Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming during instructional time, in-person or remotely. 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.

Imagine Yoga and Wellness Inc.Accessible & Adaptable YogaWorkshops, in person or virtual delivery, use yoga and mindfulness activities for students to build on body awareness, self-regulation and mobility, especially for diverse learners with exceptionalities. Students learn and practise techniques to help with movement, breathing, well-being and connection between the mind and body. Activities and exercises are adapted to be inclusive including exceptional individuals (special needs) and are based on the needs of the students (no matter shape, size, ability and strength) ensuring practise is safe for every participant. Program is suitable for Intensive Support Programs (ISPs).
Project: Humanity Inc.PH Verbatim TheatreWorkshops 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. Serving: Grades 7-12
H.U.S.T.L.E Inc.The Great Canadian HustleWorkshops use the medicine wheel to guide Indigenous youth in creating a healthy lifestyle in select schools. Facilitated by an Indigenous facilitator, students increase their physical and mental wellness and develop good life skills. Sessions and topics include physical activity, training on gym equipment, healthy eating and goal-setting using Indigenous traditions and knowledge. Each session includes a physical movement/exercise with or without equipment, yoga/meditation and sharing circle/affirmations. Suitable: grades 6-12
Liwi68 Inc.Art with Mark Stoddart: Visual CommunicationWorkshops use the creative process to explore the multiplicities and complexities of student identities, experiences and cultures. As a Black visual communicator, graphic designer and painter, Mark is committed to educating, empowering and uniting through art. Students enhance their understanding of the deconstruction of symbols within media arts and developing advanced skills in storytelling. Students create their own artwork while thinking about themselves and their intersectional identities. Culminating projects may be murals, apparel, graphic design and/or products. Suitable: Grades 1-12; staff; parents/caregivers
Bust a Move DanceInclusive DanceWorkshops use dance for students with disabilities to build on body awareness, self-regulation and creativity. Students learn and practise techniques to help with movement, coordination and focus. Movement exercises are adapted to be inclusive including exceptional individuals (special needs) and needs of the students of all abilities and strengths. Workshop series provides an opportunity for students to learn a dance choreography and routine. Suitable: Students with disabilities in Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Angela AulaInuit Culture and ArtWorkshops share art, music, traditions of Inuit culture from Inuit artist, Angela Aula. Students learn traditions, ways of life and experiences while making connections to the land and Indigenous perspective. Topics covered include Inuit history, language teaching, art, and murals. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1-12
YMCA of Greater TorontoNewcomer Youth Leadership DevelopmentWorkshops provide newcomer students with information and tools to help students build essential leadership skills and ways to have a sense of belonging in the community. Topics focus on leadership skills, communication, community engagement, post-secondary schools/careers and youth issues. Developed in consultation with newcomer youth, these sessions are interactive and relevant for youth in a newcomer friendly approach. Workshops ensure students with varying levels of English comprehension can actively participate work on their communication skills. Suitable: Grades 8-12
Rebecca BairdTraditional Indigenous Art PracticesWorkshops 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. Suitable: Grades 5-12
Cristina DelagoThe Art of MosaicWorkshops offer mosaic making technique, process and mosaic art; longer sessions enable students to create a mosaic art mural using recycled materials. An introduction of mosaic art history and a slide demonstration of mosaic murals in our city, will inspire students to be able to make their own. Demonstrations of various techniques, design concepts and materials will be presented. Students learn by discovery, self-expression and small group activity. Activities include sketching life size and perspective, composition with shapes, sizes, colour and texture, creating movement and contrast with materials used. Suitable: 4-12
Stratford FestivalLearning Through TheatreWorkshops offer enrichment to the Stratford Festival's season plays with a focus on contemporary engagement with Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and contemporary plays. 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. Serving: Grades 3-12, Staff
Wordswell Association for Community LearningIllumine Media ProjectWorkshops 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.
Chess Institute of CanadaBringing Chess to LifeWorkshops introduce the game of chess - and a variety of chess-related activities and challenges - to the whole class. Students demonstrate remarkably high levels of engagement and focus, communication of complex logic, and performance of sophisticated calculations in the chess context. Curriculum-specific math skills are enhanced through these joyful experiences with logic and design, which provide a basis for later confidence in pursuing STEM careers. Chess workshops also include discussion of the inner game, opening opportunities for self-reflection and providing tools and perspectives to help students become more successful at taking on challenges, dealing with setbacks and losses, solving problems, and building healthy relationships.
Veritus Pictures Inc.Youth Filmmakers AcademyWorkshops in-person or through video-conferencing 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. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Parks and Recreation OntarioHIGH FIVE - Principles of Healthy Child DevelopmentWorkshops impart principles of healthy child development to students, teachers and parents. This workshop is designed specifically for front line leaders working with children ages 4-12. 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. Serving: Grades 9-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
Fashion Takes Action My Clothes My WorldWorkshops for Grades 4 - 12, in English and French, virtually or in-person, and SHSM students, explore the social and environmental impacts of the global fashion industry with students, while empowering the to build a more resilient and sustainable future. Sessions include: 1. Greenwashing & Transparency: students will become equipped with the tools to identify greenwashing and learn about the certifications that support sustainable fashion; 2. 7Rs of Fashion: students learn about the circular economy, and how they can be part of the solution by using the 7Rs of Circular Fashion; 3. Human Rights & Labour: students explore the human rights issues throughout the global supply chain; 4. Life Cycle of a T-shirt: students explore the environmental footprint of making a t-shirt, from raw materials to end of life.
