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.

Taking IT GlobalConnected NorthEducators, staff and students at the TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre are supported in the use of collaborative technology and in-person visits from Connected North lead staff, Waukomaun Pawis, or designate. Through collaborative project based learning, unique content and connections are developed for schools in the north and in the south to access cultural exchange opportunities and curriculum enhancement. Urban Indigenous students and staff connect through visiting partners and online video-conferencing with Indigenous school communities in remote locations, providing them access to expertise that might otherwise have been very difficult to acquire.
The Learning Partnership CanadaEntrepreneurial Adventure Elementary students create a business venture from their classrooms. The Learning Partnership’s Business Mentors guide students on their entrepreneurial journey, supporting them as they research an idea and build a plan to develop and launch their venture. Learning resource materials and activities make the entrepreneurial experience easy, accessible and fun. This program strengthens students’ critical thinking, creative problem solving and collaboration skills. It culminates in a regional event where students pitch their ventures.
EMG Education CompanyAfrican Canadian History TheatreEMG Education presents dynamic theatrical productions that focus on Canadian history and its contributions by Black Canadians and women. All productions are original works, written by a female African Canadian playwright. The 45-minute production takes students on a journey of celebration and appreciation of the black historical figures that have helped change the fabric of this great nation. Using multimedia, the performance weaves contemporary issues and messages of diversity and inclusion, within the context of Canadian history. Students enjoy an interactive game show during intermission to reinforce their learning. Suitable for Black History Month.
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.
IRISRobots Build and LearnEnable students to be active and creative digital learners by using LEGO bricks and digital tools to solve problems and collaborate with each other. These workshops facilitated by Institute of Robotics and Intelligence Systems staff encourage a playful learning environment where students build and program a variety of fun LEGO models fitted with motors and sensors, formulate and investigate data such as how to calculate and predict distances, and how the surface area of a ship's sails affects its travel speed. By engaging in this way, students deepen their understanding of key STEM-related concepts while developing the skills to be global learners.
Rayon GillespieFinancial Literacy en francaisEnabling students to be responsible money managers in French and English, these interactive presentations cover topics that include: "Budgeting 101" "Spend less, Save more" "Do you need to borrow?" and "Set yourself up for success." Financial literacy skills are interspersed with personal life story and practical experience.
University Health NetworkWhole School Approach to Eating Disorder PreventionEngaging and age appropriate, risk factor-focused presentations are offered to students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) on body image, media literacy, conversations around food, and self-esteem. Professional learning capacity-building, interactive workshops for staff focus on spotting the signs, supporting an affected student, addressing body-based bullying, and embedding conversations into existing curriculum. Parent panels for the school community are also offered that create a space for parents to share their concerns about this topic while empowering them with resources to support their children’s well-being around eating, physical activity, and body image. Programming in-person or virtual through video-conferencing is an evidence-informed approach to eating disorder prevention available for all schools.
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.
Canadian Contemporary School of Art Inc.Creative Art PracticeEnhanced arts workshops for elementary students in a variety of art forms that encourage imagination, trusting one's intuition and creativity. Workshop offerings include: textile printing, photography, puppetry, cartooning, fashion and wearable art, animation, and architecture. Students develop their understanding of the chosen medium and improve their techniques and problem solving skills. Workshops provide opportunities for self-expression, calculated risk-taking along with the enjoyment of seeing one's creative efforts lead to tangible results.
Bloor Street Fitness and BoxingT.E.A.M. (Trainers Encouraging Activity and Movement)Enhanced physical education workshop provides a practical approach to the theory of movement in a variety of activities including dance fitness, group strength and conditioning and pilates and yoga for schools in LC4. Each workshop provides an introduction and brief history, terminology and movement component that utilizes basic to advanced skills development. Students enhance their understanding of kinesthetic awareness and biomechanics through drills, routines and sequences targeting specific muscle groups. Activities motivate students to become more active.
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.
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.
EvergreenSchool Ground Greening SupportEvergreen provides practical support and services to TDSB schools 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.
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.
The Toronto Writers' CollectiveCreative Writing Professional LearningExperiential writing workshops introduce educators to proven methods that will equip them with strategies to enhance student self-regulation, expression, confidence and wellbeing, especially with vulnerable communities. Staff learn new techniques to inspire first draft expressive writing and create an engaged community of young independent writers by encouraging voice and a strong sense of identity. Facilitators provide steps on how to create a brave space to encourage students to share perspectives and stories, solutions to common roadblocks and techniques on how to tap into students’ creativity and initiative. They also provide coaching on how to form respectful collaborative peer circles for deep listening and supportive feedback.
