|MeBookz Inc.||I Am Me - Comfortable In My Own Skin||A literacy workshop series that sparks a student’s view of themselves as superheroes with innate powers to change their world. Through interactive reading of a picture book, group discussion and activities, the workshop explores themes of self-identity/worth, envisioning future goals, and finding great adventures in the simple things. Students will not only create their superhero story with special abilities but will also create their own superhero poster.
|Youth Fusion ||ICT Gaming Design||Through Youth Fusion sessions with post-secondary mentors and industry specialists, secondary students develop real-world employable skills in a variety of ICT sectors. Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) learning is enhanced through learning how to design and its practical applications. Students form teams and go through the entire process of developing, testing and marketing a video game. They receive training in numerous disciplines such as graphic design, level design, coding, and software development from industry leaders, contributing to a rich learning experience for all participants. This program is tailor-made for young people, who in addition to being exposed to careers options in the video game industry, also learn soft skills like teamwork and creative problem solving.|
|Wordswell Assoc. for Community Learning||Illumine Media Project||Workshops offer an opportunity for student inquiry into the processes and messages embedded in a variety of media. Through facilitated discussions, students analyze the implications of the time in history we’re living in within the broader context of a conversation about their own identity and sense of purpose. Media content created by youth for youth in Toronto neighbourhoods explore themes that include hope, individual and collective growth, community progress, co-operation and competition, service to our communities and choosing our life’s path. Students delve further in the production process and have the opportunity to complete their own digital stories when engaged in a workshop series. Students participate in critical discussions relating to commonly held assumptions about youth and community both through lived experience and representations in narrative media. Suitable for grades 6-12.|
|Lucy Rupert (Blue Ceiling Dance)||Imaginative Body||This dance workshop delves deeper into contemporary dance art form and explores imagination and the body’s movements to enhance students’ creativity and interpretation skills. Facilitator leads students through a series of improvised movements, exercises and tasks to expand the imagination and inspire a new range of movement and expression. Students learn to work with what is accessible within their own bodies, find their personal movement vocabularies, be able to communicate imagery and sensation. Students work individually and in small groups or pairs to construct short movement scores or dances which will be shared with the class. Professional development is available to teachers.|
|No. 9 ||Imagining My Sustainable Community||This interdisciplinary program enhances literacy through an architecture and urban design project for grade 7&8 classes. Students walk through their community to observe, discuss, and document (using photography and sketching) the way the community functions. Students learn about infrastructure and design and the 9 Pillars that make up a sustainable community. These are: waste management, water management, green building design, alternative energy, transportation, public art & design, green space, agriculture and food security and civic engagement and leadership. They discuss sustainability issues and develop ecologically sustainable models to address these issues in their community. 3D models of their community are built to scale using a variety of construction materials. The culminating event is a display and showcase of the model to their local councillor, school board trustee, visiting dignitaries, parents and peers. In this project are curriculum connections to visual arts, science, math, engineering, geography, language arts and media studies. |
|Seneca College||Immigrant & Refugee Studies SSW Field Placements ||This program provides field placement opportunities for Seneca College Students in the Immigration & Refugee Studies Social Service Work 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 TDSB sites. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding; to plan and implement activities; and to foster positive relationships with TDSB communities: students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
|MADD Canada||Impaired Driving School Assembly||Two presentations educate students about the harmful risks associated with substance use and impaired driving. One presentation, “School Assembly” informs students about the real risks associated with alcohol/drug use and driving or being a passenger in a vehicle with an impaired driver. Trained facilitators raise awareness and provide safety strategies so students learn to make wise, safe and healthy choices. For those seeking more information on cannabis and driving a second presentation in a classroom-style format is available called, “Weed Out The Risk”. Following each presentation, trained facilitators and/or MADD representatives will lead a Q&A with students. Presentations may also be delivered in French.
|Tre-Lystikz Inc.||imPower 2day||Tré Armstrong, a celebrity, Canadian choreography, actor and dancer, leads interactive self-empowerment assemblies and dance workshops to share her story of channeling her survival from abuse and her passion for dance into a successful global career. In this three-part series, dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. The first session provides students a new form of movement and prepares them for a performance for a school assembly. The second session is an assembly featuring both the student performance and a motivational talk from Tré Armstrong who shares her own story, the "power of Choice", and, a few tools, strategies, actions and affirmations that cultivate the life skills of self-awareness, self-confidence, self-efficacy: self-empowerment! Finally, session three is a follow-up visit by Tré Armstrong. Program is suitable for Black History Month. |
|Theatre Direct||In the Centre of it All||Theatre workshops whereby students explore stories, rehearse roles and join in alongside professional actors in performance. Theatre productions are also available, and each year feature a different theme and focus for students. The list of current productions for the year can be viewed at www.theatredirect.ca.|
|DramaWay||Inclusive Arts Programming ||Creative arts workshops incorporate arts-based mediums and performance-based activities for students to enhance their social and life skills. Through theatre activities, drama games and skits/performances, students not only develop their artistic skills but also self-confidence, teamwork and communication skills. A variety of mediums may be chosen including theatre, film, dance, visual art and singing. Facilitators support students in exploring their voice and self-expression in a variety of both verbal and non verbal, ambulatory or non-ambulatory techniques. These workshops may be suitable for Special Education students.|
