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.

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 elementary and secondary school workshops are offered: Bacteria Biology, CSI: Classroom Scene Investigation, Careers in Interdisciplinary Medicine, and more! Customized workshops are also available. Instructors share related scientific research taking place at the university and discuss real-world applications of topics, making the learning relevant to students. Suitable: Grades 3-12
4th & 1 Event ServicesLove Music InitiativeThe Love Music Initiative specializes in utilizing the 4 elements of drum, dance, spoken word and djing to provide a culturally responsive, safe space for youth to develop a positive connection to self, peers and their community. As an multi-disciplinary, alternative arts program that utilizes Hip Hop culture, contemporary music and popular culture as a tool for learning, students participate in interactive and inspiring programming focused on civic engagement, history and student engagement. LMI programming is dedicated to dismantling anti-Black racism and utilizing anti-oppressive practices for engagement; students in our program are encouraged to celebrate their culture and identity while developing appreciation for the diversity surrounding them. Specialized programming available for Black History Month and staff training / professional learning. Serving: Grades 1 - 12
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 Children's Inventors Museum. Suitable: All grades
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 virtual 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.
TIFIDIN INCORPORATEDLive In Your ExcellenceThis personal development program equips students with tools and knowledge to develop the mindset, life-skills and habits to S.U.C.C.E.E.D. at being their best selves personally, socially and academically. Through 3 workshops, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Sophia Bishop, inspires and guides students to build positive daily habits. The program helps students develop the seven core life-long practices to S.U.C.C.E.E.D.: Surrounding themselves with positive people; Understanding themselves; Cultivating an attitude of gratitude; Creating and committing to their personal goals; Elevating their self-talk and conversation skills; Exercising self-care; and Developing self-discipline. Suitable: Grades 6-8
Lifted By Purpose Inc.Lift YourselfTwo workshop series are available: Trauma, Recovery, and Self-Care; and, Grief, Loss, and Healing. All sessions provide stress management techniques and coping strategies for secondary students and adult learners. 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, work with staff to customize materials for their students and increase awareness of resources. Serving: Grades 9-12, Adult Learners, Staff
Life Is AthleticLife Is AthleticHealth advocate, Ted Temertzoglou, leads evidence-based sessions for staff and students infused with physical literacy strategies, inclusive physical fitness, and a refreshed blueprint for implementing Health & Physical Education in a cross-curricular approach. Students develop enhanced understanding of health and physical literacy while teachers build their confidence in delivering health & physical education in the classroom. In addition, Ted provides information on the latest research, global perspective on health, physical education, career opportunities and future careers in health & physical education. Suitable: Grades 9-12; staff
University of Toronto Medical Biophysics Community OutreachLibrary Research Skills: Transition to Post-SecondaryFacilitated by university library staff, this presentation provides Grade 12 students information and resources related to academic libraries as they transition to post-secondary studies. Students encounter authentic assignment scenarios often found at the first-year level, understand the common concerns and questions when beginning college or university, and learn about the library services and supports that are available to them at post-secondary institutions. Students learn key terminology used in academic research, as well as quick tips on where to search and how to evaluate sources. The session ends with a question and answer period.
Toronto Public Library Library Outreach and Literacy ProgrammingTPL branch and outreach staff provide programs supporting awareness of the public library resources with focuses on reading and research. Sessions utilize TPL resources including books, ebooks, databases and may include authors or other speakers. Students and families are made aware of the library as a community resource with friendly staff and are encouraged to get library cards. They may receive instruction related to information literacy or usage of library resources. To ensure that programming and resources selected as part of sessions are culturally relevant, accessible and responsive to specific groups of students TPL staff work with schools to review content materials prior to sessions. Suitable: All Grades; Staff; Parents; School Communities
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.
The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack FundLegacy School Artist Ambassadors ProgramThe program brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists into schools 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.
Stratford FestivalLearning Through TheatreWorkshops offer enrichment to the Stratford Festival's season plays with a focus on contemporary engagement with Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and contemporary plays. 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. Serving: Grades 3-12, Staff
Stand Up for Student Well Being Laugh More, Worry LessParticipants learn about stand-up, improv and meme comedy using an innovative, activity-based program to teach literacy skills through a lens of resilience and well-being. Comedian coaches support participants with a curriculum to develop comedy routines, writing for performing for their peers. Several activities are completed in a single workshop, or in a series of sessions. These include introducing writing prompts for students to create jokes/stories and workshop their ideas into comedy performances. Students build their confidence in public speaking and creative writing skills by shaping their own stories while channeling healthy humour in a positive way. Serving: Grades 5 - 12, Staff
Mabinty SyllaLANYANA: West African Drumming and DanceAn immersive dance and drumming workshop delivered in-person or through video-conferencing, for students of all ages to learn West African culture through the Arts. 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 can be offered in French or English. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
University of Toronto Language Teaching (LT) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Language Teaching (LT) field within the Master of Education (MEd) degree in Language and Literacies Education (LLE). Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to assist students in developing fundamental learning skills; and to provide a collaborative presence in ESL environments. This placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Licensed To Learn Inc. L2L Peer to Peer Leadership Training & Academic SupportSelected elementary and secondary student leaders are trained to help their peers improve their grades through 10 hours of one-on-one peer academic support, in-person or virtually. Student 'peer leaders' are granted L2L certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, growth mindsets, 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. Secondary school student leaders are also paired with participating elementary feeder schools to deepen the mentoring between younger and older students in neighbourhoods. Serving: Referred students in Grades 1-12
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: 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.