Ian KetekuUncover Your Hidden VoiceFacilitated by a National Slam Champion and World Poetry Slam Champion, these workshops introduce students to the spoken word form and encourage them to engage with language in new, personal, and imaginative ways. Writing skills and tools for creative expression are enhanced through the exploration of metaphor and simile, and seeing how these are successfully applied by spoken word artists through video performances. Workshops culminate with students performing their own unique spoken word pieces to the entire class.
Scientists in SchoolScientists in SchoolFacilitated by experts in scientific and engineering fields, workshops provide an opportunity for elementary teachers' professional learning through collaborative delivery of these sessions immersed in inquiry based learning. Students peer into microscopes; test their powers of observation; design pneumatic models to solve a problem; explore insect adaptations; experiment with levers and build bridges to their futures. Scientists in School provides specialized materials and equipment to make each session a hands-on experience for every child; and provides comprehensive teacher resource packages to make each session and its extension activities a professional learning opportunity for staff.
Wahkohtowin ConsultingIndigenous Ways of Knowing Facilitated by Terry Swan, workshops promote Indigenous ways of knowing and being, identity, health and well-being, community mobilization and healing. Terry provides a bundle of spiritual tools and teachings that come from her deep connection to the land, medicines and teachings from Elders of many different Nations. Workshops offered include: sacred teachings of the water, history of residential schools, missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-spirit people (MMIWG), healthy relationships and self-care. Professional learning available to staff. Wahkohtowin symbolizes her facilitation style: everything is related.
Facing History and Ourselves Facing History: Professional Learning OpportunitiesFacing History and Ourselves’ professional facilitators offer interactive workshops to better equip educators, schools and systems with mindsets, knowledge and skills to shape thoughtful, equitable, just and academically challenging environments for student learning. Our staff will work with you to tailor professional learning sessions intended for system support, whole school, and department or subject specific audiences. Our 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) Our curriculum-based professional work can further enhance 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.
University of TorontoMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
University of Western Ontario MSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
University of WindsorMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
Wilfrid Laurier UniversityMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
York UniversityMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
University of TorontoPhysiotherapy Field PlacementsField placements with the TDSB OT/PT Department provide University of Toronto students who are training for a career in Physiotherapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist (OT/PT) Clinical Supervisors. The number of placements available in the TDSB is determined annually. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
Confederation CollegeEducation Assistant / Educational Support Field PlacementsField placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students in Educational Assistant / Educational Support programs who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms when working with students with diverse learning needs; to develop practical knowledge and skills; to work with and support students with special education needs in their learning environments; to provide (supervised) support to students with diverse and special education needs in school settings. 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.
Mohawk CollegeEducation Assistant / Educational Support Field PlacementsField placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students in Educational Assistant / Educational Support programs who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms when working with students with diverse learning needs; to develop practical knowledge and skills; to work with and support students with special education needs in their learning environments; to provide (supervised) support to students with diverse and special education needs in school settings. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoMEd Guidance & Counselling Field PlacementsField placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career in Guidance & Counselling, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Guidance Counsellor.
Ontario Justice Education NetworkOJEN Courtrooms and Classrooms Focused on citizenship and justice education, this program creates dialogues for students and teachers on legal issues and the provincial justice system. Through avenues that provide access to justice sector facilities and participation in debates about justice system reforms, students can engage in simulated court hearings, career modeling and mentorship opportunities, plenary sessions, and workshops that stimulate discussion and promote informed, purposeful, and active citizenship. Professional learning sessions for teachers are also available through a lecture series as well as interactive sessions with OJEN staff and other legal professionals in the justice sector, such as shadowing a judge.
FoodShare TorontoSchool 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/
FoodShare TorontoCommunity Food ProgramsFoodShare’s award winning Community Food Programs work 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: foodshare.net
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy CentrePEP Talk (Prevention Education Program)Formerly I'm a Great Kid!, PEP Talk programs are primary prevention programs aimed at helping children and youth develop healthy relationship skills and to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and violence. Altogether, three programs have been created to address navigating relationships across the development spectrum. PEP Talk Primary (Grades JK – 3) and PEP Talk Junior (Grades 4 – 6) are evidence-based programs consisting of six modules each: 1) Self-esteem, 2) Communication, 3) Making Choices, 4) Friendship & Social Support, 5) Touch, and 6) Getting Help. Each theme overlaps and builds on the next one to comprehensively address healthy-relationship building and getting help. PEP Talk Intermediate (Grades 7 & 8) is an evidence-informed program that consists of 11 modules: 1) Self-esteem, 2) Communication, 3) Getting Help & Barriers, 4) Building Friendships, 5) Gender Stereotypes, 6) Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships, 7) Abuse & Violence, 8) Consent, 9) Legal Rights & Responsibilities, 10) Making Choices, and 11) Summary & Self-Care. The program focuses on helping youth build skills for establishing healthy relationships and preventing unhealthy relationships and abuse.
