Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming in-person or online in 'virtual' or 'bricks & mortar' schools during instructional time. To find programming of interest to you, search by keyword or sort the list order by clicking on any column title. 

(Please note: after-school programs operate through Permits. Other pathways for agencies to engage with TDSB can be found through our Partnership Opportunities webpage.

FoodShare TorontoSchool Grown FoodShare Toronto’s School Grown program uses market gardens located at schools and on TDSB sites to enhance student’s learning about food systems, urban agriculture, and food justice. The program provides experiential learning opportunities, enhanced curriculum connections, career awareness and mentorship, and school food program enhancements for students at School Grown sites. Students are engaged in outdoor experiential learning in the market garden throughout the growing season, and teachers are supported in professional development and skill building opportunities through garden activities. More information on programming can be found at: https://foodshare.net/program/schoolgrown/
FoodShare TorontoCommunity Food ProgramsFoodShare’s award winning Community Food Programs work with TDSB staff and students to provide good food education in schools with hands on activities, growing projects, workshops, professional learning sessions, presentations and events. Students from JK to Grade 12 as well as staff and parents learn about composting, innovative food gardens, nutrition, cooking, local and global food systems, food skills, budgeting, food justice and more. FoodShare’s philosophy on food literacy education is that every interaction with food should be a positive one. We strive to excite, equip & educate students and teachers on food topics that are interesting, curriculum linked and relevant. Updated menu of workshops is available at: foodshare.net
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy CentrePEP Talk (Prevention Education Program)Formerly I'm a Great Kid!, PEP Talk programs are primary prevention programs aimed at helping children and youth develop healthy relationship skills and to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and violence. Altogether, three programs have been created to address navigating relationships across the development spectrum. PEP Talk Primary (Grades JK – 3) and PEP Talk Junior (Grades 4 – 6) are evidence-based programs consisting of six modules each: 1) Self-esteem, 2) Communication, 3) Making Choices, 4) Friendship & Social Support, 5) Touch, and 6) Getting Help. Each theme overlaps and builds on the next one to comprehensively address healthy-relationship building and getting help. PEP Talk Intermediate (Grades 7 & 8) is an evidence-informed program that consists of 11 modules: 1) Self-esteem, 2) Communication, 3) Getting Help & Barriers, 4) Building Friendships, 5) Gender Stereotypes, 6) Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships, 7) Abuse & Violence, 8) Consent, 9) Legal Rights & Responsibilities, 10) Making Choices, and 11) Summary & Self-Care. The program focuses on helping youth build skills for establishing healthy relationships and preventing unhealthy relationships and abuse.
MapleLeafTheatreforSocial ResponsibilityTheatre Workshops and Performances for Social ChangeForum Theatre pedagogy allows students to participate and change the outcome of problems and learn to promote positive change. It is a pedagogy recognized by UNESCO. Mixed Company Theatre provides interactive productions and workshops using this method to address such issues as bullying, inclusion, mental health awareness, sexual consent, homophobia and transphobia. In these sessions, students practise creative problem-solving techniques and develop positive strategies to respond to issues that affect them.
Bad Subject Youth OrganizationConsent & Media LiteracyFree consent and healthy relationship workshop for students and teachers to build a culture of consent where youth are empowered with the skills they need to form healthy and respectful relationships. Workshops delivered by trained facilitators engage youth through discussion, skill-building exercises and activities using scenarios to understand outcomes. Two workshops are available: “Consent In Real Life” where students explore boundaries, non-verbal communication, rejection, sex, building healthy relationships, social dynamics and media and “Digital Generation” challenges the victim-blaming narrative and encourages media-literacy skills, consensual use of social media and critical thinking. Professional learning is available to staff.
YMCA of Greater TorontoYouth Substance Use Free presentation on substance use and its effects to school community. Substances covered are alcohol, cannabis, opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA/ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, hallucinogens. Presentation addresses what the products are, their categories, physical and mental impacts, short and long term impacts and strategies for harm reduction. Facilitators address the causes of use and indicators that people may be using substances and ways to get help. A question and answer will follow each presentation.
Greenpeace CanadaVirtual GreenspeakersFree virtual presentations enhance student knowledge and motivation on critical environmental topics such as climate change/crisis, the Arctic, boreal and rain forests, biodiversity, plastics, economic development/environmental impact, and personal environmental awareness/engagement. Thought provoking and interactive, the presentations engage on both an intellectual and emotional level so that the students brainstorm ideas for practical, and actionable solutions.
North Toronto Soccer ClubSoccer PlayFree workshop to enhance soccer training for elementary students. Qualified and licensed coaches help students develop their physical literacy and soccer skills through fun games and learning activities and drills. Elementary schools in LC1 have an opportunity to work with this community organization.
Canadian Mental Health Association CMHAThe Opening Doors Project Free workshops provide an overview of mental health and illness and examine on a deeper level mental health issues on racism, diversity and anti-racism, identities in the Canadian context, and the newcomer experience. Through popular theatre and storytelling, students discuss the struggles and challenges for those living with mental illnesses and learn to develop strategies for dealing with discrimination and self-care when dealing with stress. Workshop include: Building Bridges: Anti-Racism 101, Understanding Migration, Mental Health and Wellness 101, Stress and Self-Care in Context, Starting From the 'I': Reflecting On Our Identities; and Know Your Rights 101. The Opening Doors Project also has additional programs to support Syrian students.
Edouard LabonteAmiEdouArtFrench and bilingual musical presentation and workshops showcase original songs to enhance the learning of French through a cultural and fun learning experience. Edouard sings, plays the bass guitar, percussion instruments and is accompanied by synthesizer. Presentations include: Chantons avec Edouard, Encompagnie d'Edouard and Reflexion. Students enhance their listening and interaction skills, discuss themes and rehearse song choruses using oral French dialogue.
Extend-A-FamilyFriendship CirclesFriendship Circles build relationships between students with disabilities, who are in an integrated class placement and their peers through engaging activities that encourage social connections. Groups of children are intentionally brought together to get to know each other and to build a welcoming and inclusive school community for all students. Circles provide an opportunity for the person with a disability to participate in conversations, games, parties and social encounters. Circles are led by an Extend-A-Family Coordinator who facilitates group sessions and encourages groups to plan time and activities together, and to explore the concept of friendship both within and outside of school.