Toronto Public Library Elementary Science SessionsWorkshops for elementary students by TPL staff explore STEM concepts through basic science experiments using common household ingredients or materials, or building challenges. Students receive an overview of library programs and services and are shown where they can access books and materials from the library focusing on science and technology. Sessions include: Basic Circuitry; Basic Block Coding; a 'Tower Building Challenge'; a 'Robot Petting Zoo'.
Dance to LiveHispanic Dance & Culture / Danza y Cultura HispanaWorkshops enhance the learning of Spanish language and culture by providing opportunities for engagement in Latin and Spanish dance and music. In-person or virtual sessions offer students a chance to learn and practice Spanish language, communication skills, cultural exploration as well as physical movement and literacy. Dance forms introduced include Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Cumbia and Flamenco. Elementary students are introduced to Latin rhythms, clapping and dance movements culminating in a short dance choreography. Secondary students enhance their listening and communication skills with peers while learning more complicated dance steps and routines facilitated either in Spanish, English, or French. Fitness dance programs are available.
North Toronto Soccer Club Nitros/KicksNitros in Schools Soccer Workshops enhance soccer training for elementary students. Qualified, licensed coaches provide instruction and guidance to develop students' physical literacy and soccer skills through fun games, educational activities and drills. Workshops also provide professional learning opportunities for TDSB elementary school staff to build confidence in sports instruction. Further details about the program can be found at www.ntsoccer.com/Community/NTSCSchoolProgram. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff
Noam MarkusStorytelling Through Mime and Physical TheatreWorkshops develop group trust, listening and performance skills in the areas of mime and physical theatre for all students. Sessions use a variety of physical skills and movement as the primary method of storytelling. Students build coordination, body movement, observation, focus, listening and presentation skills. Sessions for younger students utilize simple mime skills, basic improvisation skills and general body coordination. More advanced sessions use more complex techniques such as Graphic Mime, Character Mask, Commedia dell'Arte, Theatrical Clown work and hand shadow puppets. Workshop series enable students to develop storylines and presentation skills for a performance to the class/school. Serving: Grades 1-12
Naseeha Youth HelplineCountering Anti-Muslim RacismWorkshops counter anti-Muslim racism and Islamophobia to promote students' sense of well-being. Through activities, workshops and question & answer sessions, students build confidence and joy with their identities and culture. Three workshops are available: Did You Know? talks about the achievements of Muslims around the world; More Than Just Shawarma discusses identity in a safe and engaging space and Not Even Water? breaks down stereotypes, myths and bias while exploring identity and understanding. Planning with teachers to ensure workshops meet curriculum needs of staff and classrooms. Professional learning and parent/caregiver sessions also available. Suitable: Grades 6-12; staff; parents/caregivers
Canadian Mental Health Association CMHAThe Opening Doors Project Workshops are interactive and experiential and provide an understanding of mental health, managing stress, racism and anti-discrimination, intersectional identities in the Canadian context, and the newcomer experience. Through group activities and storytelling, students discuss self-care tools for coping with stress, the stigma and challenges for those living with mental illness and learn to develop strategies for challenging discrimination in their lives. Topics 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’s Syrian and Newcomer Youth Mentorship Initiative, provides additional youth mentorship and case management support to newcomer students, primarily Arabic-speaking and Somali students. Serving: Grades 7-12; students 18+
York UniversityMaking 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 elementary and secondary school workshops are offered: Bacteria Biology, CSI: Classroom Scene Investigation, Careers in Interdisciplinary Medicine, and more! Customized workshops are also available. Instructors share related scientific research taking place at the university and discuss real-world applications of topics, making the learning relevant to students. Suitable: Grades 3-12
Common Compass Pro-Social ProgramsCommon CompassWorkshops and training promote belonging, inclusion, social-emotional well-being and positive mental health. They empower students to show empathy as they interact with their peers in their school and beyond. They seek to enhance students’ self identity and self esteem; strengthen connectedness and positive school climate; and, support assertive communication. It promotes social inclusion, and positive decision-making. Students learn strategies to manage their mental health and well-being, social emotional learning; understanding their emotions, developing coping skills, improving emotional expression and communication skills; and, developing leadership skills. Iidentity-affirming practices are utilized to support student needs. Professional Learning and Parent sessions available to provide further supports to the entire school community. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1- 12; Professional Learning for staff; Parents/Caregivers
Raging Asian Women Taiko DrummersTaiko Drumming Performances and WorkshopsWorkshops and Performances are presented by a professional ensemble of East and Southeast Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer people. School communities 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. Sessions deepen school communities' understanding of Asian Heritage through Taiko drumming. Through each undeniably strong, yet nimble percussive sound that is generated from the orchestra of drums played in rhythm, students of all ages will witness both the strength of force that sound is capable of, and likewise find that same potential within themselves to be heard. Suitable: All students; staff; parents/caregivers
OrfeEco-Art ProgramWorkshops 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 problem-solving, experimenting, 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. Suitable: All students
The Fringe of Toronto Theatre FestivalPathways to Fringe TheatreWorkshop series, delivered in-person or by video-conferencing, takes students on a "Producing 101" pathway towards creating and premiering their own Fringe show. As an incubator of the most diverse and exciting artists and productions in the country, Fringe Festival staff and acclaimed independent artists/producers work with students to bring and develop their vision to the stage. This 5-part workshop series focuses on the following processes: creation, direction, technical elements, execution and putting on the show.
