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.

Jakes House for Autistic ChildrenEmployment Skills Readiness ProgramAt select school sites, this special education experiential learning program provides tools, job readiness skills and supports in achieving employment goals for referred students with intellectual/learning disabilities who require extra support as they transition from school to work. In-school weekly employment preparation workshops are provided on a variety of topics: work readiness plan, customer service, resume preparation, and tailored to individuals and their career goals. Referred students increase transferable and core work skills while better understanding their own goals and overcoming challenges as they move closer to being job ready and employment success. Customizable for students and their needs. Suitable: Grades 11-12; 18+
Project WorkEmployment Readiness SupportAt select school sites, this special education experiential learning program provides tools, job readiness skills and supports in achieving employment goals for referred students with intellectual/learning disabilities who require extra support as they transition from school to work. In-school weekly employment preparation workshops and job search meetings are provided. And, on the job site coaching support is given to assist referred students in the job-related tasks and duties of the placement. The goal of this specialized programming is for referred students to obtain and retain employment. Referred students increase transferable and core work skills while better understanding their own goals and overcoming challenges as they move closer to being job ready and employment success.
Toronto Public Library Elementary Science SessionsWorkshops for elementary students by TPL staff explore STEM concepts through basic science experiments using common household ingredients or materials, or building challenges. Students receive an overview of library programs and services and are shown where they can access books and materials from the library focusing on science and technology. Sessions include: Basic Circuitry; Basic Block Coding; a 'Tower Building Challenge'; a 'Robot Petting Zoo'.
Harmony MovementEducator's Equity WorkshopProfessional learning workshops deepen understanding of equity and anti-racism principles and incorporate equitable and anti-racist approaches to enhance positive learning experiences of students. Participants build skills and application of culturally responsive relevant pedagogy and universal design for learning principles in teaching. Topics include: Understanding intersectionality, lived experience and challenging biases, having courageous conversations and responding to inequities using school-based scenarios, reviewing curriculum, lesson plans and assessments to better integrate student voice, reflecting on shifts, and growing your classroom anti-racism and equity practice. Sessions support School Improvement Planning. Suitable: Staff
Human Rights Legal Support CentreEducating Youth About Workplace Sexual HarassmentPresentations educate students in Grades 9-12 about workplace sexual harassment; assertiveness strategies that they can use in response to sexual violence at work; and, their legal rights as employees in workplaces. Through role playing and activities, students learn consent law, power dynamics, establishing boundaries, effective tips & strategies. Topics include: A Matter of Consent: Understanding Consent and the Law (including in a digital world); Standing Up to Sexual Harassment: Strategies and Rights.
OrfeEco-Art ProgramWorkshops and mural projects deliver eco-art education through the learning of experiential, experimental, and hands-on techniques. Students learn the process of recycling materials to be repurposed and used to complete theme-based art projects. Tasked to create both 2D and 3D works of art, students will further enhance their problem-solving, experimenting, perseverance, and critical thinking skills, and also learn and improve their understanding of concepts like social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, as well as environmental awareness through their engagement in a creative approach to social change. Creating eco-friendly projects in the classroom by using recycled materials. Suitable: All students
The Earth Rangers FoundationEarth Rangers AssemblyThe Earth Rangers Assembly offers an engaging and interactive presentation bringing concepts of science and biodiversity from the real world into the classroom, in person and via video-conferencing. Using live Animal Ambassadors including reptiles, mammals and birds to connect with students, students develop empathy for wildlife and are encouraged to support the protection of animals and their habitats. Threatened Canadian species, the importance of protecting the environment and adopting more sustainable behaviours are highlighted. Earth Rangers provides information on how to make a difference through tangible activities and conservation projects for students to complete at home at www.earthrangers.org/bring-back-the-wild-curriculum-resources. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8 Notes with partner: the staff PD is an online course which is considered a learning resource. Central depts have reviewed and found to be beneficial but local school decision. If they are actually doing PD in classroom then we'll need to revise description.
Canadian Mothercraft SocietyEarly Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.
Centennial CollegeEarly Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.
George Brown CollegeEarly Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.
Humber College Institute Early Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.
Seneca CollegeEarly Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.
Toronto Metropolitan UniversityEarly Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.
Higher LoveE.Y.E. (Elevating Youth Everywhere) YogaIn this 8 week program, Black female yoga instructor, Vonnette Forde, offers a practical program for students to learn mindfulness tools to help reduce anxiety and stress. Sessions may be offered in-person or virtually. Using meditation, yoga postures and movement, soft music, vision boarding and gratitude journaling, students develop skills that improve their physical and mental health. Sessions highlight the interconnection between the mind and the body, so students can build on their body awareness and positive mindset. Suitable: Grades 6-12; Staff; Parents/Caregivers
Y.S.IsraelE.G.O. Spoken WordA spoken word workshop series exploring elements of written and performance poetry as a creative practice. Participants will learn different writing techniques for self-reflection; the art of storytelling; and performance-based poetry as tools for building self-confidence, self-efficacy, and interpersonal skills. This workshop series is perfect for educators looking to enhance their English / literature curriculum, as well as increase overall student engagement. For students in grades 6 - 8, emphasis will be placed on building self-identity and self-confidence through spoken word. While grades 9-12 will focus more on self-advocacy and social justice. Suitable: Grades 6-12
Stefano MancusoDrumming WorkshopsProfessional ethnomusicologist provides enhanced world percussion workshops focusing on rhythm, song and movement from various countries. These workshops not only provides drumming technique, rhythms and repertoire but an appreciation in music in general. Students have a hands-on opportunity to explore self-expression and creativity through composition and performances. Students experience singing, drumming, and movement, as well as discover an array of languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Ga, and Malinke to name a few). In addition, geography and history will be discussed as it relates to the music explored. Serving: Grades 9-12
Hockey Hall Of FameDiversity in Hockey ProgramVirtual presentations spotlight the stories of athletes, the history of sport and the present-day headlines for students to examine, understand and champion diversity. Presentation pays homage to athletes who confronted discrimination but through their perseverance and courage, ultimately enriched the landscape of hockey and championed inclusivity. Presentation highlights pioneers who paved the way for hockey players of different ethnicity (including Black, Indigenous, Asian), gender, sexual orientation and physical abilities. Session is augmented through photographs, videos, artifacts and first-person accounts. Suitable: Grades: 7-12