MapleLeafTheatreforSocial ResponsibilityTheatre Workshops and Performances for Social ChangeForum Theatre pedagogy allows students to participate and change the outcome of problems and learn to promote positive change. It is a pedagogy recognized by UNESCO. Mixed Company Theatre provides interactive productions and workshops using this method to address such issues as bullying, inclusion, mental health awareness, sexual consent, homophobia and transphobia. In these sessions, students practise creative problem-solving techniques and develop positive strategies to respond to issues that affect them.
Bad Subject Youth OrganizationConsent & Media LiteracyFree consent and healthy relationship workshop for students and teachers to build a culture of consent where youth are empowered with the skills they need to form healthy and respectful relationships. Workshops delivered by trained facilitators engage youth through discussion, skill-building exercises and activities using scenarios to understand outcomes. Two workshops are available: “Consent In Real Life” where students explore boundaries, non-verbal communication, rejection, sex, building healthy relationships, social dynamics and media and “Digital Generation” challenges the victim-blaming narrative and encourages media-literacy skills, consensual use of social media and critical thinking. Professional learning is available to staff.
YMCA of Greater TorontoYouth Substance Use Free presentation on substance use and its effects to school community. Substances covered are alcohol, cannabis, opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA/ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, hallucinogens. Presentation addresses what the products are, their categories, physical and mental impacts, short and long term impacts and strategies for harm reduction. Facilitators address the causes of use and indicators that people may be using substances and ways to get help. A question and answer will follow each presentation.
Greenpeace CanadaGreenspeakersFree 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.
North Toronto Soccer ClubSoccer PlayFree workshop to enhance soccer training for elementary students. Qualified and licensed coaches help students develop their physical literacy and soccer skills through fun games and learning activities and drills. Elementary schools in LC1 have an opportunity to work with this community organization.
Canadian Mental Health Association CMHAThe Opening Doors Project Free workshops provide an overview of mental health and illness and examine on a deeper level mental health issues on racism, diversity and anti-racism, identities in the Canadian context, and the newcomer experience. Through popular theatre and storytelling, students discuss the struggles and challenges for those living with mental illnesses and learn to develop strategies for dealing with discrimination and self-care when dealing with stress. Workshop include: Building Bridges: Anti-Racism 101, Understanding Migration, Mental Health and Wellness 101, Stress and Self-Care in Context, Starting From the 'I': Reflecting On Our Identities; and Know Your Rights 101. The Opening Doors Project also has additional programs to support Syrian students.
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.
Extend-A-FamilyFriendship CirclesFriendship Circles build relationships between students with disabilities, who are in an integrated class placement and their peers through engaging activities that encourage social connections. Groups of children are intentionally brought together to get to know each other and to build a welcoming and inclusive school community for all students. Circles provide an opportunity for the person with a disability to participate in conversations, games, parties and social encounters. Circles are led by an Extend-A-Family Coordinator who facilitates group sessions and encourages groups to plan time and activities together, and to explore the concept of friendship both within and outside of school.
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (Ont) Inc.From Yoga Mat to Peaceful ClassroomFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom introduces yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. The program can be adapted for multiple levels and all age groups for students in elementary and high schools. It can be delivered online, in a space that accommodates mats, as well as in a traditional classroom with students sitting at their desks. Through mindful movement, relaxation exercises and meditation, students develop social-emotional and life skills that enhance their health and well-being. The program can also include professional development workshops for teachers and support staff that provide guidance in delivering simple yoga and mindfulness techniques to students. Program is led by certified yoga therapists.
Never Too Short ProductionsFilm In A DayFull day hands-on workshop offers the opportunity for students to explore all aspects of filmmaking including script writing, exploration of equipment and techniques required to create a film. This comprehensive workshop emphasizes four key components to consider when making a film: storytelling, writing, presentation and use of equipment. The facilitator also discusses the editing process, and software that accompanies it. The goal of the workshop is not only for students to create a short film, but also to provide them with a solid understanding of the film industry's practices, standards and careers.
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.
PACTGrow to Learn (GTL) School Gardens and WorkshopsGardens and workshops are designed to teach school communities about urban agriculture and farming methods/techniques, environmental sustainability, various food systems, and STEM-related topics. As outdoor living classrooms, gardens provide safe, experiential, learning and volunteer opportunities to raise awareness around intersectional social justice, healthy food, nutrition, and the issue of food insecurity in local communities. Over ten workshops covering such topics as wild edibles, biodiversity, field to table cooking, seed saving, composting, and soil blocking, are available for all grades along with self-directed teaching opportunities. Garden tours and 1/2 day field trips also available. To review the current menu of workshops and related lesson plans, see http://pactprogram.ca with new activities updated annually.
