Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming in-person or online in 'virtual' or 'bricks & mortar' schools during instructional time. 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.

UNHCR, The UNHC for Refugees CanadaThe Refugee ExperienceThe Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, offers two multi-sensory interactive presentations that promote, bring awareness and amplify the voices of refugees to the school community. These presentations provide students with authentic, real world learning to develop a deeper perspective and respect for humanity. Life Inside a Refugee Camp allows students to physically step inside a tent and glimpse into the lives of how families forced to flee their homes live their day-to-day lives; Life Inside a Refugee Camp – Virtual Reality provides students a virtual reality experience inside a refugee camp by watching a refugee girl named Sidra share her experience, life around her and message of hope. Interactive Experience is a computer-based application where students can follow the story of Luis, a child refugee, who has fled his country and students take a walk in his shoes as they help him in search of safety, security and the opportunity for something better.
The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack FundLegacy Artist AmbassadorsThe program brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists into schools or by video-conferencing to inspire student leadership and forward the journey of reconciliation in school communities. Artists share their art, music and stories through workshops and/or performances and engage students in learning and conversations about reconciliation. Schools hosting Artist Ambassadors are also encouraged to have students share their own stories, art, and reconciliACTIONs with their guests. The program reflects arts, music, and role models in the classroom to connect with students about the power of the arts to create social change.
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 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. 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.
Strides Toronto Support ServicesPartners for Success The program is designed to promote the healthy development of students and prevent the escalation of mental health difficulties in referred children. The objective is to contribute to the positive mental health of identified students, and to support the development of student’s social, emotional and resiliency skills. Mental health and well-being prevention and intervention activities are designed in consultation with the local Professional Support Services Staff, Principal, and teacher. Professional learning and parent council presentations and workshops on topics relevant to the school community are also available for staff teams, and parents.
CultureLink Settlement and Community ServicesBike to School The program offers educational activities and resources that enable the entire school community to discover the personal, social and ecological benefits of cycling for transportation. Activities include assemblies, classroom workshops, seminars, and on-bike training in the schoolyard. Topics include helmet fit, safety checks on bicycles, the Highway Traffic Act, awareness of other road users, the City of Toronto Cycling Map, and the basic physical skills of bicycling. Many activities align with Bike to School Week, beginning the last Monday of May annually. Sessions for elementary audiences: Ready to Ride: Fun and Safe Cycling; “ABC” Bike Safety Check; Bike Rodeo; Walk and Roll Rodeo. Sessions for secondary school audiences: Ready to Ride: Fun and Safe Cycling; “ABC” Bike Safety Check; Riding Skills I & II.
Humber CollegeEarly Career Pathways in TechnologyThe program offers inquiry-based and hands-on STEAM workshops for the school community at Gracedale Public School. Audiences are introduced to DASH robots, LEGO Mindstorms and new technologies. Students, teachers and parents have an opportunity to fully explore and innovate using the robotics technologies and learn career pathways in skilled trades of technology.
Future Design School Inc.Future Design Professional LearningThe program offers professional learning opportunities to TDSB educators and staff (teachers, administrators, board level staff, coaches, social workers, psychologists, etc.) providing them with mindset, tools and techniques for developing students' future ready skills and competencies. The program uses a blended learning model of both online and in ¬person delivery, or fully online through video conferencing. Sessions include: Introduction to Design Thinking; Hack your Curriculum; Assessment for Innovation; Planning Interdisciplinary Projects; Designing Inquiry and Assessment for Remote, Blended and Hybrid Learning. Programming can be customized to meet local and contextually specific needs.
Blank CanvasesBlank CanvasesThe program offers students specialized visual arts workshops on the history of local Toronto artists alongside Artist Educators. The program uses the inspiration of local Toronto artists to engage students. Art workshop offerings include painting portraits, painting landscapes, collage, sculpture, environment focused projects, up-cycling projects, urban graffiti art, arctic animals and multicultural mixed media projects. Afterwards, students are led through an art workshop inspired by the technique of the artist culminating in students creating their own unique art pieces. In addition, Artist Educators are available to plan and design a mural project to showcase the artwork of the students.
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.
Canadian Film in the Schools REEL CANADAThe program showcases films made by Canadian filmmakers, including Indigenous filmmakers. Films are shown with engaging Q & A discussions following the screenings that have students engage with local filmmakers, representatives from local film festivals, subject matter experts, TV personalities, and screenwriters. The post-screening discussion enhances students' critical thinking and analytical skills on the issues raised through the films (such as stereotypes, cultural differences, racism, and Canadian history .)
Dentsu Aegis Network Canada IncThe CodeThe program through in-person workshops or by video-conferencing equips students with the skills to thrive in the digital economy and gives students a glimpse into career opportunities and the media industry. Students receive an overview of marketing, digital marketing, advertising, and how it's used as well as the key components to building a successful campaign. Students learn practical skills in design think, idea generation, pitch design and live pitch delivery to a professional team. Students also hear from professionals and their career journey. SHSM certification is available.
