|New Tradition Music||Afro-Indigenous Colombian Drumming||Students engage in highly interactive workshops and performance to promote cross-cultural understanding of Afro-Indigenous Colombian music. Facilitators demonstrate rhythms and sounds using a variety of different percussion instruments, narrate the history of the traditional musical style Música de Gaita and share how the music has evolved into present day. Workshops with Ruben “Beny” Esguerra develop students’ drumming technique, sound development, communication skills and work on repertoire as an ensemble. Performances by New Tradition Music ensemble demonstrate the evolution of the traditional styles of Latin American music into today’s musical context including fusing elements of Hip Hop urban culture, beat boxing, body percussion, break dancing and spoken word. For a more enriching experience, workshops and culminating performance can be scheduled on the same day. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12|
|Nia Centre for The Arts Incorporated||Creative Connect||Sessions available for Kindergarten - Grade 12. In elementary schools, workshops are designed to expand knowledge around artistic traditions from across the Afro Diaspora. Guided by professional artists, students will engage in a hands-on learning experience, creating and exploring traditional arts. In secondary schools, workshops support Black, African, Caribbean and Afro Diasporic students who have found their purpose in art by providing post-secondary and employment pathways, career exploration and mentorship opportunities. Established professional artists who work in the creative arts guide students to identify pathway connections, build career networks, and the skills needed to stay motivated to succeed. Professionals also provide career advice, support and mentorship opportunities. SHSM opportunities are available.
|Nimi Atma||Recollect Your Roots||Workshop in which students reflect, recollect and describe their first memory from their roots/heritage/culture culminating in a video documentation serving as an affirmation of their identity and heritage. Led by a Tamil-Canadian author and filmmaker, students are encouraged to think critically about their heritage and how they wish to express their memory while guided in the storytelling/narrative process. The work documented in the video help students to understand the role early memories play in the construction of identity while giving them a greater sense of self and confidence in their voice. This workshop is particularly relevant for children of minorities whose voices are marginalized in the Canadian media landscape, as they will learn how to use media to preserve their heritage.|
|No. 9 ||Imagining My Sustainable Community||This interdisciplinary program enhances literacy through an architecture and urban design project for grades 7&8 classes. Students walk through their community to observe, discuss, and document (using photography and sketching) the way the community functions. Students learn about infrastructure and design and the 9 Pillars that make up a sustainable community. These are: waste management, water management, green building design, alternative energy, transportation, public art & design, green space, agriculture and food security and civic engagement and leadership. They discuss sustainability issues and develop ecologically sustainable models to address these issues in their community. 3D models of their community are built to scale using a variety of construction materials. The culminating event is a display and showcase of the model to their local councillor, school board trustee, visiting dignitaries, parents and peers. In this project are curriculum connections to visual arts, science, math, engineering, geography, language arts and media studies. Serving: Grades 7-8|
|Noam Markus||Storytelling Through Mime and Physical Theatre||Workshops develop group trust, listening and performance skills in the areas of mime and physical theatre for all students. Sessions use a variety of physical skills and movement as the primary method of storytelling. Students build coordination, body movement, observation, focus, listening and presentation skills. Sessions for younger students utilize simple mime skills, basic improvisation skills and general body coordination. More advanced sessions use more complex techniques such as Graphic Mime, Character Mask, Commedia dell'Arte, Theatrical Clown work and hand shadow puppets. Workshop series enable students to develop storylines and presentation skills for a performance to the class/school. Serving: Grades 1-12
|North Star Productions||The Ontario Planetarium Mobile Star Dome ||A knowledgeable guide leads presentations in a mobile planetarium that is set-up for a day at interested schools. Based on their experiences, presenters discuss earth and space science. Several presentations are offered to bring the cosmos to life through 3-D graphics and thundering surround sound. Serving: Grades 1-12|
|North Toronto Soccer Club Nitros/Kicks||Nitros in Schools Soccer ||Workshops enhance soccer training for elementary students. Qualified, licensed coaches provide instruction and guidance to develop students' physical literacy and soccer skills through fun games, educational activities and drills. Workshops also provide professional learning opportunities for TDSB elementary school staff to build confidence in sports instruction. Further details about the program can be found at www.ntsoccer.com/Community/NTSCSchoolProgram. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff|
|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. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers|
|North York General Hospital||Transitional Aged Youth Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Well-Being||This program offers specialized outpatient support services to referred youth and young adults who are concerned about the impact of substance use, addictions, depression, anxiety, and/or concurrent disorders in their lives. Assessment, support, treatment, and/or community referral to appropriate services are available through collaboration with TDSB Professional Support Services. Program activities include helping the school identify high-risk students; group activities based on locally identified needs; training for school staff; education and support for parents/guardians. Group programming can focus on building specific skills that enhance students' self-esteem and address a variety of mental health and well-being concerns. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues. Serving: Referred students, Grades 9-12|
|Northstarr Entertainment Inc.||Stay Driven ||Motivational assemblies and/or classroom workshops from Rapper Duane "D.O." Gibson combine hip hop performances with life lessons. Presentation themes include: Canadian Black History - D.O. presents about Black History through a Canadian perspective talking about Viola Desmond and black history in Nova Scotia as well as the Underground railroad and Josiah Henson in Chatham, Ontario ; 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. 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. And, 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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
|Nutritower||Hydroponics: Exploring Alternative Growing Methods||Workshops instill in children an appreciation and knowledge of hydroponically grown local food, in-person or by-videoconferencing. Hydroponics is an alternative growing method that uses a mineral solution in water to grow plants without the use of soil. From seed to harvest, facilitators show every step of the growing process with fun and interactive activities that engage students to use their hands and their minds. Workshops focus on understanding carbon footprints, reducing food waste, water conservation and how hydroponics is the most environmentally friendly alternative for growing food.|
