|180 Change Street||180 Change Street||This 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.|
|Crescendo Financial||A+ Money Grad||This financial literacy workshop series teaches the fundamentals of successful money management. Students will be given 'mock-money' to invest in a variety of scenarios to learn about financial planning, investing and spending. The topics include: "Too cool for school: A review of post-secondary education funding options with pros and cons"; "This is Your Life: An exercise in successful cash flow planning"; "MoneyBall: A lesson in investments and investing"; and "Myth Busters: Busting the myths of perceived financial success".
|Abilities Centre Durham||Abilities 360||A 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 University||Aboriginal People, Identity and Education ||This advanced credit experience includes both university and secondary school courses that provide students with the opportunity to learn from Aboriginal authors, filmmakers, and artists who are telling their own stories. What does it mean to be an Aboriginal/Indigenous person in Canada? What does it mean to be an Aboriginal person living in an urban environment like Toronto? The dual course includes reading books, watching films, and going to art galleries. Students investigate and develop their own responses to questions of identity and Aboriginality. They explore Aboriginal perspectives of "identify", "history", "literature", and "traditions"; and, allows them to develop their own understanding of Aboriginal worldviews. Students register with TDSB Continuing Education for either (NDA3M) Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada or (NDW4M) Issues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context.
|StopGap Foundation||Accessibility & Inclusion: Building Awareness||This 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 Now||This 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.
|Centennial College||Active Lifestyle Through Sports||This workshop series provides students with life skills and physical exercises to increase health and well-being from student-athletes from Centennial College, Athletics and Recreation department. Student-athletes mentor students and share stories and experiences on how sports help them achieve their goals. Life skills topics include: goal setting, teamwork, time management, conflict resolution, leadership and anti-bullying. The second set of workshops aims to enhance students’ physical literacy where mentors introduce students to new equipment, proper technique and drills under the supervision of the school Physical Education teacher.|
|Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team||Adolescent Outreach Program||Adolescent Outreach Program offers 1 hour presentations related to mental and physical health. Topics include anxiety, sleep, depression, substance abuse, bullying, aggression/anger, body image, nutrition as well as coping strategies and stress reduction. Students learn strategies to improve their personal well-being. Interactive methods such as games and small group activities are used followed by an anonymous question and answer session. Family Medicine Residents work with school staff (i.e., Guidance, Physical Education or Professional Support staff) to identify topics and review presentations. Any students who require additional support that includes community involvement and participation will be referred to school staff. |
|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 Company||African Canadian History Theatre||EMG 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. |
|Malicounda Dance Company||African Drum Circle||The program offers African Drum circle workshops in French, English, and Spanish. Students practice their French language skills and learn about traditional dances, songs, and rhythms from francophone West Africa. Students sing traditional songs in French through call and response. Students also learn how drums are made and their origins, and take part in demonstrations of the djembe, djun-djun, dalabash, shakere and m’bira drums. |
|New Heights Climbing Academy Inc.||Aim High Archery||In 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.|
|University of Toronto||Allies Live Here||Presentations and assemblies promote diversity, acceptance and respect in schools. Speakers include medical students from the University of Toronto, guest speakers and performers. Students also participate in arts-based activities, including poster competitions, the making of videos, etc. on related themes.|
|ALPHA Education||ALPHA Project||ALPHA engages 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 off-site student 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.
