|X Movement Inc.||Connected Movement||Connected Movement provides full-day workshops and events that integrate physical, emotional and social literacy to the school community. These include: Australian cultural and sports explores cricket, aussie football and netball; ‘X-ME Experience’ incorporates fitness alongside breathing exercises; ‘X-Other’ forges friendships and healthy relationships; ‘X-World’ utilizes play to work collectively together; ‘Extravaganza’ utilizes creative moment, mindful movement and expressive movement to allow students to celebrate themselves. Suitable: all grades; staff; parents/caregivers
|SAVIS of Halton||Consent, Bodily Integrity and Health Relationships||Presentations address consent in romantic, social, and sexual contexts for secondary students. Topics include how to navigate social relationships - what is consent, how to ask for consent, how to say no and how to accept hearing no; what makes a healthy relationship, what to look for in relationships and how to navigate different relationships as young people. Consent in relation to sexual violence is also outlined to address the unfortunate prevalence of sexual violence in our communities. Presentations are delivered with time for discussion and reflection by students throughout the session. Grades 9-12|
|Toronto Biennial of Art||Contemporary Indigenous Arts Programming||This program connects students and staff with locally and internationally-based Indigenous artists' creative projects that showcase histories and the many forms of 'knowing'. From these in-person or virtual sessions, students deepen their understanding of the significant Indigenous contributions to the history and development of the city and surrounding regions. Students learn the histories of the treaties and principles of Indigenous governance in Toronto and its connection to contemporary life. As well, students engage in practices, techniques and approaches in Indigenous art-making, utilize various art forms and learn art installation processes (from research, installation, performance, art creation, graphics etc.). Staff professional development may be available.
|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. Serving: Grades 7-12, Parents/Caregivers|
|Behaviour Matters Inc.||Cool Tools for Mental Health||Sessions help students develop social skills alongside other aspects of social-emotional development, such as emotional regulation, healthy self-esteem, leadership, confidence, positive body language, active listening, cooperation, problem-solving, positive coping/self-talk, assertive communication, and developing a growth mindset in an interactive and fun manner. Workshops include Connections (Social Skills & Relationships); Control (Emotional Awareness & Regulation); Cheerfulness (Self-Esteem & Perspectives); Stress and Moods (Mental Health); and, a Growth Mindset (Self-Confidence & Regulation). Workshops for parents and educators focus on Positive Parenting; Behaviour Management; Social-Emotional Development; and, Anxiety Management.
|Naseeha Youth Helpline||Countering Anti-Muslim Racism||Workshops counter anti-Muslim racism and Islamophobia to promote students' sense of well-being. Through activities, workshops and question & answer sessions, students build confidence and joy with their identities and culture. Three workshops are available: Did You Know? talks about the achievements of Muslims around the world; More Than Just Shawarma discusses identity in a safe and engaging space and Not Even Water? breaks down stereotypes, myths and bias while exploring identity and understanding. Planning with teachers to ensure workshops meet curriculum needs of staff and classrooms. Professional learning and parent/caregiver sessions also available. Suitable: Grades 6-12; staff; parents/caregivers|
|James Mandarino||Courage to Dream||Jay Mandarino shares his life story of overcoming obstacles, achieving success, and giving back to the community in this free inspirational assembly. Students hear a positive message to not let any obstacles stop them from achieving their dreams. Jay Mandarino talks about business and entrepreneurship, confidence and self-esteem and how to live with a learning disability such as dyslexia and ADHD and the life challenges these diagnoses often present. His message empowers students to strive for success in the face of adversity, through the real life examples of lived experience. Presentation is followed by a question and answer period. Serving: Grades 5 - 12|
|Chartered Professional Accountants||CPA Canada Financial Literacy Presentations||Virtual Presentations engage school communities in discussion, case studies and interactive activities that deepen their understanding of financial literacy basic concepts and skills. The following topics are covered: Bartering; Needs and Wants; Goal Setting; Earning Income; Credit Cards and Bad Debt versus Good Debt; and, Budgeting and Savings. Presentations are available in both English and French. Serving: Grades 4 - 12; Staff; Parents/Caregivers
|Y2 Entrepreneurship||Creating a Sustainable Business Model||Facilitated by business and not-for-profit leaders, this workshop series helps students from Grades 9-12 develop an entrepreneurial mindset and to understand key components of a sustainable business model/solution. Sessions are delivered in-person or virtually. Themes include financial forecasting, key customer segments, unique value propositions, and key activities and resources required to offer their solution. Students also identify key revenue and operational cost drivers as they build a financial forecast for their business model. Engaging and interactive, program may be customized to meet the unique needs of different classes including creating solutions to bring to the market. Teacher resources are available post-workshop.
|Trinity Theatre Toronto||Creating Communities We Want||Referred students become peer leaders in conflict mediation techniques through workshops that engage them in a variety of art and drama-based activities. Trained student peer leaders facilitate workshops, talking circles and presentations with other students in their school, improving both their communication and conflict resolution skills alongside the development of their leadership capabilities. Handling Conflict peer mediation training through the arts, sessions refine students' skills in understanding emotions like anger through active listening and empathy, as well as open and closed questioning. Sessions for staff include resource: Making Connections, a substance abuse toolkit for students. Serving: Grades 7 - 12. |
|RPDY Foundation||Creative Art and Play Programs ||In selected LC4 schools, students experiencing social and emotional difficulties are referred by Professional Support Services, to support them through the provision of these specialized opportunities for creative expression. These art and play therapy 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. Serving: Select students, Kindergarten - Grade 8|
|Canadian Contemporary School of Art Inc.||Creative Art Practice||Enhanced arts workshops for elementary and secondary students in a variety of art forms that encourage imagination, trusting one's intuition and creativity. Workshop offerings for elementary students include: textile printing, photography, puppetry, cartooning, fashion and wearable art, animation, and architecture. Workshop offerings for secondary students include: watercolor painting, acrylic painting, abstract painting and sculpting. Workshops provide opportunities for self-expression, creativity, problem solving, calculated risk-taking along with the enjoyment of seeing one's creative efforts lead to tangible results. Serving: Grades 1 - 12|
|VIBE ARTS||Creative Classrooms||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. Suitable: select schools
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.
