Our Partners

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

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

Paul Stewart The Pottery Clay WorkshopsThese workshops engage students with the creation of clay sculpture and story development. Students explore their own artistic nature and telling their own stories through art. They learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project is determined in partner consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections, and with the students themselves to ensure connection to their interests. The finished pieces are fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks of the workshop.
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.
Parachute Leaders in Injury PreventionParachute Brain WavesInjury Prevention focused neuroscience presentations enhance students' understanding about different parts of the brain; basic neuroscience vocabulary; and, how and why it's important to protect their brain and spinal cord. Classrooms are turned into laboratories, where students conduct science experiments involving the five senses that tie into lessons on neuroanatomy and the fragility of this amazing system. Students study the lobes of the brain and learn that the brain has the same consistency as gelatin and is protected by a skull that is only as thick as a pencil. They learn simple strategies to prevent injury.
PACTGrow to Learn (GTL) School Gardens and WorkshopsGardens and workshops are designed to teach school communities about urban agriculture and farming methods/techniques, environmental sustainability, various food systems, and STEM-related topics. As outdoor living classrooms, gardens provide safe, experiential, learning and volunteer opportunities to raise awareness around intersectional social justice, healthy food, nutrition, and the issue of food insecurity in local communities. Over ten workshops covering such topics as wild edibles, biodiversity, field to table cooking, seed saving, composting, and soil blocking, are available for all grades along with self-directed teaching opportunities. Garden tours and 1/2 day field trips also available. To review the current menu of workshops and related lesson plans, see http://pactprogram.ca with new activities updated annually.
P.E.A.C.E.A Piece of P.E.A.C.E._ VirtualMotivational virtual workshops and assemblies use hip Hop, spoken word, poetry and other urban art-forms to explore self-expression, leadership, equity and diversity. Sessions provide students an opportunity to express their dreams and ideas in an artistic way through various literary devices and activities including spoken word, poetry writing, and storytelling. The framework focuses on empowering students to make responsible and positive choices toward achieving their goals, following their passions and leading their communities, especially for our Black students. Follow-up workshops provide an opportunity for students to explore additional tools for self-expression. Participants hear from a Black artist's perspective on working in the Arts industry, supporting the community and Arts development.
OWLware Ltd.Accessibility NowThis experiential learning program provides opportunities for students with or without special needs focused on school to work initiatives in creative industries, social media, podcasting and film production. The studio experience is brought into the classroom (virtually or in-person) where students are mentored by industry experts to produce a podcast and or YouTube segment for the program, “Accessibility Now” and podcast “Disability Den”. Students discuss accessibility issues and compliance solutions that are relevant to them, identify disability awareness topics to highlight and, using professional studio equipment/virtual industry software create a short video or podcast from pre-production to completion including marketing materials. Students with developmental disabilities learn various digital disciplines consisting of studio production, hosting, digital editing, podcast development, producing a show and promotion via social media channels. SHSM certification is also available.
Outward Bound CanadaOutdoor Mentorship TrainingPeer-to-peer leadership opportunities are provided through mentorship training in outdoor urban experiences.Workshops integrate the themes of outdoor and experiential adventure education; eco-psychology and mindfulness; and, leadership and group dynamics. Students build the leadership skills of facilitating meaningful outdoor education activities; communicating effectively; and, conflict mediation, management and resolution techniques. Workshop culminates with students, supported by Outward Bound Canada staff, implementing an activity for their peers.
OT Fitness Educational Services IncOT Fitness ProgramsThis initiative includes fitness programming; agility challenges; teamwork competitions; 'Sports Days'; 'Fitness Nights'; relay and track activities for all students, and school communities. Students learn movement skills using specialized equipment. They build their knowledge and skills in fitness, agility, team competitions, relay and track challenges through fun and engaging activities.
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 resourcefulness, perseverance, and critical thinking skills, and also learn and improve their understanding of concepts like social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, as well as environmental awareness through their engagement in a creative approach to social change.Creating eco-friendly projects in the classroom by using recycled materials
Operation SpringboardPositive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. For referred students, there is access to community programs and services as needed to support those youth who are experiencing complex challenges.
Ontario Wheelchair Sports AssociationOntario Para Network_ONPARA Wheelchair BasketballPresentations are a fun-filled and informative way to introduce school communities to an adaptive and inclusive sport. The rules and regulations of wheelchair basketball are relayed by an ONPARA athlete ambassador. Students witness the ambassador's athleticism as they demonstrate basic ball handling, passing, and their skills in a sport chair. The presentation then transitions into a question period that allows students to ask the athlete about wheelchair basketball, their disability, and their everyday life. We end the presentation with an exciting game of wheelchair basketball and if there’s enough time, we’ll even get students to face-off against the teachers!
Ontario Tennis AssociationProgressive Schools TennisProgressive Schools Tennis provides professional learning sessions, and in-class workshops that introduce students and staff to “Progressive Floor Tennis”, using a small mobile net, sponge balls and graduated length junior racquets with follow up visits by tennis coaches.
Ontario Science CentreOntario Science SchoolThe Centennial Centre of Science and Technology (Ontario Science Centre) Science School (OSCSS) provides students from throughout Ontario with an opportunity to gain university preparation science and mathematics credits, and mentor elementary students on projects in local schools, during an enriched semester at the Ontario Science Centre (OSC). In partnership with the TDSB since 1982, all public school students from the TDSB and other Boards are registered at Don Mills Cl while in attendance at the Ontario Science School. Students acquire a solid academic background in Science and mentoring experience with elementary classes on STEM projects in schools. Ontario Science School labs are housed in the Ontario Science Centre. At the Science School, there is a strong emphasis on the communication of science and diverse ways of knowing.
Ontario Justice Education NetworkOJEN Courtrooms and Classrooms Focused on citizenship and justice education, this program creates dialogues for students and teachers on legal issues and the provincial justice system. Through avenues that provide access to justice sector facilities and participation in debates about justice system reforms, students can engage in simulated court hearings, career modeling and mentorship opportunities, plenary sessions, and workshops that stimulate discussion and promote informed, purposeful, and active citizenship. Professional learning sessions for teachers are also available through a lecture series as well as interactive sessions with OJEN staff and other legal professionals in the justice sector, such as shadowing a judge.
