|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. |
|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.|
|Let's Talk Science||Let's Talk Science Outreach Program||Post-secondary volunteers and staff lead free hands-on programming that enhances the curriculum and help students develop their scientific inquiry, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students see direct application of STEM concepts to real-life environments. Volunteers also act as role models to provide information on post-secondary education and future careers in STEM. Some examples of workshops include Feast for the Senses, Rube Goldberg Machines, DNA Biotechnology, Super Science Challenges, and Crime Lab and workshops are customizable. Schools may contact the outreach program that is closest to them at outreach.letstalkscience.ca.
|Licensed To Learn Inc. (L2L)||L2L Peer to Peer Tutor Training and Certification||Selected elementary and secondary students are trained to help their peers improve their grades through fifteen weekly one-on-one peer tutoring. Student 'peer leaders' are granted certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, 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.|
|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.|
|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 Rascals Place||Clay/Pottery Workshop||This arts workshop offers students the opportunity to learn and create clay and pottery pieces. This program is especially suited to early years and elementary students to learn about clay and various hand-building techniques to create pinch pots, coil mugs, clay plaques and individual clay pieces. Pieces will be kiln fired and dropped off within three weeks. |
|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.|
|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.
|Living Rhythm||Drumming to Well Being||This interactive rhythm-based workshop explores drumming to increase mental health and well being for students and teachers. Students learn mindfulness strategies and techniques through pulse, breath and visualization, enhanced communication skills including active listening and cooperation with peers, and community building and leadership skills. Using drums and their own bodies and other sounds, this workshop engages different learners. Students and teachers will learn tools and ideas on ways to reduce stress and build connection with their peers to build a safe and positive community. Workshops offered: The Beat of Now: Drumming & Rhythm for Mental Health & Well Being, Community Beats: Building Community Spirit Through Drumming & Rhythm; Together in Rhythm: Team Building and Leadership. Professional learning opportunities are available to teachers.
|Liz Pearson||Food, Body Image and Mental Health||Students learn strategies that promote a healthier body image and relationship with food. Presentations for students, staff and parents focus on the effects of food on one’s mental and physical health and well-being. Sessions provide practical tips for making beneficial food choices, what foods protect health, how to read food labels and ingredient lists, as well as a format for discussion on how the media (including social media), family, and friends can affect our body image.
|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.|
|Loyalist College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placement||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|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.|
|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||The Mad Science Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science by leading interactive, in-class workshops and clubs. These workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology and the environment and to make connections between science and the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary students.|
|MADD Canada||Impaired Driving School Assembly||Two presentations 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. For those seeking more information on cannabis and driving a second presentation in a classroom-style format is available called, “Weed Out The Risk”. Following each presentation, trained facilitators and/or MADD representatives will lead a Q&A with students. Presentations may also be delivered in French.
|MADD Canada||SmartWheels||Students learn about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving in a mobile and accessible 36-seat RV classroom. Presentation features videos about the effects of alcohol and substance use such as cannabis. Students put on virtual reality googles to see how it looks and feels to drive while impaired, respond to multiple-choice questions and participate in decision-making scenarios about impaired driving. Presentation will not only increase awareness about the consequences of impaired driving but also influence responsible decision-making and teach safety strategies. Program may be delivered in French.|
|Magician Toronto Inc.||Anti Bullying and Confidence Building Magic Show School Assembly ||The “Bully Me No More” Magic and Illusion Show is an hour long professional magic show, embedded with a Clear Anti-Bullying message. Through Professional Magic and “ Vegas Style” Illusions, students will be engaged in discussion and presentation on : • Identifying Bullying • Coping Strategies • Effective ways to Combat Bullying • Cyberbullying. Professional Magician/Illusionist Coby also talks about his personal story of being bullied as a child and how magic helped him overcome the bullying. There are 2 versions of the show: The first one is targeted to Grades K-4, which focuses on Physical and Verbal Bullying, and the 2nd version has more of a focus on Cyberbullying and confidence building. Materials are also provided to teachers for follow-up discussions in the class.|
|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.|
|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. |
|Mary Living Outside||Discovering Life in the Soil||Workshops for grade 3-8 students explore the world of soils and the invisible soil ecosystem that supports all life. The workshops educate students on soil ecology and management, and deepen their understanding that this microscopic world is the foundation to long term soil fertility and resilience. Students take part in experiments to identify soil organisms and soil organic materials, test and amend soil.|
|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|
|Me to We Social Enterprises Inc.||ME to WE Student Leadership Development ||Me to We Leadership sessions are fee for service student leadership development programming through which 30 selected students in interested schools are provided with a full day or more of activities specifically designed to nurture their leadership skills and assist them in reviewing current and potential leadership opportunities in their school and beyond. Professional learning sessions for staff designates from these schools are also offered. They are designed to focus on co-creating student leadership opportunities, with participants strategizing together on specific student ‘service-learning’ initiatives that can be implemented immediately following these sessions. All student and professional learning programming includes curriculum and resource materials.|
|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.