|Nia Centre for The Arts Incorporated||Creative Connect||Sessions available for Kindergarten - Grade 12. In elementary schools, workshops are designed to expand knowledge around artistic traditions from across the Afro Diaspora. Guided by professional artists, students will engage in a hands-on learning experience, creating and exploring traditional arts. In secondary schools, workshops support Black, African, Caribbean and Afro Diasporic students who have found their purpose in art by providing post-secondary and employment pathways, career exploration and mentorship opportunities. Established professional artists who work in the creative arts guide students to identify pathway connections, build career networks, and the skills needed to stay motivated to succeed. Professionals also provide career advice, support and mentorship opportunities. SHSM & SPE opportunities are available.
|Jessica Dubeau||Creative Dance Program||Dance enrichment workshops provide choreography in historically black influenced dance genres such as: Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Caribbean (Soca, Dancehall), Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Disco styles. In a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment, students learn the characteristics of each style through choreographic sequences and fundamental dance and sport movements built into exercises, routines, and rhythmic drills that provide athletic building components that are unique to dance. At the end of a workshop series, students will perform a choreographed routine that was created during the unit. Each type of sessions promotes cultural acceptance, Black awareness and enrichment as well as diversification and anti-racism through practiced mediums and techniques. Serving: Grades K - 12
|Kaeja d'Dance||Creative Movement and Dance Film||Professional trained dancers provide dance and movement workshops that touch on fundamental concepts of dance – body, space, time, relationship, and energy – to get all students active and engaged in the creative process. Sessions are delivered in person or virtually. We offer workshops in Dance Improvisation (intuitive movement in response to text, images and soundscapes), Express Dance (creating dances using natural movement vocabulary), Kaeja Elevations (partner work that allows students to soar safely through the air), and Dance Film (choreographing, directing, and editing short dance pieces for the screen). Professional learning for teachers is also available. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12 |
|Writers Collective of Canada||Creative Writing Professional Learning||Experiential writing workshops introduce educators to proven methods that will equip them with strategies to enhance student self-regulation, expression, confidence and wellbeing, especially with vulnerable communities. Staff learn new techniques to inspire first draft expressive writing and create an engaged community of young independent writers by encouraging voice and a strong sense of identity. Facilitators provide steps on how to create a brave space to encourage students to share perspectives and stories, solutions to common roadblocks and techniques on how to tap into students’ creativity and initiative. They also provide coaching on how to form respectful collaborative peer circles for deep listening and supportive feedback.
|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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|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. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. Sessions delivered in-person only. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 8|
|Mario Rigby||Crossing Africa: Overcoming An Impossible Journey||Canadian adventure explorer, Mario Rigby, shares his story of how he trekked across 12,000 km across Africa by foot and kayak using his three pillars of success: vision, preparation, action. He conquered what was considered an impossible feat and his continued work as an Adventure Explorer, achieving his dream. Students hear advice on how to overcome challenges and fears to discover their own passion. The presentation highlights Mario's journey, interactions with various African ethnic groups, and the bio-diversity of the various environments in his trek. Serving: Kindergarten - Grades 12 |
|Central Toronto Youth Services||CTYS Connections||As an embedded program, these group-based mental health programs utilize evidence informed approaches such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as movement and art based activities to increase resiliency and wellness. Groups offered include: 1) Connect to Chill (C2C)/Connections. This group aims to increase affect regulation skills, manage stress, low mood and anxiety and build supportive connections with peers, family and community. 2) Peaceful Alternatives to Tough Situations (PATTS) is an evidence based anger management program. Participants in this group develop nonviolent conflict resolution skills, increase affect regulation, and strengthen relationships to others. All programming is delivered with equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion in mind as well as through a trauma informed lens. Serving: Grades 7 - 12|
|Rumberos||Cuban-Brazilian Drumming and Dance||Master Rumbero Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo leads performances and workshops on Cuban/Brazilian drumming, music and dance. Students learn cultural history, relationship between music, dance, costume and other forms of Latin arts. Practical demonstration of how the music is executed using traditional instruments are first shown followed by an exploration of the traditional instruments by students. Facilitator brings all instruments for full classroom participation. Students enhance their performance and ensemble skills while gaining a rich knowledge of Cuban/Brazilian music and culture. Traditional dance steps and choreography are explored in the dance workshops.
These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Global Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 8 week classroom visits. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
|Luana Shirt||Cultural Teachings||Luana Shirt is a Plains Cree/Anishinaabe Indigenous Knowledge Educator and Artist. Through interactive teaching circles, she brings focus and better understanding of Anishinaabe cultural teachings that are centered around the Indigenous world views of traditional roles of women and men, rites of passage of girls and boys, 7 stages of life, 7 grandfathers story and teachings, understanding of water, traditional use of medicines and 13 moon grandmother teachings. Indigenous arts workshops include songs, games and interactive teaching circles. Professional learning available to teachers. |
|SMILE Canada - Support Services||Culturally Responsive Disability Support Workshop||Presentation and workshops raise awareness on the intersectional needs of racialized families with children and youth with disabilities for the school community. It provides an overview on the intersections of xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, and ableism, while speaking about the importance of incorporating culturally responsive support within all models of service delivery. Sessions generate conversation, use case studies, share examples and experiences and increase participants' understanding of how they can contribute to the journey towards a more accessible and inclusive society. Topics such as language, assumption and bias, ableism, intersectionality are covered in this workshop. Suitable: All grades; staff; parents/caregivers|
|Dairy Farmers of Ontario||Dairy Education||This presentation, in-person or virtual, provides students an opportunity to discover a variety of aspects to the dairy industry. Delivered by a trained dairy educator, presentation uses songs, experiments, hands-on props, games, SMART Board activities and videos. Five topics are available including how cows produce milk, tools and technology and structures unique to dairy farming, how milk is processed into milk and other food products, health benefits and nutrition of milk, and careers in the dairy and agriculture industry. Presentation materials are available in English and French. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8 |
