|Real Talk Learning Experiences||Content is King||Having a sound understanding of how social media works, both on the front-end and the back-end, allows young people and parents/guardians to employ best practices and make good decisions about utilizing the medium. The Digital Age has affected the way many industries do business. The marketing industry has changed from outbound methods that cast a broad net to an undefined target audience, to inbound tactics to attract a desired customer to products and services. Content marketing by way of videos, written content and podcasts, in conjunction with social media marketing and search engine marketing has become a standard in contemporary marketing. Topics in these student and parent workshops include - Content is King, Media Literacy & Technology, Let's Take a Selfie: Social Media and You.|
|Continuum Contemporary Music Ensemble||Continuum in the Classroom||This program provides invaluable and practical compositional experience, one-on-one mentorship and introduction to the Canadian new music community. Facilitated by professional musicians and composers, students have an opportunity to use new technologies, found sounds and soundwalks to create original works and potentially have the opportunity to hear their compositions performed by a professional ensemble. Performances by the ensemble are available to all students. Workshops for students to enhance their learning include: instrumental improvisation technique, exploring contemporary Canadian repertoire, exploring contemporary performance techniques for composing, performance by Continuum core ensemble, facilitation in co-composition with a composer. Schools can choose to bring in an artist, composer or host a performance by the core ensemble or any combination thereof.|
|Behaviour Matters Inc.||Cool Tools||Workshops help students develop social skills alongside other aspects of social development, such as emotional regulation, healthy self esteem, leadership, and confidence. Facilitators share skills and strategies that include positive body language, active listening, cooperation, problem solving, positive coping/self-talk, assertive communication, and developing a growth mindset. Sessions include cooperative activities and games, role-playing, discussions, expressive art activities and the use of "The Empathy Toy" and resources. Workshops for parents are also available and focus on how to raise a socially-successful child through positive parenting, defeating defiance, coping with anxiety as a family, and teaching emotional regulation skills to their child.|
|CORPUS Dance Projects||CORPUS Performances||Signature productions combine choreography with comedy and abstract movement with a narrative line is presented to students in-person or by video-conferencing. Each story looks at different approaches to movement, choreography, story-telling and comedy and honours students’ imagination and intelligence. For 2020, two productions are offered: Les Moutons and Camping Royale. Les Moutons, non-verbal live installation, recreates a typical urban setting and showcases sheep behaviour. Camping Royale is a satire on colonialism and the privileged class that combines dance with object theatre. Performance references well-known fairy-tales and involves audience interaction. Performances are also delivered in French. |
|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.|
|Chartered Professional Accountants||CPA Canada Financial Literacy Presentations||Presentations engage school communities in discussion, case studies and interactive activities that deepen their understanding of financial literacy basic concepts and skills. The following topics are covered: Bartering; Needs and Wants; Goal Setting; Earning Income; Credit Cards and Bad Debt versus Good Debt; and, Budgeting and Savings. Presentations are available in both English and French.
|Trinity Theatre Toronto||Creating Communities We Want||Students become peer leaders and mentors through workshops that engage them in a variety of art and drama-based activities. Trained student peer leaders facilitate workshops, talking circles and presentations with other students in their school, improving both their communication and conflict resolution skills alongside the development of their leadership capabilities. Peer to Peer workshops prepare students to become peer leaders while addressing issues such as stress management, healthy relationships, bullying, discrimination, substance use, etc. Handling Conflict peer mediation training workshops refine student's skills in understanding emotions like anger through active listening and empathy, as well as open and closed questioning. Schools can also add workshops for students as well as parents and staff to address conflicts, encourage community engagement and volunteerism, and also request Making Connections, a substance abuse toolkit for teachers that engages underserved students in developing healthy attitudes and resistance strategies.|
|Canadian Contemporary School of Art Inc.||Creative Art Practice||Enhanced arts workshops for elementary students in a variety of art forms that encourage imagination, trusting one's intuition and creativity. Workshop offerings include: textile printing, photography, puppetry, cartooning, fashion and wearable art, animation, and architecture. Students develop their understanding of the chosen medium and improve their techniques and problem solving skills. Workshops provide opportunities for self-expression, calculated risk-taking along with the enjoyment of seeing one's creative efforts lead to tangible results.
|Nia Centre for The Arts||Creative Connect||These free workshops support Black, African, Caribbean and Afro Diasporic students who have found their purpose in art by providing post-secondary and employment pathways, career exploration and mentorship opportunities. Established professional artists who work in the creative arts guide students to identify pathway connections, build career networks, and the skills needed to stay motivated to succeed. Professionals also provide career advice, support and mentorship opportunities.