Studio 180 TheatreStudio 180 IN CLASS The program uses drama to create a brave space for effective dialogue and self-discovery. Workshops delivered in person or via video-conferencing, offer in-depth, immersive experiences that mine the unique power of the theatre to humanize social and political issues and cultivate open dialogues and artistic expression. Artist educators work with students to encourage them to think critically, explore multiple viewpoints, promote empathy and inspire creativity through proposition exercises, hot seating and improvisation. Workshops may be based on Studio 180’s current production, works in development, or may be theme-based and explore topics including identity, community, family and personal responsibility.
TAIBU Community Health CentreThe PLUG ProjectThe project focuses on violence prevention and developing conflict mediation skills for student success especially for Black and/or marginalized students. Through workshops, students learn how to resolve conflict in a variety of scenarios, develop techniques that de-escalate a situation, work on anger management, and develop strategies for better communication. Parent workshops are available to better support their child.
Right To Play InternationalVirtual PLAY Program (Concrete Warriors)The Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program is designed to provide Aboriginal/Indigenous children and youth access to high-quality educational programs that use play and arts to build and enhance their life-skills to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of others. While the basis of the programs are designed by child development and educational experts, all are adapted and modified in consultation with children, youth, parents, and Elders of PLAY’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit partners. Session topics include: youth leadership workshops, arts-based programming, sport and recreational activities.
Green Communities AssociationSchool Traffic SafetyThe School Traffic Safety program provides assistance to select schools that are experiencing traffic congestion and traffic safety concerns on and around their school site. Select schools work with a facilitator who investigates and responds to traffic related concerns and provide traffic safety support. The program offers workable solutions to identified safety concerns and schools receive a comprehensive School Action Plan, Routes to School map and other strategies and tools to provide students and families with information about safe routes and active transportation options. The School Traffic Safety program applies a comprehensive approach to traffic safety management. By engaging a wide-range of stakeholders that include the school board, municipal transportation planners and engineers, public health, police, parents, students and school staff, workable solutions are found. The program supports TDSB’s Charter for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation and Implementation Plan.
York UniversityBringing STEM to Life The teaching and learning of STEM concepts through real-world scenarios or innovative processes provide the focus for the workshops for secondary students and the professional learning sessions provided for staff. Computer Scientists, Engineers and other professionals from STEM sector industries are also available to provide insightful information on post-secondary education and career pathways. Led by faculty staff or industry partners, all sessions can be delivered virtually through video-conferencing or in-person. Workshop content includes engineering design, computational thinking and coding, design thinking, creativity, and innovation in STEM, making connections to the curriculum and providing real-world examples that connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Additional learning opportunities may be available including professional learning, conferences, experiential learning opportunities; teachers expand their networks and students have practical work experience.
Drums Et AlAfrican Drumming, Dance, and StorytellingThe themes of leadership, character development and connection with those around us are explored in these interactive African drumming, dance and storytelling presentation and workshops. African philosophy – Ubuntu – an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world are underpinned in the presentations which are brought to life using songs, music, chants, drumming and story-telling. Workshops provide opportunities for students to further enhance the following skills: hand-drumming technique, West-African dance fundamentals, listening, reflecting and responding, and creating and performing. Presentations are suitable for Black History Month and professional development in drumming may be available.
Neighbourhood Group Community ServicesHigher State of MindThe workshops are co-facilitated by staff and youth facilitators who raise awareness of the risks of cannabis and prescription drug use and its impact on student’s well-being. Higher State of Mind is a harm reduction intervention program to help youth explore their own risk factors, safe substance use knowledge and healthy coping skills. Students learn to reduce stress and anxiety and increase positive coping strategies, resiliency and positive life skills. Workshop offerings include the following topics: harm reduction and prevention strategies, stereotypes and stigmas, addictions, coping strategies, healthy relationships with self and others.
Kick Start Arts SocietyKick Start Arts WorkshopsThe workshops engage students to create multi-disciplinary arts projects and initiatives. Skilled artist-educators bring the arts to life and work with students to deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills and build a stronger sense of community. Workshops are crafted to nurture the development of The Arts expectations (drama, dance, music, media, visual art, literary arts) found in the curriculum, while creating an opportunity for fun and meaningful arts immersion. Professional learning sessions available for staff interested in arts-based learning.
Theatre DirectIn the Centre of it AllTheatre workshops whereby students explore stories, rehearse roles and join in alongside professional actors in performance. Theatre productions are also available, and each year feature a different theme and focus for students. The list of current productions for the year can be viewed at www.theatredirect.ca.
CIMA Canada Inc.Play Cricket PathwayThese cricket sessions engage participants in a modified version of the game. Each student receives an opportunity to bat, bowl and field. Through modified rules, students enhance movement skills, hand-eye coordination and team play while participating in drills, activities and games. Professional learning sessions are available for staff. Facilitators are volunteers or members of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Canada Inc. who have certification in community level cricket coaching.
dancED Movement ProjectDancing Toward Confidence, Creativity and Self-expressionThese dance workshops are facilitated by professional dancers to provide an opportunity for students to unleash their creative potential. Three main programs are Hip-Hop, multidiscipline and dance and theatre. Through choreographic sequences and improvisational techniques, students explore rhythm, physicality, movement and spatial and emotional awareness. Students not only enhance their dance technique and repertoire but also experience the process of creating their own steps and developing a performance from start to finish culminating in a showcase for their peers and/or community.