University of Toronto Kinesiology 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.
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 (drama, dance, music, media, visual art, literary arts) found in the curriculum, while creating an opportunity for fun and meaningful arts immersion. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12; Professional learning sessions available for staff interested in arts-based learning.
Just BGRAPHIC Inc.Just BGraphic ArtsUsing art as a means to engage students, these sessions infuse learning in themes of critical thinking and social awareness through a wide range of artistic disciplines; including visual arts, digital arts, performing arts and leadership. Students have the opportunity to dive into screen printing, music production, dance, public speaking, sound design, animation and vocals. Combining this with a culminating performance, project or activity diversifies the art experience; and encourages students to see themselves as more than artists, but also as innovators and creative leaders! SPE and SHSM certifications are available. Serving: Grades K-12
Youth Stars FoundationJouer En SantéHighly active and engaging sessions provide an enrichment experience in French by bringing French facilitators to schools in-person. They guide students through a special event of sport play and physical activity. Students learn French through fitness drills, skills, hip hop cardio-training circuit, sports games, obstacle courses and team building challenges; as well as activities that inspire nutrition and healthy living habits. Music is a backdrop, furthering student engagement in fitness activities, language comprehension and the immersion for a day experience. Programming is fun, active and engaging way for students to learn and practise French! Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Extra Ed Inc.Jeu d'échecs académique/Academic ChessThese workshops cover the elements of chess play, with a focus on the aspects of the game that apply mathematical skills such as measuring, patterning, numeracy, and probability. Dynamic lessons are presented through storytelling, individual challenges, small group work, and games between students. Using a range of materials such as large interactive display boards, giant chess boards, tournament sized boards and activity sheets, workshops accommodate different learners of all ages and abilities. Workshop is available in French and English. Serving: Grades 1-8
I-ThinkI-Think Together ProgramsThis 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. Professional learning available to build school staff teams and system capacity and can be initiated by school leadership, central teams or superintendents, and are customized to meet the needs of the group. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; Staff
Think Don't Shoot Inc.It Starts WithinThe entertaining and engaging presentation from Leo Barbe shares real life experiences through which students are exposed to strategies for managing the psychological, physiological and sociological effects of violence and bullying. Through story and interactive dialogue, students witness how to become community leaders; how to communicate effectively; how to take ownership of their decisions; and, to control their emotions in order to improve their emotional intelligence and resiliency. Serving: Grades 7-12
Repetitions Fitness Inc.Invisible CrownsThis five part workshop empowers secondary students, of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds, to begin their own wellness journey, in light of the lack of representation in mainstream fitness and wellness culture. Delivered by Black Wellness Coach, Nadia Clarke, this 5-session program takes a holistic approach to physical health by examining the following areas: body diversity and acceptance, wellness through different lens, diet culture, food freedom, food security and mindful movement. Critical questions are examined about shifting the narrative to ensure all people have access to, input and representation in wellness. Serving: Grades 9-12
Angela AulaInuit Culture and ArtWorkshops share art, music, traditions of Inuit culture from Inuit artist, Angela Aula. Students learn traditions, ways of life and experiences while making connections to the land and Indigenous perspective. Topics covered include Inuit history, language teaching, art, and murals. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1-12
Black Veterinary Association of CanadaIntroduction to Veterinary MedicineIn collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, this program creates experiential learning opportunities for Black students in grades 10-12 to learn about opportunities that exist in veterinary medicine and inspire them to join the profession. The program seeks to educate Black students on the various aspects of veterinary medicine including what veterinarians do, diverse career opportunities within the profession, requirements to apply to veterinary colleges/post-secondary pathways. As well, professionals provide further supports and mentorship to those interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. Presentation on veterinary profession is available to students in grades 7-12.
PDEXCO Ltd.Internet Safety PresentationPresentations on social media, social networking, cyber security, cyber bullying and online safety to help students in Grades 4-12 make better decisions online and how to use technology responsibly and safely. In these in-person or virtual sessions relevant to all students, Paul Davis provides a message that is informative, factual and nonjudgmental while providing solutions/alternatives for students to enjoy the positive aspects that technology has to offer. Topics covered include: online safety, social media (after they turn 13 years of age), privacy, image sharing, smartphones, passwords, reputation, accountability, cyberbullying (and speaking out), importance of relationship between child/caregivers and being a leader. Parent presentations are also available to inform parents about boundaries and how to reinforce responsible technology use.