|Damon45||Damon45||Damon Edwards, bi-racial professional athlete, talks about equity, empathy and diversity and facilitates a discussion on what youth can do to navigate, initiate and take part in conversations regarding race. Students will receive practical tools on how to start the conversation, how to speak up and how to help others feel included. In the presentation, Damon shares his personal story as well as stories of other professional Black athletes who overcame hardships and racism and succeeded in making an impact on their sport. Goal of the presentation is to enhance students' understanding of the meaningful influence they can have in sports, school community and society. Serving: Grades 6-12|
|Edz Gyamfi||DANCE EDZ-UCATION||These workshops instruct students on the significance of dance street styles - Dancehall, Hip Hop and Afrobeats and their respective history, culture, roots and evolution so students learn dance vocabulary and create their own works. Workshops are open to various dance levels and provides foundational work or more advanced choreography for performance development. Sessions focus on skills and drills, grooves, dance vocabulary, rhythm and tempo changes. In all sessions, students get immersed into the culture through the skills development and dance experience. Suitable: Grades 5-12|
|Janice Pomer||Dance the Moving World||Explore dance and create choreography inspired by movement patterns in Nature. Elementary students deepen their movement skills as they interpret aspects of water, earth, plants, animals, the sky and outer space through collaborative explorations and group choreography. Secondary students are introduced to nature-inspired choreographic structures designed to challenge their technical and creative skills. Professional learning sessions provide elementary teachers with the tools to facilitate dynamic movement programs that connect their students with each other, their community, the environment and other areas of the curriculum. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12; Staff|
|dancED Movement Project||Dancing Toward Confidence, Creativity and Self-expression||These workshops provide students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 with an exciting platform to experience dance in an approachable way, regardless of ability or experience. Through creative exploration, movement fundamentals, exciting choreography and a live performance to conclude the program, dancED's team of highly trained professional dance artists empower students to unleash their creative potential. Through a unique and dynamic creative process, students will develop personal skills, build a sense of community and discover an appreciation for the performing arts. |
|More Than Words Books Inc.||David Bouchard Presentations||Sessions by renowned Metis author, David Bouchard, inspire, educate and animate the power of reading and stories. David facilitates Canada's Truth & Reconciliation, Calls to Action. Through First Nations stories and Native flutes, poetry and writing, this champion of reading and literacy; and advocate for youth teaches and inspires students, educators and parents. In April 2009, David was named as a Member of the Order of Canada. In Oshawa, in 2012, the David Bouchard Public School opened its doors. In 2017, David was honoured with an Honorary Doctoral of Law degree by Queen's University. |
|Alzheimer Society of Toronto||Dementia Specific Education||Alzheimer's Society offers dementia training to those who wish to receive foundational knowledge in working with older adults in their careers in various settings. Three programs are: U-First!®, Gentle Persuasive Approaches, and Dementia Foundations. Students will have a greater understanding and knowledge of dementia and be able to provide meaningful support to those living with dementia. Program ranges from half to full day. These programs are for adult students wishing to complete their Personal Support Worker (PSW) certification. Suitable: Learners 18+
|Future Design School Inc.||Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Leadership||The Future Design School programs offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities for students from K-12 that leverages their knowledge supporting them to apply it in meaningful and relevant real-world settings. These sessions are hands-on and practical, inspiring students to engage deeply through choice and voice. Programs are available in-person and online in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, App Design, STEM, Leadership, Career Exploration, Project Management, Environmental Science and Equity & Inclusion. SPE and SHSM certifications are available. |
|Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation||Diabetes and Sir Frederick Banting||Virtual presentation raises diabetes awareness, reduce risk of youth developing Type 2 diabetes, and discuss Banting and the discovery of Insulin - Canada's gift to the world. Facilitated by SFBLF staff, teachers can pick from four sessions: 1. Understanding Diabetes and Prevention Basics; 2. Living with Diabetes and the Impact (including coping at school); 3. Discovery of Insulin and the Lasting Impact; 4. About Banting and the History. Each hour presentation includes a multi-media tutorial, interactive questions and opportunity for question and answer. Follow-up team-based activities continue the learning after the presentation. Serving: Grades 5-12.|
|I Challenge Diabetes||Diabetes Education||A program that destigmatizes those living with diabetes and provides knowledge and supports to those students living with the disease for the entire school community. Presentation and workshops dispel myths while educating the audience on what it means to live with Type 1 Diabetes including what steps are taken to manage the disease, testing and taking insulin, self care, and use of technology to help those involved succeed. Workshops offer the basics on diabetes including how to use Glucagon to understanding Ministry's PPM 161. Parent workshops are available to provide strategies on how to support students living with diabetes to achieve school success. Serving: Grades 1 - 12 |
|Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)||Digital DASH/Jump-Starting Digital Careers (JDC)||Students participate in exploratory learning activities to enhance digital competencies that will open pathways towards digital careers. Activities recreate authentic scenarios to engage students to practise their critical thinking in order to solve a problem while thinking of the consequences of the solution. A variety of workshops provide knowledge on the areas of information and communications technology (ICT), cyber arts, and business skills. Students also have an opportunity to meet industry experts, gain practical industry knowledge and learn about current and emerging STEM careers and pathways in ICT. Professional learning is available for staff. Suitable: Grades 6-12; staff|
|Digital Human Library Inc.||Digital Human Library||Through a vast network of Canadian teachers, industry leaders, business professionals, and community organizations, Digital Human Library creates opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to engage in community-connected experiential learning by offering: thousands of curriculum-based, interactive 1:1 video-conferences; hundreds of engaging live streamed educational programs delivered by subject matter experts around the world; and a large educational collection of virtual tours and virtual reality on the web. Details are found at www.digitalhumanlibrary.com |
|CMV Social Media Inc.||Digital Intelligence||Presentations delivered virtually or in-person for students, teachers, or parents on how to utilize their social apps and platforms and build their online reputations via principles of digital citizenship. Students learn how to incorporate impeccable character, integrity, kindness and gratitude into their social apps and online experience. This presentation uses relevant, real-world examples, strategies and solutions to guide participants on safe and purposeful digital use. Tools and tips are shared on how to communicate effectively through social media platforms, and how to minimize online risks while creating a meaningful online presence for today and into the future. Serving: Grades 5 - 12 |
