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.

Make It HappenGateway 2 AdulthoodProgram enhances pro-social behaviour and life-skills for Black, underserved, and/or marginalized students in grades 8-12 to actualize and realize their potential. Facilitated by Karim Grant, the program provides positively-influenced topics such as violence intervention, anger replacement training, stress management, media literacy, goal-setting and peer/group mentoring. Karim Grant connects with youth and shares his lived and learned experience. At the end of the program, students better identify triggers, learn coping skills and decrease acts of aggression, anger and violence to focus on enhancing social skills necessary for positive and healthy relationships.
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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
MADD CanadaImpaired Driving School PresentationPresentations in person or via video-conferencing educate students about the harmful risks associated with substance use and impaired driving. One presentation, “School Assembly”, informs students about the real risks associated with alcohol/drug use and driving or being a passenger in a vehicle with an impaired driver. Trained facilitators raise awareness and provide safety strategies so students learn to make wise, safe and healthy choices. A second presentation, "Weed out the Risk" is available for schools seeking more information on cannabis and driving. Following each presentation, trained facilitators and/or MADD representatives will lead a Q&A with students. Presentations are also available in French. Serving: Grades 7-12
MADD CanadaSmartWheelsStudents learn about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving. Presentations are available in person on a mobile RV, in class, or via video conference; and can be delivered in French. They feature videos about the effects of alcohol and substance use such as cannabis. Students put on virtual reality goggles (in the RV or in class formats) and in the case of video conferencing, students view a virtual reality video to see how it looks and feels to drive while impaired. All presentations include students participating in multiple choice questions and in decision-making scenarios about impaired driving. These sessions not only increase awareness about the consequences of impaired driving, but also influence responsible decision-making and provide safety strategies. Serving: Grades 4-6
Mad Science of TorontoScience & Technology WorkshopsMad Science Curriculum Based Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science through hands-on and interactive live experiments. These in-class workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology, engineering and the environment and to make connections between science and the wonders of the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, exciting and interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary student. Their professionally trained presenters are excellent in creating experiences that encourage children to pursue the sciences throughout their secondary and post secondary studies. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Mabinty SyllaLANYANA: West African Drumming and DanceAn immersive dance and drumming workshop delivered in-person or through video-conferencing, for students of all ages to learn West African culture through the Arts. The history, origins of dance and music and how they are used in the different ceremonies are all part of this workshop delivered by experienced African facilitators. In the dance workshop, students learn traditional dances and movements, body language, expressions and how to listen and respond to each other and the music. In the enhanced drum workshop, students learn proper technique, different music patterns as well as develop teamwork, co-operation and communication skills. This workshop can be offered in French or English. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Lynne ProtainMental Wellness & MindfulnessA BIPOC wellness coach, Lynne Protain, helps staff and students make connections between emotions, the mind and one's body and sharing self-care practices, stress-management and coping techniques. Sessions combine mindfulness meditation, body awareness and gentle movement exercises such as yoga stretches, breath work, body scans and imagery. Sessions include age-appropriate activities and easy-to-use techniques which tap into each person's strengths and resources. Participants develop strategies for a greater sense of calm, clarity and well-being. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Lumenus Community ServicesCommunity-based Treatment and Support ServicesServices offer a continuum of support to select students, their families and care providers. Supports include accessible services that can take place in the home, school, or community and for students whose school or home placement is at risk of breakdown due to mental health and other issues. Lumenus staff work one-one-one with referred students and/or with key adults in the students' lives, to support their optimal functioning based on goals from the students' treatment plans. Lumenus staff connect students and key adults to needed community resources. In particular, the program provides strategies to address difficulties in social, emotional, behavioural, communication, cognitive, learning and/or developmental domains of functioning. Services can include observation and assessment in the home; support and training for parents, teachers and other school staff as needed; and individual student program planning for the classroom and at home, service coordination, and transition support from treatment into classroom setting. Lumenus staff work in collaboration with TDSB Professional Support Services staff in order to facilitate a coordinated service for referred students (any grade).
Lumenus Community ServicesReachOUTReachOUT is a creative, inclusive and accessible program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer, questioning and two-spirited (LGBTTQQI2S) youth. The program provides individual, family and group services, as well as educational workshops and events. It provides enhanced opportunities for youth engagement projects in selected schools, such as supporting the development and maintenance of Gay-Straight Alliances in those schools. Serving: Referred students, Grades 1-12
Lumenus Community 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. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12
Lumenus Community ServicesWhatever It Takes (WIT)'Whatever It Takes' (WIT) provides service coordination and transitional support to children and youth who have mental health issues and have complex service needs. WIT provides many services such as interim intensive case management, facilitation of community planning, clinical consultation and one-on-one support within student’s treatment plan to transition into a classroom or maintain the student effectively in the classroom until a more appropriate school placement or day treatment placement can be arranged. WIT facilitates the collaboration of service providers to respond to children/youth with complex needs or to those whose needs exceed the ability and capacity of any one service provider or sector. Serving: Referred students, Kindergarten - Grade 12
Lumenus Community 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. Serving: Referred students, Grades 9-12
Lucy Rupert Blue Ceiling Dance: The Imaginative BodyUncovering the connection between imagination and movement through improvisation and creative process rooted in contemporary dance. Facilitator leads students through exercises and tasks to expand the imagination and enhance students’ creativity and physicality. Contemporary dance is offered not as a style of dance but as an inclusive and expansive approach to movement. Students learn to communicate through their unique movement possibilities, working individually and in small groups to construct short dances which are shared and discussed through a positive critical response method. Creative problem solving, transferrable skills and body confidence are emphasized. Serving: Grades 9-12, Staff
Luana ShirtCultural TeachingsLuana Shirt is a Plains Cree/Anishinaabe Indigenous Knowledge Educator and Artist. Through interactive teaching circles, she brings focus and better understanding of Anishinaabe cultural teachings that are centered around the Indigenous world views of traditional roles of women and men, rites of passage of girls and boys, 7 stages of life, 7 grandfathers story and teachings, understanding of water, traditional use of medicines and 13 moon grandmother teachings. Indigenous arts workshops include songs, games and interactive teaching circles. Professional learning available to teachers.
