Our Partners

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

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

dancED Movement ProjectDancing 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 IncDAREarts Intensives: 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 DAREarts 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 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 ProductionsTurn Up 10 Tour! 10 Steps to Living Your Best LifeAn inspirational virtual presentation utilizing motivational speeches, musical performances, live DJ and video projections empowering students to achieve their goals and live their best lives, especially for African students. Sessions feature multi-media artist Debbie Deer, motivational speaker Ainsley Deer, performer Rosie Monday and DJ CallmePogi. Ten self-improvement learning tools are covered: self-awareness, shift your mindset for success, finding a mentor, visualization, facing your fears, practicing discipline, health and wellness, practicing an attitude of gratitude, dreaming big and never giving up. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
Dentsu Aegis Network Canada IncThe CodeThe program through in-person workshops or by video-conferencing equips students with the skills to thrive in the digital economy and gives students a glimpse into career opportunities and the media industry. Students receive an overview of marketing, digital marketing, advertising, and how it's used as well as the key components to building a successful campaign. Students learn practical skills in design think, idea generation, pitch design and live pitch delivery to a professional team. Students also hear from professionals and their career journey. SHSM certification is available.
Diana NazarethProject Kids & CamerasAn innovative program that teaches photography as a catalyst for self-expression, critical thinking, and creative and visual literacy. Students learn the concepts of composition, perspective, timing, and elements of design to successfully tell their narrative through photography. Students have an opportunity to work hands-on with camera and through creative photography assignments. Once assignments are completed, students discuss the photos to develop their observation, discussion and reflection skills. Workshop series are available for those schools that wish to create and curate a photo exhibit. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8; Professional learning for staff
Digital Human Library Inc.Digital Human LibraryThrough a vast network of Canadian teachers, industry leaders, business professionals, and community organizations, Digital Human Library creates opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to engage in community-connected experiential learning by offering: thousands of curriculum-based, interactive 1:1 video-conferences; hundreds of engaging live streamed educational programs delivered by subject matter experts around the world; and a large educational collection of virtual tours and virtual reality on the web. Details are found at www.digitalhumanlibrary.com
Divon Academy Inc.Preparing Students for SuccessWorkshops for students and teachers to enhance student well-being, personal development and career preparedness which ultimately prepare students for long term professional success in-person or by video-conferencing. Topics include: 1) Challenges and Opportunities in an Age of Disruption 2) Setting 'Stretch Goals' and Developing Purpose 3) Stress Management, Peak Performance 4) Developing Winning Habits 5) Mindset Mastery 6) EQ and Interpersonal Skills 7) The Power of Your Story: Learning to Stand Out and Command Attention 8) Defining Success and Tips for the Journey. Through the program, students will not only learn about these skills and understand why they are important, but will also work on developing them through daily habits, practices, and exercises. All workshops combine interactive presentations with group and individual exercises, team building activities and engage students using multiple sensory streams. Professional learning is available on the above topics.
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
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
DramaWayInclusive Arts Programming Creative arts workshops, in person or through video-conferencing, incorporate arts-based mediums and performance-based activities for students of all abilities, to enhance their social and life skills. Through theatre activities, drama games and skits/performances, students not only develop their artistic skills but also self-confidence, teamwork and communication skills. A variety of mediums may be chosen including theatre, film, dance, visual art and singing. Facilitators support students in exploring their voice and self-expression in a variety of both verbal and non verbal, ambulatory or non-ambulatory techniques. Serving: Students in all grades with Special Needs
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
EcoSpark Environmental OrganizationSchool Watch and Changing CurrentsIntegrated teacher training and student sessions actively engage in citizen science practices to understand and address climate change, water quality, pollination and bird monitoring, and land use planning. EcoSpark facilitators, through in-person or by video conferencing, lead hypothesis driven research and data collection workshops for students and teachers on their school grounds. Students learn to use scientific protocols to monitor and assess the health of local terrestrial and aquatic environments and then contribute their findings to relevant citizen science projects; shared with scientists around the world. These inquiry-based workshops explore water systems, insect, bird and plant dynamics, and taxonomic identification systems. Students learn to assess the environmental health of streams and school grounds and to analyze data and plan stewardship actions to increase local biodiversity and environmental health.
