Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming during instructional time, in-person or remotely. To find programming of interest to you, search by keyword or sort the list order by clicking on any column title. 

(Please note: after-school programs operate through Permits. Other pathways for agencies to engage with TDSB can be found through our Partnership Opportunities webpage.

Ontario Tennis AssociationProgressive Schools TennisProgressive 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. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Operation SpringboardPositive 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. For referred students, there is access to community programs and services as needed to support those youth who are experiencing complex challenges. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12
OrfeEco-Art ProgramWorkshops 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 problem-solving, experimenting, 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. Suitable: All students
Oshoiseh Indigenous African Educational and Cultural Consulting ServicesAn African Indigenous Education on Pre-Colonial AfricaThrough the lens of African Indigenous ways of learning, this program equips students with the knowledge and skills to understand the origins and reasons of anti-Black racism and racism as documented by African Indigenous Peoples over 2000 years ago. It will inform learners of the perspectives of their African Indigenous Ancestors about their Black racial identity and history outside what is found in Western academia. Using an inquiry-based approach, students will engage with material based on their topic of interest regarding precolonial Africa and its implications for the global world and our lives today. Program entails 9 sessions and may be customized according to school need. Suitable: secondary students enrolled in IDC4U Deconstructing Anti-Black Racism; staff.
Outdoor Learning StrategiesProfessional Learning in Outdoor LearningProfessional learning sessions provide supports to the school community to build sustainable outdoor learning programs and practices. Topics include introduction to outdoor learning (benefits, pedagogy), benefits of outdoor learning and unstructured play, learning risky play, and supervising and supporting outdoor learning and play. Linda Naccarato helps staff to meet the school need and develop strategies and action plan to improve outdoor learning with the entire school community. Program is suitable for those schools with existing outdoor learning programs and those that are thinking of getting started with or without green spaces. Suitable: elementary staff; parents/caregivers
Outward Bound CanadaOutdoor Mentorship TrainingThis program develops group dynamics, resiliency and leadership skills through outdoor urban experiences. Workshops integrate the themes of outdoor and experiential adventure education with leadership development. Through challenging activities, students lean out of their comfort zone to enhance their skills in leadership, communication, conflict resolution, mediation, and goal-setting. Workshop culminates with students, supported by Outward Bound Canada staff, implementing an activity for their peers. Suitable: Grades 6-12
OWLware Ltd.Accessibility NowThis experiential learning program provides opportunities for students with or without special needs focused on school to work initiatives in creative industries, social media, podcasting and film production. The studio experience is brought into the classroom (virtually or in-person) where students are mentored by industry experts to produce a podcast and or YouTube segment for the program, “Accessibility Now” and podcast “Disability Den”. Students discuss accessibility issues and compliance solutions that are relevant to them, identify disability awareness topics to highlight and, using professional studio equipment/virtual industry software create a short video or podcast from pre-production to completion including marketing materials. Students with developmental disabilities learn various digital disciplines consisting of studio production, hosting, digital editing, podcast development, producing a show and promotion via social media channels. SHSM & SPE certification is also available. Serving: Grades 9-12
P.E.A.C.E.A Piece of P.E.A.C.E._ VirtualMotivational virtual workshops and assemblies use hip Hop, spoken word, poetry and other urban art-forms to explore self-expression, leadership, equity and diversity. Sessions provide students an opportunity to express their dreams and ideas in an artistic way through various literary devices and activities including spoken word, poetry writing, and storytelling. The framework focuses on empowering students to make responsible and positive choices toward achieving their goals, following their passions and leading their communities, especially for our Black students. Follow-up workshops provide an opportunity for students to explore additional tools for self-expression. Participants hear from a Black artist's perspective on working in the Arts industry, supporting the community and Arts development.
PACTGrow to Learn (GTL) School Gardens and WorkshopsGardens and workshops are designed to teach school communities about urban agriculture and farming methods/techniques, environmental sustainability, various food systems, and STEM-related topics. As outdoor living classrooms, gardens provide safe, experiential, learning and volunteer opportunities to raise awareness around intersectional social justice, healthy food, nutrition, and the issue of food insecurity in local communities. Over ten workshops covering such topics as wild edibles, biodiversity, field to table cooking, seed saving, composting, and soil blocking, are available for all grades along with self-directed teaching opportunities. Garden tours and 1/2 day field trips also available. To review the current menu of workshops and related lesson plans, see http://pactprogram.ca with new activities updated annually. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
Parks and Recreation OntarioHIGH FIVE - Principles of Healthy Child DevelopmentWorkshops impart principles of healthy child development to students, teachers and parents. This workshop is designed specifically for front line leaders working with children ages 4-12. 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. Serving: Grades 9-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
Parks and Recreation OntarioHIGH FIVE - Train the TrainerIntensive training program for SHSM (SPE) students, staff, adult learners, or parents - Adults or Youth who work with children ages 4 - 12 years old in recreation programming. HIGH FIVE® training provides participants with nationally recognized certification that will assist them in working with children's programs in the sport and recreation industry. Based on extensive research on the characteristics of quality programs, trainers will be proficient in leading programs with a mindful attention to five principles that ensure positive experiences in recreation and leisure settings for children.