Loyalist 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.
Love & Guidance ProjectChildren's Yoga_Virtual SesionsCulturally relevant stories from the African diaspora are shared in virtual yoga sessions, reflective practice, music and movement activities. Program strives to create an environment that facilitates the development of children’s interest while catering to physical, emotional, and cognitive milestones especially through effective play and literacy experiences. Themed yoga will lend from safe adaptive yoga practices and incorporate themes from books and resources.
Lorena Santin-AndradeVirtual Textile Art and DesignVirtually, students experiment and explore with textile art and creative design in these highly engaging workshops which give a glimpse of the textile industry's multidisciplinary design process. Through sketching, marker illustration, photography, Photoshop, and sewing, students learn the textile process by creating their own designs to have digitally printed and sewn by them into sustainable and usable keepsake textile products. Facilitated by an artist in the textile, fashion, and design industries, these workshops ignite the creative sparks that give students a voice to express what cannot be said with words.
Logics Group Inc.Logics Academy Robotics, Coding, Aerospace & STEM workshops bring Curriculum to Life with 21st Century Technology in-person or by video-conferencing. They inspire students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 to apply enriched and expanded thinking to the Ministry of Education’s Science, Technology, Math, Language & Art curricula. Students participate in hands-on, 2-hour workshops that are a fun and engaging way to apply STEM principles in experiential methodology with Robotics & Coding. Students are challenged to work in groups to collaborate, problem solve and think creatively. Logics certified instructors bring everything required for these innovative workshops and teachers can continue to use the techniques by accessing lesson plans online at www.logicsacademy.com/SITC or through bookings@logicsacademy.com. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Logics Group Inc.Logics Academy Professional LearningLogics Academy provides comprehensive professional learning opportunities for educators and school administrators. Experienced educational professionals provide in-person or virtual synchronous, hands-on training on a variety of topics including: STEM, Robotics, Coding, Minecraft, remote learning, digital learning and technology tools which include: Microsoft Teams, Google Classroom, Brightspace, D2l and more. Sessions are available in both French or English.
Living RhythmDrumming to Well BeingInteractive, virtual rhythm-based workshops explore drumming to increase mental health and well being for students, staff and school communities. Using drums, their own bodies, and other objects from home, participants of all abilities, disabilities, special needs, and differentiated learning are engaged. Participants learn mindfulness strategies and techniques through sound, pulse, rhythm, and visualization. They enhance their communication skills through active listening and cooperation with peers. These sound and rhythm workshops are customized for each audience. They can include: The Beat of Now: Drumming & Rhythm for Mental Health & Well Being; Community Beats: Building Community Spirit Through Drumming & Rhythm; Together in Rhythm: Team Building and Leadership. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
Live Your Legacy Academy Inc. Live Your LegacyShaun Boothe is an award winning hip hop artist, TEDx speaker and creator of ‘The Unauthorized Biography Series’: a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs – Repackaging History, including Black History, through Hip Hop; capturing the legacy of influential iconic figures in documentary-style music videos. His highly entertaining Live Your Legacy virtual assemblies use his bio videos to embark on a performance / motivational speaking journey that raises issues of identity, diversity, equity, character, media, life skills, and the importance of living a legacy. Themes raised include leadership, success strategies, overcoming fears and challenges, transitioning, the power of acknowledgement, and redefining masculinity. The aim is to present an experience that works on many levels and, most importantly, does not exclude the growing group of disengaged youth in the school system today.
Live Lujo Inc.Sewing StudioLibraries, gyms or classrooms are transformed into creative maker space by an 'All Star' team. A Sewing Studio that disrupts stereotypes and biases about who can sew and who can express themselves artistically. Sessions focus on confidence, skill-building, mentorship, equity and most of all, inclusion. All students leave the studio with a feeling of accomplishment in having completed a design and sewing project. Instructors, who are male role models , provide an engaging introduction to frame the session within the context of "Confidence Building" when learning new skills and new creative ways to express themselves. Personal stories of overcoming barriers are shared. Each student is inspired and encouraged to make their own creative choices in materials and adornments for the project, at the " Creation Station ". Projects vary by age group; all intentionally contribute to students' sense of self-efficacy. Each student learns how to sew on a sewing machine.
Live DifferentLive Different School AssembliesMotivational assemblies with engaging mix of personal stories, videos, crowd participation, live music, and more. Delivered by young, dynamic team members that students find easy to relate to. Positive youth development programming with themes that change annually to best address school and student needs in relevant ways. Exists to empower young people and engage them in a lifestyle of compassion and service. Serving: Grades 6-12
Little-SoulsInside Out: Yoga and Emotional RegulationWorkshops help students recognize and learn self-regulation tools to assist in working through their emotions in a constructive manner. In-person or virtual lessons incorporate breath work, movement and a quiet moment at the end. They further encourage teamwork by learning to read each others' body languages and through partner poses when it is safe to do so. The yoga classes incorporate all methods of learning to cater to the different learning styles: visual, auditory, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary. Each class is structured with a storyline which draws attention and receptivity; content can be easily recalled and integrated in life.