Ontario Ball Hockey FederationBall Hockey Professional Learning and Skills DevelopmentThis physical education program provides ball hockey clinics, professional learning sessions, training, tournament participation, and curriculum resources to students and teachers. Workshops are led by experienced ball hockey players to introduce the sport by teaching rule structure, player safety and skill development rather than competition. Activities include drills, games and fitness movement. This workshop is ideal for those schools who have minimal exposure to hockey/ball hockey. Professional learning is available to staff to deepen their understanding of the sport.
One Voice One Team Youth Leadership OrganizationSWOLE ProgramPrograms empower students to develop leadership skills through their passions and becoming positive agents in their community. Themes covered are leadership, self-esteem, resiliency, peer mediation, relationship building and giving back. Students also learn practical strategies on identifying and developing clear action plans to achieve their goals. A variety of programs, in-person or virtual, are offered to suit the student audience include: S.W.O.L.E. (self-respect, work hard, overcome adversity, lead by example and excellence), Man Up, Dymond Girls, Leaders of Our Time for Black secondary students, Get Yo' Life, and History Makers. Assembly or workshop, students develop their leadership skills through a variety of activities that include self-reflection exercises, discussion, physical activities and mentor storytelling.
One Little Goat Theatre Company Inc.PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for KidsThis performance provides an introduction to theatre by providing a short history of theatre and plays from around the world, in person or virtually. Two actors use children’s games, drama, storytelling, music, and dance and to take students on a theatrical journey through four different periods of drama: early beginnings with prehistoric games around the fire, ancient Greek Tragedy, Japanese Noh Theatre and Modern Theatre. Following the performance a Q&A provides opportunity for students to have a conversation with the artists. A follow-up learning resource is available for teachers to continue the learning afterwards.
NutritowerHydroponics: Exploring Alternative Growing MethodsWorkshops instill in children an appreciation and knowledge of hydroponically grown local food, in-person or by-videoconferencing. Hydroponics is an alternative growing method that uses a mineral solution in water to grow plants without the use of soil. From seed to harvest, facilitators show every step of the growing process with fun and interactive activities that engage students to use their hands and their minds. Workshops focus on understanding carbon footprints, reducing food waste, water conservation and how hydroponics is the most environmentally friendly alternative for growing food.
Northstarr Entertainment Inc.Stay Driven Motivational assemblies and/or classroom workshops from Rapper Duane "D.O." Gibson combine hip hop performances with life lessons. Presentation themes include: Canadian Black History - D.O. presents about Black History through a Canadian perspective talking about Viola Desmond and black history in Nova Scotia as well as the Underground railroad and Josiah Henson in Chatham, Ontario ; HOLLA – Help, Outlet, Lead, Leave, Assert. D.O. discusses several strategies to combat bullying focusing on building self-esteem, standing up to bullies and finding an outlet. In The Zone - D.O. will bond with students as he shares his personal stories through freestyle rap. The program focuses on the personal power gained through reading, creative writing and speech. And, M.A.D. Skills (Media And Decisions) - D.O. will teach your students to make positive choices when it comes to the media. The program focuses on making informed decisions on music and TV choices as well as presenting strategies to combat cyber bullying.
North York General HospitalTransitional Aged Youth Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Well-BeingThis program offers specialized outpatient support services to referred youth and young adults who are concerned about the impact of substance use, addictions, depression, anxiety, and/or concurrent disorders in their lives. Assessment, support, treatment, and/or community referral to appropriate services are available through collaboration with TDSB Professional Support Services. Program activities include helping the school identify high-risk students; group activities based on locally identified needs; training for school staff; education and support for parents/guardians. Group programming can focus on building specific skills that enhance students' self-esteem and address a variety of mental health and well-being concerns. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues.
North York Community HouseSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
North Star ProductionsThe Ontario Planetarium Mobile Star Dome A knowledgeable guide leads presentations in a mobile planetarium that is set-up for a day at interested schools. Based on their experiences, presenters discuss earth and space science. Several presentations are offered to bring the cosmos to life through 3-D graphics and thundering surround sound.
No. 9 Imagining My Sustainable CommunityThis interdisciplinary program enhances literacy through an architecture and urban design project for grade 7&8 classes. 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.
Nimi AtmaRecollect Your RootsWorkshop in which students reflect, recollect and describe their first memory from their roots/heritage/culture culminating in a video documentation serving as an affirmation of their identity and heritage. Led by a Tamil-Canadian author and filmmaker, students are encouraged to think critically about their heritage and how they wish to express their memory while guided in the storytelling/narrative process. The work documented in the video help students to understand the role early memories play in the construction of identity while giving them a greater sense of self and confidence in their voice. This workshop is particularly relevant for children of minorities whose voices are marginalized in the Canadian media landscape, as they will learn how to use media to preserve their heritage.
New Leaf YogaMindfulness and Yoga-based Life Skills ProgramProgram supports the mental, emotional and physical health to referred students in marginalized communities. In-person or virtual sessions use yoga-inspired movement and mindfulness-based activities to address chronic stress, cultivate self-awareness, as well as build resilience and pro-social skills. The program prioritizes making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible, inclusive and engaging for young people of all abilities and backgrounds. Professional learning sessions are also available for staff teams.
Never Too Short ProductionsFilm In A DayFull day hands-on workshop offers the opportunity for students to explore all aspects of filmmaking including script writing, exploration of equipment and techniques required to create a film. This comprehensive workshop emphasizes four key components to consider when making a film: storytelling, writing, presentation and use of equipment. The facilitator also discusses the editing process, and software that accompanies it. The goal of the workshop is not only for students to create a short film, but also to provide them with a solid understanding of the film industry's practices, standards and careers.
Never Gallery ReadyRe:Framing Culture Re:Claiming VoiceMedia and visual literacy-focused workshops explore culture as reflected in art, news, history, and advertising. These workshops address the politics of individuals’ relationship with images, objects, sound and site, and ask students to critically analyze ubiquitous messages and dominant cultural narratives. Students create works of collage, learn “culture jamming” techniques, perform sound plays/stories, create site-specific installations/awareness campaigns that address community issues, and ‘zines (themed booklets). A 5-day workshop series is also available.
