Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming in 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.

180 Change Street180 Change StreetThis program identifies and engages youth in a targeted intervention strategy designed to bring about comprehensive change in students. This educational and awareness raising program provides a curriculum that includes one-on-one mentoring, life coaching and training to students that cover topics such as self-awareness, conflict resolution, critical thinking skills and personal and community health. Families are also engaged so they may support students' success. The program has a history of successfully keeping participants from returning to or staying out of the justice system. Many students have completed their education and graduated or found employment.
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.
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.
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, in-person or by video-conferencing. 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.
Abilities Centre DurhamAbilities 360A range of skills is needed for youth to successfully transition into independent living and paid employment: self-efficacy, soft skills, self-regulation & confidence are a few of the critical resiliency & life skills that youth can gain through work but are often missing for youth with disabilities (YwD). Using Therapeutic Recreation (TR), AC staff will work with YwD in school, youth leaders/mentors from mainstream classes & Special Education teachers to augment, enhance and enrich students' resliency, skills and preparedness for workplace opportunities.
York UniversityAboriginal 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.
StopGap FoundationAccessibility & Inclusion: Building AwarenessThis presentation raises awareness about physical disability, accessibility and inclusion. Luke Anderson shares how one moment in time changes his life forever and how he finds himself living in a world not well designed for someone in a wheelchair. He explains his personal experiences, challenges he faces and how he overcomes. Students learn about barriers that people with disabilities may face, the importance of a barrier-free and inclusive community, as well as empowering language when referring to people with disabilities. Resources are available for teachers to implement beyond the presentation.
OWLware Ltd.Accessibility NowThis experiential learning in film production brings the studio experience into the classroom where students are mentored by industry experts to produce a television segment for the program, “Accessibility Now”. Students discuss accessibility issues that are relevant to them, identify disability awareness topics to highlight and, using professional studio equipment, create a short video from pre-production to completion. Students learn various digital disciplines consisting of studio production, hosting, digital editing, podcast development, producing a show and promotion via social media channels. In addition, students learn accessibility issues and compliance solutions. Professional host speaks to the group about daily living with a disability barrier through life experiences, career planning and industry experience. SHSM certification is available.
Human Moves Inc.Accessible Mini Ping Pong Program is suitable for all grades and abilities. It provides specially designed tables, racquets and ping pong pickup tools, targets and containers of different size. Students learn ball movements, direction control, deflection, bounce control, catching and targeting. Progression moves to racquet and ball timing. As students get more advanced, students learn rally challenges with others, 50 rally challenge, forehand/backhand rally switching providing foundation skills. All participants are given achievable motivational challenges according to their abilities. The design of equipment is wheelchair friendly and can accommodate a wide spectrum of disabilities including movement disorders and cognitive challenges.
Xennial ProductionsAccidental Apprentice Presentation and workshop exploring career journey on non-traditional career pathways including trades and apprenticeship. Presenter, Adam Melnick shares his personal career journey which involves, by accident, stumbling down a career path he never planned. This presentation focuses on career exploration resources, trades and apprenticeship information and personal lessons along the way. Workshop provides a hands-on exercise for students to brainstorm and identify workplace roles and skills and learn ways to be successful in any job culminating in student-led presentations. Professional learning is also available.
Stefanie Ricchio Business ConsultingAccounting & Business in the 21st CenturyA presentation on financial literacy which are free to students bridges the gap between the education and workplace experience of accounting and business, providing real-world examples within a 21st century context. Facilitators provide an overview of accounting terms and methods before going into the role of computerized/automated transactions, and a realistic view of the future of accounting as a career path. Participants learn about stable, new and emerging, and soon-to-be redundant job roles in the financial industry, and likewise the necessity for a 21st century skillset for success in the workplace and post-secondary education. Concepts and transactional methods like analytics, blockchains, smart contacts, big data, and digital/crypto currency are presented, and show how the emergence of these tools and methods of use will continue to shape career paths in accounting, as well as the future of finance and business. Professional learning is also available.
Centennial CollegeActive Lifestyle Through SportsThis workshop series provides students with life skills and physical exercises to increase health and well-being from student-athletes from Centennial College, Athletics and Recreation department. Student-athletes mentor students and share stories and experiences on how sports help them achieve their goals. Life skills topics include: goal setting, teamwork, time management, conflict resolution, leadership and anti-bullying. The second set of workshops aims to enhance students’ physical literacy where mentors introduce students to new equipment, proper technique and drills under the supervision of the school Physical Education teacher.
Junglesport Inc.Adventure Learning A multi-day program with a series of one hour sessions offered each day. Students take part in wall climbing and vertical challenges, the Gorilla Gym individual swinging challenge, Ascending Lines, and challenges such as the Commando Course, Cable Ride and Obstacle Courses. Students are separated into groups by their age and complete age-appropriate activities. The initiative offers programs that engage students of all ages and abilities in climbing and ropes course activities in school gyms. Junglesport's staff supervises the activities.
