|Tisha Nelson Consulting Group||Nurturing Black-Affirming Schooling Experiences||Students explore ideas around identity, race, racism and stereotypes to increase their competencies for anti-racist actions. Through in-person or virtual delivery, students learn the tools and mindset toward equity and social justice. Topics include how to hold brave conversations, unpacking and understanding the impact of power and privilege, honoring each person’s lived experience. Using drama activities, reflective conversation, whole and small group discussions and activities, students engage the skills they are currently learning within a social justice context. The learning may be applied for success in school or in other aspects of their lives. Staff professional learning and parent presentations are provided to build on the school action plan and continue relationship building within the school community.
|Timothy Holland||Spectacle Cérébral||Delivered in French to FSL and French immersion students, this entertaining assembly touches on key themes such as resiliency, confidence, and growth mindset. Using circus arts and comedy ventriloquism, Tim Holland shows the accessibility of brain science and neuroplasticity and how our brains change as they learn. The assembly highlights how having a different mindset can help students’ resiliency and to see failure as a feedback rather than a limitation for skill mastery. Follow-up workshops use juggling arts to apply a growth mindset to a novel learning opportunity. Suitable for elementary grades.|
|Tim Francom||Fundamentals in Percussion||Professional percussionist provides mentorship, music industry knowledge and specialized percussion skills to students. Musician shares knowledge of percussion instruments and performance practises aiding in skill development, proper technique, sound production and music literacy. Sessions can be offered as workshops, clinics and/or coaching for large and small group ensembles ie. band/orchestra percussion section.
|Think Don't Shoot Inc.||It Starts Within||The entertaining and engaging presentation shares real life experiences through which students are exposed to strategies for managing the psychological, physiological and sociological effects of violence and bullying. Through story and interactive dialogue, students witness how to become community leaders; how to communicate effectively; how to take ownership of their decisions; and, to control their emotions in order to improve their emotional intelligence and resiliency. Serving: Grades 7-12|
|Therapeutic Paws of Canada||Therapeutic Dogs||Pet Therapy sessions, with small groups of select students referred by TDSB Professional Support Services, reduce students’ stress and anxiety by providing physical and emotional support in school communities that have experienced a traumatic event or crisis. Trained therapy dogs are accompanied by their certified handlers who guide each interaction. |
|Theola Ross||Indigenous Arts and Social Transformation||An Indigenous Cree Arts Facilitator provides workshops to provide students with knowledge of the intersections between Indigenous lived experience and practice and the uses of art. Diverse mediums of art-production and performance such as dance, film, and storytelling are explored. Students learn how art has been used to advance the causes of social transformation and resistance to marginalization, exploitation and injustices framed within an anti-racism, anti-colonial and decolonizing lens. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12|
|Theatricks Theatre Co.||All About Acting||Unlock the secrets of acting and bring students' creative ideas to life on stage by exploring The Actor’s Toolbelt, a series of workshops proven to help all students amplify the creative process individually and collectively. Ready to take your students' acting to the next level? ' Improve Your Improv ' workshops hone the necessary skills to unlock the keys to improvisational acting. Proven to nurture peer support and empathy, improv increases self-confidence, teamwork, and practical abilities for students to express themselves publicly. On top of all of that, all of these sessions get students moving and grooving and laughing out loud, literally. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8|
|Theatre Direct||In the Centre of it All||Theatre workshops whereby students explore stories, rehearse roles and join in alongside professional actors in performance. Theatre productions are also available, and each year feature a different theme and focus for students. The list of current productions for the year can be viewed at www.theatredirect.ca. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|The Youth Empowerment Program||Youth Skills for Life||Workshops offer practical tools to empower vulnerable/BIPOC youth with the skills to increase self awareness, self confidence and self-esteem. Facilitated by Suzanne Dunbar, Black female, these interactive sessions delivered in-person or virtually offer healthy problem-solving skills, strategies on changing negative thought patterns and reactive behaviours, and tools to navigate life’s challenges from a space of autonomy and self-reflection. Sessions delivered in person or virtually, use guiding questions to engage students, especially Black students, to develop a positive self-perception as they grow in their lives.