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.
Strides Toronto Support ServicesRespect in Schools Everywhere (RISE)Grades 7 - 12 students in this Peer Leader training program, develop knowledge, skills and produce materials on bullying, cyber-bullying, mental health; and conflict resolution. Workshops enhance students' strategies to communicate more effectively, manage conflict and address bullying effectively as a both potentially a victim and as a bystander. Students also learn coping mechanisms to foster positive mental health, discuss the elements of self-care, and have the opportunity to create their own self-care kits. Students receive resources and tools to better advocate for themselves and others.
Shira WolchGrey Matters WorkshopsGrey Matters brings the concept of an inclusive classroom to life by helping students to understand disability and neurological diversity in these in-person and virtual workshops. By understanding what makes everyone different, and destigmatizing disability, inclusion is built. The four sessions informs students how the brain works, how some disabled brains work differently, why disability is not a bad word, visible and invisible disabilities and what students can do to be more inclusive.
Mosa McNeillySister Freedom's Black Arts Education ProjectsGrounded in Black diasporic art forms, aesthetic modes and design, these sessions, in-person or by video-conferencing, engage curriculum connections with visual art, social studies, mapping, coding, equity, diversity, history, social justice and wellness. Workshops include: Adinkra Project, Africa project, Black Stories Storybook Project, Black Women Artists Project, Black Hair Magic Project, Grandma Assiatou's Seed Pouch Project, Sankofa Project and Underground Railroad Quilt Godes Project. Through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture, writing poetry, students engage in self-reflective and cross-cultural dialogue. Also available as professional development, Black Ways of Knowing offers tools for developing and delivering culturally responsive curriculum that centers African, Black and Caribbean students and advocates for Black freedom and justice. Delivery available in English or French.
Alpha Rhythm RootsAfrican Musical JourneyGuinean and African music, dance, traditions and culture are explored in these African drum circle and dance sessions. Presentations discuss the Guinean percussion orchestra, manufacturing and origins of instruments and history alongside live demonstrations of the instruments played. Performances bring history alive through full traditional outfits, drumming and dancing to the entire school. Workshops provide students the opportunity to participate in collective drumming and dance that develop teamwork, memorization, hand coordination and creativity. Students learn a full orchestra rhythm and/or choreographed dance routine. All sessions are available in English and French and professional learning may be available to staff. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
Real Talk Learning ExperiencesContent is KingHaving a sound understanding of how social media works, both on the front-end and the back-end, allows young people and parents/guardians to employ best practices and make good decisions about utilizing the medium. The Digital Age has affected the way many industries do business. The marketing industry has changed from outbound methods that cast a broad net to an undefined target audience, to inbound tactics to attract a desired customer to products and services. Content marketing by way of videos, written content and podcasts, in conjunction with social media marketing and search engine marketing has become a standard in contemporary marketing. Topics in these student and parent workshops include - Content is King, Media Literacy & Technology, Let's Take a Selfie: Social Media and You.
Moving EDGEucation Inc.Bachelors, Masters, Ph.Ds in EDGEucation!Health and well-being, movement based learning, dance and health school climate sessions for school communities. Bachelors: A highly engaging, inclusive community building experience where the whole self is engaged (the physical, cognitive, social/emotional) moving to multiple music styles. Students create a positive community environment by unifying together on the same movement, then expressing and exploring their own individuality. Masters: Interactive movement sessions with a “numeracy” or “literacy” focus, plus a Professional Learning Session for staff to build the capacity of teachers to integrate movement into lessons. Ph.Ds: Continue the learning through interactive movement sessions with multiple subject areas, and an extended Professional Learning Session to integrate movement into multiple subjects throughout the day. Parent engagement sessions build community, and provide an experiential opportunity for families to become informed about movement & learning while being active at the same time.
Hélène Nicole RichardGotta Love That FrenchHélène Nicole offers a live one-hour bilingual performances in French and English to encourage students to appreciate the French language and cultures. Specific performances and presentations change every two years. Two, ongoing popular performances are: "Quand je serai grand"; and, The Carnival Show. The goal of the presentations remains the same: to increase students’ appreciation of the French language, French immersion and Francophone cultures.
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.
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.
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.
Dwayne MorganAmplifying Student VoiceIn 1993, Dwayne Morgan found his voice, and has used it to carve out a life filled with unique experiences. In this motivational assembly, 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. Morgan's workshops help to develop creative writing skills, spoken word performance, and the introduction of poetry slams.