Michael Bourada, Encore EntertainmentDisappearing Daily: The Virtual Anti-Bullying Magic ShowMichael weaves magic into a show dealing with bullying and strategies we can use to make it ‘disappear’. Topics in this presentation include how to identify a bully, recognizing different types of bullying, the emotional damage we can cause someone by bullying, and what we can all do to prevent it. This anti-bullying presentation reinforces W.I.T.S. strategies and how we can Walkaway, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help. Michael helps students know how and when to use their W.I.T.S. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
CMV Social Media Inc.Digital IntelligencePresentations delivered virtually or in-person for students, teachers, or parents on how to utilize their social apps and platforms and build their online reputations via principles of digital citizenship. Students learn how to incorporate impeccable character, integrity, kindness and gratitude into their social apps and online experience. This presentation uses relevant, real-world examples, strategies and solutions to guide participants on safe and purposeful digital use. Tools and tips are shared on how to communicate effectively through social media platforms, and how to minimize online risks while creating a meaningful online presence for today and into the future. Serving: Grades 5 - 12
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)Digital DASH/Jump-Starting Digital Careers (JDC)Students participate in exploratory learning activities to enhance digital competencies that will open pathways towards digital careers. Activities recreate authentic scenarios to engage students to practise their critical thinking in order to solve a problem while thinking of the consequences of the solution. A variety of workshops provide knowledge on the areas of information and communications technology (ICT), cyber arts, and business skills. Students also have an opportunity to meet industry experts, gain practical industry knowledge and learn about current and emerging STEM careers and pathways in ICT. Professional learning is available for staff. Suitable: Grades 6-12; staff
I Challenge DiabetesDiabetes EducationA program that destigmatizes those living with diabetes and provides knowledge and supports to those students living with the disease for the entire school community. Presentation and workshops dispel myths while educating the audience on what it means to live with Type 1 Diabetes including what steps are taken to manage the disease, testing and taking insulin, self care, and use of technology to help those involved succeed. Workshops offer the basics on diabetes including how to use Glucagon to understanding Ministry's PPM 161. Parent workshops are available to provide strategies on how to support students living with diabetes to achieve school success. Serving: Grades 1 - 12
Sir Frederick Banting Legacy FoundationDiabetes and Sir Frederick BantingVirtual presentation raises diabetes awareness, reduce risk of youth developing Type 2 diabetes, and discuss Banting and the discovery of Insulin - Canada's gift to the world. Facilitated by SFBLF staff, teachers can pick from four sessions: 1. Understanding Diabetes and Prevention Basics; 2. Living with Diabetes and the Impact (including coping at school); 3. Discovery of Insulin and the Lasting Impact; 4. About Banting and the History. Each hour presentation includes a multi-media tutorial, interactive questions and opportunity for question and answer. Follow-up team-based activities continue the learning after the presentation. Serving: Grades 5-12.
Future Design School Inc.Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and LeadershipThe Future Design School programs offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities for students from K-12 that leverages their knowledge supporting them to apply it in meaningful and relevant real-world settings. These sessions are hands-on and practical, inspiring students to engage deeply through choice and voice. Programs are available in-person and online in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, App Design, STEM, Leadership, Career Exploration, Project Management, Environmental Science and Equity & Inclusion. SPE and SHSM certifications are available.
Alzheimer Society of TorontoDementia Specific EducationAlzheimer's Society offers dementia training to those who wish to receive foundational knowledge in working with older adults in their careers in various settings. Three programs are: U-First!®, Gentle Persuasive Approaches, and Dementia Foundations. Students will have a greater understanding and knowledge of dementia and be able to provide meaningful support to those living with dementia. Program ranges from half to full day. These programs are for adult students wishing to complete their Personal Support Worker (PSW) certification. Suitable: Learners 18+
More Than Words Books Inc.David Bouchard PresentationsSessions by renowned Metis author, David Bouchard, inspire, educate and animate the power of reading and stories. David facilitates Canada's Truth & Reconciliation, Calls to Action. Through First Nations stories and Native flutes, poetry and writing, this champion of reading and literacy; and advocate for youth teaches and inspires students, educators and parents. In April 2009, David was named as a Member of the Order of Canada. In Oshawa, in 2012, the David Bouchard Public School opened its doors. In 2017, David was honoured with an Honorary Doctoral of Law degree by Queen's University.
dancED Inc.Dancing Toward Confidence, Creativity and Self-expressionThese workshops provide students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 with an exciting platform to experience dance in an approachable way, regardless of ability or experience. Through creative exploration, movement fundamentals, exciting choreography and a live performance to conclude the program, dancED's team of highly trained professional dance artists empower students to unleash their creative potential. Through a unique and dynamic creative process, students will develop personal skills, build a sense of community and discover an appreciation for the performing arts.
Janice PomerDance the Moving WorldExplore dance and create choreography inspired by movement patterns in Nature. Elementary students deepen their movement skills as they interpret aspects of water, earth, plants, animals, the sky and outer space through collaborative explorations and group choreography. Secondary students are introduced to nature-inspired choreographic structures designed to challenge their technical and creative skills. Professional learning sessions provide elementary teachers with the tools to facilitate dynamic movement programs that connect their students with each other, their community, the environment and other areas of the curriculum. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12; Staff
Edz GyamfiDANCE EDZ-UCATIONThese workshops instruct students on the significance of dance street styles - Dancehall, Hip Hop and Afrobeats and their respective history, culture, roots and evolution so students learn dance vocabulary and create their own works. Workshops are open to various dance levels and provides foundational work or more advanced choreography for performance development. Sessions focus on skills and drills, grooves, dance vocabulary, rhythm and tempo changes. In all sessions, students get immersed into the culture through the skills development and dance experience. Suitable: Grades 5-12
Damon45Damon45Damon Edwards, bi-racial professional athlete, talks about equity, empathy and diversity and facilitates a discussion on what youth can do to navigate, initiate and take part in conversations regarding race. Students will receive practical tools on how to start the conversation, how to speak up and how to help others feel included. In the presentation, Damon shares his personal story as well as stories of other professional Black athletes who overcame hardships and racism and succeeded in making an impact on their sport. Goal of the presentation is to enhance students' understanding of the meaningful influence they can have in sports, school community and society. Serving: Grades 6-12
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health: Pathways to Public HealthIn collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, this program supports Black-identifying students in grades 9-12 with their pursuit of careers and opportunities in public health and health systems. This 10-week program explores pathways into fields of health and health systems (i.e. Clinical Epidemiology, Health Economics, Social Epidemiology, Bioethics and Health Informatics etc.). Students develop life skills along with a deeper understanding of public health concepts and receive ongoing mentorship and support from Black professionals. Sessions also offer students a deeper understanding of health equity and social determinants of health and health policy. Further networking opportunities and engagement with faculty members may be available.