|Regent Park School of Music||Alternative Music Enrichment @ First Nations School||Alternative music enrichment programming provides students at First Nations Junior and Senior School opportunities to further develop their musical skills as individuals, in ensembles, and by participating in unique music theory sessions. Students are loaned instruments, books, and study resources; and have access to musician mentors.|
|Edouard Labonte||AmiEdouArt||French and bilingual musical presentation and workshops showcase original songs to enhance the learning of French through a cultural and fun learning experience. Edouard sings, plays the bass guitar, percussion instruments and is accompanied by synthesizer. Presentations include: Chantons avec Edouard, Encompagnie d'Edouard and Reflexion. Students enhance their listening and interaction skills, discuss themes and rehearse song choruses using oral French dialogue. |
|Ancient Egypt Alive!||Ancient Egypt Day ||Egyptologists engage elementary students in learning and celebrating Ancient Egypt through a variety of workshops that are applicable to a variety of curriculum areas. Workshops offered in French and English, include: "Write like an Egyptian: Learn the basics of Hieroglyphs". The history and how to write the alphabet. Each student will complete the session by writing his/her name in a cartouche. " Mummy Mania: An insider look at Egyptian mummies " The history, methods and meaning with lively demonstrations and objects. " Egyptian Myths " From the Greeks to the Christian bible, western religious and literary traditions all borrowed from Egyptian myths. We will hear some colourful tales in a lively presentation - and perhaps do some dramatic readings. " Egyptian gods: Let's meet the colourful pantheon of Egyptian gods - mainly animals ". Learn about their beliefs in the afterlife, their very inclusive pantheon of gods, triads, and temple worship. " The Egyptian Pyramid ": Learn about the amazing pyramids of Egypt; and get into the minds of the Pharaohs! " Egyptian Drama and Magic " Drama and recitals were an integral part of Egyptian culture to help in magical transformation - like the journey to the afterlife. Students act out some fun Egyptian myths, readings and rituals. " Egyptian Art: It was all about proportion and balance. " Students examine the way ancient Egyptians drew and carved reliefs by analyzing great examples and then draw their own Egyptian art. " ...|
|Warden Woods CCC||Anger Management and Conflict Resolution ||These interactive workshops utilize conflict resolution and mediation techniques as they focus on one or more of the following themes, as requested by schools in LC3: I. Anger Management: Anger Defined; The Anger Mountain; Ways People deal with Anger;Dealing with an Angry Person;Positive and Negative Functions of Anger; Communicating while Angry. II. Conflict Resolution: What is Conflict?; The Unmanaged Conflict Cycle; Characteristics of Conflict; How to Handle Conflict?; Understanding Conflict Styles; Communicating through Conflict. III. Communication: Active Listening; How to be a Better Listener?; What are the Roadblocks to Effective Communication? The purpose of these sessions is to provide students with tools that decrease the conflicts among youth that could or have escalated into suspensions or expulsions.
|Magician Toronto Inc.||Anti Bullying and Confidence Building Magic Show School Assembly ||The “Bully Me No More” Magic and Illusion Show is an hour long professional magic show, embedded with a Clear Anti-Bullying message. Through Professional Magic and “ Vegas Style” Illusions, students will be engaged in discussion and presentation on : • Identifying Bullying • Coping Strategies • Effective ways to Combat Bullying • Cyberbullying. Professional Magician/Illusionist Coby also talks about his personal story of being bullied as a child and how magic helped him overcome the bullying. There are 2 versions of the show: The first one is targeted to Grades K-4, which focuses on Physical and Verbal Bullying, and the 2nd version has more of a focus on Cyberbullying and confidence building. Materials are also provided to teachers for follow-up discussions in the class.|
|GUVNA BJJ||Anti Bullying and Self Defense Fitness Workshops||The workshops teach the concepts of problem solving, critical thinking and respect in an anti-bullying, martial arts format. Students learn about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu concepts, self defense system and how they can balance their physical and mental health thereby promoting harmony and well-being. Students participate in a minimum of two one-hour long sessions that include cardiovascular training, stability and balance. Students learn how to focus and solve problems. Follow-up programs are also available to schools.|
|BAM Children's Entertainment Inc.||Anti-Bullying and Black History Month Workshops||Using the dramatic arts, students are taken on a theatrical journey to help to instill them with tools and strategies to deal with bullying and difference. Performances include: The Yellow Bus – students witness Aunty B facing the challenge of being bullied because she has a learning disability. Chocolate Swirl- Little B faces racism and abandonment because of her skin colour. The story is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sweet Clara- In this story, Sweet Clara takes the risk to find her freedom. Students will be encouraged by the story of hope and equality. Freedom on the Menu is a one-woman show using an animated style of storytelling. An historical story that takes place in the 1960s, Connie tells about the struggles her and her siblings faced alongside Martin Luther King Jr to create equal rights and opportunities for everyone.|
|Avenue Road Arts School||Arts Experiences: Workshops in the Arts||Enhanced 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.
|Arts Express||Arts Express Programming||Arts Express offers arts programming for elementary students in a variety of ways: drama and dance workshops, the T.A.S.A.M. "Tackling Anxiety and Stress through Arts and Mindfulness” program which focuses on the arts and mental health and wellness; and The Literacy Storytelling series. Drama and dance curriculum based workshops include the following topics Shakespeare, poetry, character creation, improv, tableau, creative movement, hip hop and jazz. The T.A.S.A.M. program, uses our effective Creative Arts education approach, in conjunction with an expert in child development, to introduce strategies and tools that can alleviate everyday anxieties. The Literacy Storytelling series promotes literacy skills while helping to start the conversation about socially complex topics including bullying, inclusion, mindfulness, fair play, and racism. A program guide outlining the full array of offerings is available at www.ArtsExpress.ca.
