|Jack.org||Jack Talks, Jack Chapters and Jack Summits||Jack.org is training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health. Programs work towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. Jack Talks are presentations delivered by youth speakers who have been trained to use their personal stories to educate their peers about mental health. Jack Chapters are groups of young leaders who work year-round to identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack Summits are youth-led conferences where young people gather to collaborate on how to best promote mental health in their communities. Be There is a safe and engaging resource that teaches anyone how to support someone struggling with their mental health.
|James Mandarino||Courage to Dream||Jay Mandarino shares his life story of overcoming obstacles, achieving success, and giving back to the community in this free inspirational assembly. Students hear a positive message to not let any obstacles stop them from achieving their dreams. Jay Mandarino talks about business and entrepreneurship, confidence and self-esteem and how to live with a learning disability such as dyslexia and ADHD and the life challenges these diagnoses often present. His message empowers students to strive for success in the face of adversity. Presentation is followed by a question and answer period.|
|Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife||Roots and Shoots Sustainable Food Initiative||In this program, up to 10 secondary EcoSchools take part in reducing their carbon footprint through the lens of food waste and sustainability. School-wide assemblies generate interest and excitement about the Roots and Shoots campaign, educating students on the impact our diets have on climate change and the environment. Alongside learning resources provided to schools to assist the implementation of the program, students document their progress towards food sustainability by taking photos and video to produce a video clip of their contributions. One student-made video will be awarded a professional edit and shared throughout the local community and JGI Canada to further raise awareness on sustainable foods.
|Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre||Fields to Parks||This free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for select elementary schools in Learning Centre 2. Students learn design components of a public space as well as equitable, ecological and sustainable models to address community need. Students identify problems in their local park using a design-thinking process and facilitators guide students to take concrete steps to address the issues and work to a solution. Program entails exploring and documenting the space (photography and sketching), creating surveys for class participation, sketching a prototype of their impact project, and presentation of the impact project to the school community. To help schools build capacity following project completion, facilitators support teachers to expand or modify the program in the second year and have regular check-ins. Teacher resources and lesson plans are available.|
|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.|
|Jeff A.D. Martin||You Are Worth It||Empowerment assembly and leadership workshops targeted to building up and fostering character development among students. Presentation reinforces the following three points: turning your adversities into your advantages, believing in yourself, the power of self-affirmation. Jeff. A.D. Martin grew up in an underserved neighbourhood within Toronto, facing many disadvantages and can relate to the various struggles that students continue to face today. He shares his own personal stories, which includes loss through violence and also from his fifteen years in law enforcement where he has worked as a police officer within various detective roles. Workshops help students to step through their fears and build important life skills to find their life's passion. |
|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.
|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.|
|Joanne Weitzman||Let it Go! Mindfulness Services||An early years and elementary students' focused workshop on mindfulness, resiliency and well-being. In person or through video-conferencing, workshops cover emotional and self-regulation skills, techniques to practice calm and relaxation, mindful movement, meditation and yoga poses. Sessions incorporate play-based activities, breathing and movement exercises and sensory exploration that are easy to learn for younger audiences. Parent education and staff professional learning sessions are also available.|
|Job Talks||Skilled Trade Secrets||A dynamic assembly that opens the eyes to the secret world of skilled trade careers and how to get started. Jon Callegher, a millennial sociologist and college professor, showcases different areas of the skilled trades, shares the latest data on what motivates career choices, and reveals five major benefits to working in the skilled trades and construction industry. The assembly incorporates Job Talks’ high impact video interviews of passionate tradespeople and introduces the concept of "balanced intelligence" to help change mindsets toward the trades among students, educators and parents. |
|John Howard Society of Toronto||H.I.P.P (Helping Individuals Plan Positively)||HIPP is a youth centered program for those aged 16 years and older whom are at risk of becoming engaged in pro-criminal behaviours. This program focuses on helping these young people build the skills to meet educational, employment and personal goals. HIPP strives to find proactive solutions to solve the problems of neighbourhood youth violence. A variety of workshops and opportunities are provided on topics including, but not limited to: personal development and goal setting; employment skills; interpersonal communications skills; anger management; problem-solving; masculinity, respect and violence; conflict mediation skills; self-awareness training; mental health/wellness; cultural competency; legal information and housing assistance. |
|Joseph Piranian||Confronting Adversity, One Word at a Time||As a lifelong stutterer, Joze shares his story of transformation in this inspirational keynote as a way for students to learn how to face their fears and embrace what makes them unique. Students learn resilience, courage, persistence, and coping skills and enhance their capacities for empathy, inclusiveness, self-expression, and self-acceptance. In sharing his story, Joze provides the tools to overcome life's obstacles alongside the wisdom that allows us to see them as opportunities for personal betterment; that our fears and insecurities cease to control us when we choose to act in spite of them. Keynote can also be presented in French, Spanish, Arabic, and Armenian.|
|Judy Reynolds||Meet the Self: Mindfulness in Schools||Sessions for early years and primary students include a fun, interactive lesson with a loveable, excitable puppet, who faces common challenges. As they help their puppet friend, the class learns valuable mindfulness strategies
they can use everyday. For junior and intermediate students, there is an emphasis on emotional resilience, dealing with anxiety and stress, and cultivating self-worth in an attempt to lesson the dependance on external validation (especially from social media). All students will come away with a mindful toolkit that includes: breathing exercises, focus training, sensory awareness, kinaesthetic exercises, meditation, easy yoga postures, and self-regulation strategies.|
|Junglesport Inc.||Adventure Learning ||A multi-day program with a series of one hour sessions offered each day. Students take part in wall climbing and vertical challenges, the Gorilla Gym individual swinging challenge, Ascending Lines, and challenges such as the Commando Course, Cable Ride and Obstacle Courses. Students are separated into groups by their age and complete age-appropriate activities. The initiative offers programs that engage students of all ages and abilities in climbing and ropes course activities in school gyms. Junglesport's staff supervises the activities.|