Elisa BirnbaumSEE Change Magazine_History of Social Change WorkshopsThese distinctive workshops develop students' appreciation for Canada’s unique struggles for social justice and the rights and freedoms we enjoy, while sharpening their literacy and storytelling skills. Leveraging the History of Social Change Multimedia Project (digital stories and e-book documenting social movements and key players), sponsored by Heritage Canada, and other online sources, these workshops will demonstrate how our lives were transformed by social movements and their key players. The facilitator (a veteran journalist) will provide a lesson in journalism before leading the class through an interactive activity. By the end of the workshop, students have honed their literacy and verbal and written communication skills, developed their capacity for advocacy and gained a deeper grasp of social issues in Canadian history and their impact on present day.
Health CanadaHealthy Home and Environment: Steps to Improve Your Health These engaging presentations for secondary students and staff discuss environmental health risks and prevention strategies. Participants engage with Health Canada staff in learning about various topics related to human health and the environment; for example, the effects of radon, different chemicals and air quality on human health. Participants explore potential health risk while deepening their understanding of various strategies for reducing risks. The presentations will also raise awareness of Health Canada and its resources on environmental health.
Mindfulness EverydayMindfulness EverydayThese evidence-based sessions, utilizing mindfulness-based stress reduction practices and current research, are trauma-sensitive, SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) informed and EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) aware. They are customized to enhance positive mental and physical well-being, cultivate compassionate action and resilience, and provide stress reduction training and life skills for all grades, staff, and parents in school communities. Workshops are specialized to audience. Programs include: The Mindful Edge (Stress Management and Life Strategies for Teens), SMARTeducation (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) for Educators, SHSM certificate for Health and Wellness; and, Mindful Parenting.
C-FlavaFit With FlavaThese fitness workshops and performance presentations introduce students to traditional West-African and Caribbean dance steps infused with modernized choreography through a high-intensity workout routine. Students of all fitness levels celebrate freedom of expression and improve their cardiovascular endurance and core strength by moving to the sounds of afrobeats, soca, dancehall, and hip-hop, as well as more traditional rhythms and sounds from West-Africa and the Caribbean, experiencing first-hand the modernization of traditional dance as well as the diversity of movement that exists between cultures.
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioSparking the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Canadian YouthThese free programs are led by Indigenous individuals from the business community to mentor, support and inspire youth to develop the skills they need to achieve their educational and career goals. Workshop delivery includes real world examples from the volunteers' life, educational and work experiences that will be relatable to FNMI (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) learners while enhancing students' critical thinking and decision making skills. Various programs are offered including financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for grades 4-8 students.
Nia Centre for The ArtsCreative ConnectThese 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.
The Toronto Jewish Film FoundationFilmMattersThese free workshops use screenings of contemporary Jewish films to engage students in discussing their historical context, and the study of important social issues like diversity, racial and cultural sensitivity, citizenship, and social action. Guest speakers with experience, background, and/or expertise on issues raised in the films may be present to help spark class discussion and critical thinking on these issues as they relate to current social and political climate. A current list of available films and study guides can be found at www.j-flix.com/filmmatters. Suitable for grade 10.
Theatricks Theatre Co.All About ActingThese fun and engaging workshops tailor-made for elementary students encourage active participation and develop and strengthen practical skills in drama in an environment conducive to their discovery and growth. Primary students are introduced to the basic skills of drama and acting by learning about character development, scene creation, and plot development as they explore the elements of dramatic expression. Junior students build upon their drama experience by indulging in their own capacities for creativity as they develop the necessary skills for improvisational acting. By developing skills in improvisation, students increase their self-confidence and teamwork, as well as their ability to express themselves publicly. Professional learning workshops on improv are also available.
David PowellGamelan MusicThese hands-on workshops for select schools introduce students and teachers to rich percussion music traditions of Java, Indonesia. The word gamelan comes from the Javanese word ‘gamel’ which means hammer. Workshops bring together the intricate, interlocking parts played by the underlying gong patterns, the melodic matallophones, the decorating instruments, and driving/leading drums. David Powell guides teachers on pedagogy and teaching strategies to successfully incorporate these instruments in the musical learning. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the three classroom visits.
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.
Corp of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson HallMusical InsightsThese motivational assemblies and workshops from professional musicians provide students insight into the world as a professional musician, how to tap into their own unique talents and how music is a strong communication tool. “Collaborations” allows students to collaborate with a mainstage artist to create an original song over two classroom visits. Two assemblies are available: “Rise Up with Liz Lokre” and “Why I seek Discomfort featuring Peter Katz”.