SMILE Canada - Support ServicesCulturally Responsive Disability Support WorkshopPresentation and workshops raise awareness on the intersectional needs of racialized families with children and youth with disabilities for the school community. It provides an overview on the intersections of xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, and ableism, while speaking about the importance of incorporating culturally responsive support within all models of service delivery. Sessions generate conversation, use case studies, share examples and experiences and increase participants' understanding of how they can contribute to the journey towards a more accessible and inclusive society. Topics such as language, assumption and bias, ableism, intersectionality are covered in this workshop. Suitable: All grades; staff; parents/caregivers
Dance 'N' Culture Inc.Cultural Dance WorkshopsDance workshops either introduce or further explore a variety of cultural dances, history and culture. Dance styles offered include Bollywood, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Chinese Folk, West African, Soca, Afrobeats and Colombian Folk. Workshop touches on brief history and present day context, geography, traditions, basic movements, songs, and dance expressions (hand gestures, foot patterns, facial expressions). Basic introduction introduces foundational movement and concepts while the workshop series allows students to create, learn choreography, and perform to the school community. Workshops may be used to celebrate a history/heritage month. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
RumberosCuban-Brazilian Drumming and DanceMaster Rumbero Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo leads performances and workshops on Cuban/Brazilian drumming, music and dance. Students learn cultural history, relationship between music, dance, costume and other forms of Latin arts. Practical demonstration of how the music is executed using traditional instruments are first shown followed by an exploration of the traditional instruments by students. Facilitator brings all instruments for full classroom participation. Students enhance their performance and ensemble skills while gaining a rich knowledge of Cuban/Brazilian music and culture. Traditional dance steps and choreography are explored in the dance workshops. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Global Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 8 week classroom visits. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Central Toronto Youth ServicesCTYS ConnectionsAs an embedded program, these group-based mental health programs utilize evidence informed approaches such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), as well as movement and art based activities to increase resiliency and wellness. Groups offered include: 1) Connect to Chill (C2C)/Connections. This group aims to increase affect regulation skills, manage stress, low mood and anxiety and build supportive connections with peers, family and community. 2) Peaceful Alternatives to Tough Situations (PATTS) is an evidence based anger management program. Participants in this group develop nonviolent conflict resolution skills, increase affect regulation, and strengthen relationships to others. All programming is delivered with equity, diversity, accessibility and inclusion in mind as well as through a trauma informed lens. Serving: Grades 7 - 12
Mario RigbyCrossing Africa: Overcoming An Impossible JourneyCanadian adventure explorer, Mario Rigby, shares his story of how he trekked across 12,000 km across Africa by foot and kayak using his three pillars of success: vision, preparation, action. He conquered what was considered an impossible feat and his continued work as an Adventure Explorer, achieving his dream. Students hear advice on how to overcome challenges and fears to discover their own passion. The presentation highlights Mario's journey, interactions with various African ethnic groups, and the bio-diversity of the various environments in his trek. Serving: Kindergarten - Grades 12
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Creature ShopThis hands-on workshop teaches students motion picture special effect techniques to create their own animatronic creation. Students handle and explore the simple machines that give the illusion that puppets are alive including mechanical pulleys, push-pull rods, gears and gear chains. Students learn different kinds of special effects, comparing computer generated effects to floor effects. Students build their own animatronic creation. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. Sessions delivered in-person only. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 8
Laura BeglinCreativity, Confidence, Artistry Through DanceIn these dance workshops, students build leadership skills as they create their own choreography and creative composition. Each session typically concentrates on one dance style or tradition, providing instruction in technique and dance history. Styles available include jazz, ballet, hip hop, disco, modern, musical theatre, country line dance, Western-style folk dance, and creative movement. With elementary students the instructor focuses on body and spatial awareness, form and style, and physical conditioning. With secondary students the instructor places greater emphasis on proper dance technique and history. All workshops seek to provide new and diverse perspectives to teachers and students in the classroom. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Jessica DubeauCreative Dance SolutionsDance enrichment workshops provide choreography in historically black influenced dance genres such as: Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Caribbean (Soca, Dancehall), Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Disco styles. In a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment, students learn the characteristics of each style through choreographic sequences and fundamental dance and sport movements built into exercises, routines, and rhythmic drills that provide athletic building components that are unique to dance. At the end of a workshop series, students will perform a choreographed routine that was created during the unit. Each type of sessions promotes cultural acceptance, Black awareness and enrichment as well as diversification and anti-racism through practiced mediums and techniques. Serving: Grades K - 12
Nia Centre for The Arts IncorporatedCreative ConnectSessions available for Kindergarten - Grade 12. In elementary schools, workshops are designed to expand knowledge around artistic traditions from across the Afro Diaspora. Guided by professional artists, students will engage in a hands-on learning experience, creating and exploring traditional arts. In secondary schools, workshops support Black, African, Caribbean and Afro Diasporic students who have found their purpose in art by providing post-secondary and employment pathways, career exploration and mentorship opportunities. Established professional artists who work in the creative arts guide students to identify pathway connections, build career networks, and the skills needed to stay motivated to succeed. Professionals also provide career advice, support and mentorship opportunities. SHSM & SPE opportunities are available.
