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.

180 Change Street180 Change StreetThis program engages referred youth in a targeted intervention strategy designed to inspire positive and comprehensive change. Working with TDSB Caring & Safe Schools, these motivational and educational sessions include one-on-one mentoring, life coaching and training. Sessions cover topics such as grief, trauma, culturally-relevant mental health and well being, self-awareness, conflict resolution, critical thinking skills, culturally-responsive wrap-around services. Emerging from behind the walls of Canada's prison system, this program is built on its "E to the Power of 5 (E5)" framework and "PURPLE" life-skills acronym, helping youth to turn the stumbling blocks of life into the stepping stones of success. Created for the streets, by the streets, referred students are engaged in examining street culture through a comprehensive lens. The program has a history of successfully keeping participants from returning to or staying out of the justice system. Many referred youth have completed their education and graduated or found employment. Serving: Grades 7 - 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
Abilities Centre DurhamAbilities 360 Suite of ProgramsA range of skills is needed for youth to successfully transition after high school into community supports/activities, independent living and paid employment. Using Therapeutic Recreation (TR) and Employment based programming, partner agency staff will work with youth with disabilities and TDSB Special Education staff to augment, enhance and enrich students' resiliency, skills and preparedness for workplace, community supports/activities and future planning. Serving: Grades 9 - 12 with a focus on those in Special Education; Professional Learning for Staff
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.
Access Alliance Pediatric Health Initiative ClinicClinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. Medical practitioners, (including but not exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers) consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues Clinic practitioners are also available to meet with designated School Support Teams in schools, when needed, as mutually scheduled. Administration of clinic appointments is facilitated by clinic staff.
Across U-HubSHARP Student Leadership DevelopmentSHARP programming uses peer and adult mentors to engage secondary students in regular conversation and expressions of Self-awareness; Hope; Appreciation of cultures; Resilience and Peer networking (SHARP). Anti-Asian Racism and experiences of 'Asian hates' is addressed, along with community-building, self-efficacy, communication skills, and various other student leadership and peer support skills. Students develop their potential through self-exploring tools, examining their historical and cultural roots, discovering their strengths, making connections to their past and present selves, to visualize their future in practical ways. Bold personal goals are set through deepening their understanding of race, personality, ability and ethnicity. Within this self-exploration journey, they are not alone, but are accompanied with a group of peers and mentors. Serving: Grades 9 - 12, referred students of East Asian descent, Newcomers, ESL/ELL learners
ADVANCE, Canada's Black Music Business CollectiveMusic Industry Discovery ProgramIn collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, this virtual program explores career pathways and student engagement opportunities in the music industry for select Black students in grades 11 and 12. Facilitated by professional Black industry professionals in various roles, this program provokes thought, encourages critical thinking, builds transferable skills and allows students to envision what they may accomplish in their future careers. Students learn about the various careers especially those jobs and sectors that are not often explored in a traditional education setting, expand their professional network, receive mentorship from Black industry professionals and participate in experiential learning.
Afiwi Groove SchoolAfrican Dance and Drum ProgramIn-person or virtual performances and workshops instill an appreciation for self-expression and self-discovery through African-Caribbean dance and drumming to elementary students. Afiwi comes from the Jamaican Patois dialect which loosely means “for us; for everyone.” Workshops include introduction to djembe drumming, West African/Afro Beats Dance (African Hip Hop), and Afro-Fitness. Dance and drum workshops are led by dynamic and talented performers with lived experience and expertise in the cultures of Africa and the places it has influenced. Artists are dedicated to sharing and celebrating the unique contributions of African-rooted cultures. Through rhythmic beats and movements, children are connected to another world full of sensory experiences that awaken their imagination. Performances are available but not limited to Black History Month.
