Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming in schools during instructional time. 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.

Patrick DeCosteMetis Mapping, Visual Art WorkshopMétis 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?
Sickkids Centre for Community Mental HealthMental Health SupportsThese 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.
The Period PurseMenstruation NationPresentations 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.
Ontario Basketball AssociationMega HoopsCertified 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.
University of TorontoMEd Guidance & Counselling Field PlacementsField 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.
The Chess 'n Math AssociationMath n' Chess Schools ProgramLearning 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.
University of CalgaryMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool 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 GuelphMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool 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 TorontoMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool 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 UniversityMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool 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 TorontoMasters of Teaching In-Residence ProgramThis 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.
Western University Masters and Post-Degree Diploma in Foods and Nutrition Field PlacementsThese 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).
York UniversityMaking 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.
Vanessa Barnett & Elena SoniMaking Art Making ChangeVanessa 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.
4th & 1 Event ServicesLove Music InitiativeThis 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.
Visions in GreenLiving Legacies of STEMThis 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.
Live Your Legacy Academy Inc. Live Your LegacyShaun 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.
Live DifferentLive Different School AssembliesMotivational 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.
YouthLinkLINK'D FASTBased 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.
Joan BarringtonLight Hearts-Healing PlayThis 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.
Lifted By Purpose GiftEdLift YourselfThese 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.
Toronto Public LibraryLibrary Outreach and Literacy ProgrammingTPL 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.
Seneca CollegeLibrary and Information Technician Field PlacementsThis 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.
Centre for Gender and Sexual DiversityLGBTQ-Ally Youth Training ForumsTo 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.
Let's Talk ScienceLet's Talk Science Outreach ProgramPost-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.
Joanne WeitzmanLet it Go! Mindfulness ServicesAn 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.
The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack FundLegacy Artist AmbassadorsThe 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.
Sage Tyrtle StorytellerLearning To Tell Compelling StoriesThis 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.
Stratford FestivalLearning Through TheatreWorkshops 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.
Mabinty SyllaLANYANA: West African Drumming and DanceAn 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.
Rulentlez MovementsLanguage in MotionThese 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.
Turk Event Consulting (T.E.C.) Inc. Lacrosse - History, Culture and Skills PresentationsThe 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.
Licensed To Learn Inc. (L2L)L2L Peer to Peer Tutor Training and CertificationSelected 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.
Sean MauricetteL.I.F.T. - Laying Important Foundations TogetherSean 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.
Charles HongKorean Drumming, Dance and MusicKorean 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.
KiPOW! CanadaKiPOW! 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.
University of TorontoKinesiology Field PlacementsThis 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.
Leila MireskandariKids' 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=
Kick Start Arts SocietyKick Start Arts WorkshopsThe 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.
Coco CollectiveJourney Through DiasporasA 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.
Youth Stars FoundationJouer En SantéWorkshop 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.
Humber CollegeJazz in the SchoolsEngaging 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.
Jack.orgJack TalkAn 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.
I-ThinkI-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.
I-ThinkI-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-ThinkI-Think Classroom ChallengesThis 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.
Dale & Associates Interior Design Inc.Interior Design Presentation & WorkshopThis 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.
Inner City AngelsInterdisciplinary Arts EducationInner 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.
Storyvalues Inc.Interactive StorytellingThe 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.
Shakespeare In ActionInteractive ShakespeareStudents 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.
Child Development Institute (CDI)Intensive Community and Home ServicesStudents 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.
Child Development Institute (CDI)Integra ProgramThis 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.
Arts EtobicokeInnovative ArtsUsing 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.
Inspired Initiatives Inc. Innovation & Creativity LabsProgram 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.
Indigenous Sport & Wellness OntarioIndigenous Wellness through Sport Interactive presentations (in-person or by video-conferencing), with an emphasis on culture, truth and acknowledgement, providing opportunities to celebrate the athletic achievements, cultural traditions and knowledge of Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island (North America). The presentations (tailored uniquely for each age range) include information about traditional Indigenous sports such as lacrosse, archery and canoe/kayak; Indigenous athletes throughout history such as Tom Longboat and the Firth sisters; the North American Indigenous Games and insights from athletes; the Wellness Warrior movement; and the Team 88 campaign which utilizes Call to Action #88 from the TRC to inspire dialogue and action on reconciliation through something as universal as sport.