|Michael Bourada, Encore Entertainment||Disappearing Daily: The Virtual Anti-Bullying Magic Show||Michael weaves magic into a show dealing with bullying and strategies we can use to make it ‘disappear’. Topics in this presentation include how to identify a bully, recognizing different types of bullying, the emotional damage we can cause someone by bullying, and what we can all do to prevent it. This anti-bullying presentation reinforces W.I.T.S. strategies and how we can Walkaway, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help. Michael helps students know how and when to use their W.I.T.S. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Inna Gertsberg||Draw Me A Monster ||This visual arts workshop focuses on developing students' creativity through drawing imaginary characters based on their classmates’ descriptions. This workshop, in-person or virtual delivery, utilizes individual, pair/group work, discussion and sharing of experiences and culminates in a presentation to the class. Presentation of favourite monsters in pop culture eases fears of monsters. Students work in pairs to identify the main characteristics of a monster and draw interpretation of each other's descriptions. The workshop culminates in each author reading the description while the illustrator reveals the drawing to the class. Art is then presented to each author; everyone makes art and receives art. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8|
|Living Rhythm||Drumming to Well Being||Interactive, virtual rhythm-based workshops explore drumming to increase mental health and well being for students, staff and school communities. Using drums, their own bodies, and other objects from home, participants of all abilities, disabilities, special needs, and differentiated learning are engaged. Participants learn mindfulness strategies and techniques through sound, pulse, rhythm, and visualization. They enhance their communication skills through active listening and cooperation with peers. These sound and rhythm workshops are customized for each audience. They can include: The Beat of Now: Drumming & Rhythm for Mental Health & Well Being; Community Beats: Building Community Spirit Through Drumming & Rhythm; Together in Rhythm: Team Building and Leadership. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|Stefano Mancuso||Drumming Workshops||Professional ethnomusicologist provides enhanced world percussion workshops focusing on rhythm, song and movement from various countries. These workshops not only provides drumming technique, rhythms and repertoire but an appreciation in music in general. Students have a hands-on opportunity to explore self-expression and creativity through composition and performances. Students experience singing, drumming, and movement, as well as discover an array of languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Ga, and Malinke to name a few). In addition, geography and history will be discussed as it relates to the music explored. Serving: Grades 9-12
|Humber College||DSW SSW Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences 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. |
|Y.S.Israel||E.G.O. Spoken Word||A spoken word workshop series exploring elements of written and performance poetry as a creative practice. Participants will learn different writing techniques for self-reflection; the art of storytelling; and performance-based poetry as tools for building self-confidence, self-efficacy, and interpersonal skills. This workshop series is perfect for educators looking to enhance their English / literature curriculum, as well as increase overall student engagement. For students in grades 6 - 8, emphasis will be placed on building self-identity and self-confidence through spoken word. While grades 9-12 will focus more on self-advocacy and social justice. Suitable: Grades 6-12|
|Higher Love||E.Y.E. (Elevating Youth Everywhere) Yoga||In this 8 week program, Black female yoga instructor, Vonnette Forde, offers a practical program for students to learn mindfulness tools to help reduce anxiety and stress. Sessions may be offered in-person or virtually. Using meditation, yoga postures and movement, soft music, vision boarding and gratitude journaling, students develop skills that improve their physical and mental health. Sessions highlight the interconnection between the mind and the body, so students can build on their body awareness and positive mindset. Suitable: Grades 6-12; Staff; Parents/Caregivers|
|Canadian Mothercraft Society||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|Centennial College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|Humber College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|Loyalist College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|Seneca College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|Orfe||Eco-Art Program||Workshops and mural projects deliver eco-art education through the learning of experiential, experimental, and hands-on techniques. Students learn the process of recycling materials to be repurposed and used to complete theme-based art projects. Tasked to create both 2D and 3D works of art, students will further enhance their problem-solving, experimenting, perseverance, and critical thinking skills, and also learn and improve their understanding of concepts like social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, as well as environmental awareness through their engagement in a creative approach to social change. Creating eco-friendly projects in the classroom by using recycled materials. Suitable: All students|
|Human Rights Legal Support Centre||Educating Youth About Workplace Sexual Harassment||Presentations educate students in Grades 9-12 about workplace sexual harassment; assertiveness strategies that they can use in response to sexual violence at work; and, their legal rights as employees in workplaces. Through role playing and activities, students learn consent law, power dynamics, establishing boundaries, effective tips & strategies. Topics include: A Matter of Consent: Understanding Consent and the Law (including in a digital world); Standing Up to Sexual Harassment: Strategies and Rights. |
|Confederation College||Education Assistant / Educational Support Field Placements||Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students in Educational Assistant / Educational Support programs who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms when working with students with diverse learning needs; to develop practical knowledge and skills; to work with and support students with special education needs in their learning environments; to provide (supervised) support to students with diverse and special education needs in school settings. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.|
|Mohawk College||Education Assistant / Educational Support Field Placements||Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students in Educational Assistant / Educational Support programs who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms when working with students with diverse learning needs; to develop practical knowledge and skills; to work with and support students with special education needs in their learning environments; to provide (supervised) support to students with diverse and special education needs in school settings. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.|
|Harmony Movement||Educator's Equity Workshop||Professional learning workshops deepen understanding of equity and anti-racism principles and incorporate equitable and anti-racist approaches to enhance positive learning experiences of students. Participants build skills and application of culturally responsive relevant pedagogy and universal design for learning principles in teaching. Topics include: Understanding intersectionality, lived experience and challenging biases, having courageous conversations and responding to inequities using school-based scenarios, reviewing curriculum, lesson plans and assessments to better integrate student voice, reflecting on shifts, and growing your classroom anti-racism and equity practice. Sessions support School Improvement Planning. Suitable: Staff|
|Toronto Public Library ||Elementary Science Sessions||Workshops for elementary students by TPL staff explore STEM concepts through basic science experiments using common household ingredients or materials, or building challenges. Students receive an overview of library programs and services and are shown where they can access books and materials from the library focusing on science and technology. Sessions include: Basic Circuitry; Basic Block Coding; a 'Tower Building Challenge'; a 'Robot Petting Zoo'.|
