|Heart Of A Man Ltd.||Create Peace||This interactive motivational assembly provides an inspirational anti-bullying and well-being message through the use of dramatic arts, Hip Hop and music. Themes of respect, empathy, leadership, and resilience are covered. A band of musicians share personal stories of overcoming life challenges while performing original hip hop songs and dramatic skits. Students learn strategies to address bullying, develop better communication and coping strategies and foster well-being for oneself and others. This assembly also touches on defining one’s own struggles, overcoming them with passion and ultimately finding one’s purpose in life.
|Picasso's Garage||Creating Art as a Tool for Mental Health ||Giving images and words to feelings plays a role in the understanding and incorporating those feelings into our lives. These art therapy sessions with an Art Therapist help children relieve stress, increase emotional literacy and awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Children are naturally creative, and it is usually easier for them to draw a picture rather than answering questions directly. They may be reluctant or even hostile about discussing certain topics. Creating artwork is a non-threatening venue that allows the child to tackle tough issues creatively. Art directives in this program are designed to assist children in labeling feelings, to improve their resiliency and their functioning in life and in the classroom. Professional learning sessions are also available. |
|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.|
|High Resolves||Creating Global Citizens and Leaders||Four peak experiences exploring Identity & Purpose, Just Society, Social Progress and Better Self are available to strengthen the development of global competencies. The participatory design of the peak experiences enables the decisions of the participants to drive the learning and provides the space for them to transform how they think about the world, locally and globally. Specific themes of collective identity, independent thinking, social justice, social advocacy, collective action, inclusive leadership, personal impact and effective collaboration are examined across three spheres of action: friends and family, community and bigger world. Through a series of immersive and interactive activities, students are pushed to think through how society influences how we understand and categorize ourselves and others and how this impacts our interactions, particularly with those who are different from us. Students are challenged to think critically about what kind of world they want, what in our current world, both locally and globally, needs to be addressed and the role they need to play in creating a more inclusive and equitable society. Students develop a reflective capacity, becoming more aware and present to the impact of their choices, and learn to work effectively with others in creating positive change. Each module is mapped to the goals of Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum and Citizenship Education Framework.|
|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.
|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.
|Cyber Smart Canada Inc.||Cyber Smart Youth||Using our SMART model, sessions empower both kids and caring adults with a powerful digital mindset that will help them avoid almost any digital issue (both now and in the future). These interactive seminars includes what every student and their mentors needs to know to stay safe online. Cyber Safety has specially designed programs for students in grades 4 - 8 as well as for caring adults with students in elementary, middle, and secondary school communities.|
|Dairy Farmers of Ontario||Dairy Education||This free presentation provides students an opportunity to discover a variety of aspects to the dairy industry. Delivered by a trained dairy educator, presentation uses songs, experiments, hands-on props, games, SMART Board activities and videos. Five topics are available which include how cows produce milk, tools and technology and structures unique to dairy farming, how milk is processed into milk and other food products, health benefits and nutrition of milk, and careers in the dairy and agriculture industry. Presentation materials are available in English and French. |
|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. |
|Epiphany of Dance||Dance and Stay Active||This free workshop explores fundamental dance concepts and choreography in modern dance, hip hop and jazz to selected elementary schools. Students learn the creative process, composition of simple dance phrases and sequences as well as historical context of the dance. Workshops will focus on a particular style for students to learn dance elements, techniques and choreography that is age appropriate. Students will have the opportunity to use movement to express themselves and to learn to communicate feelings and ideas through dance. |
|Gillian Brooks and Mariana Gurgis||Dance the Change||This dance workshop uses a humanitarian-based arts educational approach that integrates the performing arts with students learning about local, national, and/or global issues (e.g. homelessness, hunger, child labour, bullying, contaminated water, etc.). Through the use of choreography, character development, and story within a hip-hop and/or musical theatre style of dance, this workshop offers an interactive, creative, and fun way for students to build empathy, express themselves artistically, and learn about global citizenship. If multiple workshops are booked, stories based on the chosen issue will be assigned as exercises for students to write in the point-of-view of a character in the story, further cultivating their compassion and empathy, in addition to their creativity and writing skills.|
|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.|
|Join The Dance Canada||Dancing Classrooms||Through Ballroom Dancing learning students in grades 5 - 8 heighten their dance skills, kinesthetic and cognitive development, and social-emotional learning. Through a series of sessions that nurtures mastery of an art form in a fun learning environment, Dancing Classrooms fosters respect, teamwork, confidence, politeness, a sense of joy and accomplishment. Essentially, the series is designed to “teach life skills wrapped up in ballroom dance.” Engaging in ballroom dancing focuses children’s physical energies and increases health through the joy of movement. Workshops create safe spaces of inclusivity. After a series of sessions, a culminating event for the school community is organized. The effect of Ballroom Dancing on students’ social-emotional learning become apparent to their parents with the events demonstration of their enhanced cooperative and collaborative skill, social confidence, self-discipline, focus, and enthusiastic engagement.|
|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. |
|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) . |
|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.
