|Operation Springboard||Positive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)||PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. |
|Toronto Arts Council||Presenting Partners of tdsbCREATES ||The Toronto Arts Council and TDSB collaborate to create new points of access to the Arts across the city by providing opportunities for artists selected by the Advisory Committee, to engage in school-based workshops and projects with students and teachers who are participating in the annual tdsbCREATES Arts Festival. The festival takes place in schools, galleries, community locations and performing arts venues across Toronto each spring.|
|Théâtre la Catapulte||Productions théâtrales en français||Touring Franco-ontarian production, performed by professional francophone artists from the Ottawa region and delivered in French. Students enhance French language skills while exploring current societal themes. Each production uses rich, inspirational materials to engage and provide a meaningful experience to youth audiences. Following the production, a question and answer session led by artists, provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the French arts industry and themes from the production.|
|Learning for a Sustainable Future||Professional Learning for a Sustainable Future||Professional learning sessions are available in transformative, ecological education through inquiry and other strategies in support of a more sustainable future.Topics Include • Authentic Inquiry • Finding Curriculum in Nature • Student Engagement and Empowerment through Community Projects • Climate Change • Using Film-making to Enhance Authentic Inquiry and Project-based Learning • Transformative Practices for School Administrators. For combined staff and student audiences, one hour workshops to jump-start classroom "action projects" are available. Topics for these sessions include: Getting started with your climate change project.Electricity Conservation & YOU: Performing an energy audit; No Idling at School: Organizing a campaign to reduce emissions; Food for Thought: Growing local food to reduce food miles; Action Projects: How To.|
|New Heights Consulting||Professional Learning in Agile Leadership||This energetic and interactive professional learning session covers strategies, tools, examples and inspiration for empowering people, building trust, promoting emotional intelligence and mental health, encouraging agile thinking, communicating effectively, resolving conflicts and improving leadership capacity. Alan Mallory uses his experience of climbing Mount Everest with his family to illustrate how you can build a purpose-driven team to achieve success. Full of group discussions and hands-on activities, it is a highly engaging session for helping staff teams reach new heights in education. |
|University of Toronto||Professional Learning on Math Anxiety: Relationships Between Emotion and Cognition ||This seminar helps teachers develop an understanding of the presentation of math anxiety and to help students who experience intense emotions during mathematics. Graduate post-secondary students from University of Toronto lead a half day presentation on 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 reduce teachers’ anxiety in mathematics. Teachers learn strategies and learning tools to use in the classroom to decrease students’ anxiety and benefit students’ performance in mathematics. Follow-up with staff occurs to review the impact of practice and how staff continue to support students.|
|Ontario Tennis Association||Progressive Schools Tennis||Progressive Schools Tennis provides professional learning sessions, and in-class workshops that introduce students and staff to “Progressive Floor Tennis”, using a small mobile net, sponge balls and graduated length junior racquets with follow up visits by tennis coaches.|
|Project Give Back||Project Give Back ||Project Give Back aims to develop empathy, build acceptance and ignite community minded students. Students select a social issue that is of importance to them and learn how to engage others to become interested in the cause. Over a series of sessions, students research a charity, role play calling the charity, prepare a written and oral report of their findings, and organize a “fun-raiser” (mock fundraiser). Technology is utilized in presentations prepared by students as a medium for enhancing organizational, research, and communication skills. Project Give Back invites guests into the classroom to speak about work in which they are involved to make social change.|
|ProjexIT Corp.||Project Management for Secondary Students||Whether students are leading teams, or joining teams, project success depends on doing more than produce project results. Students also need to manage projects. Project Management (PM) is a set of methods to apply the knowledge, skills, tools and techniques needed to plan and execute successful projects. They enable students to reliably deliver agreed upon results on time and within budget. Great for any class interested in developing students organizational and life skills; as well as for Business/Entrepreneurship classes. A school assembly presentation which provides an overview of the knowledge and skills needed for 'Project Management' can lead to interested individual classes being introduced to Project Management concepts in more depth through a workshop series of five hours or a full day hands-on experience in their school's computer lab focussed on creating a plan for a project of students' choice.
|Project Start Science||Project Start Science Workshops||STEM presentations and workshops for elementary school students at Driftwood Public School are led by a team of undergraduate Science and Engineering students who participate in the Project Start Science Club at York University. All sessions are facilitated in collaboration with classroom teachers. The hour-long workshops consist of a short presentation and hands-on activity that is completed in small groups. TDSB students use critical and analytical thinking in regards to STEM concepts, while engaging with post-secondary students as role models in pursuing studies in STEM subject areas. |
|Exacto Systems Inc.||Proliteracy.ca: Financing a Post-Secondary Education||Workshop provides innovative ways to plan finances for a post-secondary education. Topics include introduction to fundamental financial concepts, personal loan versus student loans, grants and scholarships, and strategies to reduce debt and manage finances responsibly. Students will have an opportunity to explore their desired career path and see the cost estimates and funding options available using the website proliteracy.ca.
