|Humber College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
|Humber College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|Humber College||Humber Nursing Field Placements ||Nursing Field Placements and their Faculty Advisors collaborate with TDSB Educator Teams (kindergarten to grade two), to develop learning activities that enhance the Early Years curriculum and the interested elementary schools' health promotion project or school-wide activities. A member of the faculty from Humber School of Health Sciences is available in the school to supervise the nursing field placement students.|
|Hélène Nicole Richard||Quand je serai grand ||Helene Nicole offers a one-hour performance in French to encourage students to appreciate the French language and culture. Quand je serai grand (When I Grow Up) explores the topic of what it takes to grow up kind, create productive relationships and embrace differences. Six songs guide students in creating their self-portrait, adding layers with each song to showcase their uniqueness. Students learn how to embrace what they cannot change and proactively participate in becoming the best version of themselves while supporting others. The program simplifies complex concepts such as love, self-esteem, kindness, open-mindedness, accountability, and responsibility to self and others. Suitable for French Immersion classes. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|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. Serving: Grades 1 - 12 |
|Ian Keteku||Uncover Your Hidden Voice||Facilitated by a National Slam Champion and World Poetry Slam Champion, these workshops introduce students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, to the spoken word form. Sessions encourage students to engage with language in new, personal, and imaginative ways. Writing skills and tools for creative expression are enhanced in grade specific abilities. Students learn the literary tools and techniques used to effectively communicate messages and emotions. Workshops culminate with students performing their own unique spoken word piece to their class.|
|Imagine Yoga and Wellness Inc.||Accessible & Adaptable Yoga||Workshops, in person or virtual delivery, use yoga and mindfulness activities for students to build on body awareness, self-regulation and mobility, especially for diverse learners with exceptionalities. Students learn and practise techniques to help with movement, breathing, well-being and connection between the mind and body. Activities and exercises are adapted to be inclusive including exceptional individuals (special needs) and are based on the needs of the students (no matter shape, size, ability and strength) ensuring practise is safe for every participant. Program is suitable for Intensive Support Programs (ISPs).|
|Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario||Indigenous Wellness through Sport ||Interactive presentations (in-person or by video-conferencing), with an emphasis on culture, truth and acknowledgement, providing opportunities to celebrate the athletic achievements, cultural traditions and knowledge of Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island (North America).
The presentations (tailored uniquely for each age range) include information about traditional Indigenous sports such as lacrosse, archery and canoe/kayak; Indigenous athletes throughout history such as Tom Longboat and the Firth sisters; the North American Indigenous Games and insights from athletes; the Wellness Warrior movement; and the Team 88 campaign which utilizes Call to Action #88 from the TRC to inspire dialogue and action on reconciliation through something as universal as sport.
|Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)||Digital DASH/Jump-Starting Digital Careers (JDC)||Students participate in exploratory learning activities to enhance digital competencies that will open pathways towards digital careers. Activities recreate authentic scenarios to engage students to practise their critical thinking in order to solve a problem while thinking of the consequences of the solution. A variety of workshops provide knowledge on the areas of information and communications technology (ICT), cyber arts, and business skills. Students also have an opportunity to meet industry experts, gain practical industry knowledge and learn about current and emerging STEM careers and pathways in ICT. Professional learning is available for staff. Suitable: Grades 6-12; staff|
|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, in-person or virtual delivery, 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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8|