SHSM opportunities are available.
|The Toronto Writers' Collective||Creative Writing Professional Learning||Experiential writing workshops introduce educators to proven methods that will equip them with strategies to enhance student self-regulation, expression, confidence and wellbeing, especially with vulnerable communities. Staff learn new techniques to inspire first draft expressive writing and create an engaged community of young independent writers by encouraging voice and a strong sense of identity. Facilitators provide steps on how to create a brave space to encourage students to share perspectives and stories, solutions to common roadblocks and techniques on how to tap into students’ creativity and initiative. They also provide coaching on how to form respectful collaborative peer circles for deep listening and supportive feedback.
|Laura Beglin||Creativity, Confidence, Artistry Through Dance||In these dance workshops, students build leadership skills as they create their own choreography and creative composition. Each session typically concentrates on one dance style or tradition, providing instruction in technique and dance history. Styles available include jazz, ballet, hip hop, disco, modern, musical theatre, country line dance, Western-style folk dance, and creative movement. With elementary students the instructor focuses on body and spatial awareness, form and style, and physical conditioning. With secondary students the instructor places greater emphasis on proper dance technique and history. All workshops seek to provide new and diverse perspectives to teachers and students in the classroom.|
|Vujade Entertainment Inc.||Creature Shop||This hands-on workshop teaches students motion picture special effect techniques to create their own animatronic creation. Students handle and explore the simple machines that give the illusion that puppets are alive including mechanical pulleys, push-pull rods, gears and gear chains. Students learn different kinds of special effects, comparing computer generated effects to floor effects. Students build their own animatronic creation to participate in a challenge in stacking a pyramid of wooden blocks. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. |
|Mario Rigby||Crossing Africa: Overcoming An Impossible Journey||Canadian adventure explorer, Mario Rigby, shares his story of how he trekked across 12,000 km across Africa by foot and kayak using his three pillars of success: vision, preparation, action. He conquered what was considered an impossible feat and Mario shares how he did it. Students hear advice on how to overcome challenges and fears, discover one’s vision and passion, implement the three pillars to reach any personal goal and succeed in life. Presentation shows highlights of his journey, interactions with various African ethnic groups, interviews with local people, and personal anecdotes on how he achieved his dream. |
|Central Toronto Youth Services||CTYS Connections||These group-based mental health programs utilize evidence informed approaches such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and art based activities to increase resiliency and wellness in the students. Two groups are specifically offered: the first being Connect to Chill (C2C). This group aims to increase affect regulation skills, manage stress and anxiety and build healthy connections with peers, family and community. The second group is an evidence based anger management program called Peaceful Alternative To Tough Situations (PATTS). Participants in this group develop nonviolent conflict resolution skills; increase affect regulation, and strengthen relationships to others.|
|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.