|Inspire My Youth||Desire Your Purpose, Consider Your Worth||He was 16 years-old... drugs in his pocket and three credits to his name. And a belief which told him that he had no future. This is the story of Emanuel Fletcher, an at-risk youth who was forever changed by the benefits of finding his purpose. Through the telling of his life story, and the use of rap and poetry, Emanuel delivers a motivational assembly to help students challenge their beliefs and develop a greater sense of worth and potential. Students will be given practical advice on how to overcome challenges, discover personal strengths and talents and through a three-step process, explore their sense of purpose. For more information and to watch a brief demo video please visit www.inspiremyyouth.com.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Mary Living Outside||Discovering Life in the Soil||Workshops for grade 3-8 students explore the world of soils and the invisible soil ecosystem that supports all life. The workshops educate students on soil ecology and management, and deepen their understanding that this microscopic world is the foundation to long term soil fertility and resilience. Students take part in experiments to identify soil organisms and soil organic materials, test and amend soil.|
|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.|
|DrumFIT Inc.||DrumDAY||This fitness workshop uses drumsticks on fitness balls to produce a fun, fast-paced, high intensity program that combines mental health benefits of drumming with the overall health benefits of physical fitness. This non-competitive workshop combines music, dance, rhythm, movement and drumming. The routines incorporate patterning, Brain Gym activities, polyrhythms, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill building, and spatial awareness. Students not only learn drumming and dance movements but they increase their strength and endurance. Through the collective drumming, classes can use drumming as a way to build community spirit. |
|Living Rhythm||Drumming to Well Being||This interactive rhythm-based workshop explores drumming to increase mental health and well being for students and teachers. Students learn mindfulness strategies and techniques through pulse, breath and visualization, enhanced communication skills including active listening and cooperation with peers, and community building and leadership skills. Using drums and their own bodies and other sounds, this workshop engages different learners. Students and teachers will learn tools and ideas on ways to reduce stress and build connection with their peers to build a safe and positive community. Workshops offered: The Beat of Now: Drumming & Rhythm for Mental Health & Well Being, Community Beats: Building Community Spirit Through Drumming & Rhythm; Together in Rhythm: Team Building and Leadership. Professional learning opportunities are available to teachers.
|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. |
|Canadian Mothercraft Society||Early Childhood Studies Field Placement||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 Placement||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 Placement||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.|
|UGOT Active Kids||Early Learning Through Dance||This dance workshop introduces early years students to a variety of dance styles. Trained instructors teach easy to follow routines inspired by a variety of styles, musical artists and/or culture. Students explore movement and rhythm and the five elements of dance - body, space, time, energy and relationship. Students work individually and in groups to develop their own creativity and self-expression. Each age-appropriate workshop starts with a five minute warm-up followed by energetic music with group choreography and dance games. |
|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.|
|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|
|Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Tech||Educational Support Program Field Placements||Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students in the Educational Support Program who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms; to develop the 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 . |
|Education of the Next Generation||ENG Dance Education||To motivate and inspire the next generation of students through the art of dance.ENG workshops focus on the concepts of Creating, Presenting and Dance/Movement Foundations. Creativity activities allow students to express themselves through movement; and then students present and perform dance routines to their classmates. Fundamental dance vocabulary is introduced in their selected dance style. We focus our education on the elements of dance (body, space, time, energy, and relationship) that are emphasized in each grade level, making our workshops grade-specific. We rely on the curriculum as a guideline to educate students through the art of dance and inspire them to develop their individual creativity.|
|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. |
|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.|
|Health Canada||Environmental Health Awareness and Learning Toolkit (EHALT) and Presentations||The presentations for secondary students and staff educate them about environmental risks and prevention strategies. Health Canada has developed the Environmental Health Awareness and Learning Toolkit (EHALT) and in the presentations, students learn about various topics related to human health and the environment. The module will review the effects of radon, different chemicals and air quality on human health, and explore risk realities; students will also learn about various strategies for reducing risks. The presentations will also raise awareness of Health Canada’s resources on environmental health. Presentations include group activities, classroom discussions and in-class quizzes. |
|Canadian Roots Exchange||Everyday Reconciliation and Solidarity ||This session is a hands-on session that will present groups with different calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report that was released in the summer of 2015. To start, facilitators will provide a brief presentation of what the TRC is and its implications on the relationships with Indigenous peoples and settlers. The class will be divided into smaller groups, who will then be provided with one of the 94 calls to action published by the TRC. Each call to action comes with a set of questions to get youth thinking about how they can implement the findings of the report and how we can all be in solidarity with Indigenous peoples. Groups will brainstorm on chart paper, and then report back to the larger group. After presenting, each group will be provided with another call to action and begin the process of thinking about how we can implement those actions into our schools, communities and in everyday life.
