Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming during instructional time, in-person or remotely. To find programming of interest to you, search by keyword or sort the list order by clicking on any column title. 

(Please note: after-school programs operate through Permits. Other pathways for agencies to engage with TDSB can be found through our Partnership Opportunities webpage.

Rapier Wit Inc.Stage Combat Training Stage combat workshops use fight choreography to bring the text alive in drama, theatre and English studies. Workshops provide students an overview of safety considerations, physical acting training that embodies dramatic intention, and storytelling though the illusion of unarmed violence. Through partner work, students have an opportunity to practise the exercises and work on short scenes. Schools may choose to tailor the workshop to a specific text or school production. Notes with partner: not from place of violence (trauma-informed). Check-in to ensure they are following this. They need to create emotional not just physical safety.
Timothy HollandSpectacle CérébralDelivered in French to FSL and French immersion students, this entertaining assembly touches on key themes such as resiliency, confidence, and growth mindset. Using circus arts and comedy ventriloquism, Tim Holland shows the accessibility of brain science and neuroplasticity and how our brains change as they learn. The assembly highlights how having a different mindset can help students’ resiliency and to see failure as a feedback rather than a limitation for skill mastery. Follow-up workshops use juggling arts to apply a growth mindset to a novel learning opportunity. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Special Olympics Ontario Inc.Special Olympics Ontario SchoolsThis initiative offers competitive and developmental athletic opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in programming that is exclusively for them or inclusive (unified) for all students. Professional learning sessions for staff are also offered to provide staff with training, support and resources that increase Special Education students’ physical literacy and sport specific skills development. Programming includes: Active Start; FUNdamentals; Youth Multi-Sport; Coaching Young Athletes; Sports Festival; Health Action and My PHAL (Physical Health Active Living). And, athletic competition qualifiers and championships are organized in which student athletes with special needs compete, and opportunities for all students are offered to engage and support their peers with disabilities. See details at www1.specialolympicsontario.com/schools/. Serving: Grades 1-12, Staff
Music For Every ChildSpecial Needs Music Therapy ProgramIn-person music therapy sessions help students in DD/ISP classes to build their communication, listening and social skills through music-making at select schools. Guided by a certified music therapist, students have an opportunity to experiment with percussion instruments, participate in group drum circles and call and response exercises, pass rhythms to peers and participate in drum solos. Each activity is conducted by the facilitator to build a sense of success and achievement from the previous week and encourage students to freely express themselves through music. Sessions also enhance connections with peers and builds on teamwork.
Lawrence Hill Creative Services, Inc.Speaking EngagementsAward-winning, best-selling African-Canadian author, Lawrence Hill engages with students through inspiring and engaging sessions to promote literacy skills and self-affirmation about Black identity. Mr. Hill speaks with students, reads from his books, shows how he brings words and stories to life through the creative process, addresses issues of Black history and culture, and shares observations on the writer’s craft and on business issues related to publishing. Students hear from an inspirational author, learn how to write creatively to share their stories and voice and how to dialogue with peers. Suitable: All grades; staff; parents/caregivers
B.O.L.T. Charitable FoundationSpeak Outs: Careers in ConstructionPresentation on the vast and diverse career opportunities available in the construction industry featuring industry guest speakers who share their personal experiences for students in Grades 7-12. Designed to inspire a new generation of tradespeople and industry professionals, these presentations create awareness about the industry including industry overview and future outlook, various career options and their compensation, examples of technical and essential skills required, and training and employment pathways to employment. Guest speakers include union members and skilled trades, such as plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers, and general labourers, as well as other professionals, such as architects, project managers, engineers, and safety specialists.
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioSparking the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Canadian YouthThese free programs are led by Indigenous individuals from the business community to mentor, support and inspire youth to develop the skills they need to achieve their educational and career goals. Workshop delivery includes real world examples from the volunteers' life, educational and work experiences that will be relatable to FNMI (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) learners while enhancing students' critical thinking and decision making skills. Various programs are offered including financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for grades 3-8 students.
South Riverdale CHCSouth Riverdale Health Clinic_CALCThe health clinic provides quality clinical and social programs and services to adult students at City Adult Learning Centre. In consultation with staff and students, low-threshold access to clinical and care coordination is available, and engages students and community partners in the development of appropriate programming with the vision to improve the lives of students facing barriers to their physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. Core services being provided to CALC include: A weekly drop in clinic led by a Nurse Practitioner (1 day), case management by a Client Care Coordinator (2.5 days), and annual flu clinics and TB screening. Group sessions which are delivered alongside CALC staff include: Sexual health in collaboration with Biology classes, strategies in self-care such as how to eat healthy on a budget, positive parenting, and housing support in partnership with housing/settlement workers.
Soul Drums Ltd.Soul P.O.P. Percussion Optimizes Potential (P.O.P.) enhances music and life skills through drumming. Sessions include drum circles in small or large class formats and offered in person or virtually. This hands-on workshop provides students an opportunity to enhance their drumming skills with an emphasis on communication, team building, positive risk taking and leadership skills. Activities include musical games, song chants and performing music using a variety of percussion instruments. Professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Brian Wright-McLeodSongs & Visions of Turtle IslandAs an Author, Artist and Instructor, Brian provides two arts-based, interactive virtual presentations for students. One traces the history of Native / Indigenous music from first European contact to contemporary times profiling the diversity, breadth and artistic beauty of Native / Indigenous music from the Arctic Circle the Southwest US in all genres of traditional, flute, ceremonial, powwow and contemporary music and instruments. A second workshop assists students in the creation of graphic novels with artwork and storytelling that enhances reading and literacy. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Scott Ste MarieSocial Media & Mental HealthThis presentation educates students on the relationship between social media use and their psychological, emotional and social emotional well-being. Students gain a deeper understanding of the impact social media use has on their emotional well-being and how to use it safely. Mental health speaker, Scott Ste Marie, shares his honest experience being a YouTuber (reaching over 30 million people worldwide), showing students the reality behind these platforms and inviting them to think critically about how they treat others online and what content they consume. Students are immediately engaged as Scott shows background analytics to his own videos and how he personally has to manage his own online engagement and prioritizes what is truly important offline. Serving: Grades 4-12, Parents/caregivers
Social Circus Circle Social Circus Arts Skills WorkshopsSocial Circus workshops build students' emotional, social and communication skills in a unique way. Offered in-person, these sessions expose students to the circus arts that can include theatre games, tricks, clowning, character work, flexibility and physical conditioning, yoga, dance, juggling, partner balancing, object manipulation/balancing, and more, based on students' interests. Students enhance their physical literacy skills such as strength, coordination, body awareness, hand eye coordination, using left and right sides of body, balance and stabilizers. Professional circus artists guide participants through various activities -in an adaptive, progression based style - emphasizing the importance of communication skills in these sessions; emotional and physical safety when trying new and creative movements; self-awareness and trust when working on new skills; a sense of belonging and team-building through various exercises and when designing an optional circus arts performance opportunity.