Agincourt Community Services AssociationRACKS and The Community Healing ProjectThe Resilience, Accountability, Community, Knowledge and Success (RACKS) program supports young people who are involved or at risk of being involved in the criminal justice system, or having violent interactions with peers/communities. It supports youth in a holistic approach, working with schools and community services. Mentors engage with youth as individualized support, in hopes of decreasing their risk of harm and greater victimization, enabling them to focus on positive connections with essential services. The Community Healing Project supports the development of mental health literacy and resiliency to trauma of youth who have been exposed to and affected by community violence. It is a community-based project that focuses on, building the capacity of youth to act as peer supports to one another in understanding mental health, accessing mental health services and counselling. Agincourt Youth Outreach Workers work with youth ages 12 to 21 and their family with support; referrals; and liaison supports between schools and the agencies that offer the relevant services and students who are in need of community services. Serving: Grades 7 - 12 students living in Scarborough, referred by Caring & Safe Schools, Professional Support Services, or local schools' Principals or Guidance Counsellors.
Alexandra KarlPortrait Pebbles Holocaust Education ProjectThis educational project facilitates a discussion on the Holocaust by having students paint portraitures onto pebbles. Students are shown photocopies of real camp prisoners and then invited to draw the face onto the stone and through writing prompts explore the victim's identity. By creating a one-on-one connection between students of today and the victims of the past, it is hoped that the memory of the deceased will not be forgotten. Alexandra Karl also shares her family story and pictures of her family that was reduced during the Holocaust. Professional Support Staff are present for this workshop and planning occurs prior to delivery to ensure set of conditions are built for student well-being. Suitable: Grades 6-12
Allycia UccelloMuralsIn these visual arts workshops, students are inspired, guided and empowered in crafting art through drawing, painting, murals and installations. The initiative encompasses a comprehensive approach, commencing with insightful discussions and meticulous planning. Through illustrative examples and open dialogues, students collaboratively brainstorm and ideate. The collaborative spirit continues into the execution phase, where hands-on demonstrations of drawing techniques, painting methods, composition principles, and colour theory come to life. The culmination involves the actual execution where students are fully engaged in creating their art. The final phase of review and reflection solidifies their learning, celebrating their artistic achievements. Full day sessions have 60 students cycle through the day. Kindergarten; Grades 1-8
ALPHA EducationALPHA ProjectALPHA engages staff and students of diverse backgrounds to foster awareness of an often overlooked aspect of WWII history, in the interest of furthering the values of justice, peace, and reconciliation, both for survivors of the past and for those who shape the historical narratives of the present and future. Curriculum resources, in-school workshops, international guest speakers, professional learning sessions, assembly presentations; and conferences are all available to enhance understanding and critical analysis of the events of WWII in Asia. Staff and students are inspired to make connections between these important historical events and the atrocities of war that continue in the present. Through experiential learning, students are enabled to connect what they learn in classrooms with local, Asian, and world events as contexts for their application of what they know, do, and value. It is also learning that is personal and creative as students engage in interdisciplinary historical inquiry on the complexities of war, security, power, and identity to understand how our world works today as part of being responsible citizens who advocate for peace and humanity over violence and war.
Alpha Rhythm RootsAfrican Musical JourneyGuinean music, dance, traditions and culture are explored in these African drum circle and dance sessions. Presentations discuss the Guinean percussion orchestra, manufacturing and origins of instruments and history alongside live demonstrations of the instruments played in Western Africa. Performances bring history alive through full traditional outfits, drumming and dancing to the entire school. Workshops provide students the opportunity to participate in collective drumming and dance that develop teamwork, memorization, hand coordination and creativity. Students learn a full orchestra rhythm and/or choreographed dance routine. All sessions are available in English and French, year-round, and professional learning may be available to staff. Suitable: All students; staff; parents/caregivers