Patrick DeCosteMetis Mapping, Visual Art WorkshopMetis Mapping is a workshop inspired by my ancestors, the early Metis in Canada, who were active in the fur trade and needed map-making skills to survive and navigate the land and waterways. The workshop 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. In the workshop, students will create a type of self-portrait-map or selfie-map. Instead of a photo of a face, a selfie-map is a representation of an individual’s life. The goal is not so much about cartography or skill-sets but rather to have fun while reflecting upon identity and the land. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Paula Gallo & Annie VandenbergRecreate Place: Creating Vibrant Outdoor SpacesThis experiential workshop series engages students in a collaborative approach to planning, designing and creating their outdoor spaces. Child-friendly approach builds connection to the natural world, integrates climate resiliency learnings, and builds relationships within the school and the wider community. Programming is outdoors, tactile, collaborative and experiential. Through exploring their visions and concepts of public art of school ground greening, students experience a sense of belonging, accomplishment, and deepen their understanding of creative self-expression. Over a series of weeks, students will engage in activities culminating in the installation of a temporary art project onsite or a school ground greening project. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Pawsitively Pets for Kids Inc.Pawsitively Pets for Early YearsInteractive in-person or virtual presentations explore the world of animals, science and nature for early years to Grade 3 students. Using inquiry-based learning, session includes learning about animal physical characteristics and attributes, how to handle the animals, their habitats and survival in the environment and the world around them. Animals consists of an assortment of rescued pets including mammals, reptiles, non-flight birds and marsupials. In-person sessions include an opportunity for students to pet the animals guided by the trained facilitator followed by a question and answer period.
PDEXCO Ltd.Internet Safety PresentationPresentations on social media, social networking, cyber security, cyber bullying and online safety to help students in Grades 4-12 make better decisions online and how to use technology responsibly and safely. In these in-person or virtual sessions relevant to all students, Paul Davis provides a message that is informative, factual and nonjudgmental while providing solutions/alternatives for students to enjoy the positive aspects that technology has to offer. Topics covered include: online safety, social media (after they turn 13 years of age), privacy, image sharing, smartphones, passwords, reputation, accountability, cyberbullying (and speaking out), importance of relationship between child/caregivers and being a leader. Parent presentations are also available to inform parents about boundaries and how to reinforce responsible technology use.
PEACE BY PEACEBuilding Skills in Conflict ResolutionStudents 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. Serving: Grades 4-6
Peacebuilders International (Canada)Restorative SchoolsSessions assist school communities to address disproportionality by restorative practices as a means of preventing and resolving conflict. Adopting a “whole-school” approach, restorative processes build school community founded on respect and trust; and, strengthened relationships. Each person takes responsibility for their choices and actions. Peacebuilders assists to repair situations quickly and honestly; and, support reintegration into schools after an incident. Peacebuilders provides workshops on peer leadership, conflict resolution, and creating a restorative culture; as well as ongoing direct programming in select schools, through referral with individual students, classrooms, and/or clubs. Serving: Grades 4-12; Professional Learning for Staff
Peach BerserkFabric Design and SilkscreenThis 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. These highly engaging and interactive sessions are creatively available through video-conferencing as well as in-person. Serving: Grades 1-12
PhiKidsPhilosophy and Critical Thinking for ChildrenUsing stories and short animations, a philosophy professor guides students to develop probing questions and practise critical thinking skills. These sessions for elementary students, delivered in-person or by video-conferencing, enhance global competencies and communication skills. Facilitator-led discussions help staff and students develop good questions and collaborative discourse. Through critical and thoughtful questioning, students actively practise problem-solving and inquiry-based learning through a variety of disciplines, contexts and real-world examples. PhiKids available for secondary courses specifically Philosophy HZB3M and HZT4U.
Philip CoteIndigenous Artist in EducationThrough active participation and experiential learning in mural painting, craft making, multimedia and oral traditions of storytelling and History around southern Ontario and the Great Lakes, 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. His cultural understanding comes from his experience as a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier, Sweatlodge Leader and member of the Eagle society and Falseface Societies. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; staff
Plan International Canada Inc.Gender Equality Workshops Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. Serving: Grades 4-12
Planned Parenthood of TorontoSexual Health, Healthy Relationships, and Anti-homophobia ProgrammingWorkshops 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. Serving: Grades 6-12
Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésiePoet In Class/Poètes à l’école programA poetry workshop where the words come to life through in-person or virtual hands-on workshop with an established poet. Professional poets work with students to enhance writing and performance skills, provide unique coaching opportunity and a chance for interaction in the question and answer period. Poetry In Voice provides educators with engaging content and experiences, in English and French, to inspire their students to read, recite, and write poetry.
Progressive Tennis LeagueVirtual Enrichment Tennis ProgrammingThe program provides virtual 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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Project Give Back for Youth 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. Serving: Grades 4-8
Project WorkEmployment Readiness SupportAt select school sites, this special education experiential learning program provides tools, job readiness skills and supports in achieving employment goals for referred students with intellectual/learning disabilities who require extra support as they transition from school to work. In-school weekly employment preparation workshops and job search meetings are provided. And, on the job site coaching support is given to assist referred students in the job-related tasks and duties of the placement. The goal of this specialized programming is for referred students to obtain and retain employment. Referred students increase transferable and core work skills while better understanding their own goals and overcoming challenges as they move closer to being job ready and employment success.
Project XGuardSelf-DefenceSafety workshops educate students in grades 4-12 on situational awareness and self-defence techniques to deal with a variety of types of aggression. 4 week workshop series provide students with verbal, physical manuevres to ensure student safety in a non-combative way. Students have opportunity to practice techniques in controlled and supervised setting.