|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.|
|Luana Shirt||Cultural Teachings||Luana Shirt is a Plains Cree/Anishinaabe Indigenous Knowledge Educator and Artist. Through interactive teaching circles, she brings focus and better understanding of Anishinaabe cultural teachings that are centered around the Indigenous world views of traditional roles of women and men, rites of passage of girls and boys, 7 stages of life, 7 grandfathers story and teachings, understanding of water, traditional use of medicines and 13 moon grandmother teachings. Indigenous arts workshops include songs, games and interactive teaching circles. Professional learning available to teachers. |
|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. |
|Gillian Brooks and Mariana Gurgis||Dance the Change||These unique and interactive dance workshops integrate the performing and literary arts to teach students choreography that guides them to artistically express a story. Delivered in-person or through video-conferencing, professional performing artists engage students in activities on movement, character development, and story-telling through dance that also enhances drama curriculum. Using prompts from literature or theatre pieces, elementary students from Kindergarten to Grade Eight build empathy, cultivate compassion, and express themselves artistically. In addition to collaborative performance, students engage in writing a reflection from the point-of-view of a character in their story.|
|Janice Pomer||Dance the Moving World||Dynamic movement workshops facilitated by a dance artist and arts educator with decades of experience working in schools, with students of all ages and abilities. In the elementary programs, students build and improve upon their movement confidence, creativity, musicality, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and teamwork as they explore a variety of themes and choreographic structures. Secondary programs strengthen students' modern dance technique, performance skills and choreographic sensibilities. Dramatic movement workshops designed to deepen students’ understanding of traditional and experimental physical theatre techniques are also available.|
|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. |
|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. |
|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.|
|Scott Ste Marie||Depression to Expression||Depression to Expression exists to create an honest dialogue about mental health by teaching specific cognitive tools to students to help them deal with the challenges they face. Depression to Expression reaches 20,000 unique youth around the world every day (7.3 million per year) through our mental health YouTube videos and thousands in person through school and business presentations. Main Topics of the Presentation Include:
1. Defining mental health and mental illness correctly. We dive deep into anxiety as this is the most common mental disorder; 2. Understanding The Cognitive Behavioural Triangle (Thoughts, Feelings, Behaviours); 3. Social Media and Mental Health (provided to both parent groups and students) . |
|Pinecone Project Inc.||Design and Leadership||Interdisciplinary design challenges for students builds skills in problem solving and creativity. Students engage in an exploration of available tools, information and other resources to address the problem at hand with the help of facilitators who guide the design implementation, decision-making and solution. As well, students think about the importance of considering others while designing solutions, and how their personal strengths can be used to solve everyday problems both now and in the future. Workshops to choose from are: Toy Works, Universal Design Challenge, Arctic Beavers, Let’s Get Moving, Classroom Theme Park, Animal Crossing, Green Cities, Values in Design, We all Scream…, Pet Prosthetics, Sustainable Action Planning. |
|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.
|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.|
|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. |
|CMV SocialMedia Inc.||Digital Intelligence||Presentation assembly to students, teachers, and parents on how to utilize their social apps and platforms to build their online reputations via principles of digital citizenship. Students learn how to incorporate impeccable character, integrity, kindness and gratitude into their social apps and online experience. This presentation uses relevant, real-world examples, strategies and solutions to guide participants on safe and purposeful digital use. Facilitator provides tools and tips on how to communicate and minimize risks while creating a meaningful online presence for today and in the future.|
|Yorktown Family Services||Double T||Double T (Temper Tamers) self-regulation sessions provide elementary students with opportunities to learn vital cognitive and social skills with their classroom peers. Sessions build skills through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based (CBT) curriculum that addresses and supports the management of intense emotions that may be getting in the way of classrooms meeting their academic and social goals as healthy learning environments.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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. |
|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.|
|Canadian Mothercraft Society||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.|
|Centennial 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||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||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.|
|Loyalist 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.|
|Ryerson University||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.|
|Corona 360||Earth and Space Science Planetarium||A portable, inflatable planetarium provides an immersive 360° learning experience for students. An emphasis is placed on astronomy and earth sciences including such topics as planets, stars, galaxies, the universe, geology, geography, weather, climate change and spacecraft exploration into the solar system. The planetarium utilizes the latest high technology to accurately map the universe, simulate 3D models and demonstrate learning concepts into the full-dome theatre environment. Professional learning may be available for staff.|