EMG Education CompanyAfrican Canadian History TheatreEMG Education presents dynamic theatrical productions that focus on Canadian history and its contributions by Black Canadians and women. All productions are original works, written by a female African Canadian playwright. The 45-minute production takes students on a journey of celebration and appreciation of the black historical figures that have helped change the fabric of this great nation. Using multimedia, the performance weaves contemporary issues and messages of diversity and inclusion, within the context of Canadian history. Students enjoy an interactive game show during intermission to reinforce their learning. Suitable for Black History Month.
Isaac AkrongAfrican Dance Ensemble (ADE): Dance, Drumming, Music, and StoriesThe cultural history, meaning and context of African music and dance comes alive in these presentations and workshops to the school community. The group performs a number of pieces from their repertoire which spans the continent of Africa, specialization in West Africa. The performance incorporates rich and vibrant costumes, beads, masks, and instruments such as a variety of types of drums, xylophone, shaker, bell and flute. Workshop series and residencies are available for those classes that wish to develop and perform a polished performance piece. All instruments are provided and facilitator demonstrates the song, rhythm and dance so each student has the opportunity to participate in playing, dancing and singing.
Drums Et AlAfrican Drumming, Dance, and StorytellingThe themes of leadership, character development and connection with those around us are explored in these interactive African drumming, dance and storytelling presentation and workshops. African philosophy – Ubuntu – an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world are underpinned in the presentations which are brought to life using songs, music, chants, drumming and story-telling. Workshops provide opportunities for students to further enhance the following skills: hand-drumming technique, West-African dance fundamentals, listening, reflecting and responding, and creating and performing. Presentations are suitable for Black History Month and professional development in drumming may be available.
Alpha Rhythm RootsAfrican Musical JourneyGuinean and African music, dance, traditions and culture are explored in these African drum circle and dance sessions. Presentations discuss the Guinean percussion orchestra, manufacturing and origins of instruments and history alongside live demonstrations of the instruments played. Performances bring history alive through full traditional outfits, drumming and dancing to the entire school. Workshops provide students the opportunity to participate in collective drumming and dance that develop teamwork, memorization, hand coordination and creativity. Students learn a full orchestra rhythm and/or choreographed dance routine. All sessions are available in English and French and professional learning may be available to staff. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
West African Cultural ExchangeAfrican Traditional Music (Drumming, Dancing and Singing)Master Drummer Fred Kwasi Dunyo leads workshops that are designed to fully immerse students in African culture through music, rhythm, song and dance. Step-by-step instructions provide opportunity to progressively advance students' musical skills while fostering team building and self-confidence. Five instruments are featured: kpanlogo drums, gankogui (bell), axatse (shaker), fritsiwa (finger bell), tokei (bell). Facilitator brings instruments for full classroom participation (if required). Workshop series provides an opportunity for students to showcase their learning to the school community. Professional learning is also available. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 3 classroom visits.
New Tradition MusicAfro-Indigenous Colombian DrummingStudents engage in highly interactive workshops and performance to promote cross-cultural understanding of Afro-Indigenous Colombian music. Facilitators demonstrate rhythms and sounds using a variety of different percussion instruments, narrate the history of the traditional musical style Música de Gaita and share how the music has evolved into present day. Workshops with Ruben “Beny” Esguerra develop students’ drumming technique, sound development, communication skills and work on repertoire as an ensemble. Performances by New Tradition Music ensemble demonstrate the evolution of the traditional styles of Latin American music into today’s musical context including fusing elements of Hip Hop urban culture, beat boxing, body percussion, break dancing and spoken word. For a more enriching experience, workshops and culminating performance can be scheduled on the same day.
AgScapeAgri-FoodThrough various interactive STEM-focused activities, students learn about the importance of agriculture and food systems, while developing a 21st century mindset in these free workshops. Certified facilitators, in both teaching and agriculture, deliver a choice of twelve topics: local food, food security, food safety, business and economics of food, climate change, environmental initiatives, agriculture in Canada, conventional and organic agriculture, animal health and welfare, biotechnology, technology and innovation, and career in agri-food.
New Heights Climbing Academy Inc.Aim High ArcheryIn this full day program, sessions are offered within Physical Education classes to introduce students to the sport of archery. Facilitators teach safety rules, fundamental archery form, bow & string grip, alignment, aiming and anchor point, release and follow through as well as rules and scoring. Using a variety of games and activities, students have the opportunity to practise and develop their technique by hitting various 2D and 3D targets. Resources are available to teachers prior to program delivery.
Theatricks Theatre Co.All About ActingThese fun and engaging workshops tailor-made for elementary students encourage active participation and develop and strengthen practical skills in drama in an environment conducive to their discovery and growth. Primary students are introduced to the basic skills of drama and acting by learning about character development, scene creation, and plot development as they explore the elements of dramatic expression. Junior students build upon their drama experience by indulging in their own capacities for creativity as they develop the necessary skills for improvisational acting. By developing skills in improvisation, students increase their self-confidence and teamwork, as well as their ability to express themselves publicly. Professional learning workshops on improv are also available.