Dale & Associates Interior Design Inc.Interior Design Career Talks and Skills WorkshopsThis 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, and developing creative skill through a practical and project-based exercise, this partnership programming is delivered in either a singular Career Talk presentation or in a multi-workshop series for skills-building through which students engage with Designers and other industry professionals. Within the multi-workshop series, students complete and share the projects that emerge from this new knowledge and skill-development opportunity. The workshop series is ideal for students who already have a basic understanding of drafting and/or drawing and perspective. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
Curly Shirley Art Inc.Intentional Paint WorkshopsA guided experience that centres around mental health and well-being to bring healing through painting on canvas. In these sessions, students are able to centre their identities and learn about the power of intention, connection with others and exploring inner selves through creativity. Facilitator creates space for students to explore feelings and emotions through the art/creative process. Workshops available for students who are neurodiverse and those with varying abilities. Suitable: Grades 3-12; staff
Steve AndersonInspire, Motivate and Build Leadership and Resiliency SkillsSessions inspire, motivate and help develop leadership and resiliency skills for students to achieve success despite challenges and setbacks. Steve Anderson details the complexities of growing up in the Jane and Finch community, being the first Black lawyer hired by the TTC, and the first racialized person to be elected as Shelburne deputy mayor. Students will learn key lessons about overcoming setbacks, making the right choices, the power of mentorship and selecting the right friends. Sessions may be especially helpful for BIPOC students who are often overlooked and made to feel they cannot achieve success at the highest levels and also to change the narrative for Black students. Suitable: All grades
Youth Challenge InternationalInnovate MY FutureThe program fosters student engagement and skill-building in the areas of environment and climate action. Facilitators take students through a series of workshops including, climate science and social equity, anti-oppressive human-centered design, project management, team-building and leadership skills, community engagement using empathy tools, and impact measurement and reporting. In addition, students undertake research about the climate and social equity issues that are most relevant to their community, co-design a climate action project and launch their project to demonstrate a youth-led climate solution. Schools may co-plan program to meet curriculum needs. Suitable: Grades 6-12; staff
Level. Changing Lives Through Law / Égaliser. Changeons des vies par le droitIndigenous Youth Outreach ProgramLed by Indigenous justice sector professionals, this program provides culturally-relevant content about Indigenous legal systems. With its focus on building relationships, sessions provide students with a positive experience learning about the justice system. This program is rooted in building trust, acknowledging colonial legacies, honouring Indigenous practices and customs, and promoting a two-way knowledge exchange between Indigenous facilitators and Indigenous youth. Topics include learning about Indigenous legal system, systemic racism and oppression in the justice system, criminal justice, mock trials, and restorative justice. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Miinikaan Innovation and DesignIndigenous Teaching GardensMiinikaan means "the seed" in Ojibwe. Led by Indigenous facilitators, this program allows schools to create customized garden spaces that share First Nations/Indigenous culture, local ecology, healthy food, herbs and biodiversity. Designs include perennial and annual native food plants for people and pollinators, herbs and flowers that are healing for communities and the urban ecosystem. Students increase their knowledge and understanding about Indigenous ecological knowledge and practices, plant species and their Indigenous names as well as Indigenous history, culture, perspectives, contributions and ways of knowing. Finally, students learn to be good stewards of the land through the different experiential activities that include preparation, planting and transplanting of native seeds and taking care of the plants. Suitability: Select Schools (all grades)
Lightning Spark BooksIndigenous Storytelling WorkshopsStoryteller Pamela Devonshire offers a series of workshops that share Indigenous culture through storytelling and hands-on workshops. Pamela shares stories about her family lineage (as a descendent of Chief Deserontyon), history to our local community here in what is now Ontario and about the land we're on. Three stories are available: Where the Lightning Has Struck (true story about Mohawk Chief and Captain John Deserontyon), Wishing Tree (respecting nature) and Lake on the Mountain (love). Each workshop provides a teaching with a hands-on arts and crafts activity that ties to each theme. Suitable: All grades
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 ABORIGINAL and 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.) Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 12; staff
Ringfire ProductionsIndigenous Food Sovereignty EducationChef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette of NishDish shares his journey to reclaim the traditional Anishnawbe diet and the interconnected aspects of Indigenous food. He shares his knowledge on the following topics: nutrition, food preparation and health, food demonstrations, food and ceremony, Anishinawbe botanical teachings, career paths in the culinary arts, impacts of the residential school legacy, land access, and cultivation of Indigenous gardenings. In addition, Chef Johl gives an up-close look at being a successful Indigenous entrepreneur and shares his passion for re-learning and re-establishing Indigenous food lines. Suitable: Select schools (all grades)
Canadian Film in the Schools Indigenous Film ProgrammeThe program showcases films made by Canadian filmmakers, including Indigenous filmmakers and professionals in the film industry. Films are shown with engaging Q & A discussions following the screenings that have students engage with local filmmakers, representatives from local film festivals, subject matter experts, TV personalities, and screenwriters. The post-screening discussion enhances students' critical thinking and analytical skills on the issues raised through the films (such as stereotypes, cultural differences, racism, and Canadian history) Suitable: Grades 9 - 12
N.C. Stouros & Company LimitedIndigenous Awareness Through LacrosseThis program introduces students to lacrosse, called Teiontsikwaeks by the Haudenosaunee and baaga’adowewin by the Anishinaabe. The game became popular with the settlers, who renamed it lacrosse. Lacrosse is one of the oldest sports played on Turtle Island. By learning from Haudenosaunee lacrosse players and their teammates, participants will learn about the game’s history and its importance to Indigenous People. As a game, lacrosse encompasses all facets needed for healthy living - spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. A full day session includes demonstrations of scooping, cradling, passing & catching. After each skill demonstration, students are provided with their own lacrosse stick and an opportunity to practise the skills they learned. If there is time, a safe, no-contact competitive game is played. Professional learning is available to staff. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1-12; Staff
