|YouthSpeak Performance Charity||YouthSpeak Presentations||The youth-led presentations increase awareness that bullying, mental health and addiction for impacts everyone in a community. Youth speakers share their personal stories of mental health, bullying and/or addiction. The stories are real, raw and relatable. The goal of the presentations is to build empathy and inclusion.
The program includes:
- One-hour long interactive assemblies for students in grades 4 -12. The speakers give messages of perseverance and encourage students to use their voice and ask for help when needed.
- YouthSpeak and players from the Toronto Marlies team up to deliver presentation on resilience, character and overcoming obstacles.
- In-class sessions for grades 7-12 classes follow-up on an assembly and allows youth speakers to interact with students and create deeper awareness and understanding of specific issues.
- Small-group workshops have youth with lived experiences share their personal stories. Students learn tools to cope and build resilience.
- Stepping Up to Leadership Workshop discusses the four pillars to developing youth leadership. These are: honesty, inclusivity, drive and compassion.
- YouthSpeak also provides keynote presentations for school councils, conferences.
- Parent and teachers sessions are led by parents and youth with lived experiences who offer practical exchanges that are real, raw and eye-opening as they discuss their journeys from pain to wellness. The speakers share tips on how to help someone who is struggling.|
|YouthLink||Finding Assertive Solutions Together (FAST)||The program is designed to address the underlying causes of violent behaviours exhibited by participating students, which sometimes result in criminal activity. In a closed group model, 8-12 identified students participate in a 10-week anger management program.|
|YouthLink||Pathways to Education||Pathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education.
Pathways Student/Parent Support Workers (SPSWs) and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.|
|Youth Without Shelter||One Youth at a Time: Homelessness and Breaking the Barrier||Uniquely designed, age appropriate presentations for grades 3 - 12 are delivered to raise awareness and break down 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. |
|Youth Wellness Network/Michael Eisen||Youth Wellness Leaders Program||The Youth Wellness Leaders Program seeks to enhance students’ mental health and wellbeing through workshops, presentations and student wellness leaders training. Program topics include How to Become Your Own Best Friend, The Power of Your Choice, Wellness Leader Training. Students gain knowledge and skills on how to create and sustain a culture of wellness in their school. Student may also participate in Wellness Leader Training to plan and implement peer-led initiatives. Workshops/presentations are also available to parents and teachers. |
|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. |
|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.|
|Youth Assisting Youth||The Peer Project_Clicks and Stones ||The fluid and dynamic nature of social media and other methods of cyberbullying means that providing information on every method and situation where bullying might occur is not possible. However, in this workshop many examples are provided, emphasizing responsible internet use as well as where youth can locate additional information and seek help, if necessary. It increases students' online knowledge and skills for anti-bullying measures that they can take.
The Peer Project offers mentoring programs and gender-specific programming in the community and after school. |
|Young Yogis Toronto||Breathe-Stretch-Rest-Repeat||Students learn yoga, mindfulness and playful movement. Students practise yoga poses and movement, meditation techniques, and learn effective tools for coping with stress and emotional upset. Each class contains breathing exercises, playful postures, yoga games, and relaxation. Classes touch on aspects of mindfulness, providing students with simple, yet effective tools for coping and thriving in a fast-paced world. The workshop also gives students an opportunity to develop body awareness and coordination in a safe and supportive environment. |
|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|
|Yorktown Family Services||Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Groups||This program focuses on building skills through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based (CBT) curriculum, that addresses and supports the management of intense emotions that may be getting in the way of students’ meeting their academic and social goals.
The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Groups led by Yorktown staff are gender specific:
• ‘Girl Talk’ is for girls aged 12 – 16
• ‘Think First’ is for boys aged 12 – 16.
Experiential and participatory learning methods to match developmental needs of youth include: discussion, role-play and creative exercises (including journaling, youth-oriented hand-outs). Process- oriented group work fosters social affiliation among young people by helping them make positive healthy connections with each other and with supportive adults.|
|Yorktown Family Services||Coping Cats||The “Coping Cats” program provides identified students between the ages of 7 – 12 who have internalizing behaviours (such as anxiety) with opportunities to learn vital cognitive and social skills within a supportive group context. The group program focuses on building skills through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based (CBT) curriculum that addresses and supports the management of intense emotions that may be getting in the way of the participants’ meeting their academic and /social goals.|
|Yorktown Family Services||Double T (Temper Tamers)||The “Double T (Temper Tamers)" program provides identified students aged 6 – 12 who are displaying disruptive and aggressive behaviour with opportunities to learn vital cognitive and social skills within a supportive group context.|
|York University||Aboriginal People, Identity and Education ||This advanced credit experience includes both university and secondary school courses that provide students with the opportunity to learn from Aboriginal authors, filmmakers, and artists who are telling their own stories. What does it mean to be an Aboriginal/Indigenous person in Canada? What does it mean to be an Aboriginal person living in an urban environment like Toronto? The dual course includes reading books, watching films, and going to art galleries. Students investigate and develop their own responses to questions of identity and Aboriginality. They explore Aboriginal perspectives of "identify", "history", "literature", and "traditions"; and, allows them to develop their own understanding of Aboriginal worldviews. Students register with TDSB Continuing Education for either (NDA3M) Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada or (NDW4M) Issues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context.