|The Wynford Group Inc.||Supporting Global Competency & Build Character, Build Success||This three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes and global competencies through comprehensive on-line programming. First, a ‘recess planning and/or leadership lunch session’ to facilitate & develop student leadership by brainstorming games/activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools. Programming available in-person and through video-conferencing. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-6, Staff|
|The Umbrella Effect Inc.||The Umbrella Project||Similar to an umbrella protecting us from the rain, a collection of well-being skills can protect us from times of calm and stress. This workshop, delivered in-person or through video-conferencing, enhances a collection of skills that form emotional well-being: empathy, gratitude, self-compassion, purpose, resiliency and developing a growth mindset. Through lessons, videos, group discussion, personal reflection and observation of the world around them, students learn real life applications of each skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. Workshops may be offered in French and parent presentations are available. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|The Travelling Stage Inc.||Performing Arts Enrichment for JK-Grade 12||Drama and dance student performances and select workshops are available in-person and via video-conferencing in both English and French. Programming fosters an appreciation for Canadian dance, drama and theatre. Program material varies each year and revised promotional material is available online at www.travellingstage.com. Workshops include, but are not limited to the following: DRAMA: "Page to Stage" "Improv" "Collective Creation" -Students are engaged in the art of storytelling by performing a well known tale or fable, improvising or creating an original piece of theatre using student voices. Students explore character, setting and plot with the end result being to have students bring the story to life through improvisation and devised theatre techniques. DANCE: "Decades of Dance" "International Dance" "Elements of Dance" - Students engage in the history and current relevance of various dance styles, while gaining tools to explore, create and execute movement. Although the Artist Educator has created the choreography on their own, students will collaborate to bring the choreography to life. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|The Toronto Jewish Film Foundation||FilmMatters||These free workshops use screenings of contemporary Jewish films to engage students in discussing their historical context, and the study of important social issues like diversity, racial and cultural sensitivity, citizenship, and social action. Guest speakers with experience, background, and/or expertise on issues raised in the films may be present to help spark class discussion and critical thinking on these issues as they relate to current social and political climate. A current list of available films and study guides can be found at www.j-flix.com/filmmatters. Suitable for grade 10.|
|The Starfish Environmental Society ||Can You Hear The Eco?: Environmental Solutions Workshops||The workshop uses a guided inquiry-based learning approach to help students develop new solutions to age-appropriate real-world environmental challenges. Students will be presented with a challenge faced by our local community, distill their ideas, and prioritize their solutions. They will work together in small groups to create and refine a presentation to the larger class. Facilitators will help students explore the different threads within the interconnected tapestry of our social, economic, and political worlds. The workshop can be adapted to all levels, K-12 and may be offered in French. |
|The Period Purse||Menstruation Nation||Presentations help educate students in grades 5-8 about menstruation and the importance of menstrual health for all, in-person or virtual. Facilitators demystify the myths, share use of appropriate language and how to prepare for periods including learning about various period products and reusable options. These virtual presentations help students understand period poverty with girls in school and people experiencing homelessness. Three presentations are available: Myths and Periods, Period Poverty, Period Product Options. |
|The National Ballet of Canada||Dance About||Presentation designed to introduce students to ballet delivered by the professional artists at The National Ballet of Canada. "Dance About" demystifies the professional ballet world through a short ballet performance with four dancers, piano accompanist, narrator and behind-the-scenes crew. Through an interactive discussion, students learn about basic ballet exercises, pointe shoes, partnering, ballet mime and theatrical makeup. Students not only hear from artists who discuss their roles but also learn what it takes to produce a ballet. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|The National Ballet of Canada||YOU Dance||Led 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. Serving: Grades 4-6
|The Multicultural Theatre Space Inc.||Stories of Justice||Issues 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. |
|The Mosaic Institute||Next Generation||This program equips high school students with the tools to become leaders for a more just world. The interdisciplinary, culturally relevant and empathy-based curriculum enables students to practise self-awareness by exploring their identities and biases, navigate uncomfortable conversations, resolve conflicts by finding common ground, and engage as changemakers in their local communities. The following themes are covered in-person or via video-conferencing: peace and conflict, identity and privilege, prejudice and discrimination, trauma and self-care, and social action. This program incorporates experience from Canadian schools with regard to exclusion and resolving conflict in the classroom to advance The Mosaic Institute's mission for bringing people together. Serving: Grades 9-12
|The Message LLC||The Message Media Literacy Program||The program helps youth tap into the power of mass media by enhancing their media literacy and critical thinking skills. Mass media affects the way we think, feel and act and when used responsibly, present unprecedented opportunities for connecting, sharing and learning. Through in-school and video-conferencing sessions students examine hip-hop & music messages, anti-Black racism, social media etiquette, media ownership, “fake news,” sexism, consumerism, and substance use in popular culture. The goal of the program is to empower students to be responsible adults.|
|The Learning Partnership Canada||Entrepreneurial Adventure ||Elementary students create a business venture from their classrooms. The Learning Partnership’s Business Mentors guide students virtually 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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff|
|The Learning Enrichment Foundation||The MINA Project: Inspiring Futures||Program helps racialized, underserved students in Grades 6-12 bridge the gap between education and employment by gaining experience, building a network and developing skills required in the workplace. In-person or virtual sessions led by under-represented (BIPOC) industry professionals inspire students to make connections between education and employment and to see careers without limits. Program includes career panel where speakers share their career stories and workshops to develop soft skills and employability skills. Students receive mentorship from industry professionals and learn new career opportunities. |
|The K Group Inc.||The Steelpan Experience: From Skin to Steel and Beyond||This program challenges students to develop an understanding of steelpan, its history and the present cultural and social contributions of steelpan pioneers to communities locally and throughout the world. Led by Afro-Caribbean (Black) musician, Joy Lapps-Lewis, and guests, this program is delivered in the form of virtual or in-person presentations, workshops and performances. Hands-on workshops focus on how to play, care for and store instruments. Students develop mallet technique and learn grooves while creating and sharing their musical ideas. Performances explore history and development of the steelpan into a modern day approach to steelpan centered beat-making and production. Facilitators share their experiences as musicians and professionals. Sessions can be modified for classes who do not have access to conventional steelpan (steel drum) instruments. Professional learning for teachers may be available.
|The Hospital for Sick Children ||Empower TM Reading ||Professional learning sessions and TDSB staff pairings with Mentors from the Hospital for Sick Children Empower Reading provide fulsome professional orientation, training and support to TDSB staff in an ongoing way. In order to transform young struggling readers into capable readers and confident learners, Empower Reading includes:• balanced and flexible teaching approaches and methodologies, to ensure individual learning preferences and cognitive strengths are optimized • explicit teaching of skills and knowledge that are necessary for decoding and comprehension of different types of English text • programs delivered at different paces, so that both individual student and group needs can be achieved • emphasis on consolidation, to help learners clarify and address any gaps, and promote mastery • dialogue structure for learning that provides the seeds for later self-talk, self-monitoring, and strategy evaluation skills • modelling: students are apprentices to an expert reader - initially the teacher, later students take turns as experts • retraining unproductive attitudes and beliefs about failure and success. |
|The Health Institute Inc.||Blueprint Training 101||Through education, mentorship and physical activity, this program explores core movement principles to enhance student’s understanding of physical movement and health. Black health professional, Joel Kerr, explains biomechanics, applies human kinesiology and its relationship to movement and how to build and progress with each of the six principle movements (push, pull, hold, run, jump, throw), and its importance in regards to strength and overall health. In addition, Joel shares his career journey in the area of sports medicine, kinesiology and human kinetics.|
|The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund||Legacy Artist Ambassadors||The program brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists into schools or by video-conferencing to inspire student leadership and forward the journey of reconciliation in school communities. Artists share their art, music and stories through workshops and/or performances and engage students in learning and conversations about reconciliation. Schools hosting Artist Ambassadors are also encouraged to have students share their own stories, art, and reconciliACTIONs with their guests. The program reflects arts, music, and role models in the classroom to connect with students about the power of the arts to create social change.