Toronto High Park Football (Soccer) ClubSoccer 4 LifeDelivered by experienced coaches, this free soccer enhancement program teaches soccer and life skills that go beyond the soccer field for students in grades 6-8. Program may be delivered in-person or virtually. Using the 4-corner player development model (technical, psychological, physical and social), students not only practise the technical and physical aspects of the game but more importantly develop team and social skills. The content of the program includes the importance of teamwork, building confidence, patience, resilience and decisiveness, knowledge about cultural and historical aspects of the sport, effective communication, following rules in a game and life settings and being a physically active member of the community.
Socacize Fitness Inc.Socacize KidzA fitness program that is a creative blend of authentic Caribbean and African dance techniques matched with effective fitness moves, all set to infectious music for all students. Full day assemblies/performances and individual workshops are delivered by a team of professionals. Students are guided through fitness-focused activities such as Bacchanal Warm Up, Cardio Soca Jam, Mindful Motion, Follow the Leader, Drumming Circle and Limbo demonstration. Custom choreographed routines and performances by our professionals are also available to further enhance students' knowledge of Afro-Caribbean culture. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Child Development InstituteSNAP (Stop Now and Plan)The interactive workshop series is offered in the classroom to help students in grades 2 - 5 improve their problem-solving skills and self-control. Topics include: fair play, handling group/peer pressure, anger management, making good choices and dealing with bullying. Elementary students gain new social skills and understand how to enhance their problem-solving and mood regulation skills. They are introduced to the 'stop now, and plan' method of dealing with these issues.
MADD CanadaSmartWheelsStudents learn about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving. Presentations are available in person on a mobile RV, in class, or via video conference; and can be delivered in French. They feature videos about the effects of alcohol and substance use such as cannabis. Students put on virtual reality goggles (in the RV or in class formats) and in the case of video conferencing, students view a virtual reality video to see how it looks and feels to drive while impaired. All presentations include students participating in multiple choice questions and in decision-making scenarios about impaired driving. These sessions not only increase awareness about the consequences of impaired driving, but also influence responsible decision-making and provide safety strategies. Serving: Grades 4-6
Skills Ontario Skilled Trades & TechnologiesThese virtual or in-person presentations raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers. They also address stigmas that may be associated with choosing these pathways, and encourage students to explore their interests. Facilitators provide relevant information about various apprenticeships in general, current trends, and the benefits of various careers in skilled trades and technology. Students find out how to acquire preparatory skills, experiences and exposure to various skilled trades' pathways. A focus on increasing the number of young women and Indigenous Youth who enter skilled trades is emphasized through these sessions and additional experiential learning opportunities. Sessions are available in English and French.
KickAss Careers LimitedSkilled Trade PathwaysTaking real-life practical experiences while dressing the part, Jammie McMillan brings the skilled trades to students by telling her personal career journey in skilled trades and technology. Jammie shares successes and failures along the way and provides information on the various pathways in skilled trades as well as the vast opportunities in career options in MITC (Mechanical, Industrial, Technology and Construction) sector. The presentation inspires students to chart their own path and challenge stereotypes in the industry and choose skilled trades as a viable, successful and rewarding career option.
Mosa McNeillySister Freedom's Black Arts Education ProjectsGrounded in Black diasporic art forms, aesthetic modes and design, these sessions, in-person or by video-conferencing, engage curriculum connections with visual art, social studies, mapping, coding, equity, diversity, history, social justice and wellness. Workshops include: Adinkra Project, Africa project, Black Stories Storybook Project, Black Women Artists Project, Black Hair Magic Project, Grandma Assiatou's Seed Pouch Project, Sankofa Project and Underground Railroad Quilt Codes Project. Through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture, writing poetry, students engage in self-reflective and cross-cultural dialogue. Also available as professional development, Black Ways of Knowing offers tools for developing and delivering culturally responsive curriculum that centers African, Black and Caribbean students and advocates for Black freedom and justice. Delivery available in English or French. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Brosseau ConsultingSHSM Negotiation and BusinessHalf or full-day sessions provide students in grades 11 and 12 SHSM certification in Negotiation, Customer Service and Business Etiquette. Through mock negotiations students participate in teams under fictitious circumstances and actively practise key strategies to successfully negotiate, communicate and interact with others. Students learn how to use these skills at all levels and in a variety of contexts including today's modern world. As an experienced educator and negotiator, Jeff helps students develop transferable skills to serve them in their future work and careers. SPE may be available. Suitable: Grades 11-12
Harmony MovementSHSM Anti-Oppression and Allyship WorkshopSHSM certification is available to grade 11 and 12 students who wish to enhance their equity learning and its application in their industry focus/workplace. This interactive half-day workshop engages in group discussion, self-reflection through reflection guides and knowledge sharing. Program content includes: Introduction to the concepts of intersectionality, stereotypes, and bias; forms of discrimination including overt, covert and micro-aggressions; going beyond 'diversity' in the workplace; what is allyship and how to be a good ally; moving from allyship to solidarity; and confronting discrimination in the workplace and engaging in courageous conversations. SPE certification may be available. Suitable: Grades 11-12
Child Development InstituteShelter School Liaison ProgramThe School Liaison Program (SLP) is a trauma-informed, school-based program that supports children ages 4 to 16 who are experiencing homelessness and living in shelters. The SLP Worker works with children, caregivers and shelter and school staff to help children make a smooth transition to their new school. The SLP Worker meets with the child and their caregiver to orient them to the school and support safety planning, when necessary. They are also available at the school to support the child’s social-emotional development by providing social skills support and further individual support related to emotion regulation, self-compassion and the development of stress management strategies. Short-term follow-up services are available to children at their new school once they move out of the shelter. Cultural interpretation is provided as needed.
