Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming in-person or online in 'virtual' or 'bricks & mortar' schools during instructional time. To find programming of interest to you, search by keyword or sort the list order by clicking on any column title. 

(Please note: after-school programs operate through Permits. Other pathways for agencies to engage with TDSB can be found through our Partnership Opportunities webpage.

The Earth Rangers FoundationEarth Rangers AssemblyThe Earth Rangers Assembly offers an engaging and interactive presentation bringing concepts of science and biodiversity from the real world into the classroom, in person and via video-conferencing. Using live Animal Ambassadors including reptiles, mammals and birds to connect with students, the hour-long assembly teaches students to develop empathy for wildlife and to support protecting animals and their habitats. Students learn about threatened Canadian species, the importance of protecting the environment and adopting more sustainable behaviours. Earth Rangers provide supplementary environmental information on how to make a difference through tangible activities and conservation projects for students to complete at home. Earth Rangers provides curriculum resources available online at www.earthrangers.org/bring-back-the-wild-curriculum-resources. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
The flight Power Foundation7 Pillars of LeadershipA workshop series demonstrating seven key skills/habits that establish a growth mindset and contribute toward leadership development and success for students in Grades 6-12. Areas of focus include responsibility, goal-setting, mobilizing change, changing thought patterns, how to make difficult decisions, communication and teamwork. These activity-based workshops engage students to expand their perspectives. Facilitators use meaningful content and current day examples to show students how to apply these skills in their lives.
The flight Power Foundationflightunit Careers Awareness Students are exposed to industry professionals and careers in multiple areas through conferences and workshops to increase student success and career exploration. Professionals from various industries lead sessions to provide specific information from sectors that include Music, Art & Culture, Health, Sports & Fitness, Entrepreneurship, Trades, Business & Advertising, Health Care, Learning Skills, Sciences and Pharmaceutical Industry. Skills being developed are career decision making, conducting research, problem solving, personal learning strategies, and networking with industry leaders. Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (ICE) training and SHSM certification are also available. Serving: Grades 6-12
The Fringe of Toronto Theatre FestivalPathways to Fringe TheatreWorkshop series, delivered in-person or by video-conferencing, takes students on a "Producing 101" pathway towards creating and premiering their own Fringe show. As an incubator of the most diverse and exciting artists and productions in the country, Fringe Festival staff and acclaimed independent artists/producers work with students to bring and develop their vision to the stage. This 5-part workshop series focuses on the following processes: creation, direction, technical elements, execution and putting on the show.
The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack FundLegacy Artist AmbassadorsThe program brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists into schools or by video-conferencing to inspire student leadership and forward the journey of reconciliation in school communities. Artists share their art, music and stories through workshops and/or performances and engage students in learning and conversations about reconciliation. Schools hosting Artist Ambassadors are also encouraged to have students share their own stories, art, and reconciliACTIONs with their guests. The program reflects arts, music, and role models in the classroom to connect with students about the power of the arts to create social change.
The Health Institute Inc.Blueprint Training 101Through education, mentorship and physical activity, this program explores core movement principles to enhance student’s understanding of physical movement and health. Black health professional, Joel Kerr, explains biomechanics, applies human kinesiology and its relationship to movement and how to build and progress with each of the six principle movements (push, pull, hold, run, jump, throw), and its importance in regards to strength and overall health. In addition, Joel shares his career journey in the area of sports medicine, kinesiology and human kinetics.
The Hospital for Sick Children Empower TM Reading Professional learning sessions and TDSB staff pairings with Mentors from the Hospital for Sick Children Empower Reading provide fulsome professional orientation, training and support to TDSB staff in an ongoing way. In order to transform young struggling readers into capable readers and confident learners, Empower Reading includes:• balanced and flexible teaching approaches and methodologies, to ensure individual learning preferences and cognitive strengths are optimized • explicit teaching of skills and knowledge that are necessary for decoding and comprehension of different types of English text • programs delivered at different paces, so that both individual student and group needs can be achieved • emphasis on consolidation, to help learners clarify and address any gaps, and promote mastery • dialogue structure for learning that provides the seeds for later self-talk, self-monitoring, and strategy evaluation skills • modelling: students are apprentices to an expert reader - initially the teacher, later students take turns as experts • retraining unproductive attitudes and beliefs about failure and success.
