem and personal safety and the safety of others. The presentation is followed by a question and answer session to allow students to ask questions about the issues raised. The presentations aim to empower students in kindergarten -Grade 6 to make smarter and kinder choices and help to create safer schools and communities.|
|Angela Turone||Vocal Jazz Talk and Performance||Professional jazz performing artist mentors students and provides information on the professional jazz industry. Suited for those students with jazz choral experience, artist mentor further enhances understanding of jazz repertoire, technique and performance skills. Students explore concepts of jazz harmony and improvisation to deepen their understanding of repertoire, jazz genre and style. In addition, students practise advance jazz songs and repertoire to develop choral skills in an ensemble.|
|Learning for a Sustainable Future||Professional Learning for a Sustainable Future||Professional learning sessions are available in transformative, ecological education through inquiry and other strategies in support of a more sustainable future.Topics Include • Authentic Inquiry • Finding Curriculum in Nature • Student Engagement and Empowerment through Community Projects • Climate Change • Using Film-making to Enhance Authentic Inquiry and Project-based Learning • Transformative Practices for School Administrators. For combined staff and student audiences, one hour workshops to jump-start classroom "action projects" are available. Topics for these sessions include: Getting started with your climate change project.Electricity Conservation & YOU: Performing an energy audit; No Idling at School: Organizing a campaign to reduce emissions; Food for Thought: Growing local food to reduce food miles; Action Projects: How To.|
|Justice(retired) Lloyd Michael Budzinski||Tips in Teaching Law||Professional Learning Sessions are provided in an 'open discussion' format with law and civics teachers, at schools or central sites, as scheduled, to better understand how our Justice System is administered and works. Rather than a mere set of rules, it reflects social interests and values which are important to understand in a multi-cultural society. The rules are only part of the story. What we forget is The Conventions or traditions established by the parties in the Justice System that are not taught in schools are as critical in understanding the rules as the rules themselves. Teachers who understand or have a feeling for this – “Jurisprudence” -- are better equipped to teach the Law. |
|Kerry Gage||Musical Theatre Talk & Choreographer||Professional musical theatre performing artist and choreographer mentors secondary students in LC4 to provide information on the theatre industry and theatre expectations they can anticipate in the professional field of the performing arts. Students engage in developing new techniques including drama and choreography, styles of movement, dance and performance skills in large ensembles. |
|Marianne Derow||The Art of Healthy Singing||Professional voice artist mentor provides information about the music industry and imparts professional singing skills to students. Sessions enhance vocal and performance technique. Students learn how the mechanics of producing sound works, and the proper use and care of the voice to maximize one's sound. Through a variety of styles of music and repertoire, students enhance their understanding and practise of vocal music.|
|Malvern Family Resource Centre||Healthy Start||Program develops social and life skills for at-risk and newcomer students at Lester B. Pearson C.I. Sessions use group work, discussion groups, and interactive games that focus on topics such as restorative justice, self-advocacy, capacity building, and self-esteem. Students engage in activities that encourage them to work collaboratively, both in-school and in the community. Program also offers peer mentorship and leadership opportunities for older students.|
|Human Moves Inc.||Accessible Mini Ping Pong ||Program is suitable for all grades and abilities. It provides specially designed tables, racquets and ping pong pickup tools, targets and containers of different size. Students learn ball movements, direction control, deflection, bounce control, catching and targeting. Progression moves to racquet and ball timing. As students get more advanced, students learn rally challenges with others, 50 rally challenge, forehand/backhand rally switching providing foundation skills. All participants are given achievable motivational challenges according to their abilities. The design of equipment is wheelchair friendly and can accommodate a wide spectrum of disabilities including movement disorders and cognitive challenges.
|Inspired Initiatives Inc. ||Innovation & Creativity Labs||Program provides students with the skills and training to solve problems in their school and/or community. Students learn Innovation & Design Thinking process, how to use empathy to identify needs, how to effectively generate new ideas and solutions, build prototypes and testing and communicate their ideas through a pitch. Students then contextualize their learning by applying this knowledge to a real-world problem. Professional learning, "Navigating The Future of Work", is also available for staff.