Our sessions are always co-facilitated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitators. We emphasize this shared model of leadership and experiential education in order to provide holistic approaches and diverse perspectives on issues that impact our communities. In all of our activities, we believe that dialogue and cultural representation is necessary to fostering understanding and reconciliation.|
|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.|
|Kaeja d'Dance||Express Dance and Kaeja Elevations||These dance and movement workshops get students active and engaged with the fundamental concepts of dance - body, space, time, relationship, and energy. Express Dance is an inclusive, simple approach that encourages students from K-12 to discover new ways of learning dance by using their own movement vocabulary. Kaeja Elevations is a unique approach to partnered dance for students in grades 6-12 that places all genders, experience levels, and physiques on an even playing field. Students work collectively to safely soar through the air and surpass their expectations! In Dance Film workshops best for grades 6-12, students develop skills and experience in the exciting field of screen dance to create a number of short dance films, and can culminate in an informal screening of a work. Professional learning for teachers for all three workshops is also available.|
|Peach Berserk||Fabric Design and Silkscreen||This hands-on arts workshop introduces students to fabric design and screen printing by up-cycling students’ own clothes. Facilitators teach ways to design a print, fabric design process and the basics of photo emulsion screen printing as well as information on the design and fashion industry. Students create their own designs on paper, transfer their design onto a piece of pre-owned garment to create a small silkscreen product at the end of the workshop. Facilitator assists schools to setup a simple screen print studio for students to continue the learning. |
|Facing History and Ourselves ||Facing History: Professional Learning Workshops||Tailored hands-on teacher professional development workshops draw on an extensive collection of engaging, multidisciplinary, classroom-ready resources, academic scholarship and student-centered teaching strategies that foster students’ historical thinking skills and knowledge, ethical reasoning, empathy, self-efficacy and civic engagement. Contemporary texts on identity and membership, to case studies on the Holocaust, American Civil Rights, and Canada’s colonial past, the Indian Residential Schools, TRC and reconciliation efforts fit well into an English/Language Arts, History and Social Science classroom and beyond. Our model helps teachers to help their students make the essential connections between human behaviour, historical instances of prejudice, racism, and religious intolerance, and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. In a whole school context, Facing History’s professional learning can enable schools and classrooms to take issues of culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy, inclusion, equity and reconciliation seriously, and the tools to address these issues confidently.
|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 Charity||Feel the Beat: Urban Dance Workshops||Students practice urban dance skills, using a creative outlet to develop self-confidence and self-expression. Students learn different styles of urban dance (funk, Hip Hop, house, breaking, locking, waacking), 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 choregraphed dance routine, culminating in a presentation. Professional development is available to staff. Resources and in-class activities can be provided.