|South Riverdale Community Health Centre||Asthma and Smoking Education||This presentation provides information and education on Asthma and smoking. Topics include the minimization of symptoms; what to do in a situation of an asthma attack; and smoking cessation. |
|Authors' Booking Service ||Authors' Booking Service||Over 150 Canadian Authors and Illustrators are available for readings and presentations. Students, staff or school communities learn about the book creator’s background; the writing and/or illustrating process; tips and tools for writing and/or illustrating; as well as hear/see short selections from one or more of the creator’s books. Schools schedule through www.authorsbooking.com, which also provides timely information about authors and illustrators who are currently touring Ontario and/or who live in the GTA. Some readings/presentations are available in French.|
|North Star Productions||Authors in the Planetarium ||A science journalist leads presentationsin a mobile planetarium that is set-up for a day at interested schools. Based on their experiences researching, writing and photographing for notable science journals and publications, the presenters discuss the writing process, earth and space science. Several presentations are offered by astronomy authors and astrographers to bring the cosmos and writing process to life through 3-D graphics and thundering surround sound.|
|Moving EDGEucation Inc.||Bachelors, Masters, Ph.Ds in EDGEucation!||Health and Well-Being, Movement based Learning, Numeracy, Literacy, Physical Activity, Dance, Healthy School Climate - Options available for Students, Teachers and Parents.
- Bachelor of EDGEucation - Interactive movement sessions for up to 100 students at a time. 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.
- Master of EDGEucation - Interactive movement sessions for up 100 students with a “numeracy” or “literacy” focus, plus a Professional Learning Session for staff to build the capacity of teachers to integrate movement into Numeracy or Literacy.
- Ph.D in EDGEucation - Interactive movement sessions with multi subject focus (both numeracy, literacy and more), an extended Professional Learning Session to integrate movement into multiple subjects throughout the day
School-community/parent-family engagement: Session for parents builds community and provides an experiential opportunity for families to become informed about movement & learning while being active at the same time.
|Ontario Ball Hockey Federation||Ball Hockey Professional Learning and Skills Development||This 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 deal for those schools who have minimal exposure to hockey/ball hockey. Professional learning is available to staff to deepen their understanding of the sport.|
|Bay Street Deconstructed||Bay Street Deconstructed||A 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 Peel||BBBSP Mentoring ||This program addresses physical activity, healthy living, and communications/self-esteem skills for boys in grades 6-8. It operates with a structured, group mentoring model, through which all participants develop leadership and life skills.
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto||BBBST Mentoring Programs||Children 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 Mentoring Programs allow children and youth, individually or within group programming, to benefit from the power of mentoring while remaining in the safe and familiar environment of their own school. For one hour each week, BBBST-trained adult mentors engage children or youth in activities such as reading, math mentoring, board games, and/or crafts. The activities are designed to cultivate a positive relationship between the student/s and the mentor that leads to student/s' improved self-esteem and success at school. BBBST Program Coordinator monitors each individualized match as well as group programming led by mentors.|
|George Brown College||Behavioural Science and SSW Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in Community Services and Health Sciences programs at George Brown College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide George Brown 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. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|Canadian Red Cross||Beyond the Hurt, Bullying and Harassment Prevention||Beyond the Hurt sessions engage grades 6-10 students in bullying prevention strategies by building awareness of bullying behaviour, understanding of human rights and respect for diversity, and developing proactive traits such as advocacy and empathy in school communities. Through explicit learning and interactive opportunities, students are empowered with the skill set for positive and respectful relationships at school and in the community. This workshop identifies interpersonal power issues, individual rights and responsibilities, intervention strategies and proactive action plans. |
|En'tyce Your Beauty - Naturally||Be-You-tiFul: Holistic Health & Wellness Series||Students 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 Services||Bike 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 Experiences||Black History - A Canadian Perspective||This program focuses on the experiences of African people in Canada to share the rarely discussed history of the African diaspora in Canada. The presentation covers a number of interesting topics, including t he success of African interpreters working with early Europeans in first contact with First Nations people, interactions of Black Canadians and Native Canadians in community building, the escape of African people from the southern United States, to their settlement in Nova Scotia, and their experiences in Canada.|
|Borden Ladner Gervais LLP||BLG Reads to Kids||BLG Reads to Kids is a volunteer program for BLG staff and professionals to support the development of literacy skills in students at select schools. Each volunteer works with the students assigned to them over the course of the school year, on a weekly basis. Students learn social, reading and language skills, which create the foundation for academic learning. Each school identifies a TDSB staff designate who oversees the program and provides support for volunteers to work effectively with students.|
|University of Toronto||Blues Buddy Up||U of T's Varsity Blues student athletes deliver presentations on fair play and coping skills to become a successful athlete and student. The presentations address showing respect for others, working collaboratively, taking responsibility and using coping and adaptive skills when confronted with challenges. During the hour-long presentation, students are divided into groups and complete activities connected to the themes of Believe, Learn, Understand, and Excel.|
|Snakes & Lattes||Board Games en français||Workshop provide a conversational French language opportunity for students by bringing into French classrooms French board games and having two French facilitators interact with students. Students learn French through the learning and playing of various board games. The program provides a fun and engaging way for students to learn French, and to speak with facilitators whose first language is French.|
|University Health Network||Body Pride||Interactive presentations for school communities that foster an environment to support students in developing positive body image and self-esteem. For student audiences, "Body Image, Media Literacy, and Self-Esteem," empowers young people to critically navigate messages and imagery from the media. Teacher and parent presentations assist with understanding the warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation, and resources for addressing these issues. Available presentations are “Addressing and Preventing Body-Based Bullying” and “Eating Disorders: What to Look for and How to Help”. Post-secondary students and NEDIC staff will facilitate all presentations. |
|Brain Fitness 2 International Ltd.||Brain Fitness Excel-ability Professional Learning||Brain 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.|
|Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention||Brain Wave Presentations for Injury Prevention||The program provides half-day neuroscience presentations for grades 3-6 students to teach them about the brain and the importance of wearing helmets to prevent injuries. Students learn 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.