|Samyuktha Sharath Punthambekar ||Indian Classical Dance Bharathanatyam and Indian Folk Dance||This enrichment dance program teaches Indian Dance, Bharathanatyam. Students learn the history, theory, movement, music and dance techniques associated with this 12th century Indian Art Form. Students practice movement based passages, expressions called Abhinaya and basic rhythm concepts. Workshop series is available to expand on dance techniques and merges Bharathanatyam with contemporary movements which culminates in a choreographed dance piece performed by the class.|
|Native Canadian Centre of Toronto||Indigenize Our Minds ||The Indigenize Our Minds Education Outreach Program provides presentations on Indigenous culture, language and history on Turtle Island (North America). They include Anishinaabe (Ojibway, Odawa and Potawatomi), Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Metis cultural teachings including: Content Based Presentations: Anishinaabe History; Haudenosaunee History; Indigenous Treaties; Indigenous Innovation; Metis History; Pre-Contact History; Two Spirit & LGBTQ Teachings. Interactive Presentations: Medicine Wheel Teachings; Anishinaabe Clan System; Seven Grandfather Teachings; Indigenous Games; Dreamcatcher Making; Traditional Opening/Closing. Performance Based Presentations: ;Pow Wow Experience; Drumming and Singing. Our facilitators include individuals of all ages, but we do give priority to youth knowledge keepers who are passionate about educating. It is very empowering for participants to experience Indigenous culture in an educational and interactive environment that encourages reconciliation. Interested in booking a presentation? Please visit: http://ncct.on.ca/indigenize-our-minds/|
|Philip Cote||Indigenous Artist in Education||Through active participation and experiential learning in mural painting, craft making, multimedia and oral traditions of storytelling, students acquire knowledge of Indigenous history, cultural teachings and self-identity. As an Indigenous artist, the purpose of Philip Cote’s research is to unearth, and reveal, his cultural experience and knowledge of signs of Indigenous symbols, language and interpretation. |
|Theola Ross||Indigenous Arts and Social Transformation||An Indigenous Cree Arts Facilitator provides workshops to provide students with knowledge of the intersections between Indigenous lived experience and practice and the uses of art. Diverse mediums of art-production and performance such as dance, film, and storytelling are explored. Students learn how art has been used to advance the causes of social transformation and resistance to marginalization, exploitation and injustices framed within an anti-racism, anti-colonial and decolonizing lens. |
|Archer Pechawis||Indigenous Digital Culture||New-media workshops intersect and weave traditional indigenous culture with digital technology for students to further explore the possibilities that are contained therein. The workshop combines artist/student dialogue on Canadian Indigenous and Colonial history and politics, with hands-on activities such as storyboarding, video and audio sampling, recording, and editing to produce a video project incorporating the topics explored. Professional learning is also available.|
|Virginia Barter||Indigenous Perspectives: Film and Interdisciplinary Arts ||Virginia Barter is a Toronto based Métis/Cree writer and filmmaker. Her presentations are interdisciplinary, covering a wide range of curriculum subjects. Students learn Métis history and culture through film, music and visual arts. Virginia shares stories about fur trade life, based on her own family history, and the Cree Culture of James Bay and the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Activities typically include hands-on displays, with “trade circle” role playing and interactive quizzes and maps. Contemporary themes of indigenous identity are explored through her TV series URBAN ABORIGINALand other film projects. Topics also include conservation, Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation.Film workshop options– Student produce “heritage moments” or digital stories. Visual art projects: Acrylic “dot” art painting replicating Métis floral beadwork. (NAC10 students examine the works and styles of today’s well-known Métis artists.)
|Inspired Initiatives Inc. ||Innovation & Creativity Labs||Program provides students with the skills and training to solve problems in their school and/or community. Students learn Innovation & Design Thinking process, how to use empathy to identify needs, how to effectively generate new ideas and solutions, build prototypes and testing and communicate their ideas through a pitch. Students then contextualize their learning by applying this knowledge to a real-world problem. Professional learning, "Navigating The Future of Work", is also available for staff.
SHSM opportunities are available.
|Arts Etobicoke||Innovative Arts||Using technology and innovative approaches, students are introduced to new perspectives in dance, music and visual arts. Facilitated by leading professionals in their artistic fields, a variety of projects educate students on the use of new technology and computer tools to further develop their artistic skills in spoken word, visual art, movement and music. Students explore pre-determined themes to create their own unique work of art. Each project may culminate in a performance, showcase or exhibit of student works.
2018/19 projects include: Listen Up! Pure Data and Augmented Reality Project.|
|Child Development Institute (CDI)||Integra Program||This workshop is suitable for teachers and parents who work with students who have learning disabilities and who are interested in increasing their knowledge on building mental health strategies. These interactive workshops promote interaction and an active approach to learning to give participants a practical understanding of how learning disabilities may affect mental health and everyday life. Available workshops include: "Walk a Mile In My Shoes", emotion regulation, executive functioning, understanding memory, moods, understanding anxiety, social impact, bullying, social media and technology, supporting advocacy and self-determination, understanding assessments and tailoring therapy. |
|Child Development Institute (CDI)||Intensive Community and Home Services||Students served are uniquely those who are already CDI clients in this treatment alternative to residential placement for high risk latency age children, who demonstrate severe levels of externalizing behaviours such as aggression and defiance. Individualized treatment plans are developed by CDI with parents/guardians, TDSB Principal, Teacher, SST (as required). Plans could include weekly group programming as well as individual supports, and wraparound appointments in the clients’ home and community environments.|
|Shakespeare In Action||Interactive Shakespeare||Students will experience Shakespeare and drama in fun, new, and accessible ways in these experiential performing arts workshops for elementary, middle, and high-school students. Workshops include ESL Shakespeare, Masterclass (English focus), Page to Stage (Drama focus), Shakespeare Rap, and Future Shakespeare (where students experience a play in a single classroom period). Professional actor-educators show how to discover, analyze, and reimagine the meanings of language as students engage in interactive language exercises, group translation, and storytelling activities in order to decode Shakespearean text and remove the language barrier often associated with his works. Professional learning is available.
