|Griffin Centre||ReachOUT||ReachOUT 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.|
|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.|
|ReadUP Reading Clubs||ReadUP Reading Clubs||ReadUP Reading Clubs provide students and their parents with access to free reading support that complements and consolidates the literacy learning they receive in school. In the weekly afterschool program, parents work with their children to help students acquire the skills they need to become confident and successful readers. The Club is open to students in JK to grade 3 who attend either Roden P.S. or Equinox Holistic Alt. School.|
|ReadUP Reading Clubs||ReadUP Reading Clubs_Duke of Connaught Jr.&Sr. PS||ReadUP Reading Clubs provide students and their parents with access to free reading support that complements and consolidates the literacy learning they receive in school. In the weekly afterschool program, parents work with their children to help students acquire the skills they need to become confident and successful readers. The Club is open to students in JK to grade 3 who attend Duke of Connaught Public School.|
|The Etobicoke Children's Centre||Ready Set Go||Program activities include games, crafts, reading & singing, cooperative activities, discussions, self reflection, relaxation, learning and practicing identified skills, and role playing.|
|Future Possibilities for Kids||Ready, Set, Goal! Leadership Program||The Ready, Set, Goal! Leadership Program is a community leadership program that uses Possibility Thinking that encourages students to believe that anything is possible and to think in abstract ways to overcome challenges, which may lead to personal transformation. Program matches students with trained volunteer Kid Coaches who provide one-on-one support through weekly phone calls and during Activity Days.
Using Future Possibilities for Kids’ curriculum, KidCoaches inspire, empower and acknowledge children’s contributions to their communities. Students create a Goal of Contribution that benefits their community, school or family and are coached through the process of delivering it, usually involving friends and family members. Program culminates in a graduation ceremony where students, parents and families are invited to attend in May.|
|University of Windsor||Reciprocal Learning in Teacher Education and School Education between Canada and||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”.|
|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.
|Rick Hansen Foundation||Rick Hansen Foundation School Program||The program offers in-school presentations and comprehensive on-line resources for Administrators, teachers and students designed to increase disability awareness, accessibility, inclusion and empower students. The program includes:
1. Abilities in Motion online resources that raise students’ awareness about the potential of persons with disabilities and the importance of accessibility and inclusion.
2. The Difference Maker program inspires, empowers and recognizes students who make a difference in their schools and communities. It includes a four lesson plan with activities, projects and videos for teachers that focus on recognition, friendship, inspiration, leadership and problem-solving.
3. Rick Hansen Ambassadors showcases personal stories of individuals with a range of disabilities overcoming the challenges they face in life and thriving.
4. Online resources are available at www.rickhansen.com/schools.|
|Logics Academy||Robotics & Aerospace STEM Workshops||The program offers inquiry-based and hands-on STEM workshops and educator resources. Students learn robotics and coding solutions. The goal of each workshop is to inspire students and teachers to explore and to innovate using robotics and aerospace technologies. Students develop their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity and problem-solving skills. Award winning robots and maker kits are provided for use in the classroom. Workshop topics include but are not limited to:
The Solar Car, the Electric Car, Pneumatics, Walking Robots, Mars Rover, Parachutes, the Motorized Fan, Windmills, Beam Balance, Talk Bot, the Wind turbine, etc.
Logics Academy leads in-class workshops, lunchtime and afterschool programs, camps and special events.|
|Inst of Robotics & Intelligent Systems||Robots Build and Learn||The Robots Build and Learn program enables students to be active, creative and collaborative solution-seekers. Students use LEGO bricks and digital tools to solve problems creatively and to excel at working with others and thinking critically. By working in this way, they deepen their understanding of key STEM-related curriculum concepts while developing the skills required of global learners.
i. WeDo Junior Robotics for students in grades 1- 3. It encourages playful learning where students build fun LEGO models with motors and sensors then connect them to a computer to program the models’ behaviours.
ii. Penalty Shoot Out allows students to build kickers and keepers to learn about sensors, motors, how to calculate distances, predictions, while having a penalty shootout competition.
iii. Simple and Powered Machines workshops for students in grades 3- 6. The Power Car allows students to build a power car and investigate the effect of the gear ratio, friction and wheel diameter.
iv. Land Yacht has students build a land yacht and explore how the surface area of the sails will affect how the yacht travels.
