|University of Toronto||Professional Learning on Math Anxiety: Relationships Between Emotion and Cognition ||This seminar helps teachers develop an understanding of the presentation of math anxiety and to help students who experience intense emotions during mathematics. Graduate post-secondary students from University of Toronto lead a half day presentation on the causes of math anxiety, how to improve performance in mathematics specifically in students who are vulnerable to experiencing intense emotions and anxiety, and strategies to reduce teachers’ anxiety in mathematics. Teachers learn strategies and learning tools to use in the classroom to decrease students’ anxiety and benefit students’ performance in mathematics. Follow-up with staff occurs to review the impact of practice and how staff continue to support students.|
|Igho Diana||E.G.O. Spoken Word||This spoken word workshop explores elements of written and performance poetry as a creative practice. Students learn different writing techniques for self-reflection; the art of storytelling; and performance-based poetry as tools for building self-confidence and self-efficacy. |
|The Learning Partnership Canada||Coding Quest||This STEM based program for elementary students exposes them to the fundamentals of coding and gamification while developing global competencies such as computational thinking. TLP staff and volunteers in computer science, provide professional learning and in school supports for the delivery of this program. The culminating event is an "Archade" that showcases games the students have created while providing 'unplugged' activities as well. For grades 1 - 3 the program is entitled "Coding Trek" , for grades 4 - 6 the program is entitled "Coding Quest"|
|The Wynford Group Inc.||Build Character, Build Success||This three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes. First, a ‘recess planning session’ for student leaders and a staff designate to brainstorm games and activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive recess event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools. |
|Inna Gertsberg||Draw Me A Monster ||This visual arts workshop focuses on developing students' creativity through drawing imaginary characters based on their classmates’ descriptions. This workshop utilizes individual, pair/group work, discussion and sharing of experiences and culminates in a presentation to the class. Presentation of favourite monsters in pop culture eases fears of monsters. Students work in pairs to identify the main characteristics of a monster and draw interpretation of each other's descriptions. The workshop culminates in each author reading the description while the illustrator reveals the drawing to the class. Art is then presented to each author; everyone makes art and receives art.|
|Project ASSIST||The Healing Tree Art Project||This workshop aims to promote the health and well-being of newcomers. Students are guided to communicate their feelings and experiences and particular challenges they may experience as a newcomer through drawing. Students will listen to the stories from their peers and find some common ground and understanding. The exercise will finish by asking students to reflect on their aspirations and goals to feel confident in a bright future. This workshop is guided by an english/arabic-speaking facilitator.
Professional learning is available to staff on the topic of bridging cultural understanding, learning about newcomer viewpoint and strategies for working with the newcomer population.
|Child Development Institute (CDI)||Integra Program||This workshop is suitable for teachers and parents who work with students who have learning disabilities and who are interested in increasing their knowledge on building mental health strategies. These interactive workshops promote interaction and an active approach to learning to give participants a practical understanding of how learning disabilities may affect mental health and everyday life. Available workshops include: "Walk a Mile In My Shoes", emotion regulation, executive functioning, understanding memory, moods, understanding anxiety, social impact, bullying, social media and technology, supporting advocacy and self-determination, understanding assessments and tailoring therapy. |
|Daniel Consulting Group||The Bridge||This workshop series is available for participants who racially identify as African, Black and Caribbean, to support personal, academic and career development through the use of a wide range of life-skills programming. The Bridge program centralizes the development of positive racial and academic identities which have been shown to enhance academic engagement and success. Workshop themes will include understanding racial identity; leadership development; networking; community engagement; academic and career planning. These supports and skills will help participants more concretely explore post-secondary decisions and long-term career planning.|
|Centennial College||Active Lifestyle Through Sports||This workshop series provides students with life skills and physical exercises to increase health and well-being from student-athletes from Centennial College, Athletics and Recreation department. Student-athletes mentor students and share stories and experiences on how sports help them achieve their goals. Life skills topics include: goal setting, teamwork, time management, conflict resolution, leadership and anti-bullying. The second set of workshops aims to enhance students’ physical literacy where mentors introduce students to new equipment, proper technique and drills under the supervision of the school Physical Education teacher.|