Across U-HubSHARP Student Leadership DevelopmentSHARP programming uses peer and adult mentors to engage secondary students in regular conversation and expressions of Self-awareness; Hope; Appreciation of cultures; Resilience and Peer networking (SHARP). Anti-Asian Racism and experiences of 'Asian hates' is addressed, along with community-building, self-efficacy, communication skills, and various other student leadership and peer support skills. Students develop their potential through self-exploring tools, examining their historical and cultural roots, discovering their strengths, making connections to their past and present selves, to visualize their future in practical ways. Bold personal goals are set through deepening their understanding of race, personality, ability and ethnicity. Within this self-exploration journey, they are not alone, but are accompanied with a group of peers and mentors. Serving: Grades 9 - 12, referred students of East Asian descent, Newcomers, ESL/ELL learners
Valerey Lavergne Sharing Indigenous Knowledge Virtually through Expressive ArtsAn Indigenous Expressive Arts Facilitator and Certified Life Coach creates innovative virtual workshops to teach students Indigenous knowledge and sacred teachings. Valerey uses a variety of art techniques, arts modalities and traditional teachings to enhance students' understanding of using their creativity for self-exploration and self-expression. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Lance CumberbatchShake, Rattle and Roll to West African DrummingGrounded in Africentric perspectives, these workshops introduce the cultural and community significance of West African traditional drumming and music to elementary students. Black musician and artist, Lance Cumberbatch, shares with students the many sounds, rhythms of West African traditions as well as the history and culture of West Africa, its people and evolution of the music. Sessions provide an opportunity for students to express themselves through movement and participate in creative music-making. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Planned Parenthood of TorontoSexual Health, Healthy Relationships, and Anti-homophobia ProgrammingWorkshops and resource materials promote sexual health and healthy relationships, and support students in understanding and reducing homophobia. The goal is to provide youth with the information and skills they need to make informed choices for themselves. Facilitators deliver workshops on topics including: Building Healthier Relationships, Healthy Sexuality, Birth Control Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Readiness, and Safer Sex Negotiation. The Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH) program delivers peer-led anti-homophobia workshops that encourage youth to think critically about homophobia and heterosexism in their communities and the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer youth. Serving: Grades 6-12
Catholic Cross Cultural ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
Centre for Immigrant & Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
CultureLink Settlement and Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
North York Community HouseSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
TNO - The Neighbourhood OrganizationSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
Education Arts CanadaSet the Stage for Learning_Musical AdventuresInteractive and participatory musical theatre productions for young audiences addressing various learning strands including math, science, literacy, drama, physical fitness and mental health. They are delivered through one hour musical adventures either in-person or via videoconferencing. Using stories, songs, music and movement, students engage actively with characters and make them part of the theatre experience - often so much fun, students don't realize they are learning at the same time. Comprehensive resource materials for educators turn the performance as a time of inspiration into an ongoing opportunity for discovery and growth. Specific productions are found at www.educationarts.ca Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8
Street Safe Self Defence Training CoSelf-Defence and Personal Safety TrainingStrategies to avoid violence that address the physical, psychological and emotional elements of self-defence are learned by grades 7-12 students through these workshops. Students learn awareness, prevention and mindset skills, how to recognize social and anti-social violence and avoid it, and basic physical skills of self- defence designed to be effective for all. While no one skill is guaranteed to protect students from harm, this workshop series is designed to provide tips, skills and knowledge that can dramatically increase their abilities to stay safe. Included are defenses against the most frequent attacks in an easy to understand manner with practical, active drills; the mindset to get home to their family, and methods to strengthen their chance of survival if faced with conflict, confrontation, bullying or harassment. Mock attacks are completed at the end of training to allow students to test their skills. Suitable: Grades 7-12
Project XGuardSelf-DefenceSafety workshops educate students in grades 4-12 on situational awareness and self-defence techniques to deal with a variety of types of aggression. 4 week workshop series provide students with verbal, physical manuevres to ensure student safety in a non-combative way. Students have opportunity to practice techniques in controlled and supervised setting.
Elisa BirnbaumSEE Change Magazine_History of Social Change WorkshopsThese distinctive workshops develop students' appreciation for Canada’s unique struggles for social justice and the rights and freedoms we enjoy, while sharpening their literacy and storytelling skills. Leveraging the History of Social Change Multimedia Project (digital stories and e-book documenting social movements and key players), sponsored by Heritage Canada, and other online sources, these workshops will demonstrate how our lives were transformed by social movements and their key players. The facilitator (a veteran journalist) will provide a lesson in journalism before leading the class through an interactive activity. By the end of the workshop, students have honed their literacy and verbal and written communication skills, developed their capacity for advocacy and gained a deeper grasp of social issues in Canadian history and their impact on present day. Serving: Grades 5 - 12
Scientists in SchoolScientists in SchoolFacilitated by experts in scientific and engineering fields, workshops provide an opportunity for elementary teachers' professional learning through collaborative delivery of these sessions immersed in inquiry based learning. Students peer into microscopes; test their powers of observation; design pneumatic models to solve a problem; explore insect adaptations; experiment with levers and build bridges to their futures. Scientists in School provides specialized materials and equipment to make each session a hands-on experience for every child; and provides comprehensive teacher resource packages to make each session and its extension activities a professional learning opportunity for staff. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff
Mad Science of TorontoScience & Technology WorkshopsMad Science Curriculum Based Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science through hands-on and interactive live experiments. These in-class workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology, engineering and the environment and to make connections between science and the wonders of the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, exciting and interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary student. Their professionally trained presenters are excellent in creating experiences that encourage children to pursue the sciences throughout their secondary and post secondary studies. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
EcoSpark Environmental OrganizationSchool Watch and Changing CurrentsIntegrated teacher training and student sessions actively engage in citizen science practices to understand and address climate change, water quality, pollination and bird monitoring, and land use planning. EcoSpark facilitators, through in-person or by video conferencing, lead hypothesis driven research and data collection workshops for students and teachers on their school grounds. Students learn to use scientific protocols to monitor and assess the health of local terrestrial and aquatic environments and then contribute their findings to relevant citizen science projects; shared with scientists around the world. These inquiry-based workshops explore water systems, insect, bird and plant dynamics, and taxonomic identification systems. Students learn to assess the environmental health of streams and school grounds and to analyze data and plan stewardship actions to increase local biodiversity and environmental health.
FoodShare TorontoSchool Grown FoodShare Toronto’s School Grown program uses market gardens located at selected schools and on TDSB sites to enhance student’s learning about food systems, urban agriculture, and food justice. The program provides experiential learning opportunities, enhanced curriculum connections, career awareness and mentorship, and school food program enhancements for students at School Grown sites. Students are engaged in outdoor experiential learning in the market garden throughout the growing season, and teachers are supported in professional development and skill building opportunities through garden activities. More information on programming can be found at: https://foodshare.net/program/schoolgrown/
Green Thumbs Growing KidsSchool Food Gardens for LearningGardens provide food growing and environmental education programs at select elementary schools. The fruits and vegetables produced are used in the schools’ nutrition programs and classroom cooking. Gardens are designed along ecological principles, incorporating trees, shrubs and perennials along with annual food plants. Curriculum links include science, social studies, language, math and art. Suitable for Grades K - 8.