|Prologue to the Performing Arts||Prologue Programming||Prologue represents and promotes a select group of professional artists and companies to provide live performing arts workshops and performances in music, dance, theatre, puppetry, opera and storytelling. Programming may be offered in French, and professional learning sessions are available for staff. Prologue performances are intended to function as learning tools to complement school curriculum. Students explore creative expression and cross-cultural connections which are meaningful in their lives through different arts disciplines. Teachers will also receive study guides and resource materials accompanying each performance. Prologue's roster of artists for the current year can be viewed at http://www.prologue.org.|
|Toronto Pflag||Promote Awareness of LGBTQ students and inspire allies||Toronto Pflag moms provide workshops that begin with the story of their LGBTQ child and their experiences at the age of the students in the audience. For elementary grades, the arc of the story deals with bullying. We go through scenarios to encourage students not to prejudge and instead look for opportunities to talk to each other. Younger students are asked to problem-solve for the bullied child: how could we make their school day happier? With older students and high school youth, Pflag introduces definitions; what it’s like to have a crush on someone of the same gender; we talk about coming out and why it’s hard to do; we encourage role modelling that is not homo- or trans- phobic; and, the power of allies.|
|White Ribbon ||Promoting Healthy Masculinities to End Gender-Based Violence||As a thought leader in equal gender norms, and healthy masculinities, White Ribbon provides five different foci for “Building Ally-ship” sessions:
1. Building Ally-ship Together With Women and Girls to End Gender-Based Violence
2. Building Ally-ship and Unpacking “Bro-Culture”
3. Building Ally-ship through Consent Culture and Effective Bystander Intervention
4. Building Ally-ship and Exploring My Own Role and Commitment to Ending Gender-Based Violence
5. Building Ally-ship through Storytelling and Action Planning
|Puppetmongers Theatre||Puppet Theatre||These performances and workshops bring puppet theatre to students as a medium to communicate stories, ideas and experiences. Professional artists introduce a diversity of puppetry traditions around the world, demonstrate puppet making techniques and/or perform stories that explore a variety of themes using different puppets and visual effects. Workshops enable students to construct their own puppet and work in small groups to plan and perform plays using their hand-made puppets for each other. Students explore this art from to broaden their perceptions of themselves and their world in a way that is non-threatening and inclusive. |
|Vujade Entertainment Inc.||Puppets Cool! Toons! ||Three choices are available in these Media Arts, Creative Design, Animation and Tech workshops using Puppetry design, creation and story-telling. Students learn in a creative, multimedia production process. Culminating activity includes students producing original film and other story-telling media using the puppets (and characters) they create. For secondary students, a more comprehensive look at mechanical puppetry and animation is explored; how it works with technology and STEM concepts, and the intricacies of these media arts. Details can be found at www.puppets-cool.com
|Read2Rap||Read2Rap Literacy Program||The program offers instruction and media-rich opportunities to students so they may fully understand the history and origins of Hip Hop culture as and to recognize its capacity as an effective tool for personal and social change. Rap music and Hip Hop culture are used as the vehicle to bring youth closer to the leader within. Students are engaged in research, creative writing, speech arts, teamwork and thought provoking discussion. Topics of discussion may include bullying; violence; conflict-resolution; image; self-confidence; and other personal or community issues. Using group discussions, class participating and presentations students are engaged in writing exercises, performances and creating their culminating presentations. The program also includes the Speak Your Mind weekly training that capture youth-led discussions in podcasts. Learning is stimulated through creative means and open communication. Youth research, develop and lead their own informative podcasts. Students work in teams to create their podcasts.|
|University of Windsor||Reciprocal Learning in Education between Canada and China||This partnership program contributes to the data gathering and knowledge mobilization elements of the research initiative of the same name, led by the University of Windsor. It builds on the Sister School Network, originally established in TDSB by the University of Toronto, OISE. There are several activities within this MOU with varying audiences, timelines and evaluation measures that occur in China and Canada.|
|Canadian Education Exchange Foundation||Reciprocal Student Exchanges ||Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. For the 2 or 3 month exchanges, 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 teachers comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before the student returns home. 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’.|
|International Student Exchange - Ontario||Reciprocal Student Exchanges ||Reciprocal, individualized, international student exchanges, for students in grades 10 & 11, focuses on language learning, cultural understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, self-awareness and lasting personal contacts. For the 2 or 3 month exchanges, 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 teachers comment on the attendance, effort and participation of the visiting student and provide the visiting student with a copy of this report before the student returns home. 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’.|
|Regesh Family and Child Services||Regesh High on Success and CAST||The innovative school-based programs support students to develop healthy self-esteem, decision-making, self-regulation, and interpersonal and communication skills. Students are engaged in improving their academic performance. Reconnecting Youth is delivered over 20 weeks and using small group activities, students develop new and supportive relationships that help them to be successful. The Coping and Support Training Program (CAST) is offered over 7 weeks to students. Students learn skills to increase their self-esteem, manage anger, enhance mental health and help them connect with their teachers and family.|
|CANVAS Arts Action Programs||RelatABILITY||Using an anti-oppression framework to deliver arts-based workshops on gender, sexuality, consent and body image for students to understand and reduce sexual violence, homophobia and transphobia. Through accessible theatre, improv and storytelling, students explore societal pressures, gender norms and expectations, open communication and consent and LGBTQ2S+ inclusion. Students learn practical tools to address these topics while creating an arts project that encourages positive self-expression. Workshops use a flexible model to engage all learning styles. A ten-week workshop series is available to students with exceptionalities (physical and/or intellectual needs) called, “Celebrate Body Positive Storytelling”.|
|Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre||Relationship Skills Violence Prevention (RSVP)||RSVP provides Professional Learning sessions to enhance staff support for young women who have experienced, or who are considered at risk of experiencing, violence in a personal relationship. The program is intended to prevent victimization and to assist youth to develop the skills needed to form and maintain healthy relationships.This psycho-educational Professional Learning session also builds the knowledge and expertise of caring adults in "Trauma-Informed Schools". |
|TREC Charitable Foundation||Relay Education: Kids World of Energy||These hands-on workshops provide students with an in-depth exploration of the various types of renewable energy, their uses, and diverse careers in the Green Energy field. Students will use miniature models of wind turbines or solar photovoltaic panels, complete experiments, and build and test prototypes. Workshop titles include: Concentrate on Conservation; Capture the Wind; Plug in the Sun; Digest This!; Solar Workshop; and Green Collar Careers. Additional renewable energy workshops include Wind Design Challenge and Solar Design Challenge where essential building materials are provided for students to design, build and test or race their devices; all challenges include a Teacher Building Guide for teachers to implement if they choose. |
|Karen Chaboyer||Residential Schools & Seven Fires||As a Residential School Survivor, Karen Chaboyer speaks about her lived experience of nine years in a Residential School, its impact on her life, family and community. 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."