SHSM workshops for the Arts and Culture Specialty are also available.|
|Storyvalues Inc.||Interactive Storytelling||The Interactive Storytelling program provides schools with a variety of assemblies and in-class workshops that explore themes of holidays, seasons, heritages and traditions. The program uses interactive storytelling and drama to enhance students’ cultural awareness, communication, creative and literacy skills. Interactive dramatization along with student participation and small group discussions allow student to explore further salient themes. The program also includes limited access to Storyvalues On-line, an online resource where students learn about folktales, art and music through games, videos and puzzles. Storyvalues On-line is available at http://www.storyvalues.com/Online/journey.html.|
|Inner City Angels||Interdisciplinary Arts Education||Inner City Angels provides enhanced arts workshops integrating the arts with rich narratives in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), social justice, cultural competency and health & wellbeing. Students participate in classroom-based hands-on arts activities that may include storytelling, poetry, new media, design, craft, music and visual arts. Professional learning workshops are also available for teachers, and are designed to provide practical examples of integrating the arts across the curriculum.|
|Dale & Associates Interior Design Inc.||Interior Design Presentation & Workshop||This programming raises students' awareness of the Interior Design profession, expands their knowledge of career opportunities in Design; and, develops their creative skills. Combining an enhanced knowledge of Interior Design, with developing creative skill through a practical and hands-on exercise, this partnership programming is delivered in a singular presentation or in a three-part workshop series that allows students more time with Designers as they complete and share the projects that emerge from this new knowledge and skill-development opportunity. The series is ideal for grades 11 or 12 arts students who already have an understanding of drawing and perspective.
|I-Think||I-Think Classroom Challenges||This program equips classrooms to bringing real-world, authentic problems to their learning. Real-world problem solving needs a new set of 3Rs: Real problems - Authentic challenges that connect classrooms to real organizations with real problems; Real people - Organizations that care what insights and your students come to by responding to student recommendations and I-Think will release a report with student insights; Replicable process - A complex problem solving process that leverages Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking to guide students. This recipe ensures that the global competencies, especially creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, and learning skills are core to every classroom. |
|I-Think||I-Think Leadership Learning Programs ||These programs are collaboratively designed programs that build system capacity. Leveraging creative problem solving techniques like Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking, these programs support leadership growth and development that bring innovative school improvement plans to life. Workshops can support leaders in thinking differently about complex and collaborative problem solving, difficult conversations and enabling their teams and others to bring the global competencies and learning skills to life in every classroom and learning experience. Leaders will engage in reflection about their own practice to identify new ways of working. Leadership Learning programs can be initiated by central teams or superintendents, and are customized to meet the needs of the group. |
|I-Think||I-Think School-based Learning Programs ||Equip school staff teams and teachers with the tools and mindsets to bring the global competencies and learning skills to life in your classrooms and leadership. Using the metacognition, complex problem solving and innovation process of Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking, workshops connect the tools to local school context. Workshops can focus on new ways of thinking to support local schools' improvement goals of student achievement, well-being and equity.
|Jack.org||Jack Talk||An assembly-style presentation that uses contact-based education and peer-to-peer outreach to teach secondary school students about mental health and how to individually care for it. The professionally-developed curriculum helps audiences to understand what mental health is, how to identify the signs of struggle/crisis, how to seek help, and how to support a friend who may be struggling. Students receive tools, tips, and scripted stories in order to engage students to the topic of mental health. Led by post-secondary youth facilitators trained by Jack.org.
Additional school resources to plan mental health initiatives are available to interested schools.|
|Humber College||Jazz in the Schools||Engaging and interactive live jazz performances expose students to jazz, while exploring the history of jazz music and its connections to music around the world. Students learn the evolution of jazz music, through listening and participating in discussion about the variations of jazz music as it has fused with the rhythms, melodies and timbres of folk music from around the world. Performances available during the month of May.
|Youth Stars Foundation||Jouer En Santé||Workshop provides enrichment experience in French by bringing French facilitators who guide students through sport play and physical activity. Students learn French through performing drills, skills, circuit training, sports games, obstacle courses and organized team sports as well as nutrition and healthy living habit. Schools choose from multi-sport, soccer, baseball or basketball. The workshop provides a fun, active and engaging way for students to learn and practise French. |
|Coco Collective||Journey Through Diasporas||A group of intergenerational artists deliver a series of culturally-relevant arts workshops with specialty in African and Caribbean arts. Students gain a cultural education from the diaspora, positive identity formation, leadership skills, performance expression and intercultural understanding. Six workshops are offered with two facilitators: African/Caribbean Dance, Percussion from African/Caribbean, Visuals Arts – Trinidad, Visual Arts – African/Caribbean agriculture, Visual Arts/Storytelling and Storytelling Through Performance. |
|Kick Start Arts Society||Kick Start Arts Workshops||The workshops engage students to create multi-disciplinary arts projects and initiatives. Skilled artist-educators bring the arts to life and work with students to deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills and build a stronger sense of community. Workshops are crafted to nurture the development of The Arts expectations found in the curriculum, while creating an opportunity for fun and meaningful arts immersion.|
|Leila Mireskandari||Kids' Growing City ||Edible Garden Education Workshops & Professional Learning opportunities are offered through gardening seminars, demonstrations and implementing an edible garden. Student workshops include hands-on gardening activities, such as designing school gardens, planting seeds, washing and packaging vegetables, composting, recycling, and harvesting and replanting foods. TDSB staff participate in these workshops and learn how to implement successful gardens at their schools. For follow-up, staff can access professional learning resources and courses at https://kidsgrowingcity.thinkific.com/collections/school-gardening?q=|
|University of Toronto||Kinesiology Field Placements||This MOU serves to provide Kinesiology field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Kinesiology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Physical Education teacher. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|KiPOW! Canada||KiPOW! Canada Health Initiative ||This free program discusses fundamental aspects of health such as water consumption, healthy eating and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Delivered by post-secondary students in science, this interactive program uses games and activities to dive into myths about health, preventing illness, and choosing the right foods. Snacks are also provided to model healthy food options. Topics covered include: importance of water, food requirements, reading nutrition labels, macronutrients and micronutrients, serving and portion size, in depth look at food groups, body image, sleep and physical activity. Resources are provided for students to monitor their progress.|
|Charles Hong||Korean Drumming, Dance and Music||Korean drumming and dance program led by a Dora Award-winning composer, Charles Hong. Playing different Korean drums, students are introduced to drumming technique, rhythm, and teamwork and ensemble skills. Students enhance their performance while gaining a rich knowledge of Korean history, music and culture. Exploration of traditional dance choreography as well as compositional activities may take place in workshop series. Professional development available to staff. Suitable for Asian Heritage Month and grades 1-8.
