|Dance 'N' Culture||Cultural Dance Workshops||Dance workshop introduces foundational movements and concepts on a variety of cultural dances. Dance styles offered include Bollywood, Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Chinese Folk, West African, Soca, Afrobeats and Colombian Folk. Workshop touches on brief history and present day context, basic movements, dance expressions (hand gestures, foot patterns, facial expressions). Workshop series allows students to create and learn choreography to present to the school community. Dance ’N’ Culture strives to deliver innovative and authentic cultural dance programming in schools. Workshops may be used to celebrate a history/heritage month.|
|dancED Movement Project||Dancing Toward Confidence, Creativity and Self-expression||These dance workshops are facilitated by professional dancers to provide an opportunity for students to unleash their creative potential. Three main programs are Hip-Hop, multidiscipline and dance and theatre. Through choreographic sequences and improvisational techniques, students explore rhythm, physicality, movement and spatial and emotional awareness. Students not only enhance their dance technique and repertoire but also experience the process of creating their own steps and developing a performance from start to finish culminating in a showcase for their peers and/or community. |
|Daniel Consulting Group||The Bridge||This workshop series is available for participants who racially identify as African, Black and Caribbean, to support personal, academic and career development through the use of a wide range of life-skills programming. The Bridge program centralizes the development of positive racial and academic identities which have been shown to enhance academic engagement and success. Workshop themes will include understanding racial identity; leadership development; networking; community engagement; academic and career planning. These supports and skills will help participants more concretely explore post-secondary decisions and long-term career planning.|
|David Bouchard||David Bouchard Presentations||Sessions by renowned Metis author, David Bouchard, inspire, educate and animate the power of reading and stories. David facilitates Canada's Truth & Reconciliation, Calls to Action. Through First Nations stories and Native flutes, poetry and writing, this champion of reading and literacy; and advocate for youth teaches and inspires students, educators and parents. In April 2009, David was named as a Member of the Order of Canada. In Oshawa, in 2012, the David Bouchard Public School opened its doors. In 2017, David was honoured with an Honorary Doctoral of Law degree by Queen's University. |
|David Powell||Gamelan Music||These hands-on workshops for select schools introduce students and teachers to rich percussion music traditions of Java, Indonesia. The word gamelan comes from the Javanese word ‘gamel’ which means hammer. Workshops bring together the intricate, interlocking parts played by the underlying gong patterns, the melodic matallophones, the decorating instruments, and driving/leading drums. David Powell guides teachers on pedagogy and teaching strategies to successfully incorporate these instruments in the musical learning.
These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the three classroom visits.
|Debbie Deer Productions||Turn Up 10 Tour! 10 Steps to Living Your Best Life||An inspirational presentation utilizing motivational speeches, musical performances, live DJ and video projections empowering students to achieve their goals and live their best lives, especially for African students. Sessions feature multi-media artist Debbie Deer, motivational speaker Ainsley Deer, performer Rosie Monday and DJ CallmePogi. Ten self-improvement learning tools are covered: self-awareness, shift your mindset for success, finding a mentor, visualization, facing your fears, practicing discipline, health and wellness, practicing an attitude of gratitude, dreaming big and never giving up. Follow-up workshops available. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
|Dentsu Aegis Network Canada Inc||The Code||The program through in-person workshops or by video-conferencing equips students with the skills to thrive in the digital economy and gives students a glimpse into career opportunities and the media industry. Students receive an overview of marketing, digital marketing, advertising, and how it's used as well as the key components to building a successful campaign. Students learn practical skills in design think, idea generation, pitch design and live pitch delivery to a professional team. Students also hear from professionals and their career journey. SHSM certification is avilable.|
|Divon Academy Inc.||Preparing Students for Success||Workshops for students and teachers to enhance student well-being, personal development and career preparedness which ultimately prepare students for long term professional success in-person or by video-conferencing. Topics include: 1) Challenges and Opportunities in an Age of Disruption 2) Setting 'Stretch Goals' and Developing Purpose 3) Stress Management, Peak Performance 4) Developing Winning Habits 5) Mindset Mastery 6) EQ and Interpersonal Skills 7) The Power of Your Story: Learning to Stand Out and Command Attention 8) Defining Success and Tips for the Journey. Through the program, students will not only learn about these skills and understand why they are important, but will also work on developing them through daily habits, practices, and exercises. All workshops combine interactive presentations with group and individual exercises, team building activities and engage students using multiple sensory streams. Professional learning is available on the above topics. |
|Djennie Laguerre||Words in Movement: Dance, Theater, Storytelling||An interactive dance and storytelling workshop to enable students to create their own story. The storytelling workshop uses drama, music, song, dance, word games to enhance students’ communication skills and theatre skills. The dance workshop uses Afro-Caribbean beats and music to enable the students to not only learn about francophone Afro-Caribbean culture but also learn to create a brand new choreography. The workshops series culminates in a class performance. Workshop is offered in English or French.