|METRAC||Respect in Action: ReAct||METRAC’s Respect in Action (ReAct) is peer-to-peer youth led violence prevention program. Using popular education techniques, ReAct’s Youth Peer Facilitators work with students to increase their understanding of violence, to create safe spaces for youth to talk about their experiences, and to inspire young people to take action to address violence in their lives and communities. ReAct offers a variety of workshops and presentations with a focus on preventing gender-based violence.
|East Metro Youth Services||Respect in Schools Everywhere (RISE)||This program at West Hill Collegiate Institute provides students in Grades 9-10 a workshop series to address bullying and develop conflict resolution and leadership skills. RISE program staff address and support issues that young people are facing on a regular basis. Students develop workshop materials on bullying, cyber-bullying, mental health and stigma and conflict resolution which are then facilitated to their peers in grades 7-12.
Workshops teach students strategies to communicate and manage bullying and situations where conflict may occur, how to effectively address bullying both as a victim and as a positive bystander. Students also learn coping mechanisms to foster positive mental health and discuss the elements of self-care and have the opportunity to create their own self-care kits. Students receive resources and tools to better advocate for themselves and others.
|Rock Solid Productions Inc.||Rocks and Rings||The program is designed to introduce the sport of curling to elementary school students. 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. At the end of each session, each participating student receives his/her own graduation certificate. |
|Beebo Music||Roland Bibeau French School Concerts||The interactive French and bilingual language music concerts give students the motivation and confidence to sing along to French-language songs. Students learn traditional and contemporary French songs and they lyrics are projected onto a wall or screen to help students sing along. Performances focus on music as a learning tool, and demonstrate how music can be used in teaching students a second language.|
|Roots of Empathy||Roots of Empathy Classrooms ||By bringing a real baby and parent into classrooms, the Roots of Empathy program aims to raise the social/emotional competence of students through increasing students’ capacity for empathy. It gives children the opportunity to observe the baby’s development and the interaction between baby and parent. The relationship between the parent and child is a template for positive, empathic human relationships aimed to shape how children deal with each other and to lay a foundational example for their future as parents and citizens.
A neighbourhood infant and parent visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. A trained ROE instructor coaches students to observe the baby's development and to label the baby's feelings. Schools interested in scheduling ROE programming register via www.rootsofempathy.org/become-a-roots-of-empathy-school.|
|Roseneath Theatre||Roseneath Theatre Touring Productions||Professional theatre performances and tailor-made workshops support character education, arts curriculum connections, and social justice for young audiences. Roseneath Theatre produces 3-5 performances per year that feature a particular theme and focus, written by recognized playwrights from across Canada. A study guide comprises each performance, providing classroom activities, resources, as well as pre and post-show questions. Following each performance, a scripted question and answer session with the cast explores current topics and issues to critically analyze the concepts brought forth, building connections that relate to health and well-being and our relationship with ourselves and with others. Productions for the current year can be found at www.roseneath.ca.|
|Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation||Rugby Professional Learning and Skills Development||This 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.|
|Variety Village||Run Jump Throw Wheel Program with Variety Village||To introduce Variety Village and our run jump throw wheel program to our community schools with the intention of running a community event at Variety Village.
The Run Jump Throw Wheel instructor course helps primary school aged children to develop agility, balance, coordination and speed, instilling the capacity and desire for them for daily play and to be physically active.
The teacher resource is separated into three sections: running, jumping, and throwing with five levels of skill development. These sections provide fundamental movement techniques that will benefit children's physically active lifestyle, and encourage them to remain physically active.