|Chess Institute of Canada||Bringing Chess to Life||This workshop series uses the game of chess to cultivate the development of essential life skills in students. CIC is the only organization in Canada that is licensed to use the Chess World Curriculum® that explicitly makes connections between chess and life. Through chess presentations and lessons, related physical activities, individual exercises and group discussions, tournaments and challenges, practise and play, students foster positive attitudes towards learning, independence and improved self-image. The program fosters self-reflection and respect for others, helping students to develop positive attitudes towards a variety of life challenges. The confidence that students gain leads to success in academics, relationships and athletics, as well as healthy life choices. |
|The Yoga Project||Normalizing Yoga & Mindfulness in Education||This workshop teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques through spontaneous movement and a structured approach. The program incorporates yoga poses and movements, breathing exercises, mindfulness exercises, song and games for the younger students, and challenging yoga poses and partner work for older students. A large focus is placed on stress-reduction, mindfulness, and celebrating uniqueness. Professional development opportunities are available to staff.|
|Vujade Entertainment Inc.||Puppets Cool! Toons! ||Three choices are available in these Media Arts, Creative Design, Animation and Tech workshops using Puppetry design, creation and story-telling. Students learn in a creative, multimedia production process. Culminating activity includes students producing original film and other story-telling media using the puppets (and characters) they create. For secondary students, a more comprehensive look at mechanical puppetry and animation is explored; how it works with technology and STEM concepts, and the intricacies of these media arts. Details can be found at www.puppets-cool.com
|Philip Cote||Indigenous Artist in Education||Through active participation and experiential learning in mural painting, craft making, multimedia and oral traditions of storytelling, students acquire knowledge of Indigenous history, cultural teachings and self-identity. As an Indigenous artist, the purpose of Philip Cote’s research is to unearth, and reveal, his cultural experience and knowledge of signs of Indigenous symbols, language and interpretation. |
|Join The Dance Canada||Dancing Classrooms||Through Ballroom Dancing learning students in grades 5 - 8 heighten their dance skills, kinesthetic and cognitive development, and social-emotional learning. Through a series of sessions that nurtures mastery of an art form in a fun learning environment, Dancing Classrooms fosters respect, teamwork, confidence, politeness, a sense of joy and accomplishment. Essentially, the series is designed to “teach life skills wrapped up in ballroom dance.” Engaging in ballroom dancing focuses children’s physical energies and increases health through the joy of movement. Workshops create safe spaces of inclusivity. After a series of sessions, a culminating event for the school community is organized. The effect of Ballroom Dancing on students’ social-emotional learning become apparent to their parents with the events demonstration of their enhanced cooperative and collaborative skill, social confidence, self-discipline, focus, and enthusiastic engagement.|
|McCarthy Tetrault LLP||MT Mentoring Indigenous Students ||Through establishing mentorships between secondary students who identify as First Nation, Metis or Inuit with current or former partners, associates, and employees of a law firm who volunteer dedicated time to cultivating these relationships, this program inspires, supports, accompanies and provides opportunities for student engagement, curriculum enhancement and academic success. Mentors build supportive relationships with participants and participate with them in mutually-agreed activities to further individual student success. Individual mentoring activities may be as diverse as:
• Providing advice or assistance in topics such as strategies for time management, preparing a resume or understanding the nature of different careers
• Experiencing workplace environments through office tours or participating in firm-sponsored community activities
• Job shadowing, co-operative education placements and internships|
|Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre||Using Literature as an Innovative Tool for Teaching Mental Health Literacy ||Through this partnership programming, educators learn how to impart basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills and general mental health literacy to middle-school age youth through an engaging professional learning session and follow-up coaching designed for English/Literacy teachers and middle school staff teams. Students’ mental health and wellness can potentially be safeguarded and enhanced through increased teacher awareness, knowledge, skills, and via curricula that embed mental health literacy components within a literature unit. |
|AgScape||Agri-Food||Through various interactive STEM-focused activities, students learn about the importance of agriculture and food systems, while developing a 21st century mindset in these free workshops. Certified facilitators, in both teaching and agriculture, deliver a choice of twelve topics: local food, food security, food safety, business and economics of food, climate change, environmental initiatives, agriculture in Canada, conventional and organic agriculture, animal health and welfare, biotechnology, technology and innovation, and career in agri-food.|