Little Robot Friends Inc.Virtual Coding & Crafting with RobotsVirtual workshops for students in grades 1-2 explore the relationship between code and electronics through hands-on play using ‘Cubby’ robots. Students gain fundamental understanding of basic electronics, how computers work, and how ‘coding’ gives them the tools to do amazing things. In these sessions, students interact with Cubby’s inputs and outputs and learn about sensing light, sound, movement, and more. Students make colours using LED lights, musical notes using Cubby’s speaker, and turn blinks and beeps into unique expressions for their robot’s personality. Students can even turn their robots into “Cubby Choir” and sing a short song together.
Little Red TheatreTouring Theatre for ChildrenThe magic of theatre comes to life in these dramatic performances using an eclectic mix of puppets, original musical scores and songs, dance and audio and visual technology for elementary students. Productions are inspired by current issues, books that children love or problems that are relevant to children. Students may participate in the actual performance or participate in the question and answer at the end. Each year three shows are offered in English, French or Bilingual; each show is completely different and unique. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Little Kickers Toronto CentralA Rounded Education ProgramEarly learning goals are achieved in a pressure-free, play, not push environment during these specialized workshops that enhance preschool and kindergarteners' physical, social, and creative competencies. The basics of soccer are introduced as children learn dribbling, proper footwork, passing, and scoring goals, in partner and group-based activities which stimulate and enhance their skills in teamwork and cooperative play. By listening and communicating with each other during these exercises, children learn to strengthen and develop their own narratives and explanations by connecting their physical movements to ideas and events as they unfold. To demonstrate all that they've learned, children apply these newly acquired skills in friendly games using specially-made child-friendly soccer balls and goal nets.
Literal ChangeOrton-Gillingham Professional LearningIn this professional learning session in person or by video-conferencing, staff are exposed to the multi-sensory and direct teaching strategies found within the Orton-Gillingham remedial literacy approach. Half or full day interactive workshop introduces Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches, terminology, learning exceptionalities and targeted teaching strategies that address phonological awareness, syllabication, morphology, spelling and writing. Facilitators provide teaching examples and assessment tools to help teachers identify gaps in knowledge and translate the results into teaching objectives and lesson plans. Literacy Specialist course offers a more in-depth understanding of Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches which includes research, terminology, assessment, organization of learning and application for learners.
Lifted By Purpose - GiftedLift YourselfTwo workshop series are available: Trauma, Recovery, and Self-Care; and, Grief, Loss, and Healing. All sessions provide stress management techniques and coping strategies for secondary students and adult learners. Topics include: anger management, grief and resilience, stigma and mental health, trauma and healing, empathy, healthy relationships. Students will use music, spoken word and storytelling to address their challenges and unpack their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Facilitators help students identify triggers, learn healthy coping skills, and develop strategies to develop meaningful relationships with their peers and increase awareness of resources. Serving: Grades 9-12, Adult Learners, Staff
Lifted By Purpose - GiftedMental Health First AidWhile adults who work with youth often know a lot about physical illness, most staff and parents/guardians have less knowledge about mental health or substance use problems. This lack of understanding often leads to fear and negative attitudes toward youth living with these problems. It prevents caring adults from seeking help for themselves, and from providing appropriate support to the young people around them who may be struggling with their well-being. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a youth who may be experiencing a decline in their mental health or who might be in a crisis. These sessions are designed for caring adults who have frequent contact with young people. They enhance the work of TDSB Professional Support Services, as they engage with teachers, Administrators, other schools staff, or parents/guardians. Lifted Purpose is an accredited delivery agent of the Mental Health Commission of Canada programming.
Licensed To Learn Inc. L2L Peer to Peer Leadership Training & Academic SupportSelected elementary and secondary student leaders are trained to help their peers improve their grades through 10 hours of one-on-one peer academic support, in-person or virtually. Student 'peer leaders' are granted L2L certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, growth mindsets, good study habits, and ways to improve note taking and time management skills. An L2L Trainer is assigned to each participating school to train students and ensure that each participating student is successful. Secondary school student leaders are also paired with participating elementary feeder schools to deepen the mentoring between younger and older students in neighbourhoods. Serving: Referred students in Grades 1-12
Let's Talk Science Let's Talk SciencePost-secondary volunteers and staff lead a variety of sessions that enhance the STEM curriculum and help students develop scientific inquiry, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students see direct application of STEM concepts to real-life environments. Let’s Talk Science Outreach volunteers act as role models to provide information on post-secondary education and future careers in STEM. Let’s Talk Science is partnered with over 50 universities and colleges across Canada, each with their own local outreach program offerings. Examples of workshops include Feast for the Senses, Super Science Challenges, DNA Biotechnology, and action project activities such as Tomatosphere Seed Planting. In addition, Let’s Talk Science Professional Learning staff can model activities and learning in the classroom in real time through co-learning opportunities. Delivered in person or virtually. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Leila MireskandariKids' Growing City Edible Garden Education Workshops & Professional Learning opportunities are offered through gardening seminars, demonstrations and implementing an edible garden. Student workshops include hands-on gardening activities, such as designing school gardens, planting seeds, washing and packaging vegetables, composting, recycling, and harvesting and replanting foods. TDSB staff participate in these workshops and learn how to implement successful gardens at their schools. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Learning for a Sustainable FutureEmpowering Our Children to Change the WorldSessions explore all types of sustainability issues and what young people can do about them to make real, positive change and make our world a greener, happier and healthier place! These special sessions are designed to 'jump-start' classroom "environmental action projects". Topics for these sessions include: Getting started with your climate change project. Electricity Conservation & YOU: Performing an energy audit; No Idling at School: Organizing a campaign to reduce emissions; Food for Thought: Growing local food to reduce food miles; Action Projects: How to get started with your climate change project. Serving: Grades 3-12
Learning for a Sustainable FutureProfessional Learning for a Sustainable FutureProfessional learning sessions are available in transformative, ecological education through inquiry and other strategies in support of a more sustainable future. Topics Include • Authentic Inquiry • Finding Curriculum in Nature • Student Engagement and Empowerment through Community Projects • Climate Change • Using Film-making to Enhance Authentic Inquiry and Project-based Learning • Transformative Practices for School Administrators. For combined staff and student audiences, one hour workshops to jump-start classroom "action projects" are available. Topics for these sessions include: Getting started with your climate change project. Electricity Conservation & YOU: Performing an energy audit; No Idling at School: Organizing a campaign to reduce emissions; Food for Thought: Growing local food to reduce food miles; Action Projects: How To Get started with climate change project. Serving: Staff