Edouard LabonteAmiEdouArtFrench and bilingual musical presentation and workshops showcase original songs to enhance the learning of French through a cultural and fun learning experience. Edouard sings, plays the bass guitar, percussion instruments and is accompanied by synthesizer. Presentations include: Chantons avec Edouard, Encompagnie d'Edouard and Reflexion. Students enhance their listening and interaction skills, discuss themes and rehearse song choruses using oral French dialogue. Serving: Grades 1 - 8, FSL/French Immersion
Education Arts CanadaSet the Stage for Learning_Musical AdventuresInteractive and participatory musical theatre productions for young audiences addressing various learning strands including math, science, literacy, drama, physical fitness and mental health. They are delivered through one hour musical adventures either in-person or via videoconferencing. Using stories, songs, music and movement, students engage actively with characters and make them part of the theatre experience - often so much fun, students don't realize they are learning at the same time. Comprehensive resource materials for educators turn the performance as a time of inspiration into an ongoing opportunity for discovery and growth. Specific productions are found at www.educationarts.ca Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8
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
EMG Education CompanyAfrican Canadian History TheatreEMG Education offers original 45-minute theatrical productions on Canadian Stories with a focus on African Canadian Change Makers who have shaped the fabric of this nation. Using multimedia , the performance weaves contemporary issues and reinforces messages of diversity, inclusion and that one person can make a difference, all within the context of Canadian history. Students will also enjoy an interactive game show to enhance their learning. Virtual shows available. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
Emil SherUnpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright's JourneyThis multimedia presentation weaves still images and video footage from the acclaimed stage production of Hana's Suitcase, which chronicles the short life of a girl killed in Auschwitz. What are the challenges, the choices, the considerations when history is honoured and dramatized on stage? How far into the darkness of the Holocaust do you go when children are in the audience? How can sets, costumes, masks, slides and silence give voice to an unspeakable tragedy? These are some of the questions that are explored by playwright Emil Sher in a presentation that is capped by a discussion where students are tasked with making a moral choice about who to shelter in wartime. Students also learn about the creative process in transforming history into a stage play and the connections between art and history. Serving: Grades 5 - 12
Emily DayModern Day Yoga: Mind, Body, SoulStudents receive powerful lessons in mindfulness, meditation and yoga. Gaining skills in self regulation and emotional control, students will gain access to self awareness and body awareness through these sessions. Learning to support their mental health, find control over chronic stressors, while accessing the skills required to build their resilience. Sessions are dedicated to empowering youth through breath, movement and mindfulness. These sessions are fun, inclusive and accessible for all bodies using modern and traditional methods to support students over all physical and mental health, and wellbeing. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
Engineers of TomorrowEngineer-in-Residence (EIR) A real life engineer is matched with a classroom for the whole school year. The goal of the program is to bring the engineering experience into the classroom. Engineer facilitators share personal stories and experiences, facilitate hands-on STEM activities, share information about engineering professions and pathways to get there. Engineers and teachers work to customize and map the program which enhances, math, science and experiential learning activities. Requests for engineers to support SHSM and ICE training may be available.
Environics Analytics Group Ltd.Geodemographic Data WorkshopIn this workshop, secondary students learn practical applications in the field of geography through exposure to real-world case studies that mirror client projects. Students are presented with one of three possible cases where they will examine, identify and analyze the business problem using the maps and geodemographic data reports provided. Through a collaborative team effort, students work together to devise a solution that exercises their data literacy, geographic interpretation and presentation skills. At the end of the workshop, students present their proposed solution and have a client-ready presentation deck.
Epilepsy TorontoTeaching Awareness Through PuppetryTeaching Awareness through Puppetry is an educational awareness program that uses engaging, life size puppets to teach students about understanding differences in themselves and others. Workshop topics include: Friendship Strategies (how to be a good friend and inclusion), Celebrating Differences (understanding differences and different abilities) and Mental Wellness (identifying feelings and emotions and tools for self care). Each workshop includes a puppet performance and an inquiry based Q&A discussion where students talk and share what they learned and saw. Teachers receive follow up activities to use in their classrooms, to reinforce student learning. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 6
Errol LeeErrol Lee Caring ConcertsErrol captivates and motivates all learners effectively communicating that each person has unique, inherent value. His motivational programs are specifically designed to teach, nurture, and model positive character traits. All concerts are multi-sensory and use music, movement, media and visual communication strategies to give audiences an experience where students will dance and be inspired to care for others and the environment. All presentations teach kindness, self-confidence, self-esteem and character building catered to each age and stage. Program delivery has been modified for online platforms. These programs are great for character education, anti-bullying, anti-racism, Black History and Pink Shirt Day. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
EvergreenEvergreen at Your SchoolEvergreen staff provide elementary students with school-based, nature focused workshops that provide sensory, play-based experiential learning in ecological education. Students explore their local environment and the concepts of human impact on the environment, ecology, and sustainability. Sessions: Kindergarten: Urban Animal Adventures; Gr. 1: The Living City; Gr. 2: Water, Water Everywhere; Gr. 3: Earth Shelters; Gr. 4: Geology Rocks; Gr. 5: The Energy Around Us; Gr. 6: Web of Life.
EvergreenSchool Ground Greening SupportEvergreen provides practical support and services to TDSB schools selected by TDSB Sustainability Office, as they work towards greening their school grounds. The program enhances school grounds as curriculum-connected and inclusive spaces for learning in the outdoors. It develops environmentally sound practices consistent with what students are learning in the classroom. Activities include, but are not limited to: School Grounds and Outdoor Learning Environments’ Design support collaborative development of design concepts. The program provides access for TDSB to a national network of design professionals, outdoor classroom educators and school ground greening experts.