|Method to Mindful||Mindfulness and Meditation in School||In these engaging workshops, students will learn how to develop mindfulness as a life skill. They will learn to manage their emotions, increase their attention span, make more effective decisions, and recover from disappointments.Yoga, meditation and mindfulness are skills that can help overcome stress. |
|METRAC||Respect in Action: ReAct||METRAC’s Respect in Action (ReAct) is peer-to-peer youth led violence prevention program. Using popular education techniques, ReAct’s Youth Peer Facilitators work with students to increase their understanding of violence, to create safe spaces for youth to talk about their experiences, and to inspire young people to take action to address violence in their lives and communities. ReAct offers a variety of workshops and presentations with a focus on preventing gender-based violence.
|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. |
|Mixed Company Theatre||Workshops 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, and 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. All learning resources utilized are available online atwww.mixedcompanytheatre.com/education/teacher-resources.
|ModernDay Yoga||Mind, Body, Soul||Students learn powerful and accessible tools to help them deal with anxiety, stressors and mental health struggles through the practice of yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Students will be able to create self-regulation (mind), self-awareness (body), and self-love (soul) and build connections between all three. Workshop will focus on the power of their breath, guided meditation and practising yoga poses and movements in this fun, accessible and physical yoga practice to improve mental health. |
|Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Tech||Educational Support Program Field Placements||Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students in the Educational Support Program who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms; to develop the practical knowledge and skills; to work with and support students with special education needs in their learning environments; to provide (supervised) support to students with diverse and special education needs in school settings. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.|
|Money School Canada||Moneyi$t in the School Financial Literacy Educational Programs ||Interactive financial literacy programming that introduces students to essential money concepts including saving, smart spending, budgeting, borrowing and credit. Offered in both a classroom and assembly formats. Professional financial literacy instructors make learning fun and memorable by using a diverse array of experiential learning techniques such as skits, role-play, hands-on activities and simulations. 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 curriculum requirements, use a variety of instructional methods, and are tailored by grade (for grades 4 through 12).|
|Moving EDGEucation Inc.||Bachelors, Masters, Ph.Ds in EDGEucation!||Health and Well-Being, Movement based Learning, Numeracy, Literacy, Physical Activity, Dance, Healthy School Climate - Options available for Students, Teachers and Parents.
- Bachelor of EDGEucation - Interactive movement sessions for up to 100 students at a time. 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.
- Master of EDGEucation - Interactive movement sessions for up 100 students with a “numeracy” or “literacy” focus, plus a Professional Learning Session for staff to build the capacity of teachers to integrate movement into Numeracy or Literacy.
- Ph.D in EDGEucation - Interactive movement sessions with multi subject focus (both numeracy, literacy and more), an extended Professional Learning Session to integrate movement into multiple subjects throughout the day
School-community/parent-family engagement: Session for parents builds community and provides 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. |
|Nara Women's University SS, Japan||School to School Reciprocal Exchange||School to School reciprocal exchanges deepen students and staff international understanding of culture, language and education systems. Learning resources are also shared between educators from both schools.