The K Group Inc.The Steelpan Experience: From Skin to Steel and BeyondThis program challenges students to develop an understanding of steelpan, its history and the present cultural and social contributions of steelpan pioneers to communities locally and throughout the world. Led by Afro-Caribbean (Black) musician, Joy Lapps-Lewis, and guests, this program is delivered in the form of virtual or in-person presentations, workshops and performances. Hands-on workshops focus on how to play, care for and store instruments. Students develop mallet technique and learn grooves while creating and sharing their musical ideas. Performances explore history and development of the steelpan into a modern day approach to steelpan centered beat-making and production. Facilitators share their experiences as musicians and professionals. Sessions can be modified for classes who do not have access to conventional steelpan (steel drum) instruments. Professional learning for teachers may be available.
The Learning Enrichment FoundationThe MINA Project: Inspiring FuturesProgram helps racialized, underserved students in Grades 6-12 bridge the gap between education and employment by gaining experience, building a network and developing skills required in the workplace. In-person or virtual sessions led by under-represented (BIPOC) industry professionals inspire students to make connections between education and employment and to see careers without limits. Program includes career panel where speakers share their career stories and workshops to develop soft skills and employability skills. Students receive mentorship from industry professionals and learn new career opportunities.
The Learning Partnership CanadaEntrepreneurial Adventure Elementary students create a business venture from their classrooms. The Learning Partnership’s Business Mentors guide students virtually on their entrepreneurial journey, supporting them as they research an idea and build a plan to develop and launch their venture. Learning resource materials and activities make the entrepreneurial experience easy, accessible and fun. This program strengthens students’ critical thinking, creative problem solving and collaboration skills. It culminates in a regional event where students pitch their ventures. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff
The Message LLCThe Message Media Literacy ProgramThe program helps youth tap into the power of mass media by enhancing their media literacy and critical thinking skills. Mass media affects the way we think, feel and act and when used responsibly, present unprecedented opportunities for connecting, sharing and learning. Through in-school and video-conferencing sessions students examine hip-hop & music messages, anti-Black racism, social media etiquette, media ownership, “fake news,” sexism, consumerism, and substance use in popular culture. The goal of the program is to empower students to be responsible adults.
The Mosaic InstituteNext GenerationThis program equips high school students with the tools to become leaders for a more just world. The interdisciplinary, culturally relevant and empathy-based curriculum enables students to practise self-awareness by exploring their identities and biases, navigate uncomfortable conversations, resolve conflicts by finding common ground, and engage as changemakers in their local communities. The following themes are covered in-person or via video-conferencing: peace and conflict, identity and privilege, prejudice and discrimination, trauma and self-care, and social action. This program incorporates experience from Canadian schools with regard to exclusion and resolving conflict in the classroom to advance The Mosaic Institute's mission for bringing people together. Serving: Grades 9-12
The Multicultural Theatre Space Inc.Stories of JusticeIssues of integration and communication with peers give voice to newcomers, marginalized and racialized youth in these workshops facilitated by multicultural artists. Students receive inspiration from culturally diverse role models who provide an opportunity to hear critical conversations with a multicultural lens. Schools can choose from a workshop series for students to create a short theatre production reflective of their lives or participate in talkbacks with professionals in the theatre industry.
The National Ballet of CanadaDance AboutPresentation designed to introduce students to ballet delivered by the professional artists at The National Ballet of Canada. "Dance About" demystifies the professional ballet world through a short ballet performance with four dancers, piano accompanist, narrator and behind-the-scenes crew. Through an interactive discussion, students learn about basic ballet exercises, pointe shoes, partnering, ballet mime and theatrical makeup. Students not only hear from artists who discuss their roles but also learn what it takes to produce a ballet. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
The National Ballet of CanadaYOU DanceLed by artist educators/dancers from The National Ballet of Canada, these free workshops and performances introduce students to the theatrical art of ballet. Schools may also choose a “YOU dance” workshop where students actively engage in movement techniques to develop their creative expression, learn a variety of dance styles and repertoire, and interact with artists through a Q&A. Live-streamed "YOU dance" performance features five specially selected pieces danced by the National Ballet’s apprentices and accompanied by a pianist. Serving: Grades 4-6
The Period PurseMenstruation NationPresentations help educate students in grades 5-8 about menstruation and the importance of menstrual health for all, in-person or virtual. Facilitators demystify the myths, share use of appropriate language and how to prepare for periods including learning about various period products and reusable options. These virtual presentations help students understand period poverty with girls in school and people experiencing homelessness. Three presentations are available: Myths and Periods, Period Poverty, Period Product Options.
The Toronto Jewish Film FoundationFilmMattersThese free workshops use screenings of contemporary Jewish films to engage students in discussing their historical context, and the study of important social issues like diversity, racial and cultural sensitivity, citizenship, and social action. Guest speakers with experience, background, and/or expertise on issues raised in the films may be present to help spark class discussion and critical thinking on these issues as they relate to current social and political climate. A current list of available films and study guides can be found at www.j-flix.com/filmmatters. Suitable for grade 10.