|Youth Fusion ||ICT Gaming Design||Through Youth Fusion sessions with post-secondary mentors and industry specialists, secondary students develop real-world employable skills in a variety of ICT sectors. Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) learning is enhanced through learning how to design and its practical applications. Students form teams and go through the entire process of developing, testing and marketing a video game. They receive training in numerous disciplines such as graphic design, level design, coding, and software development from industry leaders, contributing to a rich learning experience for all participants. This program is tailor-made for young people, who in addition to being exposed to careers options in the video game industry, also learn soft skills like teamwork and creative problem solving.|
|Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity||LGBTQ-Ally Youth Training Forums||To engage school communities in eliminating all forms of discrimination that youth face, each forum is a one-day event that addresses topics such as homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, bullying, violence and discrimination in schools.During the forums, students participate in workshops on the following topics: Conflict Resolution & Transformative Justice, Communal Art Project, Advocacy, Event Planning, Disability & the Arts, Faith & Spirituality, Newcomer Issues, Relationship Game, Gender Play. Participating students and staff are invited to attend the Dare to Stand Out: The Gender and Sexuality Alliance Forum, a week-long training in May of each year. Participating teachers are invited to attend a professional learning conference in April of each year.|
|Education of the Next Generation||ENG Dance Education||To motivate and inspire the next generation of students through the art of dance.ENG workshops focus on the concepts of Creating, Presenting and Dance/Movement Foundations. Creativity activities allow students to express themselves through movement; and then students present and perform dance routines to their classmates. Fundamental dance vocabulary is introduced in their selected dance style. We focus our education on the elements of dance (body, space, time, energy, and relationship) that are emphasized in each grade level, making our workshops grade-specific. We rely on the curriculum as a guideline to educate students through the art of dance and inspire them to develop their individual creativity.|
|Consulate General of Portugal_Camoes I.P||Portuguese Language, Arts & Culture ||To motivate students in the learning Portuguese and to provide an overview on the importance of Portuguese arts & culture in various places around the world where Portuguese is spoken, presentations for students; professional learning for staff; and, resources and language certification opportunities are provided. Delivered by Portuguese authors, language professors, diplomats, or government of Portugal V.I.P. guests; as scheduled, these presentations engage and motivate students in learning about Portuguese culture, and in developing skills in the speaking, reading and writing the Portuguese language. |
|Tools for All Teens||Tools for All Teens||Tools for All Teens is a self-empowerment program which provides teens with wellness activities and tools such as yoga, mindfulness meditation and journaling to assist them in calming their minds and bodies. These tools enable youth to better manage stress and enhance their mental health and well-being. Mindfulness activities are used to support students’ engagement and improve learning and success, while teaching important life skills in self-awareness.
Sessions can also be provided for staff teams, and for parents, as scheduled.
|Kiwanis Music Festival Association ofGTA||Toronto Kiwanis Festival||Toronto Kiwanis Festival provides students with enhanced learning and performance opportunities in music, dance and speech arts in competitive and non-competitive setting. Several schools' host the Festival annually during instructional time throughout two weeks in February - March. |
|Toronto Pflag||Promote Awareness of LGBTQ students and inspire allies||Toronto Pflag moms provide workshops that begin with the story of their LGBTQ child and their experiences at the age of the students in the audience. For elementary grades, the arc of the story deals with bullying. We go through scenarios to encourage students not to prejudge and instead look for opportunities to talk to each other. Younger students are asked to problem-solve for the bullied child: how could we make their school day happier? With older students and high school youth, Pflag introduces definitions; what it’s like to have a crush on someone of the same gender; we talk about coming out and why it’s hard to do; we encourage role modelling that is not homo- or trans- phobic; and, the power of allies.|
|Théâtre la Catapulte||Productions théâtrales en français||Touring Franco-ontarian production, performed by professional francophone artists from the Ottawa region and delivered in French. Students enhance French language skills while exploring current societal themes. Each production uses rich, inspirational materials to engage and provide a meaningful experience to youth audiences. Following the production, a question and answer session led by artists, provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the French arts industry and themes from the production.|
|Toronto Public Library||Library Outreach and Literacy Programming||TPL Outreach and Community Education staff facilitate literacy programming with Kindergarten and Grade Four classes; and, in secondary schools. Presentations foster a love of reading as a lifelong activity; raise awareness of the library as a community and school resource; and, encourage students and their families to get library cards. Collaborating with TDSB school libraries, TPL literacy programming introduces the library as a fun destination with friendly staff who can help and support students and their families with resources and opportunities to participate fully and equally in their schools and communities despite challenges which can include poverty and language barriers.
|Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada Inc.||Team Up Against Concussions||Trained post-secondary volunteers educate students about concussions through discussion, video, and interactive games, teaching them that successful athletes play hard and play smart. Using an evidence-based bystander intervention model, this assembly focuses on empowering students with the knowledge they need to take concussions seriously and foster individual well-being and a safer concussion culture. The presentation includes 4 key areas: What is a concussion? Why should you care about concussions? What should you do about concussions? When can you return to learn / return to play?|
|YouthSpeak Performance Charity||YouthSpeak Presentations||Trained youth speakers share their personal stories, experiences of struggle and their journey toward improved wellness. The stories are real, engaging, inspirational and relatable. Presentations build empathy and inclusion, deliver messages of perseverance and encourage students to use their voice and ask for help when needed. 'Stepping Up to Leadership' workshops are available to follow-up from assemblies. They highlight the four pillars to developing youth leadership: honesty, inclusivity, drive and compassion.|
|Tre-Lystikz Inc.||imPower 2day||Tré Armstrong, a celebrity, Canadian choreography, actor and dancer, leads interactive self-empowerment assemblies and dance workshops to share her story of channeling her survival from abuse and her passion for dance into a successful global career. In this three-part series, dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. The first session provides students a new form of movement and prepares them for a performance for a school assembly. The second session is an assembly featuring both the student performance and a motivational talk from Tré Armstrong who shares her own story, the "power of Choice", and, a few tools, strategies, actions and affirmations that cultivate the life skills of self-awareness, self-confidence, self-efficacy: self-empowerment! Finally, session three is a follow-up visit by Tré Armstrong. Program is suitable for Black History Month. |
|Rita Dagenais||Treaty Making in Canada||Treaties have been signed since 1701 and are still being negotiated today. Every treaty tells a story. The presentation focuses on WHY treaties were signed, with an emphasis on the perspectives of the indigenous signatories. These sessions provide a brief over-view of the history of treaty making, beginning with the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed during the Seven Years War. But I focus primarily on the land cession treaties whereby indigenous nations surrendered ownership (aboriginal title) of their lands to the Crown. The government wanted to acquire Indians lands to allow for the building of railways, resource development and settlement. I explore the issue of why indigenous people would sign these treaties. The only way to answer this question is to understand the circumstances faced by indigenous groups just prior to signing these treaties (disappearance of the buffalo, starvation, epidemics). Focus is on 2 treaties: Treaty 6 signed by the Cree in 1876 and Treaty 7 signed the following year by the Blackfoot.
|MADD Canada||Impaired Driving School Assembly||Two presentations educate students about the harmful risks associated with substance use and impaired driving. One presentation, “School Assembly” informs students about the real risks associated with alcohol/drug use and driving or being a passenger in a vehicle with an impaired driver. Trained facilitators raise awareness and provide safety strategies so students learn to make wise, safe and healthy choices. For those seeking more information on cannabis and driving a second presentation in a classroom-style format is available called, “Weed Out The Risk”. Following each presentation, trained facilitators and/or MADD representatives will lead a Q&A with students. Presentations may also be delivered in French.
|Latin American Art Projects||Art of the Americas||Two sessions from local artists expose students to artistic techniques and cultural histories from Latin America and the Caribbean: 1.The Art of Papel Picado - Led by artist Jesus Mora, Papel Picado is a decorative craft made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of tissue paper. Papel picado is considered a Mexican folk art and is commonly used to decorate during Día de los Muertos celebrations. 2. Latin American Contemporary Movement - With focus on identity and challenging stereotypes of Latin American dance and culture, choreographer Irma Villafuerte focuses on impulse, creative movement, and finding authentic ways of listening, creating and storytelling with one's body and Latin American music. |
|George Brown College||Generating Success for Farm to School||Two workshops offered by George Brown College chefs. One workshop focuses on nutrition theory, health and food literacy to achieve a better connection between this knowledge and students’ own health and well-being. Second workshop provides culinary training, demonstrations and hands-on cooking activities for students to build on their culinary skills and work alongside a professional chef. Students will have an opportunity to watch a chef demonstration and have the opportunity to recreate recipes and share with their fellow students.
|Unity Charity||UNITY Day||UNITY Day starts with a high-energy, interactive, performance-based and motivational school assembly led by five professional artist educators, who perform and share their personal stories of how the Arts can be a positive outlet for change and stress management in our lives. Following the morning assembly, four afternoon class-size workshops in Hip-Hop, Break-Dancing, Spoken Word poetry, and Beatboxing are available. These workshops challenge students to express themselves creatively by learning something new, and perhaps stepping out of their comfort zone with their peers. Schools can also schedule a series of workshops first, followed by a culminating assembly.
|Kids Code Jeunesse||Code and Create||Unlock creative potential and improve critical thinking in this introductory coding workshop which introduces algorithm literacy, coding concepts, and practices through hands-on activities and exploratory learning. Through computational thinking methods and intuitive drag-and-drop coding, facilitators familiarize students with the micro:bit, a small programmable computer fitted with a variety of sensors, LEDs, programmable buttons, and connectivity options. Additional “extension modules” provide advanced learning for students to program a variety of complex functions. Professional learning is available, and workshops can also be delivered in French.|
|CANVAS Arts Action Programs||RelatABILITY||Using an anti-oppression framework to deliver arts-based workshops on gender, sexuality, consent and body image for students to understand and reduce sexual violence, homophobia and transphobia. Through accessible theatre, improv and storytelling, students explore societal pressures, gender norms and expectations, open communication and consent and LGBTQ2S+ inclusion. Students learn practical tools to address these topics while creating an arts project that encourages positive self-expression. Workshops use a flexible model to engage all learning styles. A ten-week workshop series is available to students with exceptionalities (physical and/or intellectual needs) called, “Celebrate Body Positive Storytelling”.|
|Cyber Smart Canada Inc.||Cyber Smart Youth||Using our SMART model, sessions empower both kids and caring adults with a powerful digital mindset that will help them avoid almost any digital issue (both now and in the future). These interactive seminars includes what every student and their mentors needs to know to stay safe online. Cyber Safety has specially designed programs for students in grades 4 - 8 as well as for caring adults with students in elementary, middle, and secondary school communities.|
|Arts Etobicoke||Innovative Arts||Using technology and innovative approaches, students are introduced to new perspectives in dance, music and visual arts. Facilitated by leading professionals in their artistic fields, a variety of projects educate students on the use of new technology and computer tools to further develop their artistic skills in spoken word, visual art, movement and music. Students explore pre-determined themes to create their own unique work of art. Each project may culminate in a performance, showcase or exhibit of student works.