|Inspiration Republic||Virtual YOU, Me, US||African Canadian history virtual presentation takes a look at historical African Canadian figures who have made substantial contributions in the black community and Canadian culture, while facing racism and oppression. Presentation explores the setbacks and challenges of Harry Jerome, Viola Desmond, Elijah McCoy but also to showcase their resiliency, innovative spirit and problem-solving skills while inspiring students to see themselves as problem-solvers and innovators. Using media, real life stories and an interactive game show, the presentation highlights the history beyond the colour barrier. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.|
|International Student Exchange - Ontario||Reciprocal Student Exchanges ||Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. TDSB promotes the opportunity, while all arrangements are made directly between interested students' families and the reciprocal exchange agency. Ministry of Education guidelines for reciprocal student exchanges are followed as per the Ministry of Education document ‘Enrolment Register Instructions for Elementary and Secondary Schools’. Students apply in one school year and both components of the reciprocal exchange take place during the next school year. TDSB students host a visiting student in the fall and then travel overseas in the following spring. Visiting students stay with and attend school with the host student. All exchange agency registration documents, including parent/guardian permissions to participate in all school activities as per procedures of the host family's school board, are provided to TDSB Schools by host families when registering the visiting student as a guest at the school. Students from each country remain on the registry of their home school. Host schools Guidance and teaching staff comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before they return home. |
|Intuit Canada ULC||Virtual Intuit Education Program||In collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, this virtual program identifies and addresses barriers Black students, families and communities have with regards to financial literacy, digital equity and design thinking for innovative community-based change. These sessions offer secondary students a chance to learn from industry professionals in technology; develop entrepreneurship skills through authentic business experiences; develop financial habits using real-world simulations; and participate in social entrepreneurship challenges, using Design Thinking methodologies, to solve a real-world challenge in their community. Through these rich experiential learning opportunities (workshops, conferences, exhibitions, competitions) students obtain the skills for career readiness. Professional learning is also available.|
|IRIS||Robots Build and Learn||Enable students to be active and creative digital learners by using LEGO bricks and digital tools to solve problems and collaborate with each other. These workshops facilitated by Institute of Robotics & Intelligent Systems staff encourage a playful learning environment where students build and program a variety of fun LEGO models. IRIS Canada offers the following workshops for different grade levels (in collaboration with teachers): Grades 1-3 LEGO WEDO, Grades 4-8 LEGO EV3, Grades 6-8 Arduino/Python/C++. In the early grades, students develop an understanding of basic design and work with easy to use platforms which bridge to more complex systems. In the middle grades, students enhance their understanding of coding while constructing programs and robots. The higher grades allow students to design projects with challenging levels of complexity and enhance their programming skills. Serving: Grades 1 - 8|
|Isaac Akrong||African Dance Ensemble (ADE): Dance, Drumming, Music, and Stories||The cultural history, meaning and context of African music and dance comes alive in these presentations and workshops to the school community. The group performs a number of pieces from their repertoire which spans the continent of Africa, specialization in West Africa. The performance incorporates rich and vibrant costumes, beads, masks, and instruments such as a variety of types of drums, xylophone, shaker, bell and flute. Workshop series and residencies are available for those classes that wish to develop and perform a polished performance piece. All instruments are provided and facilitator demonstrates the song, rhythm and dance so each student has the opportunity to participate in playing, dancing and singing. Delivered in-person or virtual. |
|Itah Sadu||Stories For Our Time ||Highly theatrical and always inspirational, Itah Sadu uses oral tradition and storytelling to share contemporary and traditional stories and folklore from across the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Stories convey history, relationships with the world, social justice themes, give meaning to complex issues and conversations, and is a simple form of individual and group engagement in these in-person or by video-conferencing sessions. Facilitator introduces Canadian and international Black and Caribbean game changers while engaging students in call and response, question and answer, and movement. The art form of storytelling speaks to language arts, student voice, communication, inclusion and identity and culture.