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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Philip CoteIndigenous Artist in EducationThrough active participation and experiential learning in mural painting, craft making, multimedia and oral traditions of storytelling and History around southern Ontario and the Great Lakes, 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. His cultural understanding comes from his experience as a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier, Sweatlodge Leader and member of the Eagle society and Falseface Societies. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; staff
Three Feathers Artistic ConsultationIndigenous Art WorkshopsDeron Ahsén:nase Douglas leads art workshops based on Haudenosaunee knowledge and Indigenous art, including Woodland Style painting. Through stories and lessons, students gain an understanding of Haudenosaunee culture, people and art. Students also develop painting technique, design and composition. Students will be inspired to create their own artwork on canvas and/or murals through Deron Ahsén:nase Douglas’s sharing of his Haudenosaunee culture and traditional stories. Suitable: 5-12
IndigenEdIndigenEdLed by Veronica Johnny, these assemblies and workshops focus on personal healing and growth and help participants tune into their intuition and artistic gifts. Two-Spirit musician and knowledge keeper, Veronica Johnny shares traditional teachings and drum songs on solo hand drum for students to have a better understanding of Indigenous teachings, music and perspectives. Veronica shares traditional Indigenous percussive techniques, the origin of songs, protocols, and cultural context while leading songs. These workshops provide a safe space for expression and music-making. Veronica can also offer learning about 4 sacred medicines, healing, eco-art, and intuitive art. Suitable: All students; staff
Humber College Institute Inclusive Resource Practice Field Placements Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career supporting children with diverse needs an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in the classroom. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and to foster positive relationships with students and their families in an inclusive practice. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Bust a Move DanceInclusive DanceWorkshops use dance for students with disabilities to build on body awareness, self-regulation and creativity. Students learn and practise techniques to help with movement, coordination and focus. Movement exercises are adapted to be inclusive including exceptional individuals (special needs) and needs of the students of all abilities and strengths. Workshop series provides an opportunity for students to learn a dance choreography and routine. Suitable: Students with disabilities in Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Tre-Lystikz Inc.imPower 2dayTré Armstrong, a celebrity, Black Canadian choreographer, actor and dancer, leads motivational, interactive dance and choreography workshops. Dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. In this session, students explore new forms of movement to express themselves and their story. As an inspirational speaker, Tre shares her own story, the power of choice, and, dance as a medium to cultivate self-awareness, self-confidence and self-empowerment! Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
No. 9 Contemporary Art & the EnvironmentImagining My Sustainable CommunityThis interdisciplinary 4 day program enhances literacy through an architecture and urban design project for grades 7&8 classes facilitated by design professionals/architects. 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. Serving: Grades 7-8
Wordswell Association 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.
Toronto Ultimate ClubIgnite Ultimate FrisbeeThese sessions emphasize the importance of spirit of the game which highlights cooperation and teamwork through the sport of ultimate frisbee. Led by experienced players, students will learn the basic skills and rules of ultimate frisbee while developing confidence and cooperative skills. Ultimate is unique in that it a self-officiated sport (no referees), which means players settle all disputes themselves and there is a code of mutual respect between opponents. Sessions are suitable for those students who have had no experience to this sport. Staff will have a good understanding of the game and a base to sustain future programming. Suitable for students in Grades 4-12.
Fusion Jeunesse / 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. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
Humber College Institute Humber 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 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 & 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. Grades 7-12
Argonauts GP Inc.Huddle Up Bullying Prevention ProgramThese sessions convey bullying prevention messages and impactful stories by athletes and staff from the Argonauts, Maple Leafs, Raptors and TFC. The program aims to heighten awareness and education for the prevention of bullying, racism and discrimination in schools, and to inspire students to take action. Components of the program include online educational interactive e-learning resources, an athlete assembly and student empowerment committees. The athlete assembly will be subject to availability to schools that have more than two classes participating. Registration and resources are found at: https://mlsehuddleup.com. Grades 6-12
I Am Compelled CollectiveHope 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 engages her class in First Nation, 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 unaware of the past and not interested in learning about 'those people'. Distracted by her electronics and eagerly waiting for the trip to be over, this character has an encounter with the voice of Billy Diamond, both students have a change of heart and practise forgiveness towards themselves and others. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8
Dance to LiveHispanic Dance & Culture / Danza y Cultura HispanaWorkshops enhance the learning of Spanish language and culture by providing opportunities for engagement in Latin and Spanish dance and music. In-person or virtual sessions offer students a chance to learn and practice Spanish language, communication skills, cultural exploration as well as physical movement and literacy. Dance forms introduced include Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Cumbia and Flamenco. Elementary students are introduced to Latin rhythms, clapping and dance movements culminating in a short dance choreography. Secondary students enhance their listening and communication skills with peers while learning more complicated dance steps and routines facilitated either in Spanish, English, or French. Fitness dance programs are available.
Parks and Recreation OntarioHIGH FIVE - Train the TrainerIntensive training program for SHSM (SPE) students, staff, adult learners, or parents - Adults or Youth who work with children ages 4 - 12 years old in recreation programming. HIGH FIVE® training provides participants with nationally recognized certification that will assist them in working with children's programs in the sport and recreation industry. Based on extensive research on the characteristics of quality programs, trainers will be proficient in leading programs with a mindful attention to five principles that ensure positive experiences in recreation and leisure settings for children.