By bringing this program into the classroom, students and teachers increase their understanding of the brain and spinal cord, and learn simple strategies to prevent injury.
Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention also organizes and launches the National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) each year at a TDSB school. NTDSW is an annual public awareness campaign in mid-November aimed at educating young drivers about road safety and helps young drivers reduce distracted and impaired driving.|
|Young Yogis Toronto||Breathe-Stretch-Rest-Repeat||Students learn yoga, mindfulness and playful movement. Students practise yoga poses and movement, meditation techniques, and learn effective tools for coping with stress and emotional upset. Each class contains breathing exercises, playful postures, yoga games, and relaxation. Classes touch on aspects of mindfulness, providing students with simple, yet effective tools for coping and thriving in a fast-paced world. The workshop also gives students an opportunity to develop body awareness and coordination in a safe and supportive environment. |
|Chess Institute of Canada||Bringing Chess to Life||This workshop series uses the game of chess to cultivate the development of essential life skills in students. CIC is the only organization in Canada that is licensed to use the Chess World Curriculum® that explicitly makes connections between chess and life. Through chess presentations and lessons, related physical activities, individual exercises and group discussions, tournaments and challenges, practise and play, students foster positive attitudes towards learning, independence and improved self-image. The program fosters self-reflection and respect for others, helping students to develop positive attitudes towards a variety of life challenges. The confidence that students gain leads to success in academics, relationships and athletics, as well as healthy life choices. |
|Scarborough Rotary Passport Club||Brush-A-Mania||This 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 Success||This three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes. First, a ‘recess planning session’ for student leaders and a staff designate to brainstorm games and activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive recess event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools. |
|Get REAL Movement Inc. ||Building Bridges through inclusion, acceptance, and diversity||Get 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.
|Peace by PEACE||Building Skills in Conflict Resolution||Students will learn to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts in positive ways in their lives, schools and communities. Using games, activities, and critical discussions, the program engages students and provides them with practical conflict resolution techniques. Students enhance their effective communication, negotiation and critical thinking skills. Topics include: skills for exploring and resolving conflict; effective communication; appreciating diversity; inner power/self-esteem; dealing with bullying and cyberbullying; thinking critically about the media; community building. Program is offered in French and bilingual classes.
|Scarborough Women's Centre||Building Strong Futures||The 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.|
|Brampton Academy of Martial Arts||Bully B.R.A.V.E. Program ||Bully B.R.A.V.E. provides anti-bullying workshops that positively impact school climate and give students practical tools to diffuse bullying situations. Students learn practical and proven self-defence techniques. Cooperation, caring and respectful role playing activities teach students how to identify bullying behaviours, and how to minimize being targeted. |
|Kids 4 Kids Leadership Inc. ||BullyFreeME Presentations||Highly 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. |
|Anthony McLean ( Engage Canada )||Bullying & Conflict: What's the Difference?||Upbeat and high impact presentations use audience interaction, comedy, pop culture, and “freestyle” raps to keep students engaged. This bullying prevention presentation distinguishes between bullying and conflict. It provides bystanders with practical anti-bullying strategies; and coaches students on how to use social media wisely. It combines powerful teaching with clean entertainment that touches on themes of diversity, masculinity and mental health well-being in the context of distinguishing between conflict and bullying. Presentations for parents are also available, so that they do not overuse the term "bullying". |
|Excel2wellness Consulting||Called to be Strong: Building Resilience Through Literacy||Students will discover the adventures of reading, practise the art of storytelling and public speaking and learn strategies for greater achievement. Workshop themes include: understanding the reading process, making reading a daily habit, the role of reading and mental wellness, confidence building strategies, practical exercises for storytelling and public speaking, developing good writing techniques, and strategies to achieving personal success. These workshops provide resiliency through literacy in order to build confidence and positive self-worth in students.|
|Gallery 44||CameraReach||CAMERAreach is a workshop series program by a professional photographer for middle school students in two selected schools each year. Students learn a variety of skills including the basic elements of a camera and photography, narrative building through photography, and the process for downloading and editing photographs for a finalized artwork. Students discover and develop their individual creative expression through photography and have an opportunity to showcase their artwork in a professional gallery.