|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. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
|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, through the real life examples of lived experience. Presentation is followed by a question and answer period. Serving: Grades 5 - 12|
|Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife||Roots and Shoots _ Professional Learning ||Professional Learning Sessions for staff include an overview and discussion on the Jane Goodall Institutes Roots & Shoots youth sustainability program and their focus on climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental inequity. Orienting staff in their ability to guide students of all ages through a 4-step program: STEP 1: Who or What Inspires You? STEP 2: Map Out Your Community STEP 3: Plan An Action Project STEP 4: Reflect on Your Achievements and Celebrate Your Impact! Examples of projects from across Canada will also be shared. |
|Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre||Green Change||This free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for elementary schools, in-person or virtually. 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. Serving: Grades 3 - 6|
|Janice Pomer||Dance the Moving World||Explore dance and create choreography inspired by movement patterns in Nature. Elementary students deepen their movement skills as they interpret aspects of water, earth, plants, animals, the sky and outer space through collaborative explorations and group choreography. Secondary students are introduced to nature-inspired choreographic structures designed to challenge their technical and creative skills. Professional learning sessions provide elementary teachers with the tools to facilitate dynamic movement programs that connect their students with each other, their community, the environment and other areas of the curriculum. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12; Staff|
|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 Tudos||Every Student Thrives||A motivational and interactive presentation from Canadian Olympic gymnast, Jessica Tudos, who inspires students to appreciate the possibilities they have to lead healthy, creative and active lives. By sharing personal stories, life lessons, memorabilia, as well as answering probing questions, Jessica empowers students to tackle life’s challenges and opportunities with more understanding, resilience, and confidence. Modeling a life approach that embraces accepting who you are, staying the course despite the pressure to conform, and prioritizing your health and wellness, are at the heart of Jessica’s message to students. Suitable: Grades K-4
|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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 6; Professional Learning Sessions for staff; parents/caregivers|
|Job Talks Inc.||The Skilled Trades and YOU||In this interactive virtual presentation, Dr. Jon Callegher helps students see how different careers in the skilled trades and construction industry can address a variety of personal and work-related interests. He introduces the concept of “balanced intelligence” as a defining quality of tradespeople. He explains 5 Reasons To Try An Apprenticeship in high school, including: 1) Get Work Experience, 2) Work With Your Hands, 3) Have Teacher Support, 4) Learn How to Run a Business, and 5) Earn While You Learn. This session helps to change mindsets toward the trades among students, educators and parents. Suitable: Grades 7-11, staff; parents/caregivers|
|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. Serving: Grades 10 - 12, referred students |
|Joseph "Joze" 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, inclusion, 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 be presented in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Serving: all grades, staff and parents|
|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. There is an emphasis on emotional resilience, dealing with anxiety and stress, and cultivating self-worth in an attempt to lesson the dependence on external validation (especially from social media). 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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 5|
|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. Suitable: Grades 1-12|
|Junior Achievement of Central Ontario||Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship Programs||Programming inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable, financial decisions; to be innovative in generating business ideas and starting their own companies; and, to discover career possibilities and pathways. Led by JACO trained volunteers from the business community, workshops include More than Money; Be Entrepreneurial Junior ; Dollars with Sense; Economics for Success, Personal Finance and several others. Serving: Grades 4 - 12 |
|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! Serving: Grades 1 - 12 |
|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||Creative Movement and Dance Film||Professional trained dancers provide dance and movement workshops that touch on fundamental concepts of dance – body, space, time, relationship, and energy – to get all students active and engaged in the creative process. Sessions are delivered in person or virtually. We offer workshops in Dance Improvisation (intuitive movement in response to text, images and soundscapes), Express Dance (creating dances using natural movement vocabulary), Kaeja Elevations (partner work that allows students to soar safely through the air), and Dance Film (choreographing, directing, and editing short dance pieces for the screen). Professional learning for teachers is also available. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12 |
|Kareative Interlude||Nu Narrative Literacy Empowerment Program||This virtual 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. Available in-person or virtually. 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." Serving: Grades 5 - 12
|Kevin Carrington||Reggaecise||A virtual, reggae-inspired cardio fitness dance program 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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12|
|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 (drama, dance, music, media, visual art, literary arts) found in the curriculum, while creating an opportunity for fun and meaningful arts immersion. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12; 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. |
|Kiwanis Music Festival Association ||Toronto Kiwanis Festival||Toronto Kiwanis Festival provides students with virtual, enhanced learning and performance opportunities in music, dance, visual arts and speech arts in a competitive setting. Several schools' host the Festival annually during instructional time throughout two weeks in February - March. Serving: All grades. |
|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.