Silvija VukadinovicFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful ClassroomFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom introduces yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. The program can be adapted for students, staff, parents, at multiple levels and all age groups. It can be delivered online, in a space that accommodates mats, as well as in a traditional classroom with students standing or sitting at their desks. Through mindful movement, relaxation exercises and meditation, participants develop social-emotional and life skills that enhance their health and well-being.
Never Too Short ProductionsFilm In A DayFull day hands-on workshop offers the opportunity for students to explore all aspects of filmmaking including script writing, exploration of equipment and techniques required to create a film. This comprehensive workshop emphasizes four key components to consider when making a film: storytelling, writing, presentation and use of equipment. The facilitator also discusses the editing process, and software that accompanies it. The goal of the workshop is not only for students to create a short film, but also to provide them with a solid understanding of the film industry's practices, standards and careers.
Gail Valentine Consulting and Marketing Film School In A BoxFull day interactive workshop for students to enhance their media literacy. In person or virtual sessions are delivered by professional filmmakers, providing students with the opportunity to create stop motion, claymation, short films or digital arts. Choose from four workshops: Short Filmmaking, Stop Motion Animation, Claymation and Digital Pranks. Students learn about the filming process from storyboard, script, music, filming and post-production; the people and roles; while enhancing their critical thinking and media literacy skills. Secondary students use FInal Cut Pro and engage in higher level critical thinking and story development to be used in conjunction with their unit of inquiry.
PACTGrow to Learn (GTL) School Gardens and WorkshopsGardens and workshops are designed to teach school communities about urban agriculture and farming methods/techniques, environmental sustainability, various food systems, and STEM-related topics. As outdoor living classrooms, gardens provide safe, experiential, learning and volunteer opportunities to raise awareness around intersectional social justice, healthy food, nutrition, and the issue of food insecurity in local communities. Over ten workshops covering such topics as wild edibles, biodiversity, field to table cooking, seed saving, composting, and soil blocking, are available for all grades along with self-directed teaching opportunities. Garden tours and 1/2 day field trips also available. To review the current menu of workshops and related lesson plans, see http://pactprogram.ca with new activities updated annually.
Green Thumbs Growing KidsSchool Food Gardens for LearningGardens provide food growing and environmental education programs at select elementary schools. The fruits and vegetables produced are used in the schools’ nutrition programs and classroom cooking. Gardens are designed along ecological principles, incorporating trees, shrubs and perennials along with annual food plants. Curriculum links include science, social studies, language, math and art.
Get REAL Movement Inc. Building Bridges through Inclusion, Acceptance, and DiversityGet REAL is a Canadian non-profit focused on combating 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, racism, and bullying in schools. Presenters from Get REAL facilitate interactive workshops with students that build on the power of personal stories. Participants hear from relatable 2SLGBTQ+ speakers who have grown from their diverse life experiences and journeys to find confidence in their identities. Participants then have an opportunity to share reflections through a guided, anonymous exercise. Presentations highlight human connections and shared emotions, 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, unlearning harmful language, and focus on the impact students have on one another through small acts of kindness.
Strides Toronto Support ServicesRespect in Schools Everywhere (RISE)Grades 7 - 12 students in this Peer Leader training program, develop knowledge, skills and produce materials on bullying, cyber-bullying, mental health; and conflict resolution. Workshops enhance students' strategies to communicate more effectively, manage conflict and address bullying effectively as a both potentially a victim and as a bystander. Students also learn coping mechanisms to foster positive mental health, discuss the elements of self-care, and have the opportunity to create their own self-care kits. Students receive resources and tools to better advocate for themselves and others.
Mosa McNeillySister Freedom's Black Arts Education ProjectsGrounded in Black diasporic art forms, aesthetic modes and design, these sessions, in-person or by video-conferencing, engage curriculum connections with visual art, social studies, mapping, coding, equity, diversity, history, social justice and wellness. Workshops include: Adinkra Project, Africa project, Black Stories Storybook Project, Black Women Artists Project, Black Hair Magic Project, Grandma Assiatou's Seed Pouch Project, Sankofa Project and Underground Railroad Quilt Godes Project. Through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture, writing poetry, students engage in self-reflective and cross-cultural dialogue. Also available as professional development, Black Ways of Knowing offers tools for developing and delivering culturally responsive curriculum that centers African, Black and Caribbean students and advocates for Black freedom and justice. Delivery available in English or French.
Alpha Rhythm RootsAfrican Musical JourneyGuinean and African music, dance, traditions and culture are explored in these African drum circle and dance sessions. Presentations discuss the Guinean percussion orchestra, manufacturing and origins of instruments and history alongside live demonstrations of the instruments played. Performances bring history alive through full traditional outfits, drumming and dancing to the entire school. Workshops provide students the opportunity to participate in collective drumming and dance that develop teamwork, memorization, hand coordination and creativity. Students learn a full orchestra rhythm and/or choreographed dance routine. All sessions are available in English and French and professional learning may be available to staff. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
Moving EDGEucation Inc.Bachelors, Masters, Ph.Ds in EDGEucation!Health and well-being, movement based learning, dance and health school climate sessions for school communities. Bachelors: A highly engaging, inclusive community building experience where the whole self is engaged (the physical, cognitive, social/emotional) moving to multiple music styles. Students create a positive community environment by unifying together on the same movement, then expressing and exploring their own individuality. Masters: Interactive movement sessions with a “numeracy” or “literacy” focus, plus a Professional Learning Session for staff to build the capacity of teachers to integrate movement into lessons. Ph.Ds: Continue the learning through interactive movement sessions with multiple subject areas, and an extended Professional Learning Session to integrate movement into multiple subjects throughout the day. Parent engagement sessions build community, and provide an experiential opportunity for families to become informed about movement & learning while being active at the same time.
Extra Ed Inc.Money Managers / Gestionnaires MonétairesHighly dynamic programming in person or through video-conferencing uses hands-on activities, interactive games, inquiry-based discussion, and a wildly popular "net worth" tournament to provide students with concrete experiences and real-world applications in the facts and feelings around money. Financial concepts and money issues are presented from a diverse viewpoint by engaging and experienced instructors who are able to adapt the program to reflect the needs of different ages, learning styles and community concerns. Subjects covered include savings and debt, interest, credit cards, credit scores, student loans, payday loans, chequing and savings accounts, and registered accounts (RRSP, RESP, TFSA). Program materials support specific outcome achievement in Financial Literacy and other strands of the math curriculum, have cross-curricular connections, and provide opportunities for Social Emotional Learning. Delivered in French or English.