|The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival||Pathways to Fringe Theatre||Workshop series, delivered in-person or by video-conferencing, takes students on a "Producing 101" pathway towards creating and premiering their own Fringe show. As an incubator of the most diverse and exciting artists and productions in the country, Fringe Festival staff and acclaimed independent artists/producers work with students to bring and develop their vision to the stage. This 5-part workshop series focuses on the following processes: creation, direction, technical elements, execution and putting on the show.|
|The flight Power Foundation||7 Pillars of Leadership||A workshop series demonstrating seven key skills/habits that establish a growth mindset and contribute toward leadership development and success for students in Grades 6-12. Areas of focus include responsibility, goal-setting, mobilizing change, changing thought patterns, how to make difficult decisions, communication and teamwork. These activity-based workshops engage students to expand their perspectives. Facilitators use meaningful content and current day examples to show students how to apply these skills in their lives. |
|The flight Power Foundation||flightunit Careers Awareness ||Students are exposed to industry professionals and careers in multiple areas through conferences and workshops to increase student success and career exploration. Professionals from various industries lead sessions to provide specific information from sectors that include Music, Art & Culture, Health, Sports & Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Trades, Business & Advertising, Health Care, Learning Skills, Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industry. Skills being developed are career decision making, conducting research, problem solving, personal learning strategies, and networking with industry leaders.
Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE) training and SHSM certification are also available. Serving: Grades 6-12
|The Earth Rangers Foundation||Earth Rangers Assembly||The Earth Rangers Assembly offers an engaging and interactive presentation bringing concepts of science and biodiversity from the real world into the classroom, in person and via video-conferencing. Using live Animal Ambassadors including reptiles, mammals and birds to connect with students, students develop empathy for wildlife and are encouraged to support the protection of animals and their habitats. Threatened Canadian species, the importance of protecting the environment and adopting more sustainable behaviours are highlighted. Earth Rangers provides information on how to make a difference through tangible activities and conservation projects for students to complete at home at www.earthrangers.org/bring-back-the-wild-curriculum-resources. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|The Concerned Kids Charity of Toronto||Communicating Through Puppetry to Create Safe School Communities||The Concerned Kids educates children about important social issues like bullying, mental health, celebrating differences, self-esteem, cyber safety, cyberbullying, respect, and inclusion through the uniquely engaging art of puppetry. Our cast of diverse puppets educates students in Kindergarten-Grade 5 about making kinder choices using our TCK ‘heart’ values of humility, empathy, allyship, respect, and trust to create safer school communities for all. Each presentation is followed by a question and answer session to allow students to ask questions about the issues raised, and solidify the learning objectives of the performance. |
|The Cobblestone Collective Ltd.||Digital Literacy and Virtual Learning Strategies||Hands-on workshops focus on increasing digital literacy skills by leveraging technology to support students' learning for Grades 4+. Lessons are broadcasted into the classroom and co-taught with the teacher to create a collaborative and virtual learning environment. Digital tools used are TDSB supported to enhance the learning in the classroom. Student workshops include: Become an Artist using Google Slides or PowerPoint; Coding Made Easy with CS First; Minecraft Education; Adding Coding to Minecraft; Mathematizing in Minecraft. Teacher Workshops include: Building Worlds in Minecraft; MinecraftEDU within the Curriculum.
|The Beanstalk Project Ltd.||Find Your Unique Path to Meaningful Careers||The Beanstalk Project team consists of facilitators utilizing project-based learning to help students develop essential skills to excel in their post-secondary destination. Through in-person and video conference workshops, students gain a sense of agency and learn through relevant, real-world examples and hands-on activities. Students learn about different career opportunities through empathy-building with engaging community partners in custom, industry-specific events. Through a novel creativity training experience students learn how to rapidly prototype ideas, work in teams, and communicate coherent solutions. Careers/pathways keynote presentations and assemblies inspire and motivate students to find their own unique path to meaningful careers.
SHSM certifications, sector-specific certifications and Sector-Partnered Experience (I.C.E. Training, Math and Coding) workshops for all sectors are available. |
|TELUS Communications Inc.||TELUS Wise||Cyber safety and security issues are discussed in four age / audience appropriate workshop options:
* TELUS Wise footprint - is designed to help elementary school students learn how to be good digital citizens and keep their digital footprint clean.
* TELUS Wise in control - engages middle school, and junior high students in a discussion about cyberbullying, identity theft, protecting and positively growing their online reputation and more.
* TELUS Wise impact - engages middle school and junior high students in a conversation about cyberbullying, helping them explore and understand different options for safe and appropriate ways of intervening when they witness cruel behaviour online.