|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. |
|Junior Achievement of Central Ontario||Sparking the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Canadian Youth||These free programs are led by Indigenous individuals from the business community to mentor, support and inspire youth to develop the skills they need to achieve their educational and career goals. Workshop delivery includes real world examples from the volunteers' life, educational and work experiences that will be relatable to FNMI (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) learners while enhancing students' critical thinking and decision making skills. Various programs are offered including financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for grades 4-8 students.|
|Just Aissi||Gumboots Workshops||Introduce students to a unique and engaging dance where the body becomes a musical instrument through the use of rubber boots. The gumboots dance originated in South Africa and was developed by miners using rhythm and dance in concert with percussive stomping to communicate and express ideas as well as themselves. Students learn the history and cultural development of the style, learn basic steps and choreography, and have the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a routine. Workshops are offered in both French and English.|
|Just BGRAPHIC Inc.||Just BGraphic Arts||Using art as a means to engage students, these sessions infuse learning in themes of critical thinking and social awareness through a wide range of artistic disciplines; including visual arts, digital arts, performing arts and leadership. Students have the opportunity to dive into screen printing, music production, dance, public speaking, sound design, animation and vocals. Combining this with a culminating performance, project or activity diversifies the art experience; and encourages students to see themselves as more than artists, but also as innovators and creative leaders!|
|Justice(retired) Lloyd Michael Budzinski||Tips in Teaching Law||Professional Learning Sessions are provided in an 'open discussion' format with law and civics teachers, at schools or central sites, as scheduled, to better understand how our Justice System is administered and works. Rather than a mere set of rules, it reflects social interests and values which are important to understand in a multi-cultural society. The rules are only part of the story. What we forget is The Conventions or traditions established by the parties in the Justice System that are not taught in schools are as critical in understanding the rules as the rules themselves. Teachers who understand or have a feeling for this – “Jurisprudence” -- are better equipped to teach the Law. |
|JVS Toronto||Newcomer Youth Connection for Success||Two sessions help newcomer students to learn about Canadian labour market
and various jobs and careers. Labour Market Trends helps students understand the labour market better and future trends in order to better choose a pathway in post-secondary education, a career and beyond. Presentation includes interactive components for students to learn best resources for approaching jobs in the market followed by question and answer. Speed Mentoring Workshop provides an opportunity for students to meet with professionals from a variety of fields to find out about each professional's career. Each interaction will be 15 minutes, after which point students move to the next professional who provides information on background, post-secondary journey and day-to-day job routines. Small group discussions may occur for a particular field. |
|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.|
|Kareative Interlude||Nu Narrative Literacy Empowerment Program||This workshop series supports black and marginalized students to develop their voice, vision and representation by writing, illustrating and creating their own book. The process provides students the opportunity to gain confidence in writing, editing and speaking by sharing their voice, vision and narrative. Students not only enhance their literacy skills but well-being and connection to the community around them. Students are exposed to writing methods, illustration techniques and the overall publishing process. The workshop series culminates with each student authoring a softcover book. |
|Karen Chaboyer||Residential Schools & Seven Fires||As a Residential School Survivor, Karen Chaboyer speaks about her lived experience of nine years in a Residential School, its impact on her life, family and community. She integrates the Seven Fires teachings into her talk. Her presentation cultivates students' knowledge of Aboriginal/Indigenous History and the Residential Schools Era. An engaging, thought-provoking presentation that addresses in a meaningful way the Call to Action statement that "unresolved trauma from residential schools continues to impact individuals, families, communities and nations; and will do so until it is expressed, validated and released in healthy, creative way."
|Kerry Gage||Musical Theatre Talk & Choreographer||Professional musical theatre performing artist and choreographer mentors secondary students in LC4 to provide information on the theatre industry and theatre expectations they can anticipate in the professional field of the performing arts. Students engage in developing new techniques including drama and choreography, styles of movement, dance and performance skills in large ensembles. |
|Kevin Carrington||Reggaecise||Kevin Carrington leads a reggae-inspired cardio fitness dance program in person or through video-conferencing, that improves students' physical literacy and emotional well-being. The program combines dance, aerobic fitness, and reggae music, with high-impact exercise routines. Once students learn choreographed movements, they are encouraged to explore their own creativity by improvising their own dance moves. Students interact with an engaging and positive role model that inspires students to do their best and be their best.|
|Kick Start Arts Society||Kick Start Arts Workshops||The workshops engage students to create multi-disciplinary arts projects and initiatives. Skilled artist-educators bring the arts to life and work with students to deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills and build a stronger sense of community. Workshops are crafted to nurture the development of The Arts expectations found in the curriculum, while creating an opportunity for fun and meaningful arts immersion. Professional learning sessions available for staff interested in arts-based learning.|
|KickAss Careers Limited||Skilled Trade Pathways||Taking real-life practical experiences while dressing the part, Jammie McMillan brings the skilled trades to students by telling her personal career journey in skilled trades and technology. Jammie shares successes and failures along the way and provides information on the various pathways in skilled trades as well as the vast opportunities in career options in MITC (Mechanical, Industrial, Technology and Construction) sector. The presentation inspires students to chart their own path and challenge stereotypes in the industry and choose skilled trades as a viable, successful and rewarding career option. |
|Kids Code Jeunesse||Code and Create||Workshops provide hands-on learning, centred around computational thinking and block-based coding, delivered in-person or through video-conferencing. With a variety of workshop topics to choose from, including Scratch, micro:bit and Artificial Intelligence, sessions lay the foundation for participants to continue building digital skills for creative learning. Coding content is scoped to curriculum and grade from elementary to high school and is delivered in French or English. KCJ supports social and emotional learning (SEL) and autism-inclusivity. Professional learning sessions get educators excited about code, computational thinking, artificial intelligence, and digital citizenship. Educators learn key concepts and practices and leave with valuable resources and lesson plans to take into the classroom.|