|York University||Community Outreach Nursing Engagement (CORNER)||CORNER is an offering of the York University School of Nursing through which schools can request presentations on various Health Promotion topics. Presentations are designed for student, staff and/or parent audiences. They are prepared and presented in schools by York University Nursing Students with York University Faculty oversight. To select topic/s and schedule a session, TDSB staff are asked to visit www.yorku/CORNER http://nursing.info.yorku.ca/corner/. The School of Nursing Clinical Course faculty supervise York University students, and attend presentations. THE CORNER placement model is a program-based approach to community nursing praxis. |
|York University||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|York University||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|York University||Unity in Diversity||In these immersive arts workshops, students will deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills around themes of identity, community and multiculturalism to produce an art project or initiative. Artist facilitators (Asian Canadian artist facilitators?) will develop students’ literary and artistic tools to explore and develop content in expressing their vision around a theme. Workshops may include literary writing, music composition, visual art and photography/videography. Students will create an artistic work at the end of the workshop and facilitators will collect and create a collaborative piece of art (if applicable). Workshops are also suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
|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. |
|X Movement Inc.||Connected Movement ||Connected Movement provides workshops and events that integrate physical, emotional, social and environmental literacy. These include: ‘Aussie X’ through Aussie Rules footy, cricket and netball, students experience Australian culture and core values; ‘X Dance’ explores music and cultures from around the world and students discover dance in an energizing and inspiring way; ‘X Fusion’ blends movement skills from yoga, pilates and gymnastics through a circus-like experience; and ‘X Power’ explores blocking movements, personal space for safety, core strengths and basic fundamental movements.
Workshops and events for parents are also available. X Movement meets with interested schools to assess their community’s needs, isolate objectives and customize the selected workshop. X Movement provides all equipment required during the session. It does not leverage the educational programming moment to market any product or service to the school community. |
|Wushu Project Inc.||Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance||This high-energy and culturally rich dance workshop explores effective team building and communication through Chinese dragon dance and performance. Students learn how to physically manipulate the different segments of the dragon, dragon techniques, drills and dance movement to bring the dragon costume to life. Once the dance routines are learned, students create choreography which culminates in a performance to the school community. Lion dance presentation is also available for Asian History and Chinese Heritage Months and Chinese New Year celebrations.|
|WonderPhil||Internet Safety Magic Show||Through the art of magic, infused with comedy, this presentation introduces students to the concepts of internet safety, and why they need to be mindful of their online presence. Concepts that include Personal Information, Passwords, and the Permanence of an Online Presence, are discussed, described, illustrated in a fun way. 'Think Before you Click' is the motto. Magic and comedy is the vehicle to drive the ideas home. |
|Wilfrid Laurier University||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|White Ribbon ||Promoting Healthy Masculinities to End Gender-Based Violence||As a thought leader in equal gender norms, and healthy masculinities, White Ribbon provides five different foci for “Building Ally-ship” sessions:
1. Building Ally-ship Together With Women and Girls to End Gender-Based Violence
2. Building Ally-ship and Unpacking “Bro-Culture”
3. Building Ally-ship through Consent Culture and Effective Bystander Intervention
4. Building Ally-ship and Exploring My Own Role and Commitment to Ending Gender-Based Violence
5. Building Ally-ship through Storytelling and Action Planning
|Wheelchair Basketball Canada ||Wheelchair Basketball Schools Program||The presentation includes a welcome and introduction to a wheelchair basketball athlete who explains the rules of the game and demonstrates basic ball handling, passing and chair skills. The athlete will play an actual game of wheelchair basketball with students allowing students an opportunity to try the game for themselves. The presentation will end with a question period so students may ask the athletes questions. Online resources are also available for teachers to use in their classrooms.|
|West End Phoenix||West End Phoenix Project||This english literacy workshop series provides a guided exploration of the creative writing, design and technical process for publishing a newspaper. Writers/journalists will guide students in the creative process and deepen critical analytical skills on media literacy. The workshop also delves into the aspects that go into creating a paper such as publishing, editorial and layout and how editorial and visual decisions affect the readers’ experience. Workshop series allows students the opportunity to work with professional writers to work on individual writing and graphic design exercises to create a newspaper spread. Professional learning opportunities are available and may be scheduled by the English/Literacy Department.