|FoodShare Toronto||Field to Table Schools||FoodShare’s award winning Field to Table Schools Program works with TDSB staff and students to provide good food education in schools with hands on activities, growing projects, workshops, professional learning sessions, presentations and events. Students from JK to Grade 12 as well as staff and parents learn about composting, innovative food gardens, nutrition, cooking, local and global food systems, food skills, budgeting, food justice and more. FoodShare’s philosophy on food literacy education is that every interaction with food should be a positive one. We strive to excite, equip & educate students and teachers on food topics that are interesting, curriculum linked and relevant. Updated menu of workshops is available at: https://foodshare.net/program/student/
|Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre||Fields to Parks||This free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for select elementary schools in Learning Centre 2. Students learn design components of a public space as well as equitable, ecological and sustainable models to address community need. Students identify problems in their local park using a design-thinking process and facilitators guide students to take concrete steps to address the issues and work to a solution. Program entails exploring and documenting the space (photography and sketching), creating surveys for class participation, sketching a prototype of their impact project, and presentation of the impact project to the school community. To help schools build capacity following project completion, facilitators support teachers to expand or modify the program in the second year and have regular check-ins. Teacher resources and lesson plans are available.|
|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. |
|Junior Achievement of Central Ontario||Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship Programs||Junior Achievement of Central Ontario (JACO) provides financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship workshops, presentations, and special events. Programming includes interactive activities and resources to inspire youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable financial decisions; to be innovative in business ideas and starting their own companies; and, develop career plans. Programs are led by professionals serving as JACO trained volunteers from the business community. For a full menu of service, and to download resources visit http://central-ontario.jacan.org/programs.
Workshops include, but are not limited to: More Than Money (Gr 4); Our Business World (Gr. 5); Stronger Together: Diversity in Action (Gr 6); Be Entrepreneurial Junior (Gr 6); Dollars with Sense (Gr 7); Economics for Success (Gr. 8); Success Skills: Work Readiness (Gr 9); Personal Finance (Gr 9-12); and, Be Entrepreneurial (Gr 9-12). JACO resources teachers to be able to provide the programming of "Investment Strategies" (Gr 9-12); and, "Company Program: Solving real-world business challenges" (Gr 9-12). JACO off-site special events for secondary schools include, but are not limited to: Titan Challenge; World of Choices; TechWorks; and, the Company Program.
|Brent and Sarah Nicholls||Find Your Magic||A presentation that 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.|
|Niko Sofianos||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.|
|ThriveKids||Fit.Focus.Fearless||Students participate in 20 minutes each of body, mind, and character activities in order to develop confidence, self-reliance, healthy life skills and habits. The 20/20/20 Circuit™, three- part program allows students to manage their bodies from head to toe through the following components: 1. vigorous exercise to release excess energy and endorphins while enhancing executive function, concentration and engagement; 2. life skills activity that incorporate creativity and play while teaching social interaction skills; 3. mindfulness activity to manage thoughts, emotions and self-regulation. Facilitators provide tools and techniques that can be incorporated in every day scenarios. A teacher resource is provided for teachers to continue incorporating the lessons with their students.
|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.
|Liz Pearson||Food, Body Image and Mental Health||Students learn strategies that promote a healthier body image and relationship with food. Presentations for students, staff and parents focus on the effects of food on one’s mental and physical health and well-being. Sessions provide practical tips for making beneficial food choices, what foods protect health, how to read food labels and ingredient lists, as well as a format for discussion on how the media (including social media), family, and friends can affect our body image.
|Jessica Dubeau||Freedom Dance Athletics||Dance enrichment workshops provide choreography in Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Caribbean (soca, dancehall), Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Disco styles. In a safe 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. To encourage problem solving skills, yoga and mindfulness sessions can be provided to focus on breathing exercises and calming experiences to assist participants with tools for everyday life.|
|F.E.T.E-Festivals Éducatifs à Ton École||French Canadian Cultural Festivals||F.E.T.E facilitates French Canadian festivals for grades 3-6 Core French, Extended French, and French Immersion classes at your school. F.E.T.E French cultural enrichment festivals are class-based and use hands-on, action-oriented authentic activities to help you engage your beginner or advanced students in French while integrating culture, history, and la Francophonie. Within the TDSB, F.E.T.E offers a choice of 3 French-Canadian festivals: Festival d'Hiver, aka Carnaval (available from early December until the end of February), the Festival de l'Érable (available in March – Mid-April), and la St-Jean / Fête National de Québec (available in May and June each year). More details about specific festivals and activities at www.festivalseducatifs.ca.|
|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 Organization||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. Introductory program teaches students beginner yoga postures, breathing and relaxation practices, positive thinking and meditation. Students learn yoga through demonstration, visualization, use of props, rhymes, games, stories and songs. Students also learn mindfulness techniques that develop life skills that enhance health and well-being. |
|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.