|Natalia Riajskikh (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.|
|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/|
|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.|
|New Heights Climbing Academy Inc.||Aim High Archery||In this full day program, sessions are offered within Physical Education classes to introduce students to the sport of archery. Facilitators teach safety rules, fundamental archery form, bow & string grip, alignment, aiming and anchor point, release and follow through as well as rules and scoring. Using a variety of games and activities, students have the opportunity to practise and develop their technique by hitting various 2D and 3D targets. Resources are available to teachers prior to program delivery.|
|New Heights Climbing Academy Inc.||Wall and Rope Climbing||These sessions are offered within Phys Ed classes to introduce students to rock and rope climbing, using a portable rock-climbing wall and rope structure. Facilitators teach safety, harness use, top ropes, drop swing, prusik knots and ropes, with carefully monitored hands-on practise on the climbing wall and rope structure. Students transition towards more independent, competent skill sets each session for four sessions over a four day period, with the focus remaining on each student reaching their personal best on the climbing and rope equipment. Resources are available to teachers prior to program delivery, as teacher presence and active participation is a requirement.|
|New Heights Consulting||Professional Learning in Agile Leadership||This energetic and interactive professional learning session covers strategies, tools, examples and inspiration for empowering people, building trust, promoting emotional intelligence and mental health, encouraging agile thinking, communicating effectively, resolving conflicts and improving leadership capacity. Alan Mallory uses his experience of climbing Mount Everest with his family to illustrate how you can build a purpose-driven team to achieve success. Full of group discussions and hands-on activities, it is a highly engaging session for helping staff teams reach new heights in education. |
|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. |
|Nexim International Development Org||Suubi (Hope) Music Dance and Cultural Exchange Performances ||This performing arts presentation from Uganda tours the world annually, and visits Toronto for a limited period of time each year. The Suubi (Hope) fusion dance troupe's performance is followed by a presentation on the history of Ugandan culture and various traditions of its many tribes. The performance fee contributes to the troupe's work in Uganda to increase access to a high school education for Ugandan students of limited means in a country with no public education system.
|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.
|Niko Sofianos||FIT HOP||Students' Physical Literacy is enhanced with these workshops that fuse music, spoken word poetry and movement to provide an interactive dance-based fitness program. Students are engaged in individual and group exercises that teach kinesthetic awareness (personal space), mindfulness through breathing and proper postural alignment in exercise. Program uses rhythm and rhyme, song and spoken word poetry to aid students in remembering the dance sequence. At the end of the workshop, students will have an opportunity to showcase their learning in a dance circle. Professional learning workshops are available. FIT HOP is an acronym for functional integrative training and health optimization program.|
|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||The Transitional Aged Youth Substance Abuse Program offers specialized outpatient support services to youth and young adults who are concerned about the impact of substance use (and/or concurrent disorders) in their lives. Assessment, support and/or referral to appropriate services are available to young people and their families. Students are referred to this program because of suspected or known substance use and are encouraged to focus on how they can effectively deal with problems and issues that arise in their lives in a safe manner. Program activities include helping the school identify high-risk students; group activities based on the school’s identified needs; training for school staff, education and support for parents; and referrals to appropriate community services, if necessary, as well as other substance abuse services. Group programming focuses on building specific skills that enhance students' self-esteem and address a variety of problems (e.g. anger, anxiety, communication, family 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.
|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 Mic Educators||One Mic Educators||Multicultural artists provide enhanced creative arts workshops in spoken word, hip hop, theatre and visual arts. They engage students through a variety of arts disciplines to identify and develop their own place in society. Students build the skills and confidence to create and perform their own work. The workshop series culminates with a creation and performance in spoken word, visual and media arts. Workshops may be provided in Spanish and offered to students and teachers.|
|One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization||SWOLE Program||SWOLE stands for self-respect, work hard, overcome adversity, lead by example and excellence. Students learn these 5 principles of leadership to make positive changes in their lives. Interactive sessions enhance students’ skills in leadership, anti-bullying, peer mediation, and community building. Students also learn practical strategies on identifying and developing clear action plans to achieve their goals. Through a variety of activities that include self-reflection exercises, discussions, physical activities and mentor storytelling, students enhance leadership and life skills. Additional workshops may be scheduled to further enhance the learning.|
|Ontario Ball Hockey Federation||Ball Hockey Professional Learning and Skills Development||This physical education program provides ball hockey training, tournament participation, and curriculum resources to students and teachers. Workshops are led by experienced ball hockey players to introduce the sport by teaching rule structure, player safety and skill development rather than competition. Activities include drills, games and fitness movement. This workshop is ideal for those schools who have minimal exposure to hockey/ball hockey. Professional learning is available to staff to deepen their understanding of the sport.|