|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, the hour-long assembly teaches students to develop empathy for wildlife and to support protecting animals and their habitats. Students learn about threatened Canadian species, the importance of protecting the environment and adopting more sustainable behaviours. Earth Rangers provide supplementary environmental information on how to make a difference through tangible activities and conservation projects for students to complete at home. Earth Rangers provides curriculum resources available online at www.earthrangers.org/bring-back-the-wild-curriculum-resources.|
|V-Learn Inc.||Echo Learning's Digital Music Experience||Students create their own musical song in this accessible workshop on digital music production. Facilitators cover song structure, elements of sound design, composition of melody, and use of a digital technological tool. Hands-on exercises at each stage help students to practise what they've learned and discover how to use the tool themselves to create desired sounds. Students compose their own unique drum patterns, instrument effects, and melodies to create their own original song or remix. Professional learning to staff are also available.|
|Orfe||Eco-Art Program||Workshops and mural projects deliver eco-art education through the learning of experiential, experimental, and hands-on techniques. Students learn the process of recycling materials to be repurposed and used to complete theme-based art projects. Tasked to create both 2D and 3D works of art, students will further enhance their resourcefulness, perseverance, and critical thinking skills, and also learn and improve their understanding of concepts like social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, as well as environmental awareness through their engagement in a creative approach to social change.Creating eco-friendly projects in the classroom by using recycled materials|
|Confederation College||Education Assistant / Educational Support Field Placements||Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students in Educational Assistant / Educational Support programs who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms when working with students with diverse learning needs; to develop practical knowledge and skills; to work with and support students with special education needs in their learning environments; to provide (supervised) support to students with diverse and special education needs in school settings. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.|
|Mohawk College||Education Assistant / Educational Support Field Placements||Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students in Educational Assistant / Educational Support programs who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms when working with students with diverse learning needs; to develop practical knowledge and skills; to work with and support students with special education needs in their learning environments; to provide (supervised) support to students with diverse and special education needs in school settings. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.|
|Learning for a Sustainable Future||Empowering Our Children to Change the World||We'll explore all types of sustainability issues and what young people can do about them to make real, positive change and make our world a greener, happier and healthier place! These special sessions are designed to 'jump-start' classroom "environmental action projects". Topics for these sessions include: Getting started with your climate change project.Electricity Conservation & YOU: Performing an energy audit; No Idling at School: Organizing a campaign to reduce emissions; Food for Thought: Growing local food to reduce food miles; Action Projects: How To . |
|Wen-Do Women's Self-Defence||Empowerment and Self-Defence||Workshop focuses on safety and empowerment, preparing students to defend themselves both mentally and physically, and giving them the confidence to deal with the range of types of aggression they are most likely to encounter in real life for girls or those who identify as girls. Through a feminist, anti-oppression lens, workshops cover the fundamentals of women's self-defense verbally and with the body, importance of using our voice, the element of surprise and awareness and avoidance. Some techniques may be alternated for those with physical limitations or disabilities. In addition, discussions occur about healthy relationships, healthy body image and strategies for safety. |
|Canadian Parents for French - Ontario||Engaging Parents & Supporting FSL||Programming supports are provided to students, parents, families and educators to enhance French as a second language (FSL) learning. Informative workshops, socio-cultural performances and events are available as scheduled. Programming is offered in French and English, with Bilingual facilitators. |
|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. |
|AXIS Performance + Training||Enriching Athlete and Sport Performance for Staff||To empower secondary school staff with effective tools, systems and strategies to augment student athlete health and performance. The Sports Coach Workshop explores evidence-based systems for improving aerobic and anaerobic conditioning; monitoring short and long-term athlete recovery; and providing guidance for nutrition. The Speed and Agility Clinic empowers coaches with specific drills to increase the multi-directional speed of athletes and provides guidelines for the application of these drills via the three fundamental speed and agility movements - The Directional Step; The Hip Turn; and The Crossover. Sessions may be available by video-conferencing.|