These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 9 week classroom visits.|
|Sean Mauricette||L.I.F.T. - Laying Important Foundations Together||Sean Mauricette raps, beat-boxes and speaks in this interactive motivational presentation on bullying, peer pressure, leadership, respect and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Students learn to set goals, the importance of education, respect self and reach for their personal best. The presentation focuses on leadership, education, steering clear of peer pressure and negative influences, creating and seizing opportunities, redefining success and the importance of trying. A question & answer and musical performance that involve student participation will follow each talk. |
|Licensed To Learn Inc. (L2L)||L2L Peer to Peer Tutor Training and Certification||Selected elementary and secondary students are trained to help their peers improve their grades through fifteen weekly one-on-one peer tutoring. Student 'peer leaders' are granted certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, good study habits, and ways to improve note taking and time management skills. An L2L Trainer is assigned to each participating school to train students and ensure that each participating student is successful.|
|Turk Event Consulting (T.E.C.) Inc. ||Lacrosse - History, Culture and Skills Presentations||The presentation teaches students about the history and culture of lacrosse from the perspective of First Nations peoples and introduces students to the basic skills of the game. The presentation discusses the cultural and spiritual significance of the game, shows the different sticks and equipment used, the positions played in the game. Students may participate in a 15 minute game where they are divided into clans/ teams.|
|Rulentlez Movements||Language in Motion||These workshops support students to express themselves using music and dance. Students learn dance creation, musicality and critical thinking skills, by connecting body language and sound in order to communicate through dance. Games are played during workshops that involve a variety of dance movement to stimulate students’ creativity, art-based activities, and physical exercises mixed with yoga movements to strengthen the body and to correct posture.|
|Mabinty Sylla||LANYANA: West African Drumming and Dance||An immersive dance and drumming workshop for students to learn West African culture. The history, origins of dance and music and how they are used in the different ceremonies are all part of this workshop delivered by experienced African facilitators. In the dance workshop, students learn traditional dances and movements, body language, expressions and how to listen and respond to each other and the music. In the enhanced drum workshop, students learn proper technique, different music patterns as well as develop teamwork, co-operation and communication skills. This workshop is offered in French. |
|Stratford Festival||Learning Through Theatre||Workshops offer enrichment to the Stratford Festival's season plays with a focus on contemporary engagement with Shakespeare and Musical Theatre. They may focus on a genre or a specific play with an emphasis on key issues/questions explored and what they mean to students. They may include an introduction to fight choreography as well as an invitation for students to learn and develop particular dance choreography or vocal arrangements. All workshops are delivered by professional teaching artists through communal active exercises and hands-on exploration. Professional development workshops for staff and specialized customized workshops are also available.
|Sage Tyrtle Storyteller||Learning To Tell Compelling Stories||This literacy workshop focuses on finding each student’s personal storytelling voice. The storyteller discusses storytelling structure, elements to engage the audience, character development, and most importantly: making every single word count. Workshop weaves interactive games, exercises and personal storytelling together. Students learn how to create, write and perform personal stories. By sharing personal experiences with a variety of different people, students will foster mutual understandings about each other’s lives.|
|The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund||Legacy Artist Ambassadors||The program brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists into schools or by video-conferencing to inspire student leadership and forward the journey of reconciliation in school communities. Artists share their art, music and stories through workshops and/or performances and engage students in learning and conversations about reconciliation. Schools hosting Artist Ambassadors are also encouraged to have students share their own stories, art, and reconciliACTIONs with their guests. The program reflects arts, music, and role models in the classroom to connect with students about the power of the arts to create social change.
|Joanne Weitzman||Let it Go! Mindfulness Services||An early-years focused workshop on mindfulness, resiliency and well-being. Workshop covers emotional and self-regulation skills, techniques to practice calm and relaxation, mindful movement, meditation and yoga poses. Sessions incorporate play-based activities, breathing and movement exercises and sensory exploration that are easy to learn for younger audiences. Parent education and staff professional learning are also available.|
|Let's Talk Science||Let's Talk Science Outreach Program||Post-secondary volunteers and staff lead free hands-on programming that enhances the curriculum and help students develop their scientific inquiry, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students see direct application of STEM concepts to real-life environments. Volunteers also act as role models to provide information on post-secondary education and future careers in STEM. Some examples of workshops include Feast for the Senses, Rube Goldberg Machines, DNA Biotechnology, Super Science Challenges, and Crime Lab and workshops are customizable. Schools may contact the outreach program that is closest to them at outreach.letstalkscience.ca.
|Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity||LGBTQ-Ally Youth Training Forums||To engage school communities in eliminating all forms of discrimination that youth face, each forum is a one-day event that addresses topics such as homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, bullying, violence and discrimination in schools.During the forums, students participate in workshops on the following topics: Conflict Resolution & Transformative Justice, Communal Art Project, Advocacy, Event Planning, Disability & the Arts, Faith & Spirituality, Newcomer Issues, Relationship Game, Gender Play. Participating students and staff are invited to attend the Dare to Stand Out: The Gender and Sexuality Alliance Forum, a week-long training in May of each year. Participating teachers are invited to attend a professional learning conference in April of each year.|
|Seneca College||Library and Information Technician Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in Library and Information Technician 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 schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum and information/resource needs; 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 Public Library||Library Outreach and Literacy Programming||TPL Outreach and Community Education staff facilitate literacy programming with Kindergarten and Grade Four classes; and, in secondary schools. Presentations foster a love of reading as a lifelong activity; raise awareness of the library as a community and school resource; and, encourage students and their families to get library cards. Collaborating with TDSB school libraries, TPL literacy programming introduces the library as a fun destination with friendly staff who can help and support students and their families with resources and opportunities to participate fully and equally in their schools and communities despite challenges which can include poverty and language barriers.
|Lifted By Purpose GiftEd||Lift Yourself||These workshops provide stress management techniques and coping strategies for secondary students and older. Topics include: anger management, grief and resilience, stigma and mental health, trauma and healing, empathy, healthy relationships. Students will use music, spoken word and storytelling to address their challenges and unpack their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Facilitators help students identify triggers, learn healthy coping skills, and develop strategies to develop meaningful relationships with their peers and increase awareness of resources.|
|Joan Barrington||Light Hearts-Healing Play||This resiliency workshop teaches techniques through 'clowning' to reduce students' stress and nurture well-being. Students are engaged in the program through improvisation activities i.e. role playing, theatre games in group settings, storytelling, and confidence-building activities. These exercises encourage and help develop a positive image of themselves, leading towards better relationships with their peers and the greater community. The workshop sessions are customized in order to fit the particular needs of students and educational criteria.
|YouthLink||LINK'D FAST||Based on the Finding Assertive Solutions Together (FAST) curriculum, the LINK'D psycho-educational program incorporates the use of various therapeutic and recreational activities to help youth discover the underlying factors that contribute to overly assertive behaviors, and builds skills in self-regulation, self-awareness, social awareness/empathy, responsible decision making and problem solving. The program focuses on the 3 core areas known as the 3L’s: Life, Leadership and Learn. The Life area focuses on setting students up for success, building life skills and enhancing social skills. The Leadership area focuses on teaching students to lead others positively, build their strengths and becoming LINK’D Ambassadors. The Learn area focuses on helping students learn new ways to cope, develop self-control strategies and deal with difficult emotions.|
|Live Different||Live Different School Assemblies||Motivational assemblies with engaging mix of personal stories, videos, crowd participation, live music, and more. Delivered by young, dynamic team members that students find easy to relate to. Positive youth development programming with themes that change annually to best address school and student needs in relevant ways. Exists to empower young people and engage them in a lifestyle of compassion and service.
|Live Your Legacy Academy Inc. ||Live Your Legacy||Shaun Boothe is an award winning hip hop artist, TEDx speaker and creator of ‘The Unauthorized Biography Series’: a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs – Repackaging History, including Black History, through Hip Hop; capturing the legacy of influential iconic figures in documentary-style music videos. His highly entertaining Live Your Legacy assemblies use his bio videos to embark on a performance / motivational speaking journey that raises issues of identity, diversity, equity, character, media, life skills, and the importance of living a legacy. Themes raised include leadership, success strategies, overcoming fears and challenges, transitioning, the power of acknowledgement, and redefining masculinity. The aim is to present an experience that works on many levels and, most importantly, does not exclude the growing group of disengaged youth in the school system today.
|Visions in Green||Living Legacies of STEM||This interactive, multimedia exhibit and workshop teaches students about STEM pioneers, trailblazers, innovators and inventors from North America and the African Diaspora, with a particular focus on ancient Africa and continental African people and how they have shaped these fields of science to what they are today. The facilitator will deliver history about the people that played a significant role in STEM fields while students interact with exhibited artifacts. List of topics include: "It’s All About That STEM Life & You", "The Giants and Living Legacy of STEM: Untold Stories of African Men & Women", "How STEM has Changed Our Lives" and International Childrens Inventors Museum. This workshop is suitable for African Heritage Month. |
|4th & 1 Event Services||Love Music Initiative||This is a multi-disciplinary and alternative education program that uses Hip Hop culture, contemporary music and popular culture as a tool for students to learn about civic engagement, history and student engagement. Poetry, dj'ing, drumming and dance are used to inspire and engage students. Music and dance, informed by socio-political and popular historical events and figures, create a rich learning environment with content that connects to the youth’s experiences. Guiding core principals focus on “Awakening the Mind” and “Navigating the Spheres of Life” to further engage young people. Black History Month sessions are available. |
|Vanessa Barnett & Elena Soni||Making Art Making Change||Vanessa Barnett and Elena Soni lead culturally-relevant arts-based workshops dedicated to students’ authentic voice using mixed media as a means of creative exploration and communication. Facilitators collaborate with teachers to identify a focus for the projects and deliver workshop series that develop these ideas. Experimentation with different materials and art mediums is an element of the art making. Materials utilized are video, sound, performance, textiles, and found objects. Students explore their own vision and imagination to create and present their unique artwork.|