Students with disabilities will also be included in the program, as the Run Jump Throw Wheel program has been adapted to accommodate people with disabilities.|
|Start2Finish||Run4Change:The Clinic,The Challenge, The Change ||Working with interested teachers and student leaders through an annual fall orientation, a spring 'mid-program' refresher, and localized support, this program provides physical literacy and effective DPA skills, knowledge and resources to inspire participating school communities in the 20/20 Challenge (20 minutes of fitness per day for 20 weeks), and localized or central culminating run events, that tie physical fitness and well-being with social justice. Progressive programming inspires determination, resiliency, goal-setting and perseverance, and students seeing themselves as change agents. A motivator for culminating events is awareness-raising or fundraising for a social justice cause of the school's choosing. |
|COBA Collective Of Black Artists||Sankofa Dance Workshops, Seminars and Performances||The Collective of Black Artists (COBA) offers workshops, seminars (lecture demonstrations) and performances with a traditional West African and African Diasporic dance lens that create a comprehensive, inclusive and fun understanding of dance and improvisation. Sankofa symbolizes the artistic values that infuse all COBA educational programs. The Sankofa symbol is a mythical bird of the Akan people, that flies forward with its head turned backwards. In keeping with the values of Sankofa, COBA presents workshops and performances of dance, music, poetry and rhythm and oral histories woven together that are responsive to the present while celebrating the past. |
|Community Arts Guild||Scarborough: Transformations||Workshop explores personal history and ancestry, community history and stories of Scarborough through art making. Students use poetry, visual arts and/or performing arts techniques to reflect on local history and their personal and ancestral connections to it. Students also explore their sense of belonging by considering cultural and geographical roots, voices from the past and present, faded memories, and current realities. Facilitators assist students in taking those reflections of their ancestral past to create poetry, visual arts piece or an improv presentation. For those interested in a workshop series, students develop ideas further into a larger artwork using textile, visual art and/or craft a performance. |
|Green Thumbs Growing Kids||School Food Gardens for Learning||Gardens 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. Some are also sent home with students, and some are donated to local, community food programs.|
|FoodShare Toronto||School Grown ||FoodShare Toronto’s School Grown program uses market gardens located at schools and on TDSB sites to enhance student’s learning about food systems, urban agriculture, and food justice. The program provides experiential learning opportunities, enhanced curriculum connections, career awareness and mentorship, and school food program enhancements for students at School Grown sites. Students are engaged in outdoor experiential learning in the market garden throughout the growing season, and teachers are supported in professional development and skill building opportunities through garden activities. More information on programming can be found at: https://foodshare.net/program/schoolgrown/|
|School Heroes Unite||School Heroes Unite Assemblies||Through the use of magic tricks, storytelling, music and short videos, a core message of heroism, teamwork, kindness empathy and preventing bullying is shared with students. Students and staff have the opportunity to take part in fun games, magic and brainstorming to explore how to prevent bullying in their schools. Students help to create an action plan for their classrooms and school to perform small acts of kindness that have a much larger impact on creating caring schools.|
|Nara Women's University SS, Japan||School to School Reciprocal Exchange||School to School reciprocal exchanges deepen students and staff international understanding of culture, language and education systems. Learning resources are also shared between educators from both schools.
|Green Communities Canada||School Traffic Management||The School Traffic Management program will provide assistance to select elementary schools that are experiencing traffic congestion and traffic safety concerns on and around their school site. Schools will work with a facilitator who will investigate and respond to traffic related concerns and provide traffic management support. The program will offer solutions to identified safety concerns and schools will receive a comprehensive School Action Plan, Routes to School map and other strategies and tools to provide students and families with safe routes and active transportation options.
The School Traffic Management program applies a comprehensive approach to traffic 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.|
|Mad Science of Toronto||Science & Technology Workshops||The Mad Science Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science by leading interactive, in-class workshops and clubs. These workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology and the environment and to make connections between science and the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary students.|
|Scientists in School||Scientists in School||Workshops for elementary students enhance curriculum and have students become immersed in inquiry: experimenting and learning alongside teachers and parent volunteers as they peer into microscopes, test their powers of observation; design pneumatic models to solve a problem; explore insect adaptations; experiment with levers and build bridges to their futures. Scientists in the Schools’ professionals bring specialized materials and equipment into the classroom, making the workshop hands-on for every child; and provide comprehensive Teacher Resource Packages that outline scientific concepts and provide extension activities easily implemented by teachers in the their own classrooms. All Scientists in School workshops, exclusive of the math offerings, are available for TDSB elementary schools. Approximately 50 topic choices are available.|
|Toronto Community Housing Corporation||Seniors Pen Pal Program||Each year, up to one hundred elementary students from four schools can engage in the Seniors Pen Pal writing program to improve their English Literacy and writing skills. TCHC facilitates the pen pal matches with seniors who would benefit from this intergenerational, literacy program. TCHC staff visit interested classrooms to provide an overview on letter writing and provide paper, envelopes and postage; and with the teacher, plan how many letters will be exchanged over what period of time during the school year. There may be a culminating event with the Senior "pen pals" and students, after the determined number of letters have been exchanged through the post during the year.|
|Catholic Crosscultural Services||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|Centre for Immigrant&Community Services||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|CultureLink Settlement and Community Services||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|North York Community House||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|TNO - The Neighbourhood Organization||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|Planned Parenthood Toronto||Sexual Health, Healthy Relationships, and Anti-homophobia Programming||Workshops and resource materials promote sexual health and healthy relationships, and support students in understanding and reducing homophobia. The goal is to provide youth with the information and skills they need to make informed choices for themselves. Facilitators deliver workshops on topics including: Building Healthier Relationships, Healthy Sexuality, Birth Control Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Readiness, and Safer Sex Negotiation. The Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH) program delivers peer-led anti-homophobia workshops that encourage youth to think critically about homophobia and heterosexism in their communities and the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer youth.|
|Shakespeare Canada||Shakespeare for Kids School Tour||Shakespeare Canada is a non-profit, professional theatre company whose mission is to provide an inspiring and unforgettable theatre experience for students of all ages. Employing an innovative production staff and dynamic actors, we perform Shakespeare's timeless themes in a contemporary voice. Our versions of the classic Shakespeare plays are adapted to modern English for an easier understanding of the play by students of all ages. Productions and scheduling vary each year. Updated information is available at www.shakespearecanda.com|
|Valerey Lavergne ||Sharing Indigenous Knowledge through Expressive Arts||An Indigenous Expressive Arts Facilitator and Certified Life Coach creates innovative workshops to teach students Indigenous knowledge and sacred teachings. Valerey uses a variety of art techniques, arts modalities and traditional teachings to enhance students' understanding of using their creativity for self-exploration and self-expression. |
|Across U-hub||SHARP Student Leadership Development||SHARP Student Leadership Development programming supports students of East Asian descent and International Students' mental health and well-being, through developing their leadership and communication skills. Programming includes weekly group sessions as scheduled for a period of time each semester; individualized supports; day trips and student leadership camp. All SHARP activities use peer and adult mentors to engage students in conversation and expressions of Self-awareness; Hope; Appreciation of cultures; Resilience and Peer network. |