|Down to Earth Education||Science and Geography Alive!||A variety of interactive presentations and unique artefact displays on topics related to the environment. Presentations promote empathy and respect for nature and people through enhancing cultural and environmental awareness. Using engaging visuals and diverse displays, students learn about interdependence and threats to ecosystems, by travelling through rainforests, exploring oceans, or deepening their understanding of endangered species. Presentations include the following: Oceans Alive! ; Swamps Alive! ; Coral Reefs & Tide Pools ; Forests Alive! ; The Buzz on Bees ; Water is Life!
|DramaWay||Inclusive Arts Programming ||Creative arts workshops, in person or through video-conferencing, incorporate arts-based mediums and performance-based activities for students of all abilities, to enhance their social and life skills. Through theatre activities, drama games and skits/performances, students not only develop their artistic skills but also self-confidence, teamwork and communication skills. A variety of mediums may be chosen including theatre, film, dance, visual art and singing. Facilitators support students in exploring their voice and self-expression in a variety of both verbal and non verbal, ambulatory or non-ambulatory techniques. These workshops are suitable for students with Special Education needs.|
|DrumFIT Inc.||DrumDAY||This fitness workshop uses drumsticks on fitness balls to produce a fun, fast-paced, high intensity program that combines mental health benefits of drumming with the overall health benefits of physical fitness. This non-competitive workshop combines music, dance, rhythm, movement and drumming. The routines incorporate patterning, Brain Gym activities, polyrhythms, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill building, and spatial awareness. Students not only learn drumming and dance movements but they increase their strength and endurance. Through the collective drumming, classes can use drumming as a way to build community spirit. |
|Drums Et Al||African Drumming, Dance, and Storytelling||The themes of leadership, character development and connection with those around us are explored in these interactive African drumming, dance and storytelling presentation and workshops. African philosophy – Ubuntu – an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world are underpinned in the presentations which are brought to life using songs, music, chants, drumming and story-telling. Workshops provide opportunities for students to further enhance the following skills: hand-drumming technique, West-African dance fundamentals, listening, reflecting and responding, and creating and performing. Presentations are suitable for Black History Month and professional development in drumming may be available. |
|Dwayne Morgan||Amplifying Student Voice||In 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. |
|EcoSpark Environmental Organization||School Watch and Changing Currents||Integrated 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.|
|Education Arts Canada||Musical Adventures||Interactive and participatory theatre productions use characters to bring math and physical literacy curriculum to life and address mental health topics. Using stories, songs, music and movement, students review math/physical education concepts and skills and utilize those concepts to help the characters solve the story’s conflict. The following are available productions: MathJam (Wizard of Math, Math Rules, Shape Caper, Massively MathJam), JiggiJump (Snack Attack, Healthy Earth, Rock, Beach Party) and a mental health production. Accompanying educational resources are available online at http://educationarts.ca/teacher-resources.