|One Little Goat Theatre Company Inc.||PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids||This performance provides an introduction to theatre by providing a short history of theatre and plays from around the world, in person or virtually. Two actors use children’s games, drama, storytelling, music, and dance and to take students on a theatrical journey through four different periods of drama: early beginnings with prehistoric games around the fire, ancient Greek Tragedy, Japanese Noh Theatre and Modern Theatre. Following the performance a Q&A provides opportunity for students to have a conversation with the artists. A follow-up learning resource is available for teachers to continue the learning afterwards. Serving: Grades 1-6|
|One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization||SWOLE Program||Programs empower students to develop leadership skills through their passions and becoming positive agents in their community. Themes covered are leadership, self-esteem, resiliency, peer mediation, relationship building and giving back. Students also learn practical strategies on identifying and developing clear action plans to achieve their goals. A variety of programs, in-person or virtual, are offered to suit the student audience include: S.W.O.L.E. (self-respect, work hard, overcome adversity, lead by example and excellence), Man Up, Dymond Girls, Leaders of Our Time for Black secondary students, Get Yo' Life, and History Makers. Assembly or workshop, students develop their leadership skills through a variety of activities that include self-reflection exercises, discussion, physical activities and mentor storytelling. Serving: Grades 4-12|
|OneChild Network & Support Inc.||Break the Chains||Presentations introduce the complexities of the sexual exploitation of children (SEC). They enhance understanding of strategies to prevent sex trafficking and to increase early intervention supports. Sessions introduce the topics of human, sex, and child trafficking; and, the root causes of sexual exploitation of children such as gender inequity. They outline the signs of child sex trafficking, how to ask for help, how to identify children who need help, how to access community resources. The focus of these presentations is to give tangible ways so every one (students, staff, parents/caregivers) can take action in their schools and communities. (TDSB Professional Support Services’ staff must be in attendance for these presentations that are available for middle and secondary school communities.)|
|Ontario Ball Hockey Federation||Ball Hockey Professional Learning and Skills Development||This physical education program provides ball hockey clinics, professional learning sessions, training, tournament participation, and curriculum resources to students and teachers. Workshops are led by experienced ball hockey players to introduce the sport by teaching rule structure, player safety and skill development rather than competition. Activities include drills, games and fitness movement. This workshop is ideal for those schools who have minimal exposure to hockey/ball hockey. Professional learning is available to staff to deepen their understanding of the sport. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Ontario Justice Education Network||OJEN Courtrooms and Classrooms ||Focused on citizenship and justice education, this program creates dialogues for students and teachers on legal issues and the provincial justice system. Through avenues that provide access to justice sector facilities and participation in debates about justice system reforms, students can engage in simulated court hearings, career modeling and mentorship opportunities, plenary sessions, and workshops that stimulate discussion and promote informed, purposeful, and active citizenship. Professional learning sessions for teachers are also available through a lecture series as well as interactive sessions with OJEN staff and other legal professionals in the justice sector, such as shadowing a judge. Serving: Grades 5-12, Staff|
|Ontario Science Centre||Ontario Science School||The Centennial Centre of Science and Technology (Ontario Science Centre) Science School (OSCSS) provides students from throughout Ontario with an opportunity to gain university preparation science and mathematics credits, and mentor elementary students on projects in local schools, during an enriched semester at the Ontario Science Centre (OSC). In partnership with the TDSB since 1982, all public school students from the TDSB and other Boards are registered at Don Mills Cl while in attendance at the Ontario Science School. Students acquire a solid academic background in Science and mentoring experience with elementary classes on STEM projects in schools. Ontario Science School labs are housed in the Ontario Science Centre. At the Science School, there is a strong emphasis on the communication of science and diverse ways of knowing. Serving: Select students, Grade 12|
|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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association||Ontario Para Network_ONPARA Wheelchair Basketball||Presentations are a fun-filled and informative way to introduce school communities to an adaptive and inclusive sport. The rules and regulations of wheelchair basketball are relayed by an ONPARA athlete ambassador. Students witness the ambassador's athleticism as they demonstrate basic ball handling, passing, and their skills in a sport chair. The presentation then transitions into a question period that allows students to ask the athlete about wheelchair basketball, their disability, and their everyday life. We end the presentation with an exciting game of wheelchair basketball and if there’s enough time, we’ll even get students to face-off against the teachers! Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|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. For referred students, there is access to community programs and services as needed to support those youth who are experiencing complex challenges. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12|
|Orfe||Eco-Art Program||Workshops and mural projects deliver eco-art education through the learning of experiential, experimental, and hands-on techniques. Students learn the process of recycling materials to be repurposed and used to complete theme-based art projects. Tasked to create both 2D and 3D works of art, students will further enhance their resourcefulness, perseverance, and critical thinking skills, and also learn and improve their understanding of concepts like social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, as well as environmental awareness through their engagement in a creative approach to social change.Creating eco-friendly projects in the classroom by using recycled materials|