|Project Work||Employment Readiness Support||At select school sites, this special education experiential learning program provides tools, job readiness skills and supports in achieving employment goals for referred students with intellectual/learning disabilities who require extra support as they transition from school to work. In-school weekly employment preparation workshops and job search meetings are provided. And, on the job site coaching support is given to assist referred students in the job-related tasks and duties of the placement. The goal of this specialized programming is for referred students to obtain and retain employment. Referred students increase transferable and core work skills while better understanding their own goals and overcoming challenges as they move closer to being job ready and employment success.|
|The Hospital for Sick Children ||Empower TM Reading ||Professional learning sessions and TDSB staff pairings with Mentors from the Hospital for Sick Children Empower Reading provide fulsome professional orientation, training and support to TDSB staff in an ongoing way. In order to transform young struggling readers into capable readers and confident learners, Empower Reading includes:• balanced and flexible teaching approaches and methodologies, to ensure individual learning preferences and cognitive strengths are optimized • explicit teaching of skills and knowledge that are necessary for decoding and comprehension of different types of English text • programs delivered at different paces, so that both individual student and group needs can be achieved • emphasis on consolidation, to help learners clarify and address any gaps, and promote mastery • dialogue structure for learning that provides the seeds for later self-talk, self-monitoring, and strategy evaluation skills • modelling: students are apprentices to an expert reader - initially the teacher, later students take turns as experts • retraining unproductive attitudes and beliefs about failure and success. |
|Learning for a Sustainable Future||Empowering Our Children to Change the World||Sessions explore all types of sustainability issues and what young people can do about them to make real, positive change and make our world a greener, happier and healthier place! These special sessions are designed to 'jump-start' classroom "environmental action projects". Topics for these sessions include: Getting started with your climate change project. Electricity Conservation & YOU: Performing an energy audit; No Idling at School: Organizing a campaign to reduce emissions; Food for Thought: Growing local food to reduce food miles; Action Projects: How to get started with your climate change project. Serving: Grades 3-12|
|Ontario Schools Cricket Association||Energize, Excite, Empower: Play Cricket Pathway||These cricket sessions engage students in a modified version of the game for grades 3-12. Each student receives an opportunity to bat, bowl and field. Through modified rules, students enhance movement skills, hand-eye co-ordination and team play while participating in drills, activities and games. Professional learning sessions are available for staff. Facilitators have certification in community level cricket coaching. Suitable: Grades 3-12; staff|
|Engineers of Tomorrow||Engineer-in-Residence (EIR) ||A real life engineer is matched with a classroom for the whole school year. The goal of the program is to bring the engineering experience into the classroom. Engineer facilitators share personal stories and experiences, facilitate hands-on STEM activities, share information about engineering professions and pathways to get there. Engineers and teachers work to customize and map the program which enhances, math, science and experiential learning activities/curriculum. Suitable: Kindergarten; grades 1-12
Requests for engineers to support SHSM and SPE training may be available. |
|AXIS Performance + Training||Enriching Athlete and Sport Performance for Staff||To empower secondary school staff with effective tools, systems and strategies to augment student athlete health and performance. The Sports Coach Workshop explores evidence-based systems for improving aerobic and anaerobic conditioning; monitoring short and long-term athlete recovery; and providing guidance for nutrition. The Speed and Agility Clinic empowers coaches with specific drills to increase the multi-directional speed of athletes and provides guidelines for the application of these drills via the three fundamental speed and agility movements - The Directional Step; The Hip Turn; and The Crossover. Sessions may be available by video-conferencing.|
|Environfocus Inc.||EnvironFocus Knowledge Transfer||Industry professionals speak to students in Grades 4-12 on ways to successfully implement sustainability projects in their local community while meeting United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. With extensive business experience in Nigeria and North America, staff provides insight into sustainable actions and development; designing, developing and/or implementing sustainability projects; and meeting United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These sessions enhance the learning for those students who are currently working on a sustainability action project or are looking to hear from professionals in the industry. Sessions may also touch on careers in green/environment industries, advice on how to succeed in the field and women in science. Suitable: Grades 4-12
|Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center ||Equity & Diversity Workshops and Tour for Humanity||Canada, often described as a diverse cultural mosaic, is not free from hatred and intolerance. Through these sessions, racism, antisemitism, and prejudice are examined, as well as how these issues impact students and school communities. A variety of workshops are available for Grades 4 – 12, including: lessons & legacy of the Holocaust; roots of hate & intolerance; world heroes; genocide and the power of action; understanding digital citizenship and digital hate; media literacy, propaganda and WWII; and, student leadership development to promote respect and affect real, inclusive change through exploring their own diversity story. Serving: Grades 4 - 12 |
|Errol Lee||Errol Lee Caring Concerts||Errol captivates and motivates all learners effectively communicating that each person has unique, inherent value. His motivational programs are 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 dance and be inspired to care for others and the environment. All presentations teach kindness, self-confidence, self-esteem and character building catered to each age and stage. Program delivery has been modified for online platforms. These programs are great for character education, anti-bullying, anti-racism, Black History and Pink Shirt Day. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12|
|Jessica Tudos||Every Student Thrives||A motivational and interactive presentation from Canadian Olympic gymnast, Jessica Tudos, who inspires students to appreciate the possibilities they have to lead healthy, creative and active lives. By sharing personal stories, life lessons, memorabilia, as well as answering probing questions, Jessica empowers students to tackle life’s challenges and opportunities with more understanding, resilience, and confidence. Modeling a life approach that embraces accepting who you are, staying the course despite the pressure to conform, and prioritizing your health and wellness, are at the heart of Jessica’s message to students. Suitable: Grades K-4
|University of Toronto ||Experiential Learning Design Program||Delivered by graduate students, this program provides students in Grades 11-12 an opportunity to enhance their understanding of design thinking and architectural design. In these in-person or virtual sessions, students learn what is design, design technology, design principles and practices as well as the larger context in terms of community design and public spaces. Students have an opportunity to create a design project, collaborate with peers to give and receive feedback and to work towards a final project. In addition, guest speakers including faculty, industry and community partners, share real-life design projects showcasing design in practice and their journey on how they got there. Program is suitable for under-represented populations including Black students.