v. Mindstorms EV3 workshops for students in grades 5- 8. Students develop their STEM-related skills by building software. Curriculum activities allow students to design, program and control robots.|
|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. |
|Mining Matters||Rocks+Kids=Opportunities ||This free workshop series provides hands-on activities to select elementary schools to stimulate interest in Earth sciences and the role rocks, metals, minerals and mining play in everyday life. Interactive activities allow students to participate, remain interested and engaged, with a greater impact than simply observing. Students work collaboratively to identify properties of Earth materials while engaging in lively discussions to better understand where and how these resources form. Teachers may choose three topics from a list of topics: "Tools of the Trade", "Career Bingo", "Making Sense of Igneous Rocks", "Making Sense of Metamorphic Rocks", "Making Sense of Sedimentary Rocks", "Minerals are the Building Blocks of Rocks", "Mystery Minerals", "The Rock Detective", "Rocks of Ontario", "Fossils of Ontario", "What's Where? Why There" Why Care?", "What Your Province/Territory Mines", "What's In Your Stuff?" Teachers will receive a set of teaching resources that bring earth science to life in the classroom.|
|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. Although it is Roots of Empathy’s responsibility to recruit ROE classroom program instructors and families/babies, ROE always welcomes school-based decisions for the selection of ROE instructors and local families with babies who want to become involved in the program. School/s designated by ROE as 'ROE Centres of Excellence' host ROE guests and media to showcase the program, as requested.|
|Roseneath Theatre||Roseneath Theatre Touring Productions||Roseneath Theatre offers professional theatre performances and workshops that support character education, curriculum connections and social justice for young audiences.
Roseneath Theatre produces 3-4 performances per year that feature a particular theme and focus written by recognized playwrights from across Canada. Each performance comprises a study guide to provide classroom activities, resources and pre and post show questions. Following each performance, a scripted question and answer session with cast explores current topics and issues, critically analyze concepts, and build connections that relate to health and well-being and relationships to oneself and others. All learning resources are available online at www.roseneath.ca/for-teachers.|
|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. |
|Griffin Centre||School Focused Workers (SFW)||The School Focused Workers(SFW) program provides an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, school or community for youth who have been identified by TDSB Social Workers due to mental health and other issues. SFW works with the youth and their family to support their optimal functioning based on goals from the youth’s treatment plan. SFW may support the youth to connect to needed community resources, including other Griffin Centre services.|
|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.|
|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 after school 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|
|Shakespeare In Action||Shakespeare Meets Hip Hop||A signature workshop that transforms Shakespearian language into rap scenes with song and music, making it more relevant in today’s culture. Shakespeare In Action also offers additional workshops and in-school performances.
Workshops break down language barriers to make Shakespeare more accessible to students. Workshop facilitators help students take an active learning approach to reading and writing, creating interpretations of Shakespeare scenes. Students learn to analyze the language that is meaningful, employ word-play games, improvise the text to create original lyrics and poetry, and create Shakespeare rap scenes, songs and stories through music, dance and a multimedia video production. Professional development workshops are also offered to teachers and resource packages are available at http://www.shakespeareinaction.org/|
|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. |
|Harmony Movement||Social Changemakers||This student leadership and social change assembly/keynote presentation explores aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion for the entire school community. Presentation uses media, popular music and other elements of youth culture for student engagement in activities aimed at embracing social differences in our society. Students increase their awareness of challenges that people face and hear how they can implement changes for a more inclusive school community. |
|Square Circle||Social Circus In School||Social Circus In School Program is a social circus and creative arts program to foster life-skills, confidence and resilience in students in grades 5 and 6 students at 4 selected school in WR9.
This 8-week program provides an alternative, non-competitive physical and artistic outlet while building life and social skills. Workshops are comprised of physical social games, trust and relationship building, creative exercises for students to develop individual creative expression. Students learn a variety of circus arts including juggling, poi, floor balancing, clowning, dance, acting/improvisation. The program culminates in a show and tell, students talk and display their creative art.|
|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||A nurse practitioner consults with Ed Vance and adult students on a variety of primary health care needs as identified through student focus groups.|
|Sherbourne Health Centre Corporation||SOY & HEAT||Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is delivered by Sherbourne’s Human Rights Equity Team (HEAT). Sessions are presented by queer and trans spectrum young adults who are trained by Sherbourne to discuss the challenges faced by LGBTQ youth and address strategies for societal change. Facilitators share their lived experiences. They discuss how to create positive spaces and the use of appropriate language. With staff, the discussion includes how to facilitate a class using an anti-oppressive framework and practice. Workshops provide not only specific scenarios and helpful tips, but also practical resources.|
|Consulate General of the United States ||Speakers Bureau Presentation||This presentation offers the unique opportunity for secondary students to be exposed to an American diplomat who will share his/her expertise on American history, US State Department, Consulate duties and diplomacy. |
|Special Olympics Ontario||Special Olympics Ontario School Partnership||This initiative offers physical activity programs to special needs students with intellectual disabilities that also provides curriculum resources for teachers to use in classrooms in order to increase students' physical literacy and sport specific skills development. Active Start; FUNdamentals; Youth Multi-Sport curriculum. Step into Action (all grades) – is an initiative that engages students with intellectual disabilities to get active and enhance their physical activity levels by participating in activities that are measured using pedometers such as walking, jogging running and dancing. PAHL (Physical Activity Healthy Living) Sports Festivals; Four Corners Provincial School Championships; Hockey for Hockey clinics; and, regional/provincial athletic competitions are offered in which student athletes with special needs may compete, and provides opportunities for non-disabled students to engage with and support their peers with disabilities. Resources are available for download at www.specialolympicsontario.com.