CAFCANLife Skills and Community Engagement In support of Caring & Safe Schools programming, CAFCAN will provide life skills group sessions that help children and youth who have faced complex challenges in the school and in the local community to engage, re-engage, and/or transition well from grade eight to secondary school. Topics and discussions are varied: from stress management to conflict resolution. Specific sessions that can be offered, through referral, include: Leaders in Partnership; UJIMA; SNAP; Ouch, that Hurts; and, Express Yourself.
SoundKreations Inc.Toronto Dance XperienceIn these dance workshops (in-person or by video-conferencing), students participate in an adventure of body awareness, spatial awareness by exploring some of the cultures and dance styles that make-up the fabric of Toronto. Students learn a variety of styles and movements and their relationship with peers. Professional dancers engage students in the chosen dance style, fundamental movements, an in-depth exploration of the creative process and, in the longer series, a culminating student-led performance. Dance programs include: HipHopParty (building community through Hip-Hop Party Grooves), CubaNYC (Latin street dance), AfroFUSION (popular styles and grooves native to Congo, Angola and Ghana), and DanceCOMBO (hybrid of all styles). Workshops may be delivered in English, French and Spanish.
Laura BeglinCreativity, Confidence, Artistry Through DanceIn these dance workshops, students build leadership skills as they create their own choreography and creative composition. Each session typically concentrates on one dance style or tradition, providing instruction in technique and dance history. Styles available include jazz, ballet, hip hop, disco, modern, musical theatre, country line dance, Western-style folk dance, and creative movement. With elementary students the instructor focuses on body and spatial awareness, form and style, and physical conditioning. With secondary students the instructor places greater emphasis on proper dance technique and history. All workshops seek to provide new and diverse perspectives to teachers and students in the classroom.
York UniversityUnity in DiversityIn these immersive arts workshops, students will deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills around themes of identity, community and multiculturalism to produce an art project or initiative. Artist facilitators (Asian Canadian artist facilitators?) will develop students’ literary and artistic tools to explore and develop content in expressing their vision around a theme. Workshops may include literary writing, music composition, visual art and photography/videography. Students will create an artistic work at the end of the workshop and facilitators will collect and create a collaborative piece of art (if applicable). Workshops are also suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
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.
Literal ChangeOrton-Gillingham Professional LearningIn this professional learning session in person or by video-conferencing, staff are exposed to the multi-sensory and direct teaching strategies found within the Orton-Gillingham remedial literacy approach. Half or full day interactive workshop introduces Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches, terminology, learning exceptionalities and targeted teaching strategies that address phonological awareness, syllabication, morphology, spelling and writing. Facilitators provide teaching examples and assessment tools to help teachers identify gaps in knowledge and translate the results into teaching objectives and lesson plans. Literacy Specialist course offers a more in-depth understanding of Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches which includes research, terminology, assessment, organization of learning and application for learners.
Jane Goodall Institute for WildlifeRoots and Shoots Sustainable Food InitiativeIn this program, up to 10 secondary EcoSchools take part in reducing their carbon footprint through the lens of food waste and sustainability. School-wide assemblies generate interest and excitement about the Roots and Shoots campaign, educating students on the impact our diets have on climate change and the environment. Alongside learning resources provided to schools to assist the implementation of the program, students document their progress towards food sustainability by taking photos and video to produce a video clip of their contributions. One student-made video will be awarded a professional edit and shared throughout the local community and JGI Canada to further raise awareness on sustainable foods.
Raging Asian Women Taiko DrummersTaiko Drumming Performances and WorkshopsIn this Taiko drumming performance presented by a performing arts ensemble made up of East and Southeast Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer people, audiences will experience both traditional and contemporary Taiko drumming pieces, learn the historical and creative contexts behind them, and enhance their understanding of Japanese culture and Asian history. Through each undeniably strong, yet nimble percussive sound that is generated from the orchestra of drums played in rhythm, students will witness both the strength of force that sound is capable of, and likewise find that same potential within themselves to be heard. Taiko drumming workshops that further enhance student learning are also available.
Canadian Roots ExchangeHistories of ColonizationIn this workshop, secondary school students begin to learn about the histories of colonization as experienced by various Indigenous communities on this land. Facilitators connect things that have happened in ‘history’ to things that are going on now. Students learn about how systems, policies, and laws are connected to discrimination faced by people every day. To understand the modern issues that First Nations, Metis and Inuit face, students must know the history of violence and oppression that led their people to their current realities.
Parachute Leaders in Injury PreventionParachute Brain WavesInjury Prevention focused neuroscience presentations enhance students' understanding about different parts of the brain; basic neuroscience vocabulary; and, how and why it's important to protect their brain and spinal cord. Classrooms are turned into laboratories, where students conduct science experiments involving the five senses that tie into lessons on neuroanatomy and the fragility of this amazing system. Students study the lobes of the brain and learn that the brain has the same consistency as gelatin and is protected by a skull that is only as thick as a pencil. They learn simple strategies to prevent injury.