|Kim McNeilly||Sister Freedom's Black Arts Education Projects||Grounded in Black diasporic art forms, aesthetic modes and design, these sessions, in-person or by video-conferencing, engage curriculum connections with visual art, social studies, mapping, coding, equity, diversity, history, social justice and wellness. Workshops include: Adinkra Project, Africa project, Black Stories Storybook Project, Black Women Artists Project, Black Hair Magic Project, Grandma Assiatou's Seed Pouch Project, Sankofa Project and Underground Railroad Quilt Godes Project. Through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture, writing poetry, students engage in self-reflective and cross-cultural dialogue. Also available as professional development, Black Ways of Knowing offers tools for developing and delivering culturally responsive curriculum that centers African, Black and Caribbean students and advocates for Black freedom and justice. Delivery available in English or French.|
|Kiwanis Music Festival Association ofGTA||Toronto Kiwanis Festival||Toronto Kiwanis Festival provides students with enhanced learning and performance opportunities in music, dance and speech arts in competitive and non-competitive setting. Several schools' host the Festival annually during instructional time throughout two weeks in February - March. |
|Kouraba Toronto Centre for Cultural Adv||Kouraba Foli||Students have a rare opportunity to experience authentic West African music traditions, oral histories and dance from an ancestral perspective delivered by Master percussionists, dancers and musicians. These in-person or by video-conferencing sessions utilize multi-media, storytelling, singing, live performance and art demonstrations. The foundation of these sessions are formed on the four pillars of Character Education: Discipline, Respect, Unity, and Music (D.R.U.M.). Drumming or dance workshops allow students to work in smaller groups to actively participate in music making, interactive play and dance while learning traditional songs that tell a story. Also delivered in French and up to four distinct West African languages. Suitable but not limited to Black History month.
|Lakeshore Arts||Connecting the Dots||Presentations connect students to creative arts professionals in multiple artistic fields to model possibilities for potential careers and illuminate pathways to post-secondary and workplace success. In these informal talks, the chosen creative professional shares personal experiences, insights and advice on their career journey. The session includes interactive/hands-on demonstrations when and where possible and a question and answer period. |
|Lakeshore Arts||Shazaam! In Focus||Led by two professional artists, Grade 8 students examine their identity through a variety of arts mediums. Students participate in an outdoor photo shoot, photo editing with Photoshop, mixed-media collage, creative writing exercises, and a spoken word Poetry Slam performance. |
|LAMP ||Youth Life-Skills Development||‘Healthy Living’ sessions provide health promotion information, activities and events that build knowledge, resilience and coping skills. A wide range of topics are available including: Anti-Bullying and Cyber Bullying, Mental Health and Wellness, Resilience and Coping Skills, Nutrition and Healthy Eating, Leadership and Teamwork, Anger Management, Excessive Social Media use, Healthy Relationships and Anti-Oppression training. Specific content includes: Anti-Oppression: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, diversity and equity. Students engage in safe spaces' discussion to understand what oppression is and how it makes people feel; and, by identifying each their own privilege in a celebration of diversity. Bullying and Bystanders: What is bullying? How to recognize it? What do bullies look like? And, what do bystanders contribute? Cyberbullying and the Internet: Bullies are using tech tools to threaten, stalk, ridicule, humiliate, taunt, and spread rumours. Students examine examples of Cyber Bullying, tips on prevention and on where to go for help. Leadership and Teamwork: Student will develop leadership skills while practicing effective team-building through event planning. Healthy Relationships: This workshop focuses on identifying characteristics of healthy relationships and signs of abusive relationships. It includes discussion on conflict, and anger management.|
|Latin American Art Projects||Art of the Americas||Two sessions from local artists expose students to artistic techniques and cultural histories from Latin America and the Caribbean: 1.The Art of Papel Picado - Led by artist Jesus Mora, Papel Picado is a decorative craft made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of tissue paper. Papel picado is considered a Mexican folk art and is commonly used to decorate during Día de los Muertos celebrations. 2. Latin American Contemporary Movement - With focus on identity and challenging stereotypes of Latin American dance and culture, choreographer Irma Villafuerte focuses on impulse, creative movement, and finding authentic ways of listening, creating and storytelling with one's body and Latin American music. |
|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.|
|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 . |
|Learning for a Sustainable Future||Professional Learning for a Sustainable Future||Professional learning sessions are available in transformative, ecological education through inquiry and other strategies in support of a more sustainable future.Topics Include • Authentic Inquiry • Finding Curriculum in Nature • Student Engagement and Empowerment through Community Projects • Climate Change • Using Film-making to Enhance Authentic Inquiry and Project-based Learning • Transformative Practices for School Administrators. For combined staff and student audiences, one hour workshops to jump-start classroom "action projects" are available. 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.|
|Leila Mireskandari||Kids' Growing City ||Edible Garden Education Workshops & Professional Learning opportunities are offered through gardening seminars, demonstrations and implementing an edible garden. Student workshops include hands-on gardening activities, such as designing school gardens, planting seeds, washing and packaging vegetables, composting, recycling, and harvesting and replanting foods. TDSB staff participate in these workshops and learn how to implement successful gardens at their schools. For follow-up, staff can access professional learning resources and courses at https://kidsgrowingcity.thinkific.com/collections/school-gardening?q=|
|Lifted By Purpose GiftEd||Lift Yourself||These workshops provide stress management techniques and coping strategies for secondary students and older. Topics include: anger management, grief and resilience, stigma and mental health, trauma and healing, empathy, healthy relationships. Students will use music, spoken word and storytelling to address their challenges and unpack their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Facilitators help students identify triggers, learn healthy coping skills, and develop strategies to develop meaningful relationships with their peers and increase awareness of resources.|
|Literal Change||Orton-Gillingham Professional Learning||In this professional learning session in person or by video-conferencing, staff are exposed to the multi-sensory and direct teaching strategies found within the Orton-Gillingham remedial literacy approach. Half or full day interactive workshop introduces Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches, terminology, learning exceptionalities and targeted teaching strategies that address phonological awareness, syllabication, morphology, spelling and writing. Facilitators provide teaching examples and assessment tools to help teachers identify gaps in knowledge and translate the results into teaching objectives and lesson plans.