|Progressive Tennis League||Enrichment Tennis Programming||The program provides in-class workshops to students using modified equipment to make learning tennis fun and easy. A team based approach is used to introduce the ten steps towards rallying and the five fundamentals of tennis for JK/SK. Students in grades 1-8 explore tennis fundamentals, reception/projection and movement skills in a dynamic team based environment.|
|The Learning Partnership Canada||Entrepreneurial Adventure ||Elementary students create a business venture from their classrooms. The Learning Partnership’s Business Mentors guide students on their entrepreneurial journey, supporting them as they research an idea and build a plan to develop and launch their venture. Learning resource materials and activities make the entrepreneurial experience easy, accessible and fun. This program strengthens students’ critical thinking, creative problem solving and collaboration skills. It culminates in a regional event where students pitch their ventures. |
|Errol Lee||Errol Lee Caring Concerts||Errol captivates and motivates all learners effectively communicating that each person has unique, inherent value. His motivational programs are specifically designed to teach, nurture, and model positive character traits. All concerts are multi-sensory and use music, movement, media and visual communication strategies to give audiences an experience where students will dance and be inspired to care for others and the environment. All presentations teach kindness, self-confidence, self-esteem and character building catered to each age and stage. Program delivery has been modified for online platforms. These programs are great for character education, anti-bullying, anti-racism, Black History and Pink Shirt Day. |
|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. |
|The Concerned Kids Charity of Toronto||Expanded Communicating Through Puppetry||Presentations use puppetry to address bullying, anger management, mental health, peer pressure and substance abuse topics in order to maintain respect and enhance students’ self-esteem and personal safety and the safety of others. The presentation is followed by a question and answer session to allow students to ask questions about the issues raised. The presentations aim to empower students in kindergarten -Grade 6 to make smarter and kinder choices and help to create safer schools and communities.|
|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.|
|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. |
|Facing History and Ourselves ||Facing History: Professional Learning Opportunities||Facing History and Ourselves’ professional facilitators offer interactive workshops to better equip educators, schools and systems with mindsets, knowledge and skills to shape thoughtful, equitable, just and academically challenging environments for student learning. Our staff will work with you to tailor professional learning sessions intended for system support, whole school, and department or subject specific audiences. Our professional development offerings focus on: Fostering community, social and emotional wellbeing in classrooms; building intentional spaces and providing tools to facilitate difficult conversations (about current events and difficult histories); understanding the historical roots of antisemitism, and of anti-Indigenous racism and other forms of bigotry and hatred; facilitating staff development for antiracist, equitable, just teaching, and decolonial practice (planned and run in partnership with Indigenous educators) Our curriculum-based professional work can further enhance Civics Social Studies, Humanities, English and Indigenous subject teachers with culturally responsive and relevant pedagogical training, and academically rigorous learning resources to empower students as active and engaged learners, citizens and community leaders.|
|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. |
|Culture Shock Canada ||Feel the Beat: Dance Workshops||Students practice Street/Club/Hip Hop/ Funk inspired dance skills, using a creative outlet to develop self-confidence and self-expression. Students can learn different styles including (but not limited to) Club, Street, Funk, Hip Hop, House, Breaking, Locking, Waacking etc.., their historical context and origins, movement vocabulary through dance fundamentals, and reflect on how body diversity positively contributes to the art. Instructors use pedagogy that allows for holistic expression and exploration of various emotions, thoughts and conceptions. Workshop encourages vitality, sense of self, well-being and community-building. Workshop series are available for instructors to coach students in learning a choreographed dance routine, culminating in a presentation. Professional development is available to staff. Resources and in-class activities can be provided. |
|Jennilee Austria||Filipino Talks||Cross-cultural workshop sheds light on unique challenges that Filipinos face in Canadian schools and society. Led by Filipino-Canadian community leader Jennilee Austria, workshops include: "Family Separation and Reunification" promotes healing after reunification, "Role Models Talk Show" introduces students to their choice of Filipino-Canadian professions, and "Community Supports Talk Show" provides information on how to end isolation by encouraging community involvement, with an emphasis on introducing students to local Filipino-Canadian frontline workers. Staff professional learning is available and introduces staff to strategies to reach the Filipino community that have proven to be successful.
|Never Too Short Productions||Film In A Day||Full day hands-on workshop offers the opportunity for students to explore all aspects of filmmaking including script writing, exploration of equipment and techniques required to create a film. This comprehensive workshop emphasizes four key components to consider when making a film: storytelling, writing, presentation and use of equipment. The facilitator also discusses the editing process, and software that accompanies it. The goal of the workshop is not only for students to create a short film, but also to provide them with a solid understanding of the film industry's practices, standards and careers.|