|OT Fitness Educational Services Inc||OT Fitness Programs||This initiative includes fitness programming; agility challenges; teamwork competitions; 'Sports Days'; 'Fitness Nights'; relay and track activities for all students, and school communities. Students learn movement skills using specialized equipment. They build their knowledge and skills in fitness, agility, team competitions, relay and track challenges through fun and engaging activities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|OWLware Ltd.||Accessibility Now||This experiential learning program provides opportunities for students with or without special needs focused on school to work initiatives in creative industries, social media, podcasting and film production. The studio experience is brought into the classroom (virtually or in-person) where students are mentored by industry experts to produce a podcast and or YouTube segment for the program, “Accessibility Now” and podcast “Disability Den”. Students discuss accessibility issues and compliance solutions that are relevant to them, identify disability awareness topics to highlight and, using professional studio equipment/virtual industry software create a short video or podcast from pre-production to completion including marketing materials. Students with developmental disabilities learn various digital disciplines consisting of studio production, hosting, digital editing, podcast development, producing a show and promotion via social media channels. SHSM certification is also available. Serving: Grades 9-12|
|P.E.A.C.E.||A Piece of P.E.A.C.E._ Virtual||Motivational virtual workshops and assemblies use hip Hop, spoken word, poetry and other urban art-forms to explore self-expression, leadership, equity and diversity. Sessions provide students an opportunity to express their dreams and ideas in an artistic way through various literary devices and activities including spoken word, poetry writing, and storytelling. The framework focuses on empowering students to make responsible and positive choices toward achieving their goals, following their passions and leading their communities, especially for our Black students. Follow-up workshops provide an opportunity for students to explore additional tools for self-expression. Participants hear from a Black artist's perspective on working in the Arts industry, supporting the community and Arts development. |
|PACT||Grow to Learn (GTL) School Gardens and Workshops||Gardens and workshops are designed to teach school communities about urban agriculture and farming methods/techniques, environmental sustainability, various food systems, and STEM-related topics. As outdoor living classrooms, gardens provide safe, experiential, learning and volunteer opportunities to raise awareness around intersectional social justice, healthy food, nutrition, and the issue of food insecurity in local communities. Over ten workshops covering such topics as wild edibles, biodiversity, field to table cooking, seed saving, composting, and soil blocking, are available for all grades along with self-directed teaching opportunities. Garden tours and 1/2 day field trips also available. To review the current menu of workshops and related lesson plans, see http://pactprogram.ca with new activities updated annually. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers|
|Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention||Parachute Brain Waves||Injury Prevention focused neuroscience presentations enhance students' understanding about different parts of the brain; basic neuroscience vocabulary; and, how and why it's important to protect their brain and spinal cord. Classrooms are turned into laboratories, where students conduct science experiments involving the five senses that tie into lessons on neuroanatomy and the fragility of this amazing system. Students study the lobes of the brain and learn that the brain has the same consistency as gelatin and is protected by a skull that is only as thick as a pencil. They learn simple strategies to prevent injury. Serving: Grades 3-12
|Parks and Recreation Ontario||HIGH FIVE - Principles of Healthy Child Development||Workshops impart principles of healthy child development to students, teachers and parents. This workshop is designed specifically for front line leaders working with children ages 4-12. Facilitators cover key topics including: children's mental health, physical literacy, conflict resolution and bullying prevention. Participants learn how to incorporate physical literacy best practices into the classroom, program planning, communication, teamwork and problem solving skills. The HIGH FIVE® program is a recognized national quality standard in children's programs. Serving: Grades 9-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
|Parks and Recreation Ontario||HIGH FIVE - Train the Trainer||Intensive training program for SHSM students, staff, adult learners, or parents - Adults or Youth who work with children ages 4 - 12 years old in recreation programming. HIGH FIVE® training provides participants with nationally recognized certification that will assist them in working with children's programs in the sport and recreation industry. Based on extensive research on the characteristics of quality programs, trainers will be proficient in leading programs with a mindful attention to five principles that ensure positive experiences in recreation and leisure settings for children. |
|Patrick DeCoste||Metis Mapping, Visual Art Workshop||Metis Mapping is a workshop inspired by my ancestors, the early Metis in Canada, who were active in the fur trade and needed map-making skills to survive and navigate the land and waterways. The workshop is a cross-curricular activity infusing visual arts with Indigenous perspectives, social studies, geography, and history, while building cross-cultural community awareness with reflection on individual identity. In the workshop, students will create a type of self-portrait-map or selfie-map. Instead of a photo of a face, a selfie-map is a representation of an individual’s life. The goal is not so much about cartography or skill-sets but rather to have fun while reflecting upon identity and the land.|
|Paul Stewart ||The Pottery Clay Workshops||These workshops engage students with the creation of clay sculpture and story development. Students explore their own artistic nature and telling their own stories through art. They learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project is determined in partner consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections, and with the students themselves to ensure connection to their interests. The finished pieces are fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks of the workshop. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Pawsitively Pets for Kids Inc.||Pawsitively Pets for Early Years||Interactive in-person or virtual presentations explore the world of animals, science and nature for early years to Grade 3 students. Using inquiry-based learning, session includes learning about animal physical characteristics and attributes, how to handle the animals, their habitats and survival in the environment and the world around them. Animals consists of an assortment of rescued pets including mammals, reptiles, non-flight birds and marsupials. In-person sessions include an opportunity for students to pet the animals guided by the trained facilitator followed by a question and answer period.|
|PDEXCO Ltd.||Internet Safety Presentation||Presentations on social media, social networking, cyber security, cyber bullying and online safety to help students in Grades 4-12 make better decisions online and how to use technology responsibly and safely. In these in-person or virtual sessions relevant to all students, Paul Davis provides a message that is informative, factual and nonjudgmental while providing solutions/alternatives for students to enjoy the positive aspects that technology has to offer. Topics covered include: online safety, social media (after they turn 13 years of age), privacy, image sharing, smartphones, passwords, reputation, accountability, cyberbullying (and speaking out), importance of relationship between child/caregivers and being a leader. Parent presentations are also available to inform parents about boundaries and how to reinforce responsible technology use.