* TELUS Wise happiness - engages teen students in a conversation about building and maintaining a healthy relationship with technology and offers tips on ensuring resiliency and well-being in our connected world. Serving: Grades 3-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|Techzenik Robotics & Information Systems||STEMatize Schools||Students solve real world problems through automating a small Robot and programming it to perform simple tasks. All workshops provide access to new technologies and STEM kits to create, design, program, build and operate a Robot. Students learn effective programming techniques and language, utilize mathematical, problem solving and logical skills to create and code applications. Older students use advanced sensors and program blocks to accomplish complex and detailed tasks and sequences. Topics include: Robotics - LEGO We-Do 1 & 2, Mindstorms EV3 Beginners & Advanced, Electronics and Computer Engineering - Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Build Your Own Computer; Programming and Designing with Python, Programming with Java, Build Your Own App using Android Studio, Creative Technology - Adobe Photoshop, 2D Animation, 3D Animation. Professional learning sessions are also available. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Team Unbreakable||Team Unbreakable||A comprehensive professional learning programming focuses on ’physical health for mental health’ themes, using running as a way for school communities to support and maintain students’ positive mental health. Programming is designed with evidence based strategies and evaluated by the Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Center at the University of Toronto. Programming with students operates in interested schools, with designated staff who have received professional learning from Team Unbreakable. Additional programming details and resources are found online at www.team unbreakable.ca. Serving: Staff Audiences |
|Taylor Sutherland||Chekhov Theatre||Anton Chekhov's writing revolutionized the world of theatre. He wrote stories that championed the everyday man living a common life, characters who suffer defeats both great and small, at once comic and tragic. This workshop teaches acting techniques rooted in the work of Stanislavsky and Mikhail Chekhov. Students explore one of Chekhov's plays and build scene work using character analysis, improvisation, etudes, ensemble development and choral chant culminating in a presentation at the end of the workshop series. Serving: Grades 9-12|
|Tata Consultancy Services Canada Inc.||goIT virtual||goIT is an innovative, experiential and immersive program for students and staff to learn about TDSB’s Global Competencies and Tata’s Five Forces. Elementary and secondary teachers will create curricular based Global Competency learning experiences and collaborate with TCS employees to bring real world digital knowledge, expertise and practical 'real-work' experience into TDSB classrooms to help teachers and students make globally competency connections. Various initiatives, reflective of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, have participants investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action. Sessions are led by TCS Associates as Mentors, including student alumni of goIT who have graduated or are those in secondary grades coaching junior grades in their activities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Talli Osborne||Confidence is Beautiful||Born without arms and missing bones in her legs, Talli Osborne imparts important lessons to students on how to persevere despite physical disabilities and differences in this motivational assembly. She shares stories of achieving success in the face of bullying and life's many adversities. She encourages us to be more empathetic and compassionate, rallying acceptance towards ourselves to consider the fortunes we do have, rather than the ones that we do not. Through her unique perspective, Talli Osborne gives reasons for students to accept who they are and share that same acceptance towards others. This presentation is followed by a Q & A. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|Taking IT Global||Connected North||Educators, staff and students at the TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre are supported in the use of collaborative technology and virtual 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. Serving: Grades 1-12, Staff|
|TAIBU Community Health Centre||The PLUG Project||The project focuses on violence prevention and developing conflict mediation skills for student success, especially for Black and/or marginalized youth. Through workshops, students learn how to resolve conflict in a variety of scenarios, develop techniques that de-escalate a situation, work on anger management, and develop strategies for better communication. Parent workshops are available to better support their child.|
|Tadiem Inc.||An Introduction to Advertising, Design and PR||This presentation for secondary students, delivered by industry professionals, looks at the roles within advertising, public relations and design, and the work that goes into developing a public campaign. Facilitators bring case studies to show students the degree to which advertising and PR campaigns can affect trends and public discourse while highlighting the jobs that make it all happen. Content also includes why these careers are worth pursuing, an overview of various roles and how best to get started. This presentation complements the Marketing courses of the Business Studies curriculum and provides students an opportunity to learn and explore this industry.
|Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre||Using Literature as an Innovative Tool for Teaching Mental Health Literacy ||Through this partnership programming, educators learn how to impart basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills and general mental health literacy to middle-school age youth through an engaging professional learning session and follow-up coaching designed for English/Literacy teachers and middle school staff teams. Students’ mental health and wellness can potentially be safeguarded and enhanced through increased teacher awareness, knowledge, skills, and via curricula that embed mental health literacy components within a literature unit. Serving: Staff|
|Suitcase Theatre ||Suitcase Dramatic Arts Workshops ||A menu of workshops is available to choose from, including: All the World is a Stage is an engaging and interactive workshop that gives students the opportunity to explore the vibrant history of live theatre. Students will learn about the importance of collaboration as they work with their peers to create short adaptations of classical fairy tales and fables.“Improv your Acting” is a lively and humour-filled workshop that invites students to think on their feet as they are introduced to the world of improvisation. This exhilarating workshop encourages teamwork and peer support as they work together to create scenarios that invite fast creative thinking and a quick all mixed with a good dose of humour.“Confidence Creates Character” offers students a safe space to express themselves. Students will explore strategies to approach difficult social settings by developing skills to alleviate anxiety, deal with peer pressure and handle bullying. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8, Select Students 9-12|
|Suitcase Theatre ||Suitcase Theatre Performances||These musicals and plays inspire and promote positive self-awareness through storytelling, singing, the visual arts and drama. Characters in the plays and the characterization workshops create positive role modelling; encourage self-confidence, kindness and compassion; promote building healthy relationships, resilience and collaboration. They help students understand narrative structure, enhance character development in drama and enrich their vocabulary in the creative development process. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-5|
|Sugu World Inc.||Drone Development & Design||Students design, build, and develop drones in this program that integrates computer engineering technology with an up-to-date and relevant approach to robotics, electronics, and programming. Facilitated by aerospace engineers, mechanical engineers, airline pilots, and certified drone pilots, students engage both creatively and technically in the design, assembly, and implementation and programming of drones for takeoff and flight. In addition, students also examine how to successfully integrate drone technology into our current world, and how these technologies can benefit humanity. Students receive a drone after program completion.|
|Success Beyond Limits ||Success Beyond Limits School Year Program||Success Beyond Limits School Year Program works with students at Westview Centennial Secondary School to facilitate Mentorships and peer-to-peer support opportunities through scheduled sessions and drop-in activities. It provides students with community, social and career connections to events, organizations, conferences and other projects beyond school to support their personal and academic development in the community. It engages all grades, with a particular emphasis on encouraging participation from Grade 9 & 10 students. Grade 10 students who continue as participants to gradually assume mentoring roles as they progress into Grade 11 & 12. Specific student leadership sessions are designed to train students for peer-to-peer mentoring roles. Homework help, food and recreational activities are also scheduled outside of the instructional day.