ALPHA EducationALPHA ProjectALPHA engages staff and students of diverse backgrounds to foster awareness of an often overlooked aspect of WWII history, in the interest of furthering the values of justice, peace, and reconciliation, both for survivors of the past and for those who shape the historical narratives of the present and future. Curriculum resources, in-school workshops, international guest speakers, professional learning sessions, assembly presentations; and conferences are all available to enhance understanding and critical analysis of the events of WWII in Asia. Staff and students are inspired to make connections between these important historical events and the atrocities of war that continue in the present.Through experiential learning, students are enabled to connect what they learn in classrooms with local and world events as contexts for their application of what they know, do, and value. It is also learning that is personal and creative as students engage in interdisciplinary historical inquiry on the complexities of war, security, power, and identity to understand how our world works today as part of being responsible citizens who advocate for peace and humanity over violence and war.
Regent Park School of MusicAlternative Music Enrichment @ Wandering SpiritAlternative music enrichment programming provides students at Kapapamahchakwew - Wandering Spirit School and staff in the Urban Indigenous Education Centre opportunities to further develop their musical skills as individuals, mentors and in ensembles; and, by participating in unique music theory sessions.
Hands on Exotics Inc.Amazing Living World of BirdsThis highly interactive presentation takes students on an avian tour around the world using a variety of species of birds. By being presented with multiple species of birds up close and personal, students hold, pet, feed and observe the animals' behaviours and traits. Trained facilitators guide students through the inquiry process to come to conclusions themselves about diet and habitat by examining the different beak shapes, toe formations, feathers, colours and size. In addition, students learn about native species of birds including every day good habits they can follow to be good neighbours to our wildlife, how to help with backyard conservation as well as discuss the consequences of being responsible agents to our natural resources.
Dwayne MorganAmplifying Student VoiceIn 1993, Dwayne Morgan found his voice, and has used it to carve out a life filled with unique experiences. In this motivational assembly, he shares the blueprint for creating a life built around our passions, based in love for self and others. Fused with spoken word poetry, Morgan weaves an inspirational and attainable story. Morgan's workshops help to develop creative writing skills, spoken word performance, and the introduction of poetry slams.
Warden Woods CCCAnger 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.
B Current Performing Arts Co.Anti-Oppression, Black History and StorytellingStorytelling is used as a tool for expression and resilience in these workshops for racialized youth. Workshop topics include the body including gender identity, body awareness, consent, movement and choreography; language by understanding the structure of the story; and community building by giving space and voice to those who are oppressed and acknowledging issues and ways to move forward with solutions. Using current popular culture, experienced facilitators assist students to find truth in their own literary voice through acting and writing exercises and/or short action scene development. Professional development is also available for staff.
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.
Fusion Artz CaféArt Clay Ceramic MetamorphosisProject-based learning approach using art, clay or ceramics to enhance science, social studies and language subjects. Themes include Animal Life Cycles, Solar System, Habitats & Communities, Body Systems. Whilst working on their art project, students are encouraged to think critically and develop their art-making skills. Students learn different art processes of using clay including clay techniques, painting and glazing. Students sketch, form and mould their project and facilitators take the projects to be fired and returned the following week for students to paint and finish. Through this creative process, students learn to interpret, organize, and apply newly learned information in a creative and engaging way.
Dance Caribe Performing CompanyArt of DanceDance workshops incorporate traditional Caribbean as well as contemporary dance styles for students to learn about music, culture and how they are interpreted through body language. Students learn the elements of dance, timing of rhythm/tempo of music, energy quality and body awareness with emphasis on body and space. Using the elements of dance as well as using dance improvisation, students create short dance pieces and perform for each other or the school community. The focal point of this workshop is to build confidence, self-esteem and creativity. Suitable for Black History Heritage Month.
Latin American Art ProjectsArt of the AmericasTwo sessions from local artists expose students to artistic techniques and cultural histories from Latin America and the Caribbean: 1.The Art of Papel Picado - Led by artist Jesus Mora, Papel Picado is a decorative craft made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of tissue paper. Papel picado is considered a Mexican folk art and is commonly used to decorate during Día de los Muertos celebrations. 2. Latin American Contemporary Movement - With focus on identity and challenging stereotypes of Latin American dance and culture, choreographer Irma Villafuerte focuses on impulse, creative movement, and finding authentic ways of listening, creating and storytelling with one's body and Latin American music.
Toronto Art Therapy InstituteArt Therapist Practicum Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for graduate students in Art Therapy.. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. Art Therapist Practicum graduate students may support referred TDSB students in any of the following activities: enhance communication and self-expression, self-discovery, and problem solving; encourage development of healthy coping strategies in working through specific issues, such as depression & anxiety, addictions, grief/loss, or trauma; help children relieve stress, increase emotional literacy and awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Using imagery, colour and shapes; thoughts and feelings can be expressed that may be otherwise difficult for children to articulate.