Program may be suitable for SHSM & SPE.|
|Explorum Inc.||EXPLORation Workshops/Ateliers d'EXPLORation||Delivered by French-speaking facilitators, these sessions stimulate student’s interest in the sciences with educational experiments as well as enrich their French vocabulary. With a variety of STEAM workshops that range from the study of chromatography, tinkering with electrical circuits, take on building challenges, craft an articulated hand or exploring optical illusions, students engage with both natural and scientific phenomenon using critical thinking and inquiry-based learning objectives. Workshops are also available in English. Suitable: Grades 1-7|
|Making Art Making Change||Exploring Memory, Identity and Place||MAMC delivers culturally-relevant arts-based workshops dedicated to exploring each students’ authentic voice using mixed media as a means of creative exploration and communication. Through the exploration of the themes of Memory, Identity, and Place, MAMC Artists collaborate with teachers to identify a specific focus for the projects and deliver a workshop series of 4 sessions that develop these ideas. Experimentation with different materials and art media is integral to the creative process. Students are stimulated to explore their own vision and imagination to create and present artwork that may be combined into a collaborative installation. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Alyssian Entertainment Corporation||Exploring Métis Culture||Si l'heur chi la chwiiziin Michif! It's time for a Michif kitchen party! Piihtikway - Come in! Niimiyitoohk - Let's dance together. Explore Métis culture in both French and English, with some basic Western Michif. Weaving storytelling, songs, live fiddle, dance and more. Students are connected to Métis identity, culture and history through interactive activities. Topics range from fur trade and voyageur history, songs and artefacts (sash, beadwork, cuisine); Red River rebellion and Louis Riel history; history of Métis in Ontario, host a Métis kitchen party: live music, Red River jigging, spoons and clogging; learn Voyageur Songs in English and French. Choice of performance or workshops. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12|
|Peach Berserk||Fabric Design and Silkscreen||This hands-on arts workshop introduces students to fabric design and screen printing by up-cycling students’ own clothes. Facilitators teach ways to design a print, fabric design process and the basics of photo emulsion screen printing as well as information on the design and fashion industry. Students create their own designs on paper, transfer their design onto a piece of pre-owned garment to create a small silkscreen product at the end of the workshop. Facilitator assists schools to setup a simple screen print studio for students to continue the learning. These highly engaging and interactive sessions are creatively available through video-conferencing as well as in-person. Serving: Grades 1-12|
|Facing History and Ourselves ||Facing History: Professional Learning Opportunities||Interactive workshops better equip educators, schools and systems with mindsets, knowledge and skills to shape thoughtful, equitable, just and academically challenging environments for student learning. Professional learning sessions are customized and tailor-made for system support, whole school, and department or subject specific audiences. Professional development offerings focus on: fostering community, social and emotional wellbeing in classrooms; building intentional spaces and providing tools to facilitate difficult conversations (about current events and difficult histories); understanding the historical roots of antisemitism, and of anti-Indigenous racism and other forms of bigotry and hatred; facilitating staff development for anti-racist, equitable, just teaching, and decolonial practice (planned and run in partnership with Indigenous educators). Curriculum-based professional work enhances Civics Social Studies, Humanities, English and Indigenous subject teachers with culturally responsive and relevant pedagogical training, and academically rigorous learning resources to empower students as active and engaged learners, citizens and community leaders.|
|Culture Shock Canada ||Feel the Beat: Dance Workshops||Students practice Street/Club/Hip Hop/ Funk inspired dance skills, using a creative outlet to develop self-confidence and self-expression. Students can learn different styles including (but not limited to) Club, Street, Funk, Hip Hop, House, Breaking, Locking, Waacking etc.., their historical context and origins, movement vocabulary through dance fundamentals, and reflect on how body diversity positively contributes to the art. Instructors use pedagogy that allows for holistic expression and exploration of various emotions, thoughts and conceptions. Workshop encourages vitality, sense of self, well-being and community-building. Workshop series are available for instructors to coach students in learning a choreographed dance routine, culminating in a presentation. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12; Professional Learning for Staff|
|Never Too Short Productions||Film In A Day||Full day hands-on workshop offers the opportunity for students to explore all aspects of filmmaking including script writing, exploration of equipment and techniques required to create a film. This comprehensive workshop emphasizes four key components to consider when making a film: storytelling, writing, presentation and use of equipment. The facilitator also discusses the editing process, and software that accompanies it. The goal of the workshop is not only for students to create a short film, but also to provide them with a solid understanding of the film industry's practices, standards and careers. Suitable: Grades 5-12|
|Gail Valentine Consulting and Marketing ||Film School In A Box||Full day interactive workshop for students to enhance their media literacy. In person or virtual sessions are delivered by professional filmmakers, providing students with the opportunity to create stop motion, claymation, short films or digital arts. Choose from four workshops: Short Filmmaking, Stop Motion Animation, Claymation and Digital Pranks. Students learn about the filming process from storyboard, script, music, filming and post-production; the people and roles; while enhancing their critical thinking and media literacy skills. Secondary students use FInal Cut Pro and engage in higher level critical thinking and story development to be used in conjunction with their unit of inquiry. |
|The Beanstalk Project Ltd.||Find Your Unique Path to Meaningful Careers||The Beanstalk Project team consists of facilitators utilizing project-based learning to help students develop essential skills to excel in their post-secondary destination. Through in-person and video conference workshops, students gain a sense of agency and learn through relevant, real-world examples and hands-on activities. Students learn about different career opportunities through empathy-building with engaging community partners in custom, industry-specific events. Through a novel creativity training experience students learn how to rapidly prototype ideas, work in teams, and communicate coherent solutions. Careers/pathways keynote presentations and assemblies inspire and motivate students to find their own unique path to meaningful careers.