Virginia BarterIndigenous 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.)
Archer PechawisIndigenous Digital CultureNew-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.
Theola RossIndigenous Arts and Social TransformationAn 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.
Philip CoteIndigenous Artist in EducationThrough 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.
Native Canadian Centre of TorontoIndigenize 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/
Samyuktha Sharath Punthambekar Indian Classical Dance Bharathanatyam and Indian Folk DanceThis 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.
DramaWayInclusive 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.
Theatre DirectIn the Centre of it AllTheatre 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.
Tre-Lystikz Inc.imPower 2dayTré 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.
MADD CanadaImpaired Driving School AssemblyTwo 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.
Seneca CollegeImmigrant & 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.
No. 9 Imagining My Sustainable CommunityThis 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.
Lucy Rupert (Blue Ceiling Dance)Imaginative BodyThis 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.
Wordswell Assoc. for Community LearningIllumine Media ProjectWorkshops 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.
Youth Fusion ICT Gaming DesignThrough 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.
MeBookz Inc.I Am Me - Comfortable In My Own SkinA 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.
Humber CollegeHumber Nursing Field Placements Nursing Field Placements and their Faculty Advisors collaborate with TDSB Educator Teams (kindergarten to grade two), to develop learning activities that enhance the Early Years curriculum and the interested elementary schools' health promotion project or school-wide activities. A member of the faculty from Humber School of Health Sciences is available in the school to supervise the nursing field placement students.
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy CentreHuman Trafficking: Supporting StudentsThis program focuses on providing supports that help students who have experienced human trafficking successfully transition back into school. Boost staff collaborates with TDSB’s Professional Support Services to implement the activities. The program is intended to provide strategies to reduce barriers to success and ensure students have support person(s) within the school and to provide physical and emotional safety to the student. Additional supports include education for school staff on human trafficking as requested, individual support to staff on how to work with victims of human trafficking and education to parent community.
Covenant House TorontoHuman Trafficking Prevention & Awareness While homeless youth are at high risk of being trafficked, unsuspecting young people, mostly girls, are being lured online, in malls and from schoolyards. Trafficking victims can come from any background and can be lured by predators posing as romantic partners or friends. This multimedia presentation introduces sex trafficking as a local issue, affecting our communities and our young people. It features a video dramatization of the real life experience of a young victim. Presentation is tailored with age-appropriate information, advice, and resource materials to increase protective factors through awareness, for grades 7 - 12.
Argonauts Holdings LimitedHuddle Up Bullying Prevention ProgramThe Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program conveys bullying prevention messages and impactful stories by Toronto Argonauts professional football players, cheerleaders and staff members in-person or by video-conferencing. The program includes three core components: a Player Assembly that addresses the impact the bystander has on bullying, the reasons someone bullies and possible solutions to the problem through scenarios; Student Leadership Committee Meetings that supports schools to lead the bullying prevention efforts in the school; and a Student Summit, a culminating event, for all Student Committees where students share their program successes and learn about other strategies and tools of other Committees. Optional presentations are Parent Information Session to identify and protect young people from violence and cyber bullying and Female Bullying Presentation that focuses on female-specific issues such as positive self-esteem and relationships.
I AM CompelledHope Tour Canadian Heritage comes alive for students in a memorable and impactful way. Performing arts based assembly has audiences follow the lives of three characters who take a class trip to the national museum of history. The teacher role, engages her class in First Nation, Aboriginal/Indigenous, Metis and Inuit culture and heroes. The first student is excited to learn about Canada's past, and is deeply impacted by the reality of residential schools and survivors. The other character is selfish, distracted by her electronics and can’t wait until the trip is over. After an encounter with the voice of Billy Diamond, both students have a change of heart and practice forgiveness towards themselves and others. The first character presents his discoveries in a special rap song at the end of the show, while the other character shares how she's motivated to get a good education and impact her community. A great way to kick-off the school year, celebrate heritage month, engage students in Social Studies and Indigenous learning. The performance is interactive.