Full Circle-Art Therapy CentreArtful Wellbeing (Art Therapy) WorkshopsArt Therapy sessions help youth externalize and organize their thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to articulate. The guided creative process, as well as the end product, can be used to enhance youth’s emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive, and physical well-being. Art Therapy sessions address a wide range of benefits for youth. They enhance communication and self-expression, self-discovery, and problem solving. They also encourage development of healthy coping strategies in working through specific issues, such as depression & anxiety, addictions, grief/loss, or trauma.
Avenue Road Arts SchoolArts Experiences: Workshops in the ArtsEnhanced workshops are offered in mixed media, photography, comic book studies, cartooning & illustration, clay & sculpture, drama and musical theatre. Professional artists facilitate the workshop and build students' confidence in the technical and creative processes. Through the visual art-based workshops, students learn about the creative process, the elements of design, how to use tools and materials for each medium. Through the performance-based workshops, students learn to communicate ideas through physical and verbal storytelling, how to work in a group to create a cohesive idea, the elements of good storytelling, the fundamentals of performing in front of an audience and discovering the character within. Each 2 hour session includes 2 facilitators, materials and equipment to enable students to create a unique and individualized artwork or performance piece. Teacher lesson plans with extension ideas are provided to continue the learning experience.
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.
Ontario Ball Hockey FederationBall Hockey Professional Learning and Skills DevelopmentThis physical education program provides ball hockey 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.
Ballet JorgenBallet 101This free and interactive ballet workshop introduces students to the performing arts and history of classical dance. Students witness high-quality professional dance while also learning the history of ballet, and how dance is used as a storytelling medium. Excerpts from ballets performed by 3-6 professional dancers, inspire, enrich, and connect with students as they learn basic ballet positions, and explore and discover their own unique ways of creatively conveying their emotions through movement and choreography.
Quantum Sports And Learning AssociationBallmaticsAn academic enrichment program that develops students’ self-efficacy and self-confidence in math through basketball. Program developed and facilitated by certified instructors and athletic specialists who created a unique program that mixes math with sports. Each session provides warm-up, math lesson/drill, basketball skill development and math activity to reinforce the math lesson. Weekly lessons progress for students to develop their proficiency in math exercises and physical development.
Bay Street DeconstructedBay Street DeconstructedA free, two hour, experiential workshop for Grade 10 students to demystify the Financial Services industry through team-based simulation and role-playing activities and challenges, where students learn about various facets of the financial industry, as well as potential careers that are available. The content and program was designed by a team of experienced Financial Services and Education industry professionals and is delivered by a trained facilitator team. The program covers a number of curriculum learning outcomes from Financial Literacy, Career Studies and Business Studies. Students work on interactive activities to learn about personal and commercial banking, corporate and investment banking, sales and trading, equity research, economics, insurance, investment management and operations. Following this, they apply their knowledge in a role playing activity where the students interact with trained, professional business actors representing the different financial services areas and who have experience delivering financial services simulations. The day concludes with a video featuring a panel of real financial professionals answering typical student questions.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of TorontoBBBST Mentoring ProgramsChildren and youth living in challenging circumstances face multiple barriers and may experience distress, depression, or not achieving their full potential for student success. These long-standing individual and/or group Mentoring Programs allow referred children and youth, to benefit from the power of mentoring while remaining in the safe and familiar environment of their own school. BBST mentors provide weekly sessions that improve students’ connection to their school community, improved academic performance, improved attendance and higher educational attainment. BBBST Program Coordinator monitors each individualized match as well as group programming led by mentors.
Audrey GabayBee ConnectionsPlay-based workshop using storytelling, drama exercises, games, bee equipment, videos and visual aids to convey information about bees in our ecosystem. The aim is to create a fun experience so students develop a curiosity and fascination for all things bees and pollinators. The workshop explores the bee life cycle, social structures and diversity of bees (social honeybee, solitary bees, natives bees), habitat destruction and regeneration. In addition, the facilitator will talk about bees as a keystone species, review their importance in our ecosystem, and the interdependence among bees, plants pollination and animals, the reasons for their decline and how we can help.
Centennial CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
George Brown CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Humber CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Seneca CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Believe Initiative PresentationsBelieve InitiativeThis program engages and inspires students to adopt a mindset of resiliency, self belief and learning through challenges in order to be successful. Believe initiative founder Sarah Wells, an Olympic hurdler, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles as she shares stories of her success in her sport in the Olympic Games and how she dealt with heartbreaking defeat and unforeseen challenges. This equipped Sarah with the knowledge and tools on how to build and foster resilience. Schools may choose from just a keynote or the full program which includes keynote and follow-up workshops on various leadership traits culminating in an interdisciplinary project where students apply their learning to develop and implement their own belief passion project.