|Lakeshore Arts||Shazaam! In Focus||Led by two professional artists, Grade 8 students examine their identity through a variety of arts mediums. Students participate in an outdoor photo shoot, photo editing with Photoshop, mixed-media collage, creative writing exercises, and a spoken word Poetry Slam performance. |
|Child Development Institute (CDI)||Shelter School Liason Program||The Shelter School Liaison Program (SLP) is designed to meet the school-day special needs of homeless children, residing in shelters, by helping them while they attend a local school. The program is currently established at several downtown schools; however follow-up services as well as services to other school settings are also offered. Cultural interpretation is provided on an as needed basis.|
|MADD Canada||SmartWheels||Students learn about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving in a mobile and accessible 36-seat RV classroom. Presentation features videos about the effects of alcohol and substance use such as cannabis. Students put on virtual reality googles to see how it looks and feels to drive while impaired, respond to multiple-choice questions and participate in decision-making scenarios about impaired driving. Presentation will not only increase awareness about the consequences of impaired driving but also influence responsible decision-making and teach safety strategies. Program may be delivered in French.|
|Child Development Institute (CDI)||SNAP (Stop Now and Plan)||The interactive workshop series is offered in the classroom to help students improve their problem-solving skills and self-control. Topics include: fair play, handling group/peer pressure, anger management, making good choices and dealing with bullying. Elementary students gain new social skills and understand how to enhance their problem-solving and mood regulation skills. They are introduced to the 'stop now, and plan' method of dealing with these issues. |
|Studiostone Creative||Soapstone Carving ||Students are provided a pre-cut soapstone animal shape and are guided through a step-by-step carving process. Using the subtractive carving method, students understand the process of creating something by removing material. The carving is done using water to eliminate dust. The workshop enhances curriculum in art and sculpture; Indigenous / Inuit culture; and, rocks and minerals. Soapstone is a metamorphic stone that is very soft and varies greatly in colour. The animal shapes have significance in the Inuit culture.|
|North Toronto Soccer Club||Soccer Play||Free workshop to enhance soccer training for elementary students. Qualified and licensed coaches help students develop their physical literacy and soccer skills through fun games and learning activities and drills. Elementary schools in LC1 have an opportunity to work with this community organization.|
|Steve Chapelle Communications||Social Media Behaviour Education||This presentation offers training to students on how to minimize internet risks and explore four core subjects: cyberbullying, personal information, inappropriate messages and protection. Students will learn to minimize and maintain their privacy in the on-line world. Presentation is also available to parents through school councils.
|Brian Wright-McLeod||Songs & Visions of Turtle Island||As an Author, Artist and Instructor, Brian provides two arts-based, interactive presentations for students. One traces the history of Native / Indigenous music from first European contact to contemporary times profiling the diversity, breadth and artistic beauty of Native / Indigenous music from the Arctic Circle the Southwest US in all genres of traditional, flute, ceremonial, powwow and contemporary music and instruments. A second workshop assists students in the creation of graphic novels with artwork and storytelling that enhances reading and literacy. |
|Soul Drums Ltd.||Soul P.O.P. ||Percussion Optimizes Potential (P.O.P.) enhances music and life skills through drumming. Sessions include drum circles in small or large class formats. This hands-on workshop provides students an opportunity to enhance their drumming skills with an emphasis on communication, team building, positive risk taking and leadership skills. Activities include musical games, song chants and performing music using a variety of percussion instruments. Additional resources and professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator. |
|South Riverdale Community Health Centre||South Riverdale Health Clinic_CALC||The health clinic provides quality clinical and social programs and services to adult students at City Adult Learning Centre. In consultation with staff and students, low-threshold access to clinical and care coordination is available, and engages students and community partners in the development of appropriate programming with the vision to improve the lives of students facing barriers to their physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. Core services being provided to CALC include: A weekly drop in clinic led by a Nurse Practitioner (1 day), case management by a Client Care Coordinator (2.5 days), and annual flu clinics and TB screening. Group sessions which are delivered alongside CALC staff include: Sexual health in collaboration with Biology classes, strategies in self-care such as how to eat healthy on a budget, positive parenting, and housing support in partnership with housing/settlement workers.|
|University of Toronto||Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Field Placements||This 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 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.|
|Electric Moon Theatre Company Inc.||Stage Struck Musical Theatre||Performance-based workshops offer musical theatre and acting skills to elementary students. Students learn to tap into their creativity while learning enhanced musical theatre technique and songs and dances to various Broadway shows. Professional theatre facilitators support students in exploring different aspects of acting, ensemble work and movement through the fundamentals of improvisation and related theatre games and activities. Workshop series are available for students to write small scenes or monologues linked to songs to create a mini-musical culminating in a performance to the school. Theatre productions may be available for booking (depending on scheduling).|
|Stand Up for Student Well Being Inc.||Stand Up for Student Well Being||Participants learn about stand-up comedy using an innovative, activity-based approach to teach literacy skills and mental health awareness. Several activities are completed in a single workshop, or through weekly sessions over a six week period. These include performing a one-minute joke that is written by a peer and writing and performing a two-minute stand-up comedy act about them. Comedian coaches support participants to develop their stand-up routines and students with the strongest scripts will write and perform in their school’s Stand-Up Comedy Showcase. |
|Clarityofthoughtpublishing Ltd||Stand Up Man : Building Men of Good Character||Workshops creating safe spaces for small groups of young men to have dialogue on what it means to be a man. In our workshops we facilitate discussions and creative activities (writing, drawing, storytelling, spoken word) that promote positive development for boys and young men. Topics include self (acceptance, esteem, love and awareness), health (mental, emotional and physical); and, social inclusion, diversity, empathy and relationships.|
|Child Development Institute (CDI)||Start Right Social Skills ||Start Right Social Skills is a prevention program for children in kindergarten who are having difficulty adjusting to the everyday requirements of regular classrooms. Sessions focus on coaching, empowering and supporting children to learn, practice and model appropriate social skills through small group interaction. Group Activities include child role plays; puppet role plays; crafts; puppet shows; social skill games; activity books/journals; stories and reading. Skills emphasized in the program are; attention and focus building; listening to others; following directions; responding to peers and adults; expressing ideas, feelings and needs; problem-solving.|
|Starts With Me Inc.||State of Mind||Students are invited to participate in a guided meditation as preparation for the discussion on the stigmas associated with mental health, the warning signs of someone's mental health, and the recovery and well-being available to those seeking support. The presentation of the topic in general merges with a lived-experience story from one who is living with a mental illness or has personal experience in the world of mental health. A Q&A session facilitated to protect anonymity completes the hour, where questions submitted in writing or on blank papers are read and answered. This provides students and staff the opportunity to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable asking out loud. Professional Support Service staff associated with the Mental Health Strategy and/or the school in which the presentation is scheduled are present for these sessions, to assist teacher, partner and class, as needed. Following the presentation, students are encourage to create an art piece reflective of what they have learned and/or in response to the session. Schools can choose whether or not to participate in the State of Mind Youth Mental Health Festival each spring; and students can choose whether to submit their art pieces for display at the offsite festival.