Project: Humanity Inc.PH Verbatim TheatreWorkshops 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. Serving: Grades 7-12
Prologue to the Performing ArtsPrologue ProgrammingPrologue represents and promotes a select group of professional artists and companies to provide live performing arts workshops and performances in music, dance, drama, theatre, puppetry, opera and storytelling. Programming may be offered in French, and professional learning sessions are available for staff. Students explore creative expression and cross-cultural connections which are meaningful in their lives through different arts disciplines. Indigenous artists are also available as part of Prologue initiatives. Teachers receive study guides and resource materials accompanying performances. Prologue current offerings and artists can be viewed at http://www.prologue.org Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Puppetmongers TheatrePuppet Theatre Workshops and PerformancesThese performances and workshops, either in-person or through video conferencing, 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. Performances for elementary school; and, workshops from Grades 1 - Grade 12 are available. Workshops enable students to construct their own puppet and work in small groups to plan and perform plays for each other using their hand-made puppets. Students explore the art of puppetry to broaden their perceptions of themselves and their world in a way that is non-threatening and inclusive. Serving: Kindergarten-Grade 12
Quantius Education FoundationInspireHer Program provides opportunity for secondary students to gain a better understanding of career and leadership opportunities in underrepresented knowledge-based sectors including Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship and Math (STEEM) from women and BIPOC industry leaders. Sessions begin with leadership panel interviews followed by hands-on workshops led by industry professionals that include Design Thinking, Introduction to API (problem-based software workshop), ICE Training as well as diving into sector-specific knowledge. Students gain sector-specific skills/tools and engage in experiential learning and meaningful dialogue with industry professionals.
Quantum Sports And Learning AssociationBallmaticsThis unique physical education and mathematics programming mixes sports and math skills. Each session provides warm-up, math lesson/drill, basketball skill development and math activity to reinforce the math lesson. Singular sessions or series, provide an academic enrichment program that develops students’ self-efficacy and self-confidence in math through basketball. Program was developed and is facilitated by certified instructors and athletic specialists. When scheduled as a series of sessions, the programming provides progressive development of students' proficiency in math exercises and physical development. Suitable: Grades 4-12
Queer Songbook OrchestraQSO Kids of Heart & MindThis live performance brings a deeper understanding of 2SLGBTQ+ experience through storytelling and music presented by a team of cross-disciplinary professional artists from the 2SLGBTQ+ community. The session is an interactive exploration of identity and acceptance by exploring 2SLGBTQ+ figures, songs and personal anecdotes drawn from artists in the community. The goal of this presentation is to nurture understanding, inspire discussion and support how we feel inside. Learning experience will be co-planned with staff to provide direct extension of curriculum in classroom. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Raging Asian Women Taiko DrummersTaiko Drumming Performances and WorkshopsWorkshops and Performances are presented by a professional ensemble of East and Southeast Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer people. School communities 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. Sessions deepen school communities' understanding of Asian Heritage through Taiko drumming. Through each undeniably strong, yet nimble percussive sound that is generated from the orchestra of drums played in rhythm, students of all ages will witness both the strength of force that sound is capable of, and likewise find that same potential within themselves to be heard. Suitable: All students; staff; parents/caregivers
Rapier Wit Inc.Stage Combat Training Stage combat workshops use fight choreography to bring the text alive in drama, theatre and English studies. Workshops provide students an overview of safety considerations, physical acting training that embodies dramatic intention, and storytelling though the illusion of unarmed violence. Through partner work, students have an opportunity to practise the exercises and work on short scenes. Schools may choose to tailor the workshop to a specific text or school production. Notes with partner: not from place of violence (trauma-informed). Check-in to ensure they are following this. They need to create emotional not just physical safety.
Real Talk Learning ExperiencesBlack History - A Canadian PerspectiveSessions delivered in person or through video-conferencing focus on the experiences of African people in Canada to share the rarely discussed history of the African diaspora in Canada. Presentations, altered by grade level, covers a number of interesting topics, including the success of African interpreters working with early Europeans, interactions of Black Canadians in community building, the escape of African people from the southern United States and their experiences in Canada. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Real Talk Learning ExperiencesContent is KingHaving 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. Serving: Grades 7-12, Parents/Caregivers
Rebecca BairdTraditional Indigenous Art PracticesWorkshops 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. Suitable: Grades 5-12
Regalia Making Inc.Powwow Dance PerformancesThrough assembly and presentations, Deanne Hupfield shares Indigenous culture through Powwow dance performances. Her performance both captivates and educates, weaving personal experiences into history and reconciliation, highlighting her journey through Powwow dancing. As a leading authority in Powwow dances, she performs different styles of Powwow dance including fancy shawl, traditional, jingle, grass, fancy bustle. Select schools have the opportunity to participate in regalia making. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, select Grades 9-12; staff; parents/caregivers
Regent Park Community Health CentrePathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected TDSB Learning Networks to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school. Serving: Select students, Grades 9-12
Regesh Family & Child ServicesRegesh High on SuccessThe innovative school-based program supports students to develop healthy self-esteem, decision-making, self-regulation, and interpersonal and communication skills, in-person or virtually. Students engage in improving their academic performance. Regesh High on Success is delivered up to 20 weeks and uses small group activities for students to develop new and supportive relationships that help them to be successful. Students also learn skills to increase their self-esteem, manage anger, enhance mental health and help them connect with their teachers and family. Serving: Grades 9-12
Repetitions Fitness Inc.Invisible CrownsThis five part workshop empowers secondary students, of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds, to begin their own wellness journey, in light of the lack of representation in mainstream fitness and wellness culture. Delivered by Black Wellness Coach, Nadia Clarke, this 5-session program takes a holistic approach to physical health by examining the following areas: body diversity and acceptance, wellness through different lens, diet culture, food freedom, food security and mindful movement. Critical questions are examined about shifting the narrative to ensure all people have access to, input and representation in wellness. Serving: Grades 9-12
Rexdale Community Health CentrePathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected TDSB Learning Networks to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school. Serving: Select students, Grades 9-12
Rhythm WorksRhythm Works BOOMMotivational assemblies and workshops promote leadership, confidence and team-building through interactive drumming sessions. Troy Sexton and Sheldon de Souza emphasizes skills in presentation, team-building, leadership, music, creating positive habits and especially the power of believing in oneself. Students, by rotating in groups, all get a chance to participate, and learn skills that can benefit not only in this drumming group but in the classroom and in life. Suitable: Grades 6-12