En'tyce Your Beauty - NaturallyBe-You-tiFul: Holistic Health & Wellness SeriesStudents learn practical tips and strategies on food choices at the grocery store, how to eat healthy on a budget, how to read food labels, how to distinguish which foods optimize health and decrease the risk of disease, as well as the dangers of toxic ingredients in personal care products. Topics include: Food, Water & The Body 101, Understanding those Food Labels, GMO's & The Dangers, Power in Drinking Your Greens, Loving Me Unconditionally (Part 1 & 2), How to Eat Healthy on Budget, Growing Food 101 Budget, Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care Products. Presentation educates students on healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices to increase students' self-esteem, physical and emotional well-being.
CultureLink Settlement and Community ServicesBike to School Culturelink works with TDSB EcoSchools to offer educational activities and resources that enable students, teachers, staff and families to discover the personal, social and ecological benefits of cycling for transportation. Activities include assemblies, classroom workshops, seminars, and on-bike training in the schoolyard. Topics include helmet fit, safety checks on bicycles, the Highway Traffic Act, awareness of other road users, the City of Toronto Cycling Map, and the basic physical skills of bicycling. Many activities align with Bike to School Week, beginning the last Monday of May annually. Sessions for elementary audiences: Ready to Ride: Fun and Safe Cycling; “ABC” Bike Safety Check; Bike Rodeo. Sessions for secondary school audiences: Ready to Ride: Fun and Safe Cycling; “ABC” Bike Safety Check; Riding Skills I & II.
Real Talk Learning ExperiencesBlack History - A Canadian PerspectiveSessions delivered in person or through video-conferencing focus on the experiences of African people in Canada to share the rarely discussed history of the African diaspora in Canada. Presentations, altered by grade level, covers a number of interesting topics, including the success of African interpreters working with early Europeans, interactions of Black Canadians in community building, the escape of African people from the southern United States and their experiences in Canada.
Blank CanvasesBlank CanvasesThe program offers students specialized visual arts workshops on the history of local Toronto artists alongside Artist Educators. The program uses the inspiration of local Toronto artists to engage students. Art workshop offerings include painting portraits, painting landscapes, collage, sculpture, environment focused projects, up-cycling projects, urban graffiti art, Black history art projects, arctic animals and multicultural mixed media projects. Afterwards, students are led through an art workshop inspired by the technique of the artist culminating in students creating their own unique art pieces. In addition, Artist Educators are available to plan and design a mural project to showcase the artwork of the students.
Rod NettagogBluestonecloud Breaking The CycleThese workshops deliver core traditional values and teachings of traditional ‘Grandfather Drum’ and its role for the community. Through drum teachings, traditional drumming, dance and singing, hands-on activities, and self-reflection, Rod Nettagog helps students explore their place in society and appreciation for Indigenous culture. Workshops aim to restore knowledge of Indigenous cultural values, traditions and beliefs and to reconnect to ourselves, others and the earth.
University Health NetworkBody PrideInteractive 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.
Shiamak Davar International Inc.Bollywood Dance A highly entertaining and expressive style of dance amalgamates the influences of Indian folk, Bhangra dance and modern contemporary dance forms that emphasizes storytelling. By learning and exploring choreographed and improvised movements and gestures using different body parts (head, neck, eyes, hands and feet), students develop spatial awareness, technical dance skills, stage performance and understanding of the elements of the dances and its cultural and historical significance. In groups, students create their own Bollywood dance routine and story. Suitable for Hindu, Sikh and Asian Heritage Months.
Brain Fitness 2 International Ltd.Brain Fitness Excel-ability Professional LearningBrain Fitness is a movement-based multi-sensory brain stimulation program. The program is a series of simple body movements used to integrate all areas of the brain to enhance learning, build self-esteem and well-being. Based on neuroscience research, these workshops for staff provides techniques/strategies, tools and tips to enhance cognitive and behaviour for academic success in students. By using accelerated learning strategy, staff practise techniques and movements to then incorporate effectively in the classroom. Available workshops include: Brain Fitness FUNdamentals, Bal-A-Vis-X, Optimal Brain Organization Profile.
Brave Education IncBRAVEBrave Education provides in the moment communication skills. Students learn to identify and diffuse situations that are happening to them and peers through kind and assertive communication. Brave goes class by class with curriculum tiered for each grade, engaging students in relatable discussion. Through conversations with schools, Brave is mindful of communities, demographics, current classroom dynamics, and lived experiences.
Chess Institute of CanadaBringing Chess to LifeThis workshop series uses the game of chess to cultivate the development of essential life skills in students. CIC is the only organization in Canada that is licensed to use the Chess World Curriculum® that explicitly makes connections between chess and life. Through chess presentations and lessons, related physical activities, individual exercises and group discussions, tournaments and challenges, practise and play, students foster positive attitudes towards learning, independence and improved self-image. The program fosters self-reflection and respect for others, helping students to develop positive attitudes towards a variety of life challenges. The confidence that students gain leads to success in academics, relationships and athletics, as well as healthy life choices.