|Herbert H. Carnegie Foundation||Future Aces||Through workshops, assemblies, professional learning sessions and scholarships, this program encourages students to pursue educational and personal goals, and become self confident and responsible citizens. ‘Future ACES’ is a proactive, character-building program that assists students in developing leadership skills, good citizenship and positive daily life skills that reduces the incidences of bullying, racism, cultural and religious intolerance. Programming activities are in six components, and include: school-wide assembly for students, professional learning sessions for staff, action workshops and student leadership conferences. Participating schools commit to a full year of various activity.|
|Future Design School Inc.||Future Design Professional Learning||The program offers professional learning opportunities to TDSB teachers who then deliver the program in their schools inspiring youth to solve the world's most pressing issues. The program uses a blended learning model of both online and in-person delivery with a staff. Each cohort completes a culminating activity of a “Pitch Night” where participating teachers showcase their projects and ideas for embedding entrepreneurial and design thinking into their classrooms. Courses include: Introduction to Design Thinking; Hack your Curriculum; Assessment for Innovation; and Planning Interdisciplinary Projects. The program also includes two Innovation Leaders certifications: the level 1 Innovation Leader certification and the level 2 Advanced Techniques for Design Thinking. |
|Aaron Alan Weiss (A. Weiss Comics)||Gary's Global Heroes Battle Bullying Comic||This media literacy workshop introduces the use of a comic book as storytelling art form using messaging on bullying and diversity and inclusion issues. Facilitators help students to understand messages constructed through text and illustrations and how to analyze the different voices, perspectives, and messages. The comic characters show real life examples and stories of bullying and prejudice. Students develop literacy skills through reading, writing and creating their own illustrations as well as reinforce the strategies to combat bullying. |
|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||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. Speakers Bureau members actively promote gender equality through speaking engagements hosted in their communities. To learn more, visit: plancanada.ca/speakers-bureau
|George Brown College||Generating Success for Farm to School||Two workshops offered by George Brown College chefs. One workshop focuses on nutrition theory, health and food literacy to achieve a better connection between this knowledge and students’ own health and well-being. Second workshop provides culinary training, demonstrations and hands-on cooking activities for students to build on their culinary skills and work alongside a professional chef. Students will have an opportunity to watch a chef demonstration and have the opportunity to recreate recipes and share with their fellow students.
|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. |
|Insight Global Education||Globalize Your Classroom||Workshops are interdisciplinary, linked to the Ontario curriculum and built off of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The goal of each workshop is to foster global citizenship and lead youth to socially conscious, informed action. Our blended model of inquiry, empathy and simulation-based learning caters to the 21st century learner and aims to give students a variety of unique perspectives on our globalized world today. Workshop choices:
• Development 101: A Global Introduction,
• #GOALS: A Model UN Simulation,
• TAIFA: Mapping The History of Colonialism in Africa,
• Building Equity: Modelling Inequality and Resource Allocation,
• The Poverty Trap: A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes (local or global context available),
• The Green Project: DIY Sustainable Development,
• Watch Where You Step: Mapping our Carbon Footprint,
• Extractivism: Climate Change and a Capitalist Economy
|Tata Consultancy Services Inc||goIT||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 knowledge, expertise and practical experience into TDSB classrooms to help teachers and students make globally competency connections. Students will have opportunities to investigate the world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas and take action.|
|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. |
|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.|
|University of Toronto||Growing Up Healthy||These free presentations educate students on a variety of topics on health, nutrition and the human body. Led by medical students from University of Toronto, TDSB students will receive information, strategies and tools to make healthy lifestyle choices, improve their well-being and prevent illness. Topics covered include: the benefits of healthy living; media and food choices; exercise and activity; body image; social media and self-esteem; mental health; substance use; and stress management. Each one-hour long presentation is facilitated by post-secondary students who will work with school staff (i.e. Physical Education or Professional Support Staff) to ensure presentation meets classroom needs.|
|John Howard Society of Toronto||H.I.P.P (Helping Individuals Plan Positively)||HIPP is an African - Caribbean Youth program for males between the ages of 15 – 17. H.I.P.P focuses on helping these young black men build the skills to meet educational, employment and personal goals. HIPP strives to find proactive solutions to solve the problems of neighbourhood youth violence. A variety of workshops and opportunities are provided on topics including, but not limited to: personal development and goal setting; employment skills; interpersonal communications skills; anger management; problem-solving; masculinity, respect and violence; conflict mediation skills; self-awareness training; mental health/wellness; cultural competency; legal information and housing assistance. The program consists of two streams: (1) Prevention - assisting youth at risk of gang affiliation; and, (2) Intervention - supporting youth who have confirmed gang affiliation.