SHSM certifications, sector-specific certifications and Sector-Partnered Experience (SPE Training, Math and Coding) workshops for all sectors are available. Suitable:Gradses 9-12|
|Envision Sports & Entertainment Inc.||Finding Tenths with Paralympic Medalist Marissa Papaconstantinou||This motivational assembly with Paralympic Medalist, Canadian record holder, and TDSB alumni, Marissa Papaconstantinou, highlights uncovering key habits, mindsets, and skills that push you to find and improve yourself. Marissa breaks down each phase of a sprint as it relates to key moments that have allowed her to succeed on the world stage and to help her find her 'tenth'. Themes include resiliency, embracing obstacles, finding confidence from within. The assembly ends with a question and answer period where the audience can engage with Marissa. A follow-up session, a couple months later, allows students to check-in with Marissa and share their progress since her presentation.
|Fithop Fitness & Entertainment||FIT HOP||Students' Physical Literacy is enhanced with these workshops that fuse music, spoken word poetry and movement to provide an interactive dance-based fitness program. Students are engaged in individual and group exercises that teach kinesthetic awareness (personal space), mindfulness through breathing and proper postural alignment in exercise. Program uses rhythm and rhyme, song and spoken word poetry to aid students in remembering the dance sequence. At the end of the workshop, students will have an opportunity to showcase their learning in a dance circle. Professional learning workshops are available. FIT HOP is an acronym for functional integrative training and health optimization program.|
|Toronto Flag Football||Flag Football: Skill Development and Clinics||Clinics are designed to further enhance the game of flag football to elementary students while promoting healthy living and professional learning to teachers. Using age-appropriate skills guidelines from Football Canada, NFL Flag and others, sessions teach students sport-specific and cross-activity skills as well as provide an opportunity for development in their leadership skills, teamwork skills and sense of fair play. Active participation allows students to understand the rules of play, practise drills and scrimmages and enhance their understanding of the game. Teachers learn a variety of drills and strategies to guide their students to a successful season.|
|The flight Power Foundation||flightunit Careers Awareness ||Students are exposed to industry professionals and careers in multiple areas through conferences and workshops to increase student success and career exploration. Flight Power works with professionals from various industries to lead sessions that provide specific information from sectors that include Music, Art & Culture, Health, Sports & Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Trades, Business & Advertising, Health Care, Learning Skills, Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industry. Skills being developed are career decision making, conducting research, problem solving, personal learning strategies, and networking with industry leaders.
Sector Partnered Experience (SPE) training and SHSM certification are also available. Serving: Grades 6-12
|FOOT IQ Programme Educatif & Activities Sportives||Football en français||Through soccer as a learning tool, students practise French language skills. This workshop series provides an opportunity for students to not only gain confidence in speaking French but also enhance decision-making, team building, keeping a healthy, active lifestyle. French-speaking coaches share learning strategies on and off the field. Suitable: Grades 6-12; French Immersion; FLS
|Francis Atta||Francis Inspires||In this motivational presentation, Ghanaian-born Francis Atta shares his lived experience of overcoming significant barriers and flipping his life around. Once homeless, failing in school and in trouble with the law, he went on to post-secondary studies and graduated with honours. Presentation also emphasizes the importance of education, power of sport and finding motivation to do more. Students gain skills to help them overcome challenges in life and strive for success. Serving: Grades 7-12|
|Children's Peace Theatre ||Freedom School Toronto||Programming addresses Black Canadian and Diasporic History; Global histories of Black resistance; and, LGBTQ Black resistance. Interactive sessions engage students in grade-appropriate discussion and empowering action related to Black Student Success; confronting anti-Black racism; solidarity in resistance; and, lessons learned from studying Freedom Fighters in Black History; The Movement for Black lives, Marie Joseph Angelique, Africville and other local histories of resistance, Marsha P Johnson and the Stonewall Riots, Nanny Maroon and the Maroons in Canada; The Bussa Revolution in Barbados; The Haitian Revolution; and the Soweto Uprisings. Professional learning sessions are available to assist educators in navigating anti-Black racism in the classroom.
|Community Builders ||Friends and Allies Youth Leadership||Sparking courage, building skills and fostering caring, Community Builders develops youth leadership through symposia and workshops on social inclusion, conflict resolution, and peer support listening with select elementary schools. Participants learn concepts of community circle, anti-oppression, ally-ship and conflict resolution, to promote a positive school environment and create a community response to anti-bullying and exclusion. They explore issues including racism, sexism and other oppressions. Following the symposia, leadership teams are supported as they prepare to deliver programs ranging from Friends and Allies Assemblies to action-research initiatives. Professional learning sessions, cross-generational dialogues and parent workshops are also provided. Serving: Grades 5 - 8; staff; parents/caregivers
|Extend-A-Family||Friendship Circles||Friendship Circles build relationships between students with disabilities, who are in a regular class placement and their classmates through engaging activities that encourage social connections. Available in elementary and secondary schools. Groups of children are intentionally brought together to get to know each other and to build a welcoming and inclusive school community for all students. Circles provide an opportunity for the person with a disability to participate in conversations, games, parties and social encounters. Circles are led by an Extend-A-Family Coordinator who facilitates group sessions and encourages groups to plan time and activities together, and to explore the concept of friendship both within and outside of school. |
|Silvija Vukadinovic||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom introduces yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. The program can be adapted for students, staff, parents, at multiple levels and all age groups. It can be delivered online, in a space that accommodates mats, as well as in a traditional classroom with students standing or sitting at their desks. Through mindful movement, relaxation exercises and meditation, participants develop social-emotional and life skills that enhance their health and well-being. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; Staff; Parens/Caregivers|
|Tim Francom||Fundamentals in Percussion||Professional percussionist provides mentorship, music industry knowledge and specialized percussion skills to students. Musician shares knowledge of percussion instruments, notation and performance practises aiding in skill development, proper technique, sound production and music literacy. Sessions can be offered as workshops, clinics and/or coaching for large and small group ensembles ie. band/orchestra percussion section and percussion ensembles.