|Success Beyond Limits ||Success Beyond Limits Summer Credit Support ||Supports and activities that include youth-to-youth peer mentorship engage grade 8 students who are enrolled in a Continuing Education summer course that nurtures a successful transition into secondary school. For students in Learning Centre 2, these curriculum enhancement activities inspire and assist them to improve their educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and provide support to expand their individual paths to success. |
|Studio 180 Theatre||Studio 180 IN CLASS ||The program uses drama to create a brave space for effective dialogue and self-discovery. Workshops delivered in person or via video-conferencing, offer in-depth, immersive experiences that mine the unique power of the theatre to humanize social and political issues and cultivate open dialogues and artistic expression. Artist educators work with students to encourage them to think critically, explore multiple viewpoints, promote empathy and inspire creativity through proposition exercises, hot seating and improvisation. Workshops may be based on Studio 180’s current production, works in development, or may be theme-based and explore topics including identity, community, family and personal responsibility. Serving: Grades 9-12|
|Strides Toronto Support Services||Helping Hands at School||"Helping Hands" activities are designed to support students who have been identified as homeless, to reduce the negative effects of homelessness on emotional well-being and academic performance, and enabling students to function more effectively and positively in the school environment. Activities may include supports that focus on social skill development, self-esteem, anger management and building resilience, for classes, select groups, and/or individual students. Strategies, activities are designed and implemented in consultation with local school Principal, Social Worker, and teacher. Serving: Referred students, Kindergarten - Grade 12|
|Strides Toronto Support Services||Partners for Success ||The program is designed to promote the healthy development of students and prevent the escalation of mental health difficulties in referred children. The objective is to contribute to the positive mental health of identified students, and to support the development of student’s social, emotional and resiliency skills. Mental health and well-being prevention and intervention activities are designed in consultation with the local Professional Support Services Staff, Principal, and teacher. Professional learning and parent council presentations and workshops on topics relevant to the school community are also available for staff teams, and parents. |
|Strides Toronto Support Services||Positive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)||PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. For referred students, there is access to community programs and services as needed to support those youth who are experiencing complex challenges. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12|
|Strides Toronto Support Services||Respect 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.
|Stratford Festival||Learning Through Theatre||Workshops offer enrichment to the Stratford Festival's season plays with a focus on contemporary engagement with Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and contemporary plays. They may focus on a genre or a specific play with an emphasis on key issues/questions explored and what they mean to students. They may include an introduction to fight choreography as well as an invitation for students to learn and develop particular dance choreography or vocal arrangements. All workshops are delivered by professional teaching artists through communal active exercises and hands-on exploration. Professional development workshops for staff and specialized customized workshops are also available. Serving: Grades 3-12, Staff
|Storyvalues Inc.||Storyvalues Interactive ||A variety of virtual and in-person sessions provide school communities with opportunities to explore themes of holidays, seasons, heritages and traditions. Interactive storytelling and drama enhance students’ cultural awareness, communication, creative and literacy skills. Interactive dramatization along with student participation and small group discussions allow students to explore further salient themes. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Story Planet||Young Writers ||Led by professional writers and artists, Story Planet workshops provide students the opportunity to develop their skills in creative expression and literacy through story creation across a variety of media, including writing, illustration, and digital media. Fun, interactive programs immerse students in the creative process as they work in groups and independently to write and share stories. Most programs result in a printed book or e-book of their work. Students can also work towards content for our podcast including creating songs, stories, poems, and interviews. A bi-annual anthology of selected work from students can be published according to the themes of each book. Serving: Grades 1 - 8; Professional Learning for Staff
|StopGap Foundation||Accessibility & Inclusion: Building Awareness||This presentation raises awareness about physical disability, accessibility and inclusion. In this in-person or virtual session, Luke Anderson shares how one moment in time changes his life forever and how he finds himself living in a world not well designed for someone in a wheelchair. He explains his personal experiences, challenges he faces and how he overcomes. Students learn about barriers that people with disabilities may face, the importance of a barrier-free and inclusive community, as well as empowering language when referring to people with disabilities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
|Stolen From Africa/Volé D'Afrique||Stolen From Africa ||Interactive assembly and arts-based workshops that promote 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 with peers through working on an arts, music, digital/social media projects. 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. Serving: Grades 4 - 12 |
|Steve Chapelle Communications Inc.||Information Privacy and Security in Social Media Culture||This presentation offers training to students, staff and parents on how to minimize internet risks and explore six core subjects: cyber bullying, cyber safety, digital literacy, storage of personal information, inappropriate messages, and identity protection. Students will learn to minimize and maintain their privacy in the online world. Serving: Grades 4-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|STEPS Initiative||STEPS.Studio||Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Spaces (STEPS) Initiative provides art workshops to engage school communities in designs for collaborative art installations. Facilitators help students explore public space and urban design issues facing their communities and issues of social and environmental impact. Students learn real-world design considerations, how public spaces can be improved upon and environmentally sound solutions. Using a variety of art mediums and techniques, students design a public artwork that serves function, aesthetics and celebrates the community. Workshops and art designs highlight students' lived experiences, local culture/histories, as well as the social and environmental issues identified by school communities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|Stephen LaFrenie||Physical Theatre ||Performances and workshops showcasing commedia dell’arte, mime, pantomime, movement with text, storytelling to share unique storytelling technique and awaken creativity and self-confidence in students. Performances showcase physical theatre and storytelling techniques which include two productions, “Mask Messenger” and “Pantalone – The Ice Flow Cometh”. "Mask Messenger" is a solo performance features nearly 20 masked characters and is available in English, French and Bilingual format. "Pantalone - The Ice Flow Cometh" combines the classical commedia dell'arte and Shakespearian monologue followed by a talk on Shakespeare and his influence. Workshops are suitable for all students of diverse abilities to experience mime, pantomime, movement with text, storytelling, mask making, make movement, improvisation and non-verbal communication. Once students learn the skills, students discover their own personal rhythm and unique performing style. |