|Project Kids & Cameras||Cameras In The Classroom||An 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.|
|REEL Canada||Canadian Film in the Schools and Multi-Schools Day||The program showcases films made by Canadian filmmakers, including Aboriginal filmmakers, to selected schools. Films are shown both in schools and off-site at a movie theatre. Guest speakers, such as local filmmakers, representatives from local film festivals, subject matter experts, TV personalities, and screenwriters engage with students in a post-screening question and answer discussion about the films and the issues that are raised, such as stereotypes, cultural differences, racism, and Canadian history. REEL Canada collaborates with the TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre regarding First Nations, Metis, Aboriginal/Indigenous and Inuit programming. Lesson plans and other learning resources are available in both English and French for teachers to use with their classes.|
|Canadian Tamil Youth Development Centre||CanTYD Programs for Tamil Youth||Programming and services for Tamil Canadian secondary students fosters student leadership and student engagement opportunities, as well as providing connections for students and their families to culturally specific Tamil resources in the community. Weekly programming of presentations and workshops use the arts, group discussion, and recreation activities to engage students in topics and issues of their choosing. CANTYD staff are also available during instructional time, as requested by TDSB staff and students to provide particular equity supports.
|George Brown College||Career Development Practitioner Field Placements||This 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. |
|Info. Tec. Association of Canada (ITAC) ||CareerMash Role Model and Online Mentoring Program||Career Mash is a unique Role Model and Online Mentoring program that allows high school students to learn about the exciting opportunities offered by tech careers from tech professional mentors working in a wide range of in-demand career areas like data analytics, mobile apps development, website design and video gaming. By connecting classes with 70+ tech professionals from a wide variety of fields, sectors and passions, the program provides students with real-life examples of how technology can be mashed up with their personal interests in every field imaginable including art, music, sports, fashion, business, healthcare or the environment.|
|Errol Lee Caring Concerts||Caring Kids Concerts: Music is the Method||This motivational assembly is specifically designed to teach, nurture, and model positive character traits. All concerts are multi-sensory and use music, movement, media and visual communication strategies to give audiences an experience where students will sing, dance and inspire to care about each other. All concerts teach kindness, self-confidence, self-esteem and character building catered to each age group. This presentation is a dynamic addition to celebrate Black History Month.|
|Cajuca Mas Arts Producers||Carnival Arts||This 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.
|Taylor Sutherland||Chekhov Theatre||Anton 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 College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This 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 College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This 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 College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This 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 College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This 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.
|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. |
|Wushu Project Inc.||Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance||This high-energy and culturally rich dance workshop explores effective team building and communication through Chinese dragon dance and performance. Students learn how to physically manipulate the different segments of the dragon, dragon techniques, drills and dance movement to bring the dragon costume to life. Once the dance routines are learned, students create choreography which culminates in a performance to the school community. Lion dance presentation is also available for Asian History and Chinese Heritage Months and Chinese New Year celebrations.|
|Little Rascals Place||Clay/Pottery Workshop||This arts workshop offers students the opportunity to learn and create clay and pottery pieces. This program is especially suited to early years and elementary students to learn about clay and various hand-building techniques to create pinch pots, coil mugs, clay plaques and individual clay pieces. Pieces will be kiln fired and dropped off within three weeks. |
|Clearview School of Arts and Culture||Clearview Chinese Arts Workshops||Performances and Workshops increase students' understanding of Chinese art, dance, culture and heritage include Lion Dance and other traditional Chinese dancing; as well as calligraphy. They are wonderful special events suitable for schools' celebrating Asian Heritage month, or the Chinese New Year.
|Tides Canada Initiatives - Enviromentum||Climate Conversations||Climate Conversations (CCs) is a workshop that employs Motivational Interviewing (MI), an evidence-based strategy, to help high school students explore and resolve their conflicting feelings on issues related to climate change.
Students learn skills in areas of self-awareness and self-control, teamwork, individual power and ownership in their own solutions to reduce carbon footprints and taking more sustainable actions.
|The Learning Partnership||Coding Quest||Coding Quest is a STEM based program for gr 4-6 that teaches fundamental coding and gamification while developing global competencies such as computational thinking, etc.|
|Yorktown Family Services||Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Groups||This program focuses on building skills through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based (CBT) curriculum, that addresses and supports the management of intense emotions that may be getting in the way of students’ meeting their academic and social goals.