|PEACE BY PEACE||Building Skills in Conflict Resolution||Students learn to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts in positive ways in their lives, schools and communities. Using games, activities, and critical discussions, the program engages students and provides them with practical conflict resolution techniques. Students enhance their effective communication, negotiation and critical thinking skills. Topics include: skills for exploring and resolving conflict; effective communication; appreciating diversity; inner power/self-esteem; dealing with bullying and cyberbullying; thinking critically about the media; community building. Program is offered in French and bilingual classes. Serving: Grades 4-6
|Peach Berserk||Fabric Design and Silkscreen||This hands-on arts workshop introduces students to fabric design and screen printing by up-cycling students’ own clothes. Facilitators teach ways to design a print, fabric design process and the basics of photo emulsion screen printing as well as information on the design and fashion industry. Students create their own designs on paper, transfer their design onto a piece of pre-owned garment to create a small silkscreen product at the end of the workshop. Facilitator assists schools to setup a simple screen print studio for students to continue the learning. These highly engaging and interactive sessions are creatively available through video-conferencing as well as in-person. Serving: Grades 1-12|
|PennyDrops||Financial Literacy Workshops||Small-format group activities based on personal financial topics encourage student participation and discussion to help build the skills for economic success. Lesson topics include: mindful spending and budgeting, banking, savings, taxes, credit, investing, the labour market, and a guide to professionalism. Facilitated by university-level students who provide mentorship, insight into post-secondary life, and real-life applications of content. Workshop series leaves students practical skills, enabling them to successfully manage their personal finances. Suitable for grades 9-12.|
|PhiKids||Philosophy and Critical Thinking for Children||Using stories and short animations, a philosophy professor guides students to develop probing questions and practise critical thinking skills. These sessions for elementary students, delivered in-person or by video-conferencing, enhance global competencies and communication skills. Facilitator-led discussions help staff and students develop good questions and collaborative discourse. Through critical and thoughtful questioning, students actively practise problem-solving and inquiry-based learning through a variety of disciplines, contexts and real-world examples. PhiKids available for secondary courses specifically Philosophy HZB3M and HZT4U.|
|Philip Cote||Indigenous Artist in Education||Through active participation and experiential learning in mural painting, craft making, multimedia and oral traditions of storytelling and History around southern Ontario and the Great Lakes, students acquire knowledge of Indigenous history, cultural teachings and self-identity. As an Indigenous artist, the purpose of Philip Cote’s research is to unearth, and reveal, his cultural experience and knowledge of signs of Indigenous symbols, language and interpretation. His cultural understanding comes from his experience as a Sundancer, Pipe Carrier, Sweatlodge Leader and member of the Eagle society and Falseface Societies.|
|Pinecone Project Inc.||Design and Leadership||Interdisciplinary design challenges for students builds skills in problem solving and creativity. Students engage in an exploration of available tools, information and other resources to address the problem at hand with the help of facilitators who guide the design implementation, decision-making and solution. As well, students think about the importance of considering others while designing solutions, and how their personal strengths can be used to solve everyday problems both now and in the future. Workshops to choose from are: Toy Works, Universal Design Challenge, Arctic Beavers, Let’s Get Moving, Classroom Theme Park, Animal Crossing, Green Cities, Values in Design, We all Scream…, Pet Prosthetics, Sustainable Action Planning. |
|Plan International Canada Inc.||Gender Equality Workshops ||Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. Serving: Grades 4-12|
|Planned Parenthood of 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. Serving: Grades 6-12|
|Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie||Poet In Class/Poètes à l’école program||A poetry workshop where the words come to life through in-person or virtual hands-on workshop with an established poet. Professional poets work with students to enhance writing and performance skills, provide unique coaching opportunity and a chance for interaction in the question and answer period. Poetry In Voice provides educators with engaging content and experiences, in English and French, to inspire their students to read, recite, and write poetry.|
|Progressive Tennis League||Virtual Enrichment Tennis Programming||The program provides virtual workshops to students using modified equipment to make learning tennis fun and easy. A team based approach is used to introduce the ten steps towards rallying and the five fundamentals of tennis for JK/SK. Students in grades 1-8 explore tennis fundamentals, reception/projection and movement skills in a dynamic team based environment. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Project Give Back for Youth ||Project Give Back ||Project Give Back aims to develop empathy, build acceptance and ignite community minded students. Students select a social issue that is of importance to them and learn how to engage others to become interested in the cause. Over a series of sessions, students research a charity, role play calling the charity, prepare a written and oral report of their findings, and organize a “fun-raiser” (mock fundraiser). Technology is utilized in presentations prepared by students as a medium for enhancing organizational, research, and communication skills. Project Give Back invites guests into the classroom to speak about work in which they are involved to make social change. Serving: Grades 4-8|
|Project Work||Employment Readiness Support||At select school sites, this special education experiential learning program provides tools, job readiness skills and supports in achieving employment goals for referred students with intellectual/learning disabilities who require extra support as they transition from school to work. In-school weekly employment preparation workshops and job search meetings are provided. And, on the job site coaching support is given to assist referred students in the job-related tasks and duties of the placement. The goal of this specialized programming is for referred students to obtain and retain employment. Referred students increase transferable and core work skills while better understanding their own goals and overcoming challenges as they move closer to being job ready and employment success.|
|Project: Humanity Inc.||PH Verbatim Theatre||Workshops use Verbatim Theatre to help students explore their own voices, insights and stories. Verbatim Theatre-making techniques use improvisation, interviews, debates, and role-playing to generate material to be sculpted into a play. Professional theatre artist facilitators engage students in questions of social justice including examining privilege, colonialism, and systemic marginalization. Facilitators also introduce performance techniques that help students honour and animate perspectives of others through exploration of voice, physicality, movement, rhythm, character emotion and spatial storytelling. At the end of this workshop, students gain meaningful insights about ethical storytelling and realize their own ‘real-life’ narratives. Serving: Grades 7-12|
|Prologue to the Performing 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, drama, theatre, puppetry, opera and storytelling. Programming may be offered in French, and professional learning sessions are available for staff. Students explore creative expression and cross-cultural connections which are meaningful in their lives through different arts disciplines. Indigenous artists are also available as part of Prologue initiatives. Teachers receive study guides and resource materials accompanying performances. Prologue current offerings and artists can be viewed at http://www.prologue.org Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12|