Exacto Systems Inc.Proliteracy.ca: Financing a Post-Secondary EducationWorkshops delivered in person or through video-conferencing, provide innovative ways to plan finances for a post-secondary education. Topics include introduction to fundamental financial concepts, personal loan versus student loans, grants and scholarships, and strategies to reduce debt and manage finances responsibly. Students will have an opportunity to explore their desired career path and see the cost estimates and funding options available using the website proliteracy.ca. Serving: Grades 10 - 12 ; Parents/Caregivers
Explorum Inc.EXPLORation Workshops VirtualStimulate student's interest in the sciences with educational experiments that enrich their understanding of the curriculum. With a variety of workshops that range from the study of chromatography, electrical circuits, water filtration, to building an articulated hand or a hydroelectric station, students engage with both natural and scientific phenomenon using critical thinking and inquiry-based learning objectives. Workshops are also available in French. Visit www.explorum.ca for the full list of available science workshops. Suitable for grades 1-7.
Extra Ed Inc.Money Managers / Gestionnaires MonétairesHighly dynamic programming in person or through video-conferencing uses hands-on activities, interactive games, inquiry-based discussion, and a wildly popular "net worth" tournament to provide students with concrete experiences and real-world applications in the facts and feelings around money. Financial concepts and money issues are presented from a diverse viewpoint by engaging and experienced instructors who are able to adapt the program to reflect the needs of different ages, learning styles and community concerns. Subjects covered include savings and debt, interest, credit cards, credit scores, student loans, payday loans, chequing and savings accounts, and registered accounts (RRSP, RESP, TFSA). Program materials support specific outcome achievement in Financial Literacy and other strands of the math curriculum, have cross-curricular connections, and provide opportunities for Social Emotional Learning. Delivered in French or English. Serving: Grades 4 - 12
Facing History and Ourselves Facing History: Professional Learning OpportunitiesInteractive workshops better equip educators, schools and systems with mindsets, knowledge and skills to shape thoughtful, equitable, just and academically challenging environments for student learning. Professional learning sessions are customized and tailor-made for system support, whole school, and department or subject specific audiences. Professional development offerings focus on: fostering community, social and emotional wellbeing in classrooms; building intentional spaces and providing tools to facilitate difficult conversations (about current events and difficult histories); understanding the historical roots of antisemitism, and of anti-Indigenous racism and other forms of bigotry and hatred; facilitating staff development for antiracist, equitable, just teaching, and decolonial practice (planned and run in partnership with Indigenous educators). Curriculum-based professional work enhances Civics Social Studies, Humanities, English and Indigenous subject teachers with culturally responsive and relevant pedagogical training, and academically rigorous learning resources to empower students as active and engaged learners, citizens and community leaders.
Flashpoint Training Inc.Fusion Training ExperienceThis career exploration program enables students to gain transferable skills and knowledge in a variety of economic sectors. Flashpoint provides pre-employment training, innovation exercises and reach ahead opportunities with dynamic industry partners. Sessions consist of interactive training to deepen knowledge and skills required in each sector and industry speaker presentations on their work and careers in the field. Students are granted SHSM certificates upon completion of their certification training. For a full list of industry sectors and skill sets offered, see www.flashpointtraining.com. Serving: Grades 11, 12
Flemingdon Health Centre, HATPPediatric 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.
Food SharksThe Food Mood ConnectionThis nutrition workshop helps students to understand how food plays a significant role in their mood and overall mental and physical health. Facilitator discusses the fundamentals of a healthy diet, foods that support well-being, and how media and marketing industries influence nutritional choices. Students learn to read and understand food labels and nutritional facts to ultimately gain knowledge to make informed, healthy food choices. Because the health & wellness industry is booming, growth trends and careers are also highlighted. SHSM certification is available.
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
FoodShare TorontoSchool Grown FoodShare Toronto’s School Grown program uses market gardens located at selected schools and on TDSB sites to enhance student’s learning about food systems, urban agriculture, and food justice. The program provides experiential learning opportunities, enhanced curriculum connections, career awareness and mentorship, and school food program enhancements for students at School Grown sites. Students are engaged in outdoor experiential learning in the market garden throughout the growing season, and teachers are supported in professional development and skill building opportunities through garden activities. More information on programming can be found at: https://foodshare.net/program/schoolgrown/
Forests Ontario Forestry in the Classroom Presentations connect students with their environment and potential futures in forestry. Student enquiry is at the focus of the presentations that cover the following themes: tree identification and urban forests, tree biology, invasive species, forest management and forest careers. Facilitators bring the outdoors into the classroom through powerpoint presentations, samples and images to illustrate important concepts. Career presentations provide an opportunity to learn about the education and diverse career pathways from seek forecasting and management to research on the long-term effects of climate change.
Forever YogaMindful MovementSessions led by a certified Yoga Therapist combine a science-based exploration of the body, mind and the self to support and enhance physical, mental, emotional and social health. Mindful Movement serves to help students, teachers and the community to improve self-awareness, reduce stress and improve mindfulness. This is achieved by teaching participants how to integrate movement with breath to strengthen, align and balance the body, focus the mind and pacify the nervous system. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12; staff; parents/caregivers
Friendship In ActionKids Helping Kids Manage StressDuring eight weekly sessions, referred students or classes better understand sources of stress in their lives, how they can deal with stressors, and how they can offer mutual support to their peers. Students have the opportunity to express their feelings in safe and non-judgemental group environment. They learn about stress, its physical and emotional manifestations, and explore self-help and peer support coping strategies. Students deepen their empathy, active listening and communication skills, become more resilient, and feel better about themselves. Serving: Grades 4 - 12
Full Circle - Art Therapy CentreArtful Wellbeing Sessions are designed to support the mental health well-being of students, staff, and parents/caregivers, through expressive arts and mindfulness. Delivered by professional art therapists who are also registered psychotherapists, workshops help participants externalize and organize their thoughts and feelings through art; thoughts and feeling that may otherwise be difficult to articulate. Sessions address common psychosocial struggles through creative ways. They address mental health topics such as self-care practice, stress relief, relationships & boundaries, and managing expectations. These workshops enhance communication and self-expression, self-discovery and problem-solving. They encourage the development of healthy coping strategies in working through life’s difficulties and strengthening inner resiliency. Serving: referred students, Kindergarten - Grade 12
Fusion Artz CaféArt Clay Ceramic MetamorphosisProject-based learning approach using art, clay or ceramics to enhance science, social studies and language subjects for students in Grades 1 - 8. Themes include Animal Life Cycles, Solar System, Habitats & Communities, Body Systems. Whilst working on their art project, students are encouraged to think critically and develop their art-making skills. In these in-person or virtual sessions, students learn different art processes of using clay including clay techniques, painting and glazing. Students sketch, form and mould their project and facilitators take the projects to be fired and returned the following week for students to paint and finish. Through this creative process, students learn to interpret, organize, and apply newly learned information in a creative and engaging way.
Fusion Jeunesse / Youth Fusion ICT Gaming DesignThrough Youth Fusion sessions with post-secondary mentors and industry specialists, secondary students develop real-world employable skills in a variety of ICT sectors. Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) learning is enhanced through learning how to design and its practical applications. Students form teams and go through the entire process of developing, testing and marketing a video game. They receive training in numerous disciplines such as graphic design, level design, coding, and software development from industry leaders, contributing to a rich learning experience for all participants. This program is tailor-made for young people, who in addition to being exposed to careers options in the video game industry, also learn soft skills like teamwork and creative problem solving. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
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. I.C.E. and SHSM certifications are available.
Future Design School Inc.Future Design Professional LearningThe program offers professional learning opportunities to TDSB educators and staff (teachers, administrators, board level staff, coaches, social workers, psychologists, etc.) providing them with mindset, tools and techniques for developing students' future ready skills and competencies. The program uses a blended learning model of both online and in ¬person delivery, or fully online through video conferencing. Sessions include: Introduction to Design Thinking; Hack your Curriculum; Assessment for Innovation; Planning Interdisciplinary Projects; Designing Inquiry and Assessment for Remote, Blended and Hybrid Learning. Programming can be customized to meet local and contextually specific needs.
Gail Valentine Consulting and Marketing Film School In A BoxFull day interactive workshop for students to enhance their media literacy. In person or virtual sessions are delivered by professional filmmakers, providing students with the opportunity to create stop motion, claymation, short films or digital arts. Choose from four workshops: Short Filmmaking, Stop Motion Animation, Claymation and Digital Pranks. Students learn about the filming process from storyboard, script, music, filming and post-production; the people and roles; while enhancing their critical thinking and media literacy skills. Secondary students use FInal Cut Pro and engage in higher level critical thinking and story development to be used in conjunction with their unit of inquiry.
Gallery 44CameraReach CameraReach is a workshop series by a professional photographer for middle school students. Students learn various skills: the basic elements of photography, developing narrative and visual literacy through hands-on learning, dialogue, prompts and production. The engaging, participatory, experiential workshops promote creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and community building. Sessions are developed to engage students to apply and layer these skills in their own ongoing exploration as young creatives. Students discover and hone individual creative expression through photography while working with an artist instructor to explore an annual theme resulting in an opportunity to showcase their artwork in a professional gallery.
Generation Chos3nGeneration ChosenInstitutions (family, school, work) are often plagued with harmful power structures that favour those with privilege and sideline those without. This program demystifies and engages in meaningful discussions to enable youth to view themselves as unique entities capable of reshaping their understanding of themselves, in relation to those around them. The emotional intelligence workshops focus on illuminating those insecurities and combating them with practical alternatives that can be applied to realistic situations each participant will be faced with. Six key virtues that is the basis of the program and that contribute to the emotional and well-being of youth are: Perspective, Courage, Humility, Integrity, Boldness and Vision. Sessions are culturally relevant and build critical consciousness in students who self-identify as Black/from marginalized communities.
Genius Camp Inc.STEM Workshops - Discover The Genius WithinThrough hands-on activities students learn science and engineering concepts using real-life challenges in these in-person or by video-conferencing workshops. Using project-based learning, students critically test hypotheses and results to better understand concepts. Students are encouraged to explore and tap into their curiosity while deepening their knowledge in STEM. Topics include: aerospace science, mechanical structures, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics, chemistry and cosmetics, renewable energy, electric circuits, Virtual Reality (VR), 3D printing and modelling, green energy and computer hardware. In addition, students learn different STEM fields and the role of technology in future job markets.
George Brown CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Global Sunrise Productions Inc.A Gen Z's Guide to Taking Civic Action Presented by the young filmmaker and founder of The Global Sunrise Project, Kasha Sequoia Slavner, this screening of the film, The Sunrise Storyteller, shares her experiences and travels and what it means to be a global citizen while discussing the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). The film is paired with an accompanying workshop, "A Gen-Z’s Guide to Creating Social Change". Students gain a greater understanding of the UN SDG's and how to take action on the issues they care about using the social change formula and action planning worksheets to create their own unique individual action plan.
Good Beautiful Morning ConsultancyOur Tapestry is our MasterpieceAfrican Canadian artist/writer, Mello Ayo, takes the audience on a journey of the history of the African diaspora, a tapestry running from Africa across the Atlantic sea to where we stand today. This presentation highlights history and contributions of people of African ancestry, the human experience including the struggles and joys and especially the hope for the future. Mello takes a multidisciplinary approach – performance art, storytelling, original spoken word and poetry and music to inspire and share the power of resilience. Suitable for secondary students.
Green Communities AssociationSchool Traffic SafetyThe School Traffic Safety program provides assistance to select schools that are experiencing traffic congestion and traffic safety concerns on and around their school site. Select schools work with a facilitator who investigates and responds to traffic related concerns and provide traffic safety support. The program offers workable solutions to identified safety concerns and schools receive a comprehensive School Action Plan, Routes to School map and other strategies and tools to provide students and families with information about safe routes and active transportation options. The School Traffic Safety program applies a comprehensive approach to traffic safety management. By engaging a wide-range of stakeholders that include the school board, municipal transportation planners and engineers, public health, police, parents, students and school staff, workable solutions are found. The program supports TDSB’s Charter for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation and Implementation Plan.
Green Hope FoundationYouth Education through Environmental EducationStudents are made aware of real world issues regarding sustainable development in these free assembly/workshops that blend art, music, dance, drama, and science while creating and achieving sustainability goals. Students learn about and discuss the impacts of climate change and ways to mitigate it, the importance of clean energy moving forward into the future, the need for biodiversity conservation, and ways we can adopt a model of sustainable consumption of earth's resources. Classroom learning is also complemented with outdoor local activities such as waste cleanups and waste segregation in order to demonstrate to students how to put 'words into action', learning that transcends classroom walls and school yards.
Green Thumbs Growing KidsSchool Food Gardens for LearningGardens provide food growing and environmental education programs at select elementary schools. The fruits and vegetables produced are used in the schools’ nutrition programs and classroom cooking. Gardens are designed along ecological principles, incorporating trees, shrubs and perennials along with annual food plants. Curriculum links include science, social studies, language, math and art.
Green Thumbs Growing KidsUrban Trees From SeedStudents plant and nurture urban-tolerant native species of trees, from seed that they collect or is collected locally from mature trees. Delivery in-person or by video-conferencing, this project enhances student learning in citizen science, biodiversity and environmental stewardship. Facilitated by an Indigenous garden educator who provides knowledge on a variety of native tree species including one with the Anishnaabemowin name, Giidaga biizhou aatig, also known as the Kentucky Coffee Tree. Younger students plant the tree from seed and older students pot the seedlings, take care and plant the seedling in a forever home.
Greenpeace CanadaVirtual GreenspeakersFree virtual presentations enhance student knowledge and motivation on critical environmental topics such as climate change/crisis, the Arctic, boreal and rain forests, biodiversity, plastics, economic development/environmental impact, and personal environmental awareness/engagement. Thought provoking and interactive, the presentations engage on both an intellectual and emotional level so that the students brainstorm ideas for practical, and actionable solutions. Serving: Grades 3 - 12
Hands on Exotics Inc.Amazing Living World of BirdsThis highly interactive presentation takes students on an avian tour around the world using a variety of species of birds. By being presented with multiple species of birds up close and personal, students hold, pet, feed and observe the animals' behaviours and traits. Trained facilitators guide students through the inquiry process to come to conclusions themselves about diet and habitat by examining the different beak shapes, toe formations, feathers, colours and size. In addition, students learn about native species of birds including every day good habits they can follow to be good neighbours to our wildlife, how to help with backyard conservation as well as discuss the consequences of being responsible agents to our natural resources. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Health CanadaHealthy Home and Environment: Steps to Improve Your Health These engaging presentations for secondary students and staff discuss environmental health risks and prevention strategies. Participants engage with Health Canada staff in learning about various topics related to human health and the environment; for example, the effects of radon, different chemicals and air quality on human health. Participants explore potential health risk while deepening their understanding of various strategies for reducing risks. The presentations will also raise awareness of Health Canada and its resources on environmental health.
Heart of a Man (HOAM) Ltd.Welcome WellnessOvercome, elevate, inspire. Donovan is a motivational speaker who inspires others by sharing his story of mental health and wellness. He speaks of his battle with depression and educates on effective communication, vulnerability and resilience. Interactive discussion provides an inspirational message on Black mental health for young men and youth audiences. Integrating stories, statistics, and spoken word, students are engaged and provided with effective strategies for fostering wellness, coping, and reaching out to supports and community resources. The presentation inspires students in defining one’s own struggles, overcoming them with passion and ultimately finding one’s purpose in life. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
Hello Hope CanadaHello HopeAubrey Noronha offers two presentations, in-person or virtual, to instill hope and better equip students, staff and parents to make their school and community a safe one. "Battling Loneliness & Isolation Before, During, and After COVID19" for the school community provides strategies to tackle stress and anxiety during and after a pandemic as well a sbuilt ongoing psychological/mental health. This presentation provides scientific connections between social media, empathy and the health benefits of face-to-face interactions and practical tips on how to create stronger bonds with family, friends and community. The second presentation, "Colour Blind? Why Being "Not Racist" Is Not Enough" provides a student-friendly primer on bias, evolution of the word racism and offers practical steps for going from "not racist" to "anti-racist".
HELM Technologies Inc.Understanding STEM, Startups & TechnologyIn this hands-on interactive workshop by video-conferencing or in-person, Dr. Elize Shirdel walks students through the mechanics of how technology works, evolution of app-based technology and artificial intelligence. Students walk away with an understanding of components of the consumer technology stack - apps, databases, APIs, front end development, back end development and user interfaces and experience. Activities and information use examples taken from technology that students use in their daily lives. Students gain an overview of skills and careers in technology industry and support. Elize also shares her personal journey as a woman in the tech industry and how to be successful.
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.
Holland Bloorview HospitalDear Everybody: It's Time to End Disability StigmaOne hour interactive presentation for students focused on promoting awareness of disability stigma and enhancing social inclusion in-person or by video-conferencing. Delivered by young adult facilitators with lived experience with disability, the presentation content includes disability education, sharing of real stories of lived experience with disability, facilitated conversation and sharing about inclusion and barriers, games, and other class activities that promote deeper understanding of disability. This presentation is part of the hospital's mission to drive social change for children and youth with disabilities. Additional professional learning workshops are available for staff.
Hong Fook Mental Health AssociationWraparound: Making Healthy ChoicesLed by Hong Fook Youth Program Worker, the CHOICES program, serving East Asian and international students from grades 7 – 12 helps youth to create new social connections and strengthen peer to peer relationships. Through games, group work and discussion, youths are able to develop strategies with a focus on different life skills, including communication, healthy relationships, stress management, wellness, decision-making, and goal-setting. The Youth Outreach Worker is available to provide individualized programs to meet participants' needs as well as be available for presentations with school communities to increase all students' understanding of mental health, available resources, and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion.
Hot Planet Cool Athletes CanadaProtect Our PlanetCanadian professional athletes and Olympians inspire secondary students to be climate leaders in their schools, communities and beyond in these in-person or virtual presentations. Presenters share first-hand accounts of how climate change affects their sport. This multi-media presentation covers a wide variety of topics relating to climate change including an overview of climate science, its causes and effects, climate impacts across Canada, policy goals, and actionable solutions every student can participate in. Students have an opportunity to ask presenters questions at the end. Resources are available to engage students on how to take action personally and throughout their school and community.
Human Moves Inc.Accessible Mini Ping Pong Program is suitable for all grades and abilities. It provides specially designed tables, racquets and ping pong pickup tools, targets and containers of different size. Students learn ball movements, direction control, deflection, bounce control, catching and targeting. Progression moves to racquet and ball timing. As students get more advanced, students learn rally challenges with others, 50 rally challenge, forehand/backhand rally switching providing foundation skills. All participants are given achievable motivational challenges according to their abilities. The design of equipment is wheelchair friendly and can accommodate a wide spectrum of disabilities including movement disorders and cognitive challenges. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Humber CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker 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.
Humber 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.
Humber CollegeEarly Career Pathways in TechnologyThe program offers inquiry-based and hands-on STEAM workshops for the school community at Gracedale Public School. Audiences are introduced to DASH robots, LEGO Mindstorms and new technologies. Students, teachers and parents have an opportunity to fully explore and innovate using the robotics technologies and learn career pathways in skilled trades of technology.
Humber 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 CollegeHumber Nursing Field Placements Nursing Field Placements and their Faculty Advisors collaborate with TDSB Educator Teams (kindergarten to grade two), to develop learning activities that enhance the Early Years curriculum and the interested elementary schools' health promotion project or school-wide activities. A member of the faculty from Humber School of Health Sciences is available in the school to supervise the nursing field placement students.
Humber CollegeJazz in the SchoolsEngaging and interactive live jazz performances expose students to jazz, while exploring the history of jazz music and its connections to music around the world. Students learn the evolution of jazz music, through listening and participating in discussion about the variations of jazz music as it has fused with the rhythms, melodies and timbres of folk music from around the world. Performances available during the month of May. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
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
I-ThinkI-Think Classroom ChallengesThis program equips classrooms to bringing real-world, authentic problems to their learning. Real-world problem solving needs a new set of 3Rs: Real problems - Authentic challenges that connect classrooms to real organizations with real problems; Real people - Organizations that care what insights and your students come to by responding to student recommendations and I-Think will release a report with student insights; Replicable process - A complex problem solving process that leverages Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking to guide students. This recipe ensures that the global competencies, especially creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, and learning skills are core to every classroom.
I-ThinkI-Think Leadership Learning Programs These programs are collaboratively designed programs that build system capacity. Leveraging creative problem solving techniques like Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking, these programs support leadership growth and development that bring innovative school improvement plans to life. Workshops can support leaders in thinking differently about complex and collaborative problem solving, difficult conversations and enabling their teams and others to bring the global competencies and learning skills to life in every classroom and learning experience. Leaders will engage in reflection about their own practice to identify new ways of working. Leadership Learning programs can be initiated by central teams or superintendents, and are customized to meet the needs of the group.
I-ThinkI-Think School-based Learning Programs Equip school staff teams and teachers with the tools and mindsets to bring the global competencies and learning skills to life in your classrooms and leadership. Using the metacognition, complex problem solving and innovation process of Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking, workshops connect the tools to local school context. Workshops can focus on new ways of thinking to support local schools' improvement goals of student achievement, well-being and equity.
ICTCDigital DASHStudents 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.
Imagine Yoga and Wellness Inc.Accessible & Adaptable YogaWorkshops, in person or virtual delivery, use yoga and mindfulness activities for students to build on body awareness, self-regulation and mobility, especially for diverse learners with exceptionalities. Students learn and practise techniques to help with movement, breathing, well-being and connection between the mind and body. Activities and exercises are adapted to be inclusive including exceptional individuals (special needs) and are based on the needs of the students (no matter shape, size, ability and strength) ensuring practise is safe for every participant. Program is suitable for Intensive Support Programs (ISPs).
IndigenEdIndigenEd VirtualLed by Veronica Johnny, in-person or video-conferencing assemblies and workshops focus on personal healing and growth to help participants tune into their intuition and artistic gifts. As a healer and Two-Spirit musician, Veronica Johnny shares traditional teachings and drum songs on solo hand drum for students to have a better understanding of Indigenous teachings, music and perspectives. Workshops delve deeper into traditional Indigenous percussive techniques, origin of songs, protocols, leading songs and cultural context while providing a safe space for expression and music-making.
Indigenous Sport & Wellness OntarioIndigenous Wellness through Sport Interactive presentations (in-person or by video-conferencing), with an emphasis on culture, truth and acknowledgement, providing opportunities to celebrate the athletic achievements, cultural traditions and knowledge of Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island (North America). The presentations (tailored uniquely for each age range) include information about traditional Indigenous sports such as lacrosse, archery and canoe/kayak; Indigenous athletes throughout history such as Tom Longboat and the Firth sisters; the North American Indigenous Games and insights from athletes; the Wellness Warrior movement; and the Team 88 campaign which utilizes Call to Action #88 from the TRC to inspire dialogue and action on reconciliation through something as universal as sport.
Inna GertsbergDraw Me A Monster This visual arts workshop focuses on developing students' creativity through drawing imaginary characters based on their classmates’ descriptions. This workshop, in-person or virtual delivery, utilizes individual, pair/group work, discussion and sharing of experiences and culminates in a presentation to the class. Presentation of favourite monsters in pop culture eases fears of monsters. Students work in pairs to identify the main characteristics of a monster and draw interpretation of each other's descriptions. The workshop culminates in each author reading the description while the illustrator reveals the drawing to the class. Art is then presented to each author; everyone makes art and receives art. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8
Inspiration RepublicVirtual YOU, Me, USAfrican Canadian history virtual presentation takes a look at historical African Canadian figures who have made substantial contributions in the black community and Canadian culture, while facing racism and oppression. Presentation explores the setbacks and challenges of Harry Jerome, Viola Desmond, Elijah McCoy but also to showcase their resiliency, innovative spirit and problem-solving skills while inspiring students to see themselves as problem-solvers and innovators. Using media, real life stories and an interactive game show, the presentation highlights the history beyond the colour barrier. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
Intuit Inc.Virtual Intuit Education ProgramIn collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, this virtual program identifies and addresses barriers Black students, families and communities have with regards to financial literacy, digital equity and design thinking for innovative community-based change. These sessions offer secondary students a chance to learn from industry professionals in technology; develop entrepreneurship skills through authentic business experiences; develop financial habits using real-world simulations; and participate in social entrepreneurship challenges, using Design Thinking methodologies, to solve a real-world challenge in their community. Through these rich experiential learning opportunities (workshops, conferences, exhibitions, competitions) students obtain the skills for career readiness. Professional learning is also available.
Isaac AkrongAfrican Dance Ensemble (ADE): Dance, Drumming, Music, and StoriesThe cultural history, meaning and context of African music and dance comes alive in these presentations and workshops to the school community. The group performs a number of pieces from their repertoire which spans the continent of Africa, specialization in West Africa. The performance incorporates rich and vibrant costumes, beads, masks, and instruments such as a variety of types of drums, xylophone, shaker, bell and flute. Workshop series and residencies are available for those classes that wish to develop and perform a polished performance piece. All instruments are provided and facilitator demonstrates the song, rhythm and dance so each student has the opportunity to participate in playing, dancing and singing. Delivered in-person or virtual.
Itah SaduStories For Our Time Highly theatrical and always inspirational, Itah Sadu uses oral tradition and storytelling to share contemporary and traditional stories and folklore from across the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Stories convey history, relationships with the world, social justice themes, give meaning to complex issues and conversations, and is a simple form of individual and group engagement in these in-person or by video-conferencing sessions. Facilitator introduces Canadian and international Black and Caribbean game changers while engaging students in call and response, question and answer, and movement. The art form of storytelling speaks to language arts, student voice, communication, inclusion and identity and culture.
Jack.orgJack Talks, Jack Chapters and Jack SummitsJack.org is training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health. Programs work towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. Jack Talks are presentations delivered by youth speakers who have been trained to use their personal stories to educate their peers about mental health. Jack Chapters are groups of young leaders who work year-round to identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack Summits are youth-led conferences where young people gather to collaborate on how to best promote mental health in their communities. Be There is a safe and engaging resource that teaches anyone how to support someone struggling with their mental health. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
Jane/Finch Community and Family CentreGreen ChangeThis free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for elementary schools, in-person or virtually. Students learn design components of a public space as well as equitable, ecological and sustainable models to address community need. Students identify problems in their local park using a design-thinking process and facilitators guide students to take concrete steps to address the issues and work to a solution. Program entails exploring and documenting the space (photography and sketching), creating surveys for class participation, sketching a prototype of their impact project, and presentation of the impact project to the school community. To help schools build capacity following project completion, facilitators support teachers to expand or modify the program in the second year and have regular check-ins. Serving: Grades 3 - 6
Jeff A.D. MartinYou Are Worth ItEmpowerment assembly and leadership workshops targeted to building up and fostering character development among students. Presentation reinforces the following three points: turning your adversities into your advantages, believing in yourself, the power of self-affirmation. Jeff. A.D. Martin grew up in an underserved neighbourhood within Toronto, facing many disadvantages and can relate to the various struggles that students continue to face today. He shares his own personal stories, which includes loss through violence and also from his fifteen years in law enforcement where he has worked as a police officer within various detective roles. Workshops help students to step through their fears and build important life skills to find their life's passion.
Jennilee AustriaFilipino TalksCross-cultural workshop sheds light on unique challenges that Filipinos face in Canadian schools and society. Led by Filipino-Canadian community leader Jennilee Austria, workshops include: "Family Separation and Reunification" promotes healing after reunification, "Role Models Talk Show" introduces students to their choice of Filipino-Canadian professions, and "Community Supports Talk Show" provides information on how to end isolation by encouraging community involvement, with an emphasis on introducing students to local Filipino-Canadian frontline workers. Staff professional learning is available and introduces staff to strategies to reach the Filipino community that have proven to be successful.
Jessica DubeauFreedom Dance AthleticsDance 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 1 - 12
Joanne WeitzmanLet it Go! Mindfulness ServicesAn early years and elementary students' focused workshop on mindfulness, resiliency and well-being. In person or through video-conferencing, workshops cover emotional and self-regulation skills, techniques to practice calm and relaxation, mindful movement, meditation and yoga poses. Sessions incorporate play-based activities, breathing and movement exercises and sensory exploration that are easy to learn for younger audiences. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 6; Professional Learning Sessions for staff; parents/caregivers
Job TalksSkilled Trade SecretsA dynamic assembly that opens the eyes to the secret world of skilled trade careers and how to get started. Jon Callegher, a millennial sociologist and college professor, showcases different areas of the skilled trades, shares the latest data on what motivates career choices, and reveals five major benefits to working in the skilled trades and construction industry. The assembly incorporates Job Talks’ high impact video interviews of passionate tradespeople and introduces the concept of "balanced intelligence" to help change mindsets toward the trades among students, educators and parents.
John Howard Society of TorontoH.I.P.P (Helping Individuals Plan Positively)HIPP is a youth centered program for those aged 16 years and older whom are at risk of becoming engaged in pro-criminal behaviours. This program focuses on helping these young people build the skills to meet educational, employment and personal goals. HIPP strives to find proactive solutions to solve the problems of neighbourhood youth violence. A variety of workshops and opportunities are provided on topics including, but not limited to: personal development and goal setting; employment skills; interpersonal communications skills; anger management; problem-solving; masculinity, respect and violence; conflict mediation skills; self-awareness training; mental health/wellness; cultural competency; legal information and housing assistance. Serving: Grades 10 - 12, referred students
Judy ReynoldsMeet the Self: Mindfulness in SchoolsSessions for early years and primary students include a fun, interactive lesson with a loveable, excitable puppet, who faces common challenges. As they help their puppet friend, the class learns valuable mindfulness strategies they can use everyday. There is an emphasis on emotional resilience, dealing with anxiety and stress, and cultivating self-worth in an attempt to lesson the dependence on external validation (especially from social media). Students will come away with a mindful toolkit that includes: breathing exercises, focus training, sensory awareness, kinaesthetic exercises, meditation, easy yoga postures, and self-regulation strategies. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 5
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioFinancial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship ProgramsProgramming inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable, financial decisions; to be innovative in generating business ideas and starting their own companies; and, to discover career possibilities and pathways. Led by JACO trained volunteers from the business community, workshops include More than Money; Be Entrepreneurial Junior ; Dollars with Sense; Economics for Success, Personal Finance and several others. Serving: Grades 4 - 12
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