|Ontario Basketball Association||Mega Hoops||Certified and experienced coaches provide mentorship and enhanced basketball and team-building skills development. Programming includes fun skills, drills and games that develop the student physically, socially and emotionally. Progression of drills and games are used to teach fundamental movement skills and team play. Age and stage appropriate instruction is in line with Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and Sport for Life (S4L) principles. |
|Ontario Science Centre||Ontario Science School||The Ontario Science Centre Science School (OSCSS) provides students from throughout Ontario with an opportunity to gain University Preparation science and mathematics credits during an enriched semester at the Ontario Science Centre (OSC).|
|Ontario Tennis Association||Progressive Schools Tennis||Progressive Schools Tennis provides professional learning sessions, and in-class workshops that introduce students and staff to “Progressive Floor Tennis”, using a small mobile net, sponge balls and graduated length junior racquets with follow up visits by tennis coaches.|
|Operation Springboard||Positive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)||PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. |
|Orfe||Eco-Art Program||Workshops and mural projects deliver eco-art education through the learning of experiential, experimental, and hands-on techniques. Students learn the process of recycling materials to be repurposed and used to complete theme-based art projects. Tasked to create both 2D and 3D works of art, students will further enhance their resourcefulness, perseverance, and critical thinking skills, and also learn and improve their understanding of concepts like social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, as well as environmental awareness through their engagement in a creative approach to social change.Creating eco-friendly projects in the classroom by using recycled materials|
|Outward Bound Canada||Outdoor Mentorship Training||Peer-to-peer leadership opportunities are provided through mentorship training in outdoor urban experiences.Workshops integrate the themes of outdoor and experiential adventure education; eco-psychology and mindfulness; and, leadership and group dynamics. Students build the leadership skills of facilitating meaningful outdoor education activities; communicating effectively; and, conflict mediation, management and resolution techniques. Workshop culminates with students, supported by Outward Bound Canada staff, implementing an activity for their peers.|
|OWLware Ltd.||Accessibility Now||This experiential learning in film production brings the studio experience into the classroom where students are mentored by industry experts to produce a television segment for the program, “Accessibility Now”. Students discuss accessibility issues that are relevant to them, identify disability awareness topics to highlight and, using professional studio equipment, create a short video from pre-production to completion. Students learn various digital disciplines consisting of studio production, hosting, digital editing, podcast development, producing a show and promotion via social media channels. In addition, students learn accessibility issues and compliance solutions. Professional host speaks to the group about daily living with a disability barrier through life experiences, career planning and industry experience.
SHSM certification is available.|
|PACT||PACT Grow to Learn School Gardens and Workshops||Grow to Learn (GTL) School Gardens and Workshops are designed by PACT Urban Peace Program, to teach school communities about food, gardening, urban agriculture and STEM related topics. They create safe, experiential and positive learning environments to raise awareness of healthy eating, nutrition, food security, environmental sustainability, and the issue of hunger in local communities. Over twenty workshops are available for all grades with topics and activities updated annually. To review the menu of workshop options, see http://pactprogram.ca
|Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention||Brain Wave Presentations for Injury Prevention||The program provides half-day neuroscience presentations for grades 3-6 students to teach them about the brain and the importance of wearing helmets to prevent injuries. Students learn about different parts of the brain, basic neuroscience vocabulary, and how and why it's important to protect their brain and spinal cord. Classrooms are turned into laboratories, where students conduct science experiments involving the five senses that tie into lessons on neuroanatomy and the fragility of this amazing system. Students study the lobes of the brain and learn that the brain has the same consistency as gelatin and is protected by a skull that is only as thick as a pencil.
By bringing this program into the classroom, students and teachers increase their understanding of the brain and spinal cord, and learn simple strategies to prevent injury.
Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention also organizes and launches the National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) each year at a TDSB school. NTDSW is an annual public awareness campaign in mid-November aimed at educating young drivers about road safety and helps young drivers reduce distracted and impaired driving.|
|Parks and Recreation Ontario||HIGH FIVE||Workshops impart principles of healthy child development to students, teachers and parents. This workshop is designed specifically for front line leaders working with children ages 6-12. Facilitators cover key topics including: children's mental health, physical literacy, conflict resolution and bullying prevention. Participants learn how to incorporate physical literacy best practices into the classroom, program planning, communication, teamwork and problem solving skills. The HIGH FIVE® program is a recognized national quality standard in children's programs.