|Puppetmongers Theatre||Puppet Theatre Workshops and Performances||These performances and workshops, either in-person or through video conferencing, bring puppet theatre to students as a medium to communicate stories, ideas and experiences. Professional artists introduce a diversity of puppetry traditions around the world, demonstrate puppet making techniques and/or perform stories that explore a variety of themes using different puppets and visual effects. Performances for elementary school; and, workshops from Grades 1 - Grade 12 are available. Workshops enable students to construct their own puppet and work in small groups to plan and perform plays for each other using their hand-made puppets. Students explore the art of puppetry to broaden their perceptions of themselves and their world in a way that is non-threatening and inclusive. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|Purple Carrots Drama Studio Inc.||Purple Playspace||Workshop uses drama as a tool to promote social, self-awareness and empathy skills to all students including those who are neurodiverse. There are two workshop streams: Green and Orange. The Green stream, only for in person workshops, are suitable for students with lower levels of comprehension, verbal expression and group problem solving skills to improve their confidence, teamwork, conflict resolution skills and ability to make and keep friends. The Orange stream, delivered in-person or virtually, are for those students able to participate in more complex improvisation and problem-solving scenarios to explore feelings, friendships and engage in group problem-solving scenarios.|
|Quantius Education Foundation||InspireHer ||Program provides opportunity for secondary students to gain a better understanding of career and leadership opportunities in underrepresented knowledge-based sectors including Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Entrepreneurship and Math (STEEM) from women and BIPOC industry leaders. Sessions begin with leadership panel interviews followed by hands-on workshops led by industry professionals that include Design Thinking, Introduction to API (problem-based software workshop), ICE Training as well as diving into sector-specific knowledge. Students gain sector-specific skills/tools and engage in experiential learning and meaningful dialogue with industry professionals.|
|Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers||Taiko Drumming Performances and Workshops||Workshops and Performances are presented by a professional ensemble of East and Southeast Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer people. School communities will experience both traditional and contemporary Taiko drumming pieces; learn the historical and creative contexts behind them; and, enhance their understanding of Japanese culture and Asian history. Sessions deepen school communities' understanding of Asian Heritage through Taiko drumming. Through each undeniably strong, yet nimble percussive sound that is generated from the orchestra of drums played in rhythm, students of all ages will witness both the strength of force that sound is capable of, and likewise find that same potential within themselves to be heard. |
|Rapier Wit Inc.||Stage Combat Training ||Stage combat workshops use fight choreography to bring the text alive in drama, theatre and English studies. Workshops provide students an overview of safety considerations, physical acting training that embodies dramatic intention, and storytelling though the illusion of unarmed violence. Through partner work, students have an opportunity to practise the exercises and work on short scenes. Schools may choose to tailor the workshop to a specific text or school production. |
|Rayon Gillespie||Financial Literacy en francais||Enabling students to be responsible money managers in French and English, these interactive presentations cover topics that include: "Budgeting 101" "Spend less, Save more" "Do you need to borrow?" and "Set yourself up for success." Financial literacy skills are interspersed with personal life story and practical experience. Serving: Grades 9-12|
|Real Talk Learning Experiences||Black History - A Canadian Perspective||Sessions delivered in person or through video-conferencing focus on the experiences of African people in Canada to share the rarely discussed history of the African diaspora in Canada. Presentations, altered by grade level, covers a number of interesting topics, including the success of African interpreters working with early Europeans, interactions of Black Canadians in community building, the escape of African people from the southern United States and their experiences in Canada. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|Real Talk Learning Experiences||Content is King||Having a sound understanding of how social media works, both on the front-end and the back-end, allows young people and parents/guardians to employ best practices and make good decisions about utilizing the medium. The Digital Age has affected the way many industries do business. The marketing industry has changed from outbound methods that cast a broad net to an undefined target audience, to inbound tactics to attract a desired customer to products and services. Content marketing by way of videos, written content and podcasts, in conjunction with social media marketing and search engine marketing has become a standard in contemporary marketing. Topics in these student and parent workshops include - Content is King, Media Literacy & Technology, Let's Take a Selfie: Social Media and You. Serving: Grades 7-12, Parents/Caregivers|
|Rebecca Baird||Traditional Indigenous Art Practices||Workshops provide a hands-on experience that result in a tangible, memorable takeaway using a variety of Indigenous materials and art forms. Sample works include individual artwork using porcupine quills on birch bark, two-row wampum bracelets created using traditional Indigenous materials, beaded rosettes, individual cloth banners containing Indigenous teachings, or creation of a lasting on-site mural depicting Indigenous visual storytelling. Facilitator, Rebecca Baird, engages students in meaningful dialogue, citing the visual and material symbolism involved, including traditional Indigenous environmental teachings and relationships of cross-generational connections between the individual and community. Such teachings create a rewarding learning experience of Indigenous cultural values that reaches out and impacts meaningfully upon the community at large.
|Regent Park School of Music||Alternative Music Enrichment @ Wandering Spirit||Alternative music enrichment programming provides students at Kapapamahchakwew - Wandering Spirit School and staff in the Urban Indigenous Education Centre opportunities to further develop their musical skills as individuals, mentors and in ensembles; and, by participating in unique music theory sessions. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|Regesh Family & Child Services||Regesh High on Success||The innovative school-based program supports students to develop healthy self-esteem, decision-making, self-regulation, and interpersonal and communication skills, in-person or virtually. Students engage in improving their academic performance. Regesh High on Success is delivered up to 20 weeks and uses small group activities for students to develop new and supportive relationships that help them to be successful. Students also learn skills to increase their self-esteem, manage anger, enhance mental health and help them connect with their teachers and family. Serving: Grades 9-12|
|Repetitions Fitness Inc.||Invisible Crowns||This five part workshop empowers secondary students, of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds, to begin their own wellness journey, in light of the lack of representation in mainstream fitness and wellness culture. Delivered by Black Wellness Coach, Nadia Clarke, this 5-session program takes a holistic approach to physical health by examining the following areas: body diversity and acceptance, wellness through different lens, diet culture, food freedom, food security and mindful movement. Critical questions are examined about shifting the narrative to ensure all people have access to, input and representation in wellness. Serving: Grades 9-12|
|Rick Hansen Foundation||Rick Hansen Foundation Virtual Presentations||Rick Hansen Ambassadors helps create meaningful dialogue about disability, accessibility and inclusion by providing free presentations. Trained speakers are a diverse group of people with mobility, vision and hearing disabilities that share their inspirational stories with students. Professional learning sessions are also available on building disability awareness, inclusion and citizenship skills in classrooms. Educators receive access to ready-made resources and practical activities they can take into the classrooms immediately. Resources support provincial educational priorities while meeting school communities' social responsibility and inclusion goals: see www.rickhansen.com/schools. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
|Ringfire Productions||Indigenous Food Sovereignty Education||Chef Johl Whiteduck Ringuette of NishDish shares his journey to reclaim the traditional Anishnawbe diet and the interconnected aspects of Indigenous food. He shares his knowledge on the following topics: nutrition, food preparation and health, food demonstrations, food and ceremony, Anishinawbe botanical teachings, career paths in the culinary arts, impacts of the residential school legacy, land access, and cultivation of Indigenous gardenings. In addition, Chef Johl gives an up-close look at being a successful Indigenous entrepreneur and shares his passion for re-learning and re-establishing Indigenous food lines.