|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.|
|Community Living Toronto||Spinclusion||Spinclusion is a hands-on game that promotes peer inclusion to help create welcoming environments for students with special needs.
Students are encouraged to think about inclusion of all people within their own communities and society as a whole. Presentation encourages students problem solve a variety of scenarios that students may find themselves in and to build empathy for others. Spinclusion staff model behaviours and guide students to learn basic concepts - to think positively rather than negatively about differences; to focus on people’s abilities rather than their disabilities or inabilities; to consider how people feel rather than what they look like. Teachers receive resources on inclusion.
|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.|
|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.|
|Pro Bono Ontario||StartUp Youth Program||Provides secondary students with legal education presentations that focus on youth entrepreneurship. Workshops include: Introduction to Business Law; The ABCs of Starting Your Own Business; and Financial Literacy. From the workshops, students will gain clear knowledge of the process and legalities of becoming an entrepreneur.|
|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.
|Northstarr Entertainment||Stay Driven - Hip-Hop Motivational Assembly||A one-hour motivational assembly that combines hip hop performances with life lessons.. Presentations include:
1. HOLLA – Help, Outlet, Lead, Leave, Assert
D.O. discusses several strategies to combat bullying focusing on building self-esteem, standing up to bullies and finding an outlet. This is our most popular program and recommended for a first visit to a school.
2. In The Zone
D.O. will bond with students as he shares his personal stories through freestyle rap. The program focuses on the personal power gained through reading, creative writing and speech.
3. Stand Up!
Works great as a follow-up to the Holla program. This program focuses on bystanders, rough playing in the school yard and hands on bullying. It also focuses on cyber bullying.
4. M.A.D. Skills (Media And Decisions)
D.O. will teach your students to make positive choices when it comes to the media. The program focuses on making informed decisions on music and TV choices as well as presenting strategies to combat cyber bullying.
5. Defy the Odds
D.O. talks about the importance of surrounding yourself with the right group of friends; he addresses the issue of “snitching”, and inspires students to follow their goals to reach success.
6. Walk the Walk
Key Focus: Peer Pressure,|
|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. |
|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.|
|University of Toronto||Sun and Skin Awareness Presentations||The presentations educate students about both the benefits of playing outside, as well as the dangers of sun exposure and how to reduce the risks of developing sun-related skin damage. Students learn about the health benefits of sun exposure and the potential for sun damage to the skin and eyes. The presentation concludes with prevention tips that students should use to protect themselves.|
|Surrey Place Centre||Surrey Place Centre's Developmental Services||This Program provides supports to students with special needs in their transition into schools. Surrey Place staff work with students and families in their homes and in community-based settings to assist students and families as students move into classroom settings. Surrey Place helps families to implement TDSB staff’s recommendations to ensure students’ success, health and well-being. TDSB staff may refer students and families to the Program to receive home and community-based assistance.
Surrey Place staff may observe students in their classrooms with the consent of the Principal and classroom teacher. Surrey Place also provides information to TDSB staff to enhance their ability to support students as they move into classrooms, including written and online resources available at www.surreyplace.on.ca.
Surrey Place will also provide a list of staff who are working in schools to TDSB Professional Support Services and Care.|
|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.|
|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.
|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. |
|Cameron Helps / Team UNBREAKABLE||Team Unbreakable||Schools interested in establishing a running club to focus on mental health and stress-reduction techniques contact CameronHelps for professional learning training and resources. This program is setup as a 12-week program to TDSB designated staff. Additional resources can be found on the website at www.teamunbreakable.ca/forms/lessons. |
|TELUS||TELUS WISE||TELUS WISE (Wise Internet and Smartphone Education) presentation educates students, parents and teachers on maintaining internet and smartphone safety and security to prevent activities such as fraud and cyberbullying.|
|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 after school 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, Inc||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.|
|Canadian Mental Health Association||The Opening Doors Project ||These workshops provide an overview of mental health and illness. They examine on a deeper level mental health issues on racism, diversity and anti-racism, identities in the Canadian context, and the newcomer experience. Through popular theatre and storytelling, students discuss the struggles and challenges for those living with mental illnesses and learn to develop strategies for dealing with discrimination and self-care when dealing with stress. The facilitation of the workshop is supervised by Canadian Mental Health Association staff and attended by TDSB staff designate, including Professional Support Worker, Guidance or Teacher.