Suitcase Theatre Suitcase Theatre PerformancesThese musicals and plays inspire and promote positive self-awareness through storytelling, singing, the visual arts and drama. Characters in the plays and the characterization workshops create positive role modelling; encourage self-confidence, kindness and compassion; promote building healthy relationships, resilience and collaboration. They help students understand narrative structure, enhance character development in drama and enrich their vocabulary in the creative development process.
University of TorontoMath and Learning Anxiety: Relationships Between Emotion and Cognition These professional learning sessions develop educators' understanding of math anxiety and strategies to assist students who experience intense emotions during mathematics. Presentations make connections between the new strand within elementary (and soon, secondary) math curriculum on Social Emotional Learning Skills. Sessions also highlight an equity lens: the learning anxiety with which students may come to school that is reflective of increased stress levels associated with gender, race, sense of self-efficacy, and other intersectionalities. Educators gain insight into the causes of math anxiety; how to improve performance in mathematics specifically in students who are vulnerable to experiencing intense emotions and anxiety; and, strategies to address and reduce their own anxiety as teachers of mathematics.
I-ThinkI-Think Leadership Learning Programs These programs are collaboratively designed programs that build system capacity. Leveraging creative problem solving techniques like Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking, these programs support leadership growth and development that bring innovative school improvement plans to life. Workshops can support leaders in thinking differently about complex and collaborative problem solving, difficult conversations and enabling their teams and others to bring the global competencies and learning skills to life in every classroom and learning experience. Leaders will engage in reflection about their own practice to identify new ways of working. Leadership Learning programs can be initiated by central teams or superintendents, and are customized to meet the needs of the group.
University of Western Ontario Masters and Post-Degree Diploma in Foods and Nutrition Field PlacementsThese programs provide field placement opportunities for Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition students and Post-degree Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training students from Brescia University College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Brescia students who are considering a career in Foods and Nutrition, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a designated TDSB Nutrition Services Supervisor. These placements satisfy course and program requirements for field placement experience, as well as requirements of the Canadian Dietetic Education Regulatory body, the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).
Lumenus Community ServicesSchool Focused Direct Access Workers (SFW)These specialized Lumenus staff work collaboratively with TDSB Professional Support Services to provide an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, in school or in the community for youth with mental health issues. Lumenus staff works with the children/youth and their family/support people to support their optimal functioning and sense of belonging in the school and neighbourhood community, based on goals established within the child/youth’s treatment plan. Students and/or family members have direct access to these resources through established TDSB referral mechanisms; and can access services when on site in school/s. Lumenus staff are also available to consult with school staff, as needed. The School Focused Direct Access Workers may support the children/youth to connect with appropriate community resources and services; and support students during the instructional day to decrease barriers and stigma regarding accessing mental health supports.
Create the ChangeDance the ChangeThese unique and interactive dance workshops integrate the performing and literary arts to teach students choreography that guides them to artistically express a story. Delivered in-person or through video-conferencing, professional performing artists engage students in activities on movement, character development, and story-telling through dance that also enhances drama curriculum. Using prompts from literature or theatre pieces, elementary students from Kindergarten to Grade Eight build empathy, cultivate compassion, and express themselves artistically. In addition to collaborative performance, students engage in writing a reflection from the point-of-view of a character in their story.
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.
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Green Collar CareersThese virtual or in-person workshops for secondary students provide an in-depth look into green careers that benefit people, the local environment and the planet. Facilitators help students identify how their skills and personal interests can align with careers in sustainability, renewable energy and environmental industries. During the workshop, participants will: compare their skills, interests and passions to 40 diverse fields; assess financial/social factors and educational requirements of various careers; learn how technology is changing the way we work and the future of jobs; discover how environmental policies have impacted careers in Canada; and broaden their understanding of post-secondary opportunities.
Rod NettagogVirtual Bluestonecloud Breaking The CycleThese workshops deliver core traditional values and teachings of traditional ‘Grandfather Drum’ and its role for the community. Through drum teachings, traditional drumming, dance and singing, hands-on activities, and self-reflection, Rod Nettagog helps students explore their place in society and appreciation for Indigenous culture. Workshops aim to restore knowledge of Indigenous cultural values, traditions and beliefs and to reconnect to ourselves, others and the earth.
Paul Stewart The Pottery Clay WorkshopsThese workshops engage students with the creation of clay sculpture and story development. Students explore their own artistic nature and telling their own stories through art. They learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project is determined in partner consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections, and with the students themselves to ensure connection to their interests. The finished pieces are fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks of the workshop.
Archi[kid] Inc.Play, Explore, DESIGNThese workshops use architecture, math, geometry to build on the design process and develop conceptual ideas into 3D models. Fundamental tools such as patterns, growth, geometric shapes and measurements are used to make connections to real-life examples. Students are exposed to different materials, large scale models, sketching and writing to incorporate a full sensory experience. For elementary grades, students become familiar with the basic concepts and characteristics of shapes, how to explore and play with them to create something new. More advanced students are engaged in experimentation using observation, questioning, creativity and more importantly design thinking. Facilitators will also share jobs and careers using math literacy and design. Workshops are also delivered in French.