|Ripple Studios Inc.||Making Ripples in STEM||Presentation brings female professionals to talk about their diverse backgrounds and career paths that led them to a career in STEM. Speakers Sabrina Gomez Vila and Mallory Maynard met on an engineering design team building formula-style race cars and forged an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. They, along with guest speakers, share their career journeys as women in specific STEM professions, a day in their jobs, industry insights and current career opportunities. Students also hear tips and information on ways to explore a variety of skills and interests in STEM. A question and answer period follows the presentation. Suitable for Grades 6-12.|
|Rita Dagenais||Treaty Making in Canada||Lawyer's perspective on treaty making. Treaties have been signed since 1701 and are still being negotiated today. Every treaty tells a story. The presentation focuses on WHY treaties were signed, with an emphasis on the perspectives of the Indigenous signatories. These sessions provide a brief overview of the history of treaty making, beginning with the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed during the Seven Years War. But I focus primarily on the land cession treaties whereby Indigenous nations surrendered ownership (aboriginal title) of their lands to the Crown. The government wanted to acquire Indians lands to allow for the building of railways, resource development and settlement. I explore the issue of why Indigenous people would sign these treaties. The only way to answer this question is to understand the circumstances faced by Indigenous groups just prior to signing these treaties (disappearance of the buffalo, starvation, epidemics). Focus is on 2 treaties: Treaty 6 signed by the Cree in 1876 and Treaty 7 signed the following year by the Blackfoot. Serving: Grades 9-12|
|Rock Solid Productions Inc.||Rocks and Rings||The program features a variety of drills, relays and team building activities that introduce students to the sport of curling with a focus on fun. Unique indoor floor curling equipment is provided and placed in the gym offering an off-ice experience and physical activity. Sessions include various drills, relays and team-building activities. It is an inclusive program that allows students of all ages and abilities to compete and play with each other. Serving: Grades 1-8|
|Rod Nettagog||Virtual Bluestonecloud Breaking The Cycle||These workshops deliver core traditional values and teachings of traditional ‘Grandfather Drum’ and its role for the community. Through drum teachings, traditional drumming, dance and singing, hands-on activities, and self-reflection, Rod Nettagog helps students explore their place in society and appreciation for Indigenous culture. Workshops aim to restore knowledge of Indigenous cultural values, traditions and beliefs and to reconnect to ourselves, others and the earth.|
|Rodrigo Chavez||CASSAVA Latin Rhythms ||Interactive percussion workshops focused on Latin American rhythms and songs. Students form a circle and play different instruments provided for the session by the partner. Through these sessions, students learn about the history and geography of these fun rhythms as well as the cultures from Cuba, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Trinidad and Brazil. This is a “hands-on experience” that covers rhythms such as Salsa, Cha-Cha, Calypso, Cumbia, Conga, Merengue and Samba. In playing this type of music students acquire a more profound understanding of the music while developing their own capacity. This workshop will have students moving and having an energetic experience which will inspire them to think of music in a different way! Programming is offered in French or English. Serving: Grades 4 - 12.
|Roots of Empathy||Roots of Empathy Classrooms ||By bringing a real baby and parent into classrooms, in-person or through video-conferencing, these sessions raise the social/emotional competence of students through increasing students’ capacity for empathy. They give children the opportunity to observe the baby’s development and the interaction between baby and parent. The relationship between the parent and child is a template for positive, empathic human relationships aimed to shape how children deal with each other and to lay a foundational example for their future as parents and citizens. Schools designated by ROE as “ROE Centre of Excellence” host ROE guests and media to showcase the program, as requested. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff|
|Roseneath Theatre||Roseneath Theatre Touring Productions||Professional theatre performances and tailor-made workshops, delivered virtually or in-person, support arts curriculum connections and social justice themes for young audiences. Roseneath Theatre produces 3-5 performances per year that feature a particular theme and focus, written by recognized playwrights from across Canada. A study guide comprises each performance, providing classroom activities, resources, as well as pre and post-show questions. Following each performance, a question and answer session with the cast explores current topics and issues to critically analyze the concepts brought forth, building connections that relate to well-being and our relationship with ourselves and with others. Productions for the current year can be found at www.roseneath.ca. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12|
|RPDY Foundation||Creative Art and Play Programs ||In selected LC4 schools, students experiencing social and emotional difficulties are referred by Professional Support Services, to support them through the provision of these specialized opportunities for creative expression. These art and play therapy programs assist students with self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shapes; thoughts and feelings can be expressed that may be otherwise difficult for children to articulate. Various art materials and activities are available, including: sand trays, clay projects, puppets, storytelling, music, dance and movement, drama, and various art materials. Serving: Select students, Kindergarten - Grade 8|
|Rumberos||Cuban-Brazilian Drumming and Dance||Master Rumbero Joaquín Núñez Hidalgo leads performances and workshops on Cuban/Brazilian drumming, music and dance. Students learn cultural history, relationship between music, dance, costume and other forms of Latin arts. Practical demonstration of how the music is executed using traditional instruments are first shown followed by an exploration of the traditional instruments by students. Facilitator brings all instruments for full classroom participation. Students enhance their performance and ensemble skills while gaining a rich knowledge of Cuban/Brazilian music and culture. Traditional dance steps and choreography are explored in the dance workshops.
These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Global Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 8 week classroom visits. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
|SAVIS of Halton||Consent, Bodily Integrity and Health Relationships||Presentations address consent in romantic, social, and sexual contexts for secondary students. Topics include how to navigate social relationships - what is consent, how to ask for consent, how to say no and how to accept hearing no; what makes a healthy relationship, what to look for in relationships and how to navigate different relationships as young people. Consent in relation to sexual violence is also outlined to address the unfortunate prevalence of sexual violence in our communities. Presentations are delivered with time for discussion and reflection by students throughout the session. |
|Scarborough Rotary Passport Club||Brush-a-mania||This interactive in-person or virtual presentation is delivered to elementary students to promote good oral health every April which is proclaimed Oral Health Month. Dentist and Rotarians visit schools to provide information on proper brushing and flossing techniques, good oral hygiene practice, and healthy eating. Students each receive a toothbrush to practise brushing their teeth, answer questions about brushing and have the opportunity to ask questions to the dentist. Students, teachers and parents are also invited to track students daily brushing habits in-class, and at home via an online 'brushtracker'. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Scarborough Women's Centre||Building Strong Futures||Interactive workshops engage grades 7 - 12 female students in Scarborough schools to a support network, through discussion, life skills development, and information that enhances their confidence to make positive life choices, plan for their futures, become independent, and navigate the challenges that arise in the lives of young women on their pathways to adulthood. Topics include, but are not limited to: Building Self-Esteem and Confidence, Body Image, Healthy Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Future Planning, Self-Care Practices, and Personal, Educational and Career Goal Setting. Workshops for co-ed audiences are also available. Women's and Gender Issues are raised and analysed from an intersectional perspective.