Rick Hansen FoundationRick Hansen Foundation Virtual PresentationsRick Hansen Ambassadors helps create meaningful dialogue about disability, accessibility and inclusion by providing free presentations. Trained speakers are a diverse group of people with mobility, vision and hearing disabilities that share their inspirational stories with students. Professional learning sessions are also available on building disability awareness, inclusion and citizenship skills in classrooms. Educators receive access to ready-made resources and practical activities they can take into the classrooms immediately. Resources support provincial educational priorities while meeting school communities' social responsibility and inclusion goals: see www.rickhansen.com/schools. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Ringfire ProductionsIndigenous Food Sovereignty EducationChef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette of NishDish shares his journey to reclaim the traditional Anishnawbe diet and the interconnected aspects of Indigenous food. He shares his knowledge on the following topics: nutrition, food preparation and health, food demonstrations, food and ceremony, Anishinawbe botanical teachings, career paths in the culinary arts, impacts of the residential school legacy, land access, and cultivation of Indigenous gardenings. In addition, Chef Johl gives an up-close look at being a successful Indigenous entrepreneur and shares his passion for re-learning and re-establishing Indigenous food lines. Suitable: Select schools (all grades)
Rita DagenaisTreaty Making in CanadaLawyer's perspective on treaty making. Treaties have been signed since 1701 and are still being negotiated today. Every treaty tells a story. The presentation focuses on WHY treaties were signed, with an emphasis on the perspectives of the Indigenous signatories. These sessions provide a brief overview of the history of treaty making, beginning with the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed during the Seven Years War. But I focus primarily on the land cession treaties whereby Indigenous nations surrendered ownership (aboriginal title) of their lands to the Crown. The government wanted to acquire Indians lands to allow for the building of railways, resource development and settlement. I explore the issue of why Indigenous people would sign these treaties. The only way to answer this question is to understand the circumstances faced by Indigenous groups just prior to signing these treaties (disappearance of the buffalo, starvation, epidemics). Focus is on 2 treaties: Treaty 6 signed by the Cree in 1876 and Treaty 7 signed the following year by the Blackfoot. Serving: Grades 9-12
Rock Solid Productions Inc.Rocks and RingsThe program features a variety of drills, relays and team building activities that introduce students to the sport of curling and wheelchair curling with a focus on fun. Unique indoor floor curling equipment is provided and placed in the gym offering an off-ice experience and physical activity. Students will take a seat and experience wheelchair curling as part of the program. Sessions include various drills, relays and team-building activities. It is an inclusive program that allows students of all ages and abilities to compete and play with each other while fostering awareness about sport/parasport, diversity and inclusion. Serving: Grades 1-8
Rodrigo ChavezCASSAVA Latin Rhythms Interactive percussion workshops focused on Latin American rhythms and songs. Students form a circle and play different instruments provided for the session by the partner. Through these sessions, students learn about the history and geography of these fun rhythms as well as the cultures from Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Trinidad and Brazil. This is a “hands-on experience” that covers rhythms such as Salsa, Cha-Cha, Calypso, Cumbia, Conga, Merengue and Samba. In playing this type of music students acquire a more profound understanding of the music while developing their own capacity. This workshop will have students moving and having an energetic experience which will inspire them to think of music in a different way! Programming is offered in French or English. Serving: Grades 4 - 12.
Roland BibeauBeebo Music: French Music ConcertsThe interactive French and bilingual language music concerts give students the motivation and confidence to sing along to French-language songs. Students learn traditional and contemporary French songs and they lyrics are projected onto a wall or screen to help students sing along. Performances focus on music as a learning tool, and demonstrate how music can be used in teaching students a second language. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8; French Immersion and FSL classes
Roots of EmpathyRoots of Empathy Classrooms By bringing a real baby and parent into classrooms, in-person or through video-conferencing, these sessions raise the social/emotional competence of students through increasing students’ capacity for empathy. They give children the opportunity to observe the baby’s development and the interaction between baby and parent. The relationship between the parent and child is a template for positive, empathic human relationships aimed to shape how children deal with each other and to lay a foundational example for their future as parents and citizens. Schools designated by ROE as “ROE Centre of Excellence” host ROE guests and media to showcase the program, as requested. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff
Roseneath TheatreRoseneath Theatre Touring ProductionsProfessional theatre performances and tailor-made workshops, delivered virtually or in-person, support arts curriculum connections and social justice themes for young audiences. Roseneath Theatre produces 3-5 performances per year that feature a particular theme and focus, written by recognized playwrights from across Canada. A study guide comprises each performance, providing classroom activities, resources, as well as pre and post-show questions. Following each performance, a question and answer session with the cast explores current topics and issues to critically analyze the concepts brought forth, building connections that relate to well-being and our relationship with ourselves and with others. Productions for the current year can be found at www.roseneath.ca. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
RPDY FoundationCreative Art and Play Programs In selected LC4 schools, students experiencing social and emotional difficulties are referred by Professional Support Services, to support them through the provision of these specialized opportunities for creative expression. These art and play therapy programs assist students with self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shapes; thoughts and feelings can be expressed that may be otherwise difficult for children to articulate. Various art materials and activities are available, including: sand trays, clay projects, puppets, storytelling, music, dance and movement, drama, and various art materials. Serving: Select students, Kindergarten - Grade 8
RumberosCuban-Brazilian Drumming and DanceMaster Rumbero Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo leads performances and workshops on Cuban/Brazilian drumming, music and dance. Students learn cultural history, relationship between music, dance, costume and other forms of Latin arts. Practical demonstration of how the music is executed using traditional instruments are first shown followed by an exploration of the traditional instruments by students. Facilitator brings all instruments for full classroom participation. Students enhance their performance and ensemble skills while gaining a rich knowledge of Cuban/Brazilian music and culture. Traditional dance steps and choreography are explored in the dance workshops. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Global Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 8 week classroom visits. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
S-Quire Media GroupBehind the LensThis interactive digital media workshop series instructs African/Caribbean/Black (ACB) students from grades 7-12 the fundamentals of photography and videography to create a reflective social media campaign that speaks their truth. Students engage in dialogue to encourage critical thinking around messaging in traditional and new media that shape the way ACB communities are depicted, and identify strategies that can be utilized to incorporate more positive representational images on popular social media platforms. Delivered by a Black media professional, this culturally responsive media program aims to provide a safe space for students to share their authentic experiences and highlight how vital collective school and community support is to their aspirational growth. The 6 part workshop series finishes with students sharing their own edited student creations.