The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Groups led by Yorktown staff are gender specific:
• ‘Girl Talk’ is for girls aged 12 – 16
• ‘Think First’ is for boys aged 12 – 16.
Experiential and participatory learning methods to match developmental needs of youth include: discussion, role-play and creative exercises (including journaling, youth-oriented hand-outs). Process- oriented group work fosters social affiliation among young people by helping them make positive healthy connections with each other and with supportive adults.|
|Canadian Roots Exchange||Colonization Past & Present: 100,000 years before Canada's 150th||Two workshops are available for secondary school students:
The history of Aboriginal/Indigenous peoples dates back thousands of years on Turtle Island (North America) and one workshop will look at land markers and artefacts that prove this. With Canada turning 150 years old, a lot of the focus on the history of this land has been on a colonial timeline and hasn’t adequately included rich history that pre-dates European contact. This workshop aims to ensure that Indigenous history is not further ignored, and will explore the richness and migration of First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities leading up to confederation. We will finish with a reflective component, which will ask the youth to think about ways we can include the original peoples’ content in the celebrations of this land.
A second workshop, examines how colonization has negatively impacted the governance structures, communities and populations of Indigenous peoples. To understand the modern issues that First Nations, Metis and Inuit face, we must know the history of violence and oppression that led their people to their current realities. Facilitators will take the class through a timeline of what life was like for Indigenous peoples during the stages of colonization by European settlers and how this continues today. This timeline will also highlight important points in history including the achievements and struggles of ethno-cultural communities in Canada.|
|Common Compass||Common Compass||The program offers workshops, retreats and trainings to empower students to show empathy as they interact with their peers in their school and beyond. The program seeks to enhance students’ self-identity and self-esteem; strengthen connectedness and support their assertiveness, promoting inclusion, and positive decision-making. Using the SELF-OTHERS-SKILLS model, students learn strategies to manage their mental health and well-being. The program includes:
1. Social Emotional Learning and Empathy Workshops support students to understand their emotions to improve their emotional expression and communication skills.
2. Mental Health Peer Leader Training helps students understand common mental health challenges, myths and facts, signs and symptoms.
3. Leadership Workshops allow students to develop an understanding of positive leadership characteristics, leadership and conflict styles and how they may grow their leadership skills within their schools and communities.
4. Retreats offer fun, reflective opportunities for students in leadership roles, or at particular points during the school year. They combine 2 or 3 workshops for day-long event.
5. Professional Learning offers training for TDSB staff to explore the relationship between social emotional learning and academic achievement. Staff also learn of positive coping mechanisms students may use and signs for when students may require additional supports.|
|Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital||Communication and Writing Aids||The Communication and Writing Aids (CWA) 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. |
|York University||Community Outreach Nursing Engagement (CORNER)||CORNER is an offering of the York University School of Nursing through which schools can request presentations on various Health Promotion topics. Presentations are designed for student, staff and/or parent audiences. They are prepared and presented in schools by York University Nursing Students with York University Faculty oversight. To select topic/s and schedule a session, TDSB staff are asked to visit www.yorku/CORNER http://nursing.info.yorku.ca/corner/. The School of Nursing Clinical Course faculty supervise York University students, and attend presentations. THE CORNER placement model is a program-based approach to community nursing praxis. |
|Seneca College||Community Services Student Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Social Service Worker, Behavioural Sciences and Social Service Worker Immigrants and Refugees programs at Seneca College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Seneca 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 and other sites. |
|VIBE ARTS (Arts for Children and Youth)||Community Sharing Arts Education Program||This program engages children and youth from priority neighbourhoods in high quality, hands-on arts workshops conducted by professional artists. The program includes workshops in Dance, Drama, Dub Poetry, Environmental Art, Film-Making/Video, Integrated Arts, Photography and Visual Arts. |
|George Brown College||Community Worker Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Community Worker program. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in 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. |
|Adventure Place||Community-based Treatment and Support Services||Community-based Treatment and Support Services offers a continuum of support to select students and their families and care providers. Program provides strategies to address difficulties in social, emotional, behavioural, communication, cognitive, learning and/or developmental domains of functioning. Program includes observation and assessment in the home; support and training for parents, teachers and other school staff as needed; and individual student program plan for the classroom and at home, service coordination, and transition support and/or treatment into classroom setting. Adventure Place staff will work in collaboration with TDSB staff, including representatives from the school’s Professional Support Services team, in order to facilitate a coordinated service for the referred student. |
|University of Toronto||Concussion Care||This program offers specialized medical and allied health care of concussions to a select number of referred secondary school students. Coordinator presents program criteria and overview, pathway for support and program activities.