SEE Change MagazineHistory 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 storytelling skills. Leveraging the History of Social Change Multimedia Project (digital stories and ebook documenting social movements and key players), sponsored by Heritage Canada, these workshops demonstrate how our lives were transformed by social movements and their key players. They each feature a renowned. living Canadian figure of a social movement who will share their personal story. The facilitator (a veteran journalist) will then provide a lesson in journalism before leading the class through an interactive activity. By the end of the workshop, students have honed their 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.
Parks and Recreation OntarioHIGH FIVEWorkshops impart principles of healthy child development to students, teachers and parents. This workshop is designed specifically for front line leaders working with children ages 6-12. Facilitators cover key topics including: children's mental health, physical literacy, conflict resolution and bullying prevention. Participants learn how to incorporate physical literacy best practices into the classroom, program planning, communication, teamwork and problem solving skills. The HIGH FIVE® program is a recognized national quality standard in children's programs. SHSM certification (for 2 certificates) is available.
Malvern Family Resource CentreHealthy StartProgram develops social and life skills for at-risk and newcomer students at Lester B. Pearson C.I. Sessions use group work, discussion groups, and interactive games that focus on topics such as restorative justice, self-advocacy, capacity building, and self-esteem. Students engage in activities that encourage them to work collaboratively, both in-school and in the community. Program also offers peer mentorship and leadership opportunities for older students.
UPower Inc.Healthy Resilient Minds MatterThis concert-style assembly features original songs, stories, song-writing, life mapping and painting to reinforce the message of respect and resiliency and mental well-being. Motivational speaker Sara Westbrook shares her “Choice Making Formula” to teach students how to learn to think and act beyond their emotions so they can make character-based choices rather than emotion-based choices. Students develop strategies for positive self-talk and encouragement to build confidence and interpersonal skills. List of available assemblies include: A Healthy Resilient Mind Matters, Superheroes For Respect, Character End Result, Bounce Back Families Upower Concert, 3 Habits of Resilient Families (parents only). Follow-up workshops on a range of topics are also available to further develop building respect, confidence and resiliency.
Sunnybrook Academic Family Health TeamHealth Roadshow: Ask a Family DoctorPresentations related to mental and physical health include topics of anxiety, sleep, depression, substance abuse, bullying, aggression/anger, body image, nutrition as well as coping skills and stress reduction techniques. Students learn strategies to improve their personal well-being. Interactive methods such as games and small group activities are used followed by an anonymous question and answer sessions. Family Medicine Residents work with Learning Centre 1 secondary schools: Leaside High School and Marc Garneau Collegiate staff (i.e. Guidance, Physical Education or Professional Support staff) to identify topics and review presentations.
Breakaway Addiction ServicesHarm Reduction and Substance Use Education and Counselling The Harm Reduction and Substance Use Education and Counselling Program provides school and community-based support for students and families with substance use/addiction concerns. Breakaway staff offer expertise related to drug use, and reducing drug related harms and impacts. Services offered include individual and group counselling, assessments, class-room education and consultations, as well as parent council presentations and staff education. Services are provided from a harm reduction approach, in a supportive and non-judgemental manner.
Harbourfront CentreHarbourfront In-Schools ProgrammingA variety of exceptional dance, drama, music and fine arts workshops are provided in schools! Staff are encouraged to view full Menu of In-School Workshops at www.harbourfrontcentre.com . In brief, the following are available: Dance - Latin Dance (Grades 4-12); Urban Dance (Grades 4-12); Understanding Hip Hop (Grades 4-12); Primary Understanding Hip Hop (JK-Grade 3). Drama - Let’s Slam (Spoken Word) (Grades 7-12); Introduction to Improv (Grades 4-12). Music - Body Percussion (Grades 4-8) Visual Arts - Lino Printmaking (Grades 4-12); Collograph Printmaking (Grades 4-12); Artist Accordion Books (Grades 1-6); Sock Puppets (JK-Grade 3)
Seedling StoriesHands in the GardenThis food and garden program allows students to get their hands dirty while gardening, growing food, and learning about the natural environment and sustainability. Students learn and explore plant life cycles, biodiversity, composting, garden creatures, measuring and mapping garden beds, people involved in the food system, harvesting and creating simple snacks, and writing poems and creating skits about the garden. Through this hands-on program, students apply concepts they have learned in class in practical and direct ways. With a variety of workshops to choose from, this program is suitable for early years and elementary students and is offered in both French and English. Many of the workshops offered by this program do not require schools to have a garden and are available throughout the school year. Curriculum resources are available to support teachers.