Laura BeglinCreativity, Confidence, Artistry Through DanceIn these dance workshops, students build leadership skills as they create their own choreography and creative composition. Each session typically concentrates on one dance style or tradition, providing instruction in technique and dance history. Styles available include jazz, ballet, hip hop, disco, modern, musical theatre, country line dance, Western-style folk dance, and creative movement. With elementary students the instructor focuses on body and spatial awareness, form and style, and physical conditioning. With secondary students the instructor places greater emphasis on proper dance technique and history. All workshops seek to provide new and diverse perspectives to teachers and students in the classroom. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Lance CumberbatchShake, Rattle and Roll to West African DrummingGrounded in Africentric perspectives, these workshops introduce the cultural and community significance of West African traditional drumming and music to elementary students. Black musician and artist, Lance Cumberbatch, shares with students the many sounds, rhythms of West African traditions as well as the history and culture of West Africa, its people and evolution of the music. Sessions provide an opportunity for students to express themselves through movement and participate in creative music-making. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Kouraba Toronto Centre for Cultural AdvKouraba FoliStudents have a rare opportunity to experience authentic West African music traditions, oral histories and dance from an ancestral perspective delivered by Master percussionists, dancers and musicians. These in-person or by video-conferencing sessions utilize multi-media, storytelling, singing, live performance and art demonstrations. The foundation of these sessions are formed on the four pillars of Character Education: Discipline, Respect, Unity, and Music (D.R.U.M.). Drumming or dance workshops allow students to work in smaller groups to actively participate in music making, interactive play and dance while learning traditional songs that tell a story. Also delivered in French and up to four distinct West African languages. Suitable but not limited to Black History month.
KickAss Careers LimitedSkilled Trade PathwaysTaking real-life practical experiences while dressing the part, Jammie McMillan brings the skilled trades to students by telling her personal career journey in skilled trades and technology. Jammie shares successes and failures along the way and provides information on the various pathways in skilled trades as well as the vast opportunities in career options in MITC (Mechanical, Industrial, Technology and Construction) sector. The presentation inspires students to chart their own path and challenge stereotypes in the industry and choose skilled trades as a viable, successful and rewarding career option.
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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12; Professional learning sessions available for staff interested in arts-based learning.
Kevin CarringtonReggaeciseA virtual, reggae-inspired cardio fitness dance program that improves students' physical literacy and emotional well-being. The program combines dance, aerobic fitness, and reggae music, with high-impact exercise routines. Once students learn choreographed movements, they are encouraged to explore their own creativity by improvising their own dance moves. Students interact with an engaging and positive role model that inspires students to do their best and be their best. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Karen ChaboyerResidential Schools & Seven FiresAs a Residential School Survivor, Karen Chaboyer speaks about her lived experience of nine years in a Residential School, its impact on her life, family and community. Available in-person or virtually. She integrates the Seven Fires teachings into her talk. Her presentation cultivates students' knowledge of Aboriginal/Indigenous History and the Residential Schools Era. An engaging, thought-provoking presentation that addresses in a meaningful way the Call to Action statement that "unresolved trauma from residential schools continues to impact individuals, families, communities and nations; and will do so until it is expressed, validated and released in healthy, creative way." Serving: Grades 5 - 12
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.
Kaeja d'DanceCreative Movement and Dance FilmProfessional trained dancers provide dance and movement workshops that touch on fundamental concepts of dance – body, space, time, relationship, and energy – to get all students active and engaged in the creative process. Sessions are delivered in person or virtually. We offer workshops in Dance Improvisation (intuitive movement in response to text, images and soundscapes), Express Dance (creating dances using natural movement vocabulary), Kaeja Elevations (partner work that allows students to soar safely through the air), and Dance Film (choreographing, directing, and editing short dance pieces for the screen). Professional learning for teachers is also available. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
JVS TorontoNewcomer Youth Connection for SuccessTwo sessions help newcomer students to learn about Canadian labour market and various jobs and careers. Labour Market Trends helps students understand the labour market better and future trends in order to better choose a pathway in post-secondary education, a career and beyond. Presentation includes interactive components for students to learn best resources for approaching jobs in the market followed by question and answer. Speed Mentoring Workshop provides an opportunity for students to meet with professionals from a variety of fields to find out about each professional's career. Each interaction will be 15 minutes, after which point students move to the next professional who provides information on background, post-secondary journey and day-to-day job routines. Small group discussions may occur for a particular field.
Just BGRAPHIC Inc.Just BGraphic ArtsUsing art as a means to engage students, these sessions infuse learning in themes of critical thinking and social awareness through a wide range of artistic disciplines; including visual arts, digital arts, performing arts and leadership. Students have the opportunity to dive into screen printing, music production, dance, public speaking, sound design, animation and vocals. Combining this with a culminating performance, project or activity diversifies the art experience; and encourages students to see themselves as more than artists, but also as innovators and creative leaders! Serving: Grades 1 - 12
Just AissiGumboots WorkshopsIntroduce students to a unique and engaging dance where the body becomes a musical instrument through the use of rubber boots. The gumboots dance originated in South Africa and was developed by miners using rhythm and dance in concert with percussive stomping to communicate and express ideas as well as themselves. Students learn the history and cultural development of the style, learn basic steps and choreography, and have the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a routine. Workshops are offered in both French and English. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioFinancial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship ProgramsProgramming inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable, financial decisions; to be innovative in generating business ideas and starting their own companies; and, to discover career possibilities and pathways. Led by JACO trained volunteers from the business community, workshops include More than Money; Be Entrepreneurial Junior ; Dollars with Sense; Economics for Success, Personal Finance and several others. Serving: Grades 4 - 12
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.