SAVIS of HaltonConsent, Bodily Integrity and Health RelationshipsPresentations address consent in romantic, social, and sexual contexts for secondary students. Topics include how to navigate social relationships - what is consent, how to ask for consent, how to say no and how to accept hearing no; what makes a healthy relationship, what to look for in relationships and how to navigate different relationships as young people. Consent in relation to sexual violence is also outlined to address the unfortunate prevalence of sexual violence in our communities. Presentations are delivered with time for discussion and reflection by students throughout the session. Grades 9-12
Scarborough Centre for Healthy CommunitiesHEALTH for ScarboroughEvidence-based workshop series to support mental health and well-being of students in grades 3-12 in Scarborough. Presentations are delivered to increase students' understanding of mental health and cover topics such as stress management, sleep, social media use, healthy relationships. A nurse and outreach worker present the same session to all students in each grade for the day. Ensuring communication with the school team and/or Professional Support Services team, these services enhance services already provided in the school. Suitable: Grades 3-12
Scarborough Rotary Passport ClubBrush-a-maniaThis interactive in-person or virtual presentation is delivered to elementary students to promote good oral health every April which is proclaimed Oral Health Month. Dentist and Rotarians visit schools to provide information on proper brushing and flossing techniques, good oral hygiene practice, and healthy eating. Students each receive a toothbrush to practise brushing their teeth, answer questions about brushing and have the opportunity to ask questions to the dentist. Students, teachers and parents are also invited to track students daily brushing habits in-class, and at home via an online 'brushtracker'. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Scarborough Women's CentreBuilding Strong FuturesInteractive workshops engage grades 7 - 12 female students in Scarborough schools to a support network, through discussion, life skills development, and information that enhances their confidence to make positive life choices, plan for their futures, become independent, and navigate the challenges that arise in the lives of young women on their pathways to adulthood. Topics include, but are not limited to: Building Self-Esteem and Confidence, Body Image, Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Future Planning, Self-Care Practices, and Personal, Educational and Career Goal Setting. Workshops for co-ed audiences are also available. Women's and Gender Issues are raised and analysed from an intersectional perspective.
SCHCPediatric Health Initiative ClinicClinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. Medical practitioners, (including but not exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers) consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues Clinic practitioners are also available to meet with designated School Support Teams in schools, when needed, as mutually scheduled. Administration of clinic appointments is facilitated by clinic staff.
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging FoundationCareers in Long-Term CareIn-person or virtual presentations by professional staff in the long-term care sector provide information on long-term care and the variety of careers available in the sector to secondary students. Presentation addresses and tackles real day challenges to the industry. Staff from long-term care homes may be available alongside partner staff to provide first-hand information about their roles and experiences. Presentation provides career profiles, person-centred vocabulary, videos, resources followed by a question and answer period. The partner is affiliated with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (OCLRI). SPE (Sector Partner Experience) may be available.
Scientists in SchoolScientists in SchoolFacilitated by experts in scientific and engineering fields, workshops provide an opportunity for elementary teachers' professional learning through collaborative delivery of these sessions immersed in inquiry based learning. Students peer into microscopes; test their powers of observation; design pneumatic models to solve a problem; explore insect adaptations; experiment with levers and build bridges to their futures. Scientists in School provides specialized materials and equipment to make each session a hands-on experience for every child; and provides comprehensive teacher resource packages to make each session and its extension activities a professional learning opportunity for staff. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff
Scott Ste MarieSocial Media & Mental HealthThis presentation educates students on the relationship between social media use and their psychological, emotional and social emotional well-being. Students gain a deeper understanding of the impact social media use has on their emotional well-being and how to use it safely. Mental health speaker, Scott Ste Marie, shares his honest experience being a YouTuber (reaching over 30 million people worldwide), showing students the reality behind these platforms and inviting them to think critically about how they treat others online and what content they consume. Students are immediately engaged as Scott shows background analytics to his own videos and how he personally has to manage his own online engagement and prioritizes what is truly important offline. Serving: Grades 4-12, Parents/caregivers
Sean MauricetteL.I.F.T. Virtual Laying Important Foundations Together (L.I.F.T.) By using his backgrounds in hip-hop, acting, architecture and multimedia, Sean Mauricette inspires through motivational virtual sessions on leadership, diversity, inclusion, respect, Black History, anti-racism, and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Sessions focus on student leadership, student engagement, students' sense of self-efficacy and achievement through setting goals to become their best. Topics touch upon how to steer clear of the negative influences, to create and to seize learning opportunities. Black History presentations instill a renewed sense of pride and heighten students' awareness that Black history didn't start with slavery, it was interrupted by it; as remembered stories of black saints and royalty in advanced civilizations come to the fore through music and spoken word. Serving: Grades 5-12
Seedling StoriesHands in the GardenThis food and garden program allows students to get their hands dirty while gardening, growing food, and learning about the natural environment and sustainability. Students learn and explore plant life cycles, biodiversity, composting, garden creatures, measuring and mapping garden beds, people involved in the food system, harvesting and creating simple snacks, and writing poems and creating skits about the garden. Through this hands-on program, students apply concepts they have learned in class in practical and direct ways. With a variety of workshops to choose from, some may be delivered virtually, this program is suitable for early years and elementary students and is offered in both French and English. Many of the workshops offered by this program do not require schools to have a garden and are available throughout the school year. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Selflove Youth Wellness and EmpowermentMake Ur Mark Virtual Series: Resilience & RestorationHosted by mentor and Black leader, Kym Niles, this live conversation brings together in a question and answer format, Black leaders who share their experiences in overcoming systematic barriers and how they managed their mental well-being in their pursuit to achievement. These in-person or virtual sessions allow community leaders from a vast array of fields and professions to share their story, coping strategies and success stories. The presentation finishes with an opportunity for students to ask questions that are relevant to them, especially those from the BIPOC community. Suitable: Grades 9-12
Seneca CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis 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.