Thinking ForwardThinking Forward Leadership ProgramThinking Forward offers character development and leadership training for students, to help children and youth strengthen their interpersonal and leadership skills, and to challenge them to address social needs. Thinking Forward provides inclusive and equitable learning opportunities that use the arts and leadership development as a platform to help students develop and improve their well-being. Students participate in hands-on, art activities that highlight themes of belonging, diversity, anti-bullying, teamwork, and community. A variety of methods, resources and activities are used including painting, role-playing, designing and building, illustrating, and art exhibits to showcase student work. The program is customizable to suit the needs and schedule of the school and students.
Flashpoint Training Inc.Fusion Training ExperienceThis career exploration program enables students to gain transferable skills and knowledge in a variety of economic sectors. Flashpoint provides pre-employment training, innovation exercises and reach ahead opportunities with dynamic industry partners. Sessions consist of interactive training to deepen knowledge and skills required in each sector and industry speaker presentations on their work and careers in the field. Students are granted SHSM certificates upon completion of their certification training. For a full list of industry sectors and skill sets offered, see www.flashpointtraining.com.
Toronto Inner City Rugby Association IncRugby Professional Learning and Skills DevelopmentThis enhanced physical education program provides rugby training, tournament participation, and curriculum resources to students and teachers. Accredited and experienced rugby program staff lead workshops to introduce and further enhance rugby skills. Rugby activities and games for understanding are based on the physical literacy ABC's of agility, balance, coordination and speed. Beginner students are introduced to the sport through a non-contact, safe game called Rookie Rugby. Advanced students or those that have a solid understanding of the fundamentals, further develop core rugby skills such as movement, passing and communication and sport specific training. Teachers receive curriculum resources that contain 8 modules that provide activities on how to implement the program beyond the workshop. Schools that have participated in workshops have the opportunity to attend an international rugby tournament at BMO Field or participate in a flag rugby tournament when available.
Future Design School Inc.Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship and LeadershipThis entrepreneurial program inspires students to take their knowledge and apply it to meaningful and relevant ways in a real-world setting. Students develop transferable skillsets while gaining vision into potential career opportunities and the future of work. Students learn practical skills for user discovery, rapid ideation, prototyping, sector-relevant challenges, generating business models and pitch design and development. Workshops are offered in the areas of App Design and Computational Thinking and Coding, Design Thinking and Leadership. I.C.E. and SHSM certification are available.
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 certification is also available.
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.
Ballet JorgenBallet 101This free and interactive ballet workshop introduces students to the performing arts and history of classical dance. Students witness high-quality professional dance while also learning the history of ballet, and how dance is used as a storytelling medium. Excerpts from ballets performed by 3-6 professional dancers, inspire, enrich, and connect with students as they learn basic ballet positions, and explore and discover their own unique ways of creatively conveying their emotions through movement and choreography.
University of TorontoCommunity Academic Mentorship Program This free program matches University of Toronto student volunteers with TDSB students to provide academic support and mentorship opportunities at select secondary schools. Through one-on-one support, post-secondary mentors build relationships with students and help to provide academic support in mathematics, science, and English. Mentors also provide information on post-secondary life, goals and pathways. The program aims to support TDSB students in the areas of student well-being and achievement especially for those students that come from communities that are underrepresented at post-secondary institutions.
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.
Coco CollectiveAfricanist Dance: Then and NowThis hands-on dance series ties history, politics and socio-cultural realities to the rhythm and movements of dance genres across African and Caribbean communities for grades 4-12. Sessions are offered in-person or virtually. Through dance languages from the West African region, Caribbean and North America, students learn dance narratives, musicality and dance functions tied to cultural histories and evolution. This culturally-responsive dance program is a safe space for students to engage in contemporary dialogue on misconceptions, stereotypes, share positive cultural identity, and acquire understandings and of structure and functions of some diasporic dances rooted in Sub-Saharan West African, Ghanaian, Trinidadian and Jamaican communities. Schools may choose two workshops from the following genres: traditional African, Kpanlogo, Dancehall, Soca, Afrobeats and Afro-Dancehall.
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Creature ShopThis hands-on workshop teaches students motion picture special effect techniques to create their own animatronic creation. Students handle and explore the simple machines that give the illusion that puppets are alive including mechanical pulleys, push-pull rods, gears and gear chains. Students learn different kinds of special effects, comparing computer generated effects to floor effects. Students build their own animatronic creation. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. Sessions delivered in-person only.
Hands on Exotics Inc.Amazing Living World of BirdsThis highly interactive presentation takes students on an avian tour around the world using a variety of species of birds. By being presented with multiple species of birds up close and personal, students hold, pet, feed and observe the animals' behaviours and traits. Trained facilitators guide students through the inquiry process to come to conclusions themselves about diet and habitat by examining the different beak shapes, toe formations, feathers, colours and size. In addition, students learn about native species of birds including every day good habits they can follow to be good neighbours to our wildlife, how to help with backyard conservation as well as discuss the consequences of being responsible agents to our natural resources.