Inner City AngelsInterdisciplinary Learning with ArtistsInner 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. Elementary classes participate in arts activities with professional artists in-person or through video-conferencing 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.
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.
Wadoka Academy Inc.MILDIntegrated programming for students with disabilities to enhance their well-being through physical activity and learning based on the martial arts. Through creating an ‘integrated learning environment’ students with Special needs are able to digest information with ease and learn challenging ‘moves’ from both their peers and the Sensei who individuates the teaching and learning in performances of “moves”. As research demonstrates, this physical activity develops students’ self- awareness (“Know” your self); taking responsibility for their actions (“Own” your self); and, whether verbally or non-verbally, communicate their feelings about the experience (“Project” your self). In addition to the other benefits, “… evidence has also shown that physical activity [involving children with disabilities] has a direct influence in self-determination”.
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.
Stolen From Africa/Volé D'AfriqueStolen From Africa Interactive assembly and arts-based workshops promotes social justice and builds cross cultural understanding for racialized and marginalized students. Facilitators discuss themes of Black Diaspora history, identity, relationships, resilience and self-advocacy. Students explore self-identity, reflect on impact on their community, and share their stories to peers through working on an arts/digital media project. Professional learning is available for staff to explore barriers and challenges that black and diverse youth face and share strategies on how to teach culturally-responsive lessons to engage diverse learners. Workshops are also offered in French.
Money School CanadaMoneyi$t in the School Financial Literacy Educational Programs Interactive financial literacy programming, delivered in-person or virtually, introduces participants to a comprehensive array of essential money concepts including saving, smart spending, budgeting, borrowing and credit. Professional financial literacy instructors use a diverse array of experiential learning techniques such as skits, role-play, hands-on activities and simulations to engage students and make learning about money fun and memorable. Age appropriate, plain language, relevant examples are drawn from student life experiences and shared to engage, inform and build student knowledge, skill and confidence with money and its management. Workshops meet math and financial literacy curriculum requirements. They are tailored for grades 4 - 12. Parent sessions are entitled "Money Mentor$". Professional learning sessions are also available.
Steven BotelhoOur Space Is A Safe SpaceInteractive performances use professional-style puppets and actors to promote self-love, awareness and acceptance around mental health issues and those living with disabilities. Puppets take students on a journey about living with OCD, ADHD, anxiety, autism, depression, and dyslexia. Performances break down stereotypes, shows acceptance and tolerance of others and how to start a safe and open conversation about those who are different. Each performance showcases hand-made puppets, utilizes elements of music and drama, and involves audience participation followed by a question and answer period.
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.
Youth Centre for Sports DevelopmentMLSE Launchpad: Sport and STEMInteractive sessions combine physical literacy with STEM concepts through sport, for grades 7 and 8. Delivered in person or virtually, this program is designed to increase confidence and ease with STEM ideas, encourage kinesthetic learning, and build critical thinking and teamwork skills. Students participate in hands-on and on-court "Sport for Development" activities, while seeing how STEM concepts connect to real life sport situations. Themes include: mathematics/hockey, science/soccer, engineering/basketball, technology/football. Additional weekly challenges are available to classroom teachers to further students' learning and dive deeper into key themes.
BAM Children's Entertainment Inc.Opening Young Minds with Aunty B & Friends TheatreInteractive storytelling through life-size puppets and live characters create conversations on inclusion, diversity, Black History, self acceptance and equality. Through our interactive theatrical journey, we offer tools and strategies that allow your students to reflect, improve and celebrate differences. Performances detailed at www.auntyb.ca .
Health SheroThriving Through AdversityInteractive workshop empowers staff to thrive through stress and find peace in the midst of chaos using an eight strategy process. Participants discuss the true meaning of stress, how it can affect their daily lives and uncover hidden challenges that could be sabotaging their mental health and personal goals. The facilitator provides eight concrete self-care strategies in order to thrive through adversity in one's daily lives. Participants receive coping tools and tips to increase personal well-being.
Scarborough Women's CentreBuilding Strong FuturesInteractive workshops engage grades 7 - 12 female students in Scarborough schools to a support network, through discussion, life skills development, and information that enhances their confidence to make positive life choices, plan for their futures, become independent, and navigate the challenges that arise in the lives of young women on their pathways to adulthood. Topics include, but are not limited to: Building Self-Esteem and Confidence, Body Image, Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Future Planning, Self-Care Practices, and Personal, Educational and Career Goal Setting. Workshops for co-ed audiences are also available. Women's and Gender Issues are raised and analysed from an intersectional perspective.
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience ExperienceInteractive workshops in-person and through video-conferencing empower students by developing character, confidence communication and other essential soft skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare's language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Professional learning sessions are also available for this programming that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations."