Student assignments may be selected and published in The West End Phoenix, a published cultural broadsheet devoted to the local communities of Toronto’s West End.
|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. |
|Water First Education and Training Inc.||GUSH - Water Education Workshops||These workshops explore issues related to water pollution and watersheds. In the Pollution Solutions workshop, students are introduced to the Grassy Narrows community and explore the impact of industrial water contamination on the community over the past 50 years. Students separate mixtures and solutions and investigate the social, environmental and economic issues related to resource extraction. In the Working Watersheds workshop, students are introduced to the Northern Ontario Ring of Fire, a mining project that was discovered in 2007. Students design and create a Northern Ontario that meets the needs of various stakeholders, including three First Nations communities that are most seriously impacted. Using inquiry-based learning, students work in teams to formulate questions, gather and organize, interpret and analyze, evaluate and draw conclusions, and communicate their findings.|
|Warren Hoselton (Professor Pricklethorn)||Trees Please||An interactive presentation that puts tree preservation, protection and awareness into practice. This presentation uses fun and engaging demonstrations, discussion and role-playing to explain the importance of trees in our day-to-day lives and long-term environmental needs. Students learn how and why trees make us feel better and live healthier lives, five simple ways to assist the survival and preservation of urban trees and the role and career of an arborist. |
|Warden Woods CCC||Anger Management and Conflict Resolution ||These interactive workshops utilize conflict resolution and mediation techniques as they focus on one or more of the following themes, as requested by schools in LC3: I. Anger Management: Anger Defined; The Anger Mountain; Ways People deal with Anger;Dealing with an Angry Person;Positive and Negative Functions of Anger; Communicating while Angry. II. Conflict Resolution: What is Conflict?; The Unmanaged Conflict Cycle; Characteristics of Conflict; How to Handle Conflict?; Understanding Conflict Styles; Communicating through Conflict. III. Communication: Active Listening; How to be a Better Listener?; What are the Roadblocks to Effective Communication? The purpose of these sessions is to provide students with tools that decrease the conflicts among youth that could or have escalated into suspensions or expulsions.
|Vujade Entertainment Inc.||Creature Shop||This hands-on workshop teaches students motion picture special effect techniques to create their own animatronic creation. Students handle and explore the simple machines that give the illusion that puppets are alive including mechanical pulleys, push-pull rods, gears and gear chains. Students learn different kinds of special effects, comparing computer generated effects to floor effects. Students build their own animatronic creation to participate in a challenge in stacking a pyramid of wooden blocks. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. |
|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
|Voice of Purpose||On the Horizon - Spoken Word Poetry for Personal Development||This interactive arts workshop uses creating and performing spoken word poetry to help students explore and unpack their personal identities and purpose within the context of culture, society, and historical legacy. Students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how their personal experiences connect to larger social issues. Students develop spoken word, creative writing, non-verbal communication techniques and critical analysis process through the creative writing, visual representation and performing of spoken word poems.
This workshop utilizes the Purpose Driven Education (PDE) model, an educational framework, methodology and practice to help learners identify, align with, and develop skills to pursue their True Inner Purpose.
|V-Learn Inc.||Echo Learning's Digital Music Experience||Students create their own musical song in this accessible workshop on digital music production. Facilitators cover song structure, elements of sound design, composition of melody, and use of a digital technological tool. Hands-on exercises at each stage help students to practise what they've learned and discover how to use the tool themselves to create desired sounds. Students compose their own unique drum patterns, instrument effects, and melodies to create their own original song or remix. Professional learning to staff are also available.|
|Visions in Green||Living Legacies of STEM||This 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". This workshop is suitable for African Heritage Month. |
|Victim Services Toronto||T.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World ||Teens Ending Abusive Relationships (T.E.A.R.™) workshop equips youth with the tools, knowledge and resources to navigate the digital world and make informed healthy relationship choices both online and in person. T.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World’s goal is to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives and their community. Topics include: Intimate partner violence; Cyberviolence including: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber sexual harassment, sextortion, luring; Online rights; Dating rights; Consent; Creating a positive digital footprint; Digital leadership; Online safety tips; Healthy intimate relationships and friendships; Warning signs of unhealthy and potentially abusive relationships' Where and how to get help.