Itah SaduStories For Our Time Highly theatrical and always inspirational, Itah Sadu uses oral tradition and storytelling to share contemporary and traditional stories and folklore from across the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Stories convey history, relationships with the world, social justice themes, give meaning to complex issues and conversations, and is a simple form of individual and group engagement in these in-person or by video-conferencing sessions. Facilitator introduces Canadian and international Black and Caribbean game changers while engaging students in call and response, question and answer, and movement. The art form of storytelling speaks to language arts, student voice, communication, inclusion and identity and culture.
John Howard Society of TorontoH.I.P.P (Helping Individuals Plan Positively)HIPP is a youth centered program for those aged 16 years and older whom are at risk of becoming engaged in pro-criminal behaviours. This program focuses on helping these young people build the skills to meet educational, employment and personal goals. HIPP strives to find proactive solutions to solve the problems of neighbourhood youth violence. A variety of workshops and opportunities are provided on topics including, but not limited to: personal development and goal setting; employment skills; interpersonal communications skills; anger management; problem-solving; masculinity, respect and violence; conflict mediation skills; self-awareness training; mental health/wellness; cultural competency; legal information and housing assistance.
Selflove Youth Wellness and EmpowermentMake Ur Mark Virtual Series: Resilience & RestorationHosted by mentor and Black leader, Kym Niles, this live conversation brings together in a question and answer format, Black leaders who share their experiences in overcoming systematic barriers and how they managed their mental well-being in their pursuit to achievement. These in-person or virtual sessions allow community leaders from a vast array of fields and professions to share their story, coping strategies and success stories. The presentation finishes with an opportunity for students to ask questions that are relevant to them, especially those from the BIPOC community.
University of AlbertaHREC Education’s Genocide Denial and Cover-up: The Holodomor in the 20th CenturyHREC Education of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) offers a presentation on the Holodomor which engages students in a case study of the genocidal famine in Ukraine from 1932-1933. Students learn how to identify the steps from which genocides have evolved, and how human rights abuses can progress from bullying and discrimination, to victimization and dehumanization. Through collective discussion on its history, students provide suggestions and strategies that could be used in our present day to curb human rights abuse and the types of governments that permit and participate in these abuses. Professional learning is also available.
CAFCANLife Skills and Community Engagement In support of Caring & Safe Schools programming, CAFCAN will provide life skills group sessions that help children and youth who have faced complex challenges in the school and in the local community to engage, re-engage, and/or transition well from grade eight to secondary school. Topics and discussions are varied: from stress management to conflict resolution. Specific sessions that can be offered, through referral, include: Leaders in Partnership; UJIMA; SNAP; Ouch, that Hurts; and, Express Yourself.
SoundKreations Inc.Toronto Dance XperienceIn these dance workshops (in-person or by video-conferencing), students participate in an adventure of body awareness, spatial awareness by exploring some of the cultures and dance styles that make-up the fabric of Toronto. Students learn a variety of styles and movements and their relationship with peers. Professional dancers engage students in the chosen dance style, fundamental movements, an in-depth exploration of the creative process and, in the longer series, a culminating student-led performance. Dance programs include: HipHopParty (building community through Hip-Hop Party Grooves), CubaNYC (Latin street dance), AfroFUSION (popular styles and grooves native to Congo, Angola and Ghana), and DanceCOMBO (hybrid of all styles). Workshops may be delivered in English, French and Spanish.
Laura BeglinCreativity, Confidence, Artistry Through DanceIn 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.
HELM Technologies Inc.Understanding STEM, Startups & TechnologyIn this hands-on interactive workshop by video-conferencing or in-person, Dr. Elize Shirdel walks students through the mechanics of how technology works, evolution of app-based technology and artificial intelligence. Students walk away with an understanding of components of the consumer technology stack - apps, databases, APIs, front end development, back end development and user interfaces and experience. Activities and information use examples taken from technology that students use in their daily lives. Students gain an overview of skills and careers in technology industry and support. Elize also shares her personal journey as a woman in the tech industry and how to be successful.
Literal ChangeOrton-Gillingham Professional LearningIn this professional learning session in person or by video-conferencing, staff are exposed to the multi-sensory and direct teaching strategies found within the Orton-Gillingham remedial literacy approach. Half or full day interactive workshop introduces Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches, terminology, learning exceptionalities and targeted teaching strategies that address phonological awareness, syllabication, morphology, spelling and writing. Facilitators provide teaching examples and assessment tools to help teachers identify gaps in knowledge and translate the results into teaching objectives and lesson plans. Literacy Specialist course offers a more in-depth understanding of Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches which includes research, terminology, assessment, organization of learning and application for learners.
Jane Goodall Institute for WildlifeRoots and Shoots Sustainable Food InitiativeIn this program, up to 10 secondary EcoSchools take part in reducing their carbon footprint through the lens of food waste and sustainability. School-wide assemblies generate interest and excitement about the Roots and Shoots campaign, educating students on the impact our diets have on climate change and the environment. Alongside learning resources provided to schools to assist the implementation of the program, students document their progress towards food sustainability by taking photos and video to produce a video clip of their contributions. One student-made video will be awarded a professional edit and shared throughout the local community and JGI Canada to further raise awareness on sustainable foods.
Raging Asian Women Taiko DrummersTaiko Drumming Performances and WorkshopsIn this Taiko drumming performance presented by a performing arts ensemble made up of East and Southeast Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer people, audiences will experience both traditional and contemporary Taiko drumming pieces, learn the historical and creative contexts behind them, and enhance their understanding of Japanese culture and Asian history. Through each undeniably strong, yet nimble percussive sound that is generated from the orchestra of drums played in rhythm, students will witness both the strength of force that sound is capable of, and likewise find that same potential within themselves to be heard. Taiko drumming workshops that further enhance student learning are also available.
Parachute Leaders in Injury PreventionParachute Brain WavesInjury Prevention focused neuroscience presentations enhance students' understanding about different parts of the brain; basic neuroscience vocabulary; and, how and why it's important to protect their brain and spinal cord. Classrooms are turned into laboratories, where students conduct science experiments involving the five senses that tie into lessons on neuroanatomy and the fragility of this amazing system. Students study the lobes of the brain and learn that the brain has the same consistency as gelatin and is protected by a skull that is only as thick as a pencil. They learn simple strategies to prevent injury.