|Stem Lab Robotics Inc.||STEM-based Professional Learning||Professional Learning workshops for staff to enhance their learning and inclusion of robotics, coding and technology in the classroom in-person or by video-conferencing. Participants learn how to incorporate meaningful technology in STEM classrooms, strategies to develop students' critical thinking, problem-solving skills and inquiry-based learning and teaching tools. Participants build a model, project or artifact related to a STEM topic and learn how to program it and discuss ways how inquiry-based investigation can be applied. |
|Stefanie Ricchio Business Consulting Inc||Accounting, Income Tax, and Business in the 21st Century||Financial literacy presentations bridge the gap between the classroom and workplace experience of accounting; filing income tax; and business entrepreneurship. Various sessions and downloadable tutorials on financial literacy are available with an emphasis on personal tax and business plan development. Sessions on Canadian Income Tax include “How To” demonstrations and materials to provide a foundational level of tax understanding. Sessions on how to apply for the Disability Tax Credit for individuals with learning disabilities are available for students and parents to learn more about the complexity in applying and the path to getting approved. Sessions on Business Plan development in a modern-day context include an emphasis on automation tools. Students learn how to create a business plan that leverages technology in order to understand business as it is today. Serving: Grades 10 - 12
|Starts With Me Inc.||State of Mind||Students are engaged to learn about the stigmas associated with mental health, to understand the warning signs of deteriorating mental health in themselves and others and what a pathway for recovery, resilience and well-being looks like for people seeking support. The presentation is presented through a lived-experience story from one who is living with a mental illness or has personal experience in the world of mental health. Following the presentation, students are encouraged to create a piece of content such as art, music, poetry, video, photography and/or video game in response to the session. Schools can choose to participate in the State of Mind Festival each spring; can choose to submit their creation for display at the offsite festival. Serving: Grades 7-12|
|Stand Up for Student Well Being ||Laugh More, Worry Less||Participants learn about stand-up, improv and meme comedy using an innovative, activity-based program to teach literacy skills through a lens of resilience and well-being. Comedian coaches support participants with a curriculum to develop comedy routines, writing for performing for their peers. Several activities are completed in a single workshop, or in a series of sessions. These include introducing writing prompts for students to create jokes/stories and workshop their ideas into comedy performances. Students build their confidence in public speaking and creative writing skills by shaping their own stories while channeling healthy humour in a positive way. Serving: Grades 5 - 12, Staff|
|Square Circle||Social Circus ||Social Circus programming fosters life skills, confidence and resilience in grades 4 - 8 students through the learning and practice of circus and creative arts. Students learn a variety of circus arts including juggling, poi, floor balancing, clowning, dance, acting/improvisation.The program culminates in a show and tell - students talk and display their creative art.These workshops provide an alternative, non-competitive physical and artistic outlet for students, while team building and enhancing social skills. Workshops are comprised of physical social games, trust and relationship building, and creative exercises for students to develop individual creative expression. |
|Special Olympics Ontario Inc.||Special Olympics Ontario Schools||This initiative offers competitive and developmental athletic opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in programming that is exclusively for them or inclusive (unified) for all students. Professional learning sessions for staff are also offered to provide staff with training, support and resources that increase Special Education students’ physical literacy and sport specific skills development. Programming includes: Active Start; FUNdamentals; Youth Multi-Sport; Coaching Young Athletes; Sports Festival; Health Action and My PHAL (Physical Health Active Living). And, athletic competition qualifiers and championships are organized in which student athletes with special needs compete, and opportunities for all students are offered to engage and support their peers with disabilities. See details at www1.specialolympicsontario.com/schools/. Serving: Grades 1-12, Staff
|Special Compass||What Happens Next||An inclusive presentation, in-person or by video-conferencing, for the school community to help meet the needs and challenges of exceptional students and prepare them to achieve success. Presentation addresses demystifying learning disabilities and providing successful learning strategies that include goal setting, study skills, advocacy skills, stress management. Focus also includes creating a healthy and successful transition into post-secondary education. The parent-centered presentation helps parents understand how to support their child with any exceptionality, understanding IEPs, and what to expect as their child transitions to higher grades. |
|South Riverdale CHC||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.|
|South Riverdale CHC||South Riverdale Health Clinic_CALC||The health clinic provides quality clinical and social programs and services to adult students at City Adult Learning Centre. In consultation with staff and students, low-threshold access to clinical and care coordination is available, and engages students and community partners in the development of appropriate programming with the vision to improve the lives of students facing barriers to their physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. Core services being provided to CALC include: A weekly drop in clinic led by a Nurse Practitioner (1 day), case management by a Client Care Coordinator (2.5 days), and annual flu clinics and TB screening. Group sessions which are delivered alongside CALC staff include: Sexual health in collaboration with Biology classes, strategies in self-care such as how to eat healthy on a budget, positive parenting, and housing support in partnership with housing/settlement workers.|