Elizabeth HysenSensory ArtWorkshop series uses ASL and vibrotactile devices to devise a sound sculpture that is accessible for students who are deaf. Facilitators are comprised of one deaf music ASL interpreter, one hard-of-hearing media artist and one CODA musician. Workshops explore ASL music interpretation through modified instruments to create accessible art practices that can be expanded on depending on the needs of the participants. Students also hear from professional artists who share how ASL interpretation is a viable career choice in the Arts. Students will have a chance to play on modified instruments and prototypes. Workshop series culminates in a musical work by students to create an accessible sound installation. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Wen-Do Women's Self-Defence CorporationEmpowerment and Self-DefenceWorkshop focuses on safety and empowerment, preparing students to defend themselves both mentally and physically, and giving them the confidence to deal with the range of types of aggression they are most likely to encounter in real life for girls or those who identify as girls. Through a feminist, anti-oppression lens, workshops cover the fundamentals of women's self-defence verbally and with the body, importance of using our voice, the element of surprise and awareness and avoidance. Some techniques may be alternated for those with physical limitations or disabilities. In addition, discussions occur about healthy relationships, healthy body image and strategies for safety. Suitable:Gr. 5-12
Brent Nicholls and Sarah NichollsFind Your MagicWith a focus on kindness and building inclusive school communities, this presentation goes beyond the message of bullying prevention and empowers students to believe in themselves no matter what they may be facing. Throughout the presentation Brent and Sarah share personal stories about being bullied and outline the steps they took to overcome it and gain self confidence. Their four "Secrets of Magic" are shared: Anything is Possible, Believe in Yourself, You're Not Alone and Find Your Magic. The magic used to illustrate these points is extremely engaging for the students. Audiences can’t help but feel a connection with the message and students are left feeling empowered when they realize the positive impact they can have on others. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1-12
Lifted By Purpose Inc.Mental Health First AidWhile adults who work with youth often know a lot about physical illness, most staff and parents/guardians have less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding often leads to fear and negative attitudes toward youth living with these problems. It prevents caring adults from seeking help for themselves, and from providing appropriate support to the young people around them who may be struggling with their well-being. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a youth who may be experiencing a decline in their mental health or who might be in a crisis. These sessions are designed for caring adults who have frequent contact with young people. They enhance the work of TDSB Professional Support Services, as they engage with teachers, Administrators, other schools staff, or parents/guardians. Lifted Purpose is an accredited delivery agent of the Mental Health Commission of Canada programming.
York UniversityWabaan _ 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 virtually or in person. 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 Urban Indigenous 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 (FNMI) students, families and communities.
Anthony LueTurning Tragedy into Triumph: The Story of a Para-athleteVirtually, Anthony Lue, a para-athlete in cycling, speaks to students about resilience, maintaining a positive attitude and overcoming obstacles in the face of stark adversity. In 2009, an accident at a scrap metal yard left him paralyzed from the waist down. But though his body was broken, his incredible spirit remained intact and the will to live. Anthony shares the importance of overcoming challenges, goal setting through sports, teamwork, and seeing life in a new way despite a disability and striving to achieve mammoth goals in life. Virtual sessions only. Serving Grades 4 - 12.
Debbie Deer ProductionsVirtual Technology and Production WorkshopVirtual Technology and production workshop immerses secondary students in using virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality (collectively known as XR) and the careers that lies in it. Black-identifying industry professionals lead sessions about virtual film production, augmented and mixed reality technology and how it is used to tell their own stories through film production. Facilitators share exciting new careers in film and VR industry. Students have opportunity to learn software such as AR and apply it themselves by making their own augmented reality filter and experience a VR demo with headset. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Hockey Hall Of FameDiversity in Hockey ProgramVirtual presentations spotlight the stories of athletes, the history of sport and the present-day headlines for students to examine, understand and champion diversity. Presentation pays homage to athletes who confronted discrimination but through their perseverance and courage, ultimately enriched the landscape of hockey and championed inclusivity. Presentation highlights pioneers who paved the way for hockey players of different ethnicity (including Black, Indigenous, Asian), gender, sexual orientation and physical abilities. Session is augmented through photographs, videos, artifacts and first-person accounts. Suitable: Grades: 7-12
Sir Frederick Banting Legacy FoundationDiabetes and Sir Frederick BantingVirtual presentation raises diabetes awareness, reduce risk of youth developing Type 2 diabetes, and discuss Banting and the discovery of Insulin - Canada's gift to the world. Facilitated by SFBLF staff, teachers can pick from four sessions: 1. Understanding Diabetes and Prevention Basics; 2. Living with Diabetes and the Impact (including coping at school); 3. Discovery of Insulin and the Lasting Impact; 4. About Banting and the History. Each hour presentation includes a multi-media tutorial, interactive questions and opportunity for question and answer. Follow-up team-based activities continue the learning after the presentation. Serving: Grades 5-12.