2018/19 projects include: Listen Up! Pure Data and Augmented Reality Project.|
|Vanessa Barnett & Elena Soni||Making Art Making Change||Vanessa Barnett and Elena Soni lead culturally-relevant arts-based workshops dedicated to students’ authentic voice using mixed media as a means of creative exploration and communication. Facilitators collaborate with teachers to identify a focus for the projects and deliver workshop series that develop these ideas. Experimentation with different materials and art mediums is an element of the art making. Materials utilized are video, sound, performance, textiles, and found objects. Students explore their own vision and imagination to create and present their unique artwork.|
|Virginia Barter||Indigenous Perspectives: Film and Interdisciplinary Arts ||Virginia Barter is a Toronto based Métis/Cree writer and filmmaker. Her presentations are interdisciplinary, covering a wide range of curriculum subjects. Students learn Métis history and culture through film, music and visual arts. Virginia shares stories about fur trade life, based on her own family history, and the Cree Culture of James Bay and the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Activities typically include hands-on displays, with “trade circle” role playing and interactive quizzes and maps. Contemporary themes of indigenous identity are explored through her TV series URBAN ABORIGINALand other film projects. Topics also include conservation, Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation.Film workshop options– Student produce “heritage moments” or digital stories. Visual art projects: Acrylic “dot” art painting replicating Métis floral beadwork. (NAC10 students examine the works and styles of today’s well-known Métis artists.)
|York University||Wabaan _ Indigenous Initial Teacher Education ||Wabaan is an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) word meaning it is tomorrow. It signifies commitment to a holistic program of teaching and learning that acknowledges the impacts of colonialism, and draws on the wisdom of ancestral teachings and contemporary leaders to put Indigenous futures into Indigenous hands. Rooted in Indigenous Thought, Wabaan will provide traditional and contemporary teachings from Indigenous Elders, educators, and community leaders. Responding to the urgent and long-standing need for a teacher education program that centers Indigenous worldviews, knowledges and pedagogies, York will work with TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre, teachers and students to support the development of a program that will educate a new generation of teachers prepared to address the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, families and communities. |
|WE Charity||WE Schools||WE Schools programming includes free presentations for student and staff audiences facilitated by motivational speakers with in-depth knowledge of a variety of global issues. Professional learning sessions focus on creating student leadership and ‘service-learning’ opportunities. Through these presentations, students and educators gain an understanding of the root causes of social justice issues such as hunger, poverty, and access to education. They are also encouraged to explore, plan and implement at least one local and one global action, and celebrate its’ positive social impact! All sessions include curriculum and resource materials through a WE Schools Kit. |
|Learning for a Sustainable Future||Empowering Our Children to Change the World||We'll explore all types of sustainability issues and what young people can do about them to make real, positive change and make our world a greener, happier and healthier place! These special sessions are designed to 'jump-start' classroom "environmental action projects". 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 . |
|ProjexIT Corp.||Project Management for Secondary Students||Whether students are leading teams, or joining teams, project success depends on doing more than produce project results. Students also need to manage projects. Project Management (PM) is a set of methods to apply the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques needed to plan and execute successful projects. They enable students to reliably deliver agreed upon results on time and within budget. Great for any class interested in developing students organizational and life skills; SHSM s ; as well as for Business / Entrepreneurship classes. A school assembly presentation which provides an overview of the knowledge and skills needed for 'Project Management' can lead to interested individual classes being introduced to Project Management concepts in more depth through a workshop series of five hours or a full day experience in their school's computer lab focused on creating a plan for a project of students' choice.