SHSM certification (for 2 certificates) is available.
|Patrick DeCoste||Metis Mapping, Visual Art Workshop||Métis Mapping is a cross-curricular activity infusing visual arts with Indigenous perspectives, social studies, geography, and history, while building cross-cultural community awareness with reflection on individual identity. Using paint on canvas and other mediums, students will engage the questions: Where have you been? Where are you now? Where are you going?|
|Peace by PEACE||Building Skills in Conflict Resolution||Students will learn to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts in positive ways in their lives, schools and communities. Using games, activities, and critical discussions, the program engages students and provides them with practical conflict resolution techniques. Students enhance their effective communication, negotiation and critical thinking skills. Topics include: skills for exploring and resolving conflict; effective communication; appreciating diversity; inner power/self-esteem; dealing with bullying and cyberbullying; thinking critically about the media; community building. Program is offered in French and bilingual classes.
|Peach Berserk||Fabric Design and Silkscreen||This hands-on arts workshop introduces students to fabric design and screen printing by up-cycling students’ own clothes. Facilitators teach ways to design a print, fabric design process and the basics of photo emulsion screen printing as well as information on the design and fashion industry. Students create their own designs on paper, transfer their design onto a piece of pre-owned garment to create a small silkscreen product at the end of the workshop. Facilitator assists schools to setup a simple screen print studio for students to continue the learning. |
|Philip Cote||Indigenous Artist in Education||Through active participation and experiential learning in mural painting, craft making, multimedia and oral traditions of storytelling, students acquire knowledge of Indigenous history, cultural teachings and self-identity. As an Indigenous artist, the purpose of Philip Cote’s research is to unearth, and reveal, his cultural experience and knowledge of signs of Indigenous symbols, language and interpretation. |
|Picasso's Garage||Creating Art as a Tool for Mental Health ||Giving images and words to feelings plays a role in the understanding and incorporating those feelings into our lives. These art therapy sessions with an Art Therapist help children relieve stress, increase emotional literacy and awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Children are naturally creative, and it is usually easier for them to draw a picture rather than answering questions directly. They may be reluctant or even hostile about discussing certain topics. Creating artwork is a non-threatening venue that allows the child to tackle tough issues creatively. Art directives in this program are designed to assist children in labeling feelings, to improve their resiliency and their functioning in life and in the classroom. Professional learning sessions are also available. |
|Plan International Canada||Gender Equality Workshops ||Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. Speakers Bureau members actively promote gender equality through speaking engagements hosted in their communities. To learn more, visit: plancanada.ca/speakers-bureau
|Planned Parenthood Toronto||Sexual Health, Healthy Relationships, and Anti-homophobia Programming||Workshops and resource materials promote sexual health and healthy relationships, and support students in understanding and reducing homophobia. The goal is to provide youth with the information and skills they need to make informed choices for themselves. Facilitators deliver workshops on topics including: Building Healthier Relationships, Healthy Sexuality, Birth Control Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Readiness, and Safer Sex Negotiation. The Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH) program delivers peer-led anti-homophobia workshops that encourage youth to think critically about homophobia and heterosexism in their communities and the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer youth.|
|Progressive Tennis League||Enrichment Tennis Programming||The program provides in-class workshops to students using modified equipment to make learning tennis fun and easy. A team based approach is used to introduce the ten steps towards rallying and the five fundamentals of tennis for JK/SK. Students in grades 1-8 explore tennis fundamentals, reception/projection and movement skills in a dynamic team based environment.|
|Project ASSIST||The Healing Tree Art Project||This workshop aims to promote the health and well-being of newcomers. Students are guided to communicate their feelings and experiences and particular challenges they may experience as a newcomer through drawing. Students will listen to the stories from their peers and find some common ground and understanding. The exercise will finish by asking students to reflect on their aspirations and goals to feel confident in a bright future. This workshop is guided by an english/arabic-speaking facilitator.