Alter EdenMinogin Gitigaanis Society- Akiwi KikinonowinanOutdoor and virtual experiences involving ceremony and reconciliation, connecting to land, water and plants across the seasons as seen from an Anishinaabe perspective. Traditional knowledge and language passed down from generations of Anishinaabe living on the land forms the basis of the program designed for all students. Indigenous youth peer leaders guide the program’s half-day workshops to be relevant and interesting for all ages. Each workshop is customized to the school’s location within Tkaronto and the grade of students participating. Workshop titles: Taking Nibi's Temperature, Ojibwe Wood Cookies, Orange Flower Memorial, Seed Paper Making, Building a Bee House; Bee Education; Indigenous Learning for School Staff. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; Staff
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
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+
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
Angela TuroneVocal Jazz Talk and PerformanceProfessional jazz performing artist mentors students on their vocal jazz skills as both individual performers and in a choral setting. Ideally suited for students with some vocal experience. Artist mentor further enhances understanding of jazz repertoire, technique and performance skills and provides relevant information on the professional jazz industry. Students explore concepts of jazz harmony and improvisation to deepen their understanding of repertoire, jazz genre and style. In addition, students workshop advanced jazz repertoire in a choral setting to develop choral skills. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
Anthony LueTurning Tragedy into Triumph: The Story of a Para-athleteVirtually, Anthony Lue, a para-athlete in cycling, speaks to students about resilience, maintaining a positive attitude and overcoming obstacles in the face of stark adversity. In 2009, an accident at a scrap metal yard left him paralyzed from the waist down. But though his body was broken, his incredible spirit remained intact and the will to live. Anthony shares the importance of overcoming challenges, goal setting through sports, teamwork, and seeing life in a new way despite a disability and striving to achieve mammoth goals in life. Virtual sessions only. Serving Grades 4 - 12.
Applefun PuppetryPuppetry WorkshopsProfessional puppeteer, Mike Harding, leads elementary students through the process of making puppets and creating an original performance of their own creation. This workshop series includes puppet making, story development, practice and presentation. Students learn various puppeteering techniques. Younger students will be guided by their teacher regarding themes and scripts. Older students use their own voice and creativity to develop their unique stories for script and storytelling. Taking inspiration from what is around them, students use supplies that are readily available to make the puppets. Students enhance their language development, social and listening skills, and their self-confidence through creating, handling and performing with their puppets. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 6
Archi[kid] Inc.Play, Explore, DESIGNThese workshops use architecture, math, geometry to build on the design process and develop conceptual ideas into 3D models. Fundamental tools such as patterns, growth, geometric shapes and measurements are used to make connections to real-life examples. Students are exposed to different materials, large scale models, sketching and writing to incorporate a full sensory experience. For elementary grades, students become familiar with the basic concepts and characteristics of shapes, how to explore and play with them to create something new. More advanced students are engaged in experimentation using observation, questioning, creativity and more importantly design thinking. Facilitators will also share jobs and careers using math literacy and design. Workshops are also delivered in French. Suitable: Grades 1-12
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
Arts ExpressArts Express Arts Express offers arts programming for kindergarten - grade 8 students in a variety of ways: drama and dance workshops, the T.A.S.A.M. "Tackling Anxiety and Stress through Arts and Mindfulness” program which focuses on the arts and mental health and wellness; and The Literacy Storytelling series. Drama and dance curriculum based workshops include the following topics Shakespeare, poetry, character creation, improv, tableau, creative movement, hip hop and jazz. The T.A.S.A.M. program, uses our effective Creative Arts education approach, in conjunction with an expert in child development, to introduce strategies and tools that can alleviate everyday anxieties. The Literacy Storytelling series promotes literacy skills while helping to start the conversation about socially complex topics including bullying, inclusion, mindfulness, fair play, and racism. A program guide outlining the full array of offerings is available at www.ArtsExpress.ca.