Just AissiGumboots WorkshopsIntroduce students to a unique and engaging dance where the body becomes a musical instrument through the use of rubber boots. The gumboots dance originated in South Africa and was developed by miners using rhythm and dance in concert with percussive stomping to communicate and express ideas as well as themselves. Students learn the history and cultural development of the style, learn basic steps and choreography, and have the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a routine. Workshops are offered in both French and English.
Greenpeace CanadaGreenspeakersFree presentations enhance student knowledge and motivation on critical environmental topics such as climate change/crisis, the Arctic, boreal and rain forests, biodiversity, plastics, economic development/environmental impact, and personal environmental awareness/engagement. Thought provoking and interactive, the presentations engage on both an intellectual and emotional level so that the students brainstorm ideas for practical, and actionable solutions.
Hélène Nicole RichardGotta Love That FrenchHélène Nicole offers a live one-hour bilingual performances in French and English to encourage students to appreciate the French language and cultures. Specific performances and presentations change every two years. Two, ongoing popular performances are: "Quand je serai grand"; and, The Carnival Show. The goal of the presentations remains the same: to increase students’ appreciation of the French language, French immersion and Francophone cultures.
Tata Consultancy Services IncgoITgoIT is an innovative, experiential and immersive program for students and staff to learn about TDSB’s Global Competencies and Tata’s Five Forces. Elementary and secondary teachers will create curricular based Global Competency learning experiences and collaborate with TCS employees to bring real world knowledge, expertise and practical experience into TDSB classrooms to help teachers and students make globally competency connections. Students will have opportunities to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action.
Insight Global EducationGlobalize Your ClassroomWorkshops are interdisciplinary, linked to the Ontario curriculum and built off of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The goal of each workshop is to foster global citizenship and lead youth to socially conscious, informed action. Our blended model of inquiry, empathy and simulation-based learning caters to the 21st century learner and aims to give students a variety of unique perspectives on our globalized world today. Workshop choices: • Development 101: A Global Introduction, • #GOALS: A Model UN Simulation, • TAIFA: Mapping The History of Colonialism in Africa, • Building Equity: Modelling Inequality and Resource Allocation, • The Poverty Trap: A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes (local or global context available), • The Green Project: DIY Sustainable Development, • Watch Where You Step: Mapping our Carbon Footprint, • Extractivism: Climate Change and a Capitalist Economy
Mining MattersGeoscience WorkshopsWorkshops provide hands-on activities to elementary schools to stimulate interest in Earth sciences and the role rocks, metals, minerals and mining play in everyday life. Students work collaboratively to identify properties of Earth materials while engaging in discussions to better understand where and how these resources form. Students actively develop critical thinking skills and apply inductive/deductive reasoning to identify the variety of samples that include local and regional samples that are sourced in Ontario. Workshops can be chosen from the following list: Career Bingo, Making Sense of Igneous Rocks, Making Sense of Metamorphic Rocks, Making Sense of Sedimentary Rocks, Mystery Minerals, Rocks, Rock Detective, Rocks and Fossils of Ontario, Tools of the Trade, What Ontario Mines, What's Where? Why There? Why Care? and What's Yours is Mined! Professional learning is available to teachers to bring Earth science alive to students. Workshops are offered in French.
University of AlbertaGenocide Denial and Cover-up: The Holodomor in the 20th CenturyThis presentation on the Holodomor engages students in a case study of the genocidal famine in Ukraine from 1932-1933. Students learn how to identify the steps from which genocides have evolved, and how human rights abuses can progress from bullying and discrimination, to victimization and dehumanization. Through collective discussion on its history, students provide suggestions and strategies that could be used in our present day to curb human rights abuse and the types of governments that permit and participate in these abuses. Professional learning is also available.