|SCHC||Pediatric Health Initiative Clinic||Clinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. Medical practitioners, (including but not exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers) consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues Clinic practitioners are also available to meet with designated School Support Teams in schools, when needed, as mutually scheduled. Administration of clinic appointments is facilitated by clinic staff.|
|Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging Foundation||Careers in Long-Term Care||In-person or virtual presentations by professional staff in the long-term care sector provide information on long-term care and the variety of careers available in the sector to secondary students. Presentation addresses and tackles real day challenges to the industry. Staff from long-term care homes may be available alongside partner staff to provide first-hand information about their roles and experiences. Presentation provides career profiles, person-centred vocabulary, videos, resources followed by a question and answer period. The partner is affiliated with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation (OCLRI).
I.C.E. challenges may be available.|
|Scientists in School||Scientists in School||Facilitated by experts in scientific and engineering fields, workshops provide an opportunity for elementary teachers' professional learning through collaborative delivery of these sessions immersed in inquiry based learning. Students peer into microscopes; test their powers of observation; design pneumatic models to solve a problem; explore insect adaptations; experiment with levers and build bridges to their futures. Scientists in School provides specialized materials and equipment to make each session a hands-on experience for every child; and provides comprehensive teacher resource packages to make each session and its extension activities a professional learning opportunity for staff. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff|
|Scott Ste Marie||Social Media & Mental Health||This presentation educates students on the relationship between social media use and their psychological, emotional and social emotional well-being. Students gain a deeper understanding of the impact social media use has on their emotional well-being and how to use it safely. Mental health speaker, Scott Ste Marie, shares his honest experience being a YouTuber (reaching over 30 million people worldwide), showing students the reality behind these platforms and inviting them to think critically about how they treat others online and what content they consume. Students are immediately engaged as Scott shows background analytics to his own videos and how he personally has to manage his own online engagement and prioritizes what is truly important offline. Serving: Grades 4-12, Parents/caregivers|
|Sean Mauricette||L.I.F.T. Virtual ||Laying Important Foundations Together (L.I.F.T.) By using his backgrounds in hip-hop, acting, architecture and multimedia, Sean Mauricette inspires through motivational virtual sessions on leadership, diversity, inclusion, respect, Black History, anti-racism, and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Sessions focus on student leadership, student engagement, students' sense of self-efficacy and achievement through setting goals to become their best. Topics touch upon how to steer clear of the negative influences, to create and to seize learning opportunities. Black History presentations instill a renewed sense of pride and heighten students' awareness that Black history didn't start with slavery, it was interrupted by it; as remembered stories of black saints and royalty in advanced civilizations come to the fore through music and spoken word. Serving: Grades 5-12|
|Seedling Stories||Hands in the Garden||This food and garden program allows students to get their hands dirty while gardening, growing food, and learning about the natural environment and sustainability. Students learn and explore plant life cycles, biodiversity, composting, garden creatures, measuring and mapping garden beds, people involved in the food system, harvesting and creating simple snacks, and writing poems and creating skits about the garden. Through this hands-on program, students apply concepts they have learned in class in practical and direct ways. With a variety of workshops to choose from, some may be delivered virtually, this program is suitable for early years and elementary students and is offered in both French and English. Many of the workshops offered by this program do not require schools to have a garden and are available throughout the school year. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8|
|Selflove Youth Wellness and Empowerment||Make Ur Mark Virtual Series: Resilience & Restoration||Hosted by mentor and Black leader, Kym Niles, this live conversation brings together in a question and answer format, Black leaders who share their experiences in overcoming systematic barriers and how they managed their mental well-being in their pursuit to achievement. These in-person or virtual sessions allow community leaders from a vast array of fields and professions to share their story, coping strategies and success stories. The presentation finishes with an opportunity for students to ask questions that are relevant to them, especially those from the BIPOC community. |
|Seneca College||Behavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school. |
|Seneca College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
|Seneca College||Immigrant & Refugee Studies SSW Field Placements ||This program provides field placement opportunities for Seneca College Students in the Immigration & Refugee Studies Social Service Work program. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in TDSB sites. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding; to plan and implement activities; and to foster positive relationships with TDSB communities: students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
|Seneca College||Library and Information Technician Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in Library and Information Technician programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in schools. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum and information/resource needs; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|Shakespeare In Action||Interactive Shakespeare||Students will experience Shakespeare and drama in fun, new, and accessible ways in these experiential performing arts workshops for elementary, middle, and high-school students. Workshops include ESL Shakespeare, Masterclass (English focus), Page to Stage (Drama focus), Shakespeare Rap, and Future Shakespeare (where students experience a play in a single classroom period). Professional actor-educators show how to discover, analyze, and reimagine the meanings of language as students engage in interactive language exercises, group translation, and storytelling activities in order to decode Shakespearean text and remove the language barrier often associated with his works. Professional learning is available. SHSM workshops for the Arts and Culture Specialty are also available. Serving: Grades 3-12, Staff|
|Shakespearience Performing Arts||The Shakespearience Experience||Interactive workshops in-person and through video-conferencing empower students by developing character, confidence communication and other essential soft skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare's language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Professional learning sessions are also available for this programming that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations." Serving: Grades 4-12|
|Shelley Kavanagh||Expressive Arts||Art therapy sessions help students explore and name emotions to find acceptance thereby enhancing one’s sense of well-being. Participants learn strategies to better regulate their emotions, manage conflict internally and be able to share their experiences with others. Students receive carefully designed art prompts that can transform challenges and nurture in moving collectively into a world that is inextricably interconnected and regenerative. At the same time, facilitator helps to provide opportunities for participants to build skills that develop interpersonal effectiveness and tolerate distress through processes of containment, integration, self-soothing, building mastery and hope. These guided small group sessions especially help aid those that have experienced trauma or stress and provides a creative outline to express their emotions. Participants learn strategies to better regulate their emotions, manage conflict internally and be able to share their experiences with others. |
|Sheridan College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
|Silvija Vukadinovic||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom||From Yoga Mat to Peaceful Classroom introduces yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques. The program can be adapted for students, staff, parents, at multiple levels and all age groups. It can be delivered online, in a space that accommodates mats, as well as in a traditional classroom with students standing or sitting at their desks. Through mindful movement, relaxation exercises and meditation, participants develop social-emotional and life skills that enhance their health and well-being. |
|SKETCH||Virtual Toolbox Initiative ||Virtually, this free woodworking program is STEM inspired and designed to give students the confidence to explore, innovate and work with woodworking tools to complete woodworking projects. Led through video-conferencing by women and non-binary facilitators, students work with a variety of woodworking tools and learn techniques in hand sanding, stain and finishing applications to build a variety of basic woodworking projects as well as an independent project of their own. Additionally, students gain a basic understanding of electronics and their critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The program may culminate in a project showcase to the school community. These skill-sharing workshops are an opportunity for youth to ask questions and get to know first-hand what it’s like working in various trades. Serving: Grades 9-12
|Skills For Life Inc.||Youth Empowerment Through Life Skills||These in-person or virtual sessions help develop important life skills and to develop the positive personal and professional networks for success. By understanding and developing qualities of self and emotional intelligence, students develop a growth mindset to take on the world and its challenges. Workshop topics include: self-esteem, goal setting, networking, self-discovery and community engagement. Interactive workshops utilize storytelling, multimedia videos, quotes, games and discussions.