|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, 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. Curriculum resources are available to support teachers.|
|Harbourfront Centre||Harbourfront In-Schools Programming||A variety of exceptional dance, drama, music and fine arts workshops are provided in schools! Staff are encouraged to view full Menu of In-School Workshops at www.harbourfrontcentre.com . In brief, the following are available:
Dance - Latin Dance (Grades 4-12); Urban Dance (Grades 4-12); Understanding Hip Hop (Grades 4-12); Primary Understanding Hip Hop (JK-Grade 3).
Drama - Let’s Slam (Spoken Word) (Grades 7-12); Introduction to Improv (Grades 4-12).
Music - Body Percussion (Grades 4-8)
Visual Arts - Lino Printmaking (Grades 4-12); Collograph Printmaking (Grades 4-12); Artist Accordion Books (Grades 1-6); Sock Puppets (JK-Grade 3)
|Breakaway Addiction Services||Harm Reduction and Substance Use Education and Counselling ||The Harm Reduction and Substance Use Education and Counselling Program provides school and community-based support for students and families with substance use/addiction concerns.
Breakaway staff offer expertise related to drug use, and reducing drug related harms and impacts. Services offered include individual and group counselling, assessments, class-room education and consultations, as well as parent council presentations and staff education.
Services are provided from a harm reduction approach, in a supportive and non-judgemental manner.
|Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team||Health Roadshow: Ask a Family Doctor||Presentations related to mental and physical health include topics of anxiety, sleep, depression, substance abuse, bullying, aggression/anger, body image, nutrition as well as coping skills and stress reduction techniques. Students learn strategies to improve their personal well-being. Interactive methods such as games and small group activities are used followed by an anonymous question and answer sessions. Family Medicine Residents work with Learning Centre 1 secondary schools: Leaside High School and Marc Garneau Collegiate staff (i.e. Guidance, Physical Education or Professional Support staff) to identify topics and review presentations. |
|UPower Inc.||Healthy Resilient Minds Matter||This concert-style assembly features original songs, stories, song-writing, life mapping and painting to reinforce the message of respect and resiliency and mental well-being. Motivational speaker Sara Westbrook shares her “Choice Making Formula” to teach students how to learn to think and act beyond their emotions so they can make character-based choices rather than emotion-based choices. Students develop strategies for positive self-talk and encouragement to build confidence and interpersonal skills. List of available assemblies include: A Healthy Resilient Mind Matters, Superheroes For Respect, Character End Result, Bounce Back Families Upower Concert, 3 Habits of Resilient Families (parents only). Follow-up workshops on a range of topics are also available to further develop building respect, confidence and resiliency. |
|Malvern Family Resource Centre||Healthy Start||Program develops social and life skills for at-risk and newcomer students at Lester B. Pearson C.I. Sessions use group work, discussion groups, and interactive games that focus on topics such as restorative justice, self-advocacy, capacity building, and self-esteem. Students engage in activities that encourage them to work collaboratively, both in-school and in the community. Program also offers peer mentorship and leadership opportunities for older students.|
|Aisling Discoveries ChildandFamilyCentre||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. Based on "Friends for Life" strategies, activities are designed and implemented in consultation with local school Principal, Social Worker, and teacher.
|Parks and Recreation Ontario||HIGH FIVE||Workshops impart principles of healthy child development to students, teachers and parents. This workshop is designed specifically for front line leaders working with children ages 6-12. Facilitators cover key topics including: children's mental health, physical literacy, conflict resolution and bullying prevention. Participants learn how to incorporate physical literacy best practices into the classroom, program planning, communication, teamwork and problem solving skills. The HIGH FIVE® program is a recognized national quality standard in children's programs.