Judy ReynoldsMeet the Self: Mindfulness in SchoolsSessions for early years and primary students include a fun, interactive lesson with a loveable, excitable puppet, who faces common challenges. As they help their puppet friend, the class learns valuable mindfulness strategies they can use everyday. There is an emphasis on emotional resilience, dealing with anxiety and stress, and cultivating self-worth in an attempt to lesson the dependence on external validation (especially from social media). Students will come away with a mindful toolkit that includes: breathing exercises, focus training, sensory awareness, kinaesthetic exercises, meditation, easy yoga postures, and self-regulation strategies. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 5
Joseph "Joze" PiranianConfronting Adversity, One Word at a TimeAs a lifelong stutterer, Joze shares his story of transformation in this inspirational keynote as a way for students to learn how to face their fears and embrace what makes them unique. Students learn resilience, courage, persistence, and coping skills and enhance their capacities for empathy, inclusion, self-expression, and self-acceptance. In sharing his story, Joze provides the tools to overcome life's obstacles alongside the wisdom that allows us to see them as opportunities for personal betterment; that our fears and insecurities cease to control us when we choose to act in spite of them. Keynote can be presented in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Serving: all grades, staff and parents
John Howard Society of TorontoH.I.P.P (Helping Individuals Plan Positively)HIPP is a youth centered program for those aged 16 years and older whom are at risk of becoming engaged in pro-criminal behaviours. This program focuses on helping these young people build the skills to meet educational, employment and personal goals. HIPP strives to find proactive solutions to solve the problems of neighbourhood youth violence. A variety of workshops and opportunities are provided on topics including, but not limited to: personal development and goal setting; employment skills; interpersonal communications skills; anger management; problem-solving; masculinity, respect and violence; conflict mediation skills; self-awareness training; mental health/wellness; cultural competency; legal information and housing assistance. Serving: Grades 10 - 12, referred students
Job TalksSkilled Trade SecretsA dynamic assembly that opens the eyes to the secret world of skilled trade careers and how to get started. Jon Callegher, a millennial sociologist and college professor, showcases different areas of the skilled trades, shares the latest data on what motivates career choices, and reveals five major benefits to working in the skilled trades and construction industry. The assembly incorporates Job Talks’ high impact video interviews of passionate tradespeople and introduces the concept of "balanced intelligence" to help change mindsets toward the trades among students, educators and parents.
Joanne WeitzmanLet it Go! Mindfulness ServicesAn early years and elementary students' focused workshop on mindfulness, resiliency and well-being. In person or through video-conferencing, workshops cover emotional and self-regulation skills, techniques to practice calm and relaxation, mindful movement, meditation and yoga poses. Sessions incorporate play-based activities, breathing and movement exercises and sensory exploration that are easy to learn for younger audiences. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 6; Professional Learning Sessions for staff; parents/caregivers
Jessica DubeauFreedom Dance AthleticsDance enrichment workshops provide choreography in historically black influenced dance genres such as: Hip Hop, Jazz, African, Caribbean (Soca, Dancehall), Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Disco styles. In a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment, students learn the characteristics of each style through choreographic sequences and fundamental dance and sport movements built into exercises, routines, and rhythmic drills that provide athletic building components that are unique to dance. At the end of a workshop series, students will perform a choreographed routine that was created during the unit. Each type of sessions promotes cultural acceptance, black awareness and enrichment as well as diversification and anti-racism through practiced mediums and techniques. Serving: Grades 1 - 12
Jennilee AustriaFilipino TalksCross-cultural workshop sheds light on unique challenges that Filipinos face in Canadian schools and society. Led by Filipino-Canadian community leader Jennilee Austria, workshops include: "Family Separation and Reunification" promotes healing after reunification, "Role Models Talk Show" introduces students to their choice of Filipino-Canadian professions, and "Community Supports Talk Show" provides information on how to end isolation by encouraging community involvement, with an emphasis on introducing students to local Filipino-Canadian frontline workers. Staff professional learning is available and introduces staff to strategies to reach the Filipino community that have proven to be successful.
Jeff A.D. MartinYou Are Worth ItEmpowerment assembly and leadership workshops targeted to building up and fostering character development among students. Presentation reinforces the following three points: turning your adversities into your advantages, believing in yourself, the power of self-affirmation. Jeff. A.D. Martin grew up in an underserved neighbourhood within Toronto, facing many disadvantages and can relate to the various struggles that students continue to face today. He shares his own personal stories, which includes loss through violence and also from his fifteen years in law enforcement where he has worked as a police officer within various detective roles. Workshops help students to step through their fears and build important life skills to find their life's passion.