Seneca CollegeEarly Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly 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.
Seneca CollegeImmigrant & Refugee Studies SSW Field Placements This program provides field placement opportunities for Seneca College Students in the Immigration & Refugee Studies Social Service Work program. 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 TDSB sites. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding; to plan and implement activities; and to foster positive relationships with TDSB communities: students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Seneca CollegeLibrary and Information Technician Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in Library and Information Technician 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 schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum and information/resource needs; 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.
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience ExperienceInteractive workshops in-person and through video-conferencing empower students by developing character, confidence communication and other essential soft skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare's language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Professional learning sessions are also available for this programming that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations." Serving: Grades 4-12
Shane PhilipsMindfulness and Yoga for KidsProgram uses the foundational tools of breathwork, mindfulness and mindful movement to increase students' sense of well-being. Using his experience as a yoga instructor, vocal coach, professional singer, dancer as well as a martial arts instructor, Shane uses different techniques to engage with elementary students. Each session begins with warm down, breathing exercise, sounding exercise, mindful walking, yoga and breath and a mindful meditation. The exercises are always adapted to the needs of students/class in consultation with the teacher. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1-8
Shelley KavanaghExpressive ArtsArt therapy sessions help students explore and name emotions to find acceptance thereby enhancing one’s sense of well-being. Participants learn strategies to better regulate their emotions, manage conflict internally and be able to share their experiences with others. Students receive carefully designed art prompts that can transform challenges and nurture in moving collectively into a world that is inextricably interconnected and regenerative. At the same time, facilitator helps to provide opportunities for participants to build skills that develop interpersonal effectiveness and tolerate distress through processes of containment, integration, self-soothing, building mastery and hope. These guided small group sessions especially help aid those that have experienced trauma or stress and provides a creative outline to express their emotions. Participants learn strategies to better regulate their emotions, manage conflict internally and be able to share their experiences with others. Suitable: Referred by PSS Gr. 9-12
Sheridan CollegeChild and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis 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.
Silvija VukadinovicFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful ClassroomFrom Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom introduces yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. The program can be adapted for students, staff, parents, at multiple levels and all age groups. It can be delivered online, in a space that accommodates mats, as well as in a traditional classroom with students standing or sitting at their desks. Through mindful movement, relaxation exercises and meditation, participants develop social-emotional and life skills that enhance their health and well-being. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; Staff; Parens/Caregivers
Sir Frederick Banting Legacy FoundationDiabetes and Sir Frederick BantingVirtual presentation raises diabetes awareness, reduce risk of youth developing Type 2 diabetes, and discuss Banting and the discovery of Insulin - Canada's gift to the world. Facilitated by SFBLF staff, teachers can pick from four sessions: 1. Understanding Diabetes and Prevention Basics; 2. Living with Diabetes and the Impact (including coping at school); 3. Discovery of Insulin and the Lasting Impact; 4. About Banting and the History. Each hour presentation includes a multi-media tutorial, interactive questions and opportunity for question and answer. Follow-up team-based activities continue the learning after the presentation. Serving: Grades 5-12.
Skills For Life Inc.Youth Empowerment Through Life SkillsThese in-person or virtual sessions help develop important life skills and to develop the positive personal and professional networks for success. By understanding and developing qualities of self and emotional intelligence, students develop a growth mindset to take on the world and its challenges. Workshop topics include: self-esteem, goal setting, networking, self-discovery and community engagement. Interactive workshops utilize storytelling, multimedia videos, quotes, games and discussions.
Skills Ontario Skilled Trades & TechnologiesThese virtual or in-person presentations raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers. They also address stigmas that may be associated with choosing these pathways, and encourage students to explore their interests. Facilitators provide relevant information about various apprenticeships in general, current trends, and the benefits of various careers in skilled trades and technology. Students find out how to acquire preparatory skills, experiences and exposure to various skilled trades' pathways. A focus on increasing the number of young women and Indigenous Youth who enter skilled trades is emphasized through these sessions and additional experiential learning opportunities. Sessions are available in English and French.