Literacy Specialist course offers a more in-depth understanding of Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches which includes research, terminology, assessment, organization of learning and application for learners. |
|Little Kickers Toronto Central||A Rounded Education Program||Early learning goals are achieved in a pressure-free, play, not push environment during these specialized workshops that enhance preschool and kindergarteners' physical, social, and creative competencies. The basics of soccer are introduced as children learn dribbling, proper footwork, passing, and scoring goals, in partner and group-based activities which stimulate and enhance their skills in teamwork and cooperative play. By listening and communicating with each other during these exercises, children learn to strengthen and develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting their physical movements to ideas and events as they unfold. To demonstrate all that they've learned, children apply these newly acquired skills in friendly games using specially-made child-friendly soccer balls and goal nets.|
|Little Red Theatre||Touring Theatre for Children||The Little Red Theatre produces dramatic performances using an eclectic mix of puppets, original musical scores and songs, dance and audio and visual technology. Students may participate in the actual performance or participate in the question and answer at the end. Productions are inspired by current issues, books that children love or problems that are relevant to children. Three theatre presentations are offered each school year in English, French or Bilingual. Study guides are available to further the learning before and after the presentation.|
|Little Robot Friends Inc.||Coding & Crafting with Robots||Workshops for students in grades 1-2 explore the relationship between code and electronics through hands-on play using ‘Cubby’ robots. Students gain fundamental understanding of basic electronics, how computers work, and how ‘coding’ gives them the tools to do amazing things. In these sessions, students interact with Cubby’s inputs and outputs and learn about sensing light, sound, movement, and more. Students make colours using LED lights, musical notes using Cubby’s speaker, and turn blinks and beeps into unique expressions for their robot’s personality. Students can even turn their robots into “Cubby Choir” and sing a short song together.
|Little-Souls||Inside Out: Yoga and Emotional Regulation||Workshops help students recognize and learn self-regulation tools to assist in working through their emotions in a constructive manner. In-person or virtual lessons incorporate breath work, movement and a quiet moment at the end. They further encourage teamwork by learning to read each others' body languages and through partner poses when it is safe to do so. The yoga classes incorporate all methods of learning to cater to the different learning styles: visual, auditory, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary. Each class is structured with a storyline which draws attention and receptivity; content can be easily recalled and integrated in life.|
|Live Different||Live Different School Assemblies||Motivational assemblies with engaging mix of personal stories, videos, crowd participation, live music, and more. Delivered by young, dynamic team members that students find easy to relate to. Positive youth development programming with themes that change annually to best address school and student needs in relevant ways. Exists to empower young people and engage them in a lifestyle of compassion and service.
|Live Lujo Inc.||Sewing Studio||Libraries, gyms or classrooms are transformed into creative maker space by an 'All Star' team. A Sewing Studio that disrupts stereotypes and biases about who can sew and who can express themselves artistically. Sessions focus on confidence, skill-building, mentorship, equity and most of all, inclusion. All students leave the studio with a feeling of accomplishment in having completed a design and sewing project. Instructors, who are male role models , provide an engaging introduction to frame the session within the context of "Confidence Building" when learning new skills and new creative ways to express themselves. Personal stories of overcoming barriers are shared. Each student is inspired and encouraged to make their own creative choices in materials and adornments for the project, at the " Creation Station ". Projects vary by age group; all intentionally contribute to students' sense of self-efficacy. Each student learns how to sew on a sewing machine. |
|Live Your Legacy Academy Inc. ||Live Your Legacy||Shaun Boothe is an award winning hip hop artist, TEDx speaker and creator of ‘The Unauthorized Biography Series’: a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs – Repackaging History, including Black History, through Hip Hop; capturing the legacy of influential iconic figures in documentary-style music videos. His highly entertaining Live Your Legacy assemblies use his bio videos to embark on a performance / motivational speaking journey that raises issues of identity, diversity, equity, character, media, life skills, and the importance of living a legacy. Themes raised include leadership, success strategies, overcoming fears and challenges, transitioning, the power of acknowledgement, and redefining masculinity. The aim is to present an experience that works on many levels and, most importantly, does not exclude the growing group of disengaged youth in the school system today.