SHSM certification (for 2 certificates) is available.
|University of Toronto||High School Outreach Initiative (HSOI)||Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school Science, Phys Ed & Health and Civics classes to educate students about the science, the success, civic engagement and medical careers in the field of organ and tissue transplantation; and, the importance of organ and tissue donation. Curriculum-related resources are also available to teachers, with cross-curricular links and course specific unit plans.|
|SEE Change Magazine||History of Social Change Workshops||These distinctive workshops develop students' appreciation for Canada’s unique struggles for social justice and the rights and freedoms we enjoy, while sharpening their storytelling skills. Leveraging the History of Social Change Multimedia Project (digital stories and ebook documenting social movements and key players), sponsored by Heritage Canada, these workshops demonstrate how our lives were transformed by social movements and their key players. They each feature a renowned. living Canadian figure of a social movement who will share their personal story. The facilitator (a veteran journalist) will then provide a lesson in journalism before leading the class through an interactive activity. By the end of the workshop, students have honed their verbal and written communication skills, developed their capacity for advocacy and gained a deeper grasp of social issues in Canadian history and their impact on present day.
|I AM Compelled||Hope Tour ||Canadian Heritage comes alive for students in a memorable and impactful way. Performing arts based assembly has audiences follow the lives of three characters who take a class trip to the national museum of history. The teacher role, engages her class in First Nation, Aboriginal/Indigenous, Metis and Inuit culture and heroes. The first student is excited to learn about Canada's past, and is deeply impacted by the reality of residential schools and survivors. The other character is selfish, distracted by her electronics and can’t wait until the trip is over.
After an encounter with the voice of Billy Diamond, both students have a change of heart and practice forgiveness towards themselves and others. The first character presents his discoveries in a special rap song at the end of the show, while the other character shares how she's motivated to get a good education and impact her community. A great way to kick-off the school year, celebrate heritage month, engage students in Social Studies and Indigenous learning. The performance is interactive.
|Argonauts Holdings Limited||Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program||The Huddle Up Bullying Prevention Program conveys bullying prevention messages and impactful stories by Toronto Argonauts professional football players, chearleaders and staff members. The program includes three core components: a Player Assembly that addresses the impact the bystander has on bullying, the reasons someone bullies and possible solutions to the problem through scenarios; Student Leadership Committee Meetings that supports schools to lead the bullying prevention efforts in the school; and a Student Summit, a culminating event, for all Student Committees where students share their program successes and learn about other strategies and tools of other Committees.
Optional presentations are Parent Information Session to identify and protect young people from violence and cyber bullying and Female Bullying Presentation that focuses on female-specific issues such as positive self-esteem and relationships.
|Covenant House||Human Trafficking Prevention & Awareness ||While homeless youth are at high risk of being trafficked, unsuspecting young people, mostly girls, are being lured online, in malls and from schoolyards. Trafficking victims can come from any background and can be lured by predators posing as romantic partners or friends. This multimedia presentation introduces sex trafficking as a local issue, affecting our communities and our young people. It features a video dramatization of the real life experience of a young victim. Presentation is tailored with age-appropriate information, advice, and resource materials to increase protective factors through awareness, for grades 7 - 12.|
|Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre||Human Trafficking: Supporting Students||This program focuses on providing supports that help students who have experienced human trafficking successfully transition back into school. Boost staff collaborates with TDSB’s Professional Support Services to implement the activities. The program is intended to provide strategies to reduce barriers to success and ensure students have support person(s) within the school and to provide physical and emotional safety to the student. Additional supports include education for school staff on human trafficking as requested, individual support to staff on how to work with victims of human trafficking and education to parent community. |
|MeBookz Inc.||I Am Me - Comfortable In My Own Skin||A literacy workshop series that sparks a student’s view of themselves as superheroes with innate powers to change their world. Through interactive reading of a picture book, group discussion and activities, the workshop explores themes of self-identity/worth, envisioning future goals, and finding great adventures in the simple things. Students will not only create their superhero story with special abilities but will also create their own superhero poster.
|Youth Fusion ||ICT Gaming Design||Through Youth Fusion sessions with post-secondary mentors and industry specialists, secondary students develop real-world employable skills in a variety of ICT sectors. Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) learning is enhanced through learning how to design and its practical applications. Students form teams and go through the entire process of developing, testing and marketing a video game. They receive training in numerous disciplines such as graphic design, level design, coding, and software development from industry leaders, contributing to a rich learning experience for all participants. This program is tailor-made for young people, who in addition to being exposed to careers options in the video game industry, also learn soft skills like teamwork and creative problem solving.|