Ashley SeamanY.A.Y Improv for Wellness & BelongingThis workshop uses improv to practice empathetic communication, collaboration and mindfulness for students to achieve a greater sense of belonging and joy. Students learn meaningful tools in interacting and communicating with others as well as being in a safe spaces to take creative risks, explore spontaneity and embrace the unexpected all while having fun. Through play, games and exercises, students collaboratively create character, story, comedy and joyful connection with their peers. Through a workshop series, schools may work toward building a showcase to perform in front of an audience. Suitable: Grades 3-12
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
Atelier Theatre SocietyOpera Atelier's Making of an Opera (MOAO)Delivered by the professional artistic team, including the Artist-in-Residence, these in-person or virtual workshops provide students a rare glimpse of the behind-the-scenes production in making an opera. Students will enhance their understanding of what opera is and the different elements that go into creating and preparing a staged performance and the various careers in the arts. Sessions may include performance by a professional singer or dancer, vocal masterclasses, workshops, post-secondary preparations, and conclude with a question & answer. Students will have the opportunity to perform in solo or in group ensemble settings to the artists and receive feedback. Teachers receive curriculum supports to help guide the classroom experience. Suitable: Grades 6-12
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
B Current Performing Arts Co.Reclaiming Black Canadian HistoryStorytelling is used as a tool for expression and resilience in this workshop series for racialized youth. Students research a Black Canadian historical figure, share their story using movement, voice and text and work to create a short performance. Led by Black and Brown professional artists, students learn theatre skills such as viewpoints, tableau, and laban movement that focus on storytelling through the body. Students play with bringing their chosen image to life while building on teamwork and collaboration to create the final ensemble piece. Suitable: Grades 7-8
Ballet Jorgen CanadaBallet 101This free and interactive ballet workshop introduces students to the performing arts and history of classical dance. Students witness high-quality professional dance while also learning the history of ballet, and how dance is used as a storytelling medium. Excerpts from ballets performed by professional dancers, inspire, enrich, and connect with students as they learn basic ballet positions, and explore and discover their own unique ways of creatively conveying their emotions through movement and choreography. Serving: Grades 1 - 8
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Boost Child & Youth Advocacy CentrePEP Talk (Prevention Education Program)PEP Talk programs are primary prevention programs aimed at helping children and youth develop healthy relationship skills and to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and violence. Three programs have been created to address navigating relationships across the development spectrum: Primary (Kindergarten - Grade 3) and Junior (Grades 4 – 6) are evidence-based programs consisting of six modules each: 1) Self-esteem, 2) Communication, 3) Making Choices, 4) Friendship & Social Support, 5) Touch, and 6) Getting Help. Each theme overlaps and builds on the next one to comprehensively address healthy-relationship building and getting help. Intermediate (Grades 7 & 8) is an evidence-informed program that consists of 11 modules: 1) Self-esteem, 2) Communication, 3) Getting Help & Barriers, 4) Building Friendships, 5) Gender Stereotypes, 6) Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships, 7) Abuse & Violence, 8) Consent, 9) Legal Rights & Responsibilities, 10) Making Choices, and 11) Summary & Self-Care.
Boost Child & Youth Advocacy CentreRelationship Skills Violence Prevention (RSVP)RSVP provides Professional Learning sessions to enhance staff support for young women who have experienced, or who are considered at risk of experiencing, violence in a personal relationship. The program is intended to prevent victimization and to assist youth to develop the skills needed to form and maintain healthy relationships. This psycho-educational Professional Learning session also builds the knowledge and expertise of caring adults in "Trauma-Informed Schools".
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
Brosseau ConsultingSHSM Negotiation and BusinessHalf or full-day sessions provide students in grades 11 and 12 SHSM certification in Negotiation, Customer Service and Business Etiquette. Through mock negotiations students participate in teams under fictitious circumstances and actively practise key strategies to successfully negotiate, communicate and interact with others. Students learn how to use these skills at all levels and in a variety of contexts including today's modern world. As an experienced educator and negotiator, Jeff helps students develop transferable skills to serve them in their future work and careers. SPE may be available. Suitable: Grades 11-12
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
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
Canada’s National Ballet SchoolNBS Sharing Dance KidsLed by Canada’s National Ballet School’s (NBS) Community Dance Specialists, free dance workshops provide creative movement activities using elements of dance as a foundation for students in Grades 1 - 6. Sessions may be delivered in-person or virtually. Using the elements of dance as a foundation, students are given the chance to explore new ways of moving, collaborate with peers (in a safe way), develop fundamental movement skills and create movement sequences which communicate thoughts, ideas and emotions. Emphasizing individual creativity and personal reflection, students are encouraged to look inward and draw from their own personal experiences, to develop their own movement vocabulary.