Professional learning is available to staff on the topic of bridging cultural understanding, learning about newcomer viewpoint and strategies for working with the newcomer population.
|Project Give Back||Project Give Back ||Project Give Back aims to develop empathy, build acceptance and ignite community minded students. Students select a social issue that is of importance to them and learn how to engage others to become interested in the cause. Over a series of sessions, students research a charity, role play calling the charity, prepare a written and oral report of their findings, and organize a “fun-raiser” (mock fundraiser). Technology is utilized in presentations prepared by students as a medium for enhancing organizational, research, and communication skills. Project Give Back invites guests into the classroom to speak about work in which they are involved to make social change.|
|Project Kids & Cameras||Cameras In The Classroom||An innovative program that teaches photography as a catalyst for self-expression, critical thinking, and creative and visual literacy. Students learn the concepts of composition, perspective, timing, and elements of design to successfully tell their narrative through photography. Students have an opportunity to work hands-on with camera and through creative photography assignments. Once assignments are completed, students discuss the photos to develop their observation, discussion and reflection skills. Workshop series are available for those schools that wish to create and curate a photo exhibit. Professional learning for staff is also available.|
|Project: Humanity Inc.||PH Verbatim Theatre||Workshops use Verbatim Theatre to help students explore their own voices, insights and stories. Verbatim Theatre-making techniques use improvisation, interviews, debates, and role-playing to generate material to be sculpted into a play. Professional theatre artist facilitators engage students in questions of social justice including examining privilege, colonialism, and systemic marginalization. Facilitators also introduce performance techniques that help students honour and animate perspectives of others through exploration of voice, physicality, movement, rhythm, character emotion and spatial storytelling. At the end of this workshop, students gain meaningful insights about ethical storytelling and realize their own ‘real-life’ narratives.|
|Prologue to the Performing Arts||Prologue Programming||Prologue represents and promotes a select group of professional artists and companies to provide live performing arts workshops and performances in music, dance, theatre, puppetry, opera and storytelling. Programming may be offered in French, and professional learning sessions are available for staff. Prologue performances are intended to function as learning tools to complement school curriculum. Students explore creative expression and cross-cultural connections which are meaningful in their lives through different arts disciplines. Teachers will also receive study guides and resource materials accompanying each performance. Prologue's roster of artists for the current year can be viewed at http://www.prologue.org.|
|Puppeteria||The Know Me Project||This hands-on and interactive workshop addresses the value of diversity in society, the importance of tolerance, and the power of sharing and listening to one’s voice/story. A combination of sock puppets and shadow puppetry are used to deliver and reinforce key messages. Students make and use their own sock puppet and develop a sense of “who I am and who we are”. |
|Puppetmongers Theatre||Puppet Theatre||These performances and workshops bring puppet theatre to students as a medium to communicate stories, ideas and experiences. Professional artists introduce a diversity of puppetry traditions around the world, demonstrate puppet making techniques and/or perform stories that explore a variety of themes using different puppets and visual effects. Workshops enable students to construct their own puppet and work in small groups to plan and perform plays using their hand-made puppets for each other. Students explore this art from to broaden their perceptions of themselves and their world in a way that is non-threatening and inclusive. |
|Purple Carrots Drama Studio||Purple Play Space||Workshop uses drama as a tool to promote social and self-awareness skills to all students including those who are neurodiverse. There are two workshop streams: Green and Orange. The Green stream is more suitable for students with lower levels of comprehension, verbal expression and group problem solving skills. The Orange stream is for students who are able to participate in more complex improvisation and discussion of group problem-solving scenarios. All workshops centre around understanding personal feelings and increasing empathy towards others. Through experiential learning such as guided free play, movement, art, acting and relaxation exercises, students improve their confidence, team work, conflict resolution skills and ability to make and keep friends. Facilitators help students talk about feelings, friendships and engage in group problem-solving scenarios.