Inner City AngelsInterdisciplinary Learning with ArtistsInner 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. Elementary classes participate in arts activities with professional artists in-person or through video-conferencing 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.
Afiwi Groove SchoolAfrican Dance and Drum ProgramIn-person or virtual performances and workshops instill an appreciation for self-expression and self-discovery through African-Caribbean dance and drumming to elementary students. Afiwi comes from the Jamaican Patois dialect which loosely means “for us; for everyone.” Workshops include introduction to djembe drumming, West African/Afro Beats Dance (African Hip Hop), and Afro-Fitness. Dance and drum workshops are led by dynamic and talented performers with lived experience and expertise in the cultures of Africa and the places it has influenced. Artists are dedicated to sharing and celebrating the unique contributions of African-rooted cultures. Through rhythmic beats and movements, children are connected to another world full of sensory experiences that awaken their imagination. Performances are available but not limited to Black History Month.
Generation Chos3nGeneration ChosenInstitutions (family, school, work) are often plagued with harmful power structures that favour those with privilege and sideline those without. This program demystifies and engages in meaningful discussions to enable youth to view themselves as unique entities capable of reshaping their understanding of themselves, in relation to those around them. The emotional intelligence workshops focus on illuminating those insecurities and combating them with practical alternatives that can be applied to realistic situations each participant will be faced with. Six key virtues that is the basis of the program and that contribute to the emotional and well-being of youth are: Perspective, Courage, Humility, Integrity, Boldness and Vision. Sessions are culturally relevant and build critical consciousness in students who self-identify as Black/from marginalized communities.
Wadoka Academy Inc.MILDIntegrated programming for students with disabilities to enhance their well-being through physical activity and learning based on the martial arts. Through creating an ‘integrated learning environment’ students with Special needs are able to digest information with ease and learn challenging ‘moves’ from both their peers and the Sensei who individuates the teaching and learning in performances of “moves”. As research demonstrates, this physical activity develops students’ self- awareness (“Know” your self); taking responsibility for their actions (“Own” your self); and, whether verbally or non-verbally, communicate their feelings about the experience (“Project” your self). In addition to the other benefits, “… evidence has also shown that physical activity [involving children with disabilities] has a direct influence in self-determination”.
EcoSpark Environmental OrganizationSchool Watch and Changing CurrentsIntegrated teacher training and student sessions actively engage in citizen science practices to understand and address climate change, water quality, pollination and bird monitoring, and land use planning. EcoSpark facilitators, through in-person or by video conferencing, lead hypothesis driven research and data collection workshops for students and teachers on their school grounds. Students learn to use scientific protocols to monitor and assess the health of local terrestrial and aquatic environments and then contribute their findings to relevant citizen science projects; shared with scientists around the world. These inquiry-based workshops explore water systems, insect, bird and plant dynamics, and taxonomic identification systems. Students learn to assess the environmental health of streams and school grounds and to analyze data and plan stewardship actions to increase local biodiversity and environmental health.
Education Arts CanadaSet the Stage for Learning_Musical AdventuresInteractive and participatory musical theatre productions for young audiences addressing various learning strands including math, science, literacy, drama, physical fitness and mental health. They are delivered through one hour musical adventures either in-person or via videoconferencing. Using stories, songs, music and movement, students engage actively with characters and make them part of the theatre experience - often so much fun, students don't realize they are learning at the same time. Comprehensive resource materials for educators turn the performance as a time of inspiration into an ongoing opportunity for discovery and growth. Specific productions are found at www.educationarts.ca
Stolen From Africa/Volé D'AfriqueStolen From Africa Interactive assembly and arts-based workshops promotes social justice and builds cross cultural understanding for racialized and marginalized students. Facilitators discuss themes of Black Diaspora history, identity, relationships, resilience and self-advocacy. Students explore self-identity, reflect on impact on their community, and share their stories to peers through working on an arts/digital media project. Professional learning is available for staff to explore barriers and challenges that black and diverse youth face and share strategies on how to teach culturally-responsive lessons to engage diverse learners. Workshops are also offered in French.
Money School CanadaMoneyi$t in the School Financial Literacy Educational Programs Interactive financial literacy programming, delivered in-person or virtually, introduces participants to a comprehensive array of essential money concepts including saving, smart spending, budgeting, borrowing and credit. Professional financial literacy instructors use a diverse array of experiential learning techniques such as skits, role-play, hands-on activities and simulations to engage students and make learning about money fun and memorable. Age appropriate, plain language, relevant examples are drawn from student life experiences and shared to engage, inform and build student knowledge, skill and confidence with money and its management. Workshops meet math and financial literacy curriculum requirements. They are tailored for grades 4 - 12. Parent sessions are entitled "Money Mentor$". Professional learning sessions are also available.
Pawsitively Pets for Kids Inc.Pawsitively Pets for Early YearsInteractive in-person or virtual presentations explore the world of animals, science and nature for early years to Grade 3 students. Using inquiry-based learning, session includes learning about animal physical characteristics and attributes, how to handle the animals, their habitats and survival in the environment and the world around them. Animals consists of an assortment of rescued pets including mammals, reptiles, non-flight birds and marsupials. In-person sessions include an opportunity for students to pet the animals guided by the trained facilitator followed by a question and answer period.
Youth Centre for Sports DevelopmentMLSE Launchpad: Sport and STEMInteractive sessions combine physical literacy with STEM concepts through sport, for grades 7 and 8. Delivered in person or virtually, this program is designed to increase confidence and ease with STEM ideas, encourage kinesthetic learning, and build critical thinking and teamwork skills. Students participate in hands-on and on-court "Sport for Development" activities, while seeing how STEM concepts connect to real life sport situations. Themes include: mathematics/hockey, science/soccer, engineering/basketball, technology/football. Additional weekly challenges are available to classroom teachers to further students' learning and dive deeper into key themes.
BAM Children's Entertainment Inc.Opening Young Minds with Aunty B & Friends TheatreInteractive storytelling through life-size puppets and live characters create conversations on inclusion, diversity, Black History, self acceptance and equality. Through our interactive theatrical journey, we offer tools and strategies that allow your students to reflect, improve and celebrate differences. Performances detailed at www.auntyb.ca .