|VIBE ARTS (Arts for Children and Youth)||Community Sharing Arts Education Program||This program engages children and youth from priority neighbourhoods in high quality, hands-on arts workshops conducted by professional artists. The program includes workshops in Dance, Drama, Dub Poetry, Environmental Art, Film-Making/Video, Integrated Arts, Photography and Visual Arts. |
|Variety Village ||Run Jump Throw Wheel Program with Variety Village||To introduce Variety Village and our run jump throw wheel program to our community schools with the intention of running a community event at Variety Village.
The Run Jump Throw Wheel instructor course helps primary school aged children to develop agility, balance, coordination and speed, instilling the capacity and desire for them for daily play and to be physically active.
The teacher resource is separated into three sections: running, jumping, and throwing with five levels of skill development. These sections provide fundamental movement techniques that will benefit children's physically active lifestyle, and encourage them to remain physically active.
Students with disabilities will also be included in the program, as the Run Jump Throw Wheel program has been adapted to accommodate people with disabilities.|
|Valerey Lavergne ||Sharing Indigenous Knowledge through Expressive Arts||An Indigenous Expressive Arts Facilitator and Certified Life Coach creates innovative workshops to teach students Indigenous knowledge and sacred teachings. Valerey uses a variety of art techniques, arts modalities and traditional teachings to enhance students' understanding of using their creativity for self-exploration and self-expression. |
|UPower Inc.||Healthy Resilient Minds Matter||This concert-style assembly features original songs, stories, song-writing, life mapping and painting to reinforce the message of respect and resiliency and mental well-being. Motivational speaker Sara Westbrook shares her “Choice Making Formula” to teach students how to learn to think and act beyond their emotions so they can make character-based choices rather than emotion-based choices. Students develop strategies for positive self-talk and encouragement to build confidence and interpersonal skills. List of available assemblies include: A Healthy Resilient Mind Matters, Superheroes For Respect, Character End Result, Bounce Back Families Upower Concert, 3 Habits of Resilient Families (parents only). Follow-up workshops on a range of topics are also available to further develop building respect, confidence and resiliency. |
|UPLAY||UPLAY Songwriting Workshops||The program seeks to enhance students’ creative writing and literacy skills. Students are guided through the stages of writing, performing, recording and packaging their very own dynamic song. Working as a class, students are divided into groups to write and sing the vocals and to use technology to simulate real instruments. The class then designs an album cover and receives an electronic copy of its original song.|
|University of Windsor||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Windsor||Reciprocal Learning in Education between Canada and China||This partnership program contributes to the data gathering and knowledge mobilization elements of the research initiative of the same name, led by the University of Windsor. It builds on the Sister School Network, originally established in TDSB by the University of Toronto, OISE. There are several activities within this MOU with varying audiences, timelines and evaluation measures that occur in China and Canada.|
|University of Western Ontario||Masters and Diploma in Foods and Nutrition Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition degree and post-degree Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training students from the University of Western Ontario Brescia University College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Brescia students who are considering a career in Foods and Nutrition, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a designated TDSB Nutrition Services Supervisor. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Western Ontario||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Allies Live Here||Presentations and assemblies promote diversity, acceptance and respect in schools. Speakers include medical students from the University of Toronto, guest speakers and performers. Students also participate in arts-based activities, including poster competitions, the making of videos, etc. on related themes.|
|University of Toronto||Blues Buddy Up||U of T's Varsity Blues student athletes deliver presentations on fair play and coping skills to become a successful athlete and student. The presentations address showing respect for others, working collaboratively, taking responsibility and using coping and adaptive skills when confronted with challenges. During the hour-long presentation, students are divided into groups and complete activities connected to the themes of Believe, Learn, Understand, and Excel.|
|University of Toronto||Concussion Care||This program offers specialized medical and allied health care of concussions to a select number of referred secondary school students. Coordinator presents program criteria and overview, pathway for support and program activities.