|York University||Making Science Fun!||Workshops are designed to excite students about STEM and ignite a genuine passion for learning. Students work in teams through guided projects and experiments to gain an understanding of STEM concepts. A variety of free elementary workshops are offered: Bacteria Biology, CSI: Classroom Scene Investigation, A-Mazing Circuits, Binary Secret Code, Water Piano, Circuit Harps, Musical Art Website Manipulation. Secondary workshops for a fee include: Careers in Interdisciplinary Medicine, Blood Science and Disorders, Chemical Clock Reaction, Digital Literacy, Prosthetics Properties and ADME Chemistry as well as customized workshops. Facilitators share related scientific research taking place at the university and discuss real-world applications of topics, making the learning relevant to students. Professional learning is also available. |
|Western University ||Masters and Post-Degree Diploma in Foods and Nutrition Field Placements||These programs provide field placement opportunities for Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition students and Post-degree Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training students from Brescia University College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Brescia students who are considering a career in Foods and Nutrition, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a designated TDSB Nutrition Services Supervisor. These placements satisfy course and program requirements for field placement experience, as well as requirements of the Canadian Dietetic Education Regulatory body, the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).|
|University of Toronto||Masters of Teaching In-Residence Program||This in-residence program embeds one cohort of OISE Primary-Junior Master of Teaching students, dedicated to Environmentally Sustainable Education (ESE), in Ryerson Community School as a TDSB Eco-School. OISE faculty have use of a classroom space at the school in order to provide classes to their Master of Teaching students. Master of Teaching students in this cohort undertake some of their own class work, and some of their practicum experience at the school, in order to learn alongside the experienced EcoSchools Associate Teachers supporting the work that they do. As part of their in-residence practicum, Master of Teaching students will be invited to share their lesson plans related to ESE; and suitable plans will be posted on the TDSB EcoSchools website.|
|University of Calgary||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|York University||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|The Chess 'n Math Association||Math n' Chess Schools Program||Learning to play chess helps students develop mathematical, logistical and analytical skills. It improves their concentration and memory. It bolsters their self-esteem and their ability to collaborate and interact with others. This program delivers a structured nine-level course for students who then may take part in the culminating event of a chess tournament. Using games, exercises and worksheets students learn the rules of the games, how to solve problems, work in teams, and use judgement. Students learn to think ahead and anticipate the moves of their opponents by developing their logic and reasoning skills. |
|Me to We Social Enterprises Inc.||ME to WE Student Leadership Development ||Me to We Leadership sessions are fee for service student leadership development programming through which 30 selected students in interested schools are provided with a full day or more of activities specifically designed to nurture their leadership skills and assist them in reviewing current and potential leadership opportunities in their school and beyond. Professional learning sessions for staff designates from these schools are also offered. They are designed to focus on co-creating student leadership opportunities, with participants strategizing together on specific student ‘service-learning’ initiatives that can be implemented immediately following these sessions. All student and professional learning programming includes curriculum and resource materials.|
|University of Toronto||MEd Guidance & Counselling Field Placements||Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career in Guidance & Counselling, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Guidance Counsellor. |
|Ontario Basketball Association||Mega Hoops||Certified and experienced coaches provide mentorship and enhanced basketball and team-building skills development. Programming includes fun skills, drills and games that develop the student physically, socially and emotionally. Progression of drills and games are used to teach fundamental movement skills and team play. Age and stage appropriate instruction is in line with Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and Sport for Life (S4L) principles. |
|The Period Purse||Menstruation Nation||Presentations help educate students about menstruation and the importance of menstrual health for all. Facilitators demystify the myths, share use of appropriate language and how to prepare for periods including learning about various period products and reusable options. Presentations also help students understand period poverty with girls in school and people experiencing homelessness. Three presentations are available: Myths and Periods, Period Poverty, Period Product Options. |
|Sickkids Centre for Community Mental Health||Mental Health Supports||These mental health workshops focus on enhancing children’s social skills and supporting their emotional needs. Programs are delivered by SickKids CCMH professional staff, guided by research, built on participants’ strengths that help students develop coping skills and strategies. Activities include discussion, role-playing, stories, art work, and others adapted to the needs and skills of the classroom. Workshops include: PEERS Program (Grades 2-8); You Matter: Supporting Mental Health (Grades 5-8); Friends & Feelings Program (Grades 1-2); and Peer Mediation Training. Professional learning may also be available. |
|Patrick DeCoste||Metis Mapping, Visual Art Workshop||Métis Mapping is a cross-curricular activity infusing visual arts with Indigenous perspectives, social studies, geography, and history, while building cross-cultural community awareness with reflection on individual identity. Using paint on canvas and other mediums, students will engage the questions: Where have you been? Where are you now? Where are you going?|
|ModernDay Yoga||Mind, Body, Soul||Students learn powerful and accessible tools to help them deal with anxiety, stressors and mental health struggles through the practice of yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Students will be able to create self-regulation (mind), self-awareness (body), and self-love (soul) and build connections between all three. Workshop will focus on the power of their breath, guided meditation and practising yoga poses and movements in this fun, accessible and physical yoga practice to improve mental health. |
|Forever Yoga||Mindful Movement||Sessions led by a certified yoga therapist combine a science based exploration of the body, mind and the self with the system of yoga to support and enhance learning, health and personal responsibility. Mindful Movement serves to help children be physically fit, aware of self and others and develop confidence. Using pedagogy that has participants integrate movement and breath to strengthen, align and balance the body, focus the mind and soothe and recharge the nervous system. Students learn how to move gracefully, breathe smoothly and deeply and sustain their focus and concentration whilst developing strength, flexibility, balance, mental clarity and emotional stability.