Parks and Recreation OntarioHIGH FIVE - Principles of Healthy Child DevelopmentWorkshops impart principles of healthy child development to students, teachers and parents. This workshop is designed specifically for front line leaders working with children ages 4-12. 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. Serving: Grades 9-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
Hello Hope Canada Inc.Hello HopeAubrey Noronha offers two presentations, in-person or virtual, to instill hope and better equip students, staff and parents to make their school and community a safe one. "Battling Loneliness & Isolation Before, During, and After COVID19" for the school community provides strategies to tackle stress and anxiety during and after a pandemic as well a sbuilt ongoing psychological/mental health. This presentation provides scientific connections between social media, empathy and the health benefits of face-to-face interactions and practical tips on how to create stronger bonds with family, friends and community. The second presentation, "Colour Blind? Why Being "Not Racist" Is Not Enough" provides a student-friendly primer on bias, evolution of the word racism and offers practical steps for going from "not racist" to "anti-racist".
Sunnybrook Academic Family Health TeamHealth Roadshow: Ask a Family DoctorPresentations related to mental and physical health may include topics of sexual health, 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. Serving: Grades 9-12
Scarborough Centre for Healthy CommunitiesHEALTH for ScarboroughEvidence-based workshop series to support mental health and well-being of students in grades 3-12 in Scarborough. Presentations are delivered to increase students' understanding of mental health and cover topics such as stress management, sleep, social media use, healthy relationships. A nurse and outreach worker present the same session to all students in each grade for the day. Ensuring communication with the school team and/or Professional Support Services team, these services enhance services already provided in the school. Suitable: Grades 3-12
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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Humber College Institute Guelph-Humber Justice Studies Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Justice Studies post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies working with youth in schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
University of GuelphGuelph-Humber Justice Studies Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Justice Studies post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies working with youth in schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
PACTGrow to Learn (GTL) School Gardens and WorkshopsGardens and workshops are designed to teach school communities about urban agriculture and farming methods/techniques, environmental sustainability, various food systems, and STEM-related topics. As outdoor living classrooms, gardens provide safe, experiential, learning and volunteer opportunities to raise awareness around intersectional social justice, healthy food, nutrition, and the issue of food insecurity in local communities. Over ten workshops covering such topics as wild edibles, biodiversity, field to table cooking, seed saving, composting, and soil blocking, are available for all grades along with self-directed teaching opportunities. Garden tours and 1/2 day field trips also available. To review the current menu of workshops and related lesson plans, see http://pactprogram.ca with new activities updated annually. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
Jane/Finch Community and Family CentreGreen ChangeThis free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for elementary schools, in-person or virtually. Students learn design components of a public space as well as equitable, ecological and sustainable models to address community need. Students identify problems in their local park using a design-thinking process and facilitators guide students to take concrete steps to address the issues and work to a solution. Program entails exploring and documenting the space (photography and sketching), creating surveys for class participation, sketching a prototype of their impact project, and presentation of the impact project to the school community. To help schools build capacity following project completion, facilitators support teachers to expand or modify the program in the second year and have regular check-ins. Serving: Grades 3 - 6
Tata Consultancy Services Canada Inc.goIT virtualgoIT is an innovative, experiential and immersive program for students and staff to learn about TDSB’s Global Competencies and Tata’s Five Forces. Elementary and secondary teachers will create curricular based Global Competency learning experiences and collaborate with TCS employees to bring real world digital knowledge, expertise and practical 'real-work' experience into TDSB classrooms to help teachers and students make globally competency connections. Various initiatives, reflective of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, have participants investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action. Sessions are led by TCS Associates as Mentors, including student alumni of goIT who have graduated or are those in secondary grades coaching junior grades in their activities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Environics Analytics Group Ltd.Geodemographic Data WorkshopIn this workshop, secondary students learn practical applications in the field of geography through exposure to real-world case studies that mirror client projects. Students are presented with one of three possible cases where they will examine, identify and analyze the business problem using the maps and geodemographic data reports provided. Through a collaborative team effort, students work together to devise a solution that exercises their data literacy, geographic interpretation and presentation skills. At the end of the workshop, students present their proposed solution and have a client-ready presentation deck.
Plan International Canada Inc.Gender Equality Workshops Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. Serving: Grades 4-12
David PowellGamelan MusicThese hands-on workshops for select schools introduce students and teachers to rich percussion music traditions of Java, Indonesia. The word gamelan comes from the Javanese word ‘gamel’ which means hammer. Workshops bring together the intricate, interlocking parts played by the underlying gong patterns, the melodic matallophones, the decorating instruments, and driving/leading drums. David Powell guides teachers on pedagogy and teaching strategies to successfully incorporate these instruments in the musical learning. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the three classroom visits.