|SoundKreations Inc.||Toronto Dance Xperience||In 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. |
|Soul Drums Ltd.||Soul P.O.P. ||Percussion Optimizes Potential (P.O.P.) enhances music and life skills through drumming. Sessions include drum circles in small or large class formats and offered in person or virtually. This hands-on workshop provides students an opportunity to enhance their drumming skills with an emphasis on communication, team building, positive risk taking and leadership skills. Activities include musical games, song chants and performing music using a variety of percussion instruments. Professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Social Circus Circle ||Social Circus Arts Skills Workshops||Social Circus workshops build students' emotional, social and communication skills in a unique way. Offered in-person, these sessions expose students to the circus arts that can include theatre games, tricks, clowning, character work, flexibility and physical conditioning, yoga, dance, juggling, partner balancing, object manipulation/balancing, and more, based on students' interests. Students enhance their physical literacy skills such as strength, coordination, body awareness, hand eye coordination, using left and right sides of body, balance and stabilizers. Professional circus artists guide participants through various activities -in an adaptive, progression based style - emphasizing the importance of communication skills in these sessions; emotional and physical safety when trying new and creative movements; self-awareness and trust when working on new skills; a sense of belonging and team-building through various exercises and when designing an optional circus arts performance opportunity.|
|Skills Ontario ||Skilled Trades & Technologies||These virtual or in-person presentations raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers. They also address stigmas that may be associated with choosing these pathways, and encourage students to explore their interests. Facilitators provide relevant information about various apprenticeships in general, current trends, and the benefits of various careers in skilled trades and technology. Students find out how to acquire preparatory skills, experiences and exposure to various skilled trades' pathways. A focus on increasing the number of young women and Indigenous Youth who enter skilled trades is emphasized through these sessions and additional experiential learning opportunities. Sessions are available in English and French.
|Skills For Life Inc.||Youth Empowerment Through Life Skills||These in-person or virtual sessions help develop important life skills and to develop the positive personal and professional networks for success. By understanding and developing qualities of self and emotional intelligence, students develop a growth mindset to take on the world and its challenges. Workshop topics include: self-esteem, goal setting, networking, self-discovery and community engagement. Interactive workshops utilize storytelling, multimedia videos, quotes, games and discussions.
|SKETCH||Virtual Toolbox Initiative ||Virtually, this free woodworking program is STEM inspired and designed to give students the confidence to explore, innovate and work with woodworking tools to complete woodworking projects. Led through video-conferencing by women and non-binary facilitators, students work with a variety of woodworking tools and learn techniques in hand sanding, stain and finishing applications to build a variety of basic woodworking projects as well as an independent project of their own. Additionally, students gain a basic understanding of electronics and their critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The program may culminate in a project showcase to the school community. These skill-sharing workshops are an opportunity for youth to ask questions and get to know first-hand what it’s like working in various trades. Serving: Grades 9-12
|Sir Frederick Banting Legacy Foundation||Diabetes and Sir Frederick Banting||Virtual presentation raises diabetes awareness, reduce risk of youth developing Type 2 diabetes, and discuss Banting and the discovery of Insulin - Canada's gift to the world. Facilitated by SFBLF staff, teachers can pick from four sessions: 1. Understanding Diabetes and Prevention Basics; 2. Living with Diabetes and the Impact (including coping at school); 3. Discovery of Insulin and the Lasting Impact; 4. About Banting and the History. Each hour presentation includes a multi-media tutorial, interactive questions and opportunity for question and answer. Follow-up team-based activities continue the learning after the presentation. Serving: Grades 5-12.|
|Silvija Vukadinovic||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom introduces yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. The program can be adapted for students, staff, parents, at multiple levels and all age groups. It can be delivered online, in a space that accommodates mats, as well as in a traditional classroom with students standing or sitting at their desks. Through mindful movement, relaxation exercises and meditation, participants develop social-emotional and life skills that enhance their health and well-being. |
|Sheridan 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.
|Shelley Kavanagh||Expressive Arts||Art therapy sessions help students explore and name emotions to find acceptance thereby enhancing one’s sense of well-being. Participants learn strategies to better regulate their emotions, manage conflict internally and be able to share their experiences with others. Students receive carefully designed art prompts that can transform challenges and nurture in moving collectively into a world that is inextricably interconnected and regenerative. At the same time, facilitator helps to provide opportunities for participants to build skills that develop interpersonal effectiveness and tolerate distress through processes of containment, integration, self-soothing, building mastery and hope. These guided small group sessions especially help aid those that have experienced trauma or stress and provides a creative outline to express their emotions. Participants learn strategies to better regulate their emotions, manage conflict internally and be able to share their experiences with others. |
|Shakespearience Performing Arts||The Shakespearience Experience||Interactive 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." Serving: Grades 4-12|
|Shakespeare In Action||Interactive Shakespeare||Students will experience Shakespeare and drama in fun, new, and accessible ways in these experiential performing arts workshops for elementary, middle, and high-school students. Workshops include ESL Shakespeare, Masterclass (English focus), Page to Stage (Drama focus), Shakespeare Rap, and Future Shakespeare (where students experience a play in a single classroom period). Professional actor-educators show how to discover, analyze, and reimagine the meanings of language as students engage in interactive language exercises, group translation, and storytelling activities in order to decode Shakespearean text and remove the language barrier often associated with his works. Professional learning is available. SHSM workshops for the Arts and Culture Specialty are also available. Serving: Grades 3-12, Staff|
|Seneca 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. |
|Seneca 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.