Facing History and Ourselves Facing History: Professional Learning OpportunitiesInteractive workshops better equip educators, schools and systems with mindsets, knowledge and skills to shape thoughtful, equitable, just and academically challenging environments for student learning. Professional learning sessions are customized and tailor-made for system support, whole school, and department or subject specific audiences. Professional development offerings focus on: fostering community, social and emotional wellbeing in classrooms; building intentional spaces and providing tools to facilitate difficult conversations (about current events and difficult histories); understanding the historical roots of antisemitism, and of anti-Indigenous racism and other forms of bigotry and hatred; facilitating staff development for antiracist, equitable, just teaching, and decolonial practice (planned and run in partnership with Indigenous educators). Curriculum-based professional work enhances Civics Social Studies, Humanities, English and Indigenous subject teachers with culturally responsive and relevant pedagogical training, and academically rigorous learning resources to empower students as active and engaged learners, citizens and community leaders.
Scarborough Women's CentreBuilding Strong FuturesInteractive workshops engage grades 7 - 12 female students in Scarborough schools to a support network, through discussion, life skills development, and information that enhances their confidence to make positive life choices, plan for their futures, become independent, and navigate the challenges that arise in the lives of young women on their pathways to adulthood. Topics include, but are not limited to: Building Self-Esteem and Confidence, Body Image, Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Future Planning, Self-Care Practices, and Personal, Educational and Career Goal Setting. Workshops for co-ed audiences are also available. Women's and Gender Issues are raised and analysed from an intersectional perspective.
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience ExperienceInteractive workshops in-person and through video-conferencing empower students by developing character, confidence communication and other essential soft skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare's 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. Professional learning sessions are also available for this programming that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations."
CANVAS Arts Action Programs2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion and Consent WorkshopsInteractive, arts-based workshops on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, consent, and gender equity engage an anti-oppression framework to support students in creating safer, more inclusive communities. Four series are available: “Speak Out” enhances students’ understanding about LGBTQ2S+ identities, how to be an ally, and ways to challenge homophobic and transphobic bullying. “The C-Word” : prepares students for real-life social situations; equipped with tools to enact consent, develop consensual relationships, recognize sexual pressures, challenge social expectations, and support survivors of assault. “RelateABILITY” : for students with developmental disabilities, this series engages arts-based education and role play to educate on consent, communication, and creating safe, positive relationships. And, Professional Learning Sessions are available on topics and issues related to 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, consent and gender equity.
Living RhythmDrumming to Well BeingInteractive, virtual rhythm-based workshops explore drumming to increase mental health and well being for students, staff and school communities. Using drums, their own bodies, and other objects from home, participants of all abilities, disabilities, special needs, and differentiated learning are engaged. Participants learn mindfulness strategies and techniques through sound, pulse, rhythm, and visualization. They enhance their communication skills through active listening and cooperation with peers. These sound and rhythm workshops are customized for each audience. They can include: The Beat of Now: Drumming & Rhythm for Mental Health & Well Being; Community Beats: Building Community Spirit Through Drumming & Rhythm; Together in Rhythm: Team Building and Leadership.
Pinecone Project Inc.Design and LeadershipInterdisciplinary design challenges for students builds skills in problem solving and creativity. Students engage in an exploration of available tools, information and other resources to address the problem at hand with the help of facilitators who guide the design implementation, decision-making and solution. As well, students think about the importance of considering others while designing solutions, and how their personal strengths can be used to solve everyday problems both now and in the future. Workshops to choose from are: Toy Works, Universal Design Challenge, Arctic Beavers, Let’s Get Moving, Classroom Theme Park, Animal Crossing, Green Cities, Values in Design, We all Scream…, Pet Prosthetics, Sustainable Action Planning.
Just AissiGumboots WorkshopsIntroduce students to a unique and engaging dance where the body becomes a musical instrument through the use of rubber boots. The gumboots dance originated in South Africa and was developed by miners using rhythm and dance in concert with percussive stomping to communicate and express ideas as well as themselves. Students learn the history and cultural development of the style, learn basic steps and choreography, and have the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a routine. Workshops are offered in both French and English.
The Multicultural Theatre Space Inc.Stories of JusticeIssues of integration and communication with peers give voice to newcomers, marginalized and racialized youth in these workshops facilitated by multicultural artists. Students receive inspiration from culturally diverse role models who provide an opportunity to hear critical conversations with a multicultural lens. Schools can choose from a workshop series for students to create a short theatre production reflective of their lives or participate in talkbacks with professionals in the theatre industry.
Jack.orgJack Talks, Jack Chapters and Jack SummitsJack.org is training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health. Programs work towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. Jack Talks are presentations delivered by youth speakers who have been trained to use their personal stories to educate their peers about mental health. Jack Chapters are groups of young leaders who work year-round to identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack Summits are youth-led conferences where young people gather to collaborate on how to best promote mental health in their communities. Be There is a safe and engaging resource that teaches anyone how to support someone struggling with their mental health.
Charles HongKorean Drumming, Dance and MusicKorean drumming and dance program led by a Dora Award-winning composer, Charles Hong. Playing different Korean drums, students are introduced to drumming technique, rhythm, and teamwork and ensemble skills. Students enhance their performance while gaining a rich knowledge of Korean history, music and culture. Exploration of traditional dance choreography as well as compositional activities may take place in workshop series. Professional development available to staff. Suitable for Asian Heritage Month and grades 1-8. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 9 week classroom visits.
Turk Event Consulting Inc. Lacrosse - History, Culture and Skills Virtual PresentationsLacrosse themed virtual presentations introduce students to Indigenous history and culture of lacrosse, and introduces students to the basic skills of the game. Presentations co-led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors focus on the cultural and spiritual significance of the game; show different sticks and equipment used; the positions played in the game; demonstrations; and, basic skills. During in-person sessions, students may participate in a 15 minute game where they are divided into clans/ teams.