The cornerstone of the management of concussion is the early intervention and gradual progression of stimulation or stressors that may, if over-exposed, disrupt natural recovery and cause relapse or exacerbation of symptoms. Historically, this aspect of care has focused on gradual progression of physical activity (return-to-play), but in recent years, the application of these principles in learning environments (return-to-learn) has received increasing attention. Academic student life is comprised of subtle and complex stressors and the interaction of this environment and how stressors impact the student recovering from a concussion are poorly understood.
|University of Toronto||Growing Up Healthy||These free presentations educate students on a variety of topics on health, nutrition and the human body. Led by medical students from University of Toronto, TDSB students will receive information, strategies and tools to make healthy lifestyle choices, improve their well-being and prevent illness. Topics covered include: the benefits of healthy living; media and food choices; exercise and activity; body image; social media and self-esteem; mental health; substance use; and stress management. Each one-hour long presentation is facilitated by post-secondary students who will work with school staff (i.e. Physical Education or Professional Support Staff) to ensure presentation meets classroom needs.|
|University of Toronto||High School Outreach Initiative (HSOI)||Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school Science, Phys Ed & Health and Civics classes to educate students about the science, the success, civic engagement and medical careers in the field of organ and tissue transplantation; and, the importance of organ and tissue donation. Curriculum-related resources are also available to teachers, with cross-curricular links and course specific unit plans.|
|University of Toronto||Imani Academic Mentorship Program||University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) mentors offer academic and social support to African Canadian youth in middle and high schools located in East Scarborough. UTSC student mentors provide academic support for and build confidence in TDSB student mentees, especially for those students who are at-risk on not graduating from secondary school. UTSC mentors provide homework help, one-one mentoring and afterschool groups at selected elementary and secondary schools. TDSB students may be invited to participate in events at UTSC.
The program’s goal is to support the academic needs of a student population that historically has been underrepresented at postsecondary education institutions. |
|University of Toronto||Kids2See and Kids2Hear||The Kids2See and Kids2Hear programs provide vision and hearing screening to kindergarten students from Model Schools for Inner Cities schools. Medical students from the University of Toronto volunteer to conduct screenings and are trained and supervised by medical residents from the Faculty of Medicine.|
|University of Toronto||Kinesiology Field Placements||This MOU serves to provide Kinesiology field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Kinesiology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Physical Education teacher. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Masters Teacher Education In-Residence Pilot ||This pilot, in-residence program embeds one cohort of OISE Primary-Junior teacher candidates, dedicated to Environmentally Sustainable Education (ESE), in Ryerson Community School as a TDSB Eco-School. OISE has exclusive use of a classroom space at the school in order to provide classes to their Masters in Teaching students. Teacher candidates in this cohort undertake some of their own class work, and some of their practicum experience at the school, in order to learn alongside the experienced EcoSchools Associate Teachers supporting the work that they do. As part of their practicum placements, teacher candidates will be invited to share their lesson plans related to ESE; and suitable plans will be posted on the TDSB EcoSchools website.
|University of Toronto||MEd Guidance & Counselling Field Placements||Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career in Guidance & Counselling, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Guidance Counsellor. |
|University of Toronto||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Occupational Therapy OT Field Placements||This MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Occupational Therapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist (OT) Clinical Supervisor. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Physiotherapy Field Placements||Field placements with the TDSB OT/PT Department provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career in Physiotherapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist (OT/PT) Clinical Supervisors. The number of placements available in the TDSB is determined annually. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|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.|
|University of Toronto||Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Field Placements||This MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto 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.|
|University of Toronto||Sun and Skin Awareness Presentations||The presentations educate students about both the benefits of playing outside, as well as the dangers of sun exposure and how to reduce the risks of developing sun-related skin damage. Students learn about the health benefits of sun exposure and the potential for sun damage to the skin and eyes. The presentation concludes with prevention tips that students should use to protect themselves.|
|University of Guelph||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Calgary||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University Health Network||Body Pride||Interactive presentations for school communities that foster an environment to support students in developing positive body image and self-esteem. For student audiences, "Body Image, Media Literacy, and Self-Esteem," empowers young people to critically navigate messages and imagery from the media. Teacher and parent presentations assist with understanding the warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation, and resources for addressing these issues. Available presentations are “Addressing and Preventing Body-Based Bullying” and “Eating Disorders: What to Look for and How to Help”. Post-secondary students and NEDIC staff will facilitate all presentations. |
|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.
|Unison Health and Community Services||Pathways to Education||Pathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education.