CAMHGame Changers for Mental HealthResearch-based, youth co-developed presentations on mental health and self-care delivered by youth to help students learn about mental health and how they can look after themselves. Youth ambassadors with lived experience with mental health challenges share their personal mental health stories and provide tips on maintaining mental wellness and how to reach out for support when needed. Schools may also request CAMH staff to present around specific topics such as depression, addiction, drugs and alcohol and mental health 101. Additional resources are shared to provide strategies and tools to increase well-being in students.TDSB PSS staff are informed of presentations and can provide support as necessary. Suitable: Gr. 7-12
Flashpoint Training Inc.Fusion Training ExperienceThis career exploration program enables students to gain transferable skills and knowledge in a variety of economic sectors. Flashpoint provides pre-employment training, innovation exercises and reach ahead opportunities with dynamic industry partners. Sessions consist of interactive training to deepen knowledge and skills required in each sector and industry speaker presentations on their work and careers in the field. Students are granted SPE and SHSM certificates upon completion of their certification training. For a full list of industry sectors and skill sets offered, see www.flashpointtraining.com. Serving: Grades 11, 12
GreenBNG Inc.Fundamentals of Solar EnergyDelivered by a multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists, this hands-on workshop explores solar technologies including solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (PV) basics. The discussion starts with how energy is created and then moves to renewable energy sources. Workshop provides information on the science of solar energy, complex methods of solar energy, different energy conversions, tools to measure output and the future of solar technology. Students actively observe and participate in small group experiments. The session culminates with a hands-on demonstration of an off-grid PV set-up. Fundamental concepts such as integrated science, environment, fight against climate change will be covered during the sessions. Speakers also provide information on green careers and industry knowledge. Suitable: Grades 4-12
Tim FrancomFundamentals in PercussionProfessional percussionist provides mentorship, music industry knowledge and specialized percussion skills to students. Musician shares knowledge of percussion instruments, notation and performance practises aiding in skill development, proper technique, sound production and music literacy. Sessions can be offered as workshops, clinics and/or coaching for large and small group ensembles ie. band/orchestra percussion section and percussion ensembles.
Silvija VukadinovicFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful ClassroomFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom introduces yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. The program can be adapted for students, staff, parents, at multiple levels and all age groups. It can be delivered online, in a space that accommodates mats, as well as in a traditional classroom with students standing or sitting at their desks. Through mindful movement, relaxation exercises and meditation, participants develop social-emotional and life skills that enhance their health and well-being. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; Staff; Parens/Caregivers
Extend-A-FamilyFriendship CirclesFriendship Circles build relationships between students with disabilities, who are in a regular class placement and their classmates through engaging activities that encourage social connections. Available in elementary and secondary schools. Groups of children are intentionally brought together to get to know each other and to build a welcoming and inclusive school community for all students. Circles provide an opportunity for the person with a disability to participate in conversations, games, parties and social encounters. Circles are led by an Extend-A-Family Coordinator who facilitates group sessions and encourages groups to plan time and activities together, and to explore the concept of friendship both within and outside of school.
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 select elementary schools. Participants learn concepts of community circle, anti-oppression, ally-ship and conflict resolution, to promote a positive school environment and create a community response to anti-bullying and exclusion. They explore issues including racism, sexism and other oppressions. Following the symposia, leadership teams are supported as they prepare to deliver programs ranging from Friends and Allies Assemblies to action-research initiatives. Professional learning sessions, cross-generational dialogues and parent workshops are also provided. Serving: Grades 5 - 8; staff; parents/caregivers
Francis AttaFrancis InspiresIn this motivational presentation, Ghanaian-born Francis Atta shares his lived experience of overcoming significant barriers and flipping his life around. Once homeless, failing in school and in trouble with the law, he went on to post-secondary studies and graduated with honours. Presentation also emphasizes the importance of education, power of sport and finding motivation to do more. Students gain skills to help them overcome challenges in life and strive for success. Serving: Grades 7-12
Forests Ontario Forets de L'OntarioForestry in the Classroom Presentations connect students with their environment and potential futures in forestry. Student enquiry is at the focus of the presentations that cover the following themes: tree identification and urban forests, tree biology, invasive species, forest management and forest careers. Facilitators bring the outdoors into the classroom through powerpoint presentations, samples and images to illustrate important concepts. Natural resource professionals lead career presentations to share education and diverse career pathways from seek forecasting and management to research on the long-term effects of climate change. Suitable: Grades 4-12 Presentation may be offered in French.
FOOT IQ Programme Educatif & Activities SportivesFootball en françaisThrough soccer as a learning tool, students practise French language skills. This workshop series provides an opportunity for students to not only gain confidence in speaking French but also enhance decision-making, team building, keeping a healthy, active lifestyle. French-speaking coaches share learning strategies on and off the field. Suitable: Grades 6-12; French Immersion; FLS
Elisabeth PearsonFood, Nutrition and Mental HealthStudents, staff or parent participants learn how to choose foods that optimize brain and gut health, which promotes better mental health, including a significantly lower risk of anxiety and depression. Participants learn how the extensive use of social media promotes poor body image, which leads to poor mental health and an unhealthy relationship with food. Participants learn how the widespread availability and advertising of ultra-processed foods impacts food choice and well-being. Serving: Grades 1 - 12
Fithop Fitness & EntertainmentFIT HOPStudents' Physical Literacy is enhanced with these workshops that fuse music, spoken word poetry and movement to provide an interactive dance-based fitness program. Students are engaged in individual and group exercises that teach kinesthetic awareness (personal space), mindfulness through breathing and proper postural alignment in exercise. Program uses rhythm and rhyme, song and spoken word poetry to aid students in remembering the dance sequence. At the end of the workshop, students will have an opportunity to showcase their learning in a dance circle. Professional learning workshops are available. FIT HOP is an acronym for functional integrative training and health optimization program.