Neighbourhood Group Community ServicesGame Changers - Restorative Justice Conflict MediationRestorative Justice and Conflict Mediation sessions are provided with small groups of referred students. The program also works with Youth Peer Mediators in training and supporting their school communities. Peer to peer and/or youth to adult conflicts are discussed through a proactive problem-solving process. Sessions foster leadership and pro-social skills, shared accountability, and builds individual and school capacity to manage conflicts with mediation.
Neighbourhood Group Community ServicesHigher State of MindThe workshops are co-facilitated by staff and youth facilitators who raise awareness of the risks of cannabis and prescription drug use and its impact on student’s well-being. Higher State of Mind is a harm reduction intervention program to help youth explore their own risk factors, safe substance use knowledge and healthy coping skills. Students learn to reduce stress and anxiety and increase positive coping strategies, resiliency and positive life skills. Workshop offerings include the following topics: harm reduction and prevention strategies, stereotypes and stigmas, addictions, coping strategies, healthy relationships with self and others.
National Council of Canadian MuslimsA Teachable Moment on IslamophobiaWorkshops for students and staff on the identification and prevention of Islamophobia in classrooms and school communities. Workshops build mutual understanding, racial and cultural sensitivity and challenge forms of xenophobia. Three workshops are offered to students: "Bystander Intervention", and "Stereotypes and Diversity in the Media". Students are able to identify acts of discrimination and hate and learn strategies on how to respond. Staff professional learning include "A Teachable Moment on Islamophobia for Educators and Administrators" which provide practical tools and context through case study analysis to deconstruct scenarios and equip staff with necessary tools and understanding the impact on their students.
Naomi ChorneyArt-To-GoWorkshops are offered in visual arts and dance by a French and bilingual multi-disciplinary artist. Visual arts workshops offered are printmaking, relief printmaking, relief painting and paper making. Students are guided through a design project, technique and process to create an individual art piece. Dance workshops include hop hop, dance fusion and creative movement and storytelling. Engaging students in the instructional portion, workshops bring out students’ creativity through choreography with an opportunity to showcase their routine to their peers.
Moving EDGEucation Inc.Bachelors, Masters, Ph.Ds in EDGEucation!Health and well-being, movement based learning, dance and health school climate sessions for school communities. Bachelors: A highly engaging, inclusive community building experience where the whole self is engaged (the physical, cognitive, social/emotional) moving to multiple music styles. Students create a positive community environment by unifying together on the same movement, then expressing and exploring their own individuality. Masters: Interactive movement sessions with a “numeracy” or “literacy” focus, plus a Professional Learning Session for staff to build the capacity of teachers to integrate movement into lessons. Ph.Ds: Continue the learning through interactive movement sessions with multiple subject areas, and an extended Professional Learning Session to integrate movement into multiple subjects throughout the day. Parent engagement sessions build community, and provide an experiential opportunity for families to become informed about movement & learning while being active at the same time.
Mosa McNeillySister Freedom's Black Arts Education ProjectsGrounded in Black diasporic art forms, aesthetic modes and design, these sessions, in-person or by video-conferencing, engage curriculum connections with visual art, social studies, mapping, coding, equity, diversity, history, social justice and wellness. Workshops include: Adinkra Project, Africa project, Black Stories Storybook Project, Black Women Artists Project, Black Hair Magic Project, Grandma Assiatou's Seed Pouch Project, Sankofa Project and Underground Railroad Quilt Godes Project. Through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture, writing poetry, students engage in self-reflective and cross-cultural dialogue. Also available as professional development, Black Ways of Knowing offers tools for developing and delivering culturally responsive curriculum that centers African, Black and Caribbean students and advocates for Black freedom and justice. Delivery available in English or French.
Money School CanadaMoneyi$t in the School Financial Literacy Educational Programs Interactive financial literacy programming, delivered in-person or virtually, introduces participants to a comprehensive array of essential money concepts including saving, smart spending, budgeting, borrowing and credit. Professional financial literacy instructors use a diverse array of experiential learning techniques such as skits, role-play, hands-on activities and simulations to engage students and make learning about money fun and memorable. Age appropriate, plain language, relevant examples are drawn from student life experiences and shared to engage, inform and build student knowledge, skill and confidence with money and its management. Workshops meet math and financial literacy curriculum requirements. They are tailored for grades 4 - 12. Parent sessions are entitled "Money Mentor$". Professional learning sessions are also available.
Mohawk CollegeEducation Assistant / Educational Support Field PlacementsField placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students in Educational Assistant / Educational Support programs who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms when working with students with diverse learning needs; to develop practical knowledge and skills; to work with and support students with special education needs in their learning environments; to provide (supervised) support to students with diverse and special education needs in school settings. 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.
Mining MattersGeoscience WorkshopsWorkshops provide hands-on activities to elementary schools to stimulate interest in Earth sciences and the role rocks, metals, minerals and mining play in everyday life. Students work collaboratively to identify properties of Earth materials while engaging in discussions to better understand where and how these resources form. Students actively develop critical thinking skills and apply inductive/deductive reasoning to identify the variety of samples that include local and regional samples that are sourced in Ontario. Workshops can be chosen from the following list: Career Bingo, Making Sense of Igneous Rocks, Making Sense of Metamorphic Rocks, Making Sense of Sedimentary Rocks, Mystery Minerals, Rocks, Rock Detective, Rocks and Fossils of Ontario, Tools of the Trade, What Ontario Mines, What's Where? Why There? Why Care? and What's Yours is Mined! Professional learning is available to teachers to bring Earth science alive to students. Workshops are offered in French.
Mindfulness EverydayMindfulness EverydayThese evidence-based sessions, utilizing mindfulness-based stress reduction practices and current research, are trauma-sensitive, SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) informed and EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) aware. They are customized to enhance positive mental and physical well-being, cultivate compassionate action and resilience, and provide stress reduction training and life skills for all grades, staff, and parents in school communities. Workshops are specialized to audience. Programs include: The Mindful Edge (Stress Management and Life Strategies for Teens), SMARTeducation (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) for Educators, SHSM certificate for Health and Wellness; and, Mindful Parenting.