Pathways Student/Parent Support Workers (SPSWs) and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.|
|UGOT Active Kids||Early Learning Through Dance||This dance workshop introduces early years students to a variety of dance styles. Trained instructors teach easy to follow routines inspired by a variety of styles, musical artists and/or culture. Students explore movement and rhythm and the five elements of dance - body, space, time, energy and relationship. Students work individually and in groups to develop their own creativity and self-expression. Each age-appropriate workshop starts with a five minute warm-up followed by energetic music with group choreography and dance games. |
|U Can Do It !||Woodworking DIY||This hands-on workshop provides students basic building principles while constructing a woodworking project. Students develop their co-ordination, use easy-to-follow plans, practise with hand tools to complete projects such as windmills, paddle boats, tower cranes mechanical butterflies, motion machines and robotic arms. Facilitator provides all equipment, materials and designs and teaches safety rules on proper use of tools (sandpaper, child-sized hammer and nails). Instructions are taught in a step-by-step fashion for early years and elementary students. Workshop is age appropriate and is also offered in French.|
|Turk Event Consulting (T.E.C.) Inc. ||Lacrosse - History, Culture and Skills Presentations||The presentation teaches students about the history and culture of lacrosse from the perspective of First Nations peoples and introduces students to the basic skills of the game. The presentation discusses the cultural and spiritual significance of the game, shows the different sticks and equipment used, the positions played in the game. Students may participate in a 15 minute game where they are divided into clans/ teams.|
|TREC Charitable Foundation||Relay Education: Kids World of Energy||These hands-on workshops provide students with an in-depth exploration of the various types of renewable energy, their uses, and diverse careers in the Green Energy field. Students will use miniature models of wind turbines or solar photovoltaic panels, complete experiments, and build and test prototypes. Workshop titles include: Concentrate on Conservation; Capture the Wind; Plug in the Sun; Digest This!; Solar Workshop; and Green Collar Careers. Additional renewable energy workshops include Wind Design Challenge and Solar Design Challenge where essential building materials are provided for students to design, build and test or race their devices; all challenges include a Teacher Building Guide for teachers to implement if they choose. |
|Transit Bricks||Toronto Transit Tales||Covering 150 years of Toronto public transportation history, from horse-drawn to motorized transportation, local historian provides interactive presentation that includes models of historic vehicles from 1849 - 2014. Students gain a historic understanding and modern appreciation for the important role of public transit in history and current affairs. |
|Toronto Wildlife Centre||Wildlife Centre Presentations||Through discussions and activities that are designed to encourage critical thinking and broaden student learning, the presentations explore a variety of curriculum connections. Presenters discuss myths and truths surrounding urban wildlife, raise awareness of the urban ecosystem and promote understanding and compassion towards wildlife.
The one-hour long presentations examine environmental issues that affect wildlife. Students learn of real patient cases at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, the reasons animals need help and what happens at the wildlife hospital. Students also learn what they can do to help wildlife and will have a hands-on experience with TWC`s animal ambassador, a large species-at-risk snapping turtle.|
|Toronto Search and Rescue-Marine (T-SAR)||Water and Boating Safety Presentation||Students in Grades 2 and 6 learn water and boating safety essentials: different types of life jackets and boats, essential equipment, emergency preparedness and trip planning. Powerpoint presentation incorporates visual aids and videos, takeaway workbooks and the opportunity to try on real life jackets. |
|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.
|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.|
|Toronto Inuit Association||Inuit Cultural Programming and Resources||TIA and AEC collaborate to co-design/co-produce Aboriginal Education resource materials and programming with an Inuit content focus. Inuktitut Language Instructors to provide classes for interested students and Inuit Cultural Activities as unique learning opportunities. Activities that occur during instructional time, are scheduled and promoted by the Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC) as curriculum enhancement and student engagement programming. Other TIA programming & Inuit Community development activities are available outside of instructional time at the AEC for students, families, the community through permit.