|Electric Moon Theatre Company Inc.||Stage Struck Musical Theatre||Performance-based workshops offer musical theatre and acting skills to elementary students. Students learn to tap into their creativity while learning enhanced musical theatre technique and songs and dances to various Broadway shows. Professional theatre facilitators support students in exploring different aspects of acting, ensemble work and movement through the fundamentals of improvisation and related theatre games and activities. Workshop series are available for students to write small scenes or monologues linked to songs to create a mini-musical culminating in a performance to the school. Theatre productions may be available for booking (depending on scheduling).|
|Elisa Birnbaum||SEE Change Magazine_History of Social Change Workshops||These distinctive workshops develop students' appreciation for Canada’s unique struggles for social justice and the rights and freedoms we enjoy, while sharpening their literacy and storytelling skills. Leveraging the History of Social Change Multimedia Project (digital stories and e-book documenting social movements and key players), sponsored by Heritage Canada, and other online sources, these workshops will demonstrate how our lives were transformed by social movements and their key players. The facilitator (a veteran journalist) will provide a lesson in journalism before leading the class through an interactive activity. By the end of the workshop, students have honed their literacy and verbal and written communication skills, developed their capacity for advocacy and gained a deeper grasp of social issues in Canadian history and their impact on present day.|
|EMG Education Company||African Canadian History Theatre||EMG 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. |
|Emil Sher||Unpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright's Journey||This multimedia presentation weaves still images and video footage from the acclaimed stage production of Hana's Suitcase, which chronicles the short life of a girl killed in Auschwitz. What are the challenges, the choices, the considerations when history is honoured and dramatized on stage? How far into the darkness of the Holocaust do you go when children are in the audience? How can sets, costumes, masks, slides and silence give voice to an unspeakable tragedy? These are some of the questions that are explored by playwright Emil Sher in a presentation that is capped by a discussion where students are tasked with making a moral choice about who to shelter in wartime. Students also learn about the creative process in transforming history into a stage play and the connections between art and history.|
|Engineers of Tomorrow||Engineer-in-Residence (EIR) ||A real life engineer is matched with a classroom for the whole school year. The goal of the program is to bring the engineering experience into the classroom. Engineer facilitators share personal stories and experiences, facilitate hands-on STEM activities, share information about engineering professions and pathways to get there. Engineers and teachers work to customize and map the program which enhances, math, science and experiential learning activities.
Requests for engineers to support SHSM and ICE training may be available. |
|En'tyce Your Beauty - Naturally||Be-You-tiFul: Holistic Health & Wellness Series||Students learn practical tips and strategies on food choices at the grocery store, how to eat healthy on a budget, how to read food labels, how to distinguish which foods optimize health and decrease the risk of disease, as well as the dangers of toxic ingredients in personal care products. Topics include: Food, Water & The Body 101, Understanding those Food Labels, GMO's & The Dangers, Power in Drinking Your Greens, Loving Me Unconditionally (Part 1 & 2), How to Eat Healthy on Budget, Growing Food 101 Budget, Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care Products. Presentation educates students on healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices to increase students' self-esteem, physical and emotional well-being. |
|Epilepsy Toronto||Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry||Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry uses lively educational puppetry shows, with life size puppets, to teach students and staff about disabilities and differences. The performances include themes of social inclusion from the perspective of a variety of disabilities, medical conditions (i.e. epilepsy, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy), and mental health & well-being. Sessions are 15 minute performances with life-size puppets followed by Q&A debriefing discussion with students about what they saw and learned. Teachers receive materials with activities to use with their students in their classrooms to reinforce the learning. |
|Epiphany of Dance||Dance and Stay Active||This free workshop explores fundamental dance concepts and choreography in modern dance, hip hop and jazz to selected elementary schools. Students learn the creative process, composition of simple dance phrases and sequences as well as historical context of the dance. Workshops will focus on a particular style for students to learn dance elements, techniques and choreography that is age appropriate. Students will have the opportunity to use movement to express themselves and to learn to communicate feelings and ideas through dance. |
|Evergreen||Evergreen at Your School||Evergreen 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. |
|Evergreen||School Ground Greening Support||Evergreen 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.|
|Exacto Systems Inc.||Proliteracy.ca: Financing a Post-Secondary Education||Workshops delivered in person or through video-conferencing, provide innovative ways to plan finances for a post-secondary education. Topics include introduction to fundamental financial concepts, personal loan versus student loans, grants and scholarships, and strategies to reduce debt and manage finances responsibly. Students will have an opportunity to explore their desired career path and see the cost estimates and funding options available using the website proliteracy.ca.