Virginia BarterIndigenous 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 ABORIGINAL and 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.) Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 12; staff
Just BGRAPHIC Inc.Just BGraphic ArtsUsing art as a means to engage students, these sessions infuse learning in themes of critical thinking and social awareness through a wide range of artistic disciplines; including visual arts, digital arts, performing arts and leadership. Students have the opportunity to dive into screen printing, music production, dance, public speaking, sound design, animation and vocals. Combining this with a culminating performance, project or activity diversifies the art experience; and encourages students to see themselves as more than artists, but also as innovators and creative leaders! SPE and SHSM certifications are available. Serving: Grades K-12
Theatricks Theatre Co.All About ActingUnlock the secrets of acting and bring students' creative ideas to life on stage by exploring The Actor’s Toolbelt, a series of workshops proven to help all students amplify the creative process individually and collectively. Ready to take your students' acting to the next level? ' Improve Your Improv ' workshops hone the necessary skills to unlock the keys to improvisational acting. Proven to nurture peer support and empathy, improv increases self-confidence, teamwork, and practical abilities for students to express themselves publicly. On top of all of that, all of these sessions get students moving and grooving and laughing out loud, literally. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8
Youth Without ShelterOne Youth at a Time: Homelessness and Breaking the BarrierUniquely designed, age appropriate presentations for all grades are delivered to raise awareness and breakdown the myths and stereotypes associated with homeless youth. Students are introduced to the realities of youth homelessness; receive information on available community resources; and, are provided with information on the ways that students can provide support to an issue impacting their peers. Suitable: Grades 4-12
Lucy Rupert Blue Ceiling Dance: The Imaginative BodyUncovering the connection between imagination and movement through improvisation and creative process rooted in contemporary dance. Facilitator leads students through exercises and tasks to expand the imagination and enhance students’ creativity and physicality. Contemporary dance is offered not as a style of dance but as an inclusive and expansive approach to movement. Students learn to communicate through their unique movement possibilities, working individually and in small groups to construct short dances which are shared and discussed through a positive critical response method. Creative problem solving, transferrable skills and body confidence are emphasized. Serving: Grades 9-12, Staff
University Health NetworkUHN STEM PathwaysUHN staff offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities to help students increase their understanding of STEM and careers in STEM especially from under-represented communities. Programming includes both in-person and virtual programs, hands-on activities, classroom visits, interactive scientist panels, experiential learning opportunities. Students will increase their understanding of STEM in an interactive learning environment. In this process, they will be connected to strong, visible role models and gain access to new resources and opportunities and connections to the real world. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Lifted By Purpose Inc.Lift YourselfTwo workshop series are available: Trauma, Recovery, and Self-Care; and, Grief, Loss, and Healing. All sessions provide stress management techniques and coping strategies for secondary students and adult learners. Topics include: anger management, grief and resilience, stigma and mental health, trauma and healing, empathy, healthy relationships. Students will use music, spoken word and storytelling to address their challenges and unpack their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Facilitators help students identify triggers, learn healthy coping skills, and develop strategies to develop meaningful relationships with their peers, work with staff to customize materials for their students and increase awareness of resources. Serving: Grades 9-12, Adult Learners, Staff
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Puppets Cool! Toons! Two choices are available in these Media Arts; Creative Design and Animation workshops intended to develop Puppetry and Classical Animation skills. Students learn in a creative, hands-on production process. Culminating activities include students creating their own puppets and/or learning how to create animated cartoons. Details can be found at www.puppets-cool.com. Suitable: Grades 1-12
Tre-Lystikz Inc.imPower 2dayTré Armstrong, a celebrity, Black Canadian choreographer, actor and dancer, leads motivational, interactive dance and choreography workshops. Dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. In this session, students explore new forms of movement to express themselves and their story. As an inspirational speaker, Tre shares her own story, the power of choice, and, dance as a medium to cultivate self-awareness, self-confidence and self-empowerment! Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
YouthSpeak CharityYouthSpeak PresentationsTrained 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. Themes include: bullying, mental health, well-being, discrimination, anti-homophobia. Suitable: Grades 5-12
Toronto Public Library Library Outreach and Literacy ProgrammingTPL branch and outreach staff provide programs supporting awareness of the public library resources with focuses on reading and research. Sessions utilize TPL resources including books, ebooks, databases and may include authors or other speakers. Students and families are made aware of the library as a community resource with friendly staff and are encouraged to get library cards. They may receive instruction related to information literacy or usage of library resources. To ensure that programming and resources selected as part of sessions are culturally relevant, accessible and responsive to specific groups of students TPL staff work with schools to review content materials prior to sessions. Suitable: All Grades; Staff; Parents; School Communities
Kiwanis Music Festival Association Toronto Kiwanis FestivalToronto Kiwanis Festival provides students with virtual, enhanced learning and performance opportunities in music, dance, visual arts and speech arts in a competitive setting. Several schools' host the Festival annually during instructional time throughout two weeks in February - March. Serving: All grades.
City of Toronto Toronto Fire Services, Fire Safety for Children Toronto Fire Safety Educators present interactive sessions for students that cover essential fire safety concepts for young audiences, such as smoke alarms are important; "Get outside, stay outside"; staying away from hot things; and, matches and lighters are for grown-ups. The sessions also emphasize firefighters as a community helpers. In delivering the interactive fire sessions educators may use various fire safety equipment, such as, full set of bunker gear to demonstrate for children to recognize their “helpers” in an emergency, and to not be afraid of the masked figure who may be trying to save them.