|Lance Cumberbatch||Shake, Rattle and Roll to West African Drumming||Grounded in Africentric perspectives, these workshops introduce the cultural and community significance of West African traditional drumming and music to elementary students. Black musician and artist, Lance Cumberbatch, shares with students the many sounds, rhythms of West African traditions as well as the history and culture of West Africa, its people and evolution of the music. Sessions provide an opportunity for students to express themselves through movement and participate in creative music-making. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Lawrence Hill Creative Services, Inc.||Speaking Engagements||Award-winning, best-selling African-Canadian author, Lawrence Hill engages with students through inspiring and engaging sessions to promote literacy skills and self-affirmation about Black identity. Mr. Hill speaks with students, reads from his books, shows how he brings words and stories to life through the creative process, addresses issues of Black history and culture, and shares observations on the writer’s craft and on business issues related to publishing. Students hear from an inspirational author, learn how to write creatively to share their stories and voice and how to dialogue with peers. Suitable: All grades; staff; parents/caregivers
|Learning for a Sustainable Future||Empowering Our Children to Change the World||Sessions 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 get started with your climate change project. Serving: Grades 3-12|
|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 Get started with climate change project. Serving: Staff|
|Let's Talk Science ||Let's Talk Science||Post-secondary volunteers and staff lead a variety of sessions that enhance the STEM curriculum and help students develop scientific inquiry, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students see direct application of STEM concepts to real-life environments. Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers act as role models to provide information on post-secondary education and future careers in STEM. Let’s Talk Science is partnered with over 50 universities and colleges across Canada, each with their own local outreach program offerings. Examples of workshops include Feast for the Senses, Super Science Challenges, DNA Biotechnology, and action project activities such as Tomatosphere Seed Planting. In addition, Let’s Talk Science Professional Learning staff can model activities and learning in the classroom in real time through co-learning opportunities. Delivered in person or virtually. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|Level. Changing Lives Through Law / Égaliser. Changeons des vies par le droit||Indigenous Youth Outreach Program||Led by Indigenous justice sector professionals, this program provides culturally-relevant content about Indigenous legal systems. With its focus on building relationships, sessions provide students with a positive experience learning about the justice system. This program is rooted in building trust, acknowledging colonial legacies, honouring Indigenous practices and customs, and promoting a two-way knowledge exchange between Indigenous facilitators and Indigenous youth. Topics include learning about Indigenous legal system, systemic racism and oppression in the justice system, criminal justice, mock trials, and restorative justice. Suitable: Grades 9-12|
|Licensed To Learn Inc. ||L2L Peer to Peer Leadership Training & Academic Support||Selected elementary and secondary student leaders are trained to help their peers improve their grades through 10 hours of one-on-one peer academic support, in-person or virtually. Student 'peer leaders' are granted L2L certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, growth mindsets, good study habits, and ways to improve note taking and time management skills. An L2L Trainer is assigned to each participating school to train students and ensure that each participating student is successful. Secondary school student leaders are also paired with participating elementary feeder schools to deepen the mentoring between younger and older students in neighbourhoods. Serving: Referred students in Grades 1-12|
|Lifted By Purpose - Gifted||Lift Yourself||Two workshop series are available: Trauma, Recovery, and Self-Care; and, Grief, Loss, and Healing. All sessions provide stress management techniques and coping strategies for secondary students and adult learners. 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. Serving: Grades 9-12, Adult Learners, Staff|
|Lifted By Purpose - Gifted||Mental Health First Aid||While adults who work with youth often know a lot about physical illness, most staff and parents/guardians have less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding often leads to fear and negative attitudes toward youth living with these problems. It prevents caring adults from seeking help for themselves, and from providing appropriate support to the young people around them who may be struggling with their well-being. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a youth who may be experiencing a decline in their mental health or who might be in a crisis. These sessions are designed for caring adults who have frequent contact with young people. They enhance the work of TDSB Professional Support Services, as they engage with teachers, Administrators, other schools staff, or parents/guardians. Lifted Purpose is an accredited delivery agent of the Mental Health Commission of Canada programming.|
|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 Red Theatre||Touring Theatre for Children||The magic of theatre comes to life in these dramatic performances using an eclectic mix of puppets, original musical scores and songs, dance and audio and visual technology for elementary students. Productions are inspired by current issues, books that children love or problems that are relevant to children. Students may participate in the actual performance or participate in the question and answer at the end. Each year three shows are offered in English, French or Bilingual; each show is completely different and unique. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Little Robot Friends Inc.||Virtual Coding & Crafting with Robots||Virtual 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 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 virtual 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.