Janice PomerDance the Moving WorldExplore dance and create choreography inspired by movement patterns in Nature. Elementary students deepen their movement skills as they interpret aspects of water, earth, plants, animals, the sky and outer space through collaborative explorations and group choreography. Secondary students are introduced to nature-inspired choreographic structures designed to challenge their technical and creative skills. Professional learning sessions provide elementary teachers with the tools to facilitate dynamic movement programs that connect their students with each other, their community, the environment and other areas of the curriculum. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12; Staff
Jane/Finch Community and Family CentreGreen ChangeThis free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for elementary schools, in-person or virtually. Students learn design components of a public space as well as equitable, ecological and sustainable models to address community need. Students identify problems in their local park using a design-thinking process and facilitators guide students to take concrete steps to address the issues and work to a solution. Program entails exploring and documenting the space (photography and sketching), creating surveys for class participation, sketching a prototype of their impact project, and presentation of the impact project to the school community. To help schools build capacity following project completion, facilitators support teachers to expand or modify the program in the second year and have regular check-ins. Serving: Grades 3 - 6
Jane Goodall Institute for WildlifeRoots and Shoots _ Professional Learning Professional Learning Sessions for staff include an overview and discussion on the Jane Goodall Institutes Roots & Shoots youth sustainability program and their focus on climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental inequity. Orienting staff in their ability to guide students of all ages through a 4-step program: STEP 1: Who or What Inspires You? STEP 2: Map Out Your Community STEP 3: Plan An Action Project STEP 4: Reflect on Your Achievements and Celebrate Your Impact! Examples of projects from across Canada will also be shared.
James MandarinoCourage to DreamJay Mandarino shares his life story of overcoming obstacles, achieving success, and giving back to the community in this free inspirational assembly. Students hear a positive message to not let any obstacles stop them from achieving their dreams. Jay Mandarino talks about business and entrepreneurship, confidence and self-esteem and how to live with a learning disability such as dyslexia and ADHD and the life challenges these diagnoses often present. His message empowers students to strive for success in the face of adversity, through the real life examples of lived experience. Presentation is followed by a question and answer period. Serving: Grades 5 - 12
Jack.orgJack Talks, Jack Chapters and Jack SummitsJack.org is training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health. Programs work towards a Canada where all young people understand how to take care of their own mental health and look out for each other. Jack Talks are presentations delivered by youth speakers who have been trained to use their personal stories to educate their peers about mental health. Jack Chapters are groups of young leaders who work year-round to identify and dismantle barriers to positive mental health in their communities. Jack Summits are youth-led conferences where young people gather to collaborate on how to best promote mental health in their communities. Be There is a safe and engaging resource that teaches anyone how to support someone struggling with their mental health. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
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.
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.
I-ThinkI-Think School-based Learning Programs Equip school staff teams and teachers with the tools and mindsets to bring the global competencies and learning skills to life in your classrooms and leadership. Using the metacognition, complex problem solving and innovation process of Integrative Thinking and Design Thinking, workshops connect the tools to local school context. Workshops can focus on new ways of thinking to support local schools' improvement goals of student achievement, well-being and equity.
Itah SaduStories For Our Time Highly theatrical and always inspirational, Itah Sadu uses oral tradition and storytelling to share contemporary and traditional stories and folklore from across the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Stories convey history, relationships with the world, social justice themes, give meaning to complex issues and conversations, and is a simple form of individual and group engagement in these in-person or by video-conferencing sessions. Facilitator introduces Canadian and international Black and Caribbean game changers while engaging students in call and response, question and answer, and movement. The art form of storytelling speaks to language arts, student voice, communication, inclusion and identity and culture.
Isaac AkrongAfrican Dance Ensemble (ADE): Dance, Drumming, Music, and StoriesThe cultural history, meaning and context of African music and dance comes alive in these presentations and workshops to the school community. The group performs a number of pieces from their repertoire which spans the continent of Africa, specialization in West Africa. The performance incorporates rich and vibrant costumes, beads, masks, and instruments such as a variety of types of drums, xylophone, shaker, bell and flute. Workshop series and residencies are available for those classes that wish to develop and perform a polished performance piece. All instruments are provided and facilitator demonstrates the song, rhythm and dance so each student has the opportunity to participate in playing, dancing and singing. Delivered in-person or virtual.
Intuit Canada ULCVirtual Intuit Education ProgramIn collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement, this virtual program identifies and addresses barriers Black students, families and communities have with regards to financial literacy, digital equity and design thinking for innovative community-based change. These sessions offer secondary students a chance to learn from industry professionals in technology; develop entrepreneurship skills through authentic business experiences; develop financial habits using real-world simulations; and participate in social entrepreneurship challenges, using Design Thinking methodologies, to solve a real-world challenge in their community. Through these rich experiential learning opportunities (workshops, conferences, exhibitions, competitions) students obtain the skills for career readiness. Professional learning is also available.
International Student Exchange - OntarioReciprocal Student Exchanges Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. TDSB promotes the opportunity, while all arrangements are made directly between interested students' families and the reciprocal exchange agency. Ministry of Education guidelines for reciprocal student exchanges are followed as per the Ministry of Education document ‘Enrolment Register Instructions for Elementary and Secondary Schools’. Students apply in one school year and both components of the reciprocal exchange take place during the next school year. TDSB students host a visiting student in the fall and then travel overseas in the following spring. Visiting students stay with and attend school with the host student. All exchange agency registration documents, including parent/guardian permissions to participate in all school activities as per procedures of the host family's school board, are provided to TDSB Schools by host families when registering the visiting student as a guest at the school. Students from each country remain on the registry of their home school. Host schools Guidance and teaching staff comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before they return home.
Inspiration RepublicVirtual YOU, Me, USAfrican Canadian history virtual presentation takes a look at historical African Canadian figures who have made substantial contributions in the black community and Canadian culture, while facing racism and oppression. Presentation explores the setbacks and challenges of Harry Jerome, Viola Desmond, Elijah McCoy but also to showcase their resiliency, innovative spirit and problem-solving skills while inspiring students to see themselves as problem-solvers and innovators. Using media, real life stories and an interactive game show, the presentation highlights the history beyond the colour barrier. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8
Indigenous Sport & Wellness OntarioIndigenous Wellness through Sport Interactive presentations (in-person or by video-conferencing), with an emphasis on culture, truth and acknowledgement, providing opportunities to celebrate the athletic achievements, cultural traditions and knowledge of Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island (North America). The presentations (tailored uniquely for each age range) include information about traditional Indigenous sports such as lacrosse, archery and canoe/kayak; Indigenous athletes throughout history such as Tom Longboat and the Firth sisters; the North American Indigenous Games and insights from athletes; the Wellness Warrior movement; and the Team 88 campaign which utilizes Call to Action #88 from the TRC to inspire dialogue and action on reconciliation through something as universal as sport.
