|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.|
|Little Kickers Toronto Central||A Rounded Education Program||Early 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.|
|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.
|Xennial Productions||Accidental 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 Consulting||Accounting & Business in the 21st Century||A 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 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.|
|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. |
|Drums Et Al||African Drumming, Dance, and Storytelling||The 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 Roots||African Musical Journey||Guinean 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.|
|New Tradition Music||Afro-Indigenous Colombian Drumming||Students 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. |
|AgScape||Agri-Food||Through 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 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.|
|Theatricks Theatre Co.||All About Acting||These 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 Education||ALPHA Project||ALPHA 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.
|Hands on Exotics Inc.||Amazing Living World of Birds||This 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. |
|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. |
|Dwayne Morgan||Amplifying Student Voice||In 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 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.
|B Current Performing Arts Co.||Anti-Oppression, Black History and Storytelling||Storytelling 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:ri||Art 4 Social Change: Re-Indigenizing Tsi Tkarón:to||Members 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 Café||Art Clay Ceramic Metamorphosis||Project-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 Company||Art of Dance||Dance 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 Projects||Art of the Americas||Two 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 Institute||Art Therapist Practicum Field Placements||This 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 Centre||Artful Wellbeing (Art Therapy) Workshops||Art 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 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.
|Naomi Chorney||Art-To-Go||Workshops 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. |
|BAM Children's Entertainment Inc.||AuntyB Theatre, Storytelling and Puppet-Making||Interactive storytelling through life-size puppets and live characters create conversations on inclusion, diversity, Black History, racism and equality. Through a theatrical journey, tools and strategies are reflected for how to celebrate difference. Puppet-making workshops are also available. 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.|
|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 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 Jorgen||Ballet 101||This 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 Association||Ballmatics||An 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 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 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.|
|Audrey Gabay||Bee Connections||Play-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 College||Behavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field Placements||This 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. |
|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.|
|Blank Canvases||Blank Canvases||The 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 Nettagog||Bluestonecloud Breaking The Cycle||These 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 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. |
|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 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.|
|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.|
|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||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.|
|The Starfish Canada||Can You Hear The Eco?: Environmental Solutions Workshops||A 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 Corporation||Canadian Stage in School||These 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.|
|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. |
|Toronto Community Benefits Network||Career Opportunities for Youth||Presentation 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. |
|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.
|Rodrigo Chavez||CASSAVA 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! |
|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.|
|Nancy King||Chief Lady Bird - Indigenous Art, Presentations, and Murals||Workshops engage students in painting and illustration using collage and the Woodland art style, comic books, and spirit cards, in the creation of Indigenous-inspired art that does not appropriate Indigenous culture. Presentations provide context and discuss intergenerational trauma and cultural appropriation, the impact of colonialism and reclamation, with Indigenous art examples from artists such as the Indian Group of Seven and the issues which such artists grapple with in their depictions. Professional learning and murals are also available.
|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.
|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.
|Sheridan 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.
|Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre||Child Victim Witness Support Program||The 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. |
|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.
|ACER||Climate's Sake||Workshops 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 Jeunesse||Code and Create||Unlock creative potential and improve critical thinking in this introductory coding workshop which introduces algorithm literacy, coding concepts, and practices through hands-on activities and exploratory learning. Through computational thinking methods and intuitive drag-and-drop coding, facilitators familiarize students with the micro:bit, a small programmable computer fitted with a variety of sensors, LEDs, programmable buttons, and connectivity options. Additional “extension modules” provide advanced learning for students to program a variety of complex functions. Professional learning is available, and workshops can also be delivered in French.|
|The Learning Partnership Canada||Coding Quest||This STEM based program for elementary students exposes them to the fundamentals of coding and gamification while developing global competencies such as computational thinking. TLP staff and volunteers in computer science, provide professional learning and in school supports for the delivery of this program. The culminating event is an "Archade" that showcases games the students have created while providing 'unplugged' activities as well. For grades 1 - 3 the program is entitled "Coding Trek" , for grades 4 - 6 the program is entitled "Coding Quest"|
|Common Compass Pro Social Programs||Common Compass||Sessions 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.¿|
|HBKR||Communication and Writing Aids Service||The 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 Toronto||Community 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 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. |
|VIBE ARTS||Community Sharing Arts Education||Children 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.|
|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.
|Talli Osborne||Confidence is Beautiful||Born 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 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.|
|Joseph Piranian||Confronting Adversity, One Word at a Time||As 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 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.
|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.
|Lakeshore Arts||Connecting the Dots||Presentations 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 Organization||Consent & Media Literacy||Free 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. |