The Travelling Stage Inc.Performing Arts Enrichment for JK-Grade 12Drama and dance student performances and select workshops are available in-person and via video-conferencing in both English and French. Programming fosters an appreciation for Canadian dance, drama and theatre. Program material varies each year and revised promotional material is available online at www.travellingstage.com. Workshops include, but are not limited to the following: DRAMA: "Page to Stage" "Improv" "Collective Creation" -Students are engaged in the art of storytelling by performing a well known tale or fable, improvising or creating an original piece of theatre using student voices. Students explore character, setting and plot with the end result being to have students bring the story to life through improvisation and devised theatre techniques. DANCE: "Decades of Dance" "International Dance" "Elements of Dance" - Students engage in the history and current relevance of various dance styles, while gaining tools to explore, create and execute movement. Although the Artist Educator has created the choreography on their own, students will collaborate to bring the choreography to life. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
The Umbrella Effect Inc.The Umbrella ProjectSimilar to an umbrella protecting us from the rain, a collection of well-being skills can protect us from times of calm and stress. This workshop, delivered in-person or through video-conferencing, enhances a collection of skills that form emotional well-being: empathy, gratitude, self-compassion, purpose, resiliency and developing a growth mindset. Through lessons, videos, group discussion, personal reflection and observation of the world around them, students learn real life applications of each skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. Workshops may be offered in French and parent presentations are available. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
The Wynford Group Inc.Supporting Global Competency & Build Character, Build SuccessThis three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes and global competencies through comprehensive on-line programming. First, a ‘recess planning and/or leadership lunch session’ to facilitate & develop student leadership by brainstorming games/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 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. Programming available in-person and through video-conferencing. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-6, Staff
The Youth Empowerment ProgramYouth Skills for LifeWorkshops offer practical tools to empower vulnerable/BIPOC youth with the skills to increase self awareness, self confidence and self-esteem. Facilitated by Suzanne Dunbar, Black female, these interactive sessions delivered in-person or virtually offer healthy problem-solving skills, strategies on changing negative thought patterns and reactive behaviours, and tools to navigate life’s challenges from a space of autonomy and self-reflection. Sessions delivered in person or virtually, use guiding questions to engage students, especially Black students, to develop a positive self-perception as they grow in their lives.
Theatre DirectIn the Centre of it AllTheatre 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. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Theola RossIndigenous Arts and Social TransformationAn 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. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Therapeutic Paws of CanadaTherapeutic DogsPet Therapy sessions, with small groups of select students referred by TDSB Professional Support Services, reduce students’ stress and anxiety by providing physical and emotional support in school communities that have experienced a traumatic event or crisis. Trained therapy dogs are accompanied by their certified handlers who guide each interaction.
Think Don't Shoot Inc.It Starts WithinThe entertaining and engaging presentation shares real life experiences through which students are exposed to strategies for managing the psychological, physiological and sociological effects of violence and bullying. Through story and interactive dialogue, students witness how to become community leaders; how to communicate effectively; how to take ownership of their decisions; and, to control their emotions in order to improve their emotional intelligence and resiliency. Serving: Grades 7-12
Tim FrancomFundamentals in PercussionProfessional percussionist provides mentorship, music industry knowledge and specialized percussion skills to students. Musician shares knowledge of percussion instruments and performance practises aiding in skill development, proper technique, sound production and music literacy. Sessions can be offered as workshops, clinics and/or coaching for large and small group ensembles ie. band/orchestra percussion section.
Timothy HollandSpectacle CérébralDelivered 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.
Tisha Nelson Consulting GroupNurturing Black-Affirming Schooling ExperiencesStudents explore ideas around identity, race, racism and stereotypes to increase their competencies for anti-racist actions. Through in-person or virtual delivery, students learn the tools and mindset toward equity and social justice. Topics include how to hold brave conversations, unpacking and understanding the impact of power and privilege, honoring each person’s lived experience. Using drama activities, reflective conversation, whole and small group discussions and activities, students engage the skills they are currently learning within a social justice context. The learning may be applied for success in school or in other aspects of their lives. Staff professional learning and parent presentations are provided to build on the school action plan and continue relationship building within the school community.