MetrolinxTransit in Your CommunityPresentations on the Metrolinx Transit Projects provide an opportunity for students in school communities to understand these significant infrastructure construction initiatives in their communities. Presentations deepen students understanding of city planning through interaction with various transportation professionals, students gain an understanding of the many careers in transportation, planning and public transit through this unique partnership. Workshops are tailored to particular projects in the schools’ neighbourhoods and summer schools. Guest speakers, videos, presentations and group activities are adjusted & based on the grade/s engaged in these interactive sessions.
METRACRespect in Action Youth Violence Prevention (ReAct)ReAct is a peer-education program in existence since 2001, for youth ages 13 -25, to build leadership skills and knowledge of healthy, equal, non-violent relationships. Program activities are informed by Popular Education, Facilitated Inquiry techniques; Human Rights Education, Cooperative Learning; and Feminist, Environmental studies. Facilitators work with students, to increase understanding of violence, while creating safe spaces for sharing experiences and inspiring peers to take action in addressing violence in their lives and communities. ReAct workshops and presentations cover topics related to: Healthy Equal Relationships, Anti-Black Racism, Cyber Violence, Consent, Intersectionality and Identity, Gender and Self-esteem. After-School programs on Healthy Relationships are offered for 1 to 2 years. All workshops, presentations and programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each school/class
MeBookz Inc.I Am Me - Comfortable In My Own SkinA literacy workshop series that sparks a student’s view of themselves as superheroes with innate powers to change their world. Through interactive reading of a picture book, group discussion and activities, the workshop explores themes of self-identity/worth, envisioning future goals, and finding great adventures in the simple things. Students will not only create their superhero story with special abilities but will also create their own superhero poster.
McMichael Canadian Art CollectionV.O.I.C.E.SV.O.I.C.E.S., Visual Outreach Initiative Creating Empowered Students, program provides student leadership and empowerment through art-based activities to select grade 5 students. These in-person or virtual sessions nurture students' self-esteem and leadership skills through exploration of Canadian Art from the McMichael collection. Five learning sessions provide a behind-the-scenes tour of an artist's studio, in-depth look into the creative process, conversations with professional artists, all animated by gallery shots, images of artwork and videos presenting artmaking demonstrations. The sixth session culminates in a showcase of individual artwork and celebration of students' achievements.
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
Maurice GordonA Positive Narrative of African/Black Canadian HistoryMusical presentation assembly, in-person or by video-conferencing, that educates, celebrates and presents the achievements of Black/African Canadians who have contributed to making Canada for what it is today. Musician Maurice Gordon takes you on a journey of history from early 1600’s to present day highlighting individuals that made a difference in their respective fields. Maurice entertains with original, relevant and contemporary songs that weaves words, music and singing while also involving student participation. Finally, as a Jamaican Canadian, Maurice touches on the Jamaican connection to Canadian history.
MASCMulticultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC) Online ProgramMulticultural Arts for Schools and Communities, also known as MASC, represents a group of 40+ professional artists/artist groups from diverse backgrounds who deliver arts workshops, performances, and residencies for K-12 students virtually in both English and French. Disciplines include: dance, drama, literary arts, media arts, music, visual arts. Programming enhances students' creative process, deepen cultural awareness and give vivid demonstration of Canada's diversity. Performances are accompanied by a live Q&A with professional artists that bring high-quality performances and engaging interaction into classrooms. MASC's roster of artists for the current year can be viewed at www.masconline.ca.
Marianne DerowThe Art of Healthy SingingProfessional voice artist mentor provides information about the music industry and imparts professional singing skills to students. In-person or virtual sessions enhance vocal and performance technique. Students learn how the mechanics of producing sound works, and the proper use and care of the voice to maximize one's sound. Through a variety of styles of music and repertoire, students enhance their understanding and practise of vocal music.
MapleLeafTheatreforSocial ResponsibilityTheatre Workshops and Performances for Social ChangeForum Theatre pedagogy allows students to participate and change the outcome of problems and learn to promote positive change. It is a pedagogy recognized by UNESCO. Mixed Company Theatre provides interactive productions and workshops using this method to address such issues as bullying, inclusion, mental health awareness, sexual consent, homophobia and transphobia. In these sessions, students practise creative problem-solving techniques and develop positive strategies to respond to issues that affect them.
Mahlikah Awe:riArt 4 Social Change: Re-Indigenizing Tsi Tkarón:toMembers of Red Slam Collective lead these multi-disciplinary interactive assembly and workshops for young audiences through the immersion of contemporary and traditional artistic expression such as dance, music, slam poetry, and storytelling to explore contemporary social issues, while introducing Indigenous ways of knowing and doing. Students will be challenged to unlearn and relearn how to become stewards, “in-relation” with Indigenous Peoples and with the Land. Suitable for grades 3-8.
Magic Live Inc. Literacy, Numeracy and Anti-Bullying Magic ShowsThree unique magic shows are designed to enhance student engagement and positive school climate. Reading Magic promotes the love of reading, reviews the difference between fiction and non-fiction books, and includes many effects that engage students in literacy and spelling. In the Math Magic Show, students experience math in action through fun with magic squares, math predictions, measurement and more. There is a clear focus on “street math” skills, and how we use math in our everyday lives. Students also learn magic tricks to compute numbers with patterns. The Anti-Bullying Magic Show identifies what bullying is and what it is not. Discussion throughout the show, covers verbal, physical, social, and cyber bullying, while providing clear and practical anti-bullying strategies.
MADD CanadaImpaired Driving School PresentationPresentations in person or via video-conferencing educate students about the harmful risks associated with substance use and impaired driving. One presentation, “School Assembly”, informs students about the real risks associated with alcohol/drug use and driving or being a passenger in a vehicle with an impaired driver. Trained facilitators raise awareness and provide safety strategies so students learn to make wise, safe and healthy choices. A second presentation, "Weed out the Risk" is available for schools seeking more information on cannabis and driving. Following each presentation, trained facilitators and/or MADD representatives will lead a Q&A with students. Presentations are also available in French.
MADD CanadaSmartWheelsStudents learn about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving. Presentations are available in person on a mobile RV, in class, or via video conference; and can be delivered in French. They feature videos about the effects of alcohol and substance use such as cannabis. Students put on virtual reality goggles (in the RV or in class formats) and in the case of video conferencing, students view a virtual reality video to see how it looks and feels to drive while impaired. All presentations include students participating in multiple choice questions and in decision-making scenarios about impaired driving. These sessions not only increase awareness about the consequences of impaired driving, but also influence responsible decision-making and provide safety strategies.