|Techzenik Robotics & Information System||STEMatize Schools||This hands-on workshop provides students with building blocks and materials to create, design, program, build and operate a Robot. Workshop provides access to new technologies and information on how to utilize them. Students solve real world problems through automating a small Robot and programming them to perform simple tasks. Older students use advanced sensors and program blocks to accomplish complex and detailed tasks and sequences. Students also learn effective programming techniques and language, utilize mathematical, problem solving and logical skills to create and code applications.
List of workshops available: Robotics - LEGO We-Do 1 & 2, Minstorms EV3 Beginners & Advanced, VeX IQ, VeX EDR; Electronics and Computer Engineering - Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Build Your Own Computer; Programming - Programming and Designing with Python, Programming with Java, Build Your Own App using Android Studio, Creative Technology - Adobe Photoshop, 2D Animation, 3D Animation.|
|The STEPS Initiative||STEPS.Studio||Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Spaces (STEPS) Initiative provides art workshops to engage the school community in the collaborative production of an environmentally-themed public art installation. Facilitators help students explore public space and urban design issues facing their communities and issues of social and environmental impact. Students learn real-world design considerations, how public spaces can be improved upon and environmentally sound solutions. Using a variety of art mediums and techniques, students design and produce a public artwork that serves function, aesthetics and that celebrates the community. |
|Stolen From Africa/Volé D'Afrique||Stolen From Africa ||Interactive assembly and arts-based workshops promotes social justice and builds cross cultural understanding for racialized and marginalized students. Facilitators discuss themes of Black Diaspora history, identity, relationships, resilience and self-advocacy. Students explore self-identity, reflect on impact on their community, and share their stories to peers through working on an arts/digital media project. Professional learning is available for staff to explore barriers and challenges that black and diverse youth face and share strategies on how to teach culturally-responsive lessons to engage diverse learners. Workshops are also offered in French.|
|Alyssian Entertainment Corporation||Stomp the Floor: Metis Cultural Workshops||Stomp the Floor: Metis Music and Culture Workshops and Performances are offered in French and English. Elementary students learn the basics of Métis identity, culture and history through music with fiddle, songs, interactive activities, and storytelling. Topics include: Aboriginal fiddling across Canada, intro to Aboriginal People of Canada; fur trade and voyageur history, songs and artefacts (sash, beadwork, cuisine); Red River rebellion and Louis Riel history; Métis kitchen party: fiddle, Red River jigging, spoons and clogging; Voyageur Songs in English and French. Secondary students are introduced to Métis identity, culture, history and politics through music, art and dance and interactive discussions. Topics include the proper ways of approaching enculturation and collaboration with Indigenous cultures; Métis artistic characteristics, symbols, policies and leaders.|
|Juan Bendana||Student Leadership, Achievement, Purpose||Student Leadership & Achievement Motivational Speaker provides interactive presentation that provides tools for students to become better leaders and help them gain clarity on where they want their life to go. Two presentations are available: "What do I want to do with my life?" and "Champion of Your Own Story."
Juan has been trained by the world's top experts in personal development and leadership such as Tony Robbins, Brendon Burchard, Bob Proctor, & Les Brown. He has more than ten years experience working with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), leadership development, and positive psychology. He was also named coach of the year at the Global Youth Leadership Summit.
|Studio 180 Theatre||Studio 180 INCLASS Workshops||The program uses drama to create a safe space for effective dialogue and self-discovery. In-class workshops 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, or may be theme-based and explore topics including identity, legacy, family and personal responsibility.|
|Success Beyond Limits||Success Beyond Limits School Year Program||Success Beyond Limits School Year Program works with students at Westview Centennial Secondary School to facilitate Mentorships and peer-to-peer support opportunities through scheduled sessions and drop-in activities. It provides students with community, social and career connections to events, organizations, conferences and other projects beyond school to support their personal and academic development in the community. It engages all grades, with a particular emphasis on encouraging participation from Grade 9 & 10 students. Grade 10 students who continue as participants to gradually assume mentoring roles as they progress into Grade 11 & 12. Specific student leadership sessions are designed to train students for peer-to-peer mentoring roles. Homework help, food and recreational activities are also scheduled outside of the instructional day.