VIBE ARTSCreative ClassroomsChildren and youth from schools in neighbourhood improvement areas engage in high-quality, tailor-made, hands-on arts workshops conducted by professional artists. Students of all levels of ability create works of art through mediums such as dance, drama, dub poetry, environmental art, visual and integrated arts, video and filmmaking, and photography, while also learning to reflect their cultural heritage and personal identity into their works. Suitable: select schools Professional learning is also available, leading teachers through a series of hands-on experiences which include art appreciation, studio techniques, and lesson planning, as well as sharing and discussing effective strategies for integrating arts into core curriculum areas.
Canadian Contemporary School of Art Inc.Creative Art PracticeEnhanced arts workshops for elementary and secondary students in a variety of art forms that encourage imagination, trusting one's intuition and creativity. Workshop offerings for elementary students include: textile printing, photography, puppetry, cartooning, fashion and wearable art, animation, and architecture. Workshop offerings for secondary students include: watercolor painting, acrylic painting, abstract painting and sculpting. Workshops provide opportunities for self-expression, creativity, problem solving, calculated risk-taking along with the enjoyment of seeing one's creative efforts lead to tangible results. Serving: Grades 1 - 12
RPDY FoundationCreative Art and Play Programs In selected LC4 schools, students experiencing social and emotional difficulties are referred by Professional Support Services, to support them through the provision of these specialized opportunities for creative expression. These art and play therapy programs assist students with self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shapes; thoughts and feelings can be expressed that may be otherwise difficult for children to articulate. Various art materials and activities are available, including: sand trays, clay projects, puppets, storytelling, music, dance and movement, drama, and various art materials. Serving: Select students, Kindergarten - Grade 8
Trinity Theatre TorontoCreating Communities We WantReferred students become peer leaders in conflict mediation techniques through workshops that engage them in a variety of art and drama-based activities. Trained student peer leaders facilitate workshops, talking circles and presentations with other students in their school, improving both their communication and conflict resolution skills alongside the development of their leadership capabilities. Handling Conflict peer mediation training through the arts, sessions refine students' skills in understanding emotions like anger through active listening and empathy, as well as open and closed questioning. Sessions for staff include resource: Making Connections, a substance abuse toolkit for students. Serving: Grades 7 - 12.
Y2 EntrepreneurshipCreating a Sustainable Business ModelFacilitated by business and not-for-profit leaders, this workshop series helps students from Grades 9-12 develop an entrepreneurial mindset and to understand key components of a sustainable business model/solution. Sessions are delivered in-person or virtually. Themes include financial forecasting, key customer segments, unique value propositions, and key activities and resources required to offer their solution. Students also identify key revenue and operational cost drivers as they build a financial forecast for their business model. Engaging and interactive, program may be customized to meet the unique needs of different classes including creating solutions to bring to the market. Teacher resources are available post-workshop.
James MandarinoCourage to DreamJay Mandarino shares his life story of overcoming obstacles, achieving success, and giving back to the community in this free inspirational assembly. Students hear a positive message to not let any obstacles stop them from achieving their dreams. Jay Mandarino talks about business and entrepreneurship, confidence and self-esteem and how to live with a learning disability such as dyslexia and ADHD and the life challenges these diagnoses often present. His message empowers students to strive for success in the face of adversity, through the real life examples of lived experience. Presentation is followed by a question and answer period. Serving: Grades 5 - 12
Naseeha Youth HelplineCountering Anti-Muslim RacismWorkshops counter anti-Muslim racism and Islamophobia to promote students' sense of well-being. Through activities, workshops and question & answer sessions, students build confidence and joy with their identities and culture. Three workshops are available: Did You Know? talks about the achievements of Muslims around the world; More Than Just Shawarma discusses identity in a safe and engaging space and Not Even Water? breaks down stereotypes, myths and bias while exploring identity and understanding. Planning with teachers to ensure workshops meet curriculum needs of staff and classrooms. Professional learning and parent/caregiver sessions also available. Suitable: Grades 6-12; staff; parents/caregivers
Kids Help Phone/Jeunesse J'EcouteCounsellor in the Classroom/Intervenant·e dans la classePresentation that helps to break down any preconceptions and stigma around Kids Help Phone while promoting discussion of mental health and well-being in students. The counsellor provides an overview of Kids Help Phone, services offered, discuss why it is hard to reach out for help, and provide some common questions and concerns that young people have when seeking help. The class has an opportunity to engage with the counsellor by asking any questions they discussed in the preparation activity. Teachers receive a resource package to support the learning as well as optional extension activities to expand their learning. Sessions may be offered in French. Suitable: Grades 4-12
Behaviour Matters Inc.Cool Tools for Mental HealthSessions help students develop social skills alongside other aspects of social-emotional development, such as emotional regulation, healthy self-esteem, leadership, confidence, positive body language, active listening, cooperation, problem-solving, positive coping/self-talk, assertive communication, and developing a growth mindset in an interactive and fun manner. Workshops include Connections (Social Skills & Relationships); Control (Emotional Awareness & Regulation); Cheerfulness (Self-Esteem & Perspectives); Stress and Moods (Mental Health); and, a Growth Mindset (Self-Confidence & Regulation). Workshops for parents and educators focus on Positive Parenting; Behaviour Management; Social-Emotional Development; and, Anxiety Management.
Real Talk Learning ExperiencesContent is KingHaving a sound understanding of how social media works, both on the front-end and the back-end, allows young people and parents/guardians to employ best practices and make good decisions about utilizing the medium. The Digital Age has affected the way many industries do business. The marketing industry has changed from outbound methods that cast a broad net to an undefined target audience, to inbound tactics to attract a desired customer to products and services. Content marketing by way of videos, written content and podcasts, in conjunction with social media marketing and search engine marketing has become a standard in contemporary marketing. Topics in these student and parent workshops include - Content is King, Media Literacy & Technology, Let's Take a Selfie: Social Media and You. Serving: Grades 7-12, Parents/Caregivers
Toronto Biennial of ArtContemporary Indigenous Arts ProgrammingAvailable during the Biennial season, Sept 21 - Dec 01, 2024, these half-day sessions focus on amplifying Indigenous Allyship and Artists of Colour. The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) connects learners with locally and internationally-based artists' projects and provides an opportunity to learn through decolonizing practices that showcase multiple histories and the many forms of 'knowing.' These learning opportunities for students from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 will deepen their social, geopolitical and peacemaking understandings in the contexts of the city of Tkaronto/Toronto and surrounding areas. TBA's Mobile Arts Curriculum learning tools, developed by Biennial artists and available for free year-round, centre decolonization through the arts and the multiple voices of Indigenous and counter-archival histories. Students will engage in practices, techniques and approaches in art-making. Staff professional development is also available. Suitable for: K-12.