Canadian Children's Opera CompanyOPERAtion KIDSStudents create and perform their own opera over ten sessions in this guided virtual program only. During the workshops, students are introduced to many aspects of creating an opera including: story development, writing lyrics, singing and healthy vocal techniques, introduction to acting, prop-making and costume creation, rehearsing, and performance strategies and techniques. Students use their creative voice by inventing an original story and collaboratively writing lyrics for each song with instructor support. Students then learn to sing and act out their own roles culminating in a performance of their original 5-10 minute opera. This program is suitable for those classes that have no musical experience. Although the outline of the program stays consistent, each opera is tailored to meet the needs of individual classes. Grades 6-8
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
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
Canadian Mental Health Association CMHAThe Opening Doors Project Workshops are interactive and experiential and provide an understanding of mental health, managing stress, racism and anti-discrimination, intersectional identities in the Canadian context, and the newcomer experience. Through group activities and storytelling, students discuss self-care tools for coping with stress, the stigma and challenges for those living with mental illness and learn to develop strategies for challenging discrimination in their lives. Topics include: Building Bridges: Anti-Racism 101, Understanding Migration, Mental Health and Wellness 101, Stress and Self-Care in Context, Starting From the 'I': Reflecting On Our Identities; and Know Your Rights 101. The Opening Doors Project’s Syrian and Newcomer Youth Mentorship Initiative, provides additional youth mentorship and case management support to newcomer students, primarily Arabic-speaking and Somali students. Serving: Grades 7-12; students 18+
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.
Canadian Opera Company Opera MakersA multi-disciplinary workshop series on opera as a multifaceted form of storytelling that combines music (both instrumental and vocal), drama, visual art and design, and dance to allow students to express their creativity. Students learn healthy vocal technique and practise singing operatic excerpts; learn how to compose and set text to music; explore character development and elements of storytelling; examine the historical and sociopolitical contexts of operas; learn elements of design and how to create a visual concept for a piece of theatre; create their own opera; and understand the various careers in the arts. Each workshop is facilitated by the Canadian Opera Company’s Education team and concludes with a Q&A session with the artist facilitator. Serving: Grades 1 - 12
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
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.
CANVAS Arts Action Programs2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion and Consent WorkshopsInteractive, arts-based workshops on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, consent, and gender equity engage an anti-oppression framework to support students in creating safer, more inclusive communities. Four series are available: “Speak Out” enhances students’ understanding about LGBTQ2S+ identities, how to be an ally, and ways to challenge homophobic and transphobic bullying. “The C-Word” : prepares students for real-life social situations; equipped with tools to enact consent, develop consensual relationships, recognize sexual pressures, challenge social expectations, and support survivors of assault. “RelateABILITY” : for students with developmental disabilities, this series engages arts-based education and role play to educate on consent, communication, and creating safe, positive relationships. Serving: Grades 6-12; Professional Learning for staff
Catholic Cross Cultural ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
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.
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.
Centennial CollegeRPN Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Registered Practical Nursing program with TDSB Special Education Staff. Post-secondary students who are considering a career with a special needs population have an opportunity gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in Special Education classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to plan and implement activities for students that address topics and enhance skills in personal care, healthy living, and the promotion of students' health and well-being. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
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
Centre for Immigrant & Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
Changemaker Books Inc.The See Me for Me Empathy MovementThis interactive workshop for early years students promotes inclusion and diversity by learning about children with disabilities. Students will be encouraged to activate knowledge, have meaningful discussions about what makes them unique and apply what they've learned to a class project. Exercises help students to reflect on challenges faced by others in the community and promote equity, empathy and inclusion. Facilitator, Dana Geall, shares her personal story of raising triplet children who have cerebral palsy use wheelchairs and live full and happy lives. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-3
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.
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
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.
Child Development InstituteShelter School Liaison ProgramThe School Liaison Program (SLP) is a trauma-informed, school-based program that supports children ages 4 to 16 who are experiencing homelessness and living in shelters. The SLP Worker works with children, caregivers and shelter and school staff to help children make a smooth transition to their new school. The SLP Worker meets with the child and their caregiver to orient them to the school and support safety planning, when necessary. They are also available at the school to support the child’s social-emotional development by providing social skills support and further individual support related to emotion regulation, self-compassion and the development of stress management strategies. Short-term follow-up services are available to children at their new school once they move out of the shelter. Cultural interpretation is provided as needed.