TNO - The Neighbourhood OrganizationSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT 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
Tools for All TeensTools for All TeensTools 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. Serving: Grades 7-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
Toronto Alliance for the Performing ArtsTheatre CareersWorking 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 a theatre professional, 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 - including a conversation about current pandemic conditions. Presenter provides 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”. Serving: Grades 9-12
Toronto Art Therapy InstituteArt Therapist Practicum Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for graduate students in Art Therapy.. 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. Art Therapist Practicum graduate students may support referred TDSB students in any of the following activities: enhance communication and self-expression, self-discovery, and problem solving; encourage development of healthy coping strategies in working through specific issues, such as depression & anxiety, addictions, grief/loss, or trauma; help children relieve stress, increase emotional literacy and awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Using imagery, colour and shapes; thoughts and feelings can be expressed that may be otherwise difficult for children to articulate.
Toronto Biennial of ArtContemporary Indigenous Arts ProgrammingThis program connects students and staff with locally and internationally-based Indigenous artists' creative projects that showcase histories and the many forms of 'knowing'. From these in-person or virtual sessions, students deepen their understanding of the significant Indigenous contributions to the history and development of the city and surrounding regions. Students learn the histories of the treaties and principles of Indigenous governance in Toronto and its connection to contemporary life. As well, students engage in practices, techniques and approaches in Indigenous art-making, utilize various art forms and learn art installation processes (from research, installation, performance, art creation, graphics etc.). Staff professional development may be available.
Toronto Community Benefits NetworkCareer Pathways Into ConstructionPresentation 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. Secondary 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, Black and racialized youth, newcomers and Indigenous people.
Toronto Flag FootballFlag Football: Skill Development and ClinicsClinics are designed to further enhance the game of flag football to elementary students while promoting healthy living and professional learning to teachers. Using age-appropriate skills guidelines from Football Canada, NFL Flag and others, sessions teach students sport-specific and cross-activity skills as well as provide an opportunity for development in their leadership skills, teamwork skills and sense of fair play. Active participation allows students to understand the rules of play, practise drills and scrimmages and enhance their understanding of the game. Teachers learn a variety of drills and strategies to guide their students to a successful season.
Toronto High Park Football (Soccer) ClubSoccer 4 LifeDelivered by experienced coaches, this free soccer enhancement program teaches soccer and life skills that go beyond the soccer field for students in grades 6-8. Program may be delivered in-person or virtually. Using the 4-corner player development model (technical, psychological, physical and social), students not only practise the technical and physical aspects of the game but more importantly develop team and social skills. The content of the program includes the importance of teamwork, building confidence, patience, resilience and decisiveness, knowledge about cultural and historical aspects of the sport, effective communication, following rules in a game and life settings and being a physically active member of the community.
Toronto Inner City Rugby Association IncRugby Professional Learning and Skills DevelopmentThis 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 Metropolitan University Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
Toronto Metropolitan University Early Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.
Toronto Metropolitan University MHSc and PMDip Dietetics Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for graduate students in MHSc and PMDip Dietetics. Field placements within TDSB sites provide graduate students who are considering a career in Nutrition, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Nutrition Services staff person in TDSB schools and sites. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
Toronto Metropolitan University MSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
Toronto PflagPromote Awareness of LGBTQ students and inspire alliesToronto 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 Elementary Science SessionsWorkshops for elementary students by TPL staff explore STEM concepts through basic science experiments using common household ingredients or materials, or building challenges. Students receive an overview of library programs and services and are shown where they can access books and materials from the library focusing on science and technology. Sessions include: Basic Circuitry; Basic Block Coding; a 'Tower Building Challenge'; a 'Robot Petting Zoo'.
Toronto Public Library Library Outreach and Literacy ProgrammingTPL branch and outreach staff provide programs supporting awareness of the public library resources with focuses on reading and research. Sessions utilize TPL resources including books, ebooks, databases and may include authors or other speakers. Students and families are made aware of the library as a community resource with friendly staff and are encouraged to get library cards. They may receive instruction related to information literacy or usage of library resources. To ensure that programming and resources selected as part of sessions are culturally relevant, accessible and responsive to specific groups of students TPL staff work with schools to review content materials prior to sessions.
Toronto Wildlife CentreCo-existing with Wildlife Through discussions and activities designed to encourage critical thinking and broaden student learning, our grade-based programs explore a variety of curriculum connections. Facilitators discuss myths and truths surrounding urban wildlife, raise awareness of the urban ecosystem and promote understanding and compassion towards wildlife. The one-hour long program examines environmental issues that affect wildlife and provides action-based solutions to empower students to take action to help. Students learn about sick, injured and orphaned wild patients at our centre, and will have the opportunity to meet a wild ambassador – options include a species-at-risk snapping turtle, groundhog, pigeon, or garter snake.