|Seneca 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.|
|Seneca College||Immigrant & Refugee Studies SSW Field Placements ||This program provides field placement opportunities for Seneca College Students in the Immigration & Refugee Studies Social Service Work program. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in TDSB sites. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding; to plan and implement activities; and to foster positive relationships with TDSB communities: students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
|Seneca College||Library and Information Technician Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in Library and Information Technician 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 schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum and information/resource needs; 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. |
|Selflove Youth Wellness and Empowerment||Make Ur Mark Virtual Series: Resilience & Restoration||Hosted by mentor and Black leader, Kym Niles, this live conversation brings together in a question and answer format, Black leaders who share their experiences in overcoming systematic barriers and how they managed their mental well-being in their pursuit to achievement. These in-person or virtual sessions allow community leaders from a vast array of fields and professions to share their story, coping strategies and success stories. The presentation finishes with an opportunity for students to ask questions that are relevant to them, especially those from the BIPOC community. |
|Seedling Stories||Hands in the Garden||This food and garden program allows students to get their hands dirty while gardening, growing food, and learning about the natural environment and sustainability. Students learn and explore plant life cycles, biodiversity, composting, garden creatures, measuring and mapping garden beds, people involved in the food system, harvesting and creating simple snacks, and writing poems and creating skits about the garden. Through this hands-on program, students apply concepts they have learned in class in practical and direct ways. With a variety of workshops to choose from, some may be delivered virtually, this program is suitable for early years and elementary students and is offered in both French and English. Many of the workshops offered by this program do not require schools to have a garden and are available throughout the school year. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Sean Mauricette||L.I.F.T. Virtual ||Laying Important Foundations Together (L.I.F.T.) By using his backgrounds in hip-hop, acting, architecture and multimedia, Sean Mauricette inspires through motivational virtual sessions on leadership, diversity, inclusion, respect, Black History, anti-racism, and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Sessions focus on student leadership, student engagement, students' sense of self-efficacy and achievement through setting goals to become their best. Topics touch upon how to steer clear of the negative influences, to create and to seize learning opportunities. Black History presentations instill a renewed sense of pride and heighten students' awareness that Black history didn't start with slavery, it was interrupted by it; as remembered stories of black saints and royalty in advanced civilizations come to the fore through music and spoken word. Serving: Grades 5-12|
|Scott Ste Marie||Social Media & Mental Health||This presentation educates students on the relationship between social media use and their psychological, emotional and social emotional well-being. Students gain a deeper understanding of the impact social media use has on their emotional well-being and how to use it safely. Mental health speaker, Scott Ste Marie, shares his honest experience being a YouTuber (reaching over 30 million people worldwide), showing students the reality behind these platforms and inviting them to think critically about how they treat others online and what content they consume. Students are immediately engaged as Scott shows background analytics to his own videos and how he personally has to manage his own online engagement and prioritizes what is truly important offline. Serving: Grades 4-12, Parents/caregivers|
|Scientists in School||Scientists in School||Facilitated 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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff|
|Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging Foundation||Careers in Long-Term Care||In-person or virtual presentations by professional staff in the long-term care sector provide information on long-term care and the variety of careers available in the sector to secondary students. Presentation addresses and tackles real day challenges to the industry. Staff from long-term care homes may be available alongside partner staff to provide first-hand information about their roles and experiences. Presentation provides career profiles, person-centred vocabulary, videos, resources followed by a question and answer period. The partner is affiliated with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (OCLRI).
I.C.E. challenges may be available.|
|SCHC||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.|
|Scarborough Women's Centre||Building Strong Futures||Interactive 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.
|Scarborough Rotary Passport Club||Brush-a-mania||This interactive in-person or virtual presentation is delivered to elementary students to promote good oral health every April which is proclaimed Oral Health Month. Dentist and Rotarians visit schools to provide information on proper brushing and flossing techniques, good oral hygiene practice, and healthy eating. Students each receive a toothbrush to practise brushing their teeth, answer questions about brushing and have the opportunity to ask questions to the dentist. Students, teachers and parents are also invited to track students daily brushing habits in-class, and at home via an online 'brushtracker'. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|SAVIS of Halton||Consent, Bodily Integrity and Health Relationships||Presentations address consent in romantic, social, and sexual contexts for secondary students. Topics include how to navigate social relationships - what is consent, how to ask for consent, how to say no and how to accept hearing no; what makes a healthy relationship, what to look for in relationships and how to navigate different relationships as young people. Consent in relation to sexual violence is also outlined to address the unfortunate prevalence of sexual violence in our communities. Presentations are delivered with time for discussion and reflection by students throughout the session. |
|Rumberos||Cuban-Brazilian Drumming and Dance||Master 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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
|RPDY Foundation||Creative Art and Play Programs ||In selected LC4 schools, students experiencing social and emotional difficulties are referred by Professional Support Services, to support them through the provision of these specialized opportunities for creative expression. These art and play therapy programs assist students with self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shapes; thoughts and feelings can be expressed that may be otherwise difficult for children to articulate. Various art materials and activities are available, including: sand trays, clay projects, puppets, storytelling, music, dance and movement, drama, and various art materials. Serving: Select students, Kindergarten - Grade 8|
|Roseneath Theatre||Roseneath Theatre Touring Productions||Professional theatre performances and tailor-made workshops, delivered virtually or in-person, support arts curriculum connections and social justice themes for young audiences. Roseneath Theatre produces 3-5 performances per year that feature a particular theme and focus, written by recognized playwrights from across Canada. A study guide comprises each performance, providing classroom activities, resources, as well as pre and post-show questions. Following each performance, a question and answer session with the cast explores current topics and issues to critically analyze the concepts brought forth, building connections that relate to well-being and our relationship with ourselves and with others. Productions for the current year can be found at www.roseneath.ca. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12|