|Gail Valentine Consulting and Marketing ||Film School In A Box||Full day interactive workshop for students to enhance their media literacy. In person or virtual sessions are delivered by professional filmmakers, providing students with the opportunity to create stop motion, claymation, short films or digital arts. Choose from four workshops: Short Filmmaking, Stop Motion Animation, Claymation and Digital Pranks. Students learn about the filming process from storyboard, script, music, filming and post-production; the people and roles; while enhancing their critical thinking and media literacy skills. Secondary students use FInal Cut Pro and engage in higher level critical thinking and story development to be used in conjunction with their unit of inquiry. |
|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.|
|Rayon Gillespie||Financial Literacy en francais||Enabling students to be responsible money managers in French and English, these interactive presentations cover topics that include: "Budgeting 101" "Spend less, Save more" "Do you need to borrow?" and "Set yourself up for success." Financial literacy skills are interspersed with personal life story and practical experience. |
|Reach Toronto Autism Services for Youth ||Financial Literacy Training for Special Needs||This financial literacy workshop is specifically for MID classes for students to develop transitional life skills. Many interactive tools are used in this activity-based learning environment including videos, discussions, scenarios and hands-on worksheets. This workshop helps students to gain the necessary tools and skills to deal with money matters in life. With the help of the facilitator, students develop a financial plan of action at the end of the workshop series. Topics include money basics, banking and accounts; savings, bill payment and debt; budget basics; and budget review and pitfalls to avoid. |
|PennyDrops||Financial Literacy Workshops||Small-format group activities based on personal financial topics encourage student participation and discussion to help build the skills for economic success. Lesson topics include: mindful spending and budgeting, banking, savings, taxes, credit, investing, the labour market, and a guide to professionalism. Facilitated by university-level students who provide mentorship, insight into post-secondary life, and real-life applications of content. Workshop series leaves students practical skills, enabling them to successfully manage their personal finances. Suitable for grades 9-12.|
|Junior Achievement of Central Ontario||Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship Programs||Programming inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable, financial decisions; to be innovative in generating business ideas and starting their own companies; and, to discover career possibilities and pathways. Led by JACO trained volunteers from the business community, workshops include More than Money; Be Entrepreneurial Junior ; Dollars with Sense; Economics for Success, Personal Finance and several others. |
|Brent Nicholls and Sarah Nicholls||Find Your Magic||With a focus on kindness and building inclusive school communities, this presentation goes beyond the message of bullying prevention and empowers students to believe in themselves no matter what they may be facing. Throughout the presentation Brent and Sarah share personal stories about being bullied and outline the steps they took to overcome it and gain self confidence. Their four "Secrets of Magic" are shared: Anything is Possible, Believe in Yourself, You're Not Alone and Find Your Magic. The magic used to illustrate these points is extremely engaging for the students. Audiences can’t help but feel a connection with the message and students are left feeling empowered when they realize the positive impact they can have on others.|
|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. |
|Fithop Fitness & Entertainment||FIT HOP||Students' Physical Literacy is enhanced with these workshops that fuse music, spoken word poetry and movement to provide an interactive dance-based fitness program. Students are engaged in individual and group exercises that teach kinesthetic awareness (personal space), mindfulness through breathing and proper postural alignment in exercise. Program uses rhythm and rhyme, song and spoken word poetry to aid students in remembering the dance sequence. At the end of the workshop, students will have an opportunity to showcase their learning in a dance circle. Professional learning workshops are available. FIT HOP is an acronym for functional integrative training and health optimization program.|
|C-Flava||Fit With Flava||These fitness workshops and performance presentations introduce students to traditional West-African and Caribbean dance steps infused with modernized choreography through a high-intensity workout routine. Students of all fitness levels celebrate freedom of expression and improve their cardiovascular endurance and core strength by moving to the sounds of afrobeats, soca, dancehall, and hip-hop, as well as more traditional rhythms and sounds from West-Africa and the Caribbean, experiencing first-hand the modernization of traditional dance as well as the diversity of movement that exists between cultures.|
|Toronto Flag Football||Flag Football: Skill Development and Clinics||Clinics are designed to further enhance the game of flag football to elementary students while promoting healthy living and professional learning to teachers. Using age-appropriate skills guidelines from Football Canada, NFL Flag and others, sessions teach students sport-specific and cross-activity skills as well as provide an opportunity for development in their leadership skills, teamwork skills and sense of fair play. Active participation allows students to understand the rules of play, practise drills and scrimmages and enhance their understanding of the game. Teachers learn a variety of drills and strategies to guide their students to a successful season.|
|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.