|Living Rhythm||Drumming to Well Being||Interactive, virtual rhythm-based workshops explore drumming to increase mental health and well being for students, staff and school communities. Using drums, their own bodies, and other objects from home, participants of all abilities, disabilities, special needs, and differentiated learning are engaged. Participants learn mindfulness strategies and techniques through sound, pulse, rhythm, and visualization. They enhance their communication skills through active listening and cooperation with peers. These sound and rhythm workshops are customized for each audience. They can include: 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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|Liwi68 Inc.||Art with Mark Stoddart: Visual Communication||Workshops use the creative process to explore the multiplicities and complexities of student identities, experiences and cultures. As a Black visual communicator, graphic designer and painter, Mark is committed to educating, empowering and uniting through art. Students enhance their understanding of the deconstruction of symbols within media arts and developing advanced skills in storytelling. Students create their own artwork while thinking about themselves and their intersectional identities. Culminating projects may be murals, apparel, graphic design and/or products. Suitable: Grades 1-12; staff; parents/caregivers
|Loyalist College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|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: The Imaginative Body||Uncovering the connection between imagination and movement through improvisation and creative process rooted in contemporary dance. Facilitator leads students through exercises and tasks to expand the imagination and enhance students’ creativity and physicality. Contemporary dance is offered not as a style of dance but as an inclusive and expansive approach to movement. Students learn to communicate through their unique movement possibilities, working individually and in small groups to construct short dances which are shared and discussed through a positive critical response method. Creative problem solving, transferrable skills and body confidence are emphasized. Serving: Grades 9-12, Staff|
|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 (any grade).
|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. Serving: Referred students, Grades 1-12|
|Lumenus Community Services||School Focused Direct Access Workers (SFW)||These specialized Lumenus staff work collaboratively with TDSB Professional Support Services to provide an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, in school or in the community for youth with mental health issues. 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. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12|
|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. Serving: Referred students, Kindergarten - Grade 12
|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. Serving: Referred students, Grades 9-12
|Lynne Protain||Mental Wellness & Mindfulness||A BIPOC wellness coach, Lynne Protain, helps staff and students make connections between emotions, the mind and one's body and sharing self-care practices, stress-management and coping techniques. Sessions combine mindfulness meditation, body awareness and gentle movement exercises such as yoga stretches, breath work, body scans and imagery. Sessions include age-appropriate activities and easy-to-use techniques which tap into each person's strengths and resources. Participants develop strategies for a greater sense of calm, clarity and well-being. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Mabinty Sylla||LANYANA: West African Drumming and Dance||An immersive dance and drumming workshop delivered in-person or through video-conferencing, for students of all ages to learn West African culture through the Arts. 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 can be offered in French or English. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|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. Serving: Grades 7-12
|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. Serving: Grades 4-6|
|Magic Live Inc. ||Anti-Bullying Magic Show ||This one-hour professional magic show is an assembly for elementary students which embeds an anti-bullying message and shares ways students can help each other. The presentation is designed to enhance student engagement and positive school climate. Professional magician/illusionist Coby also talks about his personal story of being bullied as a child and how magic helped him overcome bullying. Students will be engaged in discussion and presentation on identifying bullying, verbal, physical, social, and cyber bullying, while providing clear and practical anti-bullying strategies. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Making Art Making Change||Exploring Memory, Identity and Place||MAMC delivers culturally-relevant arts-based workshops dedicated to exploring each students’ authentic voice using mixed media as a means of creative exploration and communication. Through the exploration of the themes of Memory, Identity, and Place, MAMC Artists collaborate with teachers to identify a specific focus for the projects and deliver a workshop series of 4 sessions that develop these ideas. Experimentation with different materials and art media is integral to the creative process. Students are stimulated to explore their own vision and imagination to create and present artwork that may be combined into a collaborative installation. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|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. Serving: Grades 5-12|