Lumenus Community ServicesSchool Focused Direct Access Workers (SFW)These specialized Lumenus staff work collaboratively with TDSB Professional Support Services to provide an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, in school or in the community for youth with mental health issues. Lumenus staff works with the children/youth and their family/support people to support their optimal functioning and sense of belonging in the school and neighbourhood community, based on goals established within the child/youth’s treatment plan. Students and/or family members have direct access to these resources through established TDSB referral mechanisms; and can access services when on site in school/s. Lumenus staff are also available to consult with school staff, as needed. The School Focused Direct Access Workers may support the children/youth to connect with appropriate community resources and services; and support students during the instructional day to decrease barriers and stigma regarding accessing mental health supports. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12
Toronto Inner City Rugby Association IncRugby Professional Learning and Skills DevelopmentThis enhanced physical education program provides rugby training, tournament participation, and curriculum resources to students and teachers. Accredited and experienced rugby program staff lead workshops to introduce and further enhance rugby skills. Rugby activities and games for understanding are based on the physical literacy ABC's of agility, balance, coordination and speed. Beginner students are introduced to the sport through a non-contact, safe game called Rookie Rugby. Advanced students or those that have a solid understanding of the fundamentals, further develop core rugby skills such as movement, passing and communication and sport specific training. Teachers receive curriculum resources that contain 8 modules that provide activities on how to implement the program beyond the workshop. Schools that have participated in workshops have the opportunity to attend an international rugby tournament at BMO Field or participate in a flag rugby tournament when available. Suitable: Grades 1-12; staff
Dreampics Pixel ArtRubik's Art Workshop and Mathemagic Show/Atelier Rubik's Pixel Art et spectacle MathemagicMikael Taieb, leads two presentations in French that showcase mathematics as being fun, magical and artistic. Schools can choose two Rubik's cube 45 minute presentations: Rubik's Art Workshop or Mathemagic Show. Presentations are a mix of the power of the brain, mathematics, numbers, magic, comedy, mime, clowning and of course Rubik's cubes sprinkled with student participation. Additional pixel art workshop is available for students to learn unique techniques and make their own art creation using rubik's cubes. Mikael will share his career path and how mathematics can be used in artistic fields. Suitable: All grades especially French Immersion classes
Centennial CollegeRPN Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Registered Practical Nursing program with TDSB Special Education Staff. Post-secondary students who are considering a career with a special needs population have an opportunity gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in Special Education classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to plan and implement activities for students that address topics and enhance skills in personal care, healthy living, and the promotion of students' health and well-being. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Little Kickers Toronto CentralRounded Education Delivered Through SoccerEarly learning goals are achieved in a pressure-free, play, not push environment during these specialized workshops that enhance pre-school and kindergarteners' physical, social, and creative competencies. The basics of soccer are introduced as children learn dribbling, proper footwork, passing, and scoring goals, in partner and group-based activities which stimulate and enhance their skills in teamwork and cooperative play. By listening and communicating with each other during these exercises, children learn to strengthen and develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting their physical movements to ideas and events as they unfold. To demonstrate all that they've learned, children apply these newly acquired skills in friendly games using specially-made child-friendly soccer balls and goal nets. Suitable: Kindergarten, grades 1-2
Roseneath TheatreRoseneath Theatre Touring ProductionsProfessional theatre performances and tailor-made workshops, delivered virtually or in-person, support arts curriculum connections and social justice themes for young audiences. Roseneath Theatre produces 3-5 performances per year that feature a particular theme and focus, written by recognized playwrights from across Canada. A study guide comprises each performance, providing classroom activities, resources, as well as pre and post-show questions. Following each performance, a question and answer session with the cast explores current topics and issues to critically analyze the concepts brought forth, building connections that relate to well-being and our relationship with ourselves and with others. Productions for the current year can be found at www.roseneath.ca. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Roots of EmpathyRoots of Empathy Classrooms By bringing a real baby and parent into classrooms, in-person or through video-conferencing, these sessions raise the social/emotional competence of students through increasing students’ capacity for empathy. They give children the opportunity to observe the baby’s development and the interaction between baby and parent. The relationship between the parent and child is a template for positive, empathic human relationships aimed to shape how children deal with each other and to lay a foundational example for their future as parents and citizens. Schools designated by ROE as “ROE Centre of Excellence” host ROE guests and media to showcase the program, as requested. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff
Jane Goodall Institute for WildlifeRoots and Shoots _ Professional Learning Professional Learning Sessions for staff include an overview and discussion on the Jane Goodall Institutes Roots & Shoots youth sustainability program and their focus on climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental inequity. Orienting staff in their ability to guide students of all ages through a 4-step program: STEP 1: Who or What Inspires You? STEP 2: Map Out Your Community STEP 3: Plan An Action Project STEP 4: Reflect on Your Achievements and Celebrate Your Impact! Examples of projects from across Canada will also be shared.