|Logics Group Inc.||Logics Academy ||Robotics, Coding, Aerospace & STEM workshops bring Curriculum to Life with 21st Century Technology in-person or by video-conferencing. They inspire students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 to apply enriched and expanded thinking to the Ministry of Education’s Science, Technology, Math, Language & Art curricula. Students participate in hands-on, 2-hour workshops that are a fun and engaging way to apply STEM principles in experiential methodology with Robotics & Coding. Students are challenged to work in groups to collaborate, problem solve and think creatively. Logics certified instructors bring everything required for these innovative workshops and teachers can continue to use the techniques by accessing lesson plans online at www.logicsacademy.com/SITC or through firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Logics Group Inc.||Logics Academy Professional Learning||Logics Academy provides comprehensive professional learning opportunities for educators and school administrators. Experienced educational professionals provide in-person or virtual synchronous, hands-on training on a variety of topics including: STEM, Robotics, Coding, Minecraft, remote learning, digital learning and technology tools which include: Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Brightspace, D2l and more. Sessions are available in both French or English.
|Lorena Santin-Andrade||Textile Art and Design||Students experiment and explore with textile art and creative design in these highly engaging workshops which give a glimpse of the textile industry's multidisciplinary design process. Through sketching, marker illustration, photography, Photoshop, and sewing, students learn the textile process by creating their own designs to have digitally printed and sewn by them into sustainable and usable keepsake textile products. Facilitated by an artist in the textile, fashion, and design industries, these workshops ignite the creative sparks that give students a voice to express what cannot be said with words.|
|Love & Guidance Project||Children's Yoga||Culturally relevant stories from the African diaspora are shared alongside yoga, reflective practice, music and movement activities in these in-person or video-conferencing workshops. Program strives to create an environment that facilitates the development of children’s interest while catering to physical, emotional, and cognitive milestones especially through effective play and literacy experiences. Themed yoga will lend from safe adaptive yoga practices and incorporate themes from books and resources. |
|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. |
|Lucy Rupert (Blue Ceiling Dance)||Imaginative Body||This dance workshop delves deeper into contemporary dance art form and explores imagination and the body’s movements to enhance students’ creativity and interpretation skills. Facilitator leads students through a series of improvised movements, exercises and tasks to expand the imagination and inspire a new range of movement and expression. Students learn to work with what is accessible within their own bodies, find their personal movement vocabularies, be able to communicate imagery and sensation. Students work individually and in small groups or pairs to construct short movement scores or dances which will be shared with the class. Professional development is available to teachers.|
|Lumenus Community Services||Community-based Treatment and Support Services||Services offer a continuum of support to select students, their families and care providers. Supports include accessible services that can take place in the home, school, or community and for students whose school or home placement is at risk of breakdown due to mental health and other issues. Lumenus staff work one-one-one with referred students and/or with key adults in the students' lives, to support their optimal functioning based on goals from the students' treatment plans. Lumenus staff connect students and key adults to needed community resources. In particular, the program provides strategies to address difficulties in social, emotional, behavioural, communication, cognitive, learning and/or developmental domains of functioning. Services can include observation and assessment in the home; support and training for parents, teachers and other school staff as needed; and individual student program planning for the classroom and at home, service coordination, and transition support from treatment into classroom setting. Lumenus staff work in collaboration with TDSB Professional Support Services staff in order to facilitate a coordinated service for referred students.
|Lumenus Community Services||ReachOUT||ReachOUT is a creative, inclusive and accessible program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning and two-spirited (LGBTTQQI2S) youth. The program provides individual, family and group services, as well as educational workshops and events. It provides enhanced opportunities for youth engagement projects in selected schools, such as supporting the development and maintenance of Gay-Straight Alliances in those schools.|
|Lumenus Community Services||School Focused Direct Access Workers (SFW)||These specialized Lumenus staff provide an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, in school or in the community for youth with mental health issues who have been identified and referred by TDSB Professional Support Services. Lumenus staff works with the children/youth and their family/support people to support their optimal functioning and sense of belonging in the school and neighbourhood community, based on goals established within the child/youth’s treatment plan. Students and/or family members have direct access to these resources through established TDSB referral mechanisms; and can access services when on site in school/s. Lumenus staff are also available to consult with school staff, as needed. The School Focused Direct Access Workers may support the children/youth to connect with appropriate community resources and services; and support students during the instructional day to decrease barriers and stigma regarding accessing mental health supports.|
|Lumenus Community Services||Whatever It Takes (WIT)||'Whatever It Takes' (WIT) provides service coordination and transitional support to children and youth who have mental health issues and have complex service needs. WIT provides many services such as interim intensive case management, facilitation of community planning, clinical consultation and one-on-one support within student’s treatment plan to transition into a classroom or maintain the student effectively in the classroom until a more appropriate school placement or day treatment placement can be arranged. WIT facilitates the collaboration of service providers to respond to children/youth with complex needs or to those whose needs exceed the ability and capacity of any one service provider or sector.
|Lumenus Community Services||Youth Outreach Workers (YOW) ||This program provides outreach and support for referred youth who are identified as being at risk and may also present with a dual diagnosis or developmental disability, and/or identify as LGBTQ. It connects these youth with community resources to meet their immediate needs (such as employment, health, housing, recreation). Youth Outreach Workers are also available for presentations in secondary schools to increase all students' understanding of mental health and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion. The YOW can also assist the young person’s support network (home, school, peers) to access necessary resources to help them best support the youth.
|Mabinty Sylla||LANYANA: West African Drumming and Dance||An immersive dance and drumming workshop for students to learn West African culture. The history, origins of dance and music and how they are used in the different ceremonies are all part of this workshop delivered by experienced African facilitators. In the dance workshop, students learn traditional dances and movements, body language, expressions and how to listen and respond to each other and the music. In the enhanced drum workshop, students learn proper technique, different music patterns as well as develop teamwork, co-operation and communication skills. This workshop is offered in French. |
|Mad Science of Toronto||Science & Technology Workshops||Mad Science Curriculum Based Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science through hands-on and interactive live experiments. These in-class workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology, engineering and the environment and to make connections between science and the wonders of the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, exciting and interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary student. Their professionally trained presenters are excellent in creating experiences that encourage children to pursue the sciences throughout their secondary and post secondary studies.|
|MADD Canada||Impaired Driving School Presentation||Presentations in person or via video-conferencing educate students about the harmful risks associated with substance use and impaired driving. One presentation, “School Assembly”, informs students about the real risks associated with alcohol/drug use and driving or being a passenger in a vehicle with an impaired driver. Trained facilitators raise awareness and provide safety strategies so students learn to make wise, safe and healthy choices. A second presentation, "Weed out the Risk" is available for schools seeking more information on cannabis and driving. Following each presentation, trained facilitators and/or MADD representatives will lead a Q&A with students. Presentations are also available in French.