Child Development InstituteStart Right Social Skills Start Right Social Skills is a prevention program for children in kindergarten who are having difficulty adjusting to the everyday requirements of regular classrooms. Sessions focus on coaching, empowering and supporting children to learn, practice and model appropriate social skills through small group interaction. Group Activities include child role plays; puppet role plays; crafts; puppet shows; social skill games; activity books/journals; stories and reading. Skills emphasized in the program are; attention and focus building; listening to others; following directions; responding to peers and adults; expressing ideas, feelings and needs; problem-solving.
City of Toronto Toronto Fire Services, Fire Safety for Children Toronto Fire Safety Educators present interactive sessions for students that cover essential fire safety concepts for young audiences, such as smoke alarms are important; "Get outside, stay outside"; staying away from hot things; and, matches and lighters are for grown-ups. The sessions also emphasize firefighters as a community helpers. In delivering the interactive fire sessions educators may use various fire safety equipment, such as, full set of bunker gear to demonstrate for children to recognize their “helpers” in an emergency, and to not be afraid of the masked figure who may be trying to save them.
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
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
Coco CollectiveAfricanist Dance: Then and NowThis hands-on dance series ties history, politics and socio-cultural realities to the rhythm and movements of dance genres across African and Caribbean communities for grades 4-12. Sessions are offered in-person or virtually. Through dance languages from the West African region, Caribbean and North America, students learn dance narratives, musicality and dance functions tied to cultural histories and evolution. This culturally-responsive dance program is a safe space for students to engage in contemporary dialogue on misconceptions, stereotypes, share positive cultural identity, and acquire understandings and of structure and functions of some diasporic dances rooted in Sub-Saharan West African, Ghanaian, Trinidadian and Jamaican communities. Schools may choose two workshops from the following genres: traditional African, Kpanlogo, Dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats and Afro-Dancehall.
Coco CollectiveAfro-Caribbean Art ExperienceA group of intergenerational artists deliver a series of culturally-relevant arts workshops with specialty in African and Caribbean arts to elementary students, kindergarten - Grade 8. Sessions offered in-person or virtually. Students gain a cultural education from some areas in the African diaspora, positive identity formation, leadership skills using the arts (dance, visual arts, music, storytelling), performance expression and intercultural understanding. Six workshops are offered with two facilitators: African/Caribbean Dance, Percussion from African/Caribbean, Visuals Arts – Trinidad, Visual Arts – African/Caribbean agriculture, Visual Arts/Storytelling and Storytelling Through Performance.
Community Arts GuildWhat Was My Backyard?This collaborative school and community project, is an interactive musical combining drama, dance, puppetry, music and visual arts to bring awareness of the Indigenous lives and lands of what is now Toronto. Inspired by a news article from 1908 that speaks about 11,000 year-old footprints found in clay beneath Toronto Harbour, this project brings awareness of Indigenous lives and history, asking us to think about the land we occupy and share, and what was here long ago where our homes, playgrounds, parks, streets and backyards now stand. Students work alongside professional Indigenous artist-educators in a series of 3 workshops culminating in a full musical performance with professional artists to their school community. Although available to serve across TDSB, priority will be given to schools in Scarborough area. Suitable: Gr. 4-12
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
Cooperative de Travailleurs 3 Mamans YoginisYoga en FrancaisDelivered by French speaking facilitators, these in-person or virtual workshops offer tools for students to lower stress and anxiety through yoga while practising their French listening and speaking skills. The vocabulary, poses and techniques are adapted to primary, elementary or secondary students. Activities include body movement, relaxation techniques, games, music and hearing from topics on health and wellness. Students are better aware of their emotions and physical well-being and be able to focus in class. Workshops are suitable for students in core, extended and French immersion.
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.