|GreenBNG Inc.||Fundamentals of Solar Energy||Delivered by a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists, this hands-on workshop explores solar technologies including solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV) basics. The discussion starts with how energy is created and then moves to renewable energy sources. Workshop provides information on the science of solar energy, complex methods of solar energy, different energy conversions, tools to measure output and the future of solar technology. Students actively observe and participate in small group experiments. The session culminates with a hands-on demonstration of an off-grid PV set-up. Fundamental concepts such as integrated science, environment, fight against climate change will be covered during the sessions. Speakers also provide information on green careers and industry knowledge. Suitable: Grades 4-12
|Flashpoint Training Inc.||Fusion Training Experience||This career exploration program enables students to gain transferable skills and knowledge in a variety of economic sectors. Flashpoint provides pre-employment training, innovation exercises and reach ahead opportunities with dynamic industry partners. Sessions consist of interactive training to deepen knowledge and skills required in each sector and industry speaker presentations on their work and careers in the field. Students are granted SPE and SHSM certificates upon completion of their certification training. For a full list of industry sectors and skill sets offered, see www.flashpointtraining.com. Serving: Grades 11, 12 |
|Neighbourhood Group Community Services||Game Changers - Restorative Justice Conflict Mediation||Restorative Justice and Conflict Mediation sessions are provided with small groups of referred students. The program also works with Youth Peer Mediators in training and supporting their school communities. Peer to peer and/or youth to adult conflicts are discussed through a proactive problem-solving process. Sessions foster leadership and pro-social skills, shared accountability, and builds individual and school capacity to manage conflicts with mediation. Serving: Grades 7-12|
|David Powell||Gamelan Music||These hands-on workshops for select schools introduce students and teachers to rich percussion music traditions of Java, Indonesia. The word gamelan comes from the Javanese word ‘gamel’ which means hammer. Workshops bring together the intricate, interlocking parts played by the underlying gong patterns, the melodic matallophones, the decorating instruments, and driving/leading drums. David Powell guides teachers on pedagogy and teaching strategies to successfully incorporate these instruments in the musical learning.
These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the three classroom visits.
|Aaron A. Weiss||Gary's Global Heroes Battle Bullying Comic||This media literacy workshop introduces the use of a comic book as storytelling art form using messaging on bullying and diversity and inclusion issues. Workshops delivered in-person or virtually. Facilitators help students to understand messages constructed through text and illustrations and how to analyze the different voices, perspectives, and messages. The comic characters show real life examples and stories of bullying and prejudice. Students develop literacy skills through reading, writing and creating their own illustrations as well as reinforce the strategies to combat bullying. Serving: Grades 2 - 6|
|Plan International Canada Inc.||Gender Equality Workshops ||Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. Serving: Grades 4-12|
|Generation Chos3n||Generation Chosen||Institutions (family, school, work) are often plagued with harmful power structures that favour those with privilege and sideline those without. This program demystifies and engages in meaningful discussions to enable youth to view themselves as unique entities capable of reshaping their understanding of themselves, in relation to those around them. The emotional intelligence workshops focus on illuminating those insecurities and combating them with practical alternatives that can be applied to realistic situations each participant will be faced with. Six key virtues that is the basis of the program and that contribute to the emotional and well-being of youth are: Perspective, Courage, Humility, Integrity, Boldness and Vision. Sessions are culturally relevant and build critical consciousness in students who self-identify as Black/from marginalized communities.|
|Environics Analytics Group Ltd.||Geodemographic Data Workshop||In this workshop, secondary students learn practical applications in the field of geography through exposure to real-world case studies that mirror client projects. Students are presented with one of three possible cases where they will examine, identify and analyze the business problem using the maps and geodemographic data reports provided. Through a collaborative team effort, students work together to devise a solution that exercises their data literacy, geographic interpretation and presentation skills. At the end of the workshop, students present their proposed solution and have a client-ready presentation deck.|
|Tata Consultancy Services Canada Inc.||goIT virtual||goIT is an innovative, experiential and immersive program for students and staff to learn about TDSB’s Global Competencies and Tata’s Five Forces. Elementary and secondary teachers will create curricular based Global Competency learning experiences and collaborate with TCS employees to bring real world digital knowledge, expertise and practical 'real-work' experience into TDSB classrooms to help teachers and students make globally competency connections. Various initiatives, reflective of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, have participants investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action. Sessions are led by TCS Associates as Mentors, including student alumni of goIT who have graduated or are those in secondary grades coaching junior grades in their activities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Toronto Zoo||Great Lakes Program||Delivered by Toronto Zoo program staff, in-person visits or by video-conferencing, workshops raise awareness of the Great Lakes ecosystem, importance of clean water, water conservation and keeping our Great Lakes great. Interactive presentations teach students about the ecosystem, aquatic species at risk (SAR), invasive species awareness, and water conservation. Activities encourage critical thinking and taking small actions to reduce human impacts on the Great Lakes. Students participate in workshops to dispel myths, generate ideas and develop practical conservation action plans within their home, school and local communities. All workshops are offered in English and French.|
|Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre||Green Change||This free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for elementary schools, in-person or virtually. Students learn design components of a public space as well as equitable, ecological and sustainable models to address community need. Students identify problems in their local park using a design-thinking process and facilitators guide students to take concrete steps to address the issues and work to a solution. Program entails exploring and documenting the space (photography and sketching), creating surveys for class participation, sketching a prototype of their impact project, and presentation of the impact project to the school community. To help schools build capacity following project completion, facilitators support teachers to expand or modify the program in the second year and have regular check-ins. Serving: Grades 3 - 6|
|Crystal Dawn Melin||Green Thumbelina Earth Stewards||Workshop blends Indigenous and western concepts of ecology. It is guided by the Ohén:ten Karihwatéhkwen (Words Before All Others), a Haudenosaunee address that ‘gives thanks’ to all living elements. Workshops introduces one of the elements found in the Ohén:ten Karihwatéhkwen (ex. water, soil, plants, food, birds, animals, insects, trees) by introducing the element and its importance to all living things. A group activity is performed to demonstrate interconnectedness, followed by a discussion on local ecological challenges. A final activity allows learners to use creative and critical thinking to offer local based solutions to the challenges discussed.|
|PACT||Grow to Learn (GTL) School Gardens and Workshops||Gardens and workshops are designed to teach school communities about urban agriculture and farming methods/techniques, environmental sustainability, various food systems, and STEM-related topics. As outdoor living classrooms, gardens provide safe, experiential, learning and volunteer opportunities to raise awareness around intersectional social justice, healthy food, nutrition, and the issue of food insecurity in local communities. Over ten workshops covering such topics as wild edibles, biodiversity, field to table cooking, seed saving, composting, and soil blocking, are available for all grades along with self-directed teaching opportunities. Garden tours and 1/2 day field trips also available. To review the current menu of workshops and related lesson plans, see http://pactprogram.ca with new activities updated annually. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|Humber College||Guelph-Humber Justice Studies Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in Justice Studies 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 working with youth in schools. 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.|