Scarborough Rotary Passport ClubBrush-A-ManiaThis interactive presentation delivered to elementary students to promote good oral health every April which is proclaimed Oral Health Month. Dentist Rotarians visit schools to provide information on proper brushing and flossing techniques, good oral hygiene practice, and healthy eating. Students each receive a toothbrush to practise brushing their teeth, answer questions about brushing and have the opportunity to ask questions to the dentist. Students, teachers and parents are also invited to track students daily brushing habits in-class, and at home via an online 'brushtracker'.
The Wynford Group Inc.Build Character, Build SuccessThis 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.
Get REAL Movement Inc. Building Bridges through inclusion, acceptance, and diversityGet REAL provides interactive presentations for students in grades 5-12. We always arrive with a mixed group of speakers, both identifying as LGBTQ+ and straight, who share their personal stories of growth and help students further understand that friendship and respect transcends things like gender and sexual orientation. Our fun and friendly presentation is focused on building inclusivity and peer-support, unlearning LGBTQ+ discrimination and bullying, and showing through interactive activities that everyone has unique challenges in their lives, a story to share, and a chance to impact someone else’s life for the better.
Scarborough Women's CentreBuilding Strong FuturesThe variety of presentations on Building Self-Esteem, Healthy Relationships, Body Image, Goal Setting, Holistic Health. Presentations provide female students in Scarborough schools with information and supports that will enhance their self-esteem and develop positive healthy relationships and identify educational and career goals.
Kids 4 Kids Leadership Inc. BullyFreeME PresentationsHighly interactive and entertaining presentations engage elementary students with real-life stories, usable strategies and incredible insight on valuable lessons on peer leadership. Themes of social inclusion, understanding difference, student leadership, and creative anti-bullying strategies are reflected. For more than two decades, BullyFreeME presents an energetic and captivating anti-bullying curriculum, developed by author, producer and award-winning presenter Scott Graham. Students and staff leave inspired and motivated to help themselves and others.
Project Kids & CamerasCameras In The ClassroomAn innovative program that teaches photography as a catalyst for self-expression, critical thinking, and creative and visual literacy. Students learn the concepts of composition, perspective, timing, and elements of design to successfully tell their narrative through photography. Students have an opportunity to work hands-on with camera and through creative photography assignments. Once assignments are completed, students discuss the photos to develop their observation, discussion and reflection skills. Workshop series are available for those schools that wish to create and curate a photo exhibit. Professional learning for staff is also available.
The Starfish CanadaCan You Hear The Eco?: Environmental Solutions WorkshopsA free workshop that uses a guided inquiry-based learning approach to develop innovative solutions to real world environmental challenges. Students identify a real challenge specifically faced by the community, distill their ideas and prioritize their solutions. Facilitators help students to explore different environmental issues and how each story is a thread in the tapestry of our social, economic and political world. Students work together to create a final project that responds to the problem culminating in a presentation to the class. Workshop may be offered in French.
The Canadian Stage CorporationCanadian Stage in SchoolThese workshops and career talks provide practical skills in theatre and give direction to students interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. Workshop activities can include: body and vocal warm ups, projection, improv, breathing, acting with intention, acting without speaking, and basic scene study. Career talks are led by an award-winning professional in the industry who gives a practical tour of the theatre industry in Canada, and steps students can take towards a career in the performing arts, be it through post-secondary education, and/or professional auditions. Self-care for artists and safe guides to getting an agent are also highlighted, along with the many resources available to artists in the industry.
George Brown CollegeCareer Development Practitioner Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Career Development Practitioner programs at George Brown College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Toronto Community Benefits NetworkCareer Opportunities for YouthPresentation encourages, supports and mentors students in under-represented populations to learn how to progress along the apprenticeship pathway and ultimately gain employment in the construction/trades. Students receive labour market information, gain tools and supports to navigate and complete an apprenticeship program, learn about construction projects and employment opportunities and connect with a broader network of trades professionals and mentors. Students also learn about specialized pre-apprenticeship and mentorship programs for women in trades, racialized youth, newcomers and indigenous people.
Cajuca Mas Arts ProducersCarnival ArtsThis hands-on workshop tells the history and origins of Caribbean Carnival and teaches techniques of costume creation to students. Facilitators will share African and multicultural influences on the Carnival Arts, explain folklore, tales and stories, and explain the various creations including masks, costumes and characters. Students will identify with their own cultural identity, explore what Carnival means to them and personally interpret what they have learned through design. The workshop series provides an opportunity for students to design and create their own costume which culminates in students performing as the character in their costume and participating in a mini-parade.
Rodrigo ChavezCASSAVA Latin Rhythms An interactive and participatory drumming and percussions workshop with focus on Latin American rhythms, songs and dance, including some history and geography of the cultures from which this music comes: Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Trinidad and Spain. The rhythms studied are Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bembe, Calypso, Cumbia, Conga, Merengue, Rumba and Samba. All instruments are provided during the session!