Tools for All TeensTools for All TeensTools 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. Serving: Grades 7-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
Fusion Jeunesse / Youth Fusion ICT Gaming DesignThrough 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. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
Oshoiseh Indigenous African Educational and Cultural Consulting ServicesAn African Indigenous Education on Pre-Colonial AfricaThrough the lens of African Indigenous ways of learning, this program equips students with the knowledge and skills to understand the origins and reasons of anti-Black racism and racism as documented by African Indigenous Peoples over 2000 years ago. It will inform learners of the perspectives of their African Indigenous Ancestors about their Black racial identity and history outside what is found in Western academia. Using an inquiry-based approach, students will engage with material based on their topic of interest regarding precolonial Africa and its implications for the global world and our lives today. Program entails 9 sessions and may be customized according to school need. Suitable: secondary students enrolled in IDC4U Deconstructing Anti-Black Racism; staff.
FOOT IQ Programme Educatif & Activities SportivesFootball en françaisThrough soccer as a learning tool, students practise French language skills. This workshop series provides an opportunity for students to not only gain confidence in speaking French but also enhance decision-making, team building, keeping a healthy, active lifestyle. French-speaking coaches share learning strategies on and off the field. Suitable: Grades 6-12; French Immersion; FLS
McCarthy Tetrault LLPMT 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 Serving: Referred students, Grades 9-12
The Health Institute Inc.Blueprint Training 101Through education, mentorship and physical activity, this program explores core movement principles to enhance student’s understanding of physical movement and health. Black health professional, Joel Kerr, explains biomechanics, applies human kinesiology and its relationship to movement and how to build and progress with each of the six principle movements (push, pull, hold, run, jump, throw), and its importance in regards to strength and overall health. In addition, Joel shares his career journey in the area of sports medicine, kinesiology and human kinetics. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Toronto Wildlife CentreCo-existing with Wildlife Through discussions and activities designed to encourage critical thinking and broaden student learning, our grade-based programs explore a variety of curriculum connections. Facilitators discuss myths and truths surrounding urban wildlife, raise awareness of the urban ecosystem and promote understanding and compassion towards wildlife. The one-hour long program examines environmental issues that affect wildlife and provides action-based solutions to empower students to take action to help. Students learn about sick, injured and orphaned wild patients at our centre, and will have the opportunity to meet a wild ambassador – options include a species-at-risk snapping turtle, groundhog, pigeon, or garter snake. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Regalia Making Inc.Powwow Dance PerformancesThrough assembly and presentations, Deanne Hupfield shares Indigenous culture through Powwow dance performances. Her performance both captivates and educates, weaving personal experiences into history and reconciliation, highlighting her journey through Powwow dancing. As a leading authority in Powwow dances, she performs different styles of Powwow dance including fancy shawl, traditional, jingle, grass, fancy bustle. Select schools have the opportunity to participate in regalia making. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, select Grades 9-12; staff; parents/caregivers
Philip CoteIndigenous Artist in EducationThrough active participation and experiential learning in mural painting, craft making, multimedia and oral traditions of storytelling and History around southern Ontario and the Great Lakes, 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. His cultural understanding comes from his experience as a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier, Sweatlodge Leader and member of the Eagle society and Falseface Societies. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; staff
Ashley SeamanY.A.Y Improv for Wellness & BelongingThis workshop uses improv to practice empathetic communication, collaboration and mindfulness for students to achieve a greater sense of belonging and joy. Students learn meaningful tools in interacting and communicating with others as well as being in a safe spaces to take creative risks, explore spontaneity and embrace the unexpected all while having fun. Through play, games and exercises, students collaboratively create character, story, comedy and joyful connection with their peers. Through a workshop series, schools may work toward building a showcase to perform in front of an audience. Suitable: Grades 3-12
Hamilton-Wentworth Green VentureVermicomposting WorkshopThis wiggly worm workshop allows students to observe a vermicomposting habitat and see how worms recycle food waste to produce valuable compost. Learn how composting relates to food waste, discuss why food waste is an important environmental issue, and learn the science of composting. Sessions may focus on setting up a vermicomposting bin from scratch or how to care and troubleshoot vermicomposting bins. All materials will be provided by the facilitator for hands-on learning experience. In addition, follow-up activity guide and supplementary lessons are provided to further the learning beyond the workshop. Suitable: All grades
Quantum Sports And Learning AssociationBallmaticsThis unique physical education and mathematics programming mixes sports and math skills. Each session provides warm-up, math lesson/drill, basketball skill development and math activity to reinforce the math lesson. Singular sessions or series, provide an academic enrichment program that develops students’ self-efficacy and self-confidence in math through basketball. Program was developed and is facilitated by certified instructors and athletic specialists. When scheduled as a series of sessions, the programming provides progressive development of students' proficiency in math exercises and physical development. Suitable: Grades 4-12
University of Toronto Radical Music DialoguesThis series of seven music education workshops immerses secondary students in culturally relevant and culturally responsive music classes, in-person or virtual delivery. By incorporating an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens, the socio-emotional awareness of students are prioritized. The series focuses on exploring cultural awareness and connections, developing deeper understanding of music as a 'socio-cultural practice', understanding social inequality when one genre of music is valued over another, understanding music and social movements, and sharing musical roots. Sessions provide engagement in music-making through exploring a variety of personal traditions and an opportunity for each student to present, perform and share the traditions of the music they value.