SAVIS of HaltonConsent, Bodily Integrity and Health RelationshipsPresentations address consent in romantic, social, and sexual contexts for secondary students. Topics include how to navigate social relationships - what is consent, how to ask for consent, how to say no and how to accept hearing no; what makes a healthy relationship, what to look for in relationships and how to navigate different relationships as young people. Consent in relation to sexual violence is also outlined to address the unfortunate prevalence of sexual violence in our communities. Presentations are delivered with time for discussion and reflection by students throughout the session. Grades 9-12
Taking IT Global Youth AssociationConnected NorthEducators, staff and students at the TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre are supported in the use of collaborative technology and virtual visits from Connected North lead staff, Waukomaun Pawis, or designate. Through collaborative project based learning, unique content and connections are developed for schools in the north and in the south to access cultural exchange opportunities and curriculum enhancement. Urban Indigenous students and staff connect through visiting partners and online video-conferencing with Indigenous school communities in remote locations, providing them access to expertise that might otherwise have been very difficult to acquire. Serving: Grades 1-12, Staff
X Movement Inc.Connected MovementConnected Movement provides full-day workshops and events that integrate physical, emotional and social literacy to the school community. These include: Australian cultural and sports explores cricket, aussie football and netball; ‘X-ME Experience’ incorporates fitness alongside breathing exercises; ‘X-Other’ forges friendships and healthy relationships; ‘X-World’ utilizes play to work collectively together; ‘Extravaganza’ utilizes creative moment, mindful movement and expressive movement to allow students to celebrate themselves. Suitable: all grades; staff; parents/caregivers
Joseph "Joze" PiranianConfronting Adversity, One Word at a TimeAs a lifelong stutterer, Joze shares his story of transformation in this inspirational keynote as a way for students to learn how to face their fears and embrace what makes them unique. Students learn resilience, courage, persistence, and coping skills and enhance their capacities for empathy, inclusion, self-expression, and self-acceptance. In sharing his story, Joze provides the tools to overcome life's obstacles alongside the wisdom that allows us to see them as opportunities for personal betterment; that our fears and insecurities cease to control us when we choose to act in spite of them. Keynote can be presented in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Serving: all grades, staff and parents
Talli OsborneConfidence is BeautifulBorn without arms and missing bones in her legs, Talli Osborne imparts important lessons to students on how to persevere despite physical disabilities and differences in this motivational assembly. She shares stories of achieving success in the face of bullying and life's many adversities. She encourages us to be more empathetic and compassionate, rallying acceptance towards ourselves to consider the fortunes we do have, rather than the ones that we do not. Through her unique perspective, Talli Osborne gives reasons for students to accept who they are and share that same acceptance towards others. This presentation is followed by a Q & A. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
George Brown CollegeCommunity Worker Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the second year of the Community Worker 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 the Board, schools, and classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; plan and implement activities and foster positive relationships with parents/caregivers, students, and staff These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
FoodShare TorontoCommunity Food ProgramsFoodShare’s award winning Community Food Programs work with TDSB staff, parents/caregivers and students in all grades, to provide good food education in schools with hands on activities, growing projects, workshops, professional learning sessions, presentations and events. Participants learn about composting, innovative food gardens, nutrition, cooking, local and global food systems, food skills, budgeting, food justice and more. FoodShare’s philosophy on food literacy education is that every interaction with food should be a positive one. We strive to excite, equip & educate students and teachers on food topics that are interesting, curriculum linked and relevant. Updated menu of workshops is available at: foodshare.net
Holland Bloorview HospitalCommunication and Writing Aids ServiceThe Communication and Writing Aids Service (CWAS) program includes an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) service and a Writing Aids (WA) service. AAC provides consultative support to children in the classroom and at home when their speech does not meet their face-to-face communication needs. WA provides technological support (laptop and specialized software) to children who use natural speech as their primary means of communication, but are unable, due to a physical disability, to write with pen and paper functionally. Students who use AAC may also need a WA. Holland Bloorview CWA staff collaborate with the TDSB School Support Team (SST), including the Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational and/or Physical Therapist, Principal, and teacher to determine an appropriate AAC and/or WA system and to facilitate the mutually agreed upon system into the classroom.
The Concerned Kids Charity of TorontoCommunicating Through Puppetry to Create Safe School CommunitiesThe Concerned Kids educates children about important social issues like bullying, mental health, celebrating differences, self-esteem, cyber safety, cyberbullying, respect, and inclusion through the uniquely engaging art of puppetry. Our cast of diverse puppets educates students in Kindergarten-Grade 5 about making kinder choices using our TCK ‘heart’ values of humility, empathy, allyship, respect, and trust to create safer school communities for all. Each presentation is followed by a question and answer session to allow students to ask questions about the issues raised, and solidify the learning objectives of the performance. Suitable: Kindergarten Grades 6
Corp of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson HallCollaborationsCollaborations pairs mainstage artists with your classroom to help students compose an original song. Artists like Royal Wood, The Good Lovelies, and Elise LeGrow visit your classroom with a teaching artist to teach your students more about songwriting, taking the students through their process to create an original composition together. This experience is tailored and varies by grade level. K-3 – Learn about the basics of rhythm and melody while making a song. We’ll use body percussion or items in your room to create the rhythm, and write a chorus plus one to two verses collaboratively. Gr. 4-8 – Explore elements such as pitch, dynamics, and harmony through the songwriting process with your visiting artists. Gr. 9-12 – Collaborations in Secondary Schools will not only teach students about the artist’s individual process, but allow space for a masterclass element where students may demonstrate their own personal songwriting and receive feedback from the artist.