Mad Science of TorontoScience & Technology WorkshopsMad Science Curriculum Based Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science through hands-on and interactive live experiments. These in-class workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology, engineering and the environment and to make connections between science and the wonders of the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, exciting and interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary student. Their professionally trained presenters are excellent in creating experiences that encourage children to pursue the sciences throughout their secondary and post secondary studies.
Mabinty SyllaLANYANA: West African Drumming and DanceAn immersive dance and drumming workshop delivered in-person or through video-conferencing, for students of all ages to learn West African culture through the Arts. The history, origins of dance and music and how they are used in the different ceremonies are all part of this workshop delivered by experienced African facilitators. In the dance workshop, students learn traditional dances and movements, body language, expressions and how to listen and respond to each other and the music. In the enhanced drum workshop, students learn proper technique, different music patterns as well as develop teamwork, co-operation and communication skills. This workshop can be offered in French or English.
Lumenus Community ServicesCommunity-based Treatment and Support ServicesServices offer a continuum of support to select students, their families and care providers. Supports include accessible services that can take place in the home, school, or community and for students whose school or home placement is at risk of breakdown due to mental health and other issues. Lumenus staff work one-one-one with referred students and/or with key adults in the students' lives, to support their optimal functioning based on goals from the students' treatment plans. Lumenus staff connect students and key adults to needed community resources. In particular, the program provides strategies to address difficulties in social, emotional, behavioural, communication, cognitive, learning and/or developmental domains of functioning. Services can include observation and assessment in the home; support and training for parents, teachers and other school staff as needed; and individual student program planning for the classroom and at home, service coordination, and transition support from treatment into classroom setting. Lumenus staff work in collaboration with TDSB Professional Support Services staff in order to facilitate a coordinated service for referred students.
Lumenus Community ServicesReachOUTReachOUT is a creative, inclusive and accessible program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning and two-spirited (LGBTTQQI2S) youth. The program provides individual, family and group services, as well as educational workshops and events. It provides enhanced opportunities for youth engagement projects in selected schools, such as supporting the development and maintenance of Gay-Straight Alliances in those schools.
Lumenus Community ServicesSchool Focused Direct Access Workers (SFW)These specialized Lumenus staff work collaboratively with TDSB Professional Support Services to provide an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, in school or in the community for youth with mental health issues. Lumenus staff works with the children/youth and their family/support people to support their optimal functioning and sense of belonging in the school and neighbourhood community, based on goals established within the child/youth’s treatment plan. Students and/or family members have direct access to these resources through established TDSB referral mechanisms; and can access services when on site in school/s. Lumenus staff are also available to consult with school staff, as needed. The School Focused Direct Access Workers may support the children/youth to connect with appropriate community resources and services; and support students during the instructional day to decrease barriers and stigma regarding accessing mental health supports.
Lumenus Community ServicesWhatever It Takes (WIT)'Whatever It Takes' (WIT) provides service coordination and transitional support to children and youth who have mental health issues and have complex service needs. WIT provides many services such as interim intensive case management, facilitation of community planning, clinical consultation and one-on-one support within student’s treatment plan to transition into a classroom or maintain the student effectively in the classroom until a more appropriate school placement or day treatment placement can be arranged. WIT facilitates the collaboration of service providers to respond to children/youth with complex needs or to those whose needs exceed the ability and capacity of any one service provider or sector.
Lumenus Community ServicesYouth Outreach Workers (YOW) This program provides outreach and support for referred youth who are identified as being at risk and may also present with a dual diagnosis or developmental disability, and/or identify as LGBTQ. It connects these youth with community resources to meet their immediate needs (such as employment, health, housing, recreation). Youth Outreach Workers are also available for presentations in secondary schools to increase all students' understanding of mental health and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion. The YOW can also assist the young person’s support network (home, school, peers) to access necessary resources to help them best support the youth.
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.
Luana ShirtCultural TeachingsLuana Shirt is a Plains Cree/Anishinaabe Indigenous Knowledge Educator and Artist. Through interactive teaching circles, she brings focus and better understanding of Anishinaabe cultural teachings that are centered around the Indigenous world views of traditional roles of women and men, rites of passage of girls and boys, 7 stages of life, 7 grandfathers story and teachings, understanding of water, traditional use of medicines and 13 moon grandmother teachings. Indigenous arts workshops include songs, games and interactive teaching circles. Professional learning available to teachers.
Loyalist CollegeEarly Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.
Love & Guidance ProjectChildren's Yoga_Virtual SesionsCulturally relevant stories from the African diaspora are shared in virtual yoga sessions, reflective practice, music and movement activities. Program strives to create an environment that facilitates the development of children’s interest while catering to physical, emotional, and cognitive milestones especially through effective play and literacy experiences. Themed yoga will lend from safe adaptive yoga practices and incorporate themes from books and resources.
Logics Group Inc.Logics Academy Robotics, Coding, Aerospace & STEM workshops bring Curriculum to Life with 21st Century Technology in-person or by video-conferencing. They inspire students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 to apply enriched and expanded thinking to the Ministry of Education’s Science, Technology, Math, Language & Art curricula. Students participate in hands-on, 2-hour workshops that are a fun and engaging way to apply STEM principles in experiential methodology with Robotics & Coding. Students are challenged to work in groups to collaborate, problem solve and think creatively. Logics certified instructors bring everything required for these innovative workshops and teachers can continue to use the techniques by accessing lesson plans online at www.logicsacademy.com/SITC or through bookings@logicsacademy.com.
Living RhythmDrumming to Well BeingInteractive, virtual rhythm-based workshops explore drumming to increase mental health and well being for students, staff and school communities. Using drums, their own bodies, and other objects from home, participants of all abilities, disabilities, special needs, and differentiated learning are engaged. Participants learn mindfulness strategies and techniques through sound, pulse, rhythm, and visualization. They enhance their communication skills through active listening and cooperation with peers. These sound and rhythm workshops are customized for each audience. They can include: The Beat of Now: Drumming & Rhythm for Mental Health & Well Being; Community Beats: Building Community Spirit Through Drumming & Rhythm; Together in Rhythm: Team Building and Leadership.