|Covenant House Toronto||Human Trafficking Prevention & Awareness ||While homeless youth are at high risk of being trafficked, unsuspecting young people, mostly girls, are being lured online, in malls and from schoolyards. Trafficking victims can come from any background and can be lured by predators posing as romantic partners or friends. This multimedia presentation introduces sex trafficking as a local issue, affecting our communities and our young people. It features a video dramatization of the real life experience of a young victim. Presentation is tailored with age-appropriate information, advice, and resource materials to increase protective factors through awareness, for grades 7 - 12.|
|Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts||Theatre Careers||Working in the Performing Arts is a viable career option! This presentation and interactive discussion informs students of opportunities available to them within the Toronto-area performing arts industry. Various potential career paths are described by theatre professionals, which includes a Q&A. Discussion topics to be covered: Why a career in Theatre? What is it like to Live and Work as an Artist? Presenters provide stories of first hand, real-world experiences in a performing artist's life: auditions; supplementary jobs; how to get an agent; differences between working on stage and working on film; professional standards and agencies such as unions; resources and tips for getting involved while a student; and, overcoming the stigma of the “starving artist”.|
|Community Arts Guild||Scarborough: Transformations||Workshop explores personal history and ancestry, community history and stories of Scarborough through art making. Students use poetry, visual arts and/or performing arts techniques to reflect on local history and their personal and ancestral connections to it. Students also explore their sense of belonging by considering cultural and geographical roots, voices from the past and present, faded memories, and current realities. Facilitators assist students in taking those reflections of their ancestral past to create poetry, visual arts piece or an improv presentation. For those interested in a workshop series, students develop ideas further into a larger artwork using textile, visual art and/or craft a performance. |
|Youth Stars Foundation||Jouer En Santé||Workshop provides enrichment experience in French by bringing French facilitators who guide students through sport play and physical activity. Students learn French through performing drills, skills, circuit training, sports games, obstacle courses and organized team sports as well as nutrition and healthy living habit. Schools choose from multi-sport, soccer, baseball or basketball. The workshop provides a fun, active and engaging way for students to learn and practise French. |
|Exacto Systems Inc.||Proliteracy.ca: Financing a Post-Secondary Education||Workshop provides innovative ways to plan finances for a post-secondary education. Topics include introduction to fundamental financial concepts, personal loan versus student loans, grants and scholarships, and strategies to reduce debt and manage finances responsibly. Students will have an opportunity to explore their desired career path and see the cost estimates and funding options available using the website proliteracy.ca.
|Purple Carrots Drama Studio||Purple Play Space||Workshop uses drama as a tool to promote social and self-awareness skills to all students including those who are neurodiverse. There are two workshop streams: Green and Orange. The Green stream is more suitable for students with lower levels of comprehension, verbal expression and group problem solving skills. The Orange stream is for students who are able to participate in more complex improvisation and discussion of group problem-solving scenarios. All workshops centre around understanding personal feelings and increasing empathy towards others. Through experiential learning such as guided free play, movement, art, acting and relaxation exercises, students improve their confidence, team work, conflict resolution skills and ability to make and keep friends. Facilitators help students talk about feelings, friendships and engage in group problem-solving scenarios.
|Orfe||Eco-Art Program||Workshops and mural projects deliver eco-art education through the learning of experiential, experimental, and hands-on techniques. Students learn the process of recycling materials to be repurposed and used to complete theme-based art projects. Tasked to create both 2D and 3D works of art, students will further enhance their resourcefulness, perseverance, and critical thinking skills, and also learn and improve their understanding of concepts like social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, as well as environmental awareness through their engagement in a creative approach to social change.Creating eco-friendly projects in the classroom by using recycled materials|
|Planned Parenthood Toronto||Sexual Health, Healthy Relationships, and Anti-homophobia Programming||Workshops and resource materials promote sexual health and healthy relationships, and support students in understanding and reducing homophobia. The goal is to provide youth with the information and skills they need to make informed choices for themselves. Facilitators deliver workshops on topics including: Building Healthier Relationships, Healthy Sexuality, Birth Control Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Readiness, and Safer Sex Negotiation. The Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH) program delivers peer-led anti-homophobia workshops that encourage youth to think critically about homophobia and heterosexism in their communities and the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer youth.|