|MADD Canada||SmartWheels||Students learn about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving. Presentations are available in person on a mobile RV, in class, or via video conference; and can be delivered in French. They feature videos about the effects of alcohol and substance use such as cannabis. Students put on virtual reality goggles (in the RV or in class formats) and in the case of video conferencing, students view a virtual reality video to see how it looks and feels to drive while impaired. All presentations include students participating in multiple choice questions and in decision-making scenarios about impaired driving. These sessions not only increase awareness about the consequences of impaired driving, but also influence responsible decision-making and provide safety strategies. |
|Magic Live Inc. ||Literacy, Numeracy and Anti-Bullying Magic Shows||Three unique magic shows are designed to enhance student engagement and positive school climate. Reading Magic promotes the love of reading, reviews the difference between fiction and non-fiction books, and includes many effects that engage students in literacy and spelling. In the Math Magic Show, students experience math in action through fun with magic squares, math predictions, measurement and more. There is a clear focus on “street math” skills, and how we use math in our everyday lives. Students also learn magic tricks to compute numbers with patterns. The Anti-Bullying Magic Show identifies what bullying is and what it is not. Discussion throughout the show, covers verbal, physical, social, and cyber bullying, while providing clear and practical anti-bullying strategies.|
|Mahlikah Awe:ri||Art 4 Social Change: Re-Indigenizing Tsi Tkarón:to||Members of Red Slam Collective lead these multi-disciplinary interactive assembly and workshops for young audiences through the immersion of contemporary and traditional artistic expression such as dance, music, slam poetry, and storytelling to explore contemporary social issues, while introducing Indigenous ways of knowing and doing. Students will be challenged to unlearn and relearn how to become stewards, “in-relation” with Indigenous Peoples and with the Land. Suitable for grades 3-8. |
|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. |
|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.|
|MapleLeafTheatreforSocial Responsibility||Theatre Workshops and Performances for Social Change||Forum Theatre pedagogy allows students to participate and change the outcome of problems and learn to promote positive change. It is a pedagogy recognized by UNESCO. Mixed Company Theatre provides interactive productions and workshops using this method to address such issues as bullying, inclusion, mental health awareness, sexual consent, homophobia and transphobia. In these sessions, students practise creative problem-solving techniques and develop positive strategies to respond to issues that affect them. |
|Marianne Derow||The Art of Healthy Singing||Professional voice artist mentor provides information about the music industry and imparts professional singing skills to students. Sessions enhance vocal and performance technique. Students learn how the mechanics of producing sound works, and the proper use and care of the voice to maximize one's sound. Through a variety of styles of music and repertoire, students enhance their understanding and practise of vocal music.|
|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. |
|Maurice Gordon||A Positive Narrative of African/Black Canadian History||Musical presentation assembly, in-person or by video-conferencing, that educates, celebrates and presents the achievements of Black/African Canadians who have contributed to making Canada for what it is today. Musician Maurice Gordon takes you on a journey of history from early 1600’s to present day highlighting individuals that made a difference in their respective fields. Maurice entertains with original, relevant and contemporary songs that weaves words, music and singing while also involving student participation. Finally, as a Jamaican Canadian, Maurice touches on the Jamaican connection to Canadian history.
|McCarthy Tetrault LLP||MT Mentoring Indigenous Students ||Through establishing mentorships between secondary students who identify as First Nation, Metis or Inuit with current or former partners, associates, and employees of a law firm who volunteer dedicated time to cultivating these relationships, this program inspires, supports, accompanies and provides opportunities for student engagement, curriculum enhancement and academic success. Mentors build supportive relationships with participants and participate with them in mutually-agreed activities to further individual student success. Individual mentoring activities may be as diverse as:
• Providing advice or assistance in topics such as strategies for time management, preparing a resume or understanding the nature of different careers
• Experiencing workplace environments through office tours or participating in firm-sponsored community activities
• Job shadowing, co-operative education placements and internships|
|McMichael Canadian Art Collection||V.O.I.C.E.S||V.O.I.C.E.S., Visual Outreach Initiative Creating Empowered Students, program provides student leadership and empowerment through art-based activities to select grade 5 students. These in-person or virtual sessions nurture students' self-esteem and leadership skills through exploration of Canadian Art from the McMichael collection. Five learning sessions provide a behind-the-scenes tour of an artist's studio, in-depth look into the creative process, conversations with professional artists, all animated by gallery shots, images of artwork and videos presenting artmaking demonstrations. The sixth session culminates in a showcase of individual artwork and celebration of students' achievements.
|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.