CANVAS Arts Action Programs2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion and Consent WorkshopsInteractive, arts-based workshops on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, consent, and gender equity engage an anti-oppression framework to support students in creating safer, more inclusive communities. Four series are available: “Speak Out” enhances students’ understanding about LGBTQ2S+ identities, how to be an ally, and ways to challenge homophobic and transphobic bullying. “The C-Word” : prepares students for real-life social situations; equipped with tools to enact consent, develop consensual relationships, recognize sexual pressures, challenge social expectations, and support survivors of assault. “RelateABILITY” : for students with developmental disabilities, this series engages arts-based education and role play to educate on consent, communication, and creating safe, positive relationships. And, Professional Learning Sessions are available on topics and issues related to 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, consent and gender equity.
Pinecone Project Inc.Design and LeadershipInterdisciplinary design challenges for students builds skills in problem solving and creativity. Students engage in an exploration of available tools, information and other resources to address the problem at hand with the help of facilitators who guide the design implementation, decision-making and solution. As well, students think about the importance of considering others while designing solutions, and how their personal strengths can be used to solve everyday problems both now and in the future. Workshops to choose from are: Toy Works, Universal Design Challenge, Arctic Beavers, Let’s Get Moving, Classroom Theme Park, Animal Crossing, Green Cities, Values in Design, We all Scream…, Pet Prosthetics, Sustainable Action Planning.
Just AissiGumboots WorkshopsIntroduce students to a unique and engaging dance where the body becomes a musical instrument through the use of rubber boots. The gumboots dance originated in South Africa and was developed by miners using rhythm and dance in concert with percussive stomping to communicate and express ideas as well as themselves. Students learn the history and cultural development of the style, learn basic steps and choreography, and have the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a routine. Workshops are offered in both French and English.
The Multicultural Theatre Space Inc.Stories of JusticeIssues of integration and communication with peers give voice to newcomers, marginalized and racialized youth in these workshops facilitated by multicultural artists. Students receive inspiration from culturally diverse role models who provide an opportunity to hear critical conversations with a multicultural lens. Schools can choose from a workshop series for students to create a short theatre production reflective of their lives or participate in talkbacks with professionals in the theatre industry.
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.
James MandarinoCourage to DreamJay Mandarino shares his life story of overcoming obstacles, achieving success, and giving back to the community in this free inspirational assembly. Students hear a positive message to not let any obstacles stop them from achieving their dreams. Jay Mandarino talks about business and entrepreneurship, confidence and self-esteem and how to live with a learning disability such as dyslexia and ADHD and the life challenges these diagnoses often present. His message empowers students to strive for success in the face of adversity. Presentation is followed by a question and answer period.
Kevin CarringtonReggaeciseKevin Carrington leads a reggae-inspired cardio fitness dance program in person or through video-conferencing, that improves students' physical literacy and emotional well-being. The program combines dance, aerobic fitness, and reggae music, with high-impact exercise routines. Once students learn choreographed movements, they are encouraged to explore their own creativity by improvising their own dance moves. Students interact with an engaging and positive role model that inspires students to do their best and be their best.
Charles HongKorean Drumming, Dance and MusicKorean drumming and dance program led by a Dora Award-winning composer, Charles Hong. Playing different Korean drums, students are introduced to drumming technique, rhythm, and teamwork and ensemble skills. Students enhance their performance while gaining a rich knowledge of Korean history, music and culture. Exploration of traditional dance choreography as well as compositional activities may take place in workshop series. Professional development available to staff. Suitable for Asian Heritage Month and grades 1-8. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 9 week classroom visits.
Turk Event Consulting Inc. Lacrosse - History, Culture and Skills PresentationsLacrosse themed presentations delivered through video-conference or in-person, introduce students to Indigenous history and culture of lacrosse, and introduces students to the basic skills of the game.Presentations co-led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors focus on the cultural and spiritual significance of the game; show different sticks and equipment used; the positions played in the game; demonstrations; and, basic skills. During in-person sessions, students may participate in a 15 minute game where they are divided into clans/ teams.
The Chess 'n Math AssociationMath n' Chess Schools ProgramLearning to play chess helps students develop mathematical, logistical and analytical skills. It improves their concentration and memory. It bolsters their self-esteem and their ability to collaborate and interact with others. This program delivers a structured nine-level course for students who then may take part in the culminating event of a chess tournament. Using games, exercises and worksheets students learn the rules of the games, how to solve problems, work in teams, and use judgement. Students learn to think ahead and anticipate the moves of their opponents by developing their logic and reasoning skills.