The cornerstone of the management of concussion is the early intervention and gradual progression of stimulation or stressors that may, if over-exposed, disrupt natural recovery and cause relapse or exacerbation of symptoms. Historically, this aspect of care has focused on gradual progression of physical activity (return-to-play), but in recent years, the application of these principles in learning environments (return-to-learn) has received increasing attention. Academic student life is comprised of subtle and complex stressors and the interaction of this environment and how stressors impact the student recovering from a concussion are poorly understood.
|Deepa Prashad||Confidence Building and Social Media Presentations||The presentations promote self-worth and confidence in students by educating them on how to use social media to build a positive space for themselves. Deepa Prashad discusses the power of stories in the media and encourages students to tell their own stories. She tells students to step away from their devices and connect with others. Deepa explains how students can take positive action, including volunteering and giving back to their communities and the presentations explore how students can use social media to engage with those persons and organizations that are making a positive difference in the world and redefining pop culture. Students learn that social media validation doesn't result in real life validation and there are many other things they can do to build their confidence and self-worth.|
|Friendship In Action||Conflict Mediation Advisors||Grades 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.|
|X Movement Inc.||Connected Movement ||Connected Movement provides workshops and events that integrate physical, emotional, social and environmental literacy. These include: ‘Aussie X’ through Aussie Rules footy, cricket and netball, students experience Australian culture and core values; ‘X Dance’ explores music and cultures from around the world and students discover dance in an energizing and inspiring way; ‘X Fusion’ blends movement skills from yoga, pilates and gymnastics through a circus-like experience; and ‘X Power’ explores blocking movements, personal space for safety, core strengths and basic fundamental movements.
Workshops and events for parents are also available. X Movement meets with interested schools to assess their community’s needs, isolate objectives and customize the selected workshop. X Movement provides all equipment required during the session. It does not leverage the educational programming moment to market any product or service to the school community. |
|TakingITGlobal||Connected North||Through collaborative project based learning, Taking IT Global develops unique content and connections for schools in the north and south to access cultural exchange opportunities and curriculum enhancement north to north connections. Educators are supported in the use of collaborative technology for professional learning, mentorship and incorporation into the classroom. Professional learning experts and peer mentors can instruct and interact with teachers in remote locations, providing them access to expertise that might otherwise have been very difficult to acquire. Students in class connect through online video-conferencing with one another's classes, schools and locations.|
|San Romanoway Revitalization Association||Connecting Bridges Educational Outreach Program||The Connecting Bridges Educational Outreach Program offers life skills and mentoring to students in middle schools in the Jane-Finch community. Students participate in twice weekly sessions on self-esteem, self-identity, violence prevention, problem-solving and conflict resolution, communication, assertiveness training, time management, study skills, gender relations, racism and ethnicity, substance and alcohol abuse, healthy sexuality, bullying, cyber safety, gang resistance strategies, stress management, managing emotions, family dynamics, perceptions of schooling and education, education pathways, career and employment options. Students may also receive homework help and be paired with adult mentors who work one-on-one with students to provide positive role modelling.
The program includes a Family Support Program for the parents of participating students. Parents take part in bi-monthly support groups to discuss adolescent development issues, effective parenting strategies, communication skills, employment, substance use, and gang prevention. Parents may also be referred to appropriate community resources for help with housing, food security, employment and legal issues.
|Real Talk Learning Experiences||Content is King||Having 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|
|Yorktown Family Services||Coping Cats||The “Coping Cats” program provides identified students between the ages of 7 – 12 who have internalizing behaviours (such as anxiety) with opportunities to learn vital cognitive and social skills within a supportive group context. The group program focuses on building skills through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based (CBT) curriculum that addresses and supports the management of intense emotions that may be getting in the way of the participants’ meeting their academic and /social goals.|
|Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA)||CPA Canada Financial Literacy Presentations||The presentations teach students basic concepts and skills through interactive activities and case studies. The hour-long presentations are grade specific (grades 4 and 5; grades 7 and 8; and grades 10 and 11), and cover the following topics: Bartering; Needs and Wants; Goal Setting; Earning Income; Credit Cards and Bad Debt versus Good Debt; and Budgeting and Savings. Chartered Professional Accountant volunteers lead the presentations and each session includes a group activity followed by time for questions and answers. The aim of the presentations is to deliver unbiased objective financial literacy education and information to improve students’ understanding of financial literacy. Schools visit www.cpacanada.ca/en/the-cpa-profession/financial-literacy and complete the online school workshop request form in order to schedule a presentation. Presentations are available in both English and French.|
|HOAMLTD||Create Peace||This interactive motivational assembly provides an inspirational anti-bullying message through the use of dramatic arts, Hip Hop and music. Themes of respect, empathy, leadership, and resilience are covered. A band of musicians share personal stories of overcoming challenges while performing original hip hop songs and dramatic skits. Students learn strategies to address bullying, develop effective ways to overcome bullying and foster respect for each other. This assembly also touches on defining one’s own struggles, overcoming them with passion and ultimately finding one’s purpose in life.