SHSM opportunities are available.
|Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre||CanTYD Programs for Tamil Youth||Programming and services for Tamil Canadian secondary students fosters student leadership and student engagement opportunities, as well as providing connections for students and their families to culturally specific Tamil resources in the community. Weekly programming of presentations and workshops use the arts, group discussion, and recreation activities to engage students in topics and issues of their choosing. CANTYD staff are also available during instructional time, as requested by TDSB staff and students to provide particular equity supports.
|Canadian Parents for French (Ontario)||Engaging Parents & Supporting FSL||Programming supports are provided to students, parents, families and educators to enhance French as a second language (FSL) learning. Informative workshops, socio-cultural performances and events are available as scheduled. Programming is offered in French and English, with Bilingual facilitators. |
|Ontario Tennis Association||Progressive Schools Tennis||Progressive Schools Tennis provides professional learning sessions, and in-class workshops that introduce students and staff to “Progressive Floor Tennis”, using a small mobile net, sponge balls and graduated length junior racquets with follow up visits by tennis coaches.|
|Project Give Back||Project Give Back ||Project Give Back aims to develop empathy, build acceptance and ignite community minded students. Students select a social issue that is of importance to them and learn how to engage others to become interested in the cause. Over a series of sessions, students research a charity, role play calling the charity, prepare a written and oral report of their findings, and organize a “fun-raiser” (mock fundraiser). Technology is utilized in presentations prepared by students as a medium for enhancing organizational, research, and communication skills. Project Give Back invites guests into the classroom to speak about work in which they are involved to make social change.|
|Pro Bono Ontario||StartUp Youth Program||Provides secondary students with legal education presentations that focus on youth entrepreneurship. Workshops include: Introduction to Business Law; The ABCs of Starting Your Own Business; and Financial Literacy. From the workshops, students will gain clear knowledge of the process and legalities of becoming an entrepreneur.|
|Canadian Education Exchange Foundation||Reciprocal Student Exchanges ||Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. For the 2 or 3 month exchanges, students apply in one school year and both components of the reciprocal exchange take place during the next school year. TDSB students host a visiting student in the fall and then travel overseas in the following spring. Visiting students stay with and attend school with the host student. All exchange agency registration documents, including parent/guardian permissions to participate in all school activities as per procedures of the host family's school board, are provided to TDSB Schools by host families when registering the visiting student as a guest at the school. Students from each country remain on the registry of their home school. Host teachers comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before the student returns home. Ministry of Education guidelines for reciprocal student exchanges are followed as per the Ministry of Education document ‘Enrolment Register Instructions for Elementary and Secondary Schools’.|
|International Student Exchange - Ontario||Reciprocal Student Exchanges ||Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. For the 2 or 3 month exchanges, students apply in one school year and both components of the reciprocal exchange take place during the next school year. TDSB students host a visiting student in the fall and then travel overseas in the following spring. Visiting students stay with and attend school with the host student. All exchange agency registration documents, including parent/guardian permissions to participate in all school activities as per procedures of the host family's school board, are provided to TDSB Schools by host families when registering the visiting student as a guest at the school. Students from each country remain on the registry of their home school. Host teachers comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before the student returns home. Ministry of Education guidelines for reciprocal student exchanges are followed as per the Ministry of Education document ‘Enrolment Register Instructions for Elementary and Secondary Schools’.|
|University of Calgary||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Guelph||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|York University||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|Nara Women's University SS, Japan||School to School Reciprocal Exchange||School to School reciprocal exchanges deepen students and staff international understanding of culture, language and education systems. Learning resources are also shared between educators from both schools.