|Mindfulness Without Borders Canada Inc.||Mindfulness Ambassador Program (MAP)||This program offers student participants a forum to meet face to face and learn about constructive ways for addressing personal, social and community challenges. Essentially, the MAP establishes a common language based on sharing, modeling and practicing core principles and strategies that help strengthen their well-being, think critically and act with thoughtfulness and compassion. As young people begin to recognize their ability to become ambassadors for positive social change they not only become more selfless but also more compassionate, empathetic and inclusive of the diversity that surrounds them. From self-awareness self-management and social awareness activities to secular mindfulness practices, our interactive programs for young people boost soft skill development and address the challenges and opportunities that they face outside school walls. |
|Mindfulness Everyday||Mindfulness Everyday||These evidence-based sessions, utilizing mindfulness-based stress reduction practices and current research, are customized to enhance positive mental and physical well-being, cultivate compassionate action and resilience, and provide stress reduction training and life skills for students, staff, and parents in school communities. Programs available include: The Mindful Edge (Stress Management and Life Strategies for Teens), Mindful Parenting Programs, Professional Learning Sessions, and Mindfulness Workshops for Students K-12. SMARTeducation (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) for Educators, and SHSM –Health and Wellness Certificate Program are specialized sessions that are also available. |
|Extra Ed Inc.||Money Managers||This interactive financial literacy workshop provides a “net worth” tournament where students are responsible for decisions of fictional profiles through various stages of financial milestones and to see which profile ends up with the highest net worth. Workshop offers interactive group activities, easy-to-understand visual presentations and discussion on financial topics including the concepts of savings and debt, financial instruments like credit cards, mortgages, RRSP/RESP/TFSA, lines of credit, payday loans, student loans, taxes and bank accounts. Students learn how to be financial leaders, discover who they are when they manage their finances, and to understand how their financial choices impact not only their own lives in the short and long term, but also the world around them. Workshops are customized by grade and audience.|
|Money School Canada||Moneyi$t in the School Financial Literacy Educational Programs ||Interactive financial literacy programming that introduces students to essential money concepts including saving, smart spending, budgeting, borrowing and credit. Offered in both a classroom and assembly formats. Professional financial literacy instructors make learning fun and memorable by using a diverse array of experiential learning techniques such as skits, role-play, hands-on activities and simulations. Age appropriate, plain language, relevant examples are drawn from student life experiences and shared to engage, inform and build student knowledge, skill and confidence with money and its management. Workshops meet math curriculum requirements, use a variety of instructional methods, and are tailored by grade (for grades 4 through 12).|
|Ryerson University||MSW Field Placements||Field education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”|
|University of Toronto||MSW Field Placements||Field education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”|
|University of Windsor||MSW Field Placements||Field education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”|
|Western University ||MSW Field Placements||Field education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”|
|Wilfrid Laurier University||MSW Field Placements||Field education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”|
|York University||MSW Field Placements||Field education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”|
|McCarthy Tetrault LLP||MT Mentoring Indigenous Students ||Through establishing mentorships between secondary students who identify as First Nation, Metis or Inuit with current or former partners, associates, and employees of a law firm who volunteer dedicated time to cultivating these relationships, this program inspires, supports, accompanies and provides opportunities for student engagement, curriculum enhancement and academic success. Mentors build supportive relationships with participants and participate with them in mutually-agreed activities to further individual student success. Individual mentoring activities may be as diverse as:
• Providing advice or assistance in topics such as strategies for time management, preparing a resume or understanding the nature of different careers
• Experiencing workplace environments through office tours or participating in firm-sponsored community activities
• Job shadowing, co-operative education placements and internships|
|In The Mix||Music & Dance Video Creations||This project-based workshop combines Hip Hop dance with an introduction to creating a dance music video using a tablet. The facilitator begins by teaching basic choreographic dance sequences that explore rhythm, physicality and movement so students can then work in small groups to create their own dance routine. Next, the facilitator teaches the music video production process which includes how to film, record, edit and splice. Using the In The Mix music-video app, students film and edit their ensemble dance routines to create their individual dance music video. This workshop emphasizes collaboration, team work and decision-making skills through the entire project. |
|Education Arts Canada||Musical Adventures||Interactive and participatory theatre productions use characters to bring math and physical literacy curriculum to life and address mental health topics. Using stories, songs, music and movement, students review math/physical education concepts and skills and utilize those concepts to help the characters solve the story’s conflict. The following are available productions: MathJam (Wizard of Math, Math Rules, Shape Caper, Massively MathJam), JiggiJump (Snack Attack, Healthy Earth, Rock, Beach Party) and a mental health production. Accompanying educational resources are available online at http://educationarts.ca/teacher-resources.