|Success Beyond Limits||Success Beyond Limits Summer Credit Support ||Supports and activities that include youth-to-youth peer mentorship engage Grade 8 students who are enrolled in a Continuing Education summer course that nurtures a successful transition into secondary school. For students in Learning Centre 2, these curriculum enhancement activities inspire and assist them to improve their educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and provide support to expand their individual paths to success. |
|Suitcase Theatre||Suitcase Dramatic Arts Workshops ||A menu of workshops is available to choose from, including: All the World is a Stage is an engaging and interactive workshop that gives students the opportunity to explore the vibrant history of live theatre. Students will learn about the importance of collaboration as they work with their peers to create short adaptations of classical fairy tales and fables.“Improv your Acting” is a lively and humour-filled workshop that invites students to think on their feet as they are introduced to the world of improvisation. This exhilarating workshop encourages teamwork and peer support as they work together to create scenarios that invite fast creative thinking and a quick all mixed with a good dose of humour.“Confidence Creates Character” offers students a safe space to express themselves. Students will explore strategies to approach difficult social settings by developing skills to alleviate anxiety, deal with peer pressure and handle bullying.|
|Suitcase Theatre||Suitcase Theatre/Arts Outreach and Performances||These 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.|
|Nexim International Development Org||Suubi (Hope) Music Dance and Cultural Exchange Performances ||This performing arts presentation from Uganda tours the world annually, and visits Toronto for a limited period of time each year. The Suubi (Hope) fusion dance troupe's performance is followed by a presentation on the history of Ugandan culture and various traditions of its many tribes. The performance fee contributes to the troupe's work in Uganda to increase access to a high school education for Ugandan students of limited means in a country with no public education system.
|One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization||SWOLE Program||SWOLE stands for self-respect, work hard, overcome adversity, lead by example and excellence. Students learn these 5 principles of leadership to make positive changes in their lives. Interactive sessions enhance students’ skills in leadership, anti-bullying, peer mediation, and community building. Students also learn practical strategies on identifying and developing clear action plans to achieve their goals. Through a variety of activities that include self-reflection exercises, discussions, physical activities and mentor storytelling, students enhance leadership and life skills. Additional workshops may be scheduled to further enhance the learning.|
|Bloor Street Fitness and Boxing||T.E.A.M. (Trainers Encouraging Activity and Movement)||Enhanced physical education workshop provides a practical approach to the theory of movement in a variety of activities including dance fitness, group strength and conditioning and pilates and yoga for schools in LC4. Each workshop provides an introduction and brief history, terminology and movement component that utilizes basic to advanced skills development. Students enhance their understanding of kinesthetic awareness and biomechanics through drills, routines and sequences targeting specific muscle groups. Activities motivate students to become more active.|
|Victim Services Toronto||T.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World ||Teens Ending Abusive Relationships (T.E.A.R.™) workshop equips youth with the tools, knowledge and resources to navigate the digital world and make informed healthy relationship choices both online and in person. T.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World’s goal is to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives and their community. Topics include: Intimate partner violence; Cyberviolence including: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber sexual harassment, sextortion, luring; Online rights; Dating rights; Consent; Creating a positive digital footprint; Digital leadership; Online safety tips; Healthy intimate relationships and friendships; Warning signs of unhealthy and potentially abusive relationships' Where and how to get help.
|Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers||Taiko Drumming Performances and Workshops||In this Taiko drumming performance presented by a performing arts ensemble made up of East and Southeast Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer people, audiences will experience both traditional and contemporary Taiko drumming pieces, learn the historical and creative contexts behind them, and enhance their understanding of Japanese culture and Asian history. Through each undeniably strong, yet nimble percussive sound that is generated from the orchestra of drums played in rhythm, students will witness both the strength of force that sound is capable of, and likewise find that same potential within themselves to be heard. Taiko drumming workshops that further enhance student learning are also available.|
|Connor Morand Ventures Inc. ||Take On The World||Are your students worried about taking risks or feel uncertain about change? This motivational assembly inspires students to lead confidently and embrace change. Connor Morand shares personal stories on some of his life-changing moments while touring around the world and how music transformed his perspective and allow him to find the joy in the midst of the unknown. Using a unique blend of humour, high energy and music, this assembly also feature interactive games, storytelling, live music as well as audience participation. |
|Agincourt Community Services Association||Taking Action to Achieve Growth & Success||An intensive anti-violence program engaging Scarborough youth and families that offers individualized interventions, resources and supports to students in grades 6-12 who live in Scarborough and who may be, or are currently, involved in gang activities.|
|Epilepsy Toronto||Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry||Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry uses lively educational puppetry shows, with life size puppets, to teach students and staff about disabilities and differences. The performances include themes of social inclusion from the perspective of a variety of disabilities, medical conditions (i.e. epilepsy, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy), and mental health & well-being. Sessions are 15 minute performances with life-size puppets followed by Q&A debriefing discussion with students about what they saw and learned. Teachers receive materials with activities to use with their students in their classrooms to reinforce the learning. |
|Marianne Derow||The Art of Healthy Singing||Professional voice artist mentor provides information about the music industry and imparts professional singing skills to students. Sessions enhance vocal and performance technique. Students learn how the mechanics of producing sound works, and the proper use and care of the voice to maximize one's sound. Through a variety of styles of music and repertoire, students enhance their understanding and practise of vocal music.|
|B.E.L.L.A.S. Inspired by Coco||The B.E.L.L.A.S. Project ||The B.E.L.L.A.S. project engages girls and young women through theatrical assemblies, interactive workshops and arts-based programs focused on personal development. |
|Daniel Consulting Group||The Bridge||This workshop series is available for participants who racially identify as African, Black and Caribbean, to support personal, academic and career development through the use of a wide range of life-skills programming. The Bridge program 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.|
|Classical Ticketing and Production Inc.||The Classical Theatre Project||Four workshops, and various performances, are available. Workshops include: "Words, Words, (S)Words" - Students play with Shakespeare insults to gain command of the language, explore intent, connection to scene partners and projection. That work is then used to explore a scene or speech from a given Shakespeare play. "All The World's A Stage" - Students explore professional actors' tips and tricks to not only understand Shakespeare but to connect with the material. Scenes are explored in detail and performed at the end of the workshop. "Ready! Set! Act!" - Develop insight into the thematic universality of the Bard through creating and performing modernized versions of specific scenes, while learning the basics of performance and presentation, building self-confidence, promoting self-exploration and improving team work. "Stand & Deliver" - Specially crafted for ESL students, this workshop combines elements from all our workshops and focuses on developing the skills needed to speak in front of an audience with confidence. Performances Available: "Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged" - Three actors attempt to perform every single Shakespeare play in 85 minutes. This high-energy and hilarious production is designed to get students excited about Shakespeare and is perfect for all grades. Workshops are often added before or after the show. Subsidies could be available. |
|The Director's Cut||The Director's Cut Media Literacy Workshops||The Director's Cut workshops turn classrooms into fun, interactive and engaged Hollywood studios for the day. Using a mobile digital media lab and led by Imaginators, students transform their creativity and imagination into an Oscar-worthy media production. Students work in small groups using the latest digital film equipment. Workshop topics include self-esteem and body image, cyberbullying, digital media storytelling, stop motion animation, and music video production.