George Brown CollegeGenerating Success for Farm to SchoolTwo workshops offered by George Brown College chefs. One workshop focuses on nutrition theory, health and food literacy to achieve a better connection between this knowledge and students’ own health and well-being. Second workshop provides culinary training, demonstrations and hands-on cooking activities for students to build on their culinary skills and work alongside a professional chef. Students will have an opportunity to watch a chef demonstration and have the opportunity to recreate recipes and share with their fellow students.
Plan International CanadaGender Equality Workshops Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. Speakers Bureau members actively promote gender equality through speaking engagements hosted in their communities. To learn more, visit: plancanada.ca/speakers-bureau
Make It HappenGateway 2 AdulthoodProgram enhances pro-social behaviour and life-skills for black, underserved, and/or marginalized students in grades 8-12 to actualize and realize their potential. Facilitated by Karim Grant, the program provides positively-influenced topics such as violence intervention, anger replacement training, stress management, media literacy, goal-setting and peer/group mentoring. Karim Grant connects with youth and shares his lived and learned experience. At the end of the program, students better identify triggers, learn coping skills and decrease acts of aggression, anger and violence to focus on enhancing social skills necessary for positive and healthy relationships.
Aaron Alan Weiss (A. Weiss Comics)Gary's Global Heroes Battle Bullying ComicThis media literacy workshop introduces the use of a comic book as storytelling art form using messaging on bullying and diversity and inclusion issues. Facilitators help students to understand messages constructed through text and illustrations and how to analyze the different voices, perspectives, and messages. The comic characters show real life examples and stories of bullying and prejudice. Students develop literacy skills through reading, writing and creating their own illustrations as well as reinforce the strategies to combat bullying.
Flashpoint Training Inc.Fusion Training ExperienceThis one day career exploration program enables students to gain transferable skills and knowledge in variety of economic sectors. Schools choose the industry sector and Flashpoint will provide a contextual experience with dynamic industry partners. Sessions consist of interactive training, experiences to deepen knowledge and skills required in each sector and speaker presentations on their work and careers in the field. Students are granted up to two SHSM certifications at the end of this program. For a full list of industry sectors and skill sets offered please go to flashpointtraining.com. I.C.E. training is available.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta OrganizationFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful ClassroomFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. Introductory program teaches students beginner yoga postures, breathing and relaxation practices, positive thinking and meditation. Students learn yoga through demonstration, visualization, use of props, rhymes, games, stories and songs. Students also learn mindfulness techniques that develop life skills that enhance health and well-being.
Extend-A-FamilyFriendship CirclesFriendship Circles build relationships between students with disabilities, who are in an integrated class placement and their peers through engaging activities that encourage social connections. Groups of children are intentionally brought together to get to know each other and to build a welcoming and inclusive school community for all students. Circles provide an opportunity for the person with a disability to participate in conversations, games, parties and social encounters. Circles are led by an Extend-A-Family Coordinator who facilitates group sessions and encourages groups to plan time and activities together, and to explore the concept of friendship both within and outside of school.
Community Builders Friends and Allies Youth LeadershipSparking courage, building skills and fostering caring, Community Builders develops youth leadership through symposia and workshops on social inclusion, conflict resolution, and peer support listening with elementary school students. Participants learn concepts of community circle, anti-oppression, ally-ship and conflict resolution, to promote a positive school environment and create a community response to bullying and exclusion. They explore issues including racism, sexism and other oppressions. Following the symposia, leadership teams are supported as they prepare to deliver programs ranging from Friends and Allies Assemblies to action-research initiatives. Professional learning sessions, cross-generational dialogues and parent workshops are also provided.
Beebo MusicFrench Music ConcertsThe interactive French and bilingual language music concerts give students the motivation and confidence to sing along to French-language songs. Students learn traditional and contemporary French songs and they lyrics are projected onto a wall or screen to help students sing along. Performances focus on music as a learning tool, and demonstrate how music can be used in teaching students a second language.
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