|Explorum Inc.||EXPLORation Workshops||Stimulate student's interest in the sciences with educational experiments that enrich their understanding of the curriculum. With a variety of workshops that range from the study of chromatography, electrical circuits, water filtration, to building an articulated hand or a hydroelectric station, students engage with both natural and scientific phenomenon using critical thinking and inquiry-based learning objectives. Workshops are also available in French. Visit www.explorum.ca for the full list of available science workshops. Suitable for grades 1-7.|
|Extend-A-Family||Friendship Circles||Friendship 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. |
|Extra Ed Inc.||Money Managers||This interactive financial literacy workshop provides a “net worth” tournament where students are responsible for decisions of fictional profiles through various stages of financial milestones and to see which profile ends up with the highest net worth. Workshop offers interactive group activities, easy-to-understand visual presentations and discussion on financial topics including the concepts of savings and debt, financial instruments like credit cards, mortgages, RRSP/RESP/TFSA, lines of credit, payday loans, student loans, taxes and bank accounts. Students learn how to be financial leaders, discover who they are when they manage their finances, and to understand how their financial choices impact not only their own lives in the short and long term, but also the world around them. Workshops are customized by grade and audience.|
|F.E.T.E-Festivals Éducatifs à Ton École||French Canadian Cultural Festivals||F.E.T.E facilitates French Canadian festivals for grades 3-6 Core French, Extended French, and French Immersion classes at your school. F.E.T.E French cultural enrichment festivals are class-based and use hands-on, action-oriented authentic activities to help you engage your beginner or advanced students in French while integrating culture, history, and la Francophonie. Within the TDSB, F.E.T.E offers a choice of 3 French-Canadian festivals: Festival d'Hiver, aka Carnaval (available from early December until the end of February), the Festival de l'Érable (available in March – Mid-April), and la St-Jean / Fête National de Québec (available in May and June each year). More details about specific festivals and activities at www.festivalseducatifs.ca.|
|Facing History and Ourselves ||Facing History: Professional Learning Opportunities||These interactive professional learning workshops equip educators, schools and systems with mindsets, knowledge and skills to shape thoughtful, equitable, just and academically challenging environments for student learning. Sessions are tailored to meet professional learning goals, and are intended for system support, whole school, and department or subject specific audiences. They focus on: fostering community, social and emotional wellbeing; building intentional spaces and providing tools to facilitate difficult conversations about current events and difficult histories; facilitating staff development for anti-racist, equitable, just teaching, CRRP and decolonial practice (planned and run in partnership with Indigenous educators). Curriculum-based workshops inspire educators with multimedia tools, strategies and understanding on the historical roots of antisemitism, the history and legacies of the Holocaust, eugenics movement, and Residential Schools.|
|Fashion Takes Action ||My Clothes My World||My Clothes My World is a practical workshop that highlights the social and environmental impacts in the apparel industry. Students learn the life cycle and supply chain of the apparel industry, environmental impacts, positive and negative impact on human interactions and their communities while learning to debate and create sustainable solutions to problems. At the end of the workshop, students engage in a practical exercise to deconstruct and reconstruct an old t-shirt into a bag. |
|Flashpoint Training Inc.||Fusion Training Experience||This one day career exploration program enables students to gain transferable skills and knowledge in variety of economic sectors. Schools choose the industry sector and Flashpoint will provide a contextual experience with dynamic industry partners. Sessions consist of interactive training, experiences to deepen knowledge and skills required in each sector and speaker presentations on their work and careers in the field. Students are granted up to two SHSM certifications at the end of this program. For a full list of industry sectors and skill sets offered please go to flashpointtraining.com.
I.C.E. training is available.
|Flemingdon Health Centre, HATP||Pediatric Health Initiative Clinic||Clinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. Medical practitioners, (including but not exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers) consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues Clinic practitioners are also available to meet with designated School Support Teams in schools, when needed, as mutually scheduled. Administration of clinic appointments is facilitated by clinic staff.|
|Food Sharks||The Food Mood Connection||This nutrition workshop helps students to understand how food plays a significant role in their mood and overall mental and physical health. Facilitator discusses the fundamentals of a healthy diet, foods that support well-being, and how media and marketing industries influence nutritional choices. Students learn to read and understand food labels and nutritional facts to ultimately gain knowledge to make informed, healthy food choices. Because the health & wellness industry is booming, growth trends and careers are also highlighted.
SHSM certification is available.|
|FoodShare 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/|
|Forests Ontario ||Forestry in the Classroom ||Presentations connect students with their environment and potential futures in forestry either in-person or by video-conferencing. Student enquiry is at the focus of the presentations that cover the following themes: tree identification and urban forests, tree biology, invasive species, forest management and forest careers. Facilitators bring the outdoors into the classroom through powerpoint presentations, samples and images to illustrate important concepts. Career presentations provide an opportunity to learn about the education and diverse career pathways from seek forecasting and management to research on the long-term effects of climate change. |
|Forever Yoga||Mindful Movement||Sessions 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.