Rock Solid Productions Inc.Rocks and RingsThe program features a variety of drills, relays and team building activities that introduce students to the sport of curling and wheelchair curling with a focus on fun. Unique indoor floor curling equipment is provided and placed in the gym offering an off-ice experience and physical activity. Students will take a seat and experience wheelchair curling as part of the program. Sessions include various drills, relays and team-building activities. It is an inclusive program that allows students of all ages and abilities to compete and play with each other while fostering awareness about sport/parasport, diversity and inclusion. Serving: Grades 1-8
IRISRobots Build and LearnEnable students to be active and creative digital learners by using LEGO bricks and digital tools to solve problems and collaborate with each other. These workshops facilitated by Institute of Robotics & Intelligent Systems staff encourage a playful learning environment where students build and program a variety of fun LEGO models. IRIS Canada offers the following workshops for different grade levels (in collaboration with teachers): Grades 1-3 LEGO WEDO, Grades 4-8 LEGO EV3, Grades 6-8 Arduino/Python/C++. In the early grades, students develop an understanding of basic design and work with easy to use platforms which bridge to more complex systems. In the middle grades, students enhance their understanding of coding while constructing programs and robots. The higher grades allow students to design projects with challenging levels of complexity and enhance their programming skills. Serving: Grades 1 - 8
Rick Hansen FoundationRick Hansen Foundation Virtual PresentationsRick Hansen Ambassadors helps create meaningful dialogue about disability, accessibility and inclusion by providing free presentations. Trained speakers are a diverse group of people with mobility, vision and hearing disabilities that share their inspirational stories with students. Professional learning sessions are also available on building disability awareness, inclusion and citizenship skills in classrooms. Educators receive access to ready-made resources and practical activities they can take into the classrooms immediately. Resources support provincial educational priorities while meeting school communities' social responsibility and inclusion goals: see www.rickhansen.com/schools. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Rhythm WorksRhythm Works BOOMMotivational assemblies and workshops promote leadership, confidence and team-building through interactive drumming sessions. Troy Sexton and Sheldon de Souza emphasizes skills in presentation, team-building, leadership, music, creating positive habits and especially the power of believing in oneself. Students, by rotating in groups, all get a chance to participate, and learn skills that can benefit not only in this drumming group but in the classroom and in life. Suitable: Grades 6-12
Peacebuilders International (Canada)Restorative SchoolsSessions assist school communities to address disproportionality by restorative practices as a means of preventing and resolving conflict. Adopting a “whole-school” approach, restorative processes build school community founded on respect and trust; and, strengthened relationships. Each person takes responsibility for their choices and actions. Peacebuilders assists to repair situations quickly and honestly; and, support reintegration into schools after an incident. Peacebuilders provides workshops on peer leadership, conflict resolution, and creating a restorative culture; as well as ongoing direct programming in select schools, through referral with individual students, classrooms, and/or clubs. Serving: Grades 4-12; Professional Learning for Staff
METRACRespect in Action Youth Violence Prevention (ReAct)ReAct is a peer-education program in existence since 2001, for youth ages 13 -25, to build leadership skills and knowledge of healthy, equal, non-violent relationships. Program activities are informed by Popular Education, Facilitated Inquiry techniques; Human Rights Education, Cooperative Learning; and Feminist, Environmental studies. Facilitators work with students, to increase understanding of violence, while creating safe spaces for sharing experiences and inspiring peers to take action in addressing violence in their lives and communities. ReAct workshops and presentations cover topics related to: Healthy Equal Relationships, Anti-Black Racism, Cyber Violence, Consent, Intersectionality and Identity, Gender and Self-esteem. After-School programs on Healthy Relationships are offered for 1 to 2 years. All workshops, presentations and programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each school/class. Serving: Grades 6-12, Staff
Karen ChaboyerResidential Schools & Seven FiresAs a Residential School Survivor, Karen Chaboyer speaks about her lived experience of nine years in a Residential School, its impact on her life, family and community. Available in-person or virtually. She integrates the Seven Fires teachings into her talk. Her presentation cultivates students' knowledge of Aboriginal/Indigenous History and the Residential Schools Era. An engaging, thought-provoking presentation that addresses in a meaningful way the Call to Action statement that "unresolved trauma from residential schools continues to impact individuals, families, communities and nations; and will do so until it is expressed, validated and released in healthy, creative way." Serving: Grades 5 - 12
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Safety SparkWorkshop, delivered in-person or virtually, teaches electrical safety and how to use or interact with every day electrical objects to stay safe for students in Grades 4-7. The home electricity safety component examines real life safety issues with wall outlets, extension cords, power strips, and more. The community electricity safety component talks about power lines, transformers, contact voltage and other possible outdoor electrical safety hazards. The workshop closes with an emphasis on Emergency Preparedness, what to do during a power outage and how to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Presentation followed by question and answer period.
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Green Collar CareersThese virtual or in-person workshops for secondary students provide an in-depth look into green careers that benefit people, the local environment and the planet. Facilitators help students identify how their skills and personal interests can align with careers in sustainability, renewable energy and environmental industries. During the workshop, participants will: compare their skills, interests and passions to 40 diverse fields; assess financial/social factors and educational requirements of various careers; learn how technology is changing the way we work and the future of jobs; discover how environmental policies have impacted careers in Canada; and broaden their understanding of post-secondary opportunities.
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Exploring Renewable Energy Workshops provide students with an in-depth exploration of various types of environmental issues such as renewable energy, climate change and energy conservation. These hands-on or online workshops involve the use of miniature models of renewable energy technology. The first component of these workshops includes an interactive presentation that introduces the topic with lots of thoughtful discussion between presenters and students. The second component involves either hands-on experiments with the technology or interactive Pear Deck slides aligned with experiments. Workshop titles include: Concentrate on Conservation; Capture the Wind; Plug in the Sun; Digest This!; and Climate Change and Renewables. Additional renewable energy workshops include Wind or Solar Design Challenge where essential building materials are provided for students to design, build, and test their devices. Suitable: Grades 4-12
Boost Child & Youth Advocacy CentreRelationship Skills Violence Prevention (RSVP)RSVP provides Professional Learning sessions to enhance staff support for young women who have experienced, or who are considered at risk of experiencing, violence in a personal relationship. The program is intended to prevent victimization and to assist youth to develop the skills needed to form and maintain healthy relationships. This psycho-educational Professional Learning session also builds the knowledge and expertise of caring adults in "Trauma-Informed Schools".
Kevin CarringtonReggaeciseA virtual, reggae-inspired cardio fitness dance program that improves students' physical literacy and emotional well-being. The program combines dance, aerobic fitness, and reggae music, with high-impact exercise routines. Once students learn choreographed movements, they are encouraged to explore their own creativity by improvising their own dance moves. Students interact with an engaging and positive role model that inspires students to do their best and be their best. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Regesh Family & Child ServicesRegesh High on SuccessThe innovative school-based program supports students to develop healthy self-esteem, decision-making, self-regulation, and interpersonal and communication skills, in-person or virtually. Students engage in improving their academic performance. Regesh High on Success is delivered up to 20 weeks and uses small group activities for students to develop new and supportive relationships that help them to be successful. Students also learn skills to increase their self-esteem, manage anger, enhance mental health and help them connect with their teachers and family. Serving: Grades 9-12
Paula Gallo & Annie VandenbergRecreate Place: Creating Vibrant Outdoor SpacesThis experiential workshop series engages students in a collaborative approach to planning, designing and creating their outdoor spaces. Child-friendly approach builds connection to the natural world, integrates climate resiliency learnings, and builds relationships within the school and the wider community. Programming is outdoors, tactile, collaborative and experiential. Through exploring their visions and concepts of public art of school ground greening, students experience a sense of belonging, accomplishment, and deepen their understanding of creative self-expression. Over a series of weeks, students will engage in activities culminating in the installation of a temporary art project onsite or a school ground greening project. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
International Student Exchange - OntarioReciprocal Student Exchanges Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. TDSB promotes the opportunity, while all arrangements are made directly between interested students' families and the reciprocal exchange agency. Ministry of Education guidelines for reciprocal student exchanges are followed as per the Ministry of Education document ‘Enrolment Register Instructions for Elementary and Secondary Schools’. Students apply in one school year and both components of the reciprocal exchange take place during the next school year. TDSB students host a visiting student in the fall and then travel overseas in the following spring. Visiting students stay with and attend school with the host student. All exchange agency registration documents, including parent/guardian permissions to participate in all school activities as per procedures of the host family's school board, are provided to TDSB Schools by host families when registering the visiting student as a guest at the school. Students from each country remain on the registry of their home school. Host schools Guidance and teaching staff comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before they return home.