Chef Education Inc.Chef à l’ÉcoleCreating French-inspired recipes from scratch, students practise French speaking skills in these hands-on cooking or video-conferencing workshops. Students follow step-by-step instructions in preparing a delicious food and learn the tools and ingredients to make it or watch as a French Chef provides instructions and creates a delicious recipe. This enriching experience comes alive with French facilitators sharing cultural stories and music through songs and playing les cuillères (traditional French musical instrument). Facilitators provide recipes, tools, ingredients and portable oven (if applicable). Workshop culminates in a Q&A with a French Chef. Workshops are suitable for students in core, extended and French immersion.
Taylor SutherlandChekhov TheatreAnton Chekhov's writing revolutionized the world of theatre. He wrote stories that championed the everyday man living a common life, characters who suffer defeats both great and small, at once comic and tragic. This workshop teaches acting techniques rooted in the work of Stanislavsky and Mikhail Chekhov. Students explore one of Chekhov's plays and build scene work using character analysis, improvisation, etudes, ensemble development and choral chant culminating in a presentation at the end of the workshop series.
Centennial CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
George Brown CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Humber CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Seneca CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Sheridan CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy CentreChild Victim Witness Support ProgramThe Child Victim Witness Support program helps prepare children and youth to testify in criminal court. BOOST staff meets with students at their school in order to explain what they can expect during the court proceedings and helps students understand more fully the criminal justice system.
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.
Love & Guidance ProjectChildren's YogaCulturally relevant stories from the African diaspora are shared alongside yoga, reflective practice, music and movement activities in these in-person or video-conferencing workshops. 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.
Wushu Project Inc.Chinese Dragon and Lion DanceThis 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.
ACERClimate's SakeWorkshops examine, monitor and maintain tree species and their impact on our local community and ecosystem. Facilitated by ACER to provide students the opportunity to learn to track the health and growth of trees, perform tree audits and hands-on data collection, participate in tree-caching, analyze data and implement tree management activities. Workshops provide scientific data and findings to inform students of the effects on climate change as well as how to take local action. Workshops touch on citizen science and inquiry-based learning in the classroom and experiential learning outdoors in connection with tree plantings occurring on school site. Professional learning is available.
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.
Little Robot Friends Inc.Coding & Crafting with RobotsWorkshops 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.
Alpha Coding Inc.Coding, Computer Science and RoboticsCore learning in these in-person or by video-conferencing workshops focus on computational and logical thinking, problem solving as well as design thinking. For younger students (grades 1 & 2), students explore visual block-based coding such as Scratch Junior or Scratch coding, as well as Minecraft. For grades 3+, students learn text-based coding and more abstract concepts such as Python, JavaScript, Java, Arduino robotics, App Inventor, and Minecraft. These workshops offer a variety of real-world challenges to help students develop a deeper understanding of the world of computer science and computer programming using online tools and open source tools. Students become familiar with the syntax of popular programming languages used in the software industry and become experienced in designing algorithms. Facilitators share how technology and programming language is used in different sectors/careers.
Toronto Wildlife CentreCo-existing with Wildlife Through discussions and activities designed to encourage critical thinking and broaden student learning, our grade-based programs explore a variety of curriculum connections. Facilitators discuss myths and truths surrounding urban wildlife, raise awareness of the urban ecosystem and promote understanding and compassion towards wildlife. The one-hour long program examines environmental issues that affect wildlife and provides action-based solutions to empower students to take action to help. Students learn about sick, injured and orphaned wild patients at our centre, and will have the opportunity to meet a wild ambassador – options include a species-at-risk snapping turtle, groundhog, pigeon, or garter snake.
Common Compass Pro Social ProgramsCommon CompassSessions empower students to show empathy as they interact with their peers in their school and beyond. They seek to enhance students’ self identity and self esteem; strengthen connectedness and positive school climate; and, support assertive communication. It promotes social inclusion, and positive decision-making. Students learn strategies to manage their mental health and well-being, social emotional learning; understanding their emotions, developing coping skills, improving emotional expression and communication skills; and, developing leadership skills. Professional Learning sessions focus on social emotional well being and empathy. Sessions with parents focus on supporting positive mental health, social emotional well being, and empathy.¿
Holland Bloorview HospitalCommunication and Writing Aids ServiceThe Communication and Writing Aids Service (CWAS) program includes an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) service and a Writing Aids (WA) service. AAC provides consultative support to children in the classroom and at home when their speech does not meet their face-to-face communication needs. WA provides technological support (laptop and specialized software) to children who use natural speech as their primary means of communication, but are unable, due to a physical disability, to write with pen and paper functionally. Students who use AAC may also need a WA. Holland Bloorview CWA staff collaborate with the TDSB School Support Team (SST), including the Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational and/or Physical Therapist, Principal, and teacher to determine an appropriate AAC and/or WA system and to facilitate the mutually agreed upon system into the classroom.