Envision Sports & Entertainment Inc.Finding Tenths with Paralympic Medalist Marissa PapaconstantinouThis motivational assembly with Paralympic Medalist, Canadian record holder, and TDSB alumni, Marissa Papaconstantinou, highlights uncovering key habits, mindsets, and skills that push you to find and improve yourself. Marissa breaks down each phase of a sprint as it relates to key moments that have allowed her to succeed on the world stage and to help her find her 'tenth'. Themes include resiliency, embracing obstacles, finding confidence from within. The assembly ends with a question and answer period where the audience can engage with Marissa. A follow-up session, a couple months later, allows students to check-in with Marissa and share their progress since her presentation.
Brent Nicholls and Sarah NichollsFind Your MagicWith a focus on kindness and building inclusive school communities, this presentation goes beyond the message of bullying prevention and empowers students to believe in themselves no matter what they may be facing. Throughout the presentation Brent and Sarah share personal stories about being bullied and outline the steps they took to overcome it and gain self confidence. Their four "Secrets of Magic" are shared: Anything is Possible, Believe in Yourself, You're Not Alone and Find Your Magic. The magic used to illustrate these points is extremely engaging for the students. Audiences can’t help but feel a connection with the message and students are left feeling empowered when they realize the positive impact they can have on others. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1-12
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioFinancial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship ProgramsProgramming inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable, financial decisions; to be innovative in generating business ideas and starting their own companies; and, to discover career possibilities and pathways. Led by JACO trained volunteers from the business community, workshops include More than Money; Be Entrepreneurial Junior ; Dollars with Sense; Economics for Success, Personal Finance and several others. Serving: Grades 3 - 12
Checks Over Strikes Inc.Financial Literacy MattersThis financial literacy workshop breaks down the barriers to financial well-being especially for Black, Indigenous and racialized youth in under-resourced communities. Delivered by Black facilitators with first-hand impact of systemic and institutional barriers, Dean Chambers and Craig Brown. They share their lived experiences on how to break the cycle of poverty and begin the cycle of wealth building. Workshops touch on financial literacy applied in the real world, financial management, credit and budgeting, and how to become a young entrepreneur. Sessions involve case studies, role playing scenarios, discussions and workbooks to supplement the learning that get students excited about math in their everyday lives. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Never Too Short ProductionsFilm In A DayFull day hands-on workshop offers the opportunity for students to explore all aspects of filmmaking including script writing, exploration of equipment and techniques required to create a film. This comprehensive workshop emphasizes four key components to consider when making a film: storytelling, writing, presentation and use of equipment. The facilitator also discusses the editing process, and software that accompanies it. The goal of the workshop is not only for students to create a short film, but also to provide them with a solid understanding of the film industry's practices, standards and careers. Suitable: Grades 5-12
Shelley KavanaghExpressive ArtsArt therapy sessions help students explore and name emotions to find acceptance thereby enhancing one’s sense of well-being. Participants learn strategies to better regulate their emotions, manage conflict internally and be able to share their experiences with others. Students receive carefully designed art prompts that can transform challenges and nurture in moving collectively into a world that is inextricably interconnected and regenerative. At the same time, facilitator helps to provide opportunities for participants to build skills that develop interpersonal effectiveness and tolerate distress through processes of containment, integration, self-soothing, building mastery and hope. These guided small group sessions especially help aid those that have experienced trauma or stress and provides a creative outline to express their emotions. Participants learn strategies to better regulate their emotions, manage conflict internally and be able to share their experiences with others. Suitable: Referred by PSS Gr. 9-12
Alyssian Entertainment CorporationExploring Métis CultureSi l'heur chi la chwiiziin Michif! It's time for a Michif kitchen party! Piihtikway - Come in! Niimiyitoohk - Let's dance together with Alyssa Katrine. Explore Métis culture in both French and English, with some basic Western Michif. Weaving storytelling, songs, live fiddle, dance and more. Students are connected to Métis identity, culture and history through interactive activities. Topics range from fur trade and voyageur history, songs and artefacts (sash, beadwork, cuisine); Red River rebellion and Louis Riel history; history of Métis in Ontario, host a Métis kitchen party: live music, Red River jigging, spoons and clogging; learn Voyageur Songs in English and French. Choice of performance or workshops. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Making Art Making ChangeExploring Memory, Identity and PlaceMAMC delivers culturally-relevant arts-based workshops dedicated to exploring each students’ authentic voice using mixed media as a means of creative exploration and communication. Through the exploration of the themes of Memory, Identity, and Place, MAMC Artists collaborate with teachers to identify a specific focus for the projects and deliver a workshop series of 4 sessions that develop these ideas. Experimentation with different materials and art media is integral to the creative process. Students are stimulated to explore their own vision and imagination to create and present artwork that may be combined into a collaborative installation. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Explorum Inc.EXPLORation Workshops/Ateliers d'EXPLORationDelivered by French-speaking facilitators, these sessions stimulate student’s interest in the sciences with educational experiments as well as enrich their French vocabulary. With a variety of STEAM workshops that range from the study of chromatography, tinkering with electrical circuits, take on building challenges, craft an articulated hand or exploring optical illusions, students engage with both natural and scientific phenomenon using critical thinking and inquiry-based learning objectives. Workshops are also available in English. Suitable: Grades 1-7