Toronto Wildlife CentreCo-existing with Wildlife Through discussions and activities designed to encourage critical thinking and broaden student learning, our grade-based programs explore a variety of curriculum connections. Facilitators discuss myths and truths surrounding urban wildlife, raise awareness of the urban ecosystem and promote understanding and compassion towards wildlife. The one-hour long program examines environmental issues that affect wildlife and provides action-based solutions to empower students to take action to help. Students learn about sick, injured and orphaned wild patients at our centre, and will have the opportunity to meet a wild ambassador – options include a species-at-risk snapping turtle, groundhog, pigeon, or garter snake. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Clearview School of Arts and Culture IncClearview Chinese Arts Performances and workshops delivered in-person or through video-conferencing increase students' understanding of Chinese art, dance, culture and heritage include Lion Dance and other traditional Chinese dancing; as well as calligraphy. They are wonderful special events suitable for schools' celebrating Asian Heritage month, or the Chinese New Year. Chinese culture sessions offer an overview of history, tradition and features of Chinese festivals, such as Chinese New Year, Dragon-boat Festival, Moon Festival, Lantern Festival etc. We can also customize for schools if they are interested in an ancient Chinese historical figure or a certain period of Chinese history. Chinese dance sessions highlight traditional Chinese dance and how it is related with the character building of a student in the process of learning it. Participants will also get a chance to experience and practice the postures of traditional Chinese dance. In the Lion Dance presentation, performers present a lion dance with their outfits and instruments to give the audience a thrilling experience of tasting a lion dance and the percussion accompanying it. Chinese calligraphy sessions involve participants in the practice of writing with brush and ink to enhance the ability to focus and being calm and patient while understanding the lifestyle of ancient Chinese scholars. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Wushu Project Inc.Chinese Dragon and Lion DanceThese traditional and culturally rich dances are often performed during special Asian celebrations such as the Lunar New Year, to bring good luck and fortune. As a Lion Dance performance in school communities, or as a Dragon Dance workshop series for students, this high energy and dynamic partnership program combines the art of gymnastic and synchronized movement along with martial arts agility. It sparks students' curiosity and interest to learn more about the Asian culture. Both the performance by professional artists, and the workshop series in which students bring the dragon costume to life, include an educational presentation about the lion and dragon dances’ cultural heritage. Suitable: All students; school communities
Boost Child & Youth Advocacy CentreChild Victim Witness Support ProgramThe Child Victim Witness Support program helps prepare children and youth to testify in criminal court. BOOST CYAC staff meets with students at their school in order to explain what they can expect during the court proceedings and helps students understand more fully the criminal justice system. Serving: all students through referral
George Brown CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care 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 employed in classrooms. 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. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Seneca CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care 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 employed in classrooms. 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. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Sheridan CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care 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 employed in classrooms. 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. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Toronto Metropolitan UniversityChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care 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 employed in classrooms. 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. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Association Echec et MathematiquesChess 'n Math Association Schools ProgramLearning to play chess in French or English, 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. Programming is offered as singular, introductory sessions; or as a series of sessions for students who then take part in the culminating event of a chess tournament. Using games, exercises and worksheets students learn the rules of the game, how to solve problems, work in teams, and use critical thinking skills including decision-making and judgement. Students learn to think ahead and anticipate the moves of their opponents by developing their logic and reasoning skills. Serving: Grades 1 - 8
Taylor SutherlandChekhov TheatreAnton Chekhov's writing revolutionized the world of theatre. He wrote stories that championed the everyday man living a common life, characters who suffer defeats both great and small, at once comic and tragic. This workshop teaches acting techniques rooted in the work of Stanislavsky and Mikhail Chekhov. Students explore one of Chekhov's plays and build scene work using character analysis, improvisation, etudes, ensemble development and choral chant culminating in a presentation at the end of the workshop series. Serving: Grades 9-12
University of WaterlooCEMC Math and Computer Science WorkshopsFacilitators from the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) meet in person or virtually with students to develop their problem-solving skills and highlight the importance of mathematics and computer science in the real world. Topics include special math topics, real world applications and careers. Students discuss how mathematics is used to solve real-world problems and the various professions that utilize it. In addition, presenter provides insight into the careers and education pathways associated with the diverse careers.
Rodrigo ChavezCASSAVA Latin Rhythms Interactive percussion workshops focused on Latin American rhythms and songs. Students form a circle and play different instruments provided for the session by the partner. Through these sessions, students learn about the history and geography of these fun rhythms as well as the cultures from Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Trinidad and Brazil. This is a “hands-on experience” that covers rhythms such as Salsa, Cha-Cha, Calypso, Cumbia, Conga, Merengue and Samba. In playing this type of music students acquire a more profound understanding of the music while developing their own capacity. This workshop will have students moving and having an energetic experience which will inspire them to think of music in a different way! Programming is offered in French or English. Serving: Grades 4 - 12.
Dori EksteinCarrying on the Legacy: Sharing My Parent's TestimoniesAs a descendant of Holocaust survivors, Dori Ekstein shares her father's and mother's oral testimonies and teaches students about the lessons of the Holocaust and the dangers of hate. Students can connect to the past, reflect on the present to help them build a better future. This presentation covers a variety of themes and important elements of the Holocaust while helping students understand the consequences of hatred, racism, prejudice, antisemitism, genocide and stereotyping in any society. This interactive session includes powerpoint presentation, maps, documents, photos, video clips and oral testimony. Professional Support Staff may be present for this workshop. Planning occurs prior to delivery to ensure conditions are set for student well-being. Suitable: Grades 6-12
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging FoundationCareers in Long-Term CareIn-person or virtual presentations by professional staff in the long-term care sector provide information on long-term care and the variety of careers available in the sector to secondary students. Presentation addresses and tackles real day challenges to the industry. Staff from long-term care homes may be available alongside partner staff to provide first-hand information about their roles and experiences. Presentation provides career profiles, person-centred vocabulary, videos, resources followed by a question and answer period. The partner is affiliated with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (OCLRI). SPE (Sector Partner Experience) may be available.