|Frank Technologies Inc.||Fahd Speaks: Student Leadership Development||A former at-risk child turned leader, Fahd Alhattab, inspires students to make a positive impact in their school and community. With a series of humorous and engaging assemblies, Fahd coaches fundamental leadership principles, explains how to overcome and learn from challenges, and share applicable tools and lessons to take action and increase community impact. In workshops, students delve deeper into the topics of 5 levels of student leadership and influence, dysfunctions of teams, leading with emotional intelligence and effective communication. |
|Friendship In Action||Conflict Mediation Advisors||Grades 5 - 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 Action||Kids Helping Kids Manage Stress||During eight weekly sessions, referred students or classes better understand sources of stress in their lives, how they can deal with stressors, and how they can offer mutual support to their peers. Students have the opportunity to express their feelings in safe and non-judgemental group environment. They learn about stress, its physical and emotional manifestations, and explore self-help and peer support coping strategies. Students deepen their empathy, active listening and communication skills, become more resilient, and feel better about themselves.|
|From Far & Wide||We Are The North||This 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. |
|Full Circle-Art Therapy Centre||Artful Wellbeing (Art Therapy) Workshops||Art Therapy sessions help youth externalize and organize their thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to articulate. The guided creative process, as well as the end product, can be used to enhance youth’s emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive, and physical well-being. Art Therapy sessions address a wide range of benefits for youth. They enhance communication and self-expression, self-discovery, and problem solving. They also encourage development of healthy coping strategies in working through specific issues, such as depression & anxiety, addictions, grief/loss, or trauma.|
|Fusion Artz Café||Art Clay Ceramic Metamorphosis||Project-based learning approach using art, clay or ceramics to enhance science, social studies and language subjects. Themes include Animal Life Cycles, Solar System, Habitats & Communities, Body Systems. Whilst working on their art project, students are encouraged to think critically and develop their art-making skills. Students learn different art processes of using clay including clay techniques, painting and glazing. Students sketch, form and mould their project and facilitators take the projects to be fired and returned the following week for students to paint and finish. Through this creative process, students learn to interpret, organize, and apply newly learned information in a creative and engaging way.|
|Future Design School Inc.||Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and Leadership||This entrepreneurial program inspires students to take their knowledge and apply it to meaningful and relevant ways in a real-world setting. Students develop transferable skillsets while gaining vision into potential career opportunities and the future of work. Students learn practical skills for user discovery, rapid ideation, prototyping, sector-relevant challenges, generating business models and pitch design and development. Workshops are offered in the areas of App Design and Computational Thinking and Coding, Design Thinking and Leadership.
I.C.E. and SHSM certification are available.
|Future Design School Inc.||Future Design Professional Learning||The program offers professional learning opportunities to TDSB educators and staff (teachers, administrators, board level staff, coaches, social workers, psychologists, etc.) providing them with mindset, tools and techniques for developing students' future ready skills and competencies. The program uses a blended learning model of both online and in ¬person delivery, or fully online through video conferencing. Sessions include: Introduction to Design Thinking; Hack your Curriculum; Assessment for Innovation; Planning Interdisciplinary Projects; Designing Inquiry and Assessment for Remote, Blended and Hybrid Learning. Programming can be customized to meet local and contextually specific needs.|
|Genius Camp Inc.||STEM Workshops - Discover The Genius Within||Through hands-on activities students learn science and engineering concepts using real-life challenges in these in-person or by video-conferencing workshops. Using project-based learning, students critically test hypotheses and results to better understand concepts. Students are encouraged to explore and tap into their curiosity while deepening their knowledge in STEM. Topics include: aerospace science, mechanical structures, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics, chemistry and cosmetics, renewable energy, electric circuits, Virtual Reality (VR), 3D printing and modelling, green energy and computer hardware. In addition, students learn different STEM fields and the role of technology in future job markets.
|George Brown College||Behavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school. |
|George Brown College||Career Development Practitioner Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Career Development Practitioner programs at George Brown College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in 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 College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This 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 College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|George Brown College||Generating Success for Farm to School||Two 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 diversity||Get 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.
|Gillian Brooks and Mariana Gurgis||Dance the Change||This dance workshop uses a humanitarian-based arts educational approach that integrates the performing arts with students learning about local, national, and/or global issues (e.g. homelessness, hunger, child labour, bullying, contaminated water, etc.). Through the use of choreography, character development, and story within a hip-hop and/or musical theatre style of dance, this workshop offers an interactive, creative, and fun way for students to build empathy, express themselves artistically, and learn about global citizenship. If multiple workshops are booked, stories based on the chosen issue will be assigned as exercises for students to write in the point-of-view of a character in the story, further cultivating their compassion and empathy, in addition to their creativity and writing skills.|
|Green Communities Association||School Traffic Safety||The School Traffic Safety program provides assistance to select schools that are experiencing traffic congestion and traffic safety concerns on and around their school site. Select schools work with a facilitator who investigates and responds to traffic related concerns and provide traffic safety support. The program offers workable solutions to identified safety concerns and schools receive a comprehensive School Action Plan, Routes to School map and other strategies and tools to provide students and families with information about safe routes and active transportation options.