|York University||Making Science Fun!||Workshops are designed to excite students about STEM and ignite a genuine passion for learning. Students work in teams through guided projects and experiments to gain an understanding of STEM concepts. A variety of free elementary workshops are offered: Bacteria Biology, CSI: Classroom Scene Investigation, A-Mazing Circuits, Binary Secret Code, Water Piano, Circuit Harps, Musical Art Website Manipulation. Secondary workshops for a fee include: Careers in Interdisciplinary Medicine, Blood Science and Disorders, Chemical Clock Reaction, Digital Literacy, Prosthetics Properties and ADME Chemistry as well as customized workshops. Facilitators share related scientific research taking place at the university and discuss real-world applications of topics, making the learning relevant to students. Professional learning is also available. |
|Insight Global Education||Globalize Your Classroom||Workshops are interdisciplinary, linked to the Ontario curriculum and built off of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The goal of each workshop is to foster global citizenship and lead youth to socially conscious, informed action. Our blended model of inquiry, empathy and simulation-based learning caters to the 21st century learner and aims to give students a variety of unique perspectives on our globalized world today. Workshop choices:
• Development 101: A Global Introduction,
• #GOALS: A Model UN Simulation,
• TAIFA: Mapping The History of Colonialism in Africa,
• Building Equity: Modelling Inequality and Resource Allocation,
• The Poverty Trap: A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes (local or global context available),
• The Green Project: DIY Sustainable Development,
• Watch Where You Step: Mapping our Carbon Footprint,
• Extractivism: Climate Change and a Capitalist Economy
|Naomi Chorney||Art-To-Go||Workshops are offered in visual arts and dance by a French and bilingual multi-disciplinary artist. Visual arts workshops offered are printmaking, relief printmaking, relief painting and paper making. Students are guided through a design project, technique and process to create an individual art piece. Dance workshops include hop hop, dance fusion and creative movement and storytelling. Engaging students in the instructional portion, workshops bring out students’ creativity through choreography with an opportunity to showcase their routine to their peers. |
|Clarityofthoughtpublishing Ltd||Stand Up Man : Building Men of Good Character||Workshops creating safe spaces for small groups of young men to have dialogue on what it means to be a man. In our workshops we facilitate discussions and creative activities (writing, drawing, storytelling, spoken word) that promote positive development for boys and young men. Topics include self (acceptance, esteem, love and awareness), health (mental, emotional and physical); and, social inclusion, diversity, empathy and relationships.|
|Nancy King||Chief Lady Bird - Indigenous Art, Presentations, and Murals||Workshops engage students in painting and illustration using collage and the Woodland art style, comic books, and spirit cards, in the creation of Indigenous-inspired art that does not appropriate Indigenous culture. Presentations provide context and discuss intergenerational trauma and cultural appropriation, the impact of colonialism and reclamation, with Indigenous art examples from artists such as the Indian Group of Seven and the issues which such artists grapple with in their depictions. Professional learning and murals are also available.
|ACER||Climate's Sake||Workshops examine, monitor and maintain tree species and their impact on our local community and ecosystem. Facilitated by ACER to provide students the opportunity to learn to track the health and growth of trees, perform tree audits and hands-on data collection, participate in tree-caching, analyze data and implement tree management activities. Workshops provide scientific data and findings to inform students of the effects on climate change as well as how to take local action. Workshops touch on citizen science and inquiry-based learning in the classroom and experiential learning outdoors in connection with tree plantings occurring on school site. Professional learning is available.|
|Scientists in School||Scientists in School||Workshops for elementary students enhance curriculum and have students become immersed in inquiry: experimenting and learning alongside teachers and parent volunteers as they peer into microscopes, test their powers of observation; design pneumatic models to solve a problem; explore insect adaptations; experiment with levers and build bridges to their futures. Scientists in the Schools’ professionals bring specialized materials and equipment into the classroom, making the workshop hands-on for every child; and provide comprehensive Teacher Resource Packages that outline scientific concepts and provide extension activities easily implemented by teachers in the their own classrooms. All Scientists in School workshops, exclusive of the math offerings, are available for TDSB elementary schools. Approximately 50 topic choices are available.|
|Behaviour Matters Inc.||Cool Tools||Workshops help students develop social skills alongside other aspects of social development, such as emotional regulation, healthy self esteem, leadership, and confidence. Facilitators share skills and strategies that include positive body language, active listening, cooperation, problem solving, positive coping/self-talk, assertive communication, and developing a growth mindset. Sessions include cooperative activities and games, role-playing, discussions, expressive art activities and the use of "The Empathy Toy" and resources. Workshops for parents are also available and focus on how to raise a socially-successful child through positive parenting, defeating defiance, coping with anxiety as a family, and teaching emotional regulation skills to their child.|
|Parks and Recreation Ontario||HIGH FIVE||Workshops impart principles of healthy child development to students, teachers and parents. This workshop is designed specifically for front line leaders working with children ages 6-12. Facilitators cover key topics including: children's mental health, physical literacy, conflict resolution and bullying prevention. Participants learn how to incorporate physical literacy best practices into the classroom, program planning, communication, teamwork and problem solving skills. The HIGH FIVE® program is a recognized national quality standard in children's programs.