OT Fitness Educational Services IncOT Fitness ProgramsThis initiative includes fitness programming; agility challenges; teamwork competitions; 'Sports Days'; 'Fitness Nights'; relay and track activities for all students, and school communities. Students learn movement skills using specialized equipment. They build their knowledge and skills in fitness, agility, team competitions, relay and track challenges through fun and engaging activities.
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/.
No. 9 Imagining My Sustainable CommunityThis interdisciplinary program enhances literacy through an architecture and urban design project for grade 7&8 classes. Students walk through their community to observe, discuss, and document (using photography and sketching) the way the community functions. Students learn about infrastructure and design and the 9 Pillars that make up a sustainable community. These are: waste management, water management, green building design, alternative energy, transportation, public art & design, green space, agriculture and food security and civic engagement and leadership. They discuss sustainability issues and develop ecologically sustainable models to address these issues in their community. 3D models of their community are built to scale using a variety of construction materials. The culminating event is a display and showcase of the model to their local councillor, school board trustee, visiting dignitaries, parents and peers. In this project are curriculum connections to visual arts, science, math, engineering, geography, language arts and media studies.
Aaron A. WeissGary's Global Heroes Battle Bullying ComicThis media literacy workshop introduces the use of a comic book as storytelling art form using messaging on bullying and diversity and inclusion issues. Workshops delivered in-person or virtually. Facilitators help students to understand messages constructed through text and illustrations and how to analyze the different voices, perspectives, and messages. The comic characters show real life examples and stories of bullying and prejudice. Students develop literacy skills through reading, writing and creating their own illustrations as well as reinforce the strategies to combat bullying.
Ryerson UniversityMHSc and PMDip Dietetics Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for graduate students in MHSc and PMDip Dietetics. Field placements within TDSB sites provide graduate students who are considering a career in Nutrition, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Nutrition Services staff person in TDSB schools and sites. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoSpeech-Language Pathology (SLP) Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for post-secondary students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within Speech-Language Pathology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Speech-Language Pathologist. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoOccupational Therapy OT Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Occupational Therapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist (OT) Clinical Supervisor. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
Emil SherUnpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright's JourneyThis multimedia presentation weaves still images and video footage from the acclaimed stage production of Hana's Suitcase, which chronicles the short life of a girl killed in Auschwitz. What are the challenges, the choices, the considerations when history is honoured and dramatized on stage? How far into the darkness of the Holocaust do you go when children are in the audience? How can sets, costumes, masks, slides and silence give voice to an unspeakable tragedy? These are some of the questions that are explored by playwright Emil Sher in a presentation that is capped by a discussion where students are tasked with making a moral choice about who to shelter in wartime. Students also learn about the creative process in transforming history into a stage play and the connections between art and history.
Food SharksThe Food Mood ConnectionThis nutrition workshop helps students to understand how food plays a significant role in their mood and overall mental and physical health. Facilitator discusses the fundamentals of a healthy diet, foods that support well-being, and how media and marketing industries influence nutritional choices. Students learn to read and understand food labels and nutritional facts to ultimately gain knowledge to make informed, healthy food choices. Because the health & wellness industry is booming, growth trends and careers are also highlighted. SHSM certification is available.
Agincourt Community Services AssociationStudent Leadership & Youth Empowerment (SLYE)This peer to peer (P2P) leadership program helps those students facing social and economic barriers to build essential leadership qualities and agency to positively engage in the community. Using role playing, discussion and question & answer, students enhance pro-social, conflict management, problem solving and decision-making skills. This program provides a youth voice and enables students to put the skills to practise by leading their school community to implement a community Roadshow.
One Little Goat Theatre Company Inc.PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for KidsThis performance provides an introduction to theatre by providing a short history of theatre and plays from around the world, in person or virtually. 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 Noh Theatre and Modern Theatre. Following the performance a Q&A provides opportunity for students to have a conversation with the artists. A follow-up learning resource is available for teachers to continue the learning afterwards.
Ontario Ball Hockey FederationBall Hockey Professional Learning and Skills DevelopmentThis physical education program provides ball hockey clinics, professional learning sessions, 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.
Steve Chapelle Communications Inc.Information Privacy and Security in Social Media CultureThis presentation offers training to students, staff and parents on how to minimize internet risks and explore six core subjects: cyber bullying, cyber safety, digital literacy, storage of personal information, inappropriate messages, and identity protection. Students will learn to minimize and maintain their privacy in the online world.
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.
Dairy Farmers of OntarioDairy EducationThis presentation, in-person or virtual, provides students an opportunity to discover a variety of aspects to the dairy industry. Delivered by a trained dairy educator, presentation uses songs, experiments, hands-on props, games, SMART Board activities and videos. Five topics are available including how cows produce milk, tools and technology and structures unique to dairy farming, how milk is processed into milk and other food products, health benefits and nutrition of milk, and careers in the dairy and agriculture industry. Presentation materials are available in English and French.