|Marc Tardif||Présentations et ateliers de spectacles de magie||Marc Tardif, le magicien, offers presentations and workshops showcasing French culture and language as well as encouragement to keep on learning French. In-person or virtual sessions, en Français, celebrate French culture and language, French traditions, French immersion, geography and history and significant French people. Marc uses magic, illusions, and humour in this interactive Francophone experience for all students in core, extended and French immersion classes. Workshops enable students to develop communication, presentation and French speaking skills. Learning resources are available to support the learning in the classroom. |
|Marianne Derow||The Art of Healthy Singing||Professional voice artist mentor provides information about the music industry and imparts professional singing skills to students. In-person or virtual 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. Serving: Grades 9-12|
|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 his continued work as an Adventure Explorer, achieving his dream. Students hear advice on how to overcome challenges and fears to discover their own passion. The presentation highlights Mario's journey, interactions with various African ethnic groups, and the bio-diversity of the various environments in his trek. Serving: Kindergarten - Grades 12 |
|Mary Sanders||Next Step to Reinvention||In this motivational presentation, Mary Sanders shares her personal journey of reinvention to inspire students to follow their dreams and define their own success. From Olympian to Cirque du Soleil artist to entertainment executive, Mary uses the end of one profession to launch into another using the Three "R's": Reason, Reinvent and Right. Presentation offers tips and positive messages and inspires students, especially girls, to embrace change and soar. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12.
|MASC||Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities (MASC) Online Program||Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities, also known as MASC, represents a group of 40+ professional artists/artist groups from diverse backgrounds who deliver arts workshops, performances, and residencies for K-12 students virtually in both English and French. Disciplines include: dance, drama, literary arts, media arts, music, visual arts. Programming enhances students' creative process, deepen cultural awareness and give vivid demonstration of Canada's diversity. Performances are accompanied by a live Q&A with professional artists that bring high-quality performances and engaging interaction into classrooms. MASC's roster of artists for the current year can be viewed at www.masconline.ca. |
|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
Serving: Referred students, Grades 9-12|
|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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-3
|METRAC||Respect in Action Youth Violence Prevention (ReAct)||ReAct is a peer-education program in existence since 2001, for youth ages 13 -25, to build leadership skills and knowledge of healthy, equal, non-violent relationships. Program activities are informed by Popular Education, Facilitated Inquiry techniques; Human Rights Education, Cooperative Learning; and Feminist, Environmental studies. Facilitators work with students, to increase understanding of violence, while creating safe spaces for sharing experiences and inspiring peers to take action in addressing violence in their lives and communities. ReAct workshops and presentations cover topics related to: Healthy Equal Relationships, Anti-Black Racism, Cyber Violence, Consent, Intersectionality and Identity, Gender and Self-esteem. After-School programs on Healthy Relationships are offered for 1 to 2 years. All workshops, presentations and programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each school/class. Serving: Grades 6-12, Staff|
|Metrolinx||Transit in Your Community||Presentations on the Metrolinx Transit Projects provide an opportunity for students in school communities to understand these significant infrastructure construction initiatives in their communities. Presentations deepen students understanding of city planning through interaction with various transportation professionals, students gain an understanding of the many careers in transportation, planning and public transit through this unique partnership. Workshops are tailored to particular projects in the schools’ neighbourhoods and summer schools. Guest speakers, videos, presentations and group activities are adjusted & based on the grade/s engaged in these interactive sessions. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|Michael Bourada, Encore Entertainment||Disappearing Daily: The Virtual Anti-Bullying Magic Show||Michael weaves magic into a show dealing with bullying and strategies we can use to make it ‘disappear’. Topics in this presentation include how to identify a bully, recognizing different types of bullying, the emotional damage we can cause someone by bullying, and what we can all do to prevent it. This anti-bullying presentation reinforces W.I.T.S. strategies and how we can Walkaway, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help. Michael helps students know how and when to use their W.I.T.S. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Miinikaan Innovation and Design||Indigenous Teaching Gardens||Miinikaan means "the seed" in Ojibwe. Led by Indigenous facilitators, this program allows schools to create customized garden spaces that share First Nations/Indigenous culture, local ecology, healthy food, herbs and biodiversity. Designs include perennial and annual native food plants for people and pollinators, herbs and flowers that are healing for communities and the urban ecosystem. Students increase their knowledge and understanding about Indigenous ecological knowledge and practices, plant species and their Indigenous names as well as Indigenous history, culture, perspectives, contributions and ways of knowing. Finally, students learn to be good stewards of the land through the different experiential activities that include preparation, planting and transplanting of native seeds and taking care of the plants. Suitability: Select Schools (all grades)|