Sean MauricetteL.I.F.T. Virtual Laying Important Foundations Together (L.I.F.T.) By using his backgrounds in hip-hop, acting, architecture and multimedia, Sean Mauricette inspires through motivational virtual sessions on leadership, diversity, inclusion, respect, Black History, anti-racism, and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Sessions focus on student leadership, student engagement, students' sense of self-efficacy and achievement through setting goals to become their best. Topics touch upon how to steer clear of the negative influences, to create and to seize learning opportunities. Black History presentations instill a renewed sense of pride and heighten students' awareness that Black history didn't start with slavery, it was interrupted by it; as remembered stories of black saints and royalty in advanced civilizations come to the fore through music and spoken word.
The National Ballet of CanadaYOU DanceLed by artist educators/dancers from The National Ballet of Canada, these free workshops and performances introduce students to the theatrical art of ballet. Schools may also choose a “YOU dance” workshop where students actively engage in movement techniques to develop their creative expression, learn a variety of dance styles and repertoire, and interact with artists through a Q&A. Live-streamed "YOU dance" performance features five specially selected pieces danced by the National Ballet’s apprentices and accompanied by a pianist.
Canada’s National Ballet SchoolNBS Sharing Dance KidsLed by Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Community Dance Specialists, free dance workshops provide creative movement activities using elements of dance as a foundation for students in grades 1-6. Sessions may be delivered in-person or virtually. Using the elements of dance as a foundation, students are given the chance to explore new ways of moving, collaborate with peers (in a safe way), develop fundamental movement skills and create movement sequences which communicate thoughts, ideas and emotions. Emphasizing individual creativity and personal reflection, students are encouraged to look inward and draw from their own personal experiences, to develop their own movement vocabulary.
Hong Fook Mental Health AssociationWraparound: Making Healthy ChoicesLed by Hong Fook Youth Program Worker, the CHOICES program, serving East Asian and international students from grades 7 – 12 helps youth to create new social connections and strengthen peer to peer relationships. Through games, group work and discussion, youths are able to develop strategies with a focus on different life skills, including communication, healthy relationships, stress management, wellness, decision-making, and goal-setting. The Youth Outreach Worker is available to provide individualized programs to meet participants' needs as well as be available for presentations with school communities to increase all students' understanding of mental health, available resources, and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion.
ACE Mentor Program of CanadaArchitecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Career OpportunitiesLed by local practicing industry professionals from top firms, these virtual workshops help students discover the possibility of careers in architecture, construction and engineering (ACE). Professionals guide students through a team design project. Students learn about the various career paths in the design and construction industry to help them in their personal educational and career paths. Workshops focus on professional college career paths to those in building trades, sustainability design, health & well-being, trends and innovations and digital technology in ACE. Professionals provide insight into the wide range of skills needed in today's dynamic building industry and share their own experiences on how they got there.
WeeFestival of Arts and CultureTheatre and Culture for Early YearsLed by professional artists, performances and workshops engage early years students in theatre, dance, music, movement/dance, visual arts in a storytelling form. Delivered in-person or virtually, sessions explore a range of themes including friendship, the environment, loss and change, overcoming fears, embracing difference/different abilities and cultural diversity. Workshops include "Kindergarten Drama Workshops", an active and creative movement workout; "Firefly Story Theatre Project", a drama and storytelling project, over a series of sessions, that collects and dramatizes students' original stories. Theatre performances for assemblies are available and changes each year; some productions are offered in French.
IndigenEdIndigenEd VirtualLed by Veronica Johnny, in-person or video-conferencing assemblies and workshops focus on personal healing and growth to help participants tune into their intuition and artistic gifts. As a healer and Two-Spirit musician, Veronica Johnny shares traditional teachings and drum songs on solo hand drum for students to have a better understanding of Indigenous teachings, music and perspectives. Workshops delve deeper into traditional Indigenous percussive techniques, origin of songs, protocols, leading songs and cultural context while providing a safe space for expression and music-making.
Live Lujo Inc.Sewing StudioLibraries, gyms or classrooms are transformed into creative maker space by an 'All Star' team. A Sewing Studio that disrupts stereotypes and biases about who can sew and who can express themselves artistically. Sessions focus on confidence, skill-building, mentorship, equity and most of all, inclusion. All students leave the studio with a feeling of accomplishment in having completed a design and sewing project. Instructors, who are male role models , provide an engaging introduction to frame the session within the context of "Confidence Building" when learning new skills and new creative ways to express themselves. Personal stories of overcoming barriers are shared. Each student is inspired and encouraged to make their own creative choices in materials and adornments for the project, at the " Creation Station ". Projects vary by age group; all intentionally contribute to students' sense of self-efficacy. Each student learns how to sew on a sewing machine.
Luana ShirtCultural TeachingsLuana Shirt is a Plains Cree/Anishinaabe Indigenous Knowledge Educator and Artist. Through interactive teaching circles, she brings focus and better understanding of Anishinaabe cultural teachings that are centered around the Indigenous world views of traditional roles of women and men, rites of passage of girls and boys, 7 stages of life, 7 grandfathers story and teachings, understanding of water, traditional use of medicines and 13 moon grandmother teachings. Indigenous arts workshops include songs, games and interactive teaching circles. Professional learning available to teachers.
Mad Science of TorontoScience & Technology WorkshopsMad Science Curriculum Based Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science through hands-on and interactive live experiments. These in-class workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology, engineering and the environment and to make connections between science and the wonders of the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, exciting and interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary student. Their professionally trained presenters are excellent in creating experiences that encourage children to pursue the sciences throughout their secondary and post secondary studies.
West African Cultural ExchangeAfrican Traditional Music (Drumming, Dancing and Singing)Master Drummer Fred Kwasi Dunyo leads workshops that are designed to fully immerse students in African culture through music, rhythm, song and dance. Step-by-step instructions provide opportunity to progressively advance students' musical skills while fostering team building and self-confidence. Five instruments are featured: kpanlogo drums, gankogui (bell), axatse (shaker), fritsiwa (finger bell), tokei (bell). Facilitator brings instruments for full classroom participation (if required). Workshop series provides an opportunity for students to showcase their learning to the school community. Professional learning is also available. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 3 classroom visits.
RumberosCuban-Brazilian Drumming and DanceMaster 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.
Never Gallery ReadyRe:Framing Culture Re:Claiming VoiceMedia and visual literacy-focused workshops explore culture as reflected in art, news, history, and advertising. These workshops address the politics of individuals’ relationship with images, objects, sound and site, and ask students to critically analyze ubiquitous messages and dominant cultural narratives. Students create works of collage, learn “culture jamming” techniques, perform sound plays/stories, create site-specific installations/awareness campaigns that address community issues, and ‘zines (themed booklets). A 5-day workshop series is also available.