SMILE Canada - Support ServicesCulturally Responsive Disability Support WorkshopPresentation and workshops raise awareness on the intersectional needs of racialized families with children and youth with disabilities for the school community. It provides an overview on the intersections of xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, and ableism, while speaking about the importance of incorporating culturally responsive support within all models of service delivery. Sessions generate conversation, use case studies, share examples and experiences and increase participants' understanding of how they can contribute to the journey towards a more accessible and inclusive society. Topics such as language, assumption and bias, ableism, intersectionality are covered in this workshop. Suitable: All grades; staff; parents/caregivers
Socacize Fitness Inc.Socacize KidzA fitness program that is a creative blend of authentic Caribbean and African dance techniques matched with effective fitness moves, all set to infectious music for all students. Full day assemblies/performances and individual workshops are delivered by a team of professionals. Students are guided through fitness-focused activities such as Bacchanal Warm Up, Cardio Soca Jam, Mindful Motion, Follow the Leader, Drumming Circle and Limbo demonstration. Custom choreographed routines and performances by our professionals are also available to further enhance students' knowledge of Afro-Caribbean culture. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Social Circus Circle Social Circus Arts Skills WorkshopsSocial Circus workshops build students' emotional, social and communication skills in a unique way. Offered in-person, these sessions expose students to the circus arts that can include theatre games, tricks, clowning, character work, flexibility and physical conditioning, yoga, dance, juggling, partner balancing, object manipulation/balancing, and more, based on students' interests. Students enhance their physical literacy skills such as strength, coordination, body awareness, hand eye coordination, using left and right sides of body, balance and stabilizers. Professional circus artists guide participants through various activities -in an adaptive, progression based style - emphasizing the importance of communication skills in these sessions; emotional and physical safety when trying new and creative movements; self-awareness and trust when working on new skills; a sense of belonging and team-building through various exercises and when designing an optional circus arts performance opportunity.
Soul Drums Ltd.Soul P.O.P. Percussion Optimizes Potential (P.O.P.) enhances music and life skills through drumming. Sessions include drum circles in small or large class formats and offered in person or virtually. This hands-on workshop provides students an opportunity to enhance their drumming skills with an emphasis on communication, team building, positive risk taking and leadership skills. Activities include musical games, song chants and performing music using a variety of percussion instruments. Professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
SoundKreations Inc.Toronto Dance XperienceIn these dance workshops (in-person or by video-conferencing), students participate in an adventure of body awareness, spatial awareness by exploring some of the cultures and dance styles that make-up the fabric of Toronto. Students learn a variety of styles and movements and their relationship with peers. Professional dancers engage students in the chosen dance style, fundamental movements, an in-depth exploration of the creative process and, in the longer series, a culminating student-led performance. Dance programs include: HipHopParty (building community through Hip-Hop Party Grooves), CubaNYC (Latin street dance), AfroFUSION (popular styles and grooves native to Congo, Angola and Ghana), and DanceCOMBO (hybrid of all styles). Workshops may be delivered in English, French and Spanish.
South Riverdale CHCSouth Riverdale Health Clinic_CALCThe health clinic provides quality clinical and social programs and services to adult students at City Adult Learning Centre. In consultation with staff and students, low-threshold access to clinical and care coordination is available, and engages students and community partners in the development of appropriate programming with the vision to improve the lives of students facing barriers to their physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. Core services being provided to CALC include: A weekly drop in clinic led by a Nurse Practitioner (1 day), case management by a Client Care Coordinator (2.5 days), and annual flu clinics and TB screening. Group sessions which are delivered alongside CALC staff include: Sexual health in collaboration with Biology classes, strategies in self-care such as how to eat healthy on a budget, positive parenting, and housing support in partnership with housing/settlement workers.
Special Olympics Ontario Inc.Special Olympics Ontario SchoolsThis initiative offers competitive and developmental athletic opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities in programming that is exclusively for them or inclusive (unified) for all students. Professional learning sessions for staff are also offered to provide staff with training, support and resources that increase Special Education students’ physical literacy and sport specific skills development. Programming includes: Active Start; FUNdamentals; Youth Multi-Sport; Coaching Young Athletes; Sports Festival; Health Action and My PHAL (Physical Health Active Living). And, athletic competition qualifiers and championships are organized in which student athletes with special needs compete, and opportunities for all students are offered to engage and support their peers with disabilities. See details at www1.specialolympicsontario.com/schools/. Serving: Grades 1-12, Staff
Stand Up for Student Well Being Laugh More, Worry LessParticipants learn about stand-up, improv and meme comedy using an innovative, activity-based program to teach literacy skills through a lens of resilience and well-being. Comedian coaches support participants with a curriculum to develop comedy routines, writing for performing for their peers. Several activities are completed in a single workshop, or in a series of sessions. These include introducing writing prompts for students to create jokes/stories and workshop their ideas into comedy performances. Students build their confidence in public speaking and creative writing skills by shaping their own stories while channeling healthy humour in a positive way. Serving: Grades 5 - 12, Staff
Starts With Me Inc.State of MindStudents are engaged to learn about the stigmas associated with mental health, to understand the warning signs of deteriorating mental health in themselves and others and what a pathway for recovery, resilience and well-being looks like for people seeking support. The presentation is presented through a lived-experience story from one who is living with a mental illness or has personal experience in the world of mental health. Following the presentation, students are encouraged to create a piece of content such as art, music, poetry, video, photography and/or video game in response to the session. Schools can choose to participate in the State of Mind Festival each spring; can choose to submit their creation for display at the offsite festival. Serving: Grades 7-12
Stefanie Ricchio Business Consulting IncAccounting, Income Tax, and Business in the 21st CenturyFinancial literacy presentations bridge the gap between the classroom and workplace experience of accounting; filing income tax; and business entrepreneurship. Various sessions and downloadable tutorials on financial literacy are available with an emphasis on personal tax and business plan development. Sessions on Canadian Income Tax include “How To” demonstrations and materials to provide a foundational level of tax understanding. Sessions on how to apply for the Disability Tax Credit for individuals with learning disabilities are available for students and parents to learn more about the complexity in applying and the path to getting approved. Sessions on Business Plan development in a modern-day context include an emphasis on automation tools. Students learn how to create a business plan that leverages technology in order to understand business as it is today. Serving: Grades 10 - 12