IndigenEdIndigenEdLed by Veronica Johnny, in-person or video-conferencing assemblies and workshops focus on personal healing and growth to help participants tune into their intuition and artistic gifts. As a healer and Two-Spirit musician, Veronica Johnny shares traditional teachings and drum songs on solo hand drum for students to have a better understanding of Indigenous teachings, music and perspectives. Workshops delve deeper into traditional Indigenous percussive techniques, origin of songs, protocols, leading songs and cultural context while providing a safe space for expression and music-making.
Imagine Yoga and Wellness Inc.Accessible & Adaptable YogaWorkshops, in person or virtual delivery, use yoga and mindfulness activities for students to build on body awareness, self-regulation and mobility, especially for diverse learners with exceptionalities. Students learn and practise techniques to help with movement, breathing, well-being and connection between the mind and body. Activities and exercises are adapted to be inclusive including exceptional individuals (special needs) and are based on the needs of the students (no matter shape, size, ability and strength) ensuring practise is safe for every participant. Program is suitable for Intensive Support Programs (ISPs).
ICTCDigital DASHStudents participate in exploratory learning activities to enhance digital competencies that will open pathways towards digital careers. Activities recreate authentic scenarios to engage students to practise their critical thinking in order to solve a problem while thinking of the consequences of the solution. A variety of workshops provide knowledge on the areas of information and communications technology (ICT), cyber arts, and business skills. Students also have an opportunity to meet industry experts, gain practical industry knowledge and learn about current and emerging STEM careers and pathways in ICT. Professional learning is available.
Ian KetekuUncover Your Hidden VoiceFacilitated by a National Slam Champion and World Poetry Slam Champion, these workshops introduce students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, to the spoken word form. Sessions encourage students to engage with language in new, personal, and imaginative ways. Writing skills and tools for creative expression are enhanced in grade specific abilities. Students learn the literary tools and techniques used to effectively communicate messages and emotions. Workshops culminate with students performing their own unique spoken word piece to their class.
I Challenge DiabetesDiabetes EducationA program that destigmatizes those living with diabetes and provides knowledge and supports to those students living with the disease for the entire school community. Presentation and workshops dispel myths while educating the audience on what it means to live with Type 1 Diabetes including what steps are taken to manage the disease, testing and taking insulin, self care, and use of technology to help those involved succeed. Workshops offer the basics on diabetes including how to use Glucagon to understanding Ministry's PPM 161. Parent workshops are available to provide strategies on how to support students living with diabetes to achieve school success. Serving: Grades 1 - 12
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.
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.
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.
Humber 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.
Humber CollegeHumber Nursing Field Placements Nursing Field Placements and their Faculty Advisors collaborate with TDSB Educator Teams (kindergarten to grade two), to develop learning activities that enhance the Early Years curriculum and the interested elementary schools' health promotion project or school-wide activities. A member of the faculty from Humber School of Health Sciences is available in the school to supervise the nursing field placement students.
Humber CollegeJazz in the SchoolsEngaging and interactive live jazz performances expose students to jazz, while exploring the history of jazz music and its connections to music around the world. Students learn the evolution of jazz music, through listening and participating in discussion about the variations of jazz music as it has fused with the rhythms, melodies and timbres of folk music from around the world. Performances available during the month of May. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Human Moves Inc.Accessible Mini Ping Pong Program is suitable for all grades and abilities. It provides specially designed tables, racquets and ping pong pickup tools, targets and containers of different size. Students learn ball movements, direction control, deflection, bounce control, catching and targeting. Progression moves to racquet and ball timing. As students get more advanced, students learn rally challenges with others, 50 rally challenge, forehand/backhand rally switching providing foundation skills. All participants are given achievable motivational challenges according to their abilities. The design of equipment is wheelchair friendly and can accommodate a wide spectrum of disabilities including movement disorders and cognitive challenges. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Hot Planet Cool Athletes CanadaProtect Our PlanetCanadian professional athletes and Olympians inspire secondary students to be climate leaders in their schools, communities and beyond in these in-person or virtual presentations. Presenters share first-hand accounts of how climate change affects their sport. This multi-media presentation covers a wide variety of topics relating to climate change including an overview of climate science, its causes and effects, climate impacts across Canada, policy goals, and actionable solutions every student can participate in. Students have an opportunity to ask presenters questions at the end. Resources are available to engage students on how to take action personally and throughout their school and community.
Hong Fook Mental Health AssociationWraparound: Making Healthy ChoicesLed by Hong Fook Youth Program Worker, the CHOICES program, serving East Asian and international students from grades 7 – 12 helps youth to create new social connections and strengthen peer to peer relationships. Through games, group work and discussion, youths are able to develop strategies with a focus on different life skills, including communication, healthy relationships, stress management, wellness, decision-making, and goal-setting. The Youth Outreach Worker is available to provide individualized programs to meet participants' needs as well as be available for presentations with school communities to increase all students' understanding of mental health, available resources, and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion.