Mahlikah Awe:riArt 4 Social Change: Re-Indigenizing Tsi Tkarón:toMembers of Red Slam Collective lead these multi-disciplinary interactive assembly and workshops for young audiences through the immersion of contemporary and traditional artistic expression such as dance, music, slam poetry, and storytelling to explore contemporary social issues, while introducing Indigenous ways of knowing and doing. Students will be challenged to unlearn and relearn how to become stewards, “in-relation” with Indigenous Peoples and with the Land. Suitable for grades 3-8.
Canadian Multicultural Inventors MuseumInspiring InnovationMobile exhibit celebrates and showcases technological STEM inventors and innovators from around the world and in particular those people of African descent from ancient times to present day. The full day in-person exhibit or virtual delivery promotes diversity within the fields of STEM by sharing each inventor’s biography, history, innovation, connection with their community and science as well as impact in today’s world. Themes include inventors, including women, from African & Caribbean and African medical innovators. Students may participate in a scavenger hunt to interact with the information presented in the exhibit if it is safe to do so. The presentation utilizes stories, quizzes, activities, videos, powerpoint and interactive tools to keep students' interest alive.
Northstarr Entertainment Inc.Stay Driven Motivational assemblies and/or classroom workshops from Rapper Duane "D.O." Gibson combine hip hop performances with life lessons. Presentation themes include: Canadian Black History - D.O. presents about Black History through a Canadian perspective talking about Viola Desmond and black history in Nova Scotia as well as the Underground railroad and Josiah Henson in Chatham, Ontario ; HOLLA – Help, Outlet, Lead, Leave, Assert. D.O. discusses several strategies to combat bullying focusing on building self-esteem, standing up to bullies and finding an outlet. In The Zone - D.O. will bond with students as he shares his personal stories through freestyle rap. The program focuses on the personal power gained through reading, creative writing and speech. And, M.A.D. Skills (Media And Decisions) - D.O. will teach your students to make positive choices when it comes to the media. The program focuses on making informed decisions on music and TV choices as well as presenting strategies to combat cyber bullying.
Live DifferentLive Different School AssembliesMotivational assemblies with engaging mix of personal stories, videos, crowd participation, live music, and more. Delivered by young, dynamic team members that students find easy to relate to. Positive youth development programming with themes that change annually to best address school and student needs in relevant ways. Exists to empower young people and engage them in a lifestyle of compassion and service.
P.E.A.C.E.A Piece of P.E.A.C.E._ VirtualMotivational virtual workshops and assemblies use hip Hop, spoken word, poetry and other urban art-forms to explore self-expression, leadership, equity and diversity. Sessions provide students an opportunity to express their dreams and ideas in an artistic way through various literary devices and activities including spoken word, poetry writing, and storytelling. The framework focuses on empowering students to make responsible and positive choices toward achieving their goals, following their passions and leading their communities, especially for our Black students. Follow-up workshops provide an opportunity for students to explore additional tools for self-expression. Participants hear from a Black artist's perspective on working in the Arts industry, supporting the community and Arts development.
MASCMulticultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC) Online ProgramMulticultural Arts for Schools and Communities, also known as MASC, represents a group of 40+ professional artists/artist groups from diverse backgrounds who deliver arts workshops, performances, and residencies for K-12 students virtually in both English and French. Disciplines include: dance, drama, literary arts, media arts, music, visual arts. Programming enhances students' creative process, deepen cultural awareness and give vivid demonstration of Canada's diversity. Performances are accompanied by a live Q&A with professional artists that bring high-quality performances and engaging interaction into classrooms. MASC's roster of artists for the current year can be viewed at www.masconline.ca.
Maurice GordonA Positive Narrative of African/Black Canadian HistoryMusical presentation assembly, in-person or by video-conferencing, that educates, celebrates and presents the achievements of Black/African Canadians who have contributed to making Canada for what it is today. Musician Maurice Gordon takes you on a journey of history from early 1600’s to present day highlighting individuals that made a difference in their respective fields. Maurice entertains with original, relevant and contemporary songs that weaves words, music and singing while also involving student participation. Finally, as a Jamaican Canadian, Maurice touches on the Jamaican connection to Canadian history.
Fashion Takes Action My Clothes My WorldMy Clothes My World is a practical workshop that highlights the social and environmental impacts in the apparel industry. Students learn the life cycle and supply chain of the apparel industry, environmental impacts, positive and negative impact on human interactions and their communities while learning to debate and create sustainable solutions to problems. At the end of the workshop, students engage in a practical exercise to deconstruct and reconstruct an old t-shirt into a bag.
Humber CollegeHumber 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 project or school-wide activities. A member of the faculty from Humber School of Health Sciences is available in the school to supervise the nursing field placement students.
Holland Bloorview HospitalDear Everybody: It's Time to End Disability StigmaOne hour interactive presentation for students focused on promoting awareness of disability stigma and enhancing social inclusion in-person or by video-conferencing. Delivered by young adult facilitators with lived experience with disability, the presentation content includes disability education, sharing of real stories of lived experience with disability, facilitated conversation and sharing about inclusion and barriers, games, and other class activities that promote deeper understanding of disability. This presentation is part of the hospital's mission to drive social change for children and youth with disabilities. Additional professional learning workshops are available for staff.
Heart of a Man (HOAM) Ltd.Welcome WellnessOvercome, elevate, inspire. Donovan is a motivational speaker who inspires others by sharing his story of mental health and wellness. He speaks of his battle with depression and educates on effective communication, vulnerability and resilience. Interactive discussion provides an inspirational message on Black mental health for young men and youth audiences. Integrating stories, statistics, and spoken word, students are engaged and provided with effective strategies for fostering wellness, coping, and reaching out to supports and community resources. The presentation inspires students in defining one’s own struggles, overcoming them with passion and ultimately finding one’s purpose in life.
Regent Park Community Health CentrePathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.
Rexdale Community Health CentrePathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.
Unison Health and Community ServicesPathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.
YouthLinkPathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.