The School Traffic Safety program applies a comprehensive approach to traffic safety management. By engaging a wide-range of stakeholders that include the school board, municipal transportation planners and engineers, public health, police, parents, students and school staff, workable solutions are found. The program supports TDSB’s Charter for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation and Implementation Plan.|
|Green Hope Foundation||Youth Education through Environmental Education||Students are made aware of real world issues regarding sustainable development in these free assembly/workshops that blend art, music, dance, drama, and science while creating and achieving sustainability goals. Students learn about and discuss the impacts of climate change and ways to mitigate it, the importance of clean energy moving forward into the future, the need for biodiversity conservation, and ways we can adopt a model of sustainable consumption of earth's resources. Classroom learning is also complemented with outdoor local activities such as waste cleanups and waste segregation in order to demonstrate to students how to put 'words into action', learning that transcends classroom walls and school yards.|
|Green Kids Inc.||Wild Wild Wilderness||A free touring production that demonstrates the connections between habitat, wildlife, and human activity for a select number of schools. Students learn to make positive choices towards protecting our environment and how to celebrate the outdoors. The play is a dynamic and whacky story of one kid's accidental effect on a nearby forest and its creatures, performed by a single actor/storyteller accompanied by armfuls of adorable puppets. Follow-up workshop, using interactive drama, offers students an opportunity to explore the elements and issues from the story with their bodies and imagination.|
|Green Thumbs Growing Kids||School Food Gardens for Learning||Gardens provide food growing and environmental education programs at select elementary schools. The fruits and vegetables produced are used in the schools’ nutrition programs and classroom cooking. Gardens are designed along ecological principles, incorporating trees, shrubs and perennials along with annual food plants. Curriculum links include science, social studies, language, math and art.|
|Green Thumbs Growing Kids||Urban Trees From Seed||Students plant and nurture urban-tolerant native species of trees, from seed that they collect or is collected locally from mature trees. Delivery in-person or by video-conferencing, this project enhances student learning in citizen science, biodiversity and environmental stewardship. Facilitated by an Indigenous garden educator who provides knowledge on a variety of native tree species including one with the Anishnaabemowin name, Giidaga biizhou aatig, also known as the Kentucky Coffee Tree. Younger students plant the tree from seed and older students pot the seedlings, take care and plant the seedling in a forever home.|
|Greenpeace Canada||Greenspeakers||Free 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.|
|Hands on Exotics Inc.||Amazing Living World of Birds||This highly interactive presentation takes students on an avian tour around the world using a variety of species of birds. By being presented with multiple species of birds up close and personal, students hold, pet, feed and observe the animals' behaviours and traits. Trained facilitators guide students through the inquiry process to come to conclusions themselves about diet and habitat by examining the different beak shapes, toe formations, feathers, colours and size. In addition, students learn about native species of birds including every day good habits they can follow to be good neighbours to our wildlife, how to help with backyard conservation as well as discuss the consequences of being responsible agents to our natural resources. |
|Health Canada||Healthy Home and Environment: Steps to Improve Your Health ||These engaging presentations for secondary students and staff discuss environmental health risks and prevention strategies. Participants engage with Health Canada staff in learning about various topics related to human health and the environment; for example, the effects of radon, different chemicals and air quality on human health. Participants explore potential health risk while deepening their understanding of various strategies for reducing risks. The presentations will also raise awareness of Health Canada and its resources on environmental health. |
|Health Shero||Thriving Through Adversity||Interactive 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.|
|Heart Of A Man Ltd.||Create Peace||This interactive motivational assembly provides an inspirational anti-bullying and well-being 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 life challenges while performing original hip hop songs and dramatic skits. Students learn strategies to address bullying, develop better communication and coping strategies and foster well-being for oneself and others. This assembly also touches on defining one’s own struggles, overcoming them with passion and ultimately finding one’s purpose in life.