|Sean Mauricette||L.I.F.T. - Laying Important Foundations Together||Sean Mauricette raps, beat-boxes and speaks in this interactive motivational presentation on bullying, peer pressure, leadership, respect and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Students learn to set goals, the importance of education, respect self and reach for their personal best. The presentation focuses on leadership, education, steering clear of peer pressure and negative influences, creating and seizing opportunities, redefining success and the importance of trying. A question & answer and musical performance that involve student participation will follow each talk. |
|Licensed To Learn Inc. (L2L)||L2L Peer to Peer Tutor Training and Certification||Selected elementary and secondary students are trained to help their peers improve their grades through fifteen weekly one-on-one peer tutoring. Student 'peer leaders' are granted certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, good study habits, and ways to improve note taking and time management skills. An L2L Trainer is assigned to each participating school to train students and ensure that each participating student is successful.|
|Catholic Crosscultural Services||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|Centre for Immigrant&Community Services||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|CultureLink Settlement and Community Services||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|North York Community House||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|TNO - The Neighbourhood Organization||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|Forever Yoga||Mindful Movement||Sessions led by a certified yoga therapist combine a science based exploration of the body, mind and the self with the system of yoga to support and enhance learning, health and personal responsibility. Mindful Movement serves to help children be physically fit, aware of self and others and develop confidence. Using pedagogy that has participants integrate movement and breath to strengthen, align and balance the body, focus the mind and soothe and recharge the nervous system. Students learn how to move gracefully, breathe smoothly and deeply and sustain their focus and concentration whilst developing strength, flexibility, balance, mental clarity and emotional stability.
|Shakespeare Canada||Shakespeare for Kids School Tour||Shakespeare Canada is a non-profit, professional theatre company whose mission is to provide an inspiring and unforgettable theatre experience for students of all ages. Employing an innovative production staff and dynamic actors, we perform Shakespeare's timeless themes in a contemporary voice. Our versions of the classic Shakespeare plays are adapted to modern English for an easier understanding of the play by students of all ages. Productions and scheduling vary each year. Updated information is available at www.shakespearecanda.com|
|Across U-hub||SHARP Student Leadership Development||SHARP Student Leadership Development programming supports students of East Asian descent and International Students' mental health and well-being, through developing their leadership and communication skills. Programming includes weekly group sessions as scheduled for a period of time each semester; individualized supports; day trips and student leadership camp. All SHARP activities use peer and adult mentors to engage students in conversation and expressions of Self-awareness; Hope; Appreciation of cultures; Resilience and Peer network. |
|Shoestring Opera||Opera for Kids in Schools||Shoestring Opera offers musical theatre performances of adapted classic operas, presented in an exuberant, child-friendly format with an emphasis on storytelling and musical excellence. All productions are available in English and bilingual ( French - English) formats. Every performance includes a study guide for classroom activities which is tied to curriculum expectations of character education, drama, language, music social studies and visual arts. All performances conclude with a Question and Answer period guided by the cast. Performers include young professional opera singers, a pianist and a cellist. All study guides are available online at http://shoestringopera.com/studyguides.html
|The Umbrella Effect Inc.||The Umbrella Project||Similar to an umbrella protecting us from the rain, a collection of well-being skills can protect us from times of calm and stress. This workshop teaches a collection of skills that form emotional well-being: empathy, gratitude, self-compassion, purpose, resiliency and developing a growth mindset. Through lessons, videos, group discussion, personal reflection and observation of the world around them, students learn real life applications of each skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. Workshops may be offered in French and parent presentations are available.|
|Natalia Riajskikh (Mindful Bodies)||Yoga, Mindfulness & Wellness||Staff and students learn self-regulation, focus and stress-resiliency skills in order to reduce stress and boost mindfulness. Weekly sessions or workshops teach movement and mindfulness techniques, the latest research in the field of neuroscience, mindfulness and psychology, as well as providing tools and effective strategies to reduce stress. Available to all students and professional development workshops can be arranged.|