|Metrolinx||Transit in Your Community||Presentations on the Metrolinx Toronto Transit Projects provide an opportunity for students in school communities along the routes to understand these significant infrastructure construction initiatives in their community. Presentations deepen students understanding of city planning and by interacting with various transportation professionals. Students gain an understanding of the many careers in transportation, planning and public transit through this unique partnership. Guest speakers, videos, presentations and group activities are adjusted based on the grade/s engaged in these interactive sessions. |
|Mindful Bodies||Yoga, Mindfulness & Wellness||Staff and students learn self-regulation, focus and stress-resiliency skills in order to reduce stress and boost mindfulness. Weekly sessions or workshops teach movement and mindfulness techniques, the latest research in the field of neuroscience, mindfulness and psychology, as well as providing tools and effective strategies to reduce stress. Available to all students and professional development workshops can be arranged.|
|Mindfulness Everyday||Mindfulness Everyday||These evidence-based sessions, utilizing mindfulness-based stress reduction practices and current research, are customized to enhance positive mental and physical well-being, cultivate compassionate action and resilience, and provide stress reduction training and life skills for students, staff, and parents in school communities. Programs available include: The Mindful Edge (Stress Management and Life Strategies for Teens), Mindful Parenting Programs, Professional Learning Sessions, and Mindfulness Workshops for Students K-12. SMARTeducation (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) for Educators, and SHSM –Health and Wellness Certificate Program are specialized sessions that are also available. |
|Mindfulness Without Borders Canada Inc.||Mindfulness Ambassador Program (MAP)||This program offers student participants a forum to meet face to face and learn about constructive ways for addressing personal, social and community challenges. Essentially, the MAP establishes a common language based on sharing, modeling and practicing core principles and strategies that help strengthen their well-being, think critically and act with thoughtfulness and compassion. As young people begin to recognize their ability to become ambassadors for positive social change they not only become more selfless but also more compassionate, empathetic and inclusive of the diversity that surrounds them. From self-awareness self-management and social awareness activities to secular mindfulness practices, our interactive programs for young people boost soft skill development and address the challenges and opportunities that they face outside school walls. |
|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. |
|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.|
|Moving EDGEucation Inc.||Bachelors, Masters, Ph.Ds in EDGEucation!||Health and well-being, movement based learning, dance and health school climate sessions for school communities. Bachelors: A highly engaging, inclusive community building experience where the whole self is engaged (the physical, cognitive, social/emotional) moving to multiple music styles. Students create a positive community environment by unifying together on the same movement, then expressing and exploring their own individuality. Masters: Interactive movement sessions with a “numeracy” or “literacy” focus, plus a Professional Learning Session for staff to build the capacity of teachers to integrate movement into lessons. Ph.Ds: Continue the learning through interactive movement sessions with multiple subject areas, and an extended Professional Learning Session to integrate movement into multiple subjects throughout the day. Parent engagement sessions build community, and provide an experiential opportunity for families to become informed about movement & learning while being active at the same time.|
|Naomi Chorney||Art-To-Go||Workshops are offered in visual arts and dance by a French and bilingual multi-disciplinary artist. Visual arts workshops offered are printmaking, relief printmaking, relief painting and paper making. Students are guided through a design project, technique and process to create an individual art piece. Dance workshops include hop hop, dance fusion and creative movement and storytelling. Engaging students in the instructional portion, workshops bring out students’ creativity through choreography with an opportunity to showcase their routine to their peers. |
|National Council of Canadian Muslims||A Teachable Moment on Islamophobia||Workshops for students and staff on the identification and prevention of Islamophobia in classrooms and school communities, in-person or by video-conferencing. Workshops build mutual understanding, racial and cultural sensitivity and challenge forms of xenophobia. Three workshops are offered to students: "Bystander Intervention", and "Stereotypes and Diversity in the Media". Students are able to identify acts of discrimination and hate and learn strategies on how to respond. Staff professional learning include "A Teachable Moment on Islamophobia for Educators and Administrators" which provide practical tools and context through case study analysis to deconstruct scenarios and equip staff with necessary tools and understanding the impact on their students.|
|Native Canadian Centre of Toronto||Indigenize Our Minds ||The Indigenize Our Minds Education Outreach Program provides presentations on Indigenous culture, language and history on Turtle Island (North America). They include Anishinaabe (Ojibway, Odawa and Potawatomi), Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) and Metis cultural teachings including: Content Based Presentations: Anishinaabe History; Haudenosaunee History; Indigenous Treaties; Indigenous Innovation; Metis History; Pre-Contact History; Two Spirit & LGBTQ Teachings. Interactive Presentations: Medicine Wheel Teachings; Anishinaabe Clan System; Seven Grandfather Teachings; Indigenous Games; Dreamcatcher Making; Traditional Opening/Closing. Performance Based Presentations: ;Pow Wow Experience; Drumming and Singing. Our facilitators include individuals of all ages, but we do give priority to youth knowledge keepers who are passionate about educating. It is very empowering for participants to experience Indigenous culture in an educational and interactive environment that encourages reconciliation. Interested in booking a presentation? Please visit: http://ncct.on.ca/indigenize-our-minds/|
|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. |
|Never Gallery Ready||Re:Framing Culture Re:Claiming Voice||Media and visual literacy-focused workshops explore culture as reflected in art, news, history, and advertising. These workshops address the politics of individuals’ relationship with images, objects, sound and site, and ask students to critically analyze ubiquitous messages and dominant cultural narratives. Students create works of collage, learn “culture jamming” techniques, perform sound plays/stories, create site-specific installations/awareness campaigns that address community issues, and ‘zines (themed booklets). A 5-day workshop series is also available.|
|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.|
|New Leaf Foundation||Yoga and Mindfulness-based Life Skills Program||New Leaf Foundation is a charitable organization supporting the mental, emotional and physical health of youth in marginalized communities. Yoga-inspired movement and mindfulness-based activities are offered in order to address chronic stress, cultivate self-awareness, as well as build resilience and pro-social skills. The program prioritizes making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible, inclusive and engaging for young people of all abilities and backgrounds. Professional education sessions are also available for staff teams.|
|New Tradition Music||Afro-Indigenous Colombian Drumming||Students engage in highly interactive workshops and performance to promote cross-cultural understanding of Afro-Indigenous Colombian music. Facilitators demonstrate rhythms and sounds using a variety of different percussion instruments, narrate the history of the traditional musical style Música de Gaita and share how the music has evolved into present day. Workshops with Ruben “Beny” Esguerra develop students’ drumming technique, sound development, communication skills and work on repertoire as an ensemble. Performances by New Tradition Music ensemble demonstrate the evolution of the traditional styles of Latin American music into today’s musical context including fusing elements of Hip Hop urban culture, beat boxing, body percussion, break dancing and spoken word. For a more enriching experience, workshops and culminating performance can be scheduled on the same day. |
|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.