Live Lujo Inc.Sewing StudioLibraries, gyms or classrooms are transformed into creative maker space by an 'All Star' team. A Sewing Studio that disrupts stereotypes and biases about who can sew and who can express themselves artistically. Sessions focus on confidence, skill-building, mentorship, equity and most of all, inclusion. All students leave the studio with a feeling of accomplishment in having completed a design and sewing project. Instructors, who are male role models , provide an engaging introduction to frame the session within the context of "Confidence Building" when learning new skills and new creative ways to express themselves. Personal stories of overcoming barriers are shared. Each student is inspired and encouraged to make their own creative choices in materials and adornments for the project, at the " Creation Station ". Projects vary by age group; all intentionally contribute to students' sense of self-efficacy. Each student learns how to sew on a sewing machine.
Live DifferentLive Different School AssembliesMotivational assemblies with engaging mix of personal stories, videos, crowd participation, live music, and more. Delivered by young, dynamic team members that students find easy to relate to. Positive youth development programming with themes that change annually to best address school and student needs in relevant ways. Exists to empower young people and engage them in a lifestyle of compassion and service.
Little SoulsInside Out: Yoga and Emotional RegulationWorkshops help students recognize and learn self-regulation tools to assist in working through their emotions in a constructive manner. In-person or virtual lessons incorporate breath work, movement and a quiet moment at the end. They further encourage teamwork by learning to read each others' body languages and through partner poses when it is safe to do so. The yoga classes incorporate all methods of learning to cater to the different learning styles: visual, auditory, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary. Each class is structured with a storyline which draws attention and receptivity; content can be easily recalled and integrated in life.
Little Robot Friends Inc.Virtual Coding & Crafting with RobotsVirtual workshops for students in grades 1-2 explore the relationship between code and electronics through hands-on play using ‘Cubby’ robots. Students gain fundamental understanding of basic electronics, how computers work, and how ‘coding’ gives them the tools to do amazing things. In these sessions, students interact with Cubby’s inputs and outputs and learn about sensing light, sound, movement, and more. Students make colours using LED lights, musical notes using Cubby’s speaker, and turn blinks and beeps into unique expressions for their robot’s personality. Students can even turn their robots into “Cubby Choir” and sing a short song together.
Little Red TheatreTouring Theatre for ChildrenThe magic of theatre comes to life in these dramatic performances using an eclectic mix of puppets, original musical scores and songs, dance and audio and visual technology for elementary students. Productions are inspired by current issues, books that children love or problems that are relevant to children. Students may participate in the actual performance or participate in the question and answer at the end. Each year three shows are offered in English, French or Bilingual; each show is completely different and unique.
Little Kickers Toronto CentralA Rounded Education ProgramEarly learning goals are achieved in a pressure-free, play, not push environment during these specialized workshops that enhance preschool and kindergarteners' physical, social, and creative competencies. The basics of soccer are introduced as children learn dribbling, proper footwork, passing, and scoring goals, in partner and group-based activities which stimulate and enhance their skills in teamwork and cooperative play. By listening and communicating with each other during these exercises, children learn to strengthen and develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting their physical movements to ideas and events as they unfold. To demonstrate all that they've learned, children apply these newly acquired skills in friendly games using specially-made child-friendly soccer balls and goal nets.
Literal ChangeOrton-Gillingham Professional LearningIn this professional learning session in person or by video-conferencing, staff are exposed to the multi-sensory and direct teaching strategies found within the Orton-Gillingham remedial literacy approach. Half or full day interactive workshop introduces Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches, terminology, learning exceptionalities and targeted teaching strategies that address phonological awareness, syllabication, morphology, spelling and writing. Facilitators provide teaching examples and assessment tools to help teachers identify gaps in knowledge and translate the results into teaching objectives and lesson plans. Literacy Specialist course offers a more in-depth understanding of Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches which includes research, terminology, assessment, organization of learning and application for learners.
Licensed To Learn Inc. L2L Peer to Peer Leadership Training & Academic SupportSelected elementary and secondary student leaders are trained to help their peers improve their grades through 10 hours of one-on-one peer academic support, in-person or virtually. Student 'peer leaders' are granted L2L certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, growth mindsets, good study habits, and ways to improve note taking and time management skills. An L2L Trainer is assigned to each participating school to train students and ensure that each participating student is successful. Secondary school student leaders are also paired with participating elementary feeder schools to deepen the mentoring between younger and older students in neighbourhoods.
Let's Talk Science Let's Talk SciencePost-secondary volunteers and staff lead a variety of sessions that enhance the STEM curriculum and help students develop scientific inquiry, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students see direct application of STEM concepts to real-life environments. Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers act as role models to provide information on post-secondary education and future careers in STEM. Let’s Talk Science is partnered with over 50 universities and colleges across Canada, each with their own local outreach program offerings. Examples of workshops include Feast for the Senses, Super Science Challenges, DNA Biotechnology, and action project activities such as Tomatosphere Seed Planting. In addition, Let’s Talk Science Professional Learning staff can model activities and learning in the classroom in real time through co-learning opportunities. Delivered in person or virtually.
Leila MireskandariKids' Growing City Edible Garden Education Workshops & Professional Learning opportunities are offered through gardening seminars, demonstrations and implementing an edible garden. Student workshops include hands-on gardening activities, such as designing school gardens, planting seeds, washing and packaging vegetables, composting, recycling, and harvesting and replanting foods. TDSB staff participate in these workshops and learn how to implement successful gardens at their schools. For follow-up, staff can access professional learning resources and courses at https://kidsgrowingcity.thinkific.com/collections/school-gardening?q=
Laura BeglinCreativity, Confidence, Artistry Through DanceIn these dance workshops, students build leadership skills as they create their own choreography and creative composition. Each session typically concentrates on one dance style or tradition, providing instruction in technique and dance history. Styles available include jazz, ballet, hip hop, disco, modern, musical theatre, country line dance, Western-style folk dance, and creative movement. With elementary students the instructor focuses on body and spatial awareness, form and style, and physical conditioning. With secondary students the instructor places greater emphasis on proper dance technique and history. All workshops seek to provide new and diverse perspectives to teachers and students in the classroom.