Lumenus Community ServicesReachOUTReachOUT is a creative, inclusive and accessible program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning and two-spirited (LGBTTQQI2S) youth. The program provides individual, family and group services, as well as educational workshops and events. It provides enhanced opportunities for youth engagement projects in selected schools, such as supporting the development and maintenance of Gay-Straight Alliances in those schools. Serving: Referred students, Grades 1-12
Never Gallery ReadyRe:Framing Culture Re:Claiming VoiceMedia and visual literacy-focused workshops explore culture as reflected in art, news, history, and advertising. These workshops address the politics of individuals’ relationship with images, objects, sound and site, and ask students to critically analyze ubiquitous messages and dominant cultural narratives. Students create works of collage, learn “culture jamming” techniques, perform sound plays/stories, create site-specific installations/awareness campaigns that address community issues, and ‘zines (themed booklets). A 5-day workshop series is also available. Suitable: Grades 4-12
York University, Osgoode Hall Law SchoolRaising the Black BarProgramming is designed for Black secondary students to increase understanding and access to legal education and pathways to various careers in law. Sessions are facilitated by Osgoode Hall Law School administrators, Osgoode's Black Law Students' Association, and Black Osgoode alumni. Facilitators will share their knowledge of the barriers to accessing legal education and the legal profession and how these can be overcome as well as the following topics: how to apply to law school; how to be successful in law school; how to identify legal academic area(s) of interest; networking in a professional environment. Targeted sessions on diverse legal career opportunities will also be offered. Students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive and experiential learning and may include mock trials and tours of courts and law firms/organizations. Finally, students will be connected with Black law student mentors. Suitable: Grades 9-12
University of Toronto Radical Music DialoguesThis series of seven music education workshops immerses secondary students in culturally relevant and culturally responsive music classes, in-person or virtual delivery. By incorporating an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens, the socio-emotional awareness of students are prioritized. The series focuses on exploring cultural awareness and connections, developing deeper understanding of music as a 'socio-cultural practice', understanding social inequality when one genre of music is valued over another, understanding music and social movements, and sharing musical roots. Sessions provide engagement in music-making through exploring a variety of personal traditions and an opportunity for each student to present, perform and share the traditions of the music they value.
Agincourt Community Services AssociationRACKS and The Community Healing ProjectThe Resilience, Accountability, Community, Knowledge and Success (RACKS) program supports young people who are involved or at risk of being involved in the criminal justice system, or having violent interactions with peers/communities. It supports youth in a holistic approach, working with schools and community services. Mentors engage with youth as individualized support, in hopes of decreasing their risk of harm and greater victimization, enabling them to focus on positive connections with essential services. The Community Healing Project supports the development of mental health literacy and resiliency to trauma of youth who have been exposed to and affected by community violence. It is a community-based project that focuses on, building the capacity of youth to act as peer supports to one another in understanding mental health, accessing mental health services and counselling. Agincourt Youth Outreach Workers work with youth ages 12 to 21 and their family with support; referrals; and liaison supports between schools and the agencies that offer the relevant services and students who are in need of community services. Serving: Grades 7 - 12 students living in Scarborough, referred by Caring & Safe Schools, Professional Support Services, or local schools' Principals or Guidance Counsellors.
Hélène Nicole RichardQuand je serai grand Helene Nicole offers a one-hour performance in French to encourage students to appreciate the French language and culture. Quand je serai grand (When I Grow Up) explores the topic of what it takes to grow up kind, create productive relationships and embrace differences. Six songs guide students in creating their self-portrait, adding layers with each song to showcase their uniqueness. Students learn how to embrace what they cannot change and proactively participate in becoming the best version of themselves while supporting others. The program simplifies complex concepts such as love, self-esteem, kindness, open-mindedness, accountability, and responsibility to self and others. Suitable for French Immersion classes. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Queer Songbook OrchestraQSO Kids of Heart & MindThis live performance brings a deeper understanding of 2SLGBTQ+ experience through storytelling and music presented by a team of cross-disciplinary professional artists from the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The session is an interactive exploration of identity and acceptance by exploring 2SLGBTQ+ figures, songs and personal anecdotes drawn from artists in the community. The goal of this presentation is to nurture understanding, inspire discussion and support how we feel inside. Learning experience will be co-planned with staff to provide direct extension of curriculum in classroom. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Puppets Cool! Toons! Two choices are available in these Media Arts; Creative Design and Animation workshops intended to develop Puppetry and Classical Animation skills. Students learn in a creative, hands-on production process. Culminating activities include students creating their own puppets and/or learning how to create animated cartoons. Details can be found at www.puppets-cool.com. Suitable: Grades 1-12
Applefun PuppetryPuppetry WorkshopsProfessional puppeteer, Mike Harding, leads elementary students through the process of making puppets and creating an original performance of their own creation. This workshop series includes puppet making, story development, practice and presentation. Students learn various puppeteering techniques. Younger students will be guided by their teacher regarding themes and scripts. Older students use their own voice and creativity to develop their unique stories for script and storytelling. Taking inspiration from what is around them, students use supplies that are readily available to make the puppets. Students enhance their language development, social and listening skills, and their self-confidence through creating, handling and performing with their puppets. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 6
Puppetmongers TheatrePuppet Theatre Workshops and PerformancesThese performances and workshops, either in-person or through video conferencing, bring puppet theatre to students as a medium to communicate stories, ideas and experiences. Professional artists introduce a diversity of puppetry traditions around the world, demonstrate puppet making techniques and/or perform stories that explore a variety of themes using different puppets and visual effects. Performances for elementary school; and, workshops from Grades 1 - Grade 12 are available. Workshops enable students to construct their own puppet and work in small groups to plan and perform plays for each other using their hand-made puppets. Students explore the art of puppetry to broaden their perceptions of themselves and their world in a way that is non-threatening and inclusive. Serving: Kindergarten-Grade 12
TMG Macmanus Canada Inc.Publicis Groupe Canada: This Is The JobPublicis Groupe Canada's advertising professionals offer a panel talk and insight into the many and varied roles that the advertising industry offers. Tailored for grades 7-12, this presentation provides an opportunity for students to engage with the panel who share their success story, pathway, career journey as well as barriers encountered and advice on how to overcome them. Sessions aim to increase the engagement of youth belonging to communities that face systemic barriers and are underrepresented in this field. Speakers touch on varied careers that advertising offers such as creative, account management, data, human resources, media and more. A question and answer period follows the presentation, allowing students to interact with the speakers. Suitable: Grades 7-12
Hot Planet Cool Athletes CanadaProtect Our PlanetCanadian professional athletes and Olympians inspire secondary students to be climate leaders in their schools, communities and beyond in these in-person or virtual presentations. Presenters share first-hand accounts of how climate change affects their sport. This multi-media presentation covers a wide variety of topics relating to climate change including an overview of climate science, its causes and effects, climate impacts across Canada, policy goals, and actionable solutions every student can participate in. Students have an opportunity to ask presenters questions at the end. Resources are available to engage students on how to take action personally and throughout their school and community.