|Quantum Sports And Learning Association||Ballmatics||An academic enrichment program that develops students’ self-efficacy and self-confidence in math through basketball. Program developed and facilitated by certified instructors and athletic specialists who created a unique program that mixes math with sports. Each session provides warm-up, math lesson/drill, basketball skill development and math activity to reinforce the math lesson. Weekly lessons progress for students to develop their proficiency in math exercises and physical development.|
|Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers||Taiko Drumming Performances and Workshops||In this Taiko drumming performance presented by a performing arts ensemble made up of East and Southeast Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer people, audiences will experience both traditional and contemporary Taiko drumming pieces, learn the historical and creative contexts behind them, and enhance their understanding of Japanese culture and Asian history. Through each undeniably strong, yet nimble percussive sound that is generated from the orchestra of drums played in rhythm, students will witness both the strength of force that sound is capable of, and likewise find that same potential within themselves to be heard. Taiko drumming workshops that further enhance student learning are also available.|
|Rainbow Songs Inc.||Play and Make Music!||These play-based music workshops for early years students support music development and social skills. Using music as a tool, workshops encourage students to enhance their social development through singing, playing and moving with others. Students learn musical concepts and a repertoire of songs and have an opportunity to express themselves through movement and kinesthetic exploration. Students develop their inquiry through learning about everyday life habits and activities, exploring world music instruments and discovering their own voice and sound. |
|Raven Nature Education Specialists||Nature Discovery: Mammals, Birds and Bees||This interactive presentation introduces students to mammals, birds and bees, wasps and hornets. Displays, props, pictures and hands-on activities are used to enhance the learning. Each presentation teaches students how to recognize animals' physical features and characteristics, how they communicate. Students will also learn the animals' role in the eco-system an how to care for animals in our environment. At the end of the presentation, students have an opportunity to ask questions and further interact with the props. |
|Rayon Gillespie||Financial Literacy en francais||Enabling students to be responsible money managers in French and English, these interactive presentations cover topics that include: "Budgeting 101" "Spend less, Save more" "Do you need to borrow?" and "Set yourself up for success." Financial literacy skills are interspersed with personal life story and practical experience. |
|Reach Toronto Autism Services for Youth ||Financial Literacy Training for Special Needs||This financial literacy workshop is specifically for MID classes for students to develop transitional life skills. Many interactive tools are used in this activity-based learning environment including videos, discussions, scenarios and hands-on worksheets. This workshop helps students to gain the necessary tools and skills to deal with money matters in life. With the help of the facilitator, students develop a financial plan of action at the end of the workshop series. Topics include money basics, banking and accounts; savings, bill payment and debt; budget basics; and budget review and pitfalls to avoid. |
|Read2Rap||Read2Rap Literacy Program||The program offers instruction and media-rich opportunities to students so they may fully understand the history and origins of Hip Hop culture as and to recognize its capacity as an effective tool for personal and social change. Rap music and Hip Hop culture are used as the vehicle to bring youth closer to the leader within. Students are engaged in research, creative writing, speech arts, teamwork and thought provoking discussion. Topics of discussion may include bullying; violence; conflict-resolution; image; self-confidence; and other personal or community issues. Using group discussions, class participating and presentations students are engaged in writing exercises, performances and creating their culminating presentations. The program also includes the Speak Your Mind weekly training that capture youth-led discussions in podcasts. Learning is stimulated through creative means and open communication. Youth research, develop and lead their own informative podcasts. Students work in teams to create their podcasts.|
|Real Talk Learning Experiences||Black History - A Canadian Perspective||This program focuses on the experiences of African people in Canada to share the rarely discussed history of the African diaspora in Canada. The presentation covers a number of interesting topics, including t he success of African interpreters working with early Europeans in first contact with First Nations people, interactions of Black Canadians and Native Canadians in community building, the escape of African people from the southern United States, to their settlement in Nova Scotia, and their experiences in Canada.|
|Real Talk Learning Experiences||Content is King||Having a sound understanding of how social media works, both on the front-end and the back-end, allows young people and parents/guardians to employ best practices and make good decisions about utilizing the medium.¿The Digital Age has affected the way many industries do business. The marketing industry has changed from outbound methods that cast a broad net to an undefined target audience, to inbound tactics to attract a desired customer to products and services. Content marketing by way of videos, written content and podcasts, in conjunction with social media marketing and search engine marketing has become a standard in contemporary marketing. Topics in these student and parent workshops include - Content is King, Media Literacy & Technology, Let's Take a Selfie: Social Media and You|
|Rebecca Baird||Traditional Indigenous Art Practices||Workshops provide a hands-on experience that result in a tangible, memorable takeaway using a variety of Indigenous materials and art forms. Sample works include individual artwork using porcupine quills on birch bark, two-row wampum bracelets created using traditional Indigenous materials, beaded rosettes, individual cloth banners containing Indigenous teachings, or creation of a lasting on-site mural depicting Indigenous visual storytelling. Facilitator, Rebecca Baird, engages students in meaningful dialogue, citing the visual and material symbolism involved, including traditional Indigenous environmental teachings and relationships of cross-generational connections between the individual and community. Such teachings create a rewarding learning experience of Indigenous cultural values that reaches out and impacts meaningfully upon the community at large.