|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 trauma-sensitive, SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) informed and EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) aware. They are customized to enhance positive mental and physical well-being, cultivate compassionate action and resilience, and provide stress reduction training and life skills for all grades, staff, and parents in school communities. Workshops are specialized to audience. Programs include: The Mindful Edge (Stress Management and Life Strategies for Teens), SMARTeducation (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) for Educators, SHSM certificate for Health and Wellness; and, Mindful Parenting. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|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. Serving: Grades 3-5|
|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.|
|Money School Canada||Moneyi$t in the School Financial Literacy Educational Programs ||Interactive financial literacy programming, delivered in-person or virtually, introduces participants to a comprehensive array of essential money concepts including saving, smart spending, budgeting, borrowing and credit. Professional financial literacy instructors use a diverse array of experiential learning techniques such as skits, role-play, hands-on activities and simulations to engage students and make learning about money fun and memorable. Age appropriate, plain language, relevant examples are drawn from student life experiences and shared to engage, inform and build student knowledge, skill and confidence with money and its management. Workshops meet math and financial literacy curriculum requirements. Parent sessions are entitled "Money Mentor$". Professional learning sessions are also available. Serving: Grades 4 - 12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers. |
|More Than Words Books Inc.||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. |
|Mosa 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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|Music For Every Child||Special Needs Music Therapy Program||In-person music therapy sessions help students in DD/ISP classes to build their communication, listening and social skills through music-making at select schools. Guided by a certified music therapist, students have an opportunity to experiment with percussion instruments, participate in group drum circles and call and response exercises, pass rhythms to peers and participate in drum solos. Each activity is conducted by the facilitator to build a sense of success and achievement from the previous week and encourage students to freely express themselves through music. Sessions also enhance connections with peers and builds on teamwork.|
|N.C. Stouros & Company Limited||Indigenous Awareness Through Lacrosse||This program introduces students to lacrosse, called Teiontsikwaeks by the Haudenosaunee and baaga’adowewin by the Anishinaabe. The game became popular with the settlers, who renamed it lacrosse. Lacrosse is one of the oldest sports played on Turtle Island. By learning from Haudenosaunee lacrosse players and their teammates, participants will learn about the game’s history and its importance to Indigenous People. As a game, lacrosse encompasses all facets needed for healthy living - spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. A full day session includes demonstrations of scooping, cradling, passing & catching. After each skill demonstration, students are provided with their own lacrosse stick and an opportunity to practise the skills they learned. If there is time, a safe, no-contact competitive game is played. Professional learning is available to staff. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1-12; Staff|
|Naomi Chorney||Art-To-Go||Art-To-Go features fun and dynamic, curriculum-based workshops in Visual Arts, Ceramics and Dance in English or French by a bilingual, multi-disciplinary artist and community arts facilitator. Visual arts workshops feature printmaking, relief printmaking, relief painting and paper making. Students are guided and coached through a design project, technique and process to create an individual art piece. Ceramic workshops feature air-dry clay projects from decorative animals, character faces and gargoyles to mask-making and birchbark canoes. Air-dry clay projects include slab, coil and pinchpot-making techniques as well as a brief history of clay use. Dance workshops include Hip Hop, Dance Fusion and Creative Movement and Storytelling. Students engage with choreography and principles of dance while learning a routine for a group performance. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8
|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. 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.|
|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. Serving: Grades 7-12|