|Elisabeth Pearson||Food, Nutrition and Mental Health||Students, staff or parent participants learn how to choose foods that optimize brain and gut health, which promotes better mental health, including a significantly lower risk of anxiety and depression. Participants learn how the extensive use of social media promotes poor body image, which leads to poor mental health and an unhealthy relationship with food. Participants learn how the widespread availability and advertising of ultra-processed foods impacts food choice and well-being. |
|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. |
|Jessica Dubeau||Freedom Dance Athletics||Dance enrichment workshops provide choreography in historically black influenced dance genres such as: Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Caribbean (Soca, Dancehall), Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Disco styles. In a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment, students learn the characteristics of each style through choreographic sequences and fundamental dance and sport movements built into exercises, routines, and rhythmic drills that provide athletic building components that are unique to dance. At the end of a workshop series, students will perform a choreographed routine that was created during the unit. Each type of sessions promotes cultural acceptance, black awareness and enrichment as well as diversification and anti-racism through practiced mediums and techniques.|
|Children's Peace Theatre ||Freedom School Toronto||Programming addresses Black Canadian and Diasporic History; Global histories of Black resistance; and, LGBTQ Black resistance. Interactive sessions engage students in grade-appropriate discussion and empowering action related to Black Student Success; confronting anti-Black racism; solidarity in resistance; and, lessons learned from studying Freedom Fighters in Black History; The Movement for Black lives, Marie Joseph Angelique, Africville and other local histories of resistance, Marsha P Johnson and the Stonewall Riots, Nanny Maroon and the Maroons in Canada; The Bussa Revolution in Barbados; The Haitian Revolution; and the Soweto Uprisings. Professional learning sessions are available to assist educators in navigating anti-Black racism in the classroom.
|Tradansa||French Canadian Traditional Dance Program||Dance workshops explore and encourage an appreciation and knowledge of French-Canadian folk dance, francophone language, culture and traditions, in person or by video-conferencing. French Canadian dance is a rich and lively artform and is combined with music and songs. Workshops integrate language, music, history, culture while encouraging students to creatively express themselves and discover new forms of expression. Workshops are offered in French and/or English and are suitable for French Immersion, Core French or Bi-lingual.
|Beebo Music||French Music Concerts||The interactive French and bilingual language music concerts give students the motivation and confidence to sing along to French-language songs. Students learn traditional and contemporary French songs and they lyrics are projected onto a wall or screen to help students sing along. Performances focus on music as a learning tool, and demonstrate how music can be used in teaching students a second language.|
|Community Builders ||Friends and Allies Youth Leadership||Sparking courage, building skills and fostering caring, Community Builders develops youth leadership through symposia and workshops on social inclusion, conflict resolution, and peer support listening with elementary school students. Participants learn concepts of community circle, anti-oppression, ally-ship and conflict resolution, to promote a positive school environment and create a community response to bullying and exclusion. They explore issues including racism, sexism and other oppressions. Following the symposia, leadership teams are supported as they prepare to deliver programs ranging from Friends and Allies Assemblies to action-research initiatives. Professional learning sessions, cross-generational dialogues and parent workshops are also provided.|
|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. |
|Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center (Ont) Inc.||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom introduces yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. The program can be adapted for multiple levels and all age groups for students in elementary and high schools. It can be delivered online, in a space that accommodates mats, as well as in a traditional classroom with students sitting at their desks. Through mindful movement, relaxation exercises and meditation, students develop social-emotional and life skills that enhance their health and well-being. The program can also include professional development workshops for teachers and support staff that provide guidance in delivering simple yoga and mindfulness techniques to students. Program is led by certified yoga therapists.|
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|Neighbourhood Group Community Services||Game Changers - Restorative Justice Conflict Mediation||Restorative Justice and Conflict Mediation sessions are provided with small groups of referred students. The program also works with Youth Peer Mediators in training and supporting their school communities. Peer to peer and/or youth to adult conflicts are discussed through a proactive problem-solving process. Sessions foster leadership and pro-social skills, shared accountability, and builds individual and school capacity to manage conflicts with mediation. |
|CAMH||Game Changers for Mental Health||Research-based, youth co-developed presentations on mental health and self-care delivered by youth to help students learn about mental health and how they can look after themselves. Youth ambassadors with lived experience with mental health challenges share their personal mental health stories and provide tips on maintaining mental wellness and how to reach out for support when needed. Schools may also request CAMH staff to present around specific topics such as depression, addiction, drugs and alcohol and mental health 101. Additional resources are shared to provide strategies and tools to increase well-being in students.|
|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.