DAREarts Foundation IncDAREarts Intensives: Cultivating Wellness & Leadership Through The ArtsThis program allows elementary students in grades 4-8 to build and practice their core leadership skills while exploring a variety of art forms with DAREarts facilitators and artist-educators. In these in-person or virtual sessions, through exploring and creating with the arts, students develop their own unique voice, share and connect with their peers and build confidence and their capacity to be change makers. Each daily lesson builds on the previous over the course of each week or two, depending on the program. Learner activity kits containing all supplies needed for participation each session are provided. This program is most suitable for those students who wouldn't normally be exposed to arts programming.
Youth Centre for Sports DevelopmentMLSE LaunchPad: Fuel for FunThis program delivers interactive physical and food literacy activities for students in Grade 5 to discover the value of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Sessions are delivered in person or virtually and each week comprises of a physical activity and hands-on cooking exercise. Students enhance their understanding and comfort in food skills while improving life skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, nutritional knowledge and self-care. Facilitators provide encouragement to students to try new things and make connections in and outside the classroom. Additional weekly challenges are available for classroom teachers to further students' learning and dive deeper into key themes.
Believe Initiative PresentationsBelieve InitiativeThis program engages and inspires students to adopt a mindset of resiliency, self belief and learning through challenges in order to be successful. Believe Initiative founder Sarah Wells, an Olympic hurdler, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles as she shares stories of her success in her sport in the Olympic Games and how she dealt with heartbreaking defeat and unforeseen challenges. This equipped Sarah with the knowledge and tools on how to build and foster resilience. Schools may choose from just a keynote or the full program which includes keynote and follow-up workshops on various leadership traits culminating in an interdisciplinary project where students apply their learning to develop and implement their own belief passion project.
I-ThinkI-Think Classroom ChallengesThis program equips classrooms to bringing real-world, authentic problems to their learning. Real-world problem solving needs a new set of 3Rs: Real problems - Authentic challenges that connect classrooms to real organizations with real problems; Real people - Organizations that care what insights and your students come to by responding to student recommendations and I-Think will release a report with student insights; Replicable process - A complex problem solving process that leverages Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking to guide students. This recipe ensures that the global competencies, especially creativity, collaboration and critical thinking, and learning skills are core to every classroom.
The Mosaic InstituteNext GenerationThis program equips high school students with the tools to become leaders for a more just world. The interdisciplinary, culturally relevant and empathy-based curriculum enables students to practise self-awareness by exploring their identities and biases, navigate uncomfortable conversations, resolve conflicts by finding common ground, and engage as changemakers in their local communities. The following themes are covered in-person or via video-conferencing: peace and conflict, identity and privilege, prejudice and discrimination, trauma and self-care, and social action. This program incorporates experience from Canadian schools with regard to exclusion and resolving conflict in the classroom to advance The Mosaic Institute's mission for bringing people together.
Boost Child and Youth Advocacy CentreHuman Trafficking: Supporting StudentsThis program focuses on providing supports that help students who have experienced human trafficking successfully transition back into school. Boost staff collaborates with TDSB’s Professional Support Services to implement the activities. The program is intended to provide strategies to reduce barriers to success and ensure students have support person(s) within the school and to provide physical and emotional safety to the student. Additional supports include education for school staff on human trafficking as requested, individual support to staff on how to work with victims of human trafficking and education to parent community.
North York General HospitalTransitional Aged Youth Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Well-BeingThis program offers specialized outpatient support services to referred youth and young adults who are concerned about the impact of substance use, addictions, depression, anxiety, and/or concurrent disorders in their lives. Assessment, support, treatment, and/or community referral to appropriate services are available through collaboration with TDSB Professional Support Services. Program activities include helping the school identify high-risk students; group activities based on locally identified needs; training for school staff; education and support for parents/guardians. Group programming can focus on building specific skills that enhance students' self-esteem and address a variety of mental health and well-being concerns. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues.
Toronto Art Therapy InstituteArt Therapist Practicum Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for graduate students in Art Therapy.. 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. Art Therapist Practicum graduate students may support referred TDSB students in any of the following activities: enhance communication and self-expression, self-discovery, and problem solving; encourage development of healthy coping strategies in working through specific issues, such as depression & anxiety, addictions, grief/loss, or trauma; help children relieve stress, increase emotional literacy and awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Using imagery, colour and shapes; thoughts and feelings can be expressed that may be otherwise difficult for children to articulate.
Centennial CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
George Brown CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Humber CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Seneca CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
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.
Centennial 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.
George Brown 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.
Humber 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.
Ryerson UniversityChild 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 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.
George Brown CollegeCareer Development Practitioner Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Career Development Practitioner Program at George Brown College. 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 the provision of community employment services. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of the various processes and skills utilized in the provision of employment services to the community. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Continuum Contemporary Music EnsembleContinuum in the ClassroomThis program provides invaluable and practical compositional experience, one-on-one mentorship and introduction to the Canadian new music community. Facilitated by professional musicians and composers, students have an opportunity to use new technologies, found sounds and soundwalks to create original works and potentially have the opportunity to hear their compositions performed by a professional ensemble. Performances by the ensemble are available to all students. Workshops for students to enhance their learning include: instrumental improvisation technique, exploring contemporary Canadian repertoire, exploring contemporary performance techniques for composing, performance by Continuum core ensemble, facilitation in co-composition with a composer. Schools can choose to bring in an artist, composer or host a performance by the core ensemble or any combination thereof.