|Earlscourt-Creche Child Developmen (CDI)||Start Right Social Skills ||Start Right Social Skills is a prevention program for children in kindergarten who are having difficulty adjusting to the everyday requirements of regular classrooms. Sessions focus on coaching, empowering and supporting children to learn, practice and model appropriate social skills through small group interaction. Group Activities include child role plays; puppet role plays; crafts; puppet shows; social skill games; activity books/journals; stories and reading. Skills emphasized in the program are; attention and focus building; listening to others; following directions; responding to peers and adults; expressing ideas, feelings and needs; problem-solving.|
|Project Start Science||Project Start Science Workshops||STEM presentations and workshops for elementary school students at Driftwood Public School are led by a team of undergraduate Science and Engineering students who participate in the Project Start Science Club at York University. All sessions are facilitated in collaboration with classroom teachers. The hour-long workshops consist of a short presentation and hands-on activity that is completed in small groups. TDSB students use critical and analytical thinking in regards to STEM concepts, while engaging with post-secondary students as role models in pursuing studies in STEM subject areas. |
|Alyssian Entertainment Corporation||Stomp the Floor: Metis Cultural Workshops||Stomp the Floor: Metis Music and Culture Workshops and Performances are offered in French and English. Elementary students learn the basics of Métis identity, culture and history through music with fiddle, songs, interactive activities, and storytelling. Topics include: Aboriginal fiddling across Canada, intro to Aboriginal People of Canada; fur trade and voyageur history, songs and artefacts (sash, beadwork, cuisine); Red River rebellion and Louis Riel history; Métis kitchen party: fiddle, Red River jigging, spoons and clogging; Voyageur Songs in English and French. Secondary students are introduced to Métis identity, culture, history and politics through music, art and dance and interactive discussions. Topics include the proper ways of approaching enculturation and collaboration with Indigenous cultures; Métis artistic characteristics, symbols, policies and leaders.|
|SAFE International||Personal Safety Training ||Strategies to avoid violence that address the physical, psychological and emotional elements of self-defense are learned by grades 7 - 12 students through these workshops. Students learn and practice the skills and knowledge of the "3 R’s": Recognize, React, and Respond. The first and foremost skill is "R, Recognize". It means that recognizing potentially dangerous situations is always the first and most important step and tool in self-defense. While no one skill is guaranteed to protect students from harm, these workshops are designed to provide tips, skills and knowledge that can dramatically increase their abilities to stay safe. |
|Juan Bendana||Student Leadership, Achievement, Purpose||Student Leadership & Achievement Motivational Speaker provides interactive presentation that provides tools for students to become better leaders and help them gain clarity on where they want their life to go. Two presentations are available: "What do I want to do with my life?" and "Champion of Your Own Story."
Juan has been trained by the world's top experts in personal development and leadership such as Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Bob Proctor, & Les Brown. He has more than ten years experience working with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), leadership development, and positive psychology. He was also named coach of the year at the Global Youth Leadership Summit.
|Ian Brown||The Lighter Side Of Mental Health||Student life can be stressful and demanding. With just the right amount of humour, this presentation encourages students to challenge the stigma around mental illness and creates an awareness of mental health through the dynamic use of comedy, interactive demonstrations and storytelling. Throughout the presentation students become aware of the skills necessary for increasing their resilience, managing stress and are equipped with the terminology to speak up about their mental health needs. Key professional and social resources for reaching out when in need are also discussed.|
|Peacebuilders International (Canada)||Peacebuilding Circles & Justice Diversion Programming||Students and staff are trained in restorative justice techniques through “Peacebuilding Circles”. The program, based on conflict resolution and consensus building principles, uses a group dialogue methodological approach. Circle components include: Peacebuilding dialogues as a way to intervene in/manage conflict ; Facilitating the program so that staff and students can lead circles in the future; mentoring the school's "Peace Club".
Peacebuilders Canada also provides a justice diversion program with extrajudicial measures. For referred students only, this program provides weekly peer-to-peer meetings; mediation; intervention circles; one on one supports; and, conflict resolution strategies. These activities occur during and after school, as scheduled, in order to negotiate meaningful ways for youth referred from the justice system to repair the harm caused by their actions. |
|The Flight Power Foundation||Flightunit Careers Awareness ||Students are exposed to industry professionals and careers in multiple areas through conferences and workshops to increase student success and career exploration. Professionals from various industries lead sessions to provide specific information from sectors that include Music, Art & Culture, Health, Sports & Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Trades, Business & Advertising, Health Care, Learning Skills, Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industry. Skills being developed are career decision making, conducting research, problem solving, personal learning strategies, and networking with industry leaders.
Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE) training and SHSM certification are also available.
|Starts With Me Inc.||State of Mind||Students are invited to participate in a guided meditation as preparation for the discussion on the stigmas associated with mental health, the warning signs of someone's mental health, and the recovery and well-being available to those seeking support. The presentation of the topic in general merges with a lived-experience story from one who is living with a mental illness or has personal experience in the world of mental health. A Q&A session facilitated to protect anonymity completes the hour, where questions submitted in writing or on blank papers are read and answered. This provides students and staff the opportunity to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable asking out loud. Professional Support Service staff associated with the Mental Health Strategy and/or the school in which the presentation is scheduled are present for these sessions, to assist teacher, partner and class, as needed. Following the presentation, students are encourage to create an art piece reflective of what they have learned and/or in response to the session. Schools can choose whether or not to participate in the State of Mind Youth Mental Health Festival each spring; and students can choose whether to submit their art pieces for display at the offsite festival.
|Studiostone Creative||Soapstone Carving ||Students are provided a pre-cut soapstone animal shape and are guided through a step-by-step carving process. Using the subtractive carving method, students understand the process of creating something by removing material. The carving is done using water to eliminate dust. The workshop enhances curriculum in art and sculpture; Indigenous / Inuit culture; and, rocks and minerals. Soapstone is a metamorphic stone that is very soft and varies greatly in colour. The animal shapes have significance in the Inuit culture.|
|V-Learn Inc.||Echo Learning's Digital Music Experience||Students create their own musical song in this accessible workshop on digital music production. Facilitators cover song structure, elements of sound design, composition of melody, and use of a digital technological tool. Hands-on exercises at each stage help students to practise what they've learned and discover how to use the tool themselves to create desired sounds. Students compose their own unique drum patterns, instrument effects, and melodies to create their own original song or remix. Professional learning to staff are also available.|
|Plan International Canada||Gender Equality Workshops ||Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. Speakers Bureau members actively promote gender equality through speaking engagements hosted in their communities. To learn more, visit: plancanada.ca/speakers-bureau
|New Tradition Music||Afro-Indigenous Colombian Drumming||Students engage in highly interactive workshops and performance to promote cross-cultural understanding of Afro-Indigenous Colombian music. Facilitators demonstrate rhythms and sounds using a variety of different percussion instruments, narrate the history of the traditional musical style Música de Gaita and share how the music has evolved into present day. Workshops with Ruben “Beny” Esguerra develop students’ drumming technique, sound development, communication skills and work on repertoire as an ensemble. Performances by New Tradition Music ensemble demonstrate the evolution of the traditional styles of Latin American music into today’s musical context including fusing elements of Hip Hop urban culture, beat boxing, body percussion, break dancing and spoken word. For a more enriching experience, workshops and culminating performance can be scheduled on the same day. |
|The Mosaic Institute||Next Generation||Students have an opportunity to learn and feel confident in their ability to be become effective social agents and active citizens, locally, nationally and internationally. The following themes are covered: identity and privilege, prejudice and discrimination, citizenship and social action. This free program highlights the contributions that different diaspora communities have made to Canada's social fabric and sheds light on identity issues and solutions, especially those that students face within their own environment. Students develop social action projects as a tangible act of local and global citizenship which culminates in a presentation to social leaders for feedback. Program can be customized to suit a school's needs and program can be a one-time workshop or as a full 4 day program. |
|Toronto Search and Rescue-Marine (T-SAR)||Water and Boating Safety Presentation||Students in Grades 2 and 6 learn water and boating safety essentials: different types of life jackets and boats, essential equipment, emergency preparedness and trip planning. Powerpoint presentation incorporates visual aids and videos, takeaway workbooks and the opportunity to try on real life jackets. |
|MADD Canada||SmartWheels||Students learn about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving in a mobile and accessible 36-seat RV classroom. Presentation features videos about the effects of alcohol and substance use such as cannabis. Students put on virtual reality googles to see how it looks and feels to drive while impaired, respond to multiple-choice questions and participate in decision-making scenarios about impaired driving. Presentation will not only increase awareness about the consequences of impaired driving but also influence responsible decision-making and teach safety strategies. Program may be delivered in French.|
|Beat the Streets Toronto||Wrestling and Life Skills||Students learn fundamentals from certified coaches in this free, character-building and life skills workshop through the sport of wrestling. Workshops are designed to teach positive character traits, coping strategies, building positive self-image and personal resiliency while providing a constructive and safe way to redirect energy through sport. Students will learn time management, respecting others, friendly competition, rules and guidelines through the introduction to wrestling that all transfer to the classroom. In addition, older students participate in a mentorship program with younger students within the school. Resources and professional learning are available to staff.|