|Make It Happen||Gateway 2 Adulthood||Program enhances pro-social behaviour and life-skills for black, underserved, and/or marginalized students in grades 8-12 to actualize and realize their potential. Facilitated by Karim Grant, the program provides positively-influenced topics such as violence intervention, anger replacement training, stress management, media literacy, goal-setting and peer/group mentoring. Karim Grant connects with youth and shares his lived and learned experience. At the end of the program, students better identify triggers, learn coping skills and decrease acts of aggression, anger and violence to focus on enhancing social skills necessary for positive and healthy relationships. |
|Plan International Canada Inc.||Gender Equality Workshops ||Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. |
|Generation Chos3n||Generation Chosen||Institutions (family, school, work) are often plagued with harmful power structures that favour those with privilege and sideline those without. This program demystifies and engages in meaningful discussions to enable youth to view themselves as unique entities capable of reshaping their understanding of themselves, in relation to those around them. The emotional intelligence workshops focus on illuminating those insecurities and combating them with practical alternatives that can be applied to realistic situations each participant will be faced with. Six key virtues that is the basis of the program and that contribute to the emotional and well-being of youth are: Perspective, Courage, Humility, Integrity, Boldness and Vision. Sessions are culturally relevant and build critical consciousness in students who self-identify as Black/from marginalized communities.|
|University of Alberta||Genocide Denial and Cover-up: The Holodomor in the 20th Century||This presentation on the Holodomor engages students in a case study of the genocidal famine in Ukraine from 1932-1933. Students learn how to identify the steps from which genocides have evolved, and how human rights abuses can progress from bullying and discrimination, to victimization and dehumanization. Through collective discussion on its history, students provide suggestions and strategies that could be used in our present day to curb human rights abuse and the types of governments that permit and participate in these abuses. Professional learning is also available.|
|Mining Matters||Geoscience Workshops||Workshops provide hands-on activities to elementary schools to stimulate interest in Earth sciences and the role rocks, metals, minerals and mining play in everyday life. Students work collaboratively to identify properties of Earth materials while engaging in discussions to better understand where and how these resources form. Students actively develop critical thinking skills and apply inductive/deductive reasoning to identify the variety of samples that include local and regional samples that are sourced in Ontario. Workshops can be chosen from the following list: Career Bingo, Making Sense of Igneous Rocks, Making Sense of Metamorphic Rocks, Making Sense of Sedimentary Rocks, Mystery Minerals, Rocks, Rock Detective, Rocks and Fossils of Ontario, Tools of the Trade, What Ontario Mines, What's Where? Why There? Why Care? and What's Yours is Mined! Professional learning is available to teachers to bring Earth science alive to students. Workshops are offered in French. |
|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. |
|Crystal Dawn Melin||Green Thumbelina Earth Stewards||Workshop blends Indigenous and western concepts of ecology. It is guided by the Ohén:ten Karihwatéhkwen (Words Before All Others), a Haudenosaunee address that ‘gives thanks’ to all living elements. Workshops introduces one of the elements found in the Ohén:ten Karihwatéhkwen (ex. water, soil, plants, food, birds, animals, insects, trees) by introducing the element and its importance to all living things. A group activity is performed to demonstrate interconnectedness, followed by a discussion on local ecological challenges. A final activity allows learners to use creative and critical thinking to offer local based solutions to the challenges discussed.|
|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.|
|Shira Wolch||Grey Matters Workshops||Grey Matters brings the concept of an inclusive classroom to life by helping students to understand disability and neurological diversity in these in-person and virtual workshops. By understanding what makes everyone different, and destigmatizing disability, inclusion is built. The four sessions informs students how the brain works, how some disabled brains work differently, why disability is not a bad word, visible and invisible disabilities and what students can do to be more inclusive.|
|PACT||Grow to Learn (GTL) School Gardens and Workshops||Gardens and workshops are designed to teach school communities about urban agriculture and farming methods/techniques, environmental sustainability, various food systems, and STEM-related topics. As outdoor living classrooms, gardens provide safe, experiential, learning and volunteer opportunities to raise awareness around intersectional social justice, healthy food, nutrition, and the issue of food insecurity in local communities. Over ten workshops covering such topics as wild edibles, biodiversity, field to table cooking, seed saving, composting, and soil blocking, are available for all grades along with self-directed teaching opportunities. Garden tours and 1/2 day field trips also available. To review the current menu of workshops and related lesson plans, see http://pactprogram.ca with new activities updated annually.|