Lumenus Community ServicesYouth Outreach Workers (YOW) This program provides outreach and support for referred youth who are identified as being at risk and may also present with a dual diagnosis or developmental disability, and/or identify as LGBTQ. It connects these youth with community resources to meet their immediate needs (such as employment, health, housing, recreation). Youth Outreach Workers are also available for presentations in secondary schools to increase all students' understanding of mental health and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion. The YOW can also assist the young person’s support network (home, school, peers) to access necessary resources to help them best support the youth.
Dale & Associates Interior Design Inc.Interior Design Career Talks and Skills WorkshopsThis programming raises students' awareness of the Interior Design profession, expands their knowledge of career opportunities in Design; and, develops their creative skills. Combining an enhanced knowledge of Interior Design, and developing creative skill through a practical and project-based exercise, this partnership programming is delivered in either a singular Career Talk presentation or in a multi-workshop series for skills-building through which students engage with Designers and other industry professionals. Within the multi-workshop series, students complete and share the projects that emerge from this new knowledge and skill-development opportunity. The workshop series is ideal for students who already have a basic understanding of drafting and/or drawing and perspective.
The Wynford Group Inc.Supporting Global Competency & Build Character, Build SuccessThis three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes and global competencies through comprehensive on-line programming. First, a ‘recess planning and/or leadership lunch session’ to facilitate & develop student leadership by brainstorming games/activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools. Programming available in-person and through video-conferencing.
Ukuu CentreThe Bridge _ VirtualThis virtual workshop series is available for participants who racially identify as African, Black and Caribbean, to support their personal, academic and career development through the use of a wide range of life-skills programming. The programming centralizes the development of positive racial and academic identities which have been shown to enhance academic engagement and success. Workshop themes will include understanding racial identity; leadership development; networking; community engagement; academic and career planning. These supports and skills will help participants more concretely explore post-secondary decisions and long-term career planning.
Kareative InterludeNu Narrative Literacy Empowerment ProgramThis virtual workshop series supports black and marginalized students to develop their voice, vision and representation by writing, illustrating and creating their own book. The process provides students the opportunity to gain confidence in writing, editing and speaking by sharing their voice, vision and narrative. Students not only enhance their literacy skills but well-being and connection to the community around them. Students are exposed to writing methods, illustration techniques and the overall publishing process. The workshop series culminates with each student authoring a softcover book.
Inna GertsbergDraw Me A Monster This visual arts workshop focuses on developing students' creativity through drawing imaginary characters based on their classmates’ descriptions. This workshop, in-person or virtual delivery, utilizes individual, pair/group work, discussion and sharing of experiences and culminates in a presentation to the class. Presentation of favourite monsters in pop culture eases fears of monsters. Students work in pairs to identify the main characteristics of a monster and draw interpretation of each other's descriptions. The workshop culminates in each author reading the description while the illustrator reveals the drawing to the class. Art is then presented to each author; everyone makes art and receives art.
Ashley SeamanY.A.Y Improv for Wellness & BelongingThis workshop in person or by video-conferencing uses improv to practice empathetic communication, collaboration and mindfulness for students to achieve a greater sense of belonging and joy. Students learn meaningful tools in interacting and communicating with others as well as being in a safe spaces to take creative risks, explore spontaneity and embrace the unexpected all while having fun. Through play, games and exercises, students collaboratively create character, story, comedy and joyful connection with their peers. Through a workshop series, schools may work toward building a showcase to perform in front of an audience.
Child Development InstituteIntegra: Community Education & EngagementThis workshop is suitable for teachers and parents who work with students who have learning disabilities and who are interested in increasing their knowledge on building mental health strategies. These interactive workshops promote interaction and an active approach to learning to give participants a practical understanding of how learning disabilities may affect mental health and everyday life. Available workshops include: "Walk a Mile In My Shoes", emotion regulation, executive functioning, understanding memory, moods, understanding anxiety, social impact, bullying, social media and technology, supporting advocacy and self-determination, understanding assessments and tailoring therapy.
Magic Live Inc. Literacy, Numeracy and Anti-Bullying Magic ShowsThree unique magic shows are designed to enhance student engagement and positive school climate. Reading Magic promotes the love of reading, reviews the difference between fiction and non-fiction books, and includes many effects that engage students in literacy and spelling. In the Math Magic Show, students experience math in action through fun with magic squares, math predictions, measurement and more. There is a clear focus on “street math” skills, and how we use math in our everyday lives. Students also learn magic tricks to compute numbers with patterns. The Anti-Bullying Magic Show identifies what bullying is and what it is not. Discussion throughout the show, covers verbal, physical, social, and cyber bullying, while providing clear and practical anti-bullying strategies.
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