Holland Bloorview HospitalCommunication and Writing Aids ServiceThe Communication and Writing Aids Service (CWAS) program includes an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) service and a Writing Aids (WA) service. AAC provides consultative support to children in the classroom and at home when their speech does not meet their face-to-face communication needs. WA provides technological support (laptop and specialized software) to children who use natural speech as their primary means of communication, but are unable, due to a physical disability, to write with pen and paper functionally. Students who use AAC may also need a WA. Holland Bloorview CWA staff collaborate with the TDSB School Support Team (SST), including the Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational and/or Physical Therapist, Principal, and teacher to determine an appropriate AAC and/or WA system and to facilitate the mutually agreed upon system into the classroom.
Holland Bloorview HospitalDear Everybody: It's Time to End Disability StigmaOne hour interactive presentation for students focused on promoting awareness of disability stigma and enhancing social inclusion in-person or by video-conferencing. Delivered by young adult facilitators with lived experience with disability, the presentation content includes disability education, sharing of real stories of lived experience with disability, facilitated conversation and sharing about inclusion and barriers, games, and other class activities that promote deeper understanding of disability. This presentation is part of the hospital's mission to drive social change for children and youth with disabilities. Additional professional learning workshops are available for staff.
Higher LoveE.Y.E. (Elevating Youth Everywhere) YogaIn this 8 week program, Black female yoga instructor, Vonnette Forde, offers a practical program for students to learn mindfulness tools to help reduce anxiety and stress. Sessions may be offered in-person or virtually. Using meditation, yoga postures and movement, soft music, vision boarding and gratitude journaling, students develop skills that improve their physical and mental health. Sessions highlight the interconnection between the mind and the body, so students can build on their body awareness and positive mindset.
HELM Technologies Inc.Understanding STEM, Startups & TechnologyIn this hands-on interactive workshop by video-conferencing or in-person, Dr. Elize Shirdel walks students through the mechanics of how technology works, evolution of app-based technology and artificial intelligence. Students walk away with an understanding of components of the consumer technology stack - apps, databases, APIs, front end development, back end development and user interfaces and experience. Activities and information use examples taken from technology that students use in their daily lives. Students gain an overview of skills and careers in technology industry and support. Elize also shares her personal journey as a woman in the tech industry and how to be successful.
Hello Hope Canada Inc.Hello HopeAubrey Noronha offers two presentations, in-person or virtual, to instill hope and better equip students, staff and parents to make their school and community a safe one. "Battling Loneliness & Isolation Before, During, and After COVID19" for the school community provides strategies to tackle stress and anxiety during and after a pandemic as well a sbuilt ongoing psychological/mental health. This presentation provides scientific connections between social media, empathy and the health benefits of face-to-face interactions and practical tips on how to create stronger bonds with family, friends and community. The second presentation, "Colour Blind? Why Being "Not Racist" Is Not Enough" provides a student-friendly primer on bias, evolution of the word racism and offers practical steps for going from "not racist" to "anti-racist".
Heart of a Man (HOAM) Ltd.Welcome WellnessOvercome, elevate, inspire. Donovan is a motivational speaker who inspires others by sharing his story of mental health and wellness. He speaks of his battle with depression and educates on effective communication, vulnerability and resilience. Interactive discussion provides an inspirational message on Black mental health for young men and youth audiences. Integrating stories, statistics, and spoken word, students are engaged and provided with effective strategies for fostering wellness, coping, and reaching out to supports and community resources. The presentation inspires students in defining one’s own struggles, overcoming them with passion and ultimately finding one’s purpose in life. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
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.
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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Greenpeace CanadaVirtual GreenspeakersFree virtual presentations enhance student knowledge and motivation on critical environmental topics such as climate change/crisis, the Arctic, boreal and rain forests, biodiversity, plastics, economic development/environmental impact, and personal environmental awareness/engagement. Thought provoking and interactive, the presentations engage on both an intellectual and emotional level so that the students brainstorm ideas for practical, and actionable solutions. Serving: Grades 3 - 12
Green Thumbs Growing KidsSchool Food Gardens for LearningGardens provide food growing and environmental education programs at select elementary schools. The fruits and vegetables produced are used in the schools’ nutrition programs and classroom cooking. Gardens are designed along ecological principles, incorporating trees, shrubs and perennials along with annual food plants. Curriculum links include science, social studies, language, math and art.
Green Thumbs Growing KidsUrban Trees From SeedStudents plant and nurture urban-tolerant native species of trees, from seed that they collect or is collected locally from mature trees. Delivery in-person or by video-conferencing, this project enhances student learning in citizen science, biodiversity and environmental stewardship. Facilitated by an Indigenous garden educator who provides knowledge on a variety of native tree species including one with the Anishnaabemowin name, Giidaga biizhou aatig, also known as the Kentucky Coffee Tree. Younger students plant the tree from seed and older students pot the seedlings, take care and plant the seedling in a forever home.
Green Hope FoundationYouth Education through Environmental EducationStudents are made aware of real world issues regarding sustainable development in these free assembly/workshops that blend art, music, dance, drama, and science while creating and achieving sustainability goals. Students learn about and discuss the impacts of climate change and ways to mitigate it, the importance of clean energy moving forward into the future, the need for biodiversity conservation, and ways we can adopt a model of sustainable consumption of earth's resources. Classroom learning is also complemented with outdoor local activities such as waste cleanups and waste segregation in order to demonstrate to students how to put 'words into action', learning that transcends classroom walls and school yards.
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.
Good Beautiful Morning ConsultancyOur Tapestry is our MasterpieceAfrican Canadian artist/writer, Mello Ayo, takes the audience on a journey of the history of the African diaspora, a tapestry running from Africa across the Atlantic sea to where we stand today. This presentation highlights history and contributions of people of African ancestry, the human experience including the struggles and joys and especially the hope for the future. Mello takes a multidisciplinary approach – performance art, storytelling, original spoken word and poetry and music to inspire and share the power of resilience. Suitable for secondary students.
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