Covenant House TorontoYouth Homelessness Awareness and Prevention Presentations raise awareness about youth homelessness and prevention; youth leadership and social responsibility on the issue; resources and community supports. Two presentations are available for student audiences: "Before You Run" covers a broad range of issues and circumstances that lead youth to the street. It discusses how the experiences of family breakdown, abuse, mental health, bullying, drugs, exploitation and stress can act as contributing factors to youth homelessness. "Reality Check" de-glamourizes street life and discusses the struggle homeless youth face; how they’re driven to steal, sell drugs or worse. Presentations also have students participate in an activity that highlights the hardship youth face while trying to live independently, without family support, education or career; and what their school community can do to engage with community supports. Serving: Grades 6 - 12
Covenant House TorontoYouth ReconnectThis partnership program is a collaborative approach to early intervention with students who are referred by Professional Support Services, to provide direct supports and reduce the risk of homelessness and disengagement from school. Professional Support Services staff work with Covenant House staff to provide referred students with wrap-around supports to stabilize their living situation, either by addressing issues at home (such as family conflict), or by helping students who can no longer stay at home find housing and community services (as needed). Professional Learning sessions are also available for staff to heighten their awareness of the signs of a youth's risk of homelessness, as well as information about appropriate supports in the community. Serving: referred Grades 9-12 students
Cristina DelagoThe Art of MosaicWorkshops offer mosaic making technique, process and mosaic art; longer sessions enable students to create a mosaic art mural using recycled materials. An introduction of mosaic art history and a slide demonstration of mosaic murals in our city, will inspire students to be able to make their own. Demonstrations of various techniques, design concepts and materials will be presented. Students learn by discovery, self-expression and small group activity. Activities include sketching life size and perspective, composition with shapes, sizes, colour and texture, creating movement and contrast with materials used. Suitable: 4-12
CultureLink Settlement and Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
DAREarts Foundation IncThrive Youth: Cultivating Wellness & Leadership Through The ArtsThis program allows elementary students in grades 4-8 to build and practice their core leadership skills while exploring a variety of art forms with facilitators and artist-educators. In these in-person or virtual sessions, through exploring and creating with the arts, students develop their own unique voice, share and connect with their peers and build confidence and their capacity to be change makers. Each daily lesson builds on the previous over the course of each week or two, depending on the program. Learner activity kits containing all supplies needed for participation each session are provided. This program is most suitable for those students who wouldn't normally be exposed to arts programming.
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
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.
Debbie Deer ProductionsVirtual Technology and Production WorkshopVirtual Technology and production workshop immerses secondary students in using virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality (collectively known as XR) and the careers that lies in it. Black-identifying industry professionals lead sessions about virtual film production, augmented and mixed reality technology and how it is used to tell their own stories through film production. Facilitators share exciting new careers in film and VR industry. Students have opportunity to learn software such as AR and apply it themselves by making their own augmented reality filter and experience a VR demo with headset. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Divine MvitaThe Art of BecomingThis one-hour presentation highlights the importance of the authentic self and channelling one’s unique gifts to contribute to the world. Born in Africa, Divine Mvita, shares her story of success by voiding the opinions and expectations of society and thriving through finding her unique self and embracing who she is. Presentation provides useful resources, tips and tools in the art of becoming the best version of self. Students hear the importance of who they are, being able to identify their passions and highlight the tools they already have to offer to the world. Serving: Grades 6-12
Djennie LaguerreWords in Movement: Dance, Theater, StorytellingAn interactive dance and storytelling workshop in French or English, to enable students to create their own story. The storytelling workshop uses drama, music, song, dance, word games to enhance students’ communication skills and theatre skills. The dance workshop uses Afro-Caribbean beats and music to enable the students to not only learn about francophone Afro-Caribbean culture but also learn to create a brand new choreography. The workshops series culminates in a class performance. Serving: Grades 1 - 8
Doane Music SchoolUkulele In the ClassroomThis enrichment program uses the versatility of the ukulele to enhance music literacy skills for students in grades 3-12. Professional musicians/instructors use the Ukulele in the Classroom pedagogy which strengthen students musical understanding, social skills, and enjoyment. Sessions focus on introduction to ukulele, playing ukulele, improvisation, playing in an ensemble and performance. Students will enhance the following skills: improvisation, ear training, note recognition (both on the page and on the instrument), harmony and rhythm through chording and finally through repertoire which uses all of these elements and performing.
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
Down to Earth EducationScience and Geography Alive!A variety of interactive presentations and unique artefact displays on topics related to the environment. Presentations promote empathy and respect for nature and people through enhancing cultural and environmental awareness. Using engaging visuals and diverse displays, students learn about interdependence and threats to ecosystems, by travelling through rainforests, exploring oceans, or deepening their understanding of endangered species. Presentations include the following: Oceans Alive! ; Swamps Alive! ; Coral Reefs & Tide Pools ; Forests Alive! ; The Buzz on Bees ; Water is Life! Serving: Grades 1 - 8
Dreampics Pixel ArtRubik's Art Workshop and Mathemagic Show/Atelier Rubik's Pixel Art et spectacle MathemagicMikael Taieb, leads two presentations in French that showcase mathematics as being fun, magical and artistic. Schools can choose two Rubik's cube 45 minute presentations: Rubik's Art Workshop or Mathemagic Show. Presentations are a mix of the power of the brain, mathematics, numbers, magic, comedy, mime, clowning and of course Rubik's cubes sprinkled with student participation. Additional pixel art workshop is available for students to learn unique techniques and make their own art creation using rubik's cubes. Mikael will share his career path and how mathematics can be used in artistic fields. Suitable: All grades especially French Immersion classes
Drums Et AlAfrican Drumming, Dance, and StorytellingThe themes of leadership, character development and connection with those around us are explored in these interactive African drumming, dance and storytelling presentation and workshops. African philosophy – Ubuntu – an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world are underpinned in the presentations which are brought to life using songs, music, chants, drumming and story-telling. Workshops provide opportunities for students to further enhance the following skills: hand-drumming technique, West-African dance fundamentals, listening, reflecting and responding, and creating and performing. Presentations are suitable for Black History Month and professional development in drumming may be available.
Dwayne MorganAmplifying Student VoiceIn his youth, Dwayne Morgan found his voice, and has used it to carve out a life filled with unique experiences. In these motivational sessions, he shares the blueprint for creating a life built around our passions, based in love for self and others. Fused with spoken word poetry, Morgan weaves an inspirational and attainable story; challenges new thinking related to students' use of social media; and evokes engagement in students' sense of self and ability to develop their creative writing skills as an expression of their own voice and their own story. Sessions include spoken word performance and an introduction to poetry slams, with a passion for encouraging Black Student Achievement. Serving: Grades 4 - 12
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
Elisa BirnbaumSEE Change Magazine_History of Social Change WorkshopsThese distinctive workshops develop students' appreciation for Canada’s unique struggles for social justice and the rights and freedoms we enjoy, while sharpening their literacy and storytelling skills. Leveraging the History of Social Change Multimedia Project (digital stories and e-book documenting social movements and key players), sponsored by Heritage Canada, and other online sources, these workshops will demonstrate how our lives were transformed by social movements and their key players. The facilitator (a veteran journalist) will provide a lesson in journalism before leading the class through an interactive activity. By the end of the workshop, students have honed their literacy and verbal and written communication skills, developed their capacity for advocacy and gained a deeper grasp of social issues in Canadian history and their impact on present day. Serving: Grades 5 - 12
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
Elizabeth HysenSensory ArtWorkshop series uses ASL and vibrotactile devices to devise a sound sculpture that is accessible for students who are deaf. Facilitators are comprised of one deaf music ASL interpreter, one hard-of-hearing media artist and one CODA musician. Workshops explore ASL music interpretation through modified instruments to create accessible art practices that can be expanded on depending on the needs of the participants. Students also hear from professional artists who share how ASL interpretation is a viable career choice in the Arts. Students will have a chance to play on modified instruments and prototypes. Workshop series culminates in a musical work by students to create an accessible sound installation. Suitable: Grades 9-12
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