|Skills Ontario ||Skilled Trades & Technologies||These virtual or in-person presentations raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers. They also address stigmas that may be associated with choosing these pathways, and encourage students to explore their interests. Facilitators provide relevant information about various apprenticeships in general, current trends, and the benefits of various careers in skilled trades and technology. Students find out how to acquire preparatory skills, experiences and exposure to various skilled trades' pathways. A focus on increasing the number of young women and Indigenous Youth who enter skilled trades is emphasized through these sessions and additional experiential learning opportunities. Sessions are available in English and French.
|Soul Drums Ltd.||Soul P.O.P. ||Percussion Optimizes Potential (P.O.P.) enhances music and life skills through drumming. Sessions include drum circles in small or large class formats and offered in person or virtually. This hands-on workshop provides students an opportunity to enhance their drumming skills with an emphasis on communication, team building, positive risk taking and leadership skills. Activities include musical games, song chants and performing music using a variety of percussion instruments. Professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff|
|SoundKreations Inc.||Toronto Dance Xperience||In these dance workshops (in-person or by video-conferencing), students participate in an adventure of body awareness, spatial awareness by exploring some of the cultures and dance styles that make-up the fabric of Toronto. Students learn a variety of styles and movements and their relationship with peers. Professional dancers engage students in the chosen dance style, fundamental movements, an in-depth exploration of the creative process and, in the longer series, a culminating student-led performance. Dance programs include: HipHopParty (building community through Hip-Hop Party Grooves), CubaNYC (Latin street dance), AfroFUSION (popular styles and grooves native to Congo, Angola and Ghana), and DanceCOMBO (hybrid of all styles). Workshops may be delivered in English, French and Spanish. |
|South Riverdale CHC||Pediatric Health Initiative Clinic||Clinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. Medical practitioners, (including but not exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers) consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues Clinic practitioners are also available to meet with designated School Support Teams in schools, when needed, as mutually scheduled. Administration of clinic appointments is facilitated by clinic staff.|
|South Riverdale CHC||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.|
|Special Compass||What Happens Next||An inclusive presentation, in-person or by video-conferencing, for the school community to help meet the needs and challenges of exceptional students and prepare them to achieve success. Presentation addresses demystifying learning disabilities and providing successful learning strategies that include goal setting, study skills, advocacy skills, stress management. Focus also includes creating a healthy and successful transition into post-secondary education. The parent-centered presentation helps parents understand how to support their child with any exceptionality, understanding IEPs, and what to expect as their child transitions to higher grades. |
|Square Circle||Social Circus ||Social Circus programming fosters life skills, confidence and resilience in grades 4 - 8 students through the learning and practice of circus and creative arts. 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.These workshops provide an alternative, non-competitive physical and artistic outlet for students, while team building and enhancing social skills. Workshops are comprised of physical social games, trust and relationship building, and creative exercises for students to develop individual creative expression. |
|Stand Up for Student Well Being ||Laugh More, Worry Less||Participants learn about stand-up, improv and meme comedy using an innovative, activity-based program to teach literacy skills through a lens of resilience and well-being. Comedian coaches support participants with a curriculum to develop comedy routines, writing for performing for their peers. Several activities are completed in a single workshop, or in a series of sessions. These include introducing writing prompts for students to create jokes/stories and workshop their ideas into comedy performances. Students build their confidence in public speaking and creative writing skills by shaping their own stories while channeling healthy humour in a positive way. Serving: Grades 5 - 12, Staff|
|Starts With Me Inc.||State of Mind||Students are engaged to learn about the stigmas associated with mental health, to understand the warning signs of deteriorating mental health in themselves and others and what a pathway for recovery, resilience and well-being looks like for people seeking support. The presentation is presented through a lived-experience story from one who is living with a mental illness or has personal experience in the world of mental health. Following the presentation, students are encouraged to create a piece of content such as art, music, poetry, video, photography and/or video game in response to the session. Schools can choose to participate in the State of Mind Festival each spring; can choose to submit their creation for display at the offsite festival. Serving: Grades 7-12|
|Stefanie Ricchio Business Consulting Inc||Accounting, Income Tax, and Business in the 21st Century||Financial literacy presentations bridge the gap between the classroom and workplace experience of accounting; filing income tax; and business entrepreneurship. Various sessions and downloadable tutorials on financial literacy are available with an emphasis on personal tax and business plan development. Sessions on Canadian Income Tax include “How To” demonstrations and materials to provide a foundational level of tax understanding. Sessions on how to apply for the Disability Tax Credit for individuals with learning disabilities are available for students and parents to learn more about the complexity in applying and the path to getting approved. Sessions on Business Plan development in a modern-day context include an emphasis on automation tools. Students learn how to create a business plan that leverages technology in order to understand business as it is today. Serving: Grades 10 - 12