Kouraba Toronto Centre for Cultural AdvKouraba FoliStudents have a rare opportunity to experience authentic West African music traditions, oral histories and dance from an ancestral perspective delivered by Master percussionists, dancers and musicians. These in-person or by video-conferencing sessions utilize multi-media, storytelling, singing, live performance and art demonstrations. The foundation of these sessions are formed on the four pillars of Character Education: Discipline, Respect, Unity, and Music (D.R.U.M.). Drumming or dance workshops allow students to work in smaller groups to actively participate in music making, interactive play and dance while learning traditional songs that tell a story. Also delivered in French and up to four distinct West African languages. Suitable but not limited to Black History month.
Kids Code JeunesseCode and CreateWorkshops provide hands-on learning, centred around computational thinking and block-based coding, delivered in-person or through video-conferencing. With a variety of workshop topics to choose from, including Scratch, micro:bit and Artificial Intelligence, sessions lay the foundation for participants to continue building digital skills for creative learning. Coding content is scoped to curriculum and grade from elementary to high school and is delivered in French or English. KCJ supports social and emotional learning (SEL) and autism-inclusivity. Professional learning sessions get educators excited about code, computational thinking, artificial intelligence, and digital citizenship. Educators learn key concepts and practices and leave with valuable resources and lesson plans to take into the classroom.
Kick Start Arts SocietyKick Start Arts WorkshopsThe workshops engage students to create multi-disciplinary arts projects and initiatives. Skilled artist-educators bring the arts to life and work with students to deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills and build a stronger sense of community. Workshops are crafted to nurture the development of The Arts expectations (drama, dance, music, media, visual art, literary arts) found in the curriculum, while creating an opportunity for fun and meaningful arts immersion. Professional learning sessions available for staff interested in arts-based learning.
Kevin CarringtonReggaeciseA virtual, reggae-inspired cardio fitness dance program that improves students' physical literacy and emotional well-being. The program combines dance, aerobic fitness, and reggae music, with high-impact exercise routines. Once students learn choreographed movements, they are encouraged to explore their own creativity by improvising their own dance moves. Students interact with an engaging and positive role model that inspires students to do their best and be their best.
Karen ChaboyerResidential Schools & Seven FiresAs a Residential School Survivor, Karen Chaboyer speaks about her lived experience of nine years in a Residential School, its impact on her life, family and community. Available in-person or virtually. She integrates the Seven Fires teachings into her talk. Her presentation cultivates students' knowledge of Aboriginal/Indigenous History and the Residential Schools Era. An engaging, thought-provoking presentation that addresses in a meaningful way the Call to Action statement that "unresolved trauma from residential schools continues to impact individuals, families, communities and nations; and will do so until it is expressed, validated and released in healthy, creative way."
Kareative InterludeNu Narrative Literacy Empowerment ProgramThis virtual workshop series supports black and marginalized students to develop their voice, vision and representation by writing, illustrating and creating their own book. The process provides students the opportunity to gain confidence in writing, editing and speaking by sharing their voice, vision and narrative. Students not only enhance their literacy skills but well-being and connection to the community around them. Students are exposed to writing methods, illustration techniques and the overall publishing process. The workshop series culminates with each student authoring a softcover book.
Kaeja d'DanceCreative Movement and Dance FilmProfessional trained dancers provide dance and movement workshops that touch on fundamental concepts of dance – body, space, time, relationship, and energy – to get all students active and engaged in the creative process. Sessions are delivered in person or virtually. We offer workshops in Dance Improvisation (intuitive movement in response to text, images and soundscapes), Express Dance (creating dances using natural movement vocabulary), Kaeja Elevations (partner work that allows students to soar safely through the air), and Dance Film (choreographing, directing, and editing short dance pieces for the screen). Professional learning for teachers is also available.
JVS TorontoNewcomer Youth Connection for SuccessTwo sessions help newcomer students to learn about Canadian labour market and various jobs and careers. Labour Market Trends helps students understand the labour market better and future trends in order to better choose a pathway in post-secondary education, a career and beyond. Presentation includes interactive components for students to learn best resources for approaching jobs in the market followed by question and answer. Speed Mentoring Workshop provides an opportunity for students to meet with professionals from a variety of fields to find out about each professional's career. Each interaction will be 15 minutes, after which point students move to the next professional who provides information on background, post-secondary journey and day-to-day job routines. Small group discussions may occur for a particular field.
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!
Just AissiGumboots WorkshopsIntroduce students to a unique and engaging dance where the body becomes a musical instrument through the use of rubber boots. The gumboots dance originated in South Africa and was developed by miners using rhythm and dance in concert with percussive stomping to communicate and express ideas as well as themselves. Students learn the history and cultural development of the style, learn basic steps and choreography, and have the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a routine. Workshops are offered in both French and English.
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioFinancial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship ProgramsProgramming inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable, financial decisions; to be innovative in generating business ideas and starting their own companies; and, to discover career possibilities and pathways. Led by JACO trained volunteers from the business community, workshops include More than Money; Be Entrepreneurial Junior ; Dollars with Sense; Economics for Success, Personal Finance and several others.
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioSparking the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Canadian YouthThese free programs are led by Indigenous individuals from the business community to mentor, support and inspire youth to develop the skills they need to achieve their educational and career goals. Workshop delivery includes real world examples from the volunteers' life, educational and work experiences that will be relatable to FNMI (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) learners while enhancing students' critical thinking and decision making skills. Various programs are offered including financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for grades 4-8 students.
Judy ReynoldsMeet the Self: Mindfulness in SchoolsSessions for early years and primary students include a fun, interactive lesson with a loveable, excitable puppet, who faces common challenges. As they help their puppet friend, the class learns valuable mindfulness strategies they can use everyday. For junior and intermediate students, there is an emphasis on emotional resilience, dealing with anxiety and stress, and cultivating self-worth in an attempt to lesson the dependance on external validation (especially from social media). All students will come away with a mindful toolkit that includes: breathing exercises, focus training, sensory awareness, kinaesthetic exercises, meditation, easy yoga postures, and self-regulation strategies.