|Toronto International Film Festival Inc.||Filmmaking and Media Education||This program offers filmmaking for secondary students and professional development workshops for staff on media literacy and writing, developing and filming a short film. Student workshops comprises of an overview of the filmmaking process that includes: genre and types of films, scene development, script writing, acting and pre-production, filming, editing and post-production. Students have the opportunity to create their own stories, use professional equipment, analyze the impact of film and media on viewers, and learn how to communicate complex ideas to a wide audience. The program culminates in a screening of the film at the school or at TIFF. Professional learning opportunities include teaching about film, introducing students to filmmaking and integrating critical film viewing into classroom discussion. |
|Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation||Rugby Professional Learning and Skills Development||This enhanced physical education program provides rugby training, tournament participation, and curriculum resources to students and teachers. Accredited and experienced rugby program staff lead workshops to introduce and further enhance rugby skills. Rugby activities and games for understanding are based on the physical literacy ABC's of agility, balance, coordination and speed. Beginner students are introduced to the sport through a non-contact, safe game called Rookie Rugby. Advanced students or those that have a solid understanding of the fundamentals, further develop core rugby skills such as movement, passing and communication and sport specific training. Teachers receive curriculum resources that contain 8 modules that provide activities on how to implement the program beyond the workshop. Schools that have participated in workshops have the opportunity to attend an international rugby tournament at BMO Field or participate in a flag rugby tournament when available.|
|Toronto Hip Hop Cultural Centre||No = Next Opportunity: Empowerment Project||These workshops aim to make positive social connections and build student’s positive self-image and self-esteem through Hip Hop arts. This workshop series touches on the four elements of Hip Hop: BBoying (break dancing), MCing, graffiti and DJing. Each workshop is led by an experienced Hip Hop artist who explores each Hip Hop element using performance, quotes/lyrics and multi-media. Students learn the history of Hip Hop music and culture in a socio-economic and geographical context, make connections between themselves and their communities, and explore current themes and how Hip Hop is used as a form of artistic expression. The focus is less on the artistic skills but more on mentorship from experienced artists as well life skills development. |
|Toronto Community Housing Corporation||Seniors Pen Pal Program||Each year, up to one hundred elementary students from four schools can engage in the Seniors Pen Pal writing program to improve their English Literacy and writing skills. TCHC facilitates the pen pal matches with seniors who would benefit from this intergenerational, literacy program. TCHC staff visit interested classrooms to provide an overview on letter writing and provide paper, envelopes and postage; and with the teacher, plan how many letters will be exchanged over what period of time during the school year. There may be a culminating event with the Senior "pen pals" and students, after the determined number of letters have been exchanged through the post during the year.|
|Toronto Arts Council||Presenting Partners of tdsbCREATES ||The Toronto Arts Council and TDSB collaborate to create new points of access to the Arts across the city by providing opportunities for artists selected by the Advisory Committee, to engage in school-based workshops and projects with students and teachers who are participating in the annual tdsbCREATES Arts Festival. The festival takes place in schools, galleries, community locations and performing arts venues across Toronto each spring.|
|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”.|
|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.
|To Be Determined Theatre Co.||Children's Literature Onstage ||A different touring production is available each year for Early Years students. All productions bring a renowned Canadian children’s literature book to life onstage. Curriculum ties to The Arts and English / Literacy are enhanced through the live performance animation on stage for young audiences. Reading the story before or after performance has potential to further early language and literacy concepts. Q & A sessions are held after each production. See www.tbdtheatre.com each year for the particular performance being offered, and updated curriculum-related resources that are provided to educators pre and post performances. |
|TNO - The Neighbourhood Organization||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|Tides Canada Initiatives - Enviromentum||Climate Conversations||Climate Conversations (CCs) is a workshop that employs Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based strategy, to help high school students explore and resolve their conflicting feelings on issues related to climate change.
Students learn skills in areas of self-awareness and self-control, teamwork, individual power and ownership in their own solutions to reduce carbon footprints and taking more sustainable actions.
|ThriveKids||Fit.Focus.Fearless||Students participate in 20 minutes each of body, mind, and character activities in order to develop confidence, self-reliance, healthy life skills and habits. The 20/20/20 Circuit™, three- part program allows students to manage their bodies from head to toe through the following components: 1. vigorous exercise to release excess energy and endorphins while enhancing executive function, concentration and engagement; 2. life skills activity that incorporate creativity and play while teaching social interaction skills; 3. mindfulness activity to manage thoughts, emotions and self-regulation. Facilitators provide tools and techniques that can be incorporated in every day scenarios. A teacher resource is provided for teachers to continue incorporating the lessons with their students.