Toronto Community Benefits NetworkCareer Pathways Into ConstructionPresentation encourages, supports and mentors students in under-represented populations to learn how to progress along the apprenticeship pathway and ultimately gain employment in the construction/trades. Secondary students receive labour market information, gain tools and supports to navigate and complete an apprenticeship program, learn about construction projects and employment opportunities and connect with a broader network of trades professionals and mentors. Students also learn about specialized pre-apprenticeship and mentorship programs for women in trades, Black and racialized youth, newcomers and Indigenous people. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Nikki Ray Media Agency Inc.Career Opportunities in Film and TVPresented by diverse professionals in the field, this session shares information on the film and television industry and non-traditional career paths that connect with their skill set and passion. Students will learn about the various roles of a production team and the roles in front and behind the camera and how they build to tell the story. Professionals who are BIPOC share their experiences and career pathways to get to where they are and ways to advance into such careers. Suitable: Grades 9-12
George Brown CollegeCareer Development Practitioner Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Career Development Practitioner Program at George Brown College. 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 the provision of community employment services. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of the various processes and skills utilized in the provision of employment services to the community. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Youth Culture Inc.Career Development EssentialsProgram provides opportunity for secondary students to learn about various industries and career paths and the skills necessary to further their careers and goals. Students gain exposure to new career opportunities, industry networking sessions, and skills development in these in-person or virtual sessions. Workshops include: Ace the Interview; Resume Writing; Adapting to Working Remotely; LInkedIn Strategies for Youth; Talking to Industry. As well, students have an opportunity to meet with professionals in the following industries: Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics, STEM Careers, Business and Finance and Future Technology. Program suitable for marginalized and underserved students.
Canadian Tamil Youth Development CentreCanTYD Programs for Tamil YouthProgramming and services for Tamil Canadian secondary students fosters student leadership and student engagement opportunities, as well as providing connections for students and their families to culturally specific Tamil resources in the community. Weekly programming of presentations and workshops use the arts, group discussion, and recreation activities to engage students in topics and issues of their choosing. CANTYD staff are also available during instructional time, as requested by TDSB staff and students to provide particular equity supports.
The Starfish Environmental Society Can You Hear The Eco?: Environmental Solutions WorkshopsThe workshop uses a guided inquiry-based learning approach to help students develop new solutions to age-appropriate real-world environmental challenges. Students will be presented with a challenge faced by our local community, distill their ideas, and prioritize their solutions. They will work together in small groups to create and refine a presentation to the larger class. Facilitators will help students explore the different threads within the interconnected tapestry of our social, economic, and political worlds. The workshop can be adapted to all levels, K-12 and may be offered in French.
Gallery 44CameraReach Residencies CameraReach is a 5-day arts residency program delivered by professional photographers working with middle school classes. Over the course of 5 half-day sessions per class, students learn a variety of skills including technical functions of a camera, elements of photography, narrative building through image-making and how to download and edit photographs to create a finalized art piece. These workshops are incorporated into the school curriculum and aim to engage students in the world of digital photography, providing them with valuable technical and conceptual skills. The program is organized sequentially, to build cumulative skills and develop visual literacy through hands-on learning, dialogue and production. Artist instructors work with students to explore an annual theme which results in an exhibition of the students' artwork at a professional gallery.
Curtis CarmichaelButterflies in the TrenchesKeynotes and motivational assemblies encourage students to find their passion and purpose. Sessions provide practical strategies for students to feel prepared and motivated to succeed in school, life, and prepare for the future. Curtis shares his personal story of a young Black man who breaks the cycle of poverty and how he refused to give up because of the deep love for his community. The focus of his strategies are grounded in community service, leadership, entrepreneurship, STEM education, financial literacy, equity, anti-racism, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Suitable: Grades 4-12; staff
Get REAL Movement Inc. Building Bridges through Inclusion, Acceptance, and DiversityGet REAL is a Canadian non-profit focused on combating 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination and bullying in schools. Presenters from Get REAL facilitate interactive workshops with students that build on the power of personal stories. Participants hear from relatable 2SLGBTQ+ speakers who have grown from their diverse life experiences and journeys to find confidence in their identities. Participants then have an opportunity to share reflections through a guided, anonymous exercise. Presentations highlight human connections and shared emotions, 2SLGBTQ+ discrimination, unlearning harmful language, and focus on the impact students have on one another through small acts of kindness. Serving: Grades 5 - 12
David LoweBucket DrummingThis interactive hands-on workshop delivered by Black professional drummer, David Lowe enhances listening and teamwork skills. Participants learn basic drumming skills, including grip and proper striking technique, rhythm reading, composition, rhythmic dictation and effective practice techniques. Progressive skills are built upon through fun rhythm challenges, as groups and individually. Sessions are also effective for those with varying degrees of disabilities or special needs. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Centennial CollegeBST, DSW, SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Scarborough Rotary Passport ClubBrush-a-maniaThis interactive in-person or virtual presentation is delivered to elementary students to promote good oral health every April which is proclaimed Oral Health Month. Dentist and Rotarians visit schools to provide information on proper brushing and flossing techniques, good oral hygiene practice, and healthy eating. Students each receive a toothbrush to practise brushing their teeth, answer questions about brushing and have the opportunity to ask questions to the dentist. Students, teachers and parents are also invited to track students daily brushing habits in-class, and at home via an online 'brushtracker'. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Chess Institute of CanadaBringing Chess to LifeWorkshops introduce the game of chess - and a variety of chess-related activities and challenges - to the whole class. Students demonstrate remarkably high levels of engagement and focus, communication of complex logic, and performance of sophisticated calculations in the chess context. Curriculum-specific math skills are enhanced through these joyful experiences with logic and design, which provide a basis for later confidence in pursuing STEM careers. Chess workshops also include discussion of the inner game, opening opportunities for self-reflection and providing tools and perspectives to help students become more successful at taking on challenges, dealing with setbacks and losses, solving problems, and building healthy relationships.
Accelerate Auto CanadaBreaking Down Barriers in Careers in Automotive IndustryHear from Black industry professionals who provide interactive presentations on the exciting career opportunities in the automotive industry while breaking down perceptions and stereotypes associated in the industry for Grades 6-12 students. In these in-person or virtual presentations, students learn different pathways available in the industry, various jobs and career opportunities and how to access employment and co-op placements. Students will also hear from industry professionals who share their own journey and path to success. SPE and SHSM certifications are available.