Joseph PiranianConfronting Adversity, One Word at a TimeAs a lifelong stutterer, Joze shares his story of transformation in this inspirational keynote as a way for students to learn how to face their fears and embrace what makes them unique. Students learn resilience, courage, persistence, and coping skills and enhance their capacities for empathy, inclusiveness, self-expression, and self-acceptance. In sharing his story, Joze provides the tools to overcome life's obstacles alongside the wisdom that allows us to see them as opportunities for personal betterment; that our fears and insecurities cease to control us when we choose to act in spite of them. Keynote can also be presented in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Armenian.
John Howard Society of TorontoH.I.P.P (Helping Individuals Plan Positively)HIPP is a youth centered program for those aged 16 years and older whom are at risk of becoming engaged in pro-criminal behaviours. This program focuses on helping these young people build the skills to meet educational, employment and personal goals. HIPP strives to find proactive solutions to solve the problems of neighbourhood youth violence. A variety of workshops and opportunities are provided on topics including, but not limited to: personal development and goal setting; employment skills; interpersonal communications skills; anger management; problem-solving; masculinity, respect and violence; conflict mediation skills; self-awareness training; mental health/wellness; cultural competency; legal information and housing assistance.
Job TalksSkilled Trade SecretsA dynamic assembly that opens the eyes to the secret world of skilled trade careers and how to get started. Jon Callegher, a millennial sociologist and college professor, showcases different areas of the skilled trades, shares the latest data on what motivates career choices, and reveals five major benefits to working in the skilled trades and construction industry. The assembly incorporates Job Talks’ high impact video interviews of passionate tradespeople and introduces the concept of "balanced intelligence" to help change mindsets toward the trades among students, educators and parents.
Joanne WeitzmanLet it Go! Mindfulness ServicesAn early years and elementary students' focused workshop on mindfulness, resiliency and well-being. In person or through video-conferencing, workshops cover emotional and self-regulation skills, techniques to practice calm and relaxation, mindful movement, meditation and yoga poses. Sessions incorporate play-based activities, breathing and movement exercises and sensory exploration that are easy to learn for younger audiences. Parent education and staff professional learning sessions are also available.
Jessica DubeauFreedom Dance AthleticsDance enrichment workshops provide choreography in historically black influenced dance genres such as: Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Caribbean (Soca, Dancehall), Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Disco styles. In a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment, students learn the characteristics of each style through choreographic sequences and fundamental dance and sport movements built into exercises, routines, and rhythmic drills that provide athletic building components that are unique to dance. At the end of a workshop series, students will perform a choreographed routine that was created during the unit. Each type of sessions promotes cultural acceptance, black awareness and enrichment as well as diversification and anti-racism through practiced mediums and techniques.
Jennilee AustriaFilipino TalksCross-cultural workshop sheds light on unique challenges that Filipinos face in Canadian schools and society. Led by Filipino-Canadian community leader Jennilee Austria, workshops include: "Family Separation and Reunification" promotes healing after reunification, "Role Models Talk Show" introduces students to their choice of Filipino-Canadian professions, and "Community Supports Talk Show" provides information on how to end isolation by encouraging community involvement, with an emphasis on introducing students to local Filipino-Canadian frontline workers. Staff professional learning is available and introduces staff to strategies to reach the Filipino community that have proven to be successful.
Jeff A.D. MartinYou Are Worth ItEmpowerment assembly and leadership workshops targeted to building up and fostering character development among students. Presentation reinforces the following three points: turning your adversities into your advantages, believing in yourself, the power of self-affirmation. Jeff. A.D. Martin grew up in an underserved neighbourhood within Toronto, facing many disadvantages and can relate to the various struggles that students continue to face today. He shares his own personal stories, which includes loss through violence and also from his fifteen years in law enforcement where he has worked as a police officer within various detective roles. Workshops help students to step through their fears and build important life skills to find their life's passion.
Janice PomerDance the Moving WorldDynamic movement workshops facilitated by a dance artist and arts educator with decades of experience working in schools, with students of all ages and abilities. In the elementary programs, students build and improve upon their movement confidence, creativity, musicality, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and teamwork as they explore a variety of themes and choreographic structures. Secondary programs strengthen students' modern dance technique, performance skills and choreographic sensibilities. Dramatic movement workshops designed to deepen students’ understanding of traditional and experimental physical theatre techniques are also available.
Jane/Finch Community and Family CentreGreen ChangeThis free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for elementary schools, in-person or virtually. Students learn design components of a public space as well as equitable, ecological and sustainable models to address community need. Students identify problems in their local park using a design-thinking process and facilitators guide students to take concrete steps to address the issues and work to a solution. Program entails exploring and documenting the space (photography and sketching), creating surveys for class participation, sketching a prototype of their impact project, and presentation of the impact project to the school community. To help schools build capacity following project completion, facilitators support teachers to expand or modify the program in the second year and have regular check-ins.
Jane Goodall Institute for WildlifeRoots and Shoots Sustainable Food InitiativeIn this program, up to 10 secondary EcoSchools take part in reducing their carbon footprint through the lens of food waste and sustainability. School-wide assemblies generate interest and excitement about the Roots and Shoots campaign, educating students on the impact our diets have on climate change and the environment. Alongside learning resources provided to schools to assist the implementation of the program, students document their progress towards food sustainability by taking photos and video to produce a video clip of their contributions. One student-made video will be awarded a professional edit and shared throughout the local community and JGI Canada to further raise awareness on sustainable foods.
Jack.orgJack Talks, Jack Chapters and Jack SummitsJack.org is training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health. Programs work towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. Jack Talks are presentations delivered by youth speakers who have been trained to use their personal stories to educate their peers about mental health. Jack Chapters are groups of young leaders who work year-round to identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack Summits are youth-led conferences where young people gather to collaborate on how to best promote mental health in their communities. Be There is a safe and engaging resource that teaches anyone how to support someone struggling with their mental health.
I-ThinkI-Think Classroom ChallengesThis 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.
I-ThinkI-Think Leadership Learning Programs These programs are collaboratively designed programs that build system capacity. Leveraging creative problem solving techniques like Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking, these programs support leadership growth and development that bring innovative school improvement plans to life. Workshops can support leaders in thinking differently about complex and collaborative problem solving, difficult conversations and enabling their teams and others to bring the global competencies and learning skills to life in every classroom and learning experience. Leaders will engage in reflection about their own practice to identify new ways of working. Leadership Learning programs can be initiated by central teams or superintendents, and are customized to meet the needs of the group.
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