Toronto ZooGreat Lakes ProgramDelivered by Toronto Zoo program staff, in-person visits or by video-conferencing, workshops raise awareness of the Great Lakes ecosystem, importance of clean water, water conservation and keeping our Great Lakes great. Interactive presentations teach students about the ecosystem, aquatic species at risk (SAR), invasive species awareness, and water conservation. Activities encourage critical thinking and taking small actions to reduce human impacts on the Great Lakes. Students participate in workshops to dispel myths, generate ideas and develop practical conservation action plans within their home, school and local communities. All workshops are offered in English and French.
Tre-Lystikz Inc.imPower 2dayTré Armstrong, a celebrity, Black Canadian choreographer, actor and dancer, leads motivational, interactive dance and choreography workshops. Dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. In this session, students explore new forms of movement to express themselves and their story. As an inspirational speaker, Tre shares her own story, the power of choice, and, dance as a medium to cultivate self-awareness, self-confidence and self-empowerment! Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Exploring Renewable Energy Workshops provide students with an in-depth exploration of various types of environmental issues such as renewable energy, climate change and energy conservation. These hands-on or online workshops involve the use of miniature models of renewable energy technology. The first component of these workshops includes an interactive presentation that introduces the topic with lots of thoughtful discussion between presenters and students. The second component involves either hands-on experiments with the technology or interactive Pear Deck slides aligned with experiments. Workshop titles include: Concentrate on Conservation; Capture the Wind; Plug in the Sun; Digest This!; and Climate Change and Renewables. Additional renewable energy workshops include Wind or Solar Design Challenge where essential building materials are provided for students to design, build, and test their devices.
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Green Collar CareersThese virtual or in-person workshops for secondary students provide an in-depth look into green careers that benefit people, the local environment and the planet. Facilitators help students identify how their skills and personal interests can align with careers in sustainability, renewable energy and environmental industries. During the workshop, participants will: compare their skills, interests and passions to 40 diverse fields; assess financial/social factors and educational requirements of various careers; learn how technology is changing the way we work and the future of jobs; discover how environmental policies have impacted careers in Canada; and broaden their understanding of post-secondary opportunities.
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Safety SparkWorkshop, delivered in-person or virtually, teaches electrical safety and how to use or interact with every day electrical objects to stay safe for students in Grades 4-7. The home electricity safety component examines real life safety issues with wall outlets, extension cords, power strips, and more. The community electricity safety component talks about power lines, transformers, contact voltage and other possible outdoor electrical safety hazards. The workshop closes with an emphasis on Emergency Preparedness, what to do during a power outage and how to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Presentation followed by question and answer period.
Trevor BrownProfessional 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.
Tricia BentleyThe Little Fig Children's Writing Virtual WorkshopsThis English Literacy virtual writing workshop incorporates individual and group activities to strengthen writing, language, and analytical skills. Some workshops use a narrative, The Hero’s Journey, as a guideline to teach students about story development and encourage them to express themselves to develop their very own story. Other workshops may use the structure of a first person essay narrative to tell the personal story of the student through memoir style writing. For the younger grades, sessions consist of creating a story collaboratively and then performing the story in a play-like presentation. During the process students will learn the art of storytelling by establishing the following: Who is the Hero? What does the Hero want? Why can't the hero get what he/she wants? The Facilitator will work with the teacher prior to the first session to establish relevant curriculum related readings and topics for this creative writing workshop.
Turk Event Consulting Inc. Lacrosse - History, Culture and Skills Virtual PresentationsLacrosse themed virtual presentations introduce students to Indigenous history and culture of lacrosse, and introduces students to the basic skills of the game. Presentations co-led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors focus on the cultural and spiritual significance of the game; show different sticks and equipment used; the positions played in the game; demonstrations; and, basic skills. During in-person sessions, students may participate in a 15 minute game where they are divided into clans/ teams.
Ukuu CentreThe Bridge _ VirtualThis virtual workshop series is available for participants who racially identify as African, Black and Caribbean, to support their personal, academic and career development through the use of a wide range of life-skills programming. The programming centralizes the development of positive racial and academic identities which have been shown to enhance academic engagement and success. Workshop themes will include understanding racial identity; leadership development; networking; community engagement; academic and career planning. These supports and skills will help participants more concretely explore post-secondary decisions and long-term career planning.
Una WrightSelf-Care for Caring AdultsCaring Adults are engaged in 'Empowered Well-Being' through this interactive workshop that provides practical, tips and tools that are easy to integrate into a busy life. It offers caring adults the opportunity to hear from Una Wright's personal experience the challenges related to mental health within her family. Una shares well-researched coping tools which enable her to maintain a strong spirit, positive mental health and overall well-being. Participants learn tools for keeping balance and coping with everyday stress; tips to increase personal well-being; and strategies to maintain mental clarity and inner peace during difficult life circumstances.
Unity Health Toronto Pediatric Health Initiative ClinicClinics 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.
University Health NetworkWhole School Approach to Eating Disorder PreventionEngaging and age appropriate, risk factor-focused presentations are offered to students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) on body image, media literacy, conversations around food, and self-esteem. Professional learning capacity-building, interactive workshops for staff focus on spotting the signs, supporting an affected student, addressing body-based bullying, and embedding conversations into existing curriculum. Parent panels for the school community are also offered that create a space for parents to share their concerns about this topic while empowering them with resources to support their children’s well-being around eating, physical activity, and body image. Programming in-person or virtual through video-conferencing is an evidence-informed approach to eating disorder prevention available for all schools.
University of AlbertaHREC Education’s Genocide Denial and Cover-up: The Holodomor in the 20th CenturyHREC Education of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) offers a presentation on the Holodomor which engages students in a case study of the genocidal famine in Ukraine from 1932-1933. Students learn how to identify the steps from which genocides have evolved, and how human rights abuses can progress from bullying and discrimination, to victimization and dehumanization. Through collective discussion on its history, students provide suggestions and strategies that could be used in our present day to curb human rights abuse and the types of governments that permit and participate in these abuses. Professional learning is also available.
University of CalgaryMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool 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 GuelphMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool 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 TorontoCommunity 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 TorontoExperiential Learning Design ProgramDelivered by graduate students, this program provides students in Grades 11-12 an opportunity to enhance their understanding of design thinking and architectural design. In these in-person or virtual sessions, students learn what is design, design technology, design principles and practices as well as the larger context in terms of community design and public spaces. Students have an opportunity to create a design project, collaborate with peers to give and receive feedback and to work towards a final project. In addition, guest speakers including faculty, industry and community partners, share real-life design projects showcasing design in practice and their journey on how they got there. Program is suitable for under-represented populations including Black students. Program may be suitable for SHSM.
University of TorontoKinesiology Field PlacementsThis 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 TorontoLanguage Teaching (LT) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Language Teaching (LT) field within the Master of Education (MEd) degree in Language and Literacies Education (LLE). 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 assist students in developing fundamental learning skills; and to provide a collaborative presence in ESL environments. This placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoMasters of Information Field PlacementsThis Field Placement program provide post-secondary Field Placement students with hands-on experience to supplement their theoretical knowledge, and to help them develop professional competencies. Field Placement students participating in the practicum will have completed, or will be in the process of completing a Master of Information (MI) degree. TDSB staff may submit a project aligned with TDSB strategic goals, and secure 45 hours or 105 hours of unpaid project help from an MI student. Field Placement students, in turn, receive post-secondary course credit. Field Placement students' areas of focus within the Faculty’s Master of Information degree: Archives and Records Management; Critical Information Policy Studies; Culture & Technology; Human Centered Data Science; Information Systems and Design; Knowledge Management and Information Management; Library and Information Science; User Experience Design.
University of TorontoMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool 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 TorontoMath and Learning Anxiety: Relationships Between Emotion and Cognition These professional learning sessions develop educators' understanding of math anxiety and strategies to assist students who experience intense emotions during mathematics. Presentations make connections between the new strand within elementary (and soon, secondary) math curriculum on Social Emotional Learning Skills. Sessions also highlight an equity lens: the learning anxiety with which students may come to school that is reflective of increased stress levels associated with gender, race, sense of self-efficacy, and other intersectionalities. Educators gain insight into 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 address and reduce their own anxiety as teachers of mathematics.
University of TorontoMEd Guidance & Counselling Field PlacementsField 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 TorontoMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
University of TorontoOccupational Therapy OT Field PlacementsThis 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 TorontoPhysiotherapy Field PlacementsField placements with the TDSB OT/PT Department provide University of Toronto students who are training for 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 TorontoRadical Music DialoguesThis series of seven music education workshops immerses secondary students in culturally relevant and culturally responsive music classes, in-person or virtual delivery. By incorporating an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens, the socio-emotional awareness of students are prioritized. The series focuses on exploring cultural awareness and connections, developing deeper understanding of music as a 'socio-cultural practice', understanding social inequality when one genre of music is valued over another, understanding music and social movements, and sharing musical roots. Sessions provide engagement in music-making through exploring a variety of personal traditions and an opportunity for each student to present, perform and share the traditions of the music they value.
University of TorontoSpeech-Language Pathology (SLP) Field PlacementsThis 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 TorontoTransplant and Organ Donation Presentation Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school science, health & Physical Education, and Civics classes to educate students about the science, the success, civic engagement and medical careers in the field of organ and tissue transplantation; and, the importance of organ and tissue donation.
University of TorontoTrash Team: Waste Free Tomorrow A team of university students deliver a series of four workshops to increase science and waste literacy in grade 5 students, while fostering curiosity in our natural world through STEM based activities. Delivery in -person or virtually, students participate in inquiry-based learning while working on activities and focus on tangible solutions in waste reduction. Lessons and topics include: 1) life-cycle of plastic 2) watersheds and their relationship to litter 3) impacts of plastic on the ecosystems 4) solutions to plastic pollution. Students also have an opportunity to engage with scientists in the field, learn about current research in plastic pollution and career options available in STEM.
University of TorontoUTSC Imani Academic MentorshipUTSC mentors offer academic and mentoring support (social-emotional, identity, cognitive) to African Canadian youth at selected middle and high schools in East Scarborough. UTSC mentors build confidence in TDSB student mentees with a focus on supporting post-secondary access to college or university. UTSC mentors provide homework help, one-one mentoring at selected elementary and secondary schools. The program’s goal is to support Black Student Success by supporting the needs of a student population that historically has been under-represented at post-secondary education institutions.
University of TorontoVirtual Academic Support Program in Select Secondary SchoolsTrained post-secondary student volunteers from the University of Toronto, OISE, provide academic supports virtually to select secondary schools, referred Grade 9 & 10 students/classes, as they prepare for meeting the Numeracy and Literacy standards required in those grade levels. TDSB Guidance or teaching staff monitor these remote, video-conferencing program sessions.
University of WaterlooCEMC Math and Computer Science WorkshopsFacilitators from the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) meet in person or virtually with students to develop their problem-solving skills and highlight the importance of mathematics and computer science in the real world. Topics include special math topics, real world applications and careers. Students discuss how mathematics is used to solve real-world problems and the various professions that utilize it. In addition, presenter provides insight into the careers and education pathways associated with the diverse careers.
University of Western Ontario Masters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool 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.
Unstoppable TracyUnstoppable YouAs 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.
Valerey Lavergne Sharing Indigenous Knowledge Virtually through Expressive ArtsAn Indigenous Expressive Arts Facilitator and Certified Life Coach creates innovative virtual 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.
Veritus Pictures Inc.Youth Filmmakers AcademyWorkshops in-person or through video-conferencing 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 ARTSCommunity Sharing Arts EducationChildren 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 TorontoT.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; Digital citizenship; Online safety tips; Healthy intimate relationships and friendships; Warning signs of unhealthy and potentially abusive relationships'; Where and how to get help.
Virginia BarterIndigenous 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.)
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Creature ShopThis 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. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. Sessions delivered in-person only.
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Puppets Cool! Toons! Two choices are available in these Media Arts; Creative Design and Animation workshops intended to develop Puppetry and Classical Animation skills. Students learn in a creative, hands-on production process. Culminating activities include students creating their own puppets and/or learning how to create animated cartoons. Details can be found at www.puppets-cool.com
Wadoka Academy Inc.MILDIntegrated programming for students with disabilities to enhance their well-being through physical activity and learning based on the martial arts. Through creating an ‘integrated learning environment’ students with Special needs are able to digest information with ease and learn challenging ‘moves’ from both their peers and the Sensei who individuates the teaching and learning in performances of “moves”. As research demonstrates, this physical activity develops students’ self- awareness (“Know” your self); taking responsibility for their actions (“Own” your self); and, whether verbally or non-verbally, communicate their feelings about the experience (“Project” your self). In addition to the other benefits, “… evidence has also shown that physical activity [involving children with disabilities] has a direct influence in self-determination”.
Wali ShahBe True to Your VoiceMuslim South Asian poet, Wali Shah, shows students how powerful the art of spoken word can be and how it can be a tool for self-expression and well-being. He uses his personal narrative to speak on diversity, racism and barriers and how through spoken word poetry he’s found ways to cope. Motivational assembly/performance engages students through different musical and poetic messages interspersed with storytelling. Workshops for Grades 6-12 students provides writing and orality as mediums of self-expression and allows students to experiment with art form to express their ideas and feelings to create a polished creative writing piece. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Warren Hoselton Professor Pricklethorn Trees PleaseAn interactive presentation in person or via video-conferencing 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.
WeeFestival of Arts and CultureTheatre and Culture for Early YearsLed by professional artists, performances and workshops engage early years students in theatre, dance, music, movement/dance, visual arts in a storytelling form. Delivered in-person or virtually, sessions explore a range of themes including friendship, the environment, loss and change, overcoming fears, embracing difference/different abilities and cultural diversity. Workshops include "Kindergarten Drama Workshops", an active and creative movement workout; "Firefly Story Theatre Project", a drama and storytelling project, over a series of sessions, that collects and dramatizes students' original stories. Theatre performances for assemblies are available and changes each year; some productions are offered in French.
Wen-Do Women's Self-DefenceEmpowerment and Self-DefenceWorkshop focuses on safety and empowerment, preparing students to defend themselves both mentally and physically, and giving them the confidence to deal with the range of types of aggression they are most likely to encounter in real life for girls or those who identify as girls. Through a feminist, anti-oppression lens, workshops cover the fundamentals of women's self-defense verbally and with the body, importance of using our voice, the element of surprise and awareness and avoidance. Some techniques may be alternated for those with physical limitations or disabilities. In addition, discussions occur about healthy relationships, healthy body image and strategies for safety.
West African Cultural ExchangeAfrican Traditional Music (Drumming, Dancing and Singing)Master Drummer Fred Kwasi Dunyo leads workshops that are designed to fully immerse students in African culture through music, rhythm, song and dance. Step-by-step instructions provide opportunity to progressively advance students' musical skills while fostering team building and self-confidence. Five instruments are featured: kpanlogo drums, gankogui (bell), axatse (shaker), fritsiwa (finger bell), tokei (bell). Facilitator brings instruments for full classroom participation (if required). Workshop series provides an opportunity for students to showcase their learning to the school community. Professional learning is also available. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 3 classroom visits.
White RibbonPromoting Equality, Healthy Masculinities, and Gender and Social Justice As a thought leader in equal gender norms, healthy masculinities and gender and social justice, White Ribbon provides age-appropriate sessions (in-person/online) to students in elementary and secondary schools. Topics include but not limited to: the prevention of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, sexual violence, harassment, bullying and online abuse; promoting allyship with women and girls and solidarity with marginalized youth populations including BIPOC, LGBTQI2S+ folks; unpacking the "Bro-Culture"; and mental health promotion.
Women's Brain Health InitiativeBrainablePresentation demonstrates the types of lifestyle choices which enable life-long healthy brain activity for students in Grades 5-8. Information promotes healthy lifestyle factors that contribute to strong brain health such as physical exercise, food, mental activity, managing stress, social interactions and ongoing learning. Presentation also touches on substance abuse, brain injuries and brain-aging diseases and its affect on the brain. Presentation is offered in English and French.
Wordswell Association for Community LearningIllumine Media ProjectWorkshops 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.
Writers Collective of CanadaCreative Writing Professional LearningExperiential writing workshops introduce educators to proven methods that will equip them with strategies to enhance student self-regulation, expression, confidence and wellbeing, especially with vulnerable communities. Staff learn new techniques to inspire first draft expressive writing and create an engaged community of young independent writers by encouraging voice and a strong sense of identity. Facilitators provide steps on how to create a brave space to encourage students to share perspectives and stories, solutions to common roadblocks and techniques on how to tap into students’ creativity and initiative. They also provide coaching on how to form respectful collaborative peer circles for deep listening and supportive feedback.
Wushu Project Inc.Chinese Dragon and Lion DanceThese traditional and culturally rich dances are often performed during special Asian celebrations such as the Lunar New Year, to bring good luck and fortune. As a Lion Dance performance in school communities, or as a Dragon Dance workshop series for students, this high energy and dynamic partnership program combines the art of gymnastic and synchronized movement along with martial arts agility. It sparks students' curiosity and interest to learn more about the Asian culture. Both the performance by professional artists, and the workshop series in which students bring the dragon costume to life, include an educational presentation about the lion and dragon dances’ cultural heritage.
X Movement Inc.Connected MovementConnected 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.
Y2 EntrepreneurshipCreating a Sustainable Business ModelFacilitated by business and not-for-profit leaders, this workshop series helps students from Grades 9-12 develop an entrepreneurial mindset and to understand key components of a sustainable business model/solution. Sessions are delivered in-person or virtually. Themes include financial forecasting, key customer segments, unique value propositions, and key activities and resources required to offer their solution. Students also identify key revenue and operational cost drivers as they build a financial forecast for their business model. Engaging and interactive, program may be customized to meet the unique needs of different classes including creating solutions to bring to the market. Teacher resources are available post-workshop.
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