|Nimi Atma||Recollect Your Roots||Workshop in which students reflect, recollect and describe their first memory from their roots/heritage/culture culminating in a video documentation serving as an affirmation of their identity and heritage. Led by a Tamil-Canadian author and filmmaker, students are encouraged to think critically about their heritage and how they wish to express their memory while guided in the storytelling/narrative process. The work documented in the video help students to understand the role early memories play in the construction of identity while giving them a greater sense of self and confidence in their voice. This workshop is particularly relevant for children of minorities whose voices are marginalized in the Canadian media landscape, as they will learn how to use media to preserve their heritage.|
|No. 9 ||Imagining My Sustainable Community||This interdisciplinary program enhances literacy through an architecture and urban design project for grade 7&8 classes. Students walk through their community to observe, discuss, and document (using photography and sketching) the way the community functions. Students learn about infrastructure and design and the 9 Pillars that make up a sustainable community. These are: waste management, water management, green building design, alternative energy, transportation, public art & design, green space, agriculture and food security and civic engagement and leadership. They discuss sustainability issues and develop ecologically sustainable models to address these issues in their community. 3D models of their community are built to scale using a variety of construction materials. The culminating event is a display and showcase of the model to their local councillor, school board trustee, visiting dignitaries, parents and peers. In this project are curriculum connections to visual arts, science, math, engineering, geography, language arts and media studies. |
|North Star Productions||The Ontario Planetarium Mobile Star Dome ||A knowledgeable guide leads presentations in a mobile planetarium that is set-up for a day at interested schools. Based on their experiences, presenters discuss earth and space science. Several presentations are offered to bring the cosmos to life through 3-D graphics and thundering surround sound. |
|North Toronto Soccer Club||Soccer Play||Free workshop to enhance soccer training for elementary students. Qualified and licensed coaches help students develop their physical literacy and soccer skills through fun games and learning activities and drills. Elementary schools in LC1 have an opportunity to work with this community organization.|
|North York Community House||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|North York General Hospital||Transitional Aged Youth Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Well-Being||This program offers specialized outpatient support services to referred youth and young adults who are concerned about the impact of substance use, addictions, depression, anxiety, and/or concurrent disorders in their lives. Assessment, support, treatment, and/or community referral to appropriate services are available through collaboration with TDSB Professional Support Services. Program activities include helping the school identify high-risk students; group activities based on locally identified needs; training for school staff; education and support for parents/guardians. Group programming can focus on building specific skills that enhance students' self-esteem and address a variety of mental health and well-being concerns. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues.|
|Northstarr Entertainment Inc.||Stay Driven ||Motivational assemblies and/or classroom workshops from Rapper Duane "D.O." Gibson combine hip hop performances with life lessons. Presentation themes include: Canadian Black History - D.O. presents about Black History through a Canadian perspective talking about Viola Desmond and black history in Nova Scotia as well as the Underground railroad and Josiah Henson in Chatham, Ontario ; HOLLA – Help, Outlet, Lead, Leave, Assert. D.O. discusses several strategies to combat bullying focusing on building self-esteem, standing up to bullies and finding an outlet. In The Zone - D.O. will bond with students as he shares his personal stories through freestyle rap. The program focuses on the personal power gained through reading, creative writing and speech. And, M.A.D. Skills (Media And Decisions) - D.O. will teach your students to make positive choices when it comes to the media. The program focuses on making informed decisions on music and TV choices as well as presenting strategies to combat cyber bullying.
|Nutritower||Hydroponics: Exploring Alternative Growing Methods||Workshops instill in children an appreciation and knowledge of hydroponically grown local food, in-person or by-videoconferencing. Hydroponics is an alternative growing method that uses a mineral solution in water to grow plants without the use of soil. From seed to harvest, facilitators show every step of the growing process with fun and interactive activities that engage students to use their hands and their minds. Workshops focus on understanding carbon footprints, reducing food waste, water conservation and how hydroponics is the most environmentally friendly alternative for growing food.|
|One Little Goat Theatre Company||PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids||This performance provides a short history of theatre and plays from around the world. Two actors use children’s games, drama, storytelling, music, and dance and to take students on a theatrical journey through four different periods of drama: early beginnings with prehistoric games around the fire, ancient Greek Tragedy, Japanese Noah Theatre and Modern Theatre. Following the presentation a question and answer period allows students to engage a conversation with artists. A follow-up learning resource is available for teachers to continue the learning afterwards. This is an entertaining presentation that honours the natural playfulness of childhood and provides students with an introduction to theatre. |
|One Piece a Day||Plastic Pollution and Litter Cleanup Education||Presentation on the problem of litter and single-use plastics and the effects it has on the environment and what students can do to make a change. Students learn about the problem of plastics around the world and in the Great Pacific garbage patch, the root causes of these problems, the effects it has on water infrastructure and biodiversity, and their role in being part of the solution. Facilitators discuss local actions and the different ways students can reduce plastics including picking up one piece of trash a day. |