Workshops are also available in French.
Imaginators are leading filmmakers and digital media specialists who take a class through the filmmaking process over the course of a day. Lesson plans, assessment, evaluation and other resources are available from The Director’s Cut.|
|Project ASSIST||The Healing Tree Art Project||This workshop aims to promote the health and well-being of newcomers. Students are guided to communicate their feelings and experiences and particular challenges they may experience as a newcomer through drawing. Students will listen to the stories from their peers and find some common ground and understanding. The exercise will finish by asking students to reflect on their aspirations and goals to feel confident in a bright future. This workshop is guided by an english/arabic-speaking facilitator.
Professional learning is available to staff on the topic of bridging cultural understanding, learning about newcomer viewpoint and strategies for working with the newcomer population.
|Puppeteria||The Know Me Project||This hands-on and interactive workshop addresses the value of diversity in society, the importance of tolerance, and the power of sharing and listening to one’s voice/story. A combination of sock puppets and shadow puppetry are used to deliver and reinforce key messages. Students make and use their own sock puppet and develop a sense of “who I am and who we are”. |
|Ian Brown||The Lighter Side Of Mental Health||Student life can be stressful and demanding. With just the right amount of humour, this presentation encourages students to challenge the stigma around mental illness and creates an awareness of mental health through the dynamic use of comedy, interactive demonstrations and storytelling. Throughout the presentation students become aware of the skills necessary for increasing their resilience, managing stress and are equipped with the terminology to speak up about their mental health needs. Key professional and social resources for reaching out when in need are also discussed.|
|The Purple Fig||The Little Fig Children's Writing Workshops||This English Literacy writing workshop incorporates individual and group activities to strengthen writing, language, and analytical skills. Some workshops use a narrative, The Hero’s Journey, as a guideline to teach students about story development and encourage them to express themselves to develop their very own story. Other workshops may use the structure of a first person essay narrative to tell the personal story of the student through memoir style writing. For the younger grades, the workshop will consist of creating a story collaboratively and then performing the story in a play-like presentation. During the process students will learn the art of storytelling by establishing the following: Who is the Hero? What does the Hero want? Why can't the hero get what he/she wants? The Facilitator will work with the teacher prior to the first session to establish relevant curriculum related readings and topics for this creative writing workshop.|
|The Message||The Message Media Literacy Program||The program helps youth to tap into the power of mass media by enhancing their media literacy and critical thinking skills. Mass media affects the way we think, feel and act and when used responsibly, present unprecedented opportunities for connecting, sharing and learning. Through in-class workshops and assemblies, students examine media ownership, consumer choice, deciding between bias and opinion, “fake news,” racism, sexism and inequality, and substance use in popular culture. The goal of the program is to empower students to be responsible in the digital age.|
|Earth Day Canada||The OPAL Project||The OPAL Project provides selected elementary schools with a strategy to improve outdoor self-directed play for students. The program supports the social, emotional, physical and mental health benefits of outdoor play and nature connection. Earth Day Canada facilitators will work with a lead team at each school, including teachers, administrators, school staff, and parents to examine play activities and its benefits, develop a school mission statement about play and create an action plan to improve play provision. Schools will develop a play strategy and implementation plan. A culminating assembly celebrates the achievement of the whole school community and the project. An annual Play Symposium invites participating schools to share their experiences and develop peer mentoring relationships.|
|Youth Assisting Youth||The Peer Project_Clicks and Stones ||The fluid and dynamic nature of social media and other methods of cyberbullying means that providing information on every method and situation where bullying might occur is not possible. However, in this workshop many examples are provided, emphasizing responsible internet use as well as where youth can locate additional information and seek help, if necessary. It increases students' online knowledge and skills for anti-bullying measures that they can take.
|The Pottery||The Pottery Clay Workshops||In these workshops, the facilitator works with clay sculpture and story development in an effort to allow students the chance to explore their own artistic nature and to tell their own stories. Students will learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project will be determined in consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections. The finished pieces re fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks.|