|Thinking Forward||Thinking Forward Leadership Program||Thinking Forward offers character development and leadership training for students, primarily in Model Schools, to help children and youth strengthen their interpersonal and leadership skills, and to challenge them to address social needs. Thinking Forward provides 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. |
|Think Don't Shoot||It Starts Within||The entertaining presentation teaches students strategies to manage the psychological, physiological and sociological effects of violence and bullying. Students learn how to be leaders, communicate and to take control of their emotions in order to improve their emotional intelligence and resiliency. See: www.thinkdontshoot.com|
|Think 2wice||Think 2wice||The program facilitates workshops and motivational speaking topics that aim to prevent youth violence, gang involvement and criminal activity. Guest speakers with lived experience of gang involvement and the criminal justice system engage youth to take up positive leadership roles in their schools and communities and to create violence free schools, communities, and lives. Using creative arts such as dance, spoken word and drama, the program seeks to help youth find their life’s purpose. |
|Theatricks Theatre Co. 4 Kids||Theatricks Theatre In-School Workshops_Gledhill JPS||Informed by the Ontario Guidelines for the Drama and Dance curriculum, these workshops are designed to engage elementary students in active participation enhancing their understanding of drama and increasing self-confidence and creativity. Students indulge their own creativity while developing a set of skills for improvisational acting, increasing their self-confidence and ability to work cooperatively, and express themselves publicly. |
|Theatre Direct||Theatre Direct Program||Theatre Direct provides workshops and performances that support enhanced drama, storytelling and story-acting for young audiences.
Students will participate in drama workshops which includes vocal, physical warm up, cooperative circle games and improvisation games. The Kindergarten workshop will focus on games and dramatic storytelling. Schools may choose to schedule 1 workshop or a series of workshops . Resource materials are provided to teachers to further integrate drama and storytelling in the classroom.
Theatre Direct produces one performance per year that features a particular theme and focus. Productions may be held off-site as per Excursion Policy. |
|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.|
|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. |
|The Water Brothers TV Series||The Water Brothers Eco-Adventures||Presentation to educate, inspire and engage audiences about water-related environmental issues occurring on the planet today. Students will learn about environmental challenges in Canada and around the world, the root causes of these problems and their role in helping to overcome these challenges, and learn more about environmental stewardship. Topics include: climate change, access to clean water & sanitation, water infrastructure, renewable energy, biodiversity, invasive species, deforestation, drought, floods, illegal & overfishing, the water cycle, agriculture, plastic building up in our oceans and lake, water in space, earth sciences, sustainable fishing etc. Teacher resources and interactive learning portal are available for each of the topics can be found online at http://thewaterbrothers.ca.|
|The Umbrella Effect Inc.||The Umbrella Project||Similar to an umbrella protecting us from the rain, a collection of well-being skills can protect us from times of calm and stress. This workshop teaches a collection of skills that form emotional well-being: empathy, gratitude, self-compassion, purpose, resiliency and developing a growth mindset. Through lessons, videos, group discussion, personal reflection and observation of the world around them, students learn real life applications of each skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. Workshops may be offered in French and parent presentations are available.|
|The Travelling Stage||Performing Arts Enhancement Workshops||Drama and dance performances; and, select workshops that foster an appreciation for Canadian dance, drama and theatre are available. Excursion opportunities are also offered. Performances vary each year, and revised promotional material is available online at www.travellingstage.com. Select workshops available for TDSB schools include, but are not limited to the following:
DRAMA: "Page to Stage" "Improv" Students are engaged in the art of storytelling by performing a well known tale or fable; or improvising. Students explore character, setting and plot with the end result being to have students bring the story to life through improvisation techniques, and/or by performing it using costume pieces and props.
DANCE: "Decades of Dance" and "Percussion & Props" - Students engage in the history and current relevance of various dance styles; and, tools to explore, create and execute movement. Although the Artist Educator has created the choreography on their own, students will collaborate to bring the choreography to life. |
|The STEPS Initiative||STEPS.Studio||Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Spaces (STEPS) Initiative provides art workshops to engage the school community in the collaborative production of an environmentally-themed public art installation. Facilitators help students explore public space and urban design issues facing their communities and issues of social and environmental impact. Students learn real-world design considerations, how public spaces can be improved upon and environmentally sound solutions. Using a variety of art mediums and techniques, students design and produce a public artwork that serves function, aesthetics and that celebrates the community. |
|The Royal Conservatory of Music||Learning Through The Arts (LTTA) Design Media Arts Project||The program offers professional development and artist-teacher mentorship in digital media arts and music to create and deliver arts-infused core curriculum to elementary students. Digital media arts is a collaborative teaching and learning method that uses writing, visual storytelling, audio, image and graphic design and performance. The year-long program has artist-educators mentor and support teachers in developing media art skills and instructional design to effectively integrate arts experiences into the curriculum. Teachers will enhance their skills and be able to deliver inclusive education to Aboriginal and diverse student populations through the use of digital media arts. Teachers, along with their students, design and implement a culminating year-end project.
Teachers attend three workshops over the year to deepen their understanding and use of grounding pedagogy, deeply questioning and engagement in creative processes. At the workshops, teachers explore instructional resources and apps that enhance the delivery, ideation and creation of digital media arts.|