|Corp of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall||Musical Insights||These motivational assemblies and workshops from professional musicians provide students insight into the world as a professional musician, how to tap into their own unique talents and how music is a strong communication tool. “Collaborations” allows students to collaborate with a mainstage artist to create an original song over two classroom visits. Two assemblies are available: “Rise Up with Liz Lokre” and “Why I seek Discomfort featuring Peter Katz”.|
|Kerry Gage||Musical Theatre Talk & Choreographer||Professional musical theatre performing artist and choreographer mentors secondary students in LC4 to provide information on the theatre industry and theatre expectations they can anticipate in the professional field of the performing arts. Students engage in developing new techniques including drama and choreography, styles of movement, dance and performance skills in large ensembles. |
|Fashion Takes Action ||My Clothes My World||My Clothes My World is a practical workshop that highlights the social and environmental impacts in the apparel industry. Students learn the life cycle and supply chain of the apparel industry, environmental impacts, positive and negative impact on human interactions and their communities while learning to debate and create sustainable solutions to problems. At the end of the workshop, students engage in a practical exercise to deconstruct and reconstruct an old t-shirt into a bag. |
|Raven Nature Education Specialists||Nature Discovery: Mammals, Birds and Bees||This interactive presentation introduces students to mammals, birds and bees, wasps and hornets. Displays, props, pictures and hands-on activities are used to enhance the learning. Each presentation teaches students how to recognize animals' physical features and characteristics, how they communicate. Students will also learn the animals' role in the eco-system an how to care for animals in our environment. At the end of the presentation, students have an opportunity to ask questions and further interact with the props. |
|Canada’s National Ballet School||NBS Sharing Dance Kids||Free dance workshops foster student's artistic engagement, well-being and self-confidence through their learning and honing of fundamental movement skills. Instructed by professional ballet instructors, students explore the elements of dance including body, space, time, energy and relationships and learn an array of dance steps. Collaborating with peers, students create a movement of sequences which communicate thoughts, ideas and emotions. Emphasizing individual creativity and personal reflection, students are encouraged to look inward into their own personal experiences and draw from them a choreography that is all their own to develop their own movement vocabulary. Suitable for grades 3-6.|
|The Mosaic Institute||Next Generation||Students have an opportunity to learn and feel confident in their ability to be become effective social agents and active citizens, locally, nationally and internationally. The following themes are covered: identity and privilege, prejudice and discrimination, citizenship and social action. This free program highlights the contributions that different diaspora communities have made to Canada's social fabric and sheds light on identity issues and solutions, especially those that students face within their own environment. Students develop social action projects as a tangible act of local and global citizenship which culminates in a presentation to social leaders for feedback. Program can be customized to suit a school's needs and program can be a one-time workshop or as a full 4 day program. |
|The Yoga Project||Normalizing Yoga & Mindfulness in Education||This workshop teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques through spontaneous movement and a structured approach. The program incorporates yoga poses and movements, breathing exercises, mindfulness exercises, song and games for the younger students, and challenging yoga poses and partner work for older students. A large focus is placed on stress-reduction, mindfulness, and celebrating uniqueness. Professional development opportunities are available to staff.|
|University of Toronto||Occupational Therapy OT Field Placements||This MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Occupational Therapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist (OT) Clinical Supervisor. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|Ontario Justice Education Network||OJEN Courtrooms and Classrooms ||Focused on citizenship and justice education, this program creates dialogues for students and teachers on legal issues and the provincial justice system. Through avenues that provide access to justice sector facilities and participation in debates about justice system reforms, students can engage in simulated court hearings, career modeling and mentorship opportunities, plenary sessions, and workshops that stimulate discussion and promote informed, purposeful, and active citizenship. Professional learning sessions for teachers are also available through a lecture series as well as interactive sessions with OJEN staff and other legal professionals in the justice sector, such as shadowing a judge.|
|Voice of Purpose||On the Horizon - Spoken Word Poetry for Personal Development||This interactive arts workshop uses creating and performing spoken word poetry to help students explore and unpack their personal identities and purpose within the context of culture, society, and historical legacy. Students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how their personal experiences connect to larger social issues. Students develop spoken word, creative writing, non-verbal communication techniques and critical analysis process through the creative writing, visual representation and performing of spoken word poems.
This workshop utilizes the Purpose Driven Education (PDE) model, an educational framework, methodology and practice to help learners identify, align with, and develop skills to pursue their True Inner Purpose.
|One Mic Educators||One Mic Educators||Multicultural artists provide enhanced creative arts workshops in spoken word, hip hop, theatre and visual arts. They engage students through a variety of arts disciplines to identify and develop their own place in society. Students build the skills and confidence to create and perform their own work. The workshop series culminates with a creation and performance in spoken word, visual and media arts. Workshops may be provided in Spanish and offered to students and teachers.|
|Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association||Ontario Para Network _ ONPARA Wheelchair Basketball||Presentations are a fun-filled and informative way to introduce school communities to an adaptive and inclusive sport. The rules and regulations of wheelchair basketball are relayed by an ONPARA athlete ambassador. Students witness the ambassador's athleticism as they demonstrate basic ball handling, passing, and their skills in a sport chair. The presentation then transitions into a question period that allows students to ask the athlete about wheelchair basketball, their disability, and their everyday life. We end the presentation with an exciting game of wheelchair basketball and if there’s enough time, we’ll even get students to face-off against the teachers! |
|Canadian Opera Company||Opera: Music and Storytelling||A multi-disciplinary workshop on opera as a multifaceted form of storytelling that combines music (both instrumental and vocal), drama, visual art and design, and dance to allow students to express their creativity. Students learn healthy vocal technique and practise singing operatic excerpts; learn how to compose and set text to music; explore character development and elements of storytelling; examine the historical and sociopolitical contexts of operas; learn elements of design and how to create a visual concept for a piece of theatre; create their own opera; and understand the various careers in the arts. Each workshop is facilitated by the Canadian Opera Company’s Education team and concludes with a Q&A session with the artist facilitator.|
|OT Fitness Educational Services Inc||OT Fitness Programs||This initiative includes fitness programming; agility challenges; teamwork competitions; 'Sports Days'; 'Fitness Nights'; relay and track activities for all students, and school communities. Students learn movement skills using specialized equipment. They build their knowledge and skills in fitness, agility, team competitions, relay and track challenges through fun and engaging activities.|
|Steven Botelho||Our Space Is A Safe Space||Interactive performances use professional-style puppets and actors to promote self-love, awareness and acceptance around mental health issues and those living with disabilities. Puppets take students on a journey about living with OCD, ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression, and dyslexia. Performances break down stereotypes, shows acceptance and tolerance of others and how to start a safe and open conversation about those who are different. Each performance showcases hand-made puppets, utilizes elements of music and drama, and involves audience participation followed by a question and answer period. |