George Brown CollegeCommunity Worker Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the second year of the Community Worker program. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in the Board, schools, and classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; plan and implement activities and foster positive relationships with parents/caregivers, students, and staff These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Centennial CollegeRPN Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Registered Practical Nursing program with TDSB Special Education Staff. Post-secondary students who are considering a career with a special needs population have an opportunity gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in Special Education classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to plan and implement activities for students that address topics and enhance skills in personal care, healthy living, and the promotion of students' health and well-being. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
University of Toronto Language Teaching (LT) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Language Teaching (LT) field within the Master of Education (MEd) degree in Language and Literacies Education (LLE). Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to assist students in developing fundamental learning skills; and to provide a collaborative presence in ESL environments. This placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
George Brown CollegeCareer Development Practitioner Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Career Development Practitioner Program at George Brown College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in the provision of community employment services. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of the various processes and skills utilized in the provision of employment services to the community. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Humber College Institute Guelph-Humber Justice Studies Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Justice Studies post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies working with youth in schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
University of GuelphGuelph-Humber Justice Studies Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Justice Studies post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies working with youth in schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
George Brown CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Seneca CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Sheridan CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Toronto Metropolitan UniversityChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Centennial CollegeBST, DSW, SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Seneca CollegeLibrary and Information Technician Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in Library and Information Technician programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum and information/resource needs; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Toronto Art Therapy InstituteArt Therapist Practicum Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for graduate students in Art Therapy. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. Art Therapist Practicum graduate students may support referred TDSB students in any of the following activities: enhance communication and self-expression, self-discovery, and problem solving; encourage development of healthy coping strategies in working through specific issues, such as depression & anxiety, addictions, grief/loss, or trauma; help children relieve stress, increase emotional literacy and awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Using imagery, colour and shapes; thoughts and feelings can be expressed that may be otherwise difficult for children to articulate.
The Yonge Street Mission Thinking Forward Leadership ProgramThis program offers character development and leadership training for students, to help children and youth strengthen their interpersonal and leadership skills, and to challenge them to address social needs. Sessions provide inclusive and equitable learning opportunities that use the arts and leadership development as a platform to help students develop and improve their well-being. Students participate in hands-on, art activities that highlight themes of belonging, diversity, anti-bullying, teamwork, and community. A variety of methods, resources and activities are used including painting, role-playing, designing and building, illustrating, and art exhibits to showcase student work. The program is customizable to suit the needs and schedule of the school and students. Serving: Grades 1-8
Greater Toronto Hockey League ( GTHL )Try HockeyThis program introduces the sport of hockey through the game of floorball to students in grades 2-6 who have previously been unable to play the sport. Certified coaches deliver the program in the school gymnasium where small groups practice basics of stick-handling, passing and shooting. Students will participate actively and engage in a variety of movement competencies, and demonstrate an understanding of the value of regular physical activity in their daily lives. With follow-up communication, coaches provide further support to maximize sustainability and teacher resources are made available including access to floorball lesson plans. Following the in-school portion, students/families are invited to the local arena to try hockey on the ice.
N.C. Stouros & Company LimitedIndigenous Awareness Through LacrosseThis program introduces students to lacrosse, called Teiontsikwaeks by the Haudenosaunee and baaga’adowewin by the Anishinaabe. The game became popular with the settlers, who renamed it lacrosse. Lacrosse is one of the oldest sports played on Turtle Island. By learning from Haudenosaunee lacrosse players and their teammates, participants will learn about the game’s history and its importance to Indigenous People. As a game, lacrosse encompasses all facets needed for healthy living - spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. A full day session includes demonstrations of scooping, cradling, passing & catching. After each skill demonstration, students are provided with their own lacrosse stick and an opportunity to practise the skills they learned. If there is time, a safe, no-contact competitive game is played. Professional learning is available to staff. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1-12; Staff
Boost Child & Youth Advocacy CentreHuman Trafficking: Supporting StudentsThis program focuses on providing supports that help students who have experienced human trafficking successfully transition back into school. Boost staff collaborates with TDSB’s Professional Support Services to implement the activities. The program is intended to provide strategies to reduce barriers to success and ensure students have support person(s) within the school and to provide physical and emotional safety to the student. Additional supports include education for school staff on human trafficking as requested, individual support to staff on how to work with victims of human trafficking and education to parent community. Grades 7-12
I-ThinkI-Think Together ProgramsThis program equips classrooms to bringing real-world, authentic problems to their learning. Real-world problem solving needs a new set of 3Rs: Real problems - Authentic challenges that connect classrooms to real organizations with real problems; Real people - Organizations that care what insights and your students come to by responding to student recommendations and I-Think will release a report with student insights; Replicable process - A complex problem solving process that leverages Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking to guide students. This recipe ensures that the global competencies, especially creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, and learning skills are core to every classroom. Professional learning available to build school staff teams and system capacity and can be initiated by school leadership, central teams or superintendents, and are customized to meet the needs of the group. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; Staff