University of TorontoCommunity Academic Mentorship Program This free program matches University of Toronto student volunteers with TDSB students to provide academic support and mentorship opportunities at select secondary schools. Through one-on-one support, post-secondary mentors build relationships with students and help to provide academic support in mathematics, science, and English. Mentors also provide information on post-secondary life, goals and pathways. The program aims to support TDSB students in the areas of student well-being and achievement especially for those students that come from communities that are underrepresented at post-secondary institutions.
York UniversityCommunity 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.
VIBE ARTSCommunity Sharing Arts EducationChildren and youth from schools in neighbourhood improvement areas engage in high-quality, tailor-made, hands-on arts workshops conducted by professional artists. Students of all levels of ability create works of art through mediums such as dance, drama, dub poetry, environmental art, visual and integrated arts, video and filmmaking, and photography, while also learning to reflect their cultural heritage and personal identity into their works. Professional learning is also available, leading teachers through a series of hands-on experiences which include art appreciation, studio techniques, and lesson planning, as well as sharing and discussing effective strategies for integrating arts into core curriculum areas.
University of TorontoConcussion CareThis 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.
Talli OsborneConfidence is BeautifulBorn without arms and missing bones in her legs, Talli Osborne imparts important lessons to students on how to persevere despite physical disabilities and differences in this motivational assembly. She shares stories of achieving success in the face of bullying and life's many adversities. She encourages us to be more empathetic and compassionate, rallying acceptance towards ourselves to consider the fortunes we do have, rather than the ones that we do not. Through her unique perspective, Talli Osborne gives reasons for students to accept who they are and share that same acceptance towards others. This presentation is followed by a Q & A.
Friendship In ActionConflict Mediation AdvisorsGrades 5 - 8 students participate in sessions led by Friendship in Action to how to implement mediation strategies for conflicts or disagreements that they see arising between younger children on the playground at recess or at other times when they interact with them. These sessions contribute to positive school climate. They emphasize the importance of listening to and acknowledging the perspectives of others involved in disputes. Participants gain the confidence to support younger children in solving their own issues in a non-threatening, non-judgmental way.
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.
X Movement Inc.Connected MovementConnected 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.
Taking IT GlobalConnected NorthEducators, staff and students at the TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre are supported in the use of collaborative technology and in-person visits from Connected North lead staff, Waukomaun Pawis, or designate. Through collaborative project based learning, unique content and connections are developed for schools in the north and in the south to access cultural exchange opportunities and curriculum enhancement. Urban Indigenous students and staff connect through visiting partners and online video-conferencing with Indigenous school communities in remote locations, providing them access to expertise that might otherwise have been very difficult to acquire.
Lakeshore ArtsConnecting the DotsPresentations connect students to creative arts professionals in multiple artistic fields to model possibilities for potential careers and illuminate pathways to post-secondary and workplace success. In these informal talks, the chosen creative professional shares personal experiences, insights and advice on their career journey. The session includes interactive/hands-on demonstrations when and where possible and a question and answer period.
Bad Subject Youth OrganizationConsent & Media LiteracyFree consent and healthy relationship workshop for students and teachers to build a culture of consent where youth are empowered with the skills they need to form healthy and respectful relationships. Workshops delivered by trained facilitators engage youth through discussion, skill-building exercises and activities using scenarios to understand outcomes. Two workshops are available: “Consent In Real Life” where students explore boundaries, non-verbal communication, rejection, sex, building healthy relationships, social dynamics and media and “Digital Generation” challenges the victim-blaming narrative and encourages media-literacy skills, consensual use of social media and critical thinking. Professional learning is available to staff.
Real Talk Learning ExperiencesContent is KingHaving a sound understanding of how social media works, both on the front-end and the back-end, allows young people and parents/guardians to employ best practices and make good decisions about utilizing the medium. The Digital Age has affected the way many industries do business. The marketing industry has changed from outbound methods that cast a broad net to an undefined target audience, to inbound tactics to attract a desired customer to products and services. Content marketing by way of videos, written content and podcasts, in conjunction with social media marketing and search engine marketing has become a standard in contemporary marketing. Topics in these student and parent workshops include - Content is King, Media Literacy & Technology, Let's Take a Selfie: Social Media and You.
Continuum Contemporary Music EnsembleContinuum in the ClassroomThis program provides invaluable and practical compositional experience, one-on-one mentorship and introduction to the Canadian new music community. Facilitated by professional musicians and composers, students have an opportunity to use new technologies, found sounds and soundwalks to create original works and potentially have the opportunity to hear their compositions performed by a professional ensemble. Performances by the ensemble are available to all students. Workshops for students to enhance their learning include: instrumental improvisation technique, exploring contemporary Canadian repertoire, exploring contemporary performance techniques for composing, performance by Continuum core ensemble, facilitation in co-composition with a composer. Schools can choose to bring in an artist, composer or host a performance by the core ensemble or any combination thereof.
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