|Hélène Nicole Richard||Gotta Love That French||Hélène 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. |
|HELM Technologies Inc.||Understanding STEM, Startups & Technology||In 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. |
|Henry Agassi||We are more Alike than We are Different||Henry 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)|
|High Resolves||Creating Global Citizens and Leaders||Four 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.|
|Hockey Canada||Try Hockey||This 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 Hospital||Communication and Writing Aids Service||The Communication and Writing Aids Service (CWAS) program includes an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) service and a Writing Aids (WA) service. AAC provides consultative support to children in the classroom and at home when their speech does not meet their face-to-face communication needs. WA provides technological support (laptop and specialized software) to children who use natural speech as their primary means of communication, but are unable, due to a physical disability, to write with pen and paper functionally. Students who use AAC may also need a WA. Holland Bloorview CWA staff collaborate with the TDSB School Support Team (SST), including the Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational and/or Physical Therapist, Principal, and teacher to determine an appropriate AAC and/or WA system and to facilitate the mutually agreed upon system into the classroom. |
|Holland Bloorview Hospital||Dear Everybody: It's Time to End Disability Stigma||One hour interactive presentation for students focused on promoting awareness of disability stigma and enhancing social inclusion in-person or by video-conferencing. Delivered by young adult facilitators with lived experience with disability, the presentation content includes disability education, sharing of real stories of lived experience with disability, facilitated conversation and sharing about inclusion and barriers, games, and other class activities that promote deeper understanding of disability. This presentation is part of the hospital's mission to drive social change for children and youth with disabilities. Additional professional learning workshops are available for staff.|
|Hong Fook Mental Health Association||Wraparound: Making Healthy Choices||Led 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.
|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 College||Behavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school. |
|Humber College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This 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 College||Early Career Pathways in Technology||The program offers inquiry-based and hands-on STEAM workshops for the school community at Gracedale Public School. Audiences are introduced to DASH robots, LEGO Mindstorms and new technologies. Students, teachers and parents have an opportunity to fully explore and innovate using the robotics technologies and learn career pathways in skilled trades of technology.|
|Humber College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|Humber College||Humber Nursing Field Placements ||Nursing Field Placements and their Faculty Advisors collaborate with TDSB Educator Teams (kindergarten to grade two), to develop learning activities that enhance the Early Years curriculum and the interested elementary schools' health promotion project or school-wide activities. A member of the faculty from Humber School of Health Sciences is available in the school to supervise the nursing field placement students.|
|Humber College||Jazz in the Schools||Engaging 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.
|I Challenge Diabetes||Diabetes Education||A program that destigmatizes those living with diabetes and provides knowledge and supports to those students living with the disease for the entire school community. Presentation and workshops dispel myths while educating the audience on what it means to live with Type 1 Diabetes including what steps are taken to manage the disease, testing and taking insulin, self care, and use of technology to help those involved succeed. Workshops offer the basics on diabetes including how to use Glucagon to understanding Ministry's PPM 161. Parent workshops are available to provide strategies on how to support students living with diabetes to achieve school success.|
|Ian Keteku||Uncover Your Hidden Voice||Facilitated 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.|
|Ian Speaks||The Lighter Side Of Mental Health||Begin a school-wide conversation about mental health that engages students and families from all backgrounds on how to seek support when they’re not okay. Using the power of stand-up comedy, these presentations bring participants on an entertaining journey of self-discovery, empathy, and mutual support to promote positive mental health for the whole school. The foundations of mental health are described along with language and techniques that help participants communicate their complex feelings around everyday challenges. Four editions are available, delivered in-person or via video-conferencing, each for a different audience: students; staff; parents/guardians; entire school communities. |
|ICTC||Digital DASH||Students participate in exploratory learning activities to enhance digital competencies that will open pathways towards digital careers. Activities recreate authentic scenarios to engage students to practise their critical thinking in order to solve a problem while thinking of the consequences of the solution. A variety of workshops provide knowledge on the areas of information and communications technology (ICT), cyber arts, and business skills. Students also have an opportunity to meet industry experts, gain practical industry knowledge and learn about current and emerging STEM careers and pathways in ICT. Professional learning is available. |
|Igho Diana||E.G.O. Spoken Word||This spoken word workshop explores elements of written and performance poetry as a creative practice. Students learn different writing techniques for self-reflection; the art of storytelling; and performance-based poetry as tools for building self-confidence and self-efficacy. |
|In The Mix||Music & Dance Video Creations||This 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. |
|Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario||Indigenous Wellness through Sport ||Interactive presentations (in-person or by video-conferencing), with an emphasis on culture, truth and acknowledgement, providing opportunities to celebrate the athletic achievements, cultural traditions and knowledge of Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island (North America).