Stefano MancusoDrumming WorkshopsProfessional ethnomusicologist provides enhanced world percussion workshops focusing on rhythm, song and movement from various countries. These workshops not only provides drumming technique, rhythms and repertoire but an appreciation in music in general. Students have a hands-on opportunity to explore self-expression and creativity through composition and performances. Students experience singing, drumming, and movement, as well as discover an array of languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Ga, and Malinke to name a few). In addition, geography and history will be discussed as it relates to the music explored. Serving: Grades 9-12
STEPS InitiativeSTEPS.StudioSustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Spaces (STEPS) Initiative provides art workshops to engage school communities in designs for collaborative art installations. Facilitators help students explore public space and urban design issues facing their communities and issues of social and environmental impact. Students learn real-world design considerations, how public spaces can be improved upon and environmentally sound solutions. Using a variety of art mediums and techniques, students design a public artwork that serves function, aesthetics and celebrates the community. Workshops and art designs highlight students' lived experiences, local culture/histories, as well as the social and environmental issues identified by school communities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Steve AndersonInspire, Motivate and Build Leadership and Resiliency SkillsSessions inspire, motivate and help develop leadership and resiliency skills for students to achieve success despite challenges and setbacks. Steve Anderson details the complexities of growing up in the Jane and Finch community, being the first Black lawyer hired by the TTC, and the first racialized person to be elected as Shelburne deputy mayor. Students will learn key lessons about overcoming setbacks, making the right choices, the power of mentorship and selecting the right friends. Sessions may be especially helpful for BIPOC students who are often overlooked and made to feel they cannot achieve success at the highest levels and also to change the narrative for Black students. Suitable: All grades
Stolen From Africa/Volé D'AfriqueStolen From Africa Interactive assembly and arts-based workshops that promote social justice and builds cross cultural understanding for racialized and marginalized students. Facilitators discuss themes of Black Diaspora history, identity, relationships, resilience and self-advocacy. Students explore self-identity, reflect on impact on their community, and share their stories with peers through working on an arts, music, digital/social media projects. Professional learning is available for staff to explore barriers and challenges that Black and diverse youth face and share strategies on how to teach culturally-responsive lessons to engage diverse learners. Workshops are also offered in French. Serving: Grades 4 - 12
StopGap FoundationAccessibility & Inclusion: Building AwarenessThis presentation raises awareness about physical disability, accessibility and inclusion. In this in-person or virtual session, Luke Anderson shares how one moment in time changes his life forever and how he finds himself living in a world not well designed for someone in a wheelchair. He explains his personal experiences, challenges he faces and how he overcomes. Students learn about barriers that people with disabilities may face, the importance of a barrier-free and inclusive community, as well as empowering language when referring to people with disabilities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Story PlanetYoung Writers Led by professional writers and artists, Story Planet workshops provide students the opportunity to develop their skills in creative expression and literacy through story creation across a variety of media, including writing, illustration, and digital media. Fun, interactive programs immerse students in the creative process as they work in groups and independently to write and share stories. Most programs result in a printed book or e-book of their work. Students can also work towards content for our podcast including creating songs, stories, poems, and interviews. A bi-annual anthology of selected work from students can be published according to the themes of each book. Serving: Grades 1 - 8; Professional Learning for Staff
Storyvalues Inc.Storyvalues Interactive A variety of virtual and in-person sessions provide school communities with opportunities to explore themes of holidays, seasons, heritages and traditions. Interactive storytelling and drama enhance students’ cultural awareness, communication, creative and literacy skills. Interactive dramatization along with student participation and small group discussions allow students to explore further salient themes. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Stratford FestivalLearning Through TheatreWorkshops offer enrichment to the Stratford Festival's season plays with a focus on contemporary engagement with Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and contemporary plays. They may focus on a genre or a specific play with an emphasis on key issues/questions explored and what they mean to students. They may include an introduction to fight choreography as well as an invitation for students to learn and develop particular dance choreography or vocal arrangements. All workshops are delivered by professional teaching artists through communal active exercises and hands-on exploration. Professional development workshops for staff and specialized customized workshops are also available. Serving: Grades 3-12, Staff
Street Safe Self Defence Training CoSelf-Defence and Personal Safety TrainingStrategies to avoid violence that address the physical, psychological and emotional elements of self-defence are learned by grades 7-12 students through these workshops. Students learn awareness, prevention and mindset skills, how to recognize social and anti-social violence and avoid it, and basic physical skills of self- defence designed to be effective for all. While no one skill is guaranteed to protect students from harm, this workshop series is designed to provide tips, skills and knowledge that can dramatically increase their abilities to stay safe. Included are defenses against the most frequent attacks in an easy to understand manner with practical, active drills; the mindset to get home to their family, and methods to strengthen their chance of survival if faced with conflict, confrontation, bullying or harassment. Mock attacks are completed at the end of training to allow students to test their skills. Suitable: Grades 7-12
Strides Toronto Support ServicesPositive 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. For referred students, there is access to community programs and services as needed to support those youth who are experiencing complex challenges. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12
Success Beyond Limits Success Beyond Limits School Year ProgramSuccess Beyond Limits School Year Program works with students at Westview Centennial Secondary School to facilitate Mentorships and peer-to-peer support opportunities through scheduled sessions and drop-in activities. It provides students with community, social and career connections to events, organizations, conferences and other projects beyond school to support their personal and academic development in the community. It engages all grades, with a particular emphasis on encouraging participation from Grade 9 & 10 students. Grade 10 students who continue as participants to gradually assume mentoring roles as they progress into Grade 11 & 12. Specific student leadership sessions are designed to train students for peer-to-peer mentoring roles. Homework help, food and recreational activities are also scheduled outside of the instructional day.
Success Beyond Limits Success Beyond Limits Summer Credit Support Supports and activities that include youth-to-youth peer mentorship engage grade 8 students who are enrolled in a Continuing Education summer course that nurtures a successful transition into secondary school. For students in Learning Centre 2, these curriculum enhancement activities inspire and assist them to improve their educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and provide support to expand their individual paths to success.
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