180 Change Street180 Change StreetThis program engages referred youth in a targeted intervention strategy designed to inspire positive and comprehensive change. Working with TDSB Caring & Safe Schools, these motivational and educational sessions include one-on-one mentoring, life coaching and training. Sessions cover topics such as grief, trauma, culturally-relevant mental health and well being, self-awareness, conflict resolution, critical thinking skills, culturally-responsive wrap-around services. Emerging from behind the walls of Canada's prison system, this program is built on its "E to the Power of 5 (E5)" framework and "PURPLE" life-skills acronym, helping youth to turn the stumbling blocks of life into the stepping stones of success. Created for the streets, by the streets, referred students are engaged in examining street culture through a comprehensive lens. The program has a history of successfully keeping participants from returning to or staying out of the justice system. Many referred youth have completed their education and graduated or found employment. Serving: Grades 7 - 12
Believe Initiative Inc.Believe Initiative Inc. This program engages and inspires students to adopt a mindset of resiliency, self belief and learning through challenges in order to be successful through presentations. Believe initiative founder Sarah Wells, an Olympic hurdler, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles as she shares stories of her success in her sport in the Olympic Games and how she dealt with heartbreaking defeat and unforeseen challenges. This equipped Sarah with the knowledge and tools on how to build and foster resilience. Schools may choose from just a keynote or the full program which includes keynote and follow-up workshops on various leadership traits culminating in an interdisciplinary project where students apply their learning to develop and implement their own belief passion project. Suitable: Grades 4-12
Outward Bound CanadaOutdoor Mentorship TrainingThis program develops group dynamics, resiliency and leadership skills through outdoor urban experiences. Workshops integrate the themes of outdoor and experiential adventure education with leadership development. Through challenging activities, students lean out of their comfort zone to enhance their skills in leadership, communication, conflict resolution, mediation, and goal-setting. Workshop culminates with students, supported by Outward Bound Canada staff, implementing an activity for their peers. Suitable: Grades 6-12
The K Group Inc.The Steelpan Experience: From Skin to Steel and BeyondThis program challenges students to develop an understanding of steelpan, its history and the present cultural and social contributions of steelpan pioneers to communities locally and throughout the world. Led by Afro-Caribbean (Black) musician, Joy Lapps-Lewis, and guests, this program is delivered in the form of virtual or in-person presentations, workshops and performances. Hands-on workshops focus on how to play, care for and store instruments. Students develop mallet technique and learn grooves while creating and sharing their musical ideas. Performances explore history and development of the steelpan into a modern day approach to steelpan centered beat-making and production. Facilitators share their experiences as musicians and professionals. Sessions can be modified for classes who do not have access to conventional steelpan (steel drum) instruments. Professional learning for teachers may be available.
DAREarts Foundation IncThrive Youth: Cultivating Wellness & Leadership Through The ArtsThis program allows elementary students in grades 4-8 to build and practice their core leadership skills while exploring a variety of art forms with facilitators and artist-educators. In these in-person or virtual sessions, through exploring and creating with the arts, students develop their own unique voice, share and connect with their peers and build confidence and their capacity to be change makers. Each daily lesson builds on the previous over the course of each week or two, depending on the program. Learner activity kits containing all supplies needed for participation each session are provided. This program is most suitable for those students who wouldn't normally be exposed to arts programming.
StopGap FoundationAccessibility & Inclusion: Building AwarenessThis presentation raises awareness about physical disability, accessibility and inclusion. In this in-person or virtual session, Luke Anderson shares how one moment in time changes his life forever and how he finds himself living in a world not well designed for someone in a wheelchair. He explains his personal experiences, challenges he faces and how he overcomes. Students learn about barriers that people with disabilities may face, the importance of a barrier-free and inclusive community, as well as empowering language when referring to people with disabilities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
University of AlbertaThe Holodomor and Its RelevanceThis presentation on the Holodomor 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. Suitable:Grades 9-12; Staff
Tadiem Inc.An Introduction to Advertising, Design and PRThis presentation for secondary students, delivered by industry professionals, looks at the roles within advertising, public relations and design, and the work that goes into developing a public campaign. Facilitators bring case studies to show students the degree to which advertising and PR campaigns can affect trends and public discourse while highlighting the jobs that make it all happen. Content also includes why these careers are worth pursuing, an overview of various roles and how best to get started. This presentation complements the Marketing courses of the Business Studies curriculum and provides students an opportunity to learn and explore this industry.
Scott Ste MarieSocial Media & Mental HealthThis presentation educates students on the relationship between social media use and their psychological, emotional and social emotional well-being. Students gain a deeper understanding of the impact social media use has on their emotional well-being and how to use it safely. Mental health speaker, Scott Ste Marie, shares his honest experience being a YouTuber (reaching over 30 million people worldwide), showing students the reality behind these platforms and inviting them to think critically about how they treat others online and what content they consume. Students are immediately engaged as Scott shows background analytics to his own videos and how he personally has to manage his own online engagement and prioritizes what is truly important offline. Serving: Grades 4-12, Parents/caregivers
TIFIDIN INCORPORATEDLive In Your ExcellenceThis personal development program equips students with tools and knowledge to develop the mindset, life-skills and habits to S.U.C.C.E.E.D. at being their best selves personally, socially and academically. Through 3 workshops, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Sophia Bishop, inspires and guides students to build positive daily habits. The program helps students develop the seven core life-long practices to S.U.C.C.E.E.D.: Surrounding themselves with positive people; Understanding themselves; Cultivating an attitude of gratitude; Creating and committing to their personal goals; Elevating their self-talk and conversation skills; Exercising self-care; and Developing self-discipline. Suitable: Grades 6-8