SHSM certification (for 2 certificates) is available.
|Wordswell Assoc. for Community Learning||Illumine Media Project||Workshops offer an opportunity for student inquiry into the processes and messages embedded in a variety of media. Through facilitated discussions, students analyze the implications of the time in history we’re living in within the broader context of a conversation about their own identity and sense of purpose. Media content created by youth for youth in Toronto neighbourhoods explore themes that include hope, individual and collective growth, community progress, co-operation and competition, service to our communities and choosing our life’s path. Students delve further in the production process and have the opportunity to complete their own digital stories when engaged in a workshop series. Students participate in critical discussions relating to commonly held assumptions about youth and community both through lived experience and representations in narrative media. Suitable for grades 6-12.|
|Stratford Festival||Learning Through Theatre||Workshops offer enrichment to the Stratford Festival's season plays with a focus on contemporary engagement with Shakespeare and Musical Theatre. They may focus on a genre or a specific play with an emphasis on key issues/questions explored and what they mean to students. They may include an introduction to fight choreography as well as an invitation for students to learn and develop particular dance choreography or vocal arrangements. All workshops are delivered by professional teaching artists through communal active exercises and hands-on exploration. Professional development workshops for staff and specialized customized workshops are also available.
|Rebecca Baird||Traditional Indigenous Art Practices||Workshops provide a hands-on experience that result in a tangible, memorable takeaway using a variety of Indigenous materials and art forms. Sample works include individual artwork using porcupine quills on birch bark, two-row wampum bracelets created using traditional Indigenous materials, beaded rosettes, individual cloth banners containing Indigenous teachings, or creation of a lasting on-site mural depicting Indigenous visual storytelling. Facilitator, Rebecca Baird, engages students in meaningful dialogue, citing the visual and material symbolism involved, including traditional Indigenous environmental teachings and relationships of cross-generational connections between the individual and community. Such teachings create a rewarding learning experience of Indigenous cultural values that reaches out and impacts meaningfully upon the community at large.
|Veritus Pictures Inc.||Youth Filmmakers Academy||Workshops provide authentic expression of student voice through filmmaking. This team-based approach provides students with skills, technique and tips on a variety of filmmaking elements including camera work, audio recording, video production, and editing. For schools looking for a more in depth exploration of filmmaking, James Buffin offers a five day program to take students from concept to completion for documentary or dramatic projects. |
|Mining Matters||Geoscience Workshops||Workshops provide hands-on activities to elementary schools to stimulate interest in Earth sciences and the role rocks, metals, minerals and mining play in everyday life. Students work collaboratively to identify properties of Earth materials while engaging in discussions to better understand where and how these resources form. Students actively develop critical thinking skills and apply inductive/deductive reasoning to identify the variety of samples that include local and regional samples that are sourced in Ontario. Workshops can be chosen from the following list: Career Bingo, Making Sense of Igneous Rocks, Making Sense of Metamorphic Rocks, Making Sense of Sedimentary Rocks, Mystery Minerals, Rocks, Rock Detective, Rocks and Fossils of Ontario, Tools of the Trade, What Ontario Mines, What's Where? Why There? Why Care? and What's Yours is Mined! Professional learning is available to teachers to bring Earth science alive to students. Workshops are offered in French. |
|Project: Humanity Inc.||PH Verbatim Theatre||Workshops use Verbatim Theatre to help students explore their own voices, insights and stories. Verbatim Theatre-making techniques use improvisation, interviews, debates, and role-playing to generate material to be sculpted into a play. Professional theatre artist facilitators engage students in questions of social justice including examining privilege, colonialism, and systemic marginalization. Facilitators also introduce performance techniques that help students honour and animate perspectives of others through exploration of voice, physicality, movement, rhythm, character emotion and spatial storytelling. At the end of this workshop, students gain meaningful insights about ethical storytelling and realize their own ‘real-life’ narratives.|
|Story Planet||Young Writers Project||Young Writers Project provides students the opportunity to develop their skills in creative expression and literacy through story making across a variety of different media which include writing, illustration, painting, poetry, spoken word, and digital media.
Students cultivate story-making skills through digital (web-based tools) and non-digital (publications). Students develop characters, setting, and central narrative, while writers and artists lend their extensive talents to provide students with inspiration. At the end of each workshop, participants produce a tangible evidence of their creativity in the form of a painting, sculpture, illustrated book, digital story, or film. Staff professional learning and observation opportunities may also be available.
|Young People's Theatre||Theatre Education Activities in Schools||YPT offers a wide selection of educational programming in schools including Pre- and Post-Show Workshops, Specialized Workshops and Residencies. These are all designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of a particular theme or arts practice, enhance their theatre-going experience, and provide them the opportunity to actively engage in creative drama. Pre- and Post-Show Workshops guide students through a series of drama exercises as a way to more deeply explore themes associated with a YPT production. Specialized Workshops and Residencies allow students to explore a specific theme or area of interest such as – but not limited to – acting, dance, stage combat, clowning, puppetry, design, prop building, playwriting or stage carpentry. YPT engages professional facilitators of the highest quality who have extensive experience working with young people using a diversity of artistic approaches. Subsidies can be made available. www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca|