|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.|
|The Wynford Group Inc.||Build Character, Build Success||This three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes. First, a ‘recess planning session’ for student leaders and a staff designate to brainstorm games and activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive recess event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools. |
|The Yoga Project||Normalizing Yoga & Mindfulness in Education||This workshop teaches yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques through spontaneous movement and a structured approach. The program incorporates yoga poses and movements, breathing exercises, mindfulness exercises, song and games for the younger students, and challenging yoga poses and partner work for older students. A large focus is placed on stress-reduction, mindfulness, and celebrating uniqueness. Professional development opportunities are available to staff.|
|Theatre Direct Canada||In the Centre of it All||Theatre workshops whereby students explore stories, rehearse roles and join in alongside professional actors in performance. Theatre productions are also available, and each year feature a different theme and focus for students. The list of current productions for the year can be viewed at www.theatredirect.ca.|
|Theatricks Theatre Co.||All About Acting||These fun and engaging workshops tailor-made for elementary students encourage active participation and develop and strengthen practical skills in drama in an environment conducive to their discovery and growth. Primary students are introduced to the basic skills of drama and acting by learning about character development, scene creation, and plot development as they explore the elements of dramatic expression. Junior students build upon their drama experience by indulging in their own capacities for creativity as they develop the necessary skills for improvisational acting. By developing skills in improvisation, students increase their self-confidence and teamwork, as well as their ability to express themselves publicly. Professional learning workshops on improv are also available.|
|Theola Ross||Indigenous Arts and Social Transformation||An Indigenous Cree Arts Facilitator provides workshops to provide students with knowledge of the intersections between Indigenous lived experience and practice and the uses of art. Diverse mediums of art-production and performance such as dance, film, and storytelling are explored. Students learn how art has been used to advance the causes of social transformation and resistance to marginalization, exploitation and injustices framed within an anti-racism, anti-colonial and decolonizing lens. |
|Think Don't Shoot||It Starts Within||The entertaining presentation teaches students strategies to manage the psychological, physiological and sociological effects of violence and bullying. Students learn how to be leaders, communicate and to take control of their emotions in order to improve their emotional intelligence and resiliency. See: www.thinkdontshoot.com|
|Thinking Forward||Thinking Forward Leadership Program||Thinking Forward offers character development and leadership training for students, primarily in Model Schools, to help children and youth strengthen their interpersonal and leadership skills, and to challenge them to address social needs. Thinking Forward provides inclusive and equitable learning opportunities that use the arts and leadership development as a platform to help students develop and improve their well-being. Students participate in hands-on, art activities that highlight themes of belonging, diversity, anti-bullying, teamwork, and community. A variety of methods, resources and activities are used including painting, role-playing, designing and building, illustrating, and art exhibits to showcase student work. The program is customizable to suit the needs and schedule of the school and students. |
|ThriveKids||Fit.Focus.Fearless||Students participate in 20 minutes each of body, mind, and character activities in order to develop confidence, self-reliance, healthy life skills and habits. The 20/20/20 Circuit™, three- part program allows students to manage their bodies from head to toe through the following components: 1. vigorous exercise to release excess energy and endorphins while enhancing executive function, concentration and engagement; 2. life skills activity that incorporate creativity and play while teaching social interaction skills; 3. mindfulness activity to manage thoughts, emotions and self-regulation. Facilitators provide tools and techniques that can be incorporated in every day scenarios. A teacher resource is provided for teachers to continue incorporating the lessons with their students.
|Théâtre la Catapulte||Productions théâtrales en français||Touring Franco-ontarian production, performed by professional francophone artists from the Ottawa region and delivered in French. Students enhance French language skills while exploring current societal themes. Each production uses rich, inspirational materials to engage and provide a meaningful experience to youth audiences. Following the production, a question and answer session led by artists, provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the French arts industry and themes from the production.|
|Timothy Holland||Spectacle Cérébral||Delivered in French to FSL and French immersion students, this entertaining assembly touches on key themes such as resiliency, confidence, and growth mindset. Using circus arts and comedy ventriloquism, Tim Holland shows the accessibility of brain science and neuroplasticity and how our brains change as they learn. The assembly highlights how having a different mindset can help students’ resiliency and to see failure as a feedback rather than a limitation for skill mastery. Follow-up workshops use juggling arts to apply a growth mindset to a novel learning opportunity. Suitable for elementary grades.|
|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.|
|To Be Determined Theatre Co.||Children's Literature Onstage ||A different touring production is available each year for Early Years students. All productions bring a renowned Canadian children’s literature book to life onstage. Curriculum ties to The Arts and English / Literacy are enhanced through the live performance animation on stage for young audiences. Reading the story before or after performance has potential to further early language and literacy concepts. Q & A sessions are held after each production. See www.tbdtheatre.com each year for the particular performance being offered, and updated curriculum-related resources that are provided to educators pre and post performances. |
|Tools for All Teens||Tools for All Teens||Tools for All Teens is a self-empowerment program which provides teens with wellness activities and tools such as yoga, mindfulness meditation and journaling to assist them in calming their minds and bodies. These tools enable youth to better manage stress and enhance their mental health and well-being. Mindfulness activities are used to support students’ engagement and improve learning and success, while teaching important life skills in self-awareness.
Sessions can also be provided for staff teams, and for parents, as scheduled.
|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”.|
|Toronto Arts Council||Presenting Partners of tdsbCREATES ||The Toronto Arts Council and TDSB collaborate to create new points of access to the Arts across the city by providing opportunities for artists selected by the Advisory Committee, to engage in school-based workshops and projects with students and teachers who are participating in the annual tdsbCREATES Arts Festival. The festival takes place in schools, galleries, community locations and performing arts venues across Toronto each spring.|
|Toronto Community Benefits Network||Career Opportunities for Youth||Presentation encourages, supports and mentors students in under-represented populations to learn how to progress along the apprenticeship pathway and ultimately gain employment in the construction/trades. Students receive labour market information, gain tools and supports to navigate and complete an apprenticeship program, learn about construction projects and employment opportunities and connect with a broader network of trades professionals and mentors. Students also learn about specialized pre-apprenticeship and mentorship programs for women in trades, racialized youth, newcomers and indigenous people. |
|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.|
|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.|
|Toronto Inuit Association||Inuit Cultural Programming and Resources||TIA and AEC collaborate to co-design/co-produce Aboriginal Education resource materials and programming with an Inuit content focus. Inuktitut Language Instructors to provide classes for interested students and Inuit Cultural Activities as unique learning opportunities. Activities that occur during instructional time, are scheduled and promoted by the Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC) as curriculum enhancement and student engagement programming. Other TIA programming & Inuit Community development activities are available outside of instructional time at the AEC for students, families, the community through permit.
|Toronto Pflag||Promote Awareness of LGBTQ students and inspire allies||Toronto Pflag moms provide workshops that begin with the story of their LGBTQ child and their experiences at the age of the students in the audience. For elementary grades, the arc of the story deals with bullying. We go through scenarios to encourage students not to prejudge and instead look for opportunities to talk to each other. Younger students are asked to problem-solve for the bullied child: how could we make their school day happier? With older students and high school youth, Pflag introduces definitions; what it’s like to have a crush on someone of the same gender; we talk about coming out and why it’s hard to do; we encourage role modelling that is not homo- or trans- phobic; and, the power of allies.|
|Toronto Public Library||Library Outreach and Literacy Programming||TPL Outreach and Community Education staff facilitate literacy programming with Kindergarten and Grade Four classes; and, in secondary schools. Presentations foster a love of reading as a lifelong activity; raise awareness of the library as a community and school resource; and, encourage students and their families to get library cards. Collaborating with TDSB school libraries, TPL literacy programming introduces the library as a fun destination with friendly staff who can help and support students and their families with resources and opportunities to participate fully and equally in their schools and communities despite challenges which can include poverty and language barriers.
|Toronto Search and Rescue-Marine (T-SAR)||Water and Boating Safety Presentation||Students in Grades 2 and 6 learn water and boating safety essentials: different types of life jackets and boats, essential equipment, emergency preparedness and trip planning. Powerpoint presentation incorporates visual aids and videos, takeaway workbooks and the opportunity to try on real life jackets. |
|Transit Bricks||Toronto Transit Tales||Covering 150 years of Toronto public transportation history, from horse-drawn to motorized transportation, local historian provides interactive presentation that includes models of historic vehicles from 1849 - 2014. Students gain a historic understanding and modern appreciation for the important role of public transit in history and current affairs. |
|Tre-Lystikz Inc.||imPower 2day||Tré Armstrong, a celebrity, Canadian choreography, actor and dancer, leads interactive self-empowerment assemblies and dance workshops to share her story of channeling her survival from abuse and her passion for dance into a successful global career. In this three-part series, dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. The first session provides students a new form of movement and prepares them for a performance for a school assembly. The second session is an assembly featuring both the student performance and a motivational talk from Tré Armstrong who shares her own story, the "power of Choice", and, a few tools, strategies, actions and affirmations that cultivate the life skills of self-awareness, self-confidence, self-efficacy: self-empowerment! Finally, session three is a follow-up visit by Tré Armstrong. Program is suitable for Black History Month. |
|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. |
|Trevor Brown||Professional Learning Mathematics Seminars ||Teachers enhance and further develop their knowledge and skills in mathematics. An experienced facilitator, Trevor Brown, provides effective teaching strategies, sound pedagogy and practical classroom strategies to promote student success in math. Teachers learn how to design effective lesson plans and assessments. |
|Trinity Theatre Toronto||Creating Communities We Want||Students become peer leaders and mentors through workshops that engage them in a variety of art and drama-based activities. Trained student peer leaders facilitate workshops, talking circles and presentations with other students in their school, improving both their communication and conflict resolution skills alongside the development of their leadership capabilities. Peer to Peer workshops prepare students to become peer leaders while addressing issues such as stress management, healthy relationships, bullying, discrimination, substance use, etc. Handling Conflict peer mediation training workshops refine student's skills in understanding emotions like anger through active listening and empathy, as well as open and closed questioning. Schools can also add workshops for students as well as parents and staff to address conflicts, encourage community engagement and volunteerism, and also request Making Connections, a substance abuse toolkit for teachers that engages underserved students in developing healthy attitudes and resistance strategies.|
|Turk Event Consulting (T.E.C.) Inc. ||Lacrosse - History, Culture and Skills Presentations||The presentation teaches students about the history and culture of lacrosse from the perspective of First Nations peoples and introduces students to the basic skills of the game. The presentation discusses the cultural and spiritual significance of the game, shows the different sticks and equipment used, the positions played in the game. Students may participate in a 15 minute game where they are divided into clans/ teams.|
|U Can Do It !||Woodworking DIY||This hands-on workshop provides students basic building principles while constructing a woodworking project. Students develop their co-ordination, use easy-to-follow plans, practise with hand tools to complete projects such as windmills, paddle boats, tower cranes mechanical butterflies, motion machines and robotic arms. Facilitator provides all equipment, materials and designs and teaches safety rules on proper use of tools (sandpaper, child-sized hammer and nails). Instructions are taught in a step-by-step fashion for early years and elementary students. Workshop is age appropriate and is also offered in French.|
|UGOT Active Kids||Early Learning Through Dance||This dance workshop introduces early years students to a variety of dance styles. Trained instructors teach easy to follow routines inspired by a variety of styles, musical artists and/or culture. Students explore movement and rhythm and the five elements of dance - body, space, time, energy and relationship. Students work individually and in groups to develop their own creativity and self-expression. Each age-appropriate workshop starts with a five minute warm-up followed by energetic music with group choreography and dance games. |
|UNHCR, The UNHC for Refugees Canada||The Refugee Experience||The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, offers two multi-sensory interactive presentations that promote, bring awareness and amplify the voices of refugees to the school community. These presentations provide students with authentic, real world learning to develop a deeper perspective and respect for humanity. Life Inside a Refugee Camp allows students to physically step inside a tent and glimpse into the lives of how families forced to flee their homes live their day-to-day lives; Life Inside a Refugee Camp – Virtual Reality provides students a virtual reality experience inside a refugee camp by watching a refugee girl named Sidra share her experience, life around her and message of hope.
Interactive Experience is a computer-based application where students can follow the story of Luis, a child refugee, who has fled his country and students take a walk in his shoes as they help him in search of safety, security and the opportunity for something better.|
|Unison Health and Community Services||Pathways to Education||Pathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education.
Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.|
|United States Consulate General Toronto||Speakers Bureau ||"What is it like to be a Diplomat?", “U.S.-Canada Relations” and other topics of interest are covered in these career talks, presentations, performances and speaking engagements by American diplomats and special guests from a variety of sectors. The program offers unique opportunities for elementary and secondary school students to engage with American diplomats, professors, authors, performers, and speakers who will share their expertise on a variety of issues including American history, the U.S. State Department, Consulate duties, diplomacy, arts, culture, science and technology. The primary goal of the program is to supplement and enhance curriculum for students, with some special guests sharing their expertise on various curriculum areas. |
|Unity Charity||UNITY Day||UNITY Day starts with a high-energy, interactive, performance-based and motivational school assembly led by five professional artist educators, who perform and share their personal stories of how the Arts can be a positive outlet for change and stress management in our lives. Following the morning assembly, four afternoon class-size workshops in Hip-Hop, Break-Dancing, Spoken Word poetry, and Beatboxing are available. These workshops challenge students to express themselves creatively by learning something new, and perhaps stepping out of their comfort zone with their peers. Schools can also schedule a series of workshops first, followed by a culminating assembly.
|University Health Network||Body Pride||Interactive presentations for school communities that foster an environment to support students in developing positive body image and self-esteem. For student audiences, "Body Image, Media Literacy, and Self-Esteem," empowers young people to critically navigate messages and imagery from the media. Teacher and parent presentations assist with understanding the warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation, and resources for addressing these issues. Available presentations are “Addressing and Preventing Body-Based Bullying” and “Eating Disorders: What to Look for and How to Help”. Post-secondary students and NEDIC staff will facilitate all presentations. |
|University of Calgary||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Community Academic Mentorship Program ||This free program matches University of Toronto student volunteers with TDSB students to provide academic support and mentorship opportunities at select secondary schools. Through one-on-one support, post-secondary mentors build relationships with students and help to provide academic support in mathematics, science, and English. Mentors also provide information on post-secondary life, goals and pathways. The program aims to support TDSB students in the areas of student well-being and achievement especially for those students that come from communities that are underrepresented at post-secondary institutions. |
|University of Toronto||Concussion Care||This program offers specialized medical and allied health care of concussions to a select number of referred secondary school students. Coordinator presents program criteria and overview, pathway for support and program activities.
The cornerstone of the management of concussion is the early intervention and gradual progression of stimulation or stressors that may, if over-exposed, disrupt natural recovery and cause relapse or exacerbation of symptoms. Historically, this aspect of care has focused on gradual progression of physical activity (return-to-play), but in recent years, the application of these principles in learning environments (return-to-learn) has received increasing attention. Academic student life is comprised of subtle and complex stressors and the interaction of this environment and how stressors impact the student recovering from a concussion are poorly understood.
|University of Toronto||Growing Up Healthy||These free presentations educate students on a variety of topics on health, nutrition and the human body. Led by medical students from University of Toronto, TDSB students will receive information, strategies and tools to make healthy lifestyle choices, improve their well-being and prevent illness. Topics covered include: the benefits of healthy living; media and food choices; exercise and activity; body image; social media and self-esteem; mental health; substance use; and stress management. Each one-hour long presentation is facilitated by post-secondary students who will work with school staff (i.e. Physical Education or Professional Support Staff) to ensure presentation meets classroom needs.|
|University of Toronto||Kinesiology Field Placements||This MOU serves to provide Kinesiology field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Kinesiology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Physical Education teacher. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Masters of Teaching In-Residence Program||This in-residence program embeds one cohort of OISE Primary-Junior Master of Teaching students, dedicated to Environmentally Sustainable Education (ESE), in Ryerson Community School as a TDSB Eco-School. OISE faculty have use of a classroom space at the school in order to provide classes to their Master of Teaching students. Master of Teaching students in this cohort undertake some of their own class work, and some of their practicum experience at the school, in order to learn alongside the experienced EcoSchools Associate Teachers supporting the work that they do. As part of their in-residence practicum, Master of Teaching students will be invited to share their lesson plans related to ESE; and suitable plans will be posted on the TDSB EcoSchools website.|
|University of Toronto||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||MEd Guidance & Counselling Field Placements||Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career in Guidance & Counselling, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Guidance Counsellor. |
|University of Toronto||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Occupational Therapy OT 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 Occupational Therapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist (OT) Clinical Supervisor. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Physiotherapy Field Placements||Field placements with the TDSB OT/PT Department provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career in Physiotherapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist (OT/PT) Clinical Supervisors. The number of placements available in the TDSB is determined annually. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Professional Learning on Math Anxiety: Relationships Between Emotion and Cognition ||This seminar helps teachers develop an understanding of the presentation of math anxiety and to help students who experience intense emotions during mathematics. Graduate post-secondary students from University of Toronto lead a half day presentation on the causes of math anxiety, how to improve performance in mathematics specifically in students who are vulnerable to experiencing intense emotions and anxiety, and strategies to reduce teachers’ anxiety in mathematics. Teachers learn strategies and learning tools to use in the classroom to decrease students’ anxiety and benefit students’ performance in mathematics. Follow-up with staff occurs to review the impact of practice and how staff continue to support students.|
|University of Toronto||Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Field Placements||This MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for post-secondary students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within Speech-Language Pathology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Speech-Language Pathologist. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.|
|University of Windsor||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|Unstoppable Tracy||Unstoppable You||As a bestselling Author, award-winning Leader, Speaker, Humanitarian, and decorated Athlete, Unstoppable Tracy provides tools tied to the Ontario Learning Outcomes for Resilience and Determination, for audiences to affect positive change and acceptance to everyone around them. Tracy's verve for life and ability to overcome obstacles are immediately apparent in these keynote presentations, sharing her story of commitment and perseverance, courage, and positivity, and that challenges misconceptions. Unstoppable Tracy provides a unique and inclusive perspective on diversity as a person who was born with a disability, as a 4-way amputee. With humour and motivation, Unstoppable Tracy inspires all audiences to set goals and persevere through adversity, doing whatever it takes in order to achieve success.|
|UPLAY||UPLAY Songwriting Workshops||The program seeks to enhance students’ creative writing and literacy skills. Students are guided through the stages of writing, performing, recording and packaging their very own dynamic song. Working as a class, students are divided into groups to write and sing the vocals and to use technology to simulate real instruments. The class then designs an album cover and receives an electronic copy of its original song.|
|UPower Inc.||Healthy Resilient Minds Matter||This concert-style assembly features original songs, stories, song-writing, life mapping and painting to reinforce the message of respect and resiliency and mental well-being. Motivational speaker Sara Westbrook shares her “Choice Making Formula” to teach students how to learn to think and act beyond their emotions so they can make character-based choices rather than emotion-based choices. Students develop strategies for positive self-talk and encouragement to build confidence and interpersonal skills. List of available assemblies include: A Healthy Resilient Mind Matters, Superheroes For Respect, Character End Result, Bounce Back Families Upower Concert, 3 Habits of Resilient Families (parents only). Follow-up workshops on a range of topics are also available to further develop building respect, confidence and resiliency. |
|Urban Rez Solutions Inc.||The R.E.A.L. School||Reality Education Applied Life Skills (R.E.A.L.) program provides students in grades 7 and 8 with life and social skills required to ensure measurable positive impact. Male role models and mentors facilitate pop culture-based activities and model successful life skills. The delivery method consists of interactive dialogue, role play, video, breakout sessions, guest speakers, team exercises, portfolio documentation and final presentation in a pop-up production model. Students learn the guiding principles of the 7 C's - conscious choice, change, curiosity, courage, challenge, commitment and communication to expose individuals to their own potential. |
|V-Learn Inc.||Echo Learning's Digital Music Experience||Students create their own musical song in this accessible workshop on digital music production. Facilitators cover song structure, elements of sound design, composition of melody, and use of a digital technological tool. Hands-on exercises at each stage help students to practise what they've learned and discover how to use the tool themselves to create desired sounds. Students compose their own unique drum patterns, instrument effects, and melodies to create their own original song or remix. Professional learning to staff are also available.|
|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. |
|Vanessa Barnett & Elena Soni||Making Art Making Change||Vanessa Barnett and Elena Soni lead culturally-relevant arts-based workshops dedicated to students’ authentic voice using mixed media as a means of creative exploration and communication. Facilitators collaborate with teachers to identify a focus for the projects and deliver workshop series that develop these ideas. Experimentation with different materials and art mediums is an element of the art making. Materials utilized are video, sound, performance, textiles, and found objects. Students explore their own vision and imagination to create and present their unique artwork.|
|Veritus Pictures Inc.||Youth Filmmakers Academy||Workshops provide authentic expression of student voice through filmmaking. This team-based approach provides students with skills, technique and tips on a variety of filmmaking elements including camera work, audio recording, video production, and editing. For schools looking for a more in depth exploration of filmmaking, James Buffin offers a five day program to take students from concept to completion for documentary or dramatic projects. |
|VIBE ARTS||Community Sharing Arts Education||Children and youth from schools in neighbourhood improvement areas engage in high-quality, tailor-made, hands-on arts workshops conducted by professional artists. Students of all levels of ability create works of art through mediums such as dance, drama, dub poetry, environmental art, visual and integrated arts, video and filmmaking, and photography, while also learning to reflect their cultural heritage and personal identity into their works.
Professional learning is also available, leading teachers through a series of hands-on experiences which include art appreciation, studio techniques, and lesson planning, as well as sharing and discussing effective strategies for integrating arts into core curriculum areas.|
|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.
|Virginia Barter||Indigenous Perspectives: Film and Interdisciplinary Arts ||Virginia Barter is a Toronto based Métis/Cree writer and filmmaker. Her presentations are interdisciplinary, covering a wide range of curriculum subjects. Students learn Métis history and culture through film, music and visual arts. Virginia shares stories about fur trade life, based on her own family history, and the Cree Culture of James Bay and the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Activities typically include hands-on displays, with “trade circle” role playing and interactive quizzes and maps. Contemporary themes of indigenous identity are explored through her TV series URBAN ABORIGINALand other film projects. Topics also include conservation, Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation.Film workshop options– Student produce “heritage moments” or digital stories. Visual art projects: Acrylic “dot” art painting replicating Métis floral beadwork. (NAC10 students examine the works and styles of today’s well-known Métis artists.)
|Visions in Green||Living Legacies of STEM||This interactive, multimedia exhibit and workshop teaches students about STEM pioneers, trailblazers, innovators and inventors from North America and the African Diaspora, with a particular focus on ancient Africa and continental African people and how they have shaped these fields of science to what they are today. The facilitator will deliver history about the people that played a significant role in STEM fields while students interact with exhibited artifacts. List of topics include: "It’s All About That STEM Life & You", "The Giants and Living Legacy of STEM: Untold Stories of African Men & Women", "How STEM has Changed Our Lives" and International Childrens Inventors Museum. This workshop is suitable for African Heritage Month. |
|Voice of Purpose||On the Horizon - Spoken Word Poetry for Personal Development||This interactive arts workshop uses creating and performing spoken word poetry to help students explore and unpack their personal identities and purpose within the context of culture, society, and historical legacy. Students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how their personal experiences connect to larger social issues. Students develop spoken word, creative writing, non-verbal communication techniques and critical analysis process through the creative writing, visual representation and performing of spoken word poems.
This workshop utilizes the Purpose Driven Education (PDE) model, an educational framework, methodology and practice to help learners identify, align with, and develop skills to pursue their True Inner Purpose.
|Vujade Entertainment Inc.||Creature Shop||This hands-on workshop teaches students motion picture special effect techniques to create their own animatronic creation. Students handle and explore the simple machines that give the illusion that puppets are alive including mechanical pulleys, push-pull rods, gears and gear chains. Students learn different kinds of special effects, comparing computer generated effects to floor effects. Students build their own animatronic creation to participate in a challenge in stacking a pyramid of wooden blocks. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. |
|Vujade Entertainment Inc.||Puppets Cool! Toons! ||Three choices are available in these Media Arts, Creative Design, Animation and Tech workshops using Puppetry design, creation and story-telling. Students learn in a creative, multimedia production process. Culminating activity includes students producing original film and other story-telling media using the puppets (and characters) they create. For secondary students, a more comprehensive look at mechanical puppetry and animation is explored; how it works with technology and STEM concepts, and the intricacies of these media arts. Details can be found at www.puppets-cool.com
|Warden Woods CCC||Anger Management and Conflict Resolution ||These interactive workshops utilize conflict resolution and mediation techniques as they focus on one or more of the following themes, as requested by schools in LC3: I. Anger Management: Anger Defined; The Anger Mountain; Ways People deal with Anger;Dealing with an Angry Person;Positive and Negative Functions of Anger; Communicating while Angry. II. Conflict Resolution: What is Conflict?; The Unmanaged Conflict Cycle; Characteristics of Conflict; How to Handle Conflict?; Understanding Conflict Styles; Communicating through Conflict. III. Communication: Active Listening; How to be a Better Listener?; What are the Roadblocks to Effective Communication? The purpose of these sessions is to provide students with tools that decrease the conflicts among youth that could or have escalated into suspensions or expulsions.
|Warren Hoselton (Professor Pricklethorn)||Trees Please||An interactive presentation that puts tree preservation, protection and awareness into practice. This presentation uses fun and engaging demonstrations, discussion and role-playing to explain the importance of trees in our day-to-day lives and long-term environmental needs. Students learn how and why trees make us feel better and live healthier lives, five simple ways to assist the survival and preservation of urban trees and the role and career of an arborist. |
|WE Charity||WE Schools||WE Schools programming includes free presentations for student and staff audiences facilitated by motivational speakers with in-depth knowledge of a variety of global issues. Professional learning sessions focus on creating student leadership and ‘service-learning’ opportunities. Through these presentations, students and educators gain an understanding of the root causes of social justice issues such as hunger, poverty, and access to education. They are also encouraged to explore, plan and implement at least one local and one global action, and celebrate its’ positive social impact! All sessions include curriculum and resource materials through a WE Schools Kit. |
|Western University ||Masters and Post-Degree Diploma in Foods and Nutrition Field Placements||These programs provide field placement opportunities for Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition students and Post-degree Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training students from Brescia University College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Brescia students who are considering a career in Foods and Nutrition, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a designated TDSB Nutrition Services Supervisor. These placements satisfy course and program requirements for field placement experience, as well as requirements of the Canadian Dietetic Education Regulatory body, the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).|
|Western University ||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|White Ribbon ||Promoting Healthy Masculinities to End Gender-Based Violence||As a thought leader in equal gender norms, and healthy masculinities, White Ribbon provides five different foci for “Building Ally-ship” sessions:
1. Building Ally-ship Together With Women and Girls to End Gender-Based Violence
2. Building Ally-ship and Unpacking “Bro-Culture”
3. Building Ally-ship through Consent Culture and Effective Bystander Intervention
4. Building Ally-ship and Exploring My Own Role and Commitment to Ending Gender-Based Violence
5. Building Ally-ship through Storytelling and Action Planning
|Wilfrid Laurier University||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|WonderPhil||Internet Safety Magic Show||Through the art of magic, infused with comedy, this presentation introduces students to the concepts of internet safety, and why they need to be mindful of their online presence. Concepts that include Personal Information, Passwords, and the Permanence of an Online Presence, are discussed, described, illustrated in a fun way. 'Think Before you Click' is the motto. Magic and comedy is the vehicle to drive the ideas home. |
|Wordswell Assoc. for Community Learning||Illumine Media Project||Workshops offer an opportunity for student inquiry into the processes and messages embedded in a variety of media. Through facilitated discussions, students analyze the implications of the time in history we’re living in within the broader context of a conversation about their own identity and sense of purpose. Media content created by youth for youth in Toronto neighbourhoods explore themes that include hope, individual and collective growth, community progress, co-operation and competition, service to our communities and choosing our life’s path. Students delve further in the production process and have the opportunity to complete their own digital stories when engaged in a workshop series. Students participate in critical discussions relating to commonly held assumptions about youth and community both through lived experience and representations in narrative media. Suitable for grades 6-12.|
|Wushu Project Inc.||Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance||This high-energy and culturally rich dance workshop explores effective team building and communication through Chinese dragon dance and performance. Students learn how to physically manipulate the different segments of the dragon, dragon techniques, drills and dance movement to bring the dragon costume to life. Once the dance routines are learned, students create choreography which culminates in a performance to the school community. Lion dance presentation is also available for Asian History and Chinese Heritage Months and Chinese New Year celebrations.|
|X Movement Inc.||Connected Movement||Connected Movement provides workshops and events that integrate physical, emotional, social and environmental literacy. These include: ‘Aussie X’ through Aussie Rules footy, cricket and netball, students experience Australian culture and core values; ‘X Dance’ explores music and cultures from around the world and students discover dance in an energizing and inspiring way; ‘X Fusion’ blends movement skills from yoga, pilates and gymnastics through a circus-like experience; and ‘X Power’ explores blocking movements, personal space for safety, core strengths and basic fundamental movements.
|Xennial Productions||Accidental Apprentice ||Presentation and workshop exploring career journey on non-traditional career pathways including trades and apprenticeship. Presenter, Adam Melnick shares his personal career journey which involves, by accident, stumbling down a career path he never planned. This presentation focuses on career exploration resources, trades and apprenticeship information and personal lessons along the way. Workshop provides a hands-on exercise for students to brainstorm and identify workplace roles and skills and learn ways to be successful in any job culminating in student-led presentations. Professional learning is also available. |
|YMCA of Greater Toronto||Youth Substance Use ||Free presentation on substance use and its effects to school community. Substances covered are alcohol, cannabis, opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA/ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, hallucinogens. Presentation addresses what the products are, their categories, physical and mental impacts, short and long term impacts and strategies for harm reduction. Facilitators address the causes of use and indicators that people may be using substances and ways to get help. A question and answer will follow each presentation. |
|York University||Aboriginal People, Identity and Education ||This advanced credit experience includes both university and secondary school courses that provide students with the opportunity to learn from Aboriginal authors, filmmakers, and artists who are telling their own stories. What does it mean to be an Aboriginal/Indigenous person in Canada? What does it mean to be an Aboriginal person living in an urban environment like Toronto? The dual course includes reading books, watching films, and going to art galleries. Students investigate and develop their own responses to questions of identity and Aboriginality. They explore Aboriginal perspectives of "identify", "history", "literature", and "traditions"; and, allows them to develop their own understanding of Aboriginal worldviews. Students register with TDSB Continuing Education for either (NDA3M) Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada or (NDW4M) Issues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context.
|York University||Community Outreach Nursing Engagement (CORNER)||CORNER is an offering of the York University School of Nursing through which schools can request presentations on various Health Promotion topics. Presentations are designed for student, staff and/or parent audiences. They are prepared and presented in schools by York University Nursing Students with York University Faculty oversight. To select topic/s and schedule a session, TDSB staff are asked to visit www.yorku/CORNER http://nursing.info.yorku.ca/corner/. The School of Nursing Clinical Course faculty supervise York University students, and attend presentations. THE CORNER placement model is a program-based approach to community nursing praxis. |
|York University||Making Science Fun!||Workshops are designed to excite students about STEM and ignite a genuine passion for learning. Students work in teams through guided projects and experiments to gain an understanding of STEM concepts. A variety of free elementary workshops are offered: Bacteria Biology, CSI: Classroom Scene Investigation, A-Mazing Circuits, Binary Secret Code, Water Piano, Circuit Harps, Musical Art Website Manipulation. Secondary workshops for a fee include: Careers in Interdisciplinary Medicine, Blood Science and Disorders, Chemical Clock Reaction, Digital Literacy, Prosthetics Properties and ADME Chemistry as well as customized workshops. Facilitators share related scientific research taking place at the university and discuss real-world applications of topics, making the learning relevant to students. Professional learning is also available. |
|York University||Masters School Psychology Field Placements||School Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience. |
|York University||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|York University||Unity in Diversity||In these immersive arts workshops, students will deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills around themes of identity, community and multiculturalism to produce an art project or initiative. Artist facilitators (Asian Canadian artist facilitators?) will develop students’ literary and artistic tools to explore and develop content in expressing their vision around a theme. Workshops may include literary writing, music composition, visual art and photography/videography. Students will create an artistic work at the end of the workshop and facilitators will collect and create a collaborative piece of art (if applicable). Workshops are also suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
|York University||Wabaan _ Indigenous Initial Teacher Education ||Wabaan is an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) word meaning it is tomorrow. It signifies commitment to a holistic program of teaching and learning that acknowledges the impacts of colonialism, and draws on the wisdom of ancestral teachings and contemporary leaders to put Indigenous futures into Indigenous hands. Rooted in Indigenous Thought, Wabaan will provide traditional and contemporary teachings from Indigenous Elders, educators, and community leaders. Responding to the urgent and long-standing need for a teacher education program that centers Indigenous worldviews, knowledges and pedagogies, York will work with TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre, teachers and students to support the development of a program that will educate a new generation of teachers prepared to address the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, families and communities. |
|Yorktown Family Services||Double T||Double T (Temper Tamers) self-regulation sessions provide elementary students with opportunities to learn vital cognitive and social skills with their classroom peers. Sessions build skills through a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based (CBT) curriculum that addresses and supports the management of intense emotions that may be getting in the way of classrooms meeting their academic and social goals as healthy learning environments.|
|Young People's Theatre||Theatre Education Activities in Schools||YPT offers a wide selection of educational programming in schools including Pre- and Post-Show Workshops, Specialized Workshops and Residencies. These are all designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of a particular theme or arts practice, enhance their theatre-going experience, and provide them the opportunity to actively engage in creative drama. Pre- and Post-Show Workshops guide students through a series of drama exercises as a way to more deeply explore themes associated with a YPT production. Specialized Workshops and Residencies allow students to explore a specific theme or area of interest such as – but not limited to – acting, dance, stage combat, clowning, puppetry, design, prop building, playwriting or stage carpentry. YPT engages professional facilitators of the highest quality who have extensive experience working with young people using a diversity of artistic approaches. Subsidies can be made available. www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca|
|Young Yogis Toronto||Breathe-Stretch-Rest-Repeat||Students learn yoga, mindfulness and playful movement. Students practise yoga poses and movement, meditation techniques, and learn effective tools for coping with stress and emotional upset. Each class contains breathing exercises, playful postures, yoga games, and relaxation. Classes touch on aspects of mindfulness, providing students with simple, yet effective tools for coping and thriving in a fast-paced world. The workshop also gives students an opportunity to develop body awareness and coordination in a safe and supportive environment. |
|Youth Fusion ||ICT Gaming Design||Through Youth Fusion sessions with post-secondary mentors and industry specialists, secondary students develop real-world employable skills in a variety of ICT sectors. Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) learning is enhanced through learning how to design and its practical applications. Students form teams and go through the entire process of developing, testing and marketing a video game. They receive training in numerous disciplines such as graphic design, level design, coding, and software development from industry leaders, contributing to a rich learning experience for all participants. This program is tailor-made for young people, who in addition to being exposed to careers options in the video game industry, also learn soft skills like teamwork and creative problem solving.|
|Youth Stars Foundation||Jouer En Santé||Workshop provides enrichment experience in French by bringing French facilitators who guide students through sport play and physical activity. Students learn French through performing drills, skills, circuit training, sports games, obstacle courses and organized team sports as well as nutrition and healthy living habit. Schools choose from multi-sport, soccer, baseball or basketball. The workshop provides a fun, active and engaging way for students to learn and practise French. |
|Youth Wellness Network||Youth Wellness Leaders||Programming in a school begins with an assembly, and then follows-up with workshop sessions for selected student leaders or classes. Students’ mental health and well-being is enhanced through learning and sharing in a six module training that includes deepening students' understanding of mindfulness, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, conscious choice making, leadership, taking action: goal-setting. Each session focuses on developing daily practices and strategies that can boost self-esteem and confidence as well-being leaders.With sessions on How to Become Your Own Best Friend, and The Power of Your Choice, student wellness leaders gain knowledge and skills on how to create and sustain a culture of wellness in their school. Professional learning presentations, and parent workshops are also available for staff teams or parent councils. |
|Youth Without Shelter||One Youth at a Time: Homelessness and Breaking the Barrier||Uniquely designed, age appropriate presentations for grades 3 - 12 are delivered to raise awareness and break down the myths and stereotypes associated with homeless youth. Students are introduced to the realities of youth homelessness; receive information on available community resources; and are provided with information on the ways that students can provide support to an issue impacting their peers. |
|YouthLink||LINK'D FAST||Based on the Finding Assertive Solutions Together (FAST) curriculum, the LINK'D psycho-educational program incorporates the use of various therapeutic and recreational activities to help youth discover the underlying factors that contribute to overly assertive behaviors, and builds skills in self-regulation, self-awareness, social awareness/empathy, responsible decision making and problem solving. The program focuses on the 3 core areas known as the 3L’s: Life, Leadership and Learn. The Life area focuses on setting students up for success, building life skills and enhancing social skills. The Leadership area focuses on teaching students to lead others positively, build their strengths and becoming LINK’D Ambassadors. The Learn area focuses on helping students learn new ways to cope, develop self-control strategies and deal with difficult emotions.|
|YouthLink||Pathways to Education||Pathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected Families of Schools to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education.
Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school.|