White RibbonPromoting Equality, Healthy Masculinities, and Gender and Social Justice As a thought leader in equal gender norms, healthy masculinities and gender and social justice, White Ribbon provides age-appropriate sessions (in-person/online) to students in elementary and secondary schools. Topics include but not limited to: the prevention of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, sexual violence, harassment, bullying and online abuse; promoting allyship with women and girls and solidarity with marginalized youth populations including BIPOC, LGBTQI2S+ folks; unpacking the "Bro-Culture"; and mental health promotion. Suitable: Grades 7-12
Toronto PflagPromote Awareness of LGBTQ students and inspire alliesToronto Pflag moms provide workshops that begin with the story of their LGBTQ child and their experiences at the age of the students in the audience. For elementary grades, the arc of the story deals with bullying. We go through scenarios to encourage students not to prejudge and instead look for opportunities to talk to each other. Younger students are asked to problem-solve for the bullied child: how could we make their school day happier? With older students and high school youth, Pflag introduces definitions; what it’s like to have a crush on someone of the same gender; we talk about coming out and why it’s hard to do; we encourage role modelling that is not homo- or trans- phobic; and, the power of allies. Suitable: Grades 2-12
Prologue to the Performing ArtsPrologue ProgrammingPrologue represents and promotes a select group of professional artists and companies to provide live performing arts workshops and performances in music, dance, drama, theatre, puppetry, opera and storytelling. Programming may be offered in French, and professional learning sessions are available for staff. Students explore creative expression and cross-cultural connections which are meaningful in their lives through different arts disciplines. Indigenous artists are also available as part of Prologue initiatives. Teachers receive study guides and resource materials accompanying performances. Prologue current offerings and artists can be viewed at http://www.prologue.org Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Project Give Back for Youth Project Give Back Project Give Back aims to develop empathy, build acceptance and ignite community minded students. Students select a social issue that is of importance to them and learn how to engage others to become interested in the cause. Over a series of sessions, students research a charity, role play calling the charity, prepare a written and oral report of their findings, and organize a “fun-raiser” (mock fundraiser). Technology is utilized in presentations prepared by students as a medium for enhancing organizational, research, and communication skills. Project Give Back invites guests into the classroom to speak about work in which they are involved to make social change. Serving: Grades 4-8
Ontario Tennis AssociationProgressive Schools TennisProgressive Schools Tennis provides professional learning sessions, and in-class workshops that introduce students and staff to “Progressive Floor Tennis”, using a small mobile net, sponge balls and graduated length junior racquets with follow up visits by tennis coaches. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Warren Hoselton Professor Pricklethorn Trees PleaseAn interactive presentation puts tree preservation, protection and awareness into practice. This presentation uses fun and engaging demonstrations, discussion and role-playing to explain the importance of trees in our day-to-day lives and long-term environmental needs. Students learn how and why trees make us feel better and live healthier lives, five simple ways to assist the survival and preservation of urban trees and the role and career of an arborist. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 6
Trevor BrownProfessional Learning Mathematics Seminars Teachers enhance and further develop their knowledge and skills in mathematics to support student success in mathematics. An experienced facilitator, Trevor Brown, provides effective teaching strategies, sound pedagogy and practical classroom strategies to promote student success in math. Teachers learn ethnomathematics to support individual learners, how to design effective lesson plans, and differentiated assessments. Suitable: Staff; parents/caregivers
Outdoor Learning StrategiesProfessional Learning in Outdoor LearningProfessional learning sessions provide supports to the school community to build sustainable outdoor learning programs and practices. Topics include introduction to outdoor learning (benefits, pedagogy), benefits of outdoor learning and unstructured play, learning risky play, and supervising and supporting outdoor learning and play. Linda Naccarato helps staff to meet the school need and develop strategies and action plan to improve outdoor learning with the entire school community. Program is suitable for those schools with existing outdoor learning programs and those that are thinking of getting started with or without green spaces. Suitable: elementary staff; parents/caregivers
Learning for a Sustainable FutureProfessional Learning for a Sustainable FutureProfessional learning sessions are available in transformative, ecological education through inquiry and other strategies in support of a more sustainable future. Topics Include • Authentic Inquiry • Finding Curriculum in Nature • Student Engagement and Empowerment through Community Projects • Climate Change • Using Film-making to Enhance Authentic Inquiry and Project-based Learning • Transformative Practices for School Administrators. For combined staff and student audiences, one hour workshops to jump-start classroom "action projects" are available. 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 climate change project. Serving: Staff
Marc TardifPrésentations et ateliers de spectacles de magieMarc Tardif, le magicien, offers presentations and workshops showcasing French culture and language as well as encouragement to keep on learning French. In-person or virtual sessions, en Français, celebrate French culture and language, French traditions, French immersion, geography and history and significant French people. Marc uses magic, illusions, and humour in this interactive Francophone experience for all students in core, extended and French immersion classes. Workshops enable students to develop communication, presentation and French speaking skills. Learning resources are available to support the learning in the classroom.
Youth Stars FoundationPrésentations anti-harcèlement ou cyber-harcèlement/Anti-bullying or Cyberbullying French TourThese two presentations delivered in French raise awareness and educate students on how to identify and respond to bullying or cyberbullying. In these virtual interactive presentations, Malik Shaheed, uses multimedia, songs and dance and audience participation, to engage students in understanding how to deal with bullying. Sessions provide information on the signs of bullying/cyberbullying, understanding the types of bullying actions, when and how to speak up and take action. Cyberbullying presentation also provides SMART tips on how to stay safe online. Serving: Grades 3-8
Urban Rez Solutions Inc.Prep in Your Step Programming provides empowering social emotional intelligence skills, personal development, and invigorating financial literacy and entrepreneurship discussion for grades 7-12 students who are living high risk lifestyles. Students learn problem solving skills via the 5A's (assessment, awareness, acceptance, action and accountability) and navigational principles through the 7 C's (conscious choice, change, curiosity, courage, challenge, commitment and communication). Highlighting resiliency and excellence within a culturally competent framework, Black male facilitators with lived experience lead sessions that assist referred students to learn actionable steps to take toward attainable career goals, newfound prosocial behaviours and interpersonal skills. Sessions include pop culture-based activities, interactive dialogue, role plays, videos, guest speakers, writing and team-building exercises.