Covenant House TorontoYouth ReconnectThis partnership program is a collaborative approach to early intervention with students who are referred by Professional Support Services, to provide direct supports and reduce the risk of homelessness and disengagement from school. Professional Support Services staff work with Covenant House staff to provide referred students with wrap-around supports to stabilize their living situation, either by addressing issues at home (such as family conflict), or by helping students who can no longer stay at home find housing and community services (as needed). Professional Learning sessions are also available for staff to heighten their awareness of the signs of a youth's risk of homelessness, as well as information about appropriate supports in the community. Serving: referred Grades 9-12 students
Magic Live Inc. Anti-Bullying Magic Show This one-hour professional magic show is an assembly for elementary students which embeds an anti-bullying message and shares ways students can help each other. The presentation is designed to enhance student engagement and positive school climate. Professional magician/illusionist Coby also talks about his personal story of being bullied as a child and how magic helped him overcome bullying. Students will be engaged in discussion and presentation on identifying bullying, verbal, physical, social, and cyber bullying, while providing clear and practical anti-bullying strategies. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Divine MvitaThe Art of BecomingThis one-hour presentation highlights the importance of the authentic self and channelling one’s unique gifts to contribute to the world. Born in Africa, Divine Mvita, shares her story of success by voiding the opinions and expectations of society and thriving through finding her unique self and embracing who she is. Presentation provides useful resources, tips and tools in the art of becoming the best version of self. Students hear the importance of who they are, being able to identify their passions and highlight the tools they already have to offer to the world. Serving: Grades 6-12
Food SharksThe Food Mood ConnectionThis nutrition workshop helps students to understand how food plays a significant role in their mood and overall mental and physical health. Facilitator discusses the fundamentals of a healthy diet, foods that support well-being, and how media and marketing industries influence nutritional choices. Students learn to read and understand food labels and nutritional facts to ultimately gain knowledge to make informed, healthy food choices. Because the health & wellness industry is booming, growth trends and careers are also highlighted. SHSM & SPE certification is available. Suitable: Grades 6-12
Emil SherUnpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright's JourneyThis multimedia presentation weaves still images and video footage from the acclaimed stage production of Hana's Suitcase, which chronicles the short life of a girl killed in Auschwitz. What are the challenges, the choices, the considerations when history is honoured and dramatized on stage? How far into the darkness of the Holocaust do you go when children are in the audience? How can sets, costumes, masks, slides and silence give voice to an unspeakable tragedy? These are some of the questions that are explored by playwright Emil Sher in a presentation that is capped by a discussion where students are tasked with making a moral choice about who to shelter in wartime. Students also learn about the creative process in transforming history into a stage play and the connections between art and history. Serving: Grades 5 - 12
University of Toronto Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for post-secondary students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within Speech-Language Pathology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Speech-Language Pathologist. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
Envision Sports & Entertainment Inc.Finding Tenths with Paralympic Medalist Marissa PapaconstantinouThis motivational assembly with Paralympic Medalist, Canadian record holder, and TDSB alumni, Marissa Papaconstantinou, highlights uncovering key habits, mindsets, and skills that push you to find and improve yourself. Marissa breaks down each phase of a sprint as it relates to key moments that have allowed her to succeed on the world stage and to help her find her 'tenth'. Themes include resiliency, embracing obstacles, finding confidence from within. The assembly ends with a question and answer period where the audience can engage with Marissa. A follow-up session, a couple months later, allows students to check-in with Marissa and share their progress since her presentation.
Queer Songbook OrchestraQSO Kids of Heart & MindThis live performance brings a deeper understanding of 2SLGBTQ+ experience through storytelling and music presented by a team of cross-disciplinary professional artists from the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The session is an interactive exploration of identity and acceptance by exploring 2SLGBTQ+ figures, songs and personal anecdotes drawn from artists in the community. The goal of this presentation is to nurture understanding, inspire discussion and support how we feel inside. Learning experience will be co-planned with staff to provide direct extension of curriculum in classroom. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
No. 9 Contemporary Art & the EnvironmentImagining My Sustainable CommunityThis interdisciplinary 4 day program enhances literacy through an architecture and urban design project for grades 7&8 classes facilitated by design professionals/architects. Students walk through their community to observe, discuss, and document (using photography and sketching) the way the community functions. Students learn about infrastructure and design and the 9 Pillars that make up a sustainable community. These are: waste management, water management, green building design, alternative energy, transportation, public art & design, green space, agriculture and food security and civic engagement and leadership. They discuss sustainability issues and develop ecologically sustainable models to address these issues in their community. 3D models of their community are built to scale using a variety of construction materials. The culminating event is a display and showcase of the model to their local councillor, school board trustee, visiting dignitaries, parents and peers. In this project are curriculum connections to visual arts, science, math, engineering, geography, language arts and media studies. Serving: Grades 7-8
Visions in GreenLiving Legacies of STEMThis interactive, multimedia exhibit and workshop teaches students about STEM pioneers, trailblazers, innovators and inventors from North America and the African Diaspora, with a particular focus on ancient Africa and continental African people and how they have shaped these fields of science to what they are today. The facilitator will deliver history about the people that played a significant role in STEM fields while students interact with exhibited artifacts. List of topics include: "It’s All About That STEM Life & You", "The Giants and Living Legacy of STEM: Untold Stories of African Men & Women", "How STEM has Changed Our Lives" and International Children's Inventors Museum. Suitable: All grades
Changemaker Books Inc.The See Me for Me Empathy MovementThis interactive workshop for early years students promotes inclusion and diversity by learning about children with disabilities. Students will be encouraged to activate knowledge, have meaningful discussions about what makes them unique and apply what they've learned to a class project. Exercises help students to reflect on challenges faced by others in the community and promote equity, empathy and inclusion. Facilitator, Dana Geall, shares her personal story of raising triplet children who have cerebral palsy use wheelchairs and live full and happy lives. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-3
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