Stella's PlacePeer SupportPeer support training program to increase awareness of mental health issues and wellness at Winston Churchill CI. Students learn peer support skills, increase their understanding of mental health and increase their capacity to manage stress and engage in self-care. Program utilizes presentations, discussion, creative exploration and skills practice opportunities, and exercises to enhance the learning. Program culminates in students brainstorming, developing and implementing a health and wellness project that impacts a large number of their peers in a meaningful way.
Outward Bound CanadaOutdoor Mentorship TrainingPeer-to-peer leadership opportunities are provided through mentorship training in outdoor urban experiences.Workshops integrate the themes of outdoor and experiential adventure education; eco-psychology and mindfulness; and, leadership and group dynamics. Students build the leadership skills of facilitating meaningful outdoor education activities; communicating effectively; and, conflict mediation, management and resolution techniques. Workshop culminates with students, supported by Outward Bound Canada staff, implementing an activity for their peers.
Operation SpringboardPositive 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. For referred students, there is access to community programs and services as needed to support those youth who are experiencing complex challenges.
Strides Toronto Support ServicesPositive 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. For referred students, there is access to community programs and services as needed to support those youth who are experiencing complex challenges.
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 and offered in person or virtually. 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. Professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator.
Clearview School of Arts and Culture IncClearview Chinese Arts Performances and workshops delivered in-person or through video-conferencing 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. Chinese culture sessions offer an overview of history, tradition and features of Chinese festivals, such as Chinese New Year, Dragon-boat Festival, Moon Festival, Lantern Festival etc. We can also customize for schools if they are interested in an ancient Chinese historical figure or a certain period of Chinese history. Chinese dance sessions highlight traditional Chinese dance and how it is related with the character building of a student in the process of learning it. Participants will also get a chance to experience and practice the postures of traditional Chinese dance. In the Lion Dance presentation, performers present a lion dance with their outfits and instruments to give the audience a thrilling experience of tasting a lion dance and the percussion accompanying it. Chinese calligraphy sessions involve participants in the practice of writing with brush and ink to enhance the ability to focus and being calm and patient while understanding the lifestyle of ancient Chinese scholars.
Stephen LaFreniePhysical Theatre Performances and workshops showcasing commedia dell’arte, mime, pantomime, movement with text, storytelling to share unique storytelling technique and awaken creativity and self-confidence in students. Performances showcase physical theatre and storytelling techniques which include two productions, “Mask Messenger” and “Pantalone – The Ice Flow Cometh”. "Mask Messenger" is a solo performance features nearly 20 masked characters and is available in English, French and Bilingual format. "Pantalone - The Ice Flow Cometh" combines the classical commedia dell'arte and Shakespearian monologue followed by a talk on Shakespeare and his influence. Workshops are suitable for all students of diverse abilities to experience mime, pantomime, movement with text, storytelling, mask making, make movement, improvisation and non-verbal communication. Once students learn the skills, students discover their own personal rhythm and unique performing style.
Therapeutic Paws of CanadaTherapeutic DogsPet Therapy sessions, with small groups of select students referred by TDSB Professional Support Services, reduce students’ stress and anxiety by providing physical and emotional support in school communities that have experienced a traumatic event or crisis. Trained therapy dogs are accompanied by their certified handlers who guide each interaction.
Audrey GabayBee ConnectionsPlay-based workshop using storytelling, drama exercises, games, bee equipment, videos and visual aids to convey information about bees in our ecosystem. The aim is to create a fun experience so students develop a curiosity and fascination for all things bees and pollinators. The workshop explores the bee life cycle, social structures and diversity of bees (social honeybee, solitary bees, natives bees), habitat destruction and regeneration. In addition, the facilitator will talk about bees as a keystone species, review their importance in our ecosystem, and the interdependence among bees, plants pollination and animals, the reasons for their decline and how we can help.
Let's Talk Science Let's Talk SciencePost-secondary volunteers and staff lead a variety of sessions that enhance the STEM curriculum and help students develop scientific inquiry, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students see direct application of STEM concepts to real-life environments. Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers act as role models to provide information on post-secondary education and future careers in STEM. Let’s Talk Science is partnered with over 50 universities and colleges across Canada, each with their own local outreach program offerings. Examples of workshops include Feast for the Senses, Super Science Challenges, DNA Biotechnology, and action project activities such as Tomatosphere Seed Planting. In addition, Let’s Talk Science Professional Learning staff can model activities and learning in the classroom in real time through co-learning opportunities. Delivered in person or virtually.
The National Ballet of CanadaDance AboutPresentation designed to introduce students to ballet delivered by the professional artists at The National Ballet of Canada. "Dance About" demystifies the professional ballet world through a short ballet performance with four dancers, piano accompanist, narrator and behind-the-scenes crew. Through an interactive discussion, students learn about basic ballet exercises, pointe shoes, partnering, ballet mime and theatrical makeup. Students not only hear from artists who discuss their roles but also learn what it takes to produce a ballet.
Toronto Community Benefits NetworkCareer Opportunities for YouthPresentation 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.
B.O.L.T. Charitable FoundationSpeak Outs: Careers in ConstructionPresentation on the vast and diverse career opportunities available in the construction industry featuring industry guest speakers who share their personal experiences for students in Grades 7-12. Designed to inspire a new generation of tradespeople and industry professionals, these presentations create awareness about the industry including industry overview and future outlook, various career options and their compensation, examples of technical and essential skills required, and training and employment pathways to employment. Guest speakers include union members and skilled trades, such as plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers, and general labourers, as well as other professionals, such as architects, project managers, engineers, and safety specialists.
Ontario Wheelchair Sports AssociationOntario Para Network_ONPARA Wheelchair BasketballPresentations are a fun-filled and informative way to introduce school communities to an adaptive and inclusive sport. The rules and regulations of wheelchair basketball are relayed by an ONPARA athlete ambassador. Students witness the ambassador's athleticism as they demonstrate basic ball handling, passing, and their skills in a sport chair. The presentation then transitions into a question period that allows students to ask the athlete about wheelchair basketball, their disability, and their everyday life. We end the presentation with an exciting game of wheelchair basketball and if there’s enough time, we’ll even get students to face-off against the teachers!
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Tour for HumanityPresentations available in-person and through video-conferencing, educate students about human rights and social justice issues through the lens of historical events in Canada and around the world. Topics include the Holocaust, genocide, and world heroes. When delivered in-person, 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.
University of TorontoTransplant and Organ Donation Presentation Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school science, health & Physical Education, 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.
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