The presentations (tailored uniquely for each age range) include information about traditional Indigenous sports such as lacrosse, archery and canoe/kayak; Indigenous athletes throughout history such as Tom Longboat and the Firth sisters; the North American Indigenous Games and insights from athletes; the Wellness Warrior movement; and the Team 88 campaign which utilizes Call to Action #88 from the TRC to inspire dialogue and action on reconciliation through something as universal as sport.
|Inna Gertsberg||Draw Me A Monster ||This visual arts workshop focuses on developing students' creativity through drawing imaginary characters based on their classmates’ descriptions. This workshop utilizes individual, pair/group work, discussion and sharing of experiences and culminates in a presentation to the class. Presentation of favourite monsters in pop culture eases fears of monsters. Students work in pairs to identify the main characteristics of a monster and draw interpretation of each other's descriptions. The workshop culminates in each author reading the description while the illustrator reveals the drawing to the class. Art is then presented to each author; everyone makes art and receives art.|
|Insight Global Education||Globalize Your Classroom||Workshops 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
|Inspiration Republic||YOU, Me, US||African Canadian history presentation, in-person or by video-conferencing, takes a look at historical African Canadian figures who have made substantial contributions in the black community and Canadian culture, while facing racism and oppression. Presentation explores the setbacks and challenges of Harry Jerome, Viola Desmond, Elijah McCoy but also to showcase their resiliency, innovative spirit and problem-solving skills while inspiring students to see themselves as problem-solvers and innovators. Using media, real life stories and an interactive game show, the presentation highlights the history beyond the colour barrier. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.|
|Inspired Initiatives Inc. ||Innovation & Creativity Labs||Program provides students with the skills and training to solve problems in their school and/or community. Students learn Innovation & Design Thinking process, how to use empathy to identify needs, how to effectively generate new ideas and solutions, build prototypes and testing and communicate their ideas through a pitch. Students then contextualize their learning by applying this knowledge to a real-world problem. Professional learning, "Navigating The Future of Work", is also available for staff.
SHSM opportunities are available.
|IRIS||Robots Build and Learn||Enable 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.|
|Isaac Akrong||African Dance Ensemble (ADE): Dance, Drumming, Music, and Stories||The cultural history, meaning and context of African music and dance comes alive in these presentations and workshops to the school community. The group performs a number of pieces from their repertoire which spans the continent of Africa, specialization in West Africa. The performance incorporates rich and vibrant costumes, beads, masks, and instruments such as a variety of types of drums, xylophone, shaker, bell and flute. Workshop series and residencies are available for those classes that wish to develop and perform a polished performance piece. All instruments are provided and facilitator demonstrates the song, rhythm and dance so each student has the opportunity to participate in playing, dancing and singing. |
|I-Think||I-Think Classroom Challenges||This program equips classrooms to bringing real-world, authentic problems to their learning. Real-world problem solving needs a new set of 3Rs: Real problems - Authentic challenges that connect classrooms to real organizations with real problems; Real people - Organizations that care what insights and your students come to by responding to student recommendations and I-Think will release a report with student insights; Replicable process - A complex problem solving process that leverages Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking to guide students. This recipe ensures that the global competencies, especially creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, and learning skills are core to every classroom. |
|I-Think||I-Think Leadership Learning Programs ||These programs are collaboratively designed programs that build system capacity. Leveraging creative problem solving techniques like Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking, these programs support leadership growth and development that bring innovative school improvement plans to life. Workshops can support leaders in thinking differently about complex and collaborative problem solving, difficult conversations and enabling their teams and others to bring the global competencies and learning skills to life in every classroom and learning experience. Leaders will engage in reflection about their own practice to identify new ways of working. Leadership Learning programs can be initiated by central teams or superintendents, and are customized to meet the needs of the group. |
|I-Think||I-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.
|James Mandarino||Courage to Dream||Jay 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.|
|Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife||Roots and Shoots Sustainable Food Initiative||In 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.
|Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre||Fields to Parks||This 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.|