John HupfieldPowwow Education at Kapapamahchakwew - Wandering Spirit SchoolProgram shares Powwow and their significance about cultural teachings, stories, and ways of knowing through an embodied learning at Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School and Urban Indigenous Education Centre. Students learn different styles of Powwow dance (fancy shawl, traditional, jingle, grass, woodland, fancy bustle, chicken), different types of regalia and powwow teachings. Additional sessions offered include regalia making and beadwork, especially the research, design and sewing of the regalia. Through dance and movement, oral stories, regalia and beadwork projects, students have a better understanding of Indigenous teachings. Sessions are inclusive to male/masculine, female/femme and two-spirit students. Suitable: All students
Regalia Making Inc.Powwow Dance PerformancesThrough assembly and presentations, Deanne Hupfield shares Indigenous culture through Powwow dance performances. Her performance both captivates and educates, weaving personal experiences into history and reconciliation, highlighting her journey through Powwow dancing. As a leading authority in Powwow dances, she performs different styles of Powwow dance including fancy shawl, traditional, jingle, grass, fancy bustle. Select schools have the opportunity to participate in regalia making. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, select Grades 9-12; staff; parents/caregivers
Operation SpringboardPositive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. For referred students, there is access to community programs and services as needed to support those youth who are experiencing complex challenges. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12
Strides Toronto Support ServicesPositive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. For referred students, there is access to community programs and services as needed to support those youth who are experiencing complex challenges. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12
Alexandra KarlPortrait Pebbles Holocaust Education ProjectThis educational project facilitates a discussion on the Holocaust by having students paint portraitures onto pebbles. Students are shown photocopies of real camp prisoners and then invited to draw the face onto the stone and through writing prompts explore the victim's identity. By creating a one-on-one connection between students of today and the victims of the past, it is hoped that the memory of the deceased will not be forgotten. Alexandra Karl also shares her family story and pictures of her family that was reduced during the Holocaust. Professional Support Staff are present for this workshop and planning occurs prior to delivery to ensure set of conditions are built for student well-being. Suitable: Grades 6-12
Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésiePoet In Class/Poètes à l’école programA poetry workshop where the words come to life through in-person or virtual hands-on workshop with an established poet. Professional poets work with students to enhance writing and performance skills, provide unique coaching opportunity and a chance for interaction in the question and answer period. Poetry In Voice provides educators with engaging content and experiences, in English and French, to inspire their students to read, recite, and write poetry.
One Little Goat Theatre Company Inc.PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for KidsThis performance provides an introduction to theatre by providing a short history of theatre and plays from around the world, in person or virtually. Two actors use children’s games, drama, storytelling, music, and dance and to take students on a theatrical journey through four different periods of drama: early beginnings with prehistoric games around the fire, ancient Greek Tragedy, Japanese Noh Theatre and Modern Theatre. Following the performance a Q&A provides opportunity for students to have a conversation with the artists. A follow-up learning resource is available for teachers to continue the learning afterwards. Serving: Grades 1-6
One Piece a DayPlastic Pollution and Litter Cleanup EducationPresentation on the problem of litter and single-use plastics and the effects it has on the environment and what students can do to make a change. Students learn about the problem of plastics around the world and in the Great Pacific garbage patch, the root causes of these problems, the effects it has on water infrastructure and biodiversity, and their role in being part of the solution. Facilitators discuss local actions and the different ways students can reduce plastics including picking up one piece of trash a day.
University of Toronto Physiotherapy Field PlacementsField placements with the TDSB OT/PT Department provide University of Toronto students who are training for a career in Physiotherapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist (OT/PT) Clinical Supervisors. The number of placements available in the TDSB is determined annually. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
Ardyth JohnsonPhysically SpeakingCombining energy and imagination, students of all ages pursue storytelling or drama by exploring a whole world of physical expression. Students learn to celebrate, explore, and express themselves as they discover the essential tools of physical theatre (mime, clown, physical comedy, improv, character work). The program, delivered in-person or virtually, introduces students to the different facets of physical theatre, including movement technique, creating environment, and observation work. In consultation with the facilitator, the program can be individualised to connect to the curriculum and themes explored in the classroom. Students present a group performance at the conclusion of a series of workshops.
PhiKidsPhilosophy and Critical Thinking for ChildrenUsing stories and short animations, a philosophy professor guides students to develop probing questions and practise critical thinking skills. These sessions for elementary students, delivered in-person or by video-conferencing, enhance global competencies and communication skills. Facilitator-led discussions help staff and students develop good questions and collaborative discourse. Through critical and thoughtful questioning, students actively practise problem-solving and inquiry-based learning through a variety of disciplines, contexts and real-world examples. PhiKids available for secondary courses specifically Philosophy HZB3M and HZT4U.
Project: Humanity Inc.PH Verbatim TheatreWorkshops use Verbatim Theatre to help students explore their own voices, insights and stories. Verbatim Theatre-making techniques use improvisation, interviews, debates, and role-playing to generate material to be sculpted into a play. Professional theatre artist facilitators engage students in questions of social justice including examining privilege, colonialism, and systemic marginalization. Facilitators also introduce performance techniques that help students honour and animate perspectives of others through exploration of voice, physicality, movement, rhythm, character emotion and spatial storytelling. At the end of this workshop, students gain meaningful insights about ethical storytelling and realize their own ‘real-life’ narratives. Serving: Grades 7-12
The Travelling Stage Inc.Performing Arts Enrichment for JK-Grade 12Drama and dance student performances and select workshops are available in-person and via video-conferencing in both English and French. Programming fosters an appreciation for Canadian dance, drama and theatre. Program material varies each year and revised promotional material is available online at www.travellingstage.com. Workshops include, but are not limited to the following: DRAMA: "Page to Stage" "Improv" "Collective Creation" -Students are engaged in the art of storytelling by performing a well known tale or fable, improvising or creating an original piece of theatre using student voices. Students explore character, setting and plot with the end result being to have students bring the story to life through improvisation and devised theatre techniques. DANCE: "Decades of Dance" "International Dance" "Elements of Dance" - Students engage in the history and current relevance of various dance styles, while gaining tools to explore, create and execute movement. Although the Artist Educator has created the choreography on their own, students will collaborate to bring the choreography to life. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
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