The National Ballet of CanadaYOU DanceLed by artist educators/dancers from The National Ballet of Canada, these free workshops and performances introduce students to the theatrical art of ballet. Schools may also choose a “YOU dance” workshop where students actively engage in movement techniques to develop their creative expression, learn a variety of dance styles and repertoire, and interact with artists through a Q&A. Live-streamed "YOU dance" performance features five specially selected pieces danced by the National Ballet’s apprentices and accompanied by a pianist.
Hong Fook Mental Health AssociationWraparound: Making Healthy ChoicesLed by Hong Fook Youth Program Worker, the CHOICES program, serving Asian 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 the at-risk youth’s 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.
WeeFestival of Arts and CultureTheatre and Culture for Early YearsLed by professional artists, performances and workshops engage early years students in theatre, dance, music, movement/dance, visual arts in a storytelling form. Delivered in-person or virtually, sessions explore a range of themes including friendship, the environment, loss and change, overcoming fears, embracing difference/different abilities and cultural diversity. Workshops include "Kindergarten Drama Workshops", an active and creative movement workout; "Firefly Story Theatre Project", a drama and storytelling project, over a series of sessions, that collects and dramatizes students' original stories. Theatre performances for assemblies are available and changes each year; some productions are offered in French.
Lakeshore ArtsShazaam! In FocusLed by two professional artists, Grade 8 students examine their identity through a variety of arts mediums. Students participate in an outdoor photo shoot, photo editing with Photoshop, mixed-media collage, creative writing exercises, and a spoken word Poetry Slam performance.
IndigenEdIndigenEdLed 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.
Live Lujo Inc.Sewing StudioLibraries, gyms or classrooms are transformed into creative maker space by an 'All Star' team. A Sewing Studio that disrupts stereotypes and biases about who can sew and who can express themselves artistically. Sessions focus on confidence, skill-building, mentorship, equity and most of all, inclusion. All students leave the studio with a feeling of accomplishment in having completed a design and sewing project. Instructors, who are male role models , provide an engaging introduction to frame the session within the context of "Confidence Building" when learning new skills and new creative ways to express themselves. Personal stories of overcoming barriers are shared. Each student is inspired and encouraged to make their own creative choices in materials and adornments for the project, at the " Creation Station ". Projects vary by age group; all intentionally contribute to students' sense of self-efficacy. Each student learns how to sew on a sewing machine.
Logics Group Inc.Logics Academy Professional LearningLogics Academy provides comprehensive professional learning opportunities for educators and school administrators. Experienced educational professionals provide in-person or virtual synchronous, hands-on training on a variety of topics including: STEM, Robotics, Coding, Minecraft, remote learning, digital learning and technology tools which include: Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Brightspace, D2l and more. Sessions are available in both French or English.
Luana ShirtCultural TeachingsLuana Shirt is a Plains Cree/Anishinaabe Indigenous Knowledge Educator and Artist. Through interactive teaching circles, she brings focus and better understanding of Anishinaabe cultural teachings that are centered around the Indigenous world views of traditional roles of women and men, rites of passage of girls and boys, 7 stages of life, 7 grandfathers story and teachings, understanding of water, traditional use of medicines and 13 moon grandmother teachings. Indigenous arts workshops include songs, games and interactive teaching circles. Professional learning available to teachers.
Mad Science of TorontoScience & Technology WorkshopsMad Science Curriculum Based Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science through hands-on and interactive live experiments. These in-class workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology, engineering and the environment and to make connections between science and the wonders of the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, exciting and interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary student. Their professionally trained presenters are excellent in creating experiences that encourage children to pursue the sciences throughout their secondary and post secondary studies.
West African Cultural ExchangeAfrican Traditional Music (Drumming, Dancing and Singing)Master Drummer Fred Kwasi Dunyo leads workshops that are designed to fully immerse students in African culture through music, rhythm, song and dance. Step-by-step instructions provide opportunity to progressively advance students' musical skills while fostering team building and self-confidence. Five instruments are featured: kpanlogo drums, gankogui (bell), axatse (shaker), fritsiwa (finger bell), tokei (bell). Facilitator brings instruments for full classroom participation (if required). Workshop series provides an opportunity for students to showcase their learning to the school community. Professional learning is also available. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 3 classroom visits.
RumberosCuban-Brazilian Drumming and DanceMaster Rumbero Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo leads performances and workshops on Cuban/Brazilian drumming, music and dance. Students learn cultural history, relationship between music, dance, costume and other forms of Latin arts. Practical demonstration of how the music is executed using traditional instruments are first shown followed by an exploration of the traditional instruments by students. Facilitator brings all instruments for full classroom participation. Students enhance their performance and ensemble skills while gaining a rich knowledge of Cuban/Brazilian music and culture. Traditional dance steps and choreography are explored in the dance workshops. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Global Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 8 week classroom visits.
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