OneChild Network & Support Inc.Break the ChainsPresentations introduce the complexities of the sexual exploitation of children (SEC). They enhance understanding of strategies to prevent sex trafficking and to increase early intervention supports. Sessions introduce the topics of human, sex, and child trafficking; and, the root causes of sexual exploitation of children such as gender inequity. They outline the signs of child sex trafficking, how to ask for help, how to identify children who need help, how to access community resources. The focus of these presentations is to give tangible ways so every one (students, staff, parents/caregivers) can take action in their schools and communities. (TDSB Professional Support Services’ staff must be in attendance for these presentations that are available for middle and secondary school communities.)
Women's Brain Health InitiativeBrainablePresentation demonstrates the types of lifestyle choices which enable life-long healthy brain activity for students in Grades 5-8. Information promotes healthy lifestyle factors that contribute to strong brain health such as physical exercise, food, mental activity, managing stress, social interactions and ongoing learning. Presentation also touches on substance abuse, brain injuries and brain-aging diseases and its affect on the brain. Presentation is offered in English and French.
The Health Institute Inc.Blueprint Training 101Through education, mentorship and physical activity, this program explores core movement principles to enhance student’s understanding of physical movement and health. Black health professional, Joel Kerr, explains biomechanics, applies human kinesiology and its relationship to movement and how to build and progress with each of the six principle movements (push, pull, hold, run, jump, throw), and its importance in regards to strength and overall health. In addition, Joel shares his career journey in the area of sports medicine, kinesiology and human kinetics. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Lucy Rupert Blue Ceiling Dance: The Imaginative BodyUncovering the connection between imagination and movement through improvisation and creative process rooted in contemporary dance. Facilitator leads students through exercises and tasks to expand the imagination and enhance students’ creativity and physicality. Contemporary dance is offered not as a style of dance but as an inclusive and expansive approach to movement. Students learn to communicate through their unique movement possibilities, working individually and in small groups to construct short dances which are shared and discussed through a positive critical response method. Creative problem solving, transferrable skills and body confidence are emphasized. Serving: Grades 9-12, Staff
Blank CanvasesBlank CanvasesThe program offers students specialized visual arts workshops on the history of local Toronto artists alongside Artist Educators. The program uses the inspiration of local Toronto artists to engage students. Art workshop offerings include painting portraits, painting landscapes, collage, sculpture, environment focused projects, up-cycling projects, urban graffiti art, arctic animals and multicultural mixed media projects. Afterwards, students are led through an art workshop inspired by the technique of the artist culminating in students creating their own unique art pieces. In addition, Artist Educators are available to plan and design a mural project to showcase the artwork of the students. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Real Talk Learning ExperiencesBlack History - A Canadian PerspectiveSessions delivered in person or through video-conferencing focus on the experiences of African people in Canada to share the rarely discussed history of the African diaspora in Canada. Presentations, altered by grade level, covers a number of interesting topics, including the success of African interpreters working with early Europeans, interactions of Black Canadians in community building, the escape of African people from the southern United States and their experiences in Canada. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Believe Initiative Inc.Believe Initiative Inc. This program engages and inspires students to adopt a mindset of resiliency, self belief and learning through challenges in order to be successful through presentations. Believe initiative founder Sarah Wells, an Olympic hurdler, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles as she shares stories of her success in her sport in the Olympic Games and how she dealt with heartbreaking defeat and unforeseen challenges. This equipped Sarah with the knowledge and tools on how to build and foster resilience. Schools may choose from just a keynote or the full program which includes keynote and follow-up workshops on various leadership traits culminating in an interdisciplinary project where students apply their learning to develop and implement their own belief passion project. Suitable: Grades 4-12
S-Quire Media GroupBehind the LensThis interactive digital media workshop series instructs African/Caribbean/Black (ACB) students from grades 7-12 the fundamentals of photography and videography to create a reflective social media campaign that speaks their truth. Students engage in dialogue to encourage critical thinking around messaging in traditional and new media that shape the way ACB communities are depicted, and identify strategies that can be utilized to incorporate more positive representational images on popular social media platforms. Delivered by a Black media professional, this culturally responsive media program aims to provide a safe space for students to share their authentic experiences and highlight how vital collective school and community support is to their aspirational growth. The 6 part workshop series finishes with students sharing their own edited student creations.
Roland BibeauBeebo Music: French 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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8; French Immersion and FSL classes
Audrey GabayBee ConnectionzzzPlay-based workshop using storytelling, drama exercises, games, bee equipment, videos and visual aids to convey information about bees in our ecosystem. The aim is to create a fun experience so students develop a curiosity and fascination for all things bees and pollinators. The workshop explores the bee life cycle, social structures and diversity of bees (social honeybee, solitary bees, natives bees), habitat destruction and regeneration. In addition, the facilitator will talk about bees as a keystone species, review their importance in our ecosystem, and the interdependence among bees, plants pollination and animals, the reasons for their decline and how we can help. Suitable: Grades 1-4
Wali ShahBe True to Your VoiceMuslim South Asian poet, Wali Shah, shows students how powerful the art of spoken word can be and how it can be a tool for self-expression and well-being. He uses his personal narrative to speak on diversity, racism and barriers and how through spoken word poetry he’s found ways to cope. Motivational assembly/performance engages students through different musical and poetic messages interspersed with storytelling. Workshops for Grades 6-12 students provides writing and orality as mediums of self-expression and allows students to experiment with art form to express their ideas and feelings to create a polished creative writing piece. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Black Aviation Professionals NetworkBAPN Inspire HigherIn collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, this program creates experiential learning opportunities for Black students to learn about the aviation and aerospace industry and its range of careers and to imagine a future for themselves without limits. In these in-person or virtual sessions, students make connections within the aviation industry, expand their professional network and receive mentorship from Black industry professionals. The program has three parts: BAPN Career Presentations, BAPN Altitude - mentorship program for select Black students, and A Day in Aviation - experiential learning & SPE & SHSM opportunities.
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