Workshop names include: Building Bridges: Anti-Racism 101, Working Across Differences: Anti-Mentalism Meets Anti-Racism, Journeys to Canada: Stories of Migration, Mental Health & Wellness 101, Journeys Through Mental Health: A Story-Based Approach, BREATHE: Self-Care In Stressful Times, Starting from the “I’: Reflecting On Our Own Identities, Shades of Gray: Anti-Mentalism 101, Bridging the Gap: Generation & Immigration, Know Your Rights 101.|
|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 Peer Project offers mentoring programs and gender-specific programming in the community and after school. |
|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.|
|Swimmers Group||The Power of Print||Workshops, held both in-school and off-site at a publishing studio, help students understand the history of printmaking (Gutenberg) and the effects of printmaking today. Students learn about a publishing house, the skills required to run it and the importance of printmaking in society - despite our ever-growing reliance on digital information and consumption. At the end of the second workshop, students will prepare to have their own creative work 'published' (that is, made into a book) through the use of the printing press. The off-site workshops begin with a tour of the publishing studio, the equipment that makes mass-publishing and printing possible, as well as history on the first printing presses and how they operated compared to the machines of today. After creation of cover art, students will then have their works made into books, with the process shown live.|
|Saidat Vandenberg||The Saidat Show's School Assemblies ||The assemblies and workshops use music, movement, and motivation to encourage diversity and inclusion within schools. Saidat shares personal stories of struggle and triumph through her music and message that touches the lives of others. Through music, drama, dance and speaking, the assemblies bring a message to students in a positive and uplifting atmosphere, while encouraging students to put aside their differences and unite against the social issues that they face every day.
Assembly titles include:
- Get Over Yourself: Learning to overlook the negative and create the impossible!
- Make Some Noise: Why the world needs to hear what you have to say!
- I Like Me Street teaches students the importance of kindness towards themselves and others (JK to grade 3).
- How to Survive School teaches students strategies to help them address challenges they may experience (grades 4 to 8).|
|Shakespearience Performing Arts||The Shakespearience Experience||Interactive workshops empower students to develop character, confidence and communication skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Subsidies are available and professional development sessions can also be arranged for a program that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations."|
|The Water Brothers TV Series||The Water Brothers Eco-Adventures||Presentation to educate, inspire and engage audiences about water-related environmental issues occurring on the planet today. Students will learn about environmental challenges in Canada and around the world, the root causes of these problems and their role in helping to overcome these challenges, and learn more about environmental stewardship. Topics include: climate change, access to clean water & sanitation, water infrastructure, renewable energy, biodiversity, invasive species, deforestation, drought, floods, illegal & overfishing, the water cycle, agriculture, plastic building up in our oceans and lake, water in space, earth sciences, sustainable fishing etc. Teacher resources and interactive learning portal are available for each of the topics can be found online at http://thewaterbrothers.ca.|
|Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts||Theatre Careers||Working in the Performing Arts is a viable career option! This presentation and interactive discussion informs students of opportunities available to them within the Toronto-area performing arts industry. Various potential career paths are described by theatre professionals, which includes a Q&A. Discussion topics to be covered: Why a career in Theatre? What is it like to Live and Work as an Artist? Presenters provide stories of first hand, real-world experiences in a performing artist's life: auditions; supplementary jobs; how to get an agent; differences between working on stage and working on film; professional standards and agencies such as unions; resources and tips for getting involved while a student; and, overcoming the stigma of the “starving artist”.|
|Theatre Direct||Theatre Direct Program||Theatre Direct provides workshops and performances that support enhanced drama, storytelling and story-acting for young audiences.
Students will participate in drama workshops which includes vocal, physical warm up, cooperative circle games and improvisation games. The Kindergarten workshop will focus on games and dramatic storytelling. Schools may choose to schedule 1 workshop or a series of workshops . Resource materials are provided to teachers to further integrate drama and storytelling in the classroom.
Theatre Direct produces one performance per year that features a particular theme and focus. Productions may be held off-site as per Excursion Policy. |