Jessica TudosEvery Student ThrivesA motivational and interactive presentation from Canadian Olympic gymnast, Jessica Tudos, who inspires students to appreciate the possibilities they have to lead healthy, creative and active lives. By sharing personal stories, life lessons, memorabilia, as well as answering probing questions, Jessica empowers students to tackle life’s challenges and opportunities with more understanding, resilience, and confidence. Modeling a life approach that embraces accepting who you are, staying the course despite the pressure to conform, and prioritizing your health and wellness, are at the heart of Jessica’s message to students. Suitable: Grades K-4
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Equity & Diversity Workshops and Tour for HumanityCanada, often described as a diverse cultural mosaic, is not free from hatred and intolerance. Through these sessions, racism, antisemitism, and prejudice are examined, as well as how these issues impact students and school communities. A variety of workshops are available for Grades 4 – 12, including: lessons & legacy of the Holocaust; roots of hate & intolerance; world heroes; genocide and the power of action; understanding digital citizenship and digital hate; media literacy, propaganda and WWII; and, student leadership development to promote respect and affect real, inclusive change through exploring their own diversity story. Serving: Grades 4 - 12
Environfocus Inc.EnvironFocus Knowledge TransferIndustry professionals speak to students in Grades 4-12 on ways to successfully implement sustainability projects in their local community while meeting United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. With extensive business experience in Nigeria and North America, staff provides insight into sustainable actions and development; designing, developing and/or implementing sustainability projects; and meeting United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These sessions enhance the learning for those students who are currently working on a sustainability action project or are looking to hear from professionals in the industry. Sessions may also touch on careers in green/environment industries, advice on how to succeed in the field and women in science. Suitable: Grades 4-12
Engineers of TomorrowEngineer-in-Residence (EIR) A real life engineer is matched with a classroom for the whole school year. The goal of the program is to bring the engineering experience into the classroom. Engineer facilitators share personal stories and experiences, facilitate hands-on STEM activities, share information about engineering professions and pathways to get there. Engineers and teachers work to customize and map the program which enhances, math, science and experiential learning activities/curriculum. Suitable: Kindergarten; grades 1-12 Requests for engineers to support SHSM and SPE training may be available.
Canadian Parents for French - OntarioEngaging Parents & Supporting FSLProgramming supports are provided to students, parents, families and educators to enhance French as a second language (FSL) learning. Informative workshops, socio-cultural performances and events are available as scheduled. Programming is offered in French and English, with Bilingual facilitators. Serving: all grades, FSL/French Immersion
Ontario Schools Cricket AssociationEnergize, Excite, Empower: Play Cricket PathwayThese cricket sessions engage students in a modified version of the game for grades 3-12. Each student receives an opportunity to bat, bowl and field. Through modified rules, students enhance movement skills, hand-eye co-ordination and team play while participating in drills, activities and games. Professional learning sessions are available for staff. Facilitators have certification in community level cricket coaching. Suitable: Grades 3-12; staff
Wen-Do Women's Self-Defence CorporationEmpowerment and Self-DefenceWorkshop focuses on safety and empowerment, preparing students to defend themselves both mentally and physically, and giving them the confidence to deal with the range of types of aggression they are most likely to encounter in real life for girls or those who identify as girls. Through a feminist, anti-oppression lens, workshops cover the fundamentals of women's self-defence verbally and with the body, importance of using our voice, the element of surprise and awareness and avoidance. Some techniques may be alternated for those with physical limitations or disabilities. In addition, discussions occur about healthy relationships, healthy body image and strategies for safety. Suitable:Gr. 5-12
Learning for a Sustainable FutureEmpowering Our Children to Change the WorldSessions explore all types of sustainability issues and what young people can do about them to make real, positive change and make our world a greener, happier and healthier place! These special sessions are designed to 'jump-start' classroom "environmental action projects". Topics for these sessions include: Getting started with your climate change project. Electricity Conservation & YOU: Performing an energy audit; No Idling at School: Organizing a campaign to reduce emissions; Food for Thought: Growing local food to reduce food miles; Action Projects: How to get started with your climate change project. Serving: Grades 3-12
The Hospital for Sick Children Empower TM Reading Professional learning sessions and TDSB staff pairings with Mentors from the Hospital for Sick Children Empower Reading provide fulsome professional orientation, training and support to TDSB staff in an ongoing way. In order to transform young struggling readers into capable readers and confident learners, Empower Reading includes:• balanced and flexible teaching approaches and methodologies, to ensure individual learning preferences and cognitive strengths are optimized • explicit teaching of skills and knowledge that are necessary for decoding and comprehension of different types of English text • programs delivered at different paces, so that both individual student and group needs can be achieved • emphasis on consolidation, to help learners clarify and address any gaps, and promote mastery • dialogue structure for learning that provides the seeds for later self-talk, self-monitoring, and strategy evaluation skills • modelling: students are apprentices to an expert reader - initially the teacher, later students take turns as experts • retraining unproductive attitudes and beliefs about failure and success.
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