|Picasso's Garage||Creating Art as a Tool for Mental Health ||Giving images and words to feelings plays a role in the understanding and incorporating those feelings into our lives. These sessions with an Art Therapist help children relieve stress, increase emotional literacy and awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Specific programming is also available to 'Create Resilience : Art Therapy for Children of Divorced Parents'. These sessions are designed to address the common experiences resulting from the parental separation and parental divorce.
Children are naturally creative, and it is usually easier for them to draw a picture rather than answering questions directly. They may be reluctant or even hostile about discussing certain topics. Creating artwork is a non-threatening venue that allows the child to tackle tough issues creatively. Art directives in this program are designed to assist children in labeling feelings, to improve their resiliency and their functioning in life and in the classroom.
Professional learning sessions are also available. |
|High Resolves||Creating Global Citizens and Leaders||Four peak experiences exploring Identity & Purpose, Just Society, Social Progress and Better Self are available to strengthen the development of global competencies. The participatory design of the peak experiences enables the decisions of the participants to drive the learning and provides the space for them to transform how they think about the world, locally and globally. Specific themes of collective identity, independent thinking, social justice, social advocacy, collective action, inclusive leadership, personal impact and effective collaboration are examined across three spheres of action: friends and family, community and bigger world. Through a series of immersive and interactive activities, students are pushed to think through how society influences how we understand and categorize ourselves and others and how this impacts our interactions, particularly with those who are different from us. Students are challenged to think critically about what kind of world they want, what in our current world, both locally and globally, needs to be addressed and the role they need to play in creating a more inclusive and equitable society. Students develop a reflective capacity, becoming more aware and present to the impact of their choices, and learn to work effectively with others in creating positive change. Each module is mapped to the goals of Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum and Citizenship Education Framework.|
|Regent Park Duke of York Foundation||Creative Art and Play Programs ||In selected LC4 schools, students experiencing social and emotional difficulties are referred by SSTs/Professional Services, to support them through the provision of these specialized opportunities for creative expression. These programs assist students with self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shapes; thoughts and feelings can be expressed that may be otherwise difficult for children to articulate. Various art materials and activities are available, including: sand trays, clay projects, puppets, storytelling, music, dance and movement, drama, and various art materials. |
|Laura Beglin||Creativity, Confidence, Artistry Through Dance||In 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.|
|Vujade Entertainment Inc.||Creature Shop||This hands-on workshop teaches students motion picture special effect techniques to create their own animatronic creation. Students handle and explore the simple machines that give the illusion that puppets are alive including mechanical pulleys, push-pull rods, gears and gear chains. Students learn different kinds of special effects, comparing computer generated effects to floor effects. Students build their own animatronic creation to participate in a challenge in stacking a pyramid of wooden blocks. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. |
|Cricket Canada||Cricket FUNdamentals||The Cricket FUNdamentals program provides opportunities for students to participate in skills development activities and competitions to encourage life-long participation in cricket. The program offers afterschool and intramural cricket training and skills development clinics, indoor cricket competitions in the winter, outdoor competitions in the spring, and professional learning for TDSB staff. The program seeks to develop pathways to competitive cricket for students and provides mentorship opportunities for national cricket players. Workshops and clinics are consistent with Sports Canada and Cricket Canada’s LTAD model. Activities include:
- Indoor and outdoor league and tournament development (both intramural and multi-school) using the Ten10 format.
- Train-the-Trainer programs that provide professional learning sessions and resources to TDSB staff.
- Community Coach Accreditation (NCCP) for TDSB staff.|
|Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS)||CTYS Connections||These group-based mental health programs utilize evidence informed approaches such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and art based activities to increase resiliency and wellness in the students. Two groups are specifically offered: the first being Connect to Chill (C2C). This group aims to increase affect regulation skills, manage stress and anxiety and build healthy connections with peers, family and community. The second group is an evidence based anger management program called Peaceful Alternative To Tough Situations (PATTS). Participants in this group develop nonviolent conflict resolution skills; increase affect regulation, and strengthen relationships to others.|
|Centennial College||Culture & Heritage Field Placement||This program provides field placement opportunities for Culture and Heritage Site Management (CHSM) program students from Centennial College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Centennial College students who are considering a career in culture and heritage management, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Manager, Archives. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |