Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements, to provide some or all of their programming in schools during instructional time. 

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FoodShare Toronto Field to Table Schools FoodShare’s award winning Field to Table Schools Program works with TDSB staff and students to provide good food education in schools with hands on activities, growing projects, workshops, professional learning sessions, presentations and events. Students from JK to Grade 12 as well as staff and parents 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: https://foodshare.net/program/student/
FoodShare Toronto School Grown FoodShare Toronto’s School Grown program uses market gardens located at 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/
Forever YogaMindful MovementSessions led by a certified yoga therapist combine a science based exploration of the body, mind and the self with the system of yoga to support and enhance learning, health and personal responsibility. Mindful Movement serves to help children be physically fit, aware of self and others and develop confidence. Using pedagogy that has participants integrate movement and breath to strengthen, align and balance the body, focus the mind and soothe and recharge the nervous system. Students learn how to move gracefully, breathe smoothly and deeply and sustain their focus and concentration whilst developing strength, flexibility, balance, mental clarity and emotional stability.
Freedom in Dance & AthleticsFreedom Dance AthleticsProgram offers a dance enrichment workshop series to teach choreography in Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Caribbean/Soca, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Disco dance styles. Students learn characteristics of each dance style and choreographic sequence. Program also offers athletic building components unique to dance specifically. Sport movements are often built into exercises, rhythmic drills, dance moves and elements. At the end of the workshop or series, students create and/or perform a routine of varying length. Schools may choose to participate in one or a series of workshops.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal CentreTour for HumanityPresentations educate students about human rights and social justice issues through the lens of historical events in Canada and around the world; including the Holocaust, genocide, and world heroes. These innovative, award-winning sessions occur in a 30-seat, wheelchair accessible, mobile human rights education center housed in an RV, designed to bring programming directly to schools across Ontario. They incorporate multimedia and surround sound that provides students with a rich and interactive learning experience, further engaging their interest and involvement. (Each T4H session is approximately 45 to 60 minutes in length. The mobile classroom can accommodate one class of 30 students at a time, allowing for six classes or 180 students over the span of a typical school day.)
Friendship In ActionConflict Mediation AdvisorsGrades 6 - 8 students participate in sessions led by Friendship in Action to how to implement mediation strategies for conflicts or disagreements that they see arising between younger children on the playground at recess or at other times when they interact with them. These sessions contribute to positive school climate. They emphasize the importance of listening to and acknowledging the perspectives of others involved in disputes. Participants gain the confidence to support younger children in solving their own issues in a non-threatening, non-judgmental way.
Friendship In ActionKids Helping Kids Manage StressDuring the weekly sessions, students 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.
From Far & WideWe Are The NorthThis musical theatre performance within a newcomer story-line touches on the themes of respect, inclusion, diversity and collaboration. This performance uses original songs, drama and music to describe the story of newcomer and how the student overcomes struggles and challenges. Characters will provide positive role modelling, encourage self-confidence and self-worth, and show how students can reach out for help and work together to resolve conflicts. Professional songwriters perform original songs that students can sing along to. A follow-up parent presentation is available.
Future Design School Inc.Future Design School CurriculumThe program offers professional learning opportunities to TDSB teachers who then deliver the program in their schools inspiring youth to solve the world's most pressing issues. The program uses a blended learning model of both online and in-person delivery with a staff. Each cohort completes a culminating activity of a “Pitch Night” where participating teachers showcase their projects and ideas for embedding entrepreneurial and design thinking into their classrooms. Courses include: Introduction to Design Thinking; Hack your Curriculum; Assessment for Innovation; and Planning Interdisciplinary Projects. The program also includes two Innovation Leaders certifications: the level 1 Innovation Leader certification and the level 2 Advanced Techniques for Design Thinking.
Future Possibilities for KidsReady, Set, Goal! Leadership ProgramThe Ready, Set, Goal! Leadership Program is a community leadership program that uses Possibility Thinking that encourages students to believe that anything is possible and to think in abstract ways to overcome challenges, which may lead to personal transformation. Program matches students with trained volunteer Kid Coaches who provide one-on-one support through weekly phone calls and during Activity Days. Using Future Possibilities for Kids’ curriculum, KidCoaches inspire, empower and acknowledge children’s contributions to their communities. Students create a Goal of Contribution that benefits their community, school or family and are coached through the process of delivering it, usually involving friends and family members. Program culminates in a graduation ceremony where students, parents and families are invited to attend in May.
Gallery 44CameraReachCAMERAreach is a workshop series program by a professional photographer for middle school students in two selected schools each year. Students learn a variety of skills including the basic elements of a camera and photography, narrative building through photography, and the process for downloading and editing photographs for a finalized artwork. Students discover and develop their individual creative expression through photography and have an opportunity to showcase their artwork in a professional gallery.
Gatwitch Records (We Want Peace)Emmanuel Jal - We Want Peace Educational TourEducational Tour offers a presentation on important global issues including citizenship rights, forced migration and child soldiers. Students will hear Emmanuel Jal’s personal experience as a child soldier in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan and learn about the important pathways to peace locally and globally . Lesson plans will be available to teachers prior to the presentation. Presentation can be previewed at www.ted.com/talks/emmanuel_jal_the_music_of_a_war_child.
George Brown CollegeBehavioural Science and SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Community Services and Health Sciences programs at George Brown College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide George Brown 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. These placements satisfy 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 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 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.
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; and to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents and families; and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early years' grades.
George Brown CollegeGenerating Success for Farm to SchoolTwo workshops offered by George Brown College chefs. One workshop focuses on nutrition theory, health and food literacy to achieve a better connection between this knowledge and students’ own health and well-being. Second workshop provides culinary training, demonstrations and hands-on cooking activities for students to build on their culinary skills and work alongside a professional chef. Students will have an opportunity to watch a chef demonstration and have the opportunity to recreate recipes and share with their fellow students.
Get REAL Movement Inc. Building Bridges through inclusion, acceptance, and diversityGet REAL provides interactive presentations for students in grades 5-12. We always arrive with a mixed group of speakers, both identifying as LGBTQ+ and straight, who share their personal stories of growth and help students further understand that friendship and respect transcends things like gender and sexual orientation. Our fun and friendly presentation is focused on building inclusivity and peer-support, unlearning LGBTQ+ discrimination and bullying, and showing through interactive activities that everyone has unique challenges in their lives, a story to share, and a chance to impact someone else’s life for the better.
Green Communities CanadaSchool Traffic ManagementThe School Traffic Management program will provide assistance to select elementary schools that are experiencing traffic congestion and traffic safety concerns on and around their school site. Schools will work with a facilitator who will investigate and respond to traffic related concerns and provide traffic management support. The program will offer solutions to identified safety concerns and schools will receive a comprehensive School Action Plan, Routes to School map and other strategies and tools to provide students and families with safe routes and active transportation options. The School Traffic Management program applies a comprehensive approach to traffic 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 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. Some are also sent home with students, and some are donated to local, community food programs.
Griffin CentreIntensive Child and Family Services (ICFS)The Intensive Child and Family Service (ICFS) program provides an accessible service that takes place in the home, school, or community for youth whose school or home placement is at risk of breakdown due to mental health and other issues. The ICFS worker works one-one-one with the youth to support their optimal functioning based on goals from the youth’s treatment plan. ICFS may support the youth to connect to needed community resources, including other Griffin Centre services.
Griffin CentreReachOUTReachOUT is a creative, inclusive and accessible program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning and two-spirited (LGBTTQQI2S) youth. The program provides individual, family and group services, as well as educational workshops and events. It provides enhanced opportunities for youth engagement projects in selected schools, such as supporting the development and maintenance of Gay-Straight Alliances in those schools.
Griffin CentreSchool Focused Workers (SFW)The School Focused Workers(SFW) program provides an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, school or community for youth who have been identified by TDSB Social Workers due to mental health and other issues. SFW works with the youth and their family to support their optimal functioning based on goals from the youth’s treatment plan. SFW may support the youth to connect to needed community resources, including other Griffin Centre services.
Griffin CentreWhatever It Takes (WIT)'Whatever It Takes' (WIT) provides service coordination and transitional support to children and youth who have mental health issues and have complex service needs. The WIT program provides many services such as interim intensive case management, facilitation of community planning, clinical consultation and one-on-one staffing support by placing a Child and Youth Worker in the classroom to support a student’s treatment plan and transition into the classroom, or to maintain the child/youth in the classroom until a more appropriate school placement or day treatment placement can be arranged. The Whatever It Takes program facilitates the collaboration of service providers to respond to children/youth with complex needs or to those whose needs exceed the ability and capacity of any one service provider or sector.
Griffin CentreYouth Outreach Worker ProgramThis program provides outreach to connect youth who identify as LGBTQ; or, youth who are identified as having a dual diagnosis or developmental disability; to community resources in North York to meet their immediate needs (such as employment, health, housing, recreation). Youth Outreach Workers are available for presentations in the school to engage youth.
GUVNA BJJAnti Bullying and Self Defense Fitness WorkshopsThe workshops teach the concepts of problem solving, critical thinking and respect in an anti-bullying, martial arts format. Students learn about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu concepts, self defense system and how they can balance their physical and mental health thereby promoting harmony and well-being. Students participate in a minimum of two one-hour long sessions that include cardiovascular training, stability and balance. Students learn how to focus and solve problems. Follow-up programs are also available to schools.
Harbourfront CentreHarbourfront In-Schools ProgrammingA variety of exceptional dance, drama, music and fine arts workshops are provided in schools! Staff are encouraged to view full Menu of In-School Workshops at www.harbourfrontcentre.com . In brief, the following are available: Dance - Latin Dance (Grades 4-12); Urban Dance (Grades 4-12); Understanding Hip Hop (Grades 4-12); Primary Understanding Hip Hop (JK-Grade 3). Drama - Let’s Slam (Spoken Word) (Grades 7-12); Introduction to Improv (Grades 4-12). Music - Body Percussion (Grades 4-8) Visual Arts - Lino Printmaking (Grades 4-12); Collograph Printmaking (Grades 4-12); Artist Accordion Books (Grades 1-6); Sock Puppets (JK-Grade 3)
Harmony MovementSocial ChangemakersThis student leadership and social change assembly/keynote presentation explores aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion for the entire school community. Presentation uses media, popular music and other elements of youth culture for student engagement in activities aimed at embracing social differences in our society. Students increase their awareness of challenges that people face and hear how they can implement changes for a more inclusive school community.
Harmony Yoga WellnessMindfulness in Movement Students learn self-awareness, self-regulation and coping skills so they are able to recognize stressful situation and understand how physical movement and activity supports their mental health and well-being. Students learn yoga and mindfulness techniques that can be used to enhance health and physical education classes. The program incorporates yoga movements, guided meditations, breathing exercises, play based games, mindfulness exercises, and sound therapy.
Health CanadaEnvironmental Health Awareness and Learning Toolkit (EHALT) PresentationsThe presentations for secondary students and staff educate them about environmental risks and prevention strategies. Health Canada has developed the Environmental Health Awareness and Learning Toolkit (EHALT) and in the presentations, students learn about various topics related to human health and the environment. The module will review the effects of radon, different chemicals and air quality on human health, and explore risk realities; students will also learn about various strategies for reducing risks. The presentations will also raise awareness of Health Canada’s resources on environmental health. Presentations include group activities, classroom discussions and in-class quizzes.
Henry AgassiWe are more Alike than We are DifferentHenry Agassi's motivational speech aims on improving students' self-esteem and self-confidence through sharing his life story as a newcomer from Nigeria. Sharing his stories of overcoming obstacles inspires students' sense of belonging and self-efficacy. They are encouraged to resist peer pressure and become committed to denouncing discrimination through increasing anti-bullying strategies in their school communities. Henry inspires students to move away from believing any stigma that they may have experienced to believe in themselves and make positive choices; to take responsibility for the self-discipline that leads to health and well-being. Practical tools are provided for students to celebrate diversity and promote social inclusion in their school through encouraging peer unity and friendship. (African heritage)
Herbert H.Carnegie FoundationFuture AcesThrough workshops, assemblies, professional learning sessions and scholarships, this program encourages students to pursue educational and personal goals, and become self confident and responsible citizens. ‘Future ACES’ is a proactive, character-building program that assists students in developing leadership skills, good citizenship and positive daily life skills that reduces the incidences of bullying, racism, cultural and religious intolerance. Programming activities are in six components, and include: school-wide assembly for students, professional learning sessions for staff, action workshops and student leadership conferences. Participating schools commit to a full year of various activity.
High ResolvesCreating Global Citizens and LeadersFour peak experiences exploring Identity & Purpose, Just Society, Social Progress and Better Self are available to strengthen the development of global competencies. The participatory design of the peak experiences enables the decisions of the participants to drive the learning and provides the space for them to transform how they think about the world, locally and globally. Specific themes of collective identity, independent thinking, social justice, social advocacy, collective action, inclusive leadership, personal impact and effective collaboration are examined across three spheres of action: friends and family, community and bigger world. Through a series of immersive and interactive activities, students are pushed to think through how society influences how we understand and categorize ourselves and others and how this impacts our interactions, particularly with those who are different from us. Students are challenged to think critically about what kind of world they want, what in our current world, both locally and globally, needs to be addressed and the role they need to play in creating a more inclusive and equitable society. Students develop a reflective capacity, becoming more aware and present to the impact of their choices, and learn to work effectively with others in creating positive change. Each module is mapped to the goals of Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum and Citizenship Education Framework.
HOAMLTDCreate PeaceThis interactive motivational assembly provides an inspirational anti-bullying message through the use of dramatic arts, Hip Hop and music. Themes of respect, empathy, leadership, and resilience are covered. A band of musicians share personal stories of overcoming challenges while performing original hip hop songs and dramatic skits. Students learn strategies to address bullying, develop effective ways to overcome bullying and foster respect for each other. This assembly also touches on defining one’s own struggles, overcoming them with passion and ultimately finding one’s purpose in life.
Hockey CanadaTry HockeyThis program offers an opportunity for students to try hockey, removing barriers to participation, so students enhance team building, confidence, physical health and well-being. Certified coaches deliver the program in the school gymnasium followed by an on-ice event. Students will participate actively and engage in a variety of movement competencies, and demonstrate an understanding of the value of regular physical activity in their daily lives. With follow-up communication, coaches provide further support to maximize sustainability and teacher resources are made available including access to Hockey Canada’s academic lesson plans and 10 week floorball lesson plan.
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation HospitalCommunication and Writing AidsThe Communication and Writing Aids (CWA) program includes an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) service and a Writing Aids (WA) service. AAC provides consultative support to children in the classroom and at home when their speech does not meet their face-to-face communication needs. WA provides technological support (laptop and specialized software) to children who use natural speech as their primary means of communication, but are unable, due to a physical disability, to write with pen and paper functionally. Students who use AAC may also need a WA. Holland Bloorview CWA staff collaborate with the TDSB School Support Team (SST), including the Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational and/or Physical Therapist, Principal, and teacher to determine an appropriate AAC and/or WA system and to facilitate the mutually agreed upon system into the classroom.
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.
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 CollegeDSW & SSW Field PlacementsThis Program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Developmental Services Worker, Social Service Worker, programs at Humber College. Humber students who are considering a career with a special needs population are placed in TDSB schools and have an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in Special Education classrooms for students with developmental disabilities.
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; and to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents and families; and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early years' 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 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 SchoolsThis interactive workshop and performance opportunity explores the history of jazz music and its connections to music around the world through live jazz performance. Students learn the evolution of jazz music and its historical connections. The workshop encompasses the many variations of jazz music as it has fused with the rhythms, melodies and timbres of folk music from around the world. During the month of May, students have the opportunity to attend a jazz concert with musicians at Humber College. Professional development opportunities are available to build on techniques and strategies in working with student music ensembles.
Humber CollegeOTA/PTA Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant/ Physical Therapy Assistant program at Humber College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Humber College students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the health and wellness strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB OT/PT staff to enhance their understanding of classroom strategies; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents.
I AM CompelledHope Tour Canadian Heritage comes alive for students in a memorable and impactful way. Performing arts based assembly has audiences follow the lives of three characters who take a class trip to the national museum of history. The teacher role, engages her class in First Nation, Aboriginal/Indigenous, Metis and Inuit culture and heroes. The first student is excited to learn about Canada's past, and is deeply impacted by the reality of residential schools and survivors. The other character is selfish, distracted by her electronics and can’t wait until the trip is over. After an encounter with the voice of Billy Diamond, both students have a change of heart and practice forgiveness towards themselves and others. The first character presents his discoveries in a special rap song at the end of the show, while the other character shares how she's motivated to get a good education and impact her community. A great way to kick-off the school year, celebrate heritage month, engage students in Social Studies and Indigenous learning. The performance is interactive.
Ian BrownThe Lighter Side Of Mental HealthStudent life can be stressful and demanding. With just the right amount of humour, this presentation encourages students to challenge the stigma around mental illness and creates an awareness of mental health through the dynamic use of comedy, interactive demonstrations and storytelling. Throughout the presentation students become aware of the skills necessary for increasing their resilience, managing stress and are equipped with the terminology to speak up about their mental health needs. Key professional and social resources for reaching out when in need are also discussed.
Ideas 2 Hatch (I2H)Youth Entrepreneurship TrainingThe program provides students with real world application of entrepreneurship knowledge in a forum of mentorship and knowledge exchange. Selected students participate in a four day-series of sessions that culminates in a showcase event. Students create original business solutions to large-scale system issues through team-based learning to augment their specialized business knowledge and skills. The culminating showcase event offers students access to Toronto's start-up ecosystem and enables them to take their business ideas to the next level.
In The MixMusic & Dance Video CreationsThis project-based workshop combines Hip Hop dance with an introduction to creating a dance music video using a tablet. The facilitator begins by teaching basic choreographic dance sequences that explore rhythm, physicality and movement so students can then work in small groups to create their own dance routine. Next, the facilitator teaches the music video production process which includes how to film, record, edit and splice. Using the In The Mix music-video app, students film and edit their ensemble dance routines to create their individual dance music video. This workshop emphasizes collaboration, team work and decision-making skills through the entire project.
Info. Tec. Association of Canada (ITAC) CareerMash Role Model and Online Mentoring ProgramCareer Mash is a unique Role Model and Online Mentoring program that allows high school students to learn about the exciting opportunities offered by tech careers from tech professional mentors working in a wide range of in-demand career areas like data analytics, mobile apps development, website design and video gaming. By connecting classes with 70+ tech professionals from a wide variety of fields, sectors and passions, the program provides students with real-life examples of how technology can be mashed up with their personal interests in every field imaginable including art, music, sports, fashion, business, healthcare or the environment.
Inner City AngelsInterdisciplinary Arts EducationInner City Angels provides enhanced arts workshops integrating the arts with rich narratives in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), social justice, cultural competency and health & wellbeing. Students participate in classroom-based hands-on arts activities that may include storytelling, poetry, new media, design, craft, music and visual arts. Professional learning workshops are also available for teachers, and are designed to provide practical examples of integrating the arts across the curriculum.
Inside OutInside Out Inside SchoolsQueer short films that represent the diversity of LGBT are presented in-class to facilitate discussions on issues of homophobia and diversity and foster a culture of acceptance and inclusion. Topics include:gender diversity and gender norms, queer history, coming out and coming of age and intersectionality. Inside Out presents Toronto oLGBT Film Festival annually in May-June; the Festival operates as per excursion policy.
Insight Global EducationGlobalize Your ClassroomWorkshops are interdisciplinary, linked to the Ontario curriculum and built off of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The goal of each workshop is to foster global citizenship and lead youth to socially conscious, informed action. Our blended model of inquiry, empathy and simulation-based learning caters to the 21st century learner and aims to give students a variety of unique perspectives on our globalized world today. Workshop choices: • Development 101: A Global Introduction, • #GOALS: A Model UN Simulation, • TAIFA: Mapping The History of Colonialism in Africa, • Building Equity: Modelling Inequality and Resource Allocation, • The Poverty Trap: A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes (local or global context available), • The Green Project: DIY Sustainable Development, • Watch Where You Step: Mapping our Carbon Footprint, • Extractivism: Climate Change and a Capitalist Economy
Inspire My YouthDesire Your Purpose, Consider Your WorthHe was 16 years-old... drugs in his pocket and three credits to his name. And a belief which told him that he had no future. This is the story of Emanuel Fletcher, an at-risk youth who was forever changed by the benefits of finding his purpose. Through the telling of his life story, and the use of rap and poetry, Emanuel delivers a motivational assembly to help students challenge their beliefs and develop a greater sense of worth and potential. Students will be given practical advice on how to overcome challenges, discover personal strengths and talents and through a three-step process, explore their sense of purpose. For more information and to watch a brief demo video please visit www.inspiremyyouth.com.
Inst of Robotics & Intelligent SystemsRobots Build and LearnThe Robots Build and Learn program enables students to be active, creative and collaborative solution-seekers. Students use LEGO bricks and digital tools to solve problems creatively and to excel at working with others and thinking critically. By working in this way, they deepen their understanding of key STEM-related curriculum concepts while developing the skills required of global learners. Workshops include: i. WeDo Junior Robotics for students in grades 1- 3. It encourages playful learning where students build fun LEGO models with motors and sensors then connect them to a computer to program the models’ behaviours. ii. Penalty Shoot Out allows students to build kickers and keepers to learn about sensors, motors, how to calculate distances, predictions, while having a penalty shootout competition. iii. Simple and Powered Machines workshops for students in grades 3- 6. The Power Car allows students to build a power car and investigate the effect of the gear ratio, friction and wheel diameter. iv. Land Yacht has students build a land yacht and explore how the surface area of the sails will affect how the yacht travels. v. Mindstorms EV3 workshops for students in grades 5- 8. Students develop their STEM-related skills by building software. Curriculum activities allow students to design, program and control robots.
International Student Exchange - OntarioReciprocal Student Exchanges Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. For the 2 or 3 month exchanges, students apply in one school year and both components of the reciprocal exchange take place during the next school year. TDSB students host a visiting student in the fall and then travel overseas in the following spring. Visiting students stay with and attend school with the host student. All exchange agency registration documents, including parent/guardian permissions to participate in all school activities as per procedures of the host family's school board, are provided to TDSB Schools by host families when registering the visiting student as a guest at the school. Students from each country remain on the registry of their home school. Host teachers comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before the student returns home. Ministry of Education guidelines for reciprocal student exchanges are followed as per the Ministry of Education document ‘Enrolment Register Instructions for Elementary and Secondary Schools’.
Jack.orgJack TalkAn assembly-style presentation that uses contact-based education and peer-to-peer outreach to teach secondary school students about mental health and how to individually care for it. The professionally-developed curriculum helps audiences to understand what mental health is, how to identify the signs of struggle/crisis, how to seek help, and how to support a friend who may be struggling. Students receive tools, tips, and scripted stories in order to engage students to the topic of mental health. Led by post-secondary youth facilitators trained by Jack.org. Additional school resources to plan mental health initiatives are available to interested schools.
Jane/Finch Community and Family CentreFields to ParksThis free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for select elementary schools in Learning Centre 2. 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. Teacher resources and lesson plans are available.
Joan BarringtonLight Hearts-Healing PlayThis resiliency workshop teaches techniques through 'clowning' to reduce students' stress and nurture well-being. Students are engaged in the program through improvisation activities i.e. role playing, theatre games in group settings, storytelling, and confidence-building activities. These exercises encourage and help develop a positive image of themselves, leading towards better relationships with their peers and the greater community. The workshop sessions are customized in order to fit the particular needs of students and educational criteria.
John Howard Society of TorontoH.I.P.P (Helping Individuals Plan Positively)HIPP is an African-Caribbean Youth program for males between the ages of 15 – 17. H.I.P.P focuses on helping these young men 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. The program consists of two streams: (1) Prevention - assisting youth at risk of gang affiliation; and, (2) Intervention - supporting youth who have confirmed gang affiliation.
Join The Dance CanadaDancing ClassroomsThrough Ballroom Dancing learning students in grades 5 - 8 heighten their dance skills, kinesthetic and cognitive development, and social-emotional learning. Through a series of sessions that nurtures mastery of an art form in a fun learning environment, Dancing Classrooms fosters respect, teamwork, confidence, politeness, a sense of joy and accomplishment. Essentially, the series is designed to “teach life skills wrapped up in ballroom dance.” Engaging in ballroom dancing focuses children’s physical energies and increases health through the joy of movement. Workshops create safe spaces of inclusivity. After a series of sessions, a culminating event for the school community is organized. The effect of Ballroom Dancing on students’ social-emotional learning become apparent to their parents with the events demonstration of their enhanced cooperative and collaborative skill, social confidence, self-discipline, focus, and enthusiastic engagement.
Juan BendanaStudent Leadership, Achievement, PurposeStudent Leadership & Achievement Motivational Speaker provides interactive presentation that provides tools for students to become better leaders and help them gain clarity on where they want their life to go. Two presentations are available: "What do I want to do with my life?" and "Champion of Your Own Story." Juan has been trained by the world's top experts in personal development and leadership such as Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Bob Proctor, & Les Brown. He has more than ten years experience working with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), leadership development, and positive psychology. He was also named coach of the year at the Global Youth Leadership Summit.
Junglesport Inc.Adventure Learning A multi-day program with a series of one hour sessions offered each day. Students take part in wall climbing and vertical challenges, the Gorilla Gym individual swinging challenge, Ascending Lines, and challenges such as the Commando Course, Cable Ride and Obstacle Courses. Students are separated into groups by their age and complete age-appropriate activities. The initiative offers programs that engage students of all ages and abilities in climbing and ropes course activities in school gyms. Junglesport's staff supervises the activities.
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioFinancial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship ProgramsJunior Achievement of Central Ontario (JACO) provides financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship workshops, presentations, and special events. Programming includes interactive activities and resources to inspire youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable financial decisions; to be innovative in business ideas and starting their own companies; and, develop career plans. Programs are led by professionals serving as JACO trained volunteers from the business community. For a full menu of service, and to download resources visit http://central-ontario.jacan.org/programs. Workshops include, but are not limited to: More Than Money (Gr 4); Our Business World (Gr. 5); Stronger Together: Diversity in Action (Gr 6); Be Entrepreneurial Junior (Gr 6); Dollars with Sense (Gr 7); Economics for Success (Gr. 8); Success Skills: Work Readiness (Gr 9); Personal Finance (Gr 9-12); and, Be Entrepreneurial (Gr 9-12). JACO resources teachers to be able to provide the programming of "Investment Strategies" (Gr 9-12); and, "Company Program: Solving real-world business challenges" (Gr 9-12). JACO off-site special events for secondary schools include, but are not limited to: Titan Challenge; World of Choices; TechWorks; and, the after-school Company Program.
Just AissiGumboots WorkshopsGumboots Workshop introduces students to a percussive dance where the body becomes a musical instrument practiced with rubber boots. Gumboots dance is a first influence of Stomp and originated in South Africa developed by miners using rhythm and dance to communicate. Students learn the history and cultural development, learn basic steps and choreography, and have the opportunity to create a routine. For schools interested in exploring percussion instruments further, Djembe African Drumming workshop is also offered. Workshops are offered in French and English.
Just BGRAPHIC Inc.Just BGraphic ProgramsJust BGraphic provides workshops in The Arts. The program includes dance, spoken word, visual arts, drama and leadership workshops. Students will develop skills in the various Arts disciplines, enhance their creative and critical thinking skills, leadership, team work and cooperation skills.
Kaeja d'DanceDance WorkshopsKaeja d’Dance offers dance programming that explores techniques and performance skills, creation skills and artist talks. The dance approach, developed by Allen and Karen Kaeja, encourages students to discover new ways of learning dance from their own personal and cultural expression and movement vocabulary. Students develop dance techniques through improvisation and working in an ensemble. For those students with experience, Kaeja d’Dance offers workshops on techniques and execution of approximately 20 dance lifts and elevations. In addition, students may explore the combination of dance and the camera by filming choreographic work and viewings of dance films. Workshops are offered to students and teachers and may be offered at the Kaeja d’Dance Studio as per Excursion Policy.
Karen ChaboyerResidential Schools & Seven FiresAs a Residential School Survivor, Karen Chaboyer speaks about her lived experience of nine years in a Residential School, its impact on her life, family and community. She integrates the Seven Fires teachings into her talk. Her presentation cultivates students' knowledge of Aboriginal/Indigenous History and the Residential Schools Era. An engaging, thought-provoking presentation that addresses in a meaningful way the Call to Action statement that "unresolved trauma from residential schools continues to impact individuals, families, communities and nations; and will do so until it is expressed, validated and released in healthy, creative way."
Kern CarterPassion and PaperThis workshop is delivered by a professional writer and focuses on taking a passion and turning it into a career using writing as the focal point. Students analyze excerpts from the book, Thoughts of a Fractured Soul, to explore themes, including the importance of decision making and its short and long term impact, along with overcoming external and internal obstacles to reach a goal. The workshop also provides writing samples and strategies for online content.
Kick Start Arts SocietyKick Start Arts WorkshopsThe workshops engage students to create multi-disciplinary arts projects and initiatives. Skilled artist-educators bring the arts to life and work with students to deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills and build a stronger sense of community. Workshops are crafted to nurture the development of The Arts expectations found in the curriculum, while creating an opportunity for fun and meaningful arts immersion.
KidfixIn-school Intervention ProgramStudents who have been neglected and/or abused, and present concerns regarding their social, emotional and learning abilities, are referred by TDSB Professional Services, as needed.
Kids 4 Kids Leadership Inc. BullyFreeME PresentationsHighly interactive and entertaining presentations engage elementary students with real-life stories, usable strategies and incredible insight on valuable lessons on peer leadership. Themes of social inclusion, understanding difference, student leadership, and creative anti-bullying strategies are reflected. For more than two decades, BullyFreeME presents an energetic and captivating anti-bullying curriculum, developed by author, producer and award-winning presenter Scott Graham. Students and staff leave inspired and motivated to help themselves and others.
Kids' Growing CityEdible Garden Education Workshops & Professional LearningThe Program offers gardening workshops for elementary students and professional development workshops for TDSB staff on designing and implementing edible gardens. Student workshops include hands-on gardening activities, such as designing school gardens, planting seeds, washing and packaging vegetables, composting, recycling, and harvesting and replanting foods. TDSB staff may participate in these workshops and learn how to lead successful gardens at their schools. The professional learning resource consists of an on-line course for TDSB staff completed over nine weeks. Staff design, write and plan for small-scale school gardens. The course is accessed at http://yescourse.com/store/dcp-school-gardening-formula.
KiPOW! CanadaKiPOW! Canada Health Initiative This free program discusses fundamental aspects of health such as water consumption, healthy eating and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Delivered by post-secondary students in science, this interactive program uses games and activities to dive into myths about health, preventing illness, and choosing the right foods. Snacks are also provided to model healthy food options. Topics covered include: importance of water, food requirements, reading nutrition labels, macronutrients and micronutrients, serving and portion size, in depth look at food groups, body image, sleep and physical activity. Resources are provided for students to monitor their progress.
Laurel Empowerment Services (LES)LES Social/Life Skills ProgramIn collaboration with the TDSB Child and Youth Counsellor, LES provides life skills and health promotion workshops at Danforth CTI. Topics include mental health, anti-bullying, internet safety, conflict resolution, and healthy relationships. Activities are designed for open discussion and healthy debate of real life issues and situations.
Leave Out Violence (L.O.V.E.)Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) and Engaging in New AlternativesTeams of secondary school youth will work with established spoken word artist and facilitators over 12 weeks to compose and practice individual and team spoken word pieces to perform in one of five Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB) “regional finals” in the Spring of 2017. The top teams from each region will earn a spot in the LTAB City finals and will meet and compete with poets from schools across Toronto. Through poetry and shared experiences, the festival helps bring youth together from different backgrounds and neighbourhoods in the GTA and helps to foster better relationships among youth in their schools. Schools will have access to: - A Teaching Artist who works with a school over 12-weeks. - LTAB curriculum and resources. - Volunteer opportunities for youth in registered schools to help to plan the LTAB Spoken Word Festival. - Registration in the LTAB Festival 2017
Leave Out Violence (L.O.V.E.)Violence Prevention CommitteeProgram to facilitate a sense of community and belonging by using a capacity-building model whereby students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will be facilitated in a group setting to increase their conflict resolution, communication and interpersonal skills. Youth leaders and LOVE co-facilitate the committees which meet regularly. Program activities include photojournalism exhibits, school newsletters, zines, comic stripes or publis services announcements about violence and its prevention.
Let's Talk ScienceLet's Talk Science Outreach ProgramPost-secondary volunteers and staff lead free hands-on programming that enhances the curriculum and help students develop their scientific inquiry, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students see direct application of STEM concepts to real-life environments. Volunteers also act as role models to provide information on post-secondary education and future careers in STEM. Some examples of workshops include Feast for the Senses, Rube Goldberg Machines, DNA Biotechnology, Super Science Challenges, and Crime Lab and workshops are customizable. Schools may contact the outreach program that is closest to them at outreach.letstalkscience.ca.
Licensed To Learn Inc. (L2L)L2L Peer to Peer Tutor Training and CertificationSelected elementary and secondary students are trained to help their peers improve their grades through fifteen weekly one-on-one peer tutoring. Student 'peer leaders' are granted certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, good study habits, and ways to improve note taking and time management skills. An L2L Trainer is assigned to each participating school to train students and ensure that each participating student is successful.
Little Rascals PlaceClay/Pottery WorkshopThis arts workshop offers students the opportunity to learn and create clay and pottery pieces. This program is especially suited to early years and elementary students to learn about clay and various hand-building techniques to create pinch pots, coil mugs, clay plaques and individual clay pieces. Pieces will be kiln fired and dropped off within three weeks.
Little Red TheatreTouring Theatre for ChildrenThe Little Red Theatre produces dramatic performances using an eclectic mix of puppets, original musical scores and songs, dance and audio and visual technology. Students may participate in the actual performance or participate in the question and answer at the end. Productions are inspired by current issues, books that children love or problems that are relevant to children. Three theatre presentations are offered each school year in English, French or Bilingual. Study guides are available to further the learning before and after the presentation.
Live DifferentLive Different School AssembliesLive Different offers hour-long motivational assemblies that encourage students to make a positive difference in the world. Assemblies centre on a different theme each year and include speakers, musical performances and videos. The assemblies seek to inspire students to take action to make a difference in the world. Supplementary materials and in-class workshops, or smaller group discussions are also available to follow-up on the assemblies for interested schools.
Living RhythmDrumming to Well BeingThis interactive rhythm-based workshop explores drumming to increase mental health and well being for students and teachers. Students learn mindfulness strategies and techniques through pulse, breath and visualization, enhanced communication skills including active listening and cooperation with peers, and community building and leadership skills. Using drums and their own bodies and other sounds, this workshop engages different learners. Students and teachers will learn tools and ideas on ways to reduce stress and build connection with their peers to build a safe and positive community. Workshops offered: The Beat of Now: Drumming & Rhythm for Mental Health & Well Being, Community Beats: Building Community Spirit Through Drumming & Rhythm; Together in Rhythm: Team Building and Leadership. Professional learning opportunities are available to teachers.
Liz PearsonFood, Body Image and Mental HealthStudents learn strategies that promote a healthier body image and relationship with food. Presentations for students, staff and parents focus on the effects of food on one’s mental and physical health and well-being. Sessions provide practical tips for making beneficial food choices, what foods protect health, how to read food labels and ingredient lists, as well as a format for discussion on how the media (including social media), family, and friends can affect our body image.
Logics AcademyRobotics & Aerospace STEM WorkshopsThe program offers inquiry-based and hands-on STEM workshops and educator resources. Students learn robotics and coding solutions. The goal of each workshop is to inspire students and teachers to explore and to innovate using robotics and aerospace technologies. Students develop their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and problem-solving skills. Award winning robots and maker kits are provided for use in the classroom. Workshop topics include but are not limited to: The Solar Car, the Electric Car, Pneumatics, Walking Robots, Mars Rover, Parachutes, the Motorized Fan, Windmills, Beam Balance, Talk Bot, the Wind turbine, etc. Logics Academy leads in-class workshops, lunchtime and afterschool programs, camps and special events.
Loretta Penny (Down to Earth Education)Down to Earth EducationThe program provides 19 unique presentations, workshops and artefact displays for elementary and secondary students, on environmental and social justice, historical, and mental health and wellness topics. Presentations promote empathy and respect for others, and cultural and environmental awareness. Using engaging visuals and diverse displays, students learn about people, places and historical events by travelling through rainforests, exploring oceans, walking among Indigenous peoples, or retracing the routes of African peoples who were enslaved. Presentations include, but are not limited to the following (www.downtoearth.to): Oceans Alive! - Students explore oceans to better understand marine life and environmental threats to the ecosystem. Forests Alive! - Students examine temperate and tropical forest ecosystems to understand interdependence and complex symbiotic relationships Ancient Maya / Egypt - Students step back in time to discover ancient civilizations. The Buzz on Bees - Students will get informed about the decline of bees and other endangered species. Black History - Students will depart on a historic journey to learn about the middle passage, life on a plantation, the underground railroad, emancipation and more. In My Shoes - Students will journey in the shoes of others to learn about poverty, homelessness and discrimination. Great for anti-bullying!
Loyalist 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; and to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents and families; and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early years' grades.
Lucy Rupert (Blue Ceiling Dance)Imaginative BodyThis dance workshop delves deeper into contemporary dance art form and explores imagination and the body’s movements to enhance students’ creativity and interpretation skills. Facilitator leads students through a series of improvised movements, exercises and tasks to expand the imagination and inspire a new range of movement and expression. Students learn to work with what is accessible within their own bodies, find their personal movement vocabularies, be able to communicate imagery and sensation. Students work individually and in small groups or pairs to construct short movement scores or dances which will be shared with the class. Professional development is available to teachers.
Mad Science of TorontoScience & Technology WorkshopsThe Mad Science Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science by leading interactive, in-class workshops and after school clubs. These workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology and the environment and to make connections between science and the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary students.
Magician Toronto Inc.Anti Bullying and Confidence Building Magic Show School Assembly The “Bully Me No More” Magic and Illusion Show is an hour long professional magic show, embedded with a Clear Anti-Bullying message. Through Professional Magic and “ Vegas Style” Illusions, students will be engaged in discussion and presentation on : • Identifying Bullying • Coping Strategies • Effective ways to Combat Bullying • Cyberbullying. Professional Magician/Illusionist Coby also talks about his personal story of being bullied as a child and how magic helped him overcome the bullying. There are 2 versions of the show: The first one is targeted to Grades K-4, which focuses on Physical and Verbal Bullying, and the 2nd version has more of a focus on Cyberbullying and confidence building. Materials are also provided to teachers for follow-up discussions in the class.
Malicounda Dance CompanyAfrican Drum CircleThe program offers African Drum circle workshops in French, English, and Spanish. Students practice their French language skills and learn about traditional dances, songs, and rhythms from francophone West Africa. Students sing traditional songs in French through call and response. Students also learn how drums are made and their origins, and take part in demonstrations of the djembe, djun-djun, dalabash, shakere and m’bira drums.
Marianne DerowThe Art of Healthy SingingProfessional voice artist mentor provides information about the music industry and imparts professional singing skills to students. Sessions enhance vocal and performance technique. Students learn how the mechanics of producing sound works, and the proper use and care of the voice to maximize one's sound. Through a variety of styles of music and repertoire, students enhance their understanding and practise of vocal music.
Mary Living OutsideDiscovering Life in the SoilWorkshops for grade 3-8 students explore the world of soils and the invisible soil ecosystem that supports all life. The workshops educate students on soil ecology and management, and deepen their understanding that this microscopic world is the foundation to long term soil fertility and resilience. Students take part in experiments to identify soil organisms and soil organic materials, test and amend soil.
McCarthy Tetrault LLPMT Mentoring Indigenous Students Through establishing mentorships between secondary students who identify as First Nation, Metis or Inuit with partners, associates, and employees of a law firm who are volunteering dedicated time to cultivating these relationships, this program aims to inspire, support, accompany and provide opportunities for student engagement, curriculum enhancement and academic success. Mentors will build supportive relationships with participants and participate with them in mutually-agreed activities to further individual student success. Individual mentoring activities may be as diverse as: • providing advice or assistance in topics such as strategies for time management, preparing a resume or understanding the nature of different careers • experiencing workplace environments through office tours or participating in firm-sponsored community activities • job shadowing, co-operative education placements and internships
Me to We Social Enterprises Inc.ME to WE Student Leadership Development Me to We Leadership sessions are fee for service student leadership development programming through which 30 selected students in interested schools are provided with a full day or more of activities specifically designed to nurture their leadership skills and assist them in reviewing current and potential leadership opportunities in their school and beyond. Professional learning sessions for staff designates from these schools are also offered. They are designed to focus on co-creating student leadership opportunities, with participants strategizing together on specific student ‘service-learning’ initiatives that can be implemented immediately following these sessions. All student and professional learning programming includes curriculum and resource materials.
MeBookz Inc.I Am Me - Comfortable In My Own SkinA literacy workshop series that sparks a student’s view of themselves as superheroes with innate powers to change their world. Through interactive reading of a picture book, group discussion and activities, the workshop explores themes of self-identity/worth, envisioning future goals, and finding great adventures in the simple things. Students will not only create their superhero story with special abilities but will also create their own superhero poster.
Meet The SelfMindfulness in SchoolsThe program provides in-class workshops and lunchtime programs for students and workshops for staff. Students learn mindfulness techniques and tools for emotional regulation that they can apply in the classroom and throughout the school environment. TDSB staff also learn mindfulness techniques they may introduce to their students. The in-class workshops and lunchtime program for students explore specific mindfulness lessons and consists of the following main components: • Mindfulness Sensory Exercises • Breathing Exercises • Emotional Regulation Exercises with the MonkeyMind puppet • Physical Exercises including partner work and kinesthetic • Meditation Session The Intro to Meditation workshop for educators provides an overview of the techniques of meditation and mindfulness. Participants will learn practical components they can use themselves and/or in the classroom, such as breathing techniques and other mindfulness exercises that apply to awareness and conscious choice-making (self-regulation).
Mentoring Juniors Kids OrganizationMJKO Mentoring and Leadership ProgramsUsing the Long-Term Athlete Development framework, the program enhances students’ physical literacy by teaching them the fundamentals of the sport of boxing, introducing them to the training requirements of a boxer, and demonstrating the various levels of competitive training. The program also develops students’ social well-being and includes interpersonal skills development. Each class engages participants in physical activity such as skipping, shadow-boxing, calisthenics, mental-skills training, and learning to respect peers and does not have any physical contact between students.
Method to MindfulMindfulness and Meditation in SchoolIn these engaging workshops, students will learn how to develop mindfulness as a life skill. They will learn to manage their emotions, increase their attention span, make more effective decisions, and recover from disappointments.Yoga, meditation and mindfulness are skills that can help overcome stress.
METRACRespect in Action: ReActMETRAC’s Respect in Action (ReAct) is peer-to-peer youth led violence prevention program. Using popular education techniques, ReAct’s Youth Peer Facilitators work with students to increase their understanding of violence, to create safe spaces for youth to talk about their experiences, and to inspire young people to take action to address violence in their lives and communities. ReAct offers a variety of workshops and presentations with a focus on preventing gender-based violence.
MetrolinxTransit in Your CommunityPresentations on the Metrolinx Toronto Transit Projects provide an opportunity for students in school communities along the routes to understand this significant infrastructure construction in their community. These presentations deepen students understanding of city planning and by interacting with various transportation professionals leading the sessions, students gain an understanding of the many careers in transportation, planning and public transit. These presentations enhance the curriculum in Grade 5; and in Grade 10 civics, geography, and, careers. Guest speakers, videos, presentations and group activities are included in these interactive sessions. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT is the first of three major Metrolinx projects.
Mindful BodiesYoga, Mindfulness & WellnessStaff and students learn self-regulation, focus and stress-resiliency skills in order to reduce stress and boost mindfulness. Weekly sessions or workshops teach movement and mindfulness techniques, the latest research in the field of neuroscience, mindfulness and psychology, as well as providing tools and effective strategies to reduce stress. Available to all students and professional development workshops can be arranged.
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