|Digital Human Library Inc.||Digital Human Library||Through a vast network of Canadian teachers, industry leaders, business professionals, and community organizations, Digital Human Library creates opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to engage in community-connected experiential learning by offering: thousands of curriculum-based, interactive 1:1 video-conferences; hundreds of engaging live streamed educational programs delivered by subject matter experts around the world; and a large educational collection of virtual tours and virtual reality on the web. Details are found at www.digitalhumanlibrary.com |
|Philip Cote||Indigenous Artist in Education||Through active participation and experiential learning in mural painting, craft making, multimedia and oral traditions of storytelling, students acquire knowledge of Indigenous history, cultural teachings and self-identity. As an Indigenous artist, the purpose of Philip Cote’s research is to unearth, and reveal, his cultural experience and knowledge of signs of Indigenous symbols, language and interpretation. |
|Toronto Wildlife Centre||Co-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.|
|McCarthy Tetrault LLP||MT Mentoring Indigenous Students ||Through establishing mentorships between secondary students who identify as First Nation, Metis or Inuit with current or former partners, associates, and employees of a law firm who volunteer dedicated time to cultivating these relationships, this program inspires, supports, accompanies and provides opportunities for student engagement, curriculum enhancement and academic success. Mentors build supportive relationships with participants and participate with them in mutually-agreed activities to further individual student success. Individual mentoring activities may be as diverse as:
• Providing advice or assistance in topics such as strategies for time management, preparing a resume or understanding the nature of different careers
• Experiencing workplace environments through office tours or participating in firm-sponsored community activities
• Job shadowing, co-operative education placements and internships|
|Genius Camp Inc.||STEM Workshops - Discover The Genius Within||Through hands-on activities students learn science and engineering concepts using real-life challenges in these in-person or by video-conferencing workshops. Using project-based learning, students critically test hypotheses and results to better understand concepts. Students are encouraged to explore and tap into their curiosity while deepening their knowledge in STEM. Topics include: aerospace science, mechanical structures, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics, chemistry and cosmetics, renewable energy, electric circuits, Virtual Reality (VR), 3D printing and modelling, green energy and computer hardware. In addition, students learn different STEM fields and the role of technology in future job markets.
|Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre||Using Literature as an Innovative Tool for Teaching Mental Health Literacy ||Through this partnership programming, educators learn how to impart basic Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills and general mental health literacy to middle-school age youth through an engaging professional learning session and follow-up coaching designed for English/Literacy teachers and middle school staff teams. Students’ mental health and wellness can potentially be safeguarded and enhanced through increased teacher awareness, knowledge, skills, and via curricula that embed mental health literacy components within a literature unit. |
|Agscape||Agriculture and Food Literacy||Through various interactive STEM-focused activities, students learn about the importance of agriculture and food systems, while developing a 21st century mindset in these free workshops. Certified facilitators, in both teaching and agriculture, deliver a choice of twelve topics: local food, food security, food safety, business and economics of food, climate change, environmental initiatives, agriculture in Canada, conventional and organic agriculture, animal health and welfare, biotechnology, technology and innovation, and career in agri-food.|
|AXIS Performance + Training||Enriching Athlete and Sport Performance for Staff||To empower secondary school staff with effective tools, systems and strategies to augment student athlete health and performance. The Sports Coach Workshop explores evidence-based systems for improving aerobic and anaerobic conditioning; monitoring short and long-term athlete recovery; and providing guidance for nutrition. The Speed and Agility Clinic empowers coaches with specific drills to increase the multi-directional speed of athletes and provides guidelines for the application of these drills via the three fundamental speed and agility movements - The Directional Step; The Hip Turn; and The Crossover. Sessions may be available by video-conferencing.|
|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 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 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. |
|University of Toronto||Virtual Academic Support Program in Select Secondary Schools||Trained 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.|
|Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada Inc.||Team Up Against Concussions||Trained post-secondary volunteers educate students about concussions through discussion, video, and interactive games, teaching them that successful athletes play hard and play smart. Using an evidence-based bystander intervention model, this assembly focuses on empowering students with the knowledge they need to take concussions seriously and foster individual well-being and a safer concussion culture. The presentation includes 4 key areas: What is a concussion? Why should you care about concussions? What should you do about concussions? When can you return to learn / return to play?|
|YouthSpeak Performance Charity||YouthSpeak Presentations||Trained youth speakers share their personal stories, experiences of struggle and their journey toward improved wellness. The stories are real, engaging, inspirational and relatable. Presentations build empathy and inclusion, deliver messages of perseverance and encourage students to use their voice and ask for help when needed. 'Stepping Up to Leadership' workshops are available to follow-up from assemblies. They highlight the four pillars to developing youth leadership: honesty, inclusivity, drive and compassion.|
|Rita Dagenais||Treaty Making in Canada||Treaties have been signed since 1701 and are still being negotiated today. Every treaty tells a story. The presentation focuses on WHY treaties were signed, with an emphasis on the perspectives of the indigenous signatories. These sessions provide a brief over-view of the history of treaty making, beginning with the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed during the Seven Years War. But I focus primarily on the land cession treaties whereby indigenous nations surrendered ownership (aboriginal title) of their lands to the Crown. The government wanted to acquire Indians lands to allow for the building of railways, resource development and settlement. I explore the issue of why indigenous people would sign these treaties. The only way to answer this question is to understand the circumstances faced by indigenous groups just prior to signing these treaties (disappearance of the buffalo, starvation, epidemics). Focus is on 2 treaties: Treaty 6 signed by the Cree in 1876 and Treaty 7 signed the following year by the Blackfoot.
|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
|JVS Toronto||Newcomer Youth Connection for Success||Two sessions help newcomer students to learn about Canadian labour market
and various jobs and careers. Labour Market Trends helps students understand the labour market better and future trends in order to better choose a pathway in post-secondary education, a career and beyond. Presentation includes interactive components for students to learn best resources for approaching jobs in the market followed by question and answer. Speed Mentoring Workshop provides an opportunity for students to meet with professionals from a variety of fields to find out about each professional's career. Each interaction will be 15 minutes, after which point students move to the next professional who provides information on background, post-secondary journey and day-to-day job routines. Small group discussions may occur for a particular field. |
|Lucy Rupert ||Blue Ceiling Dance: The Imaginative Body||Uncovering the connection between imagination and movement through improvisation and creative process rooted in contemporary dance. Facilitator leads students through exercises and tasks to expand the imagination and enhance students’ creativity and physicality. Contemporary dance is offered not as a style of dance but as an inclusive and expansive approach to movement. Students learn to communicate through their unique movement possibilities, working individually and in small groups to construct short dances which are shared and discussed through a positive critical response method. Creative problem solving, transferrable skills and body confidence are emphasized. |
|Youth Without Shelter||One Youth at a Time: Homelessness and Breaking the Barrier||Uniquely designed, age appropriate presentations for all grades are delivered to raise awareness and breakdown 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. |
|UrbanNon-ViolentInitiativesThroughYouth ||UNITY Charity Artists in Schools||UNITY Charity delivers in-person or via video-conferencing, these high-energy, interactive, performance-based and motivational sessions are led by professional artist-educators, who perform and share their personal stories of how the Arts can be a positive outlet for change and improve our mental health. Also available are workshop sessions in various art mediums, including but not limited to: Hip-Hop Dance, Break-Dancing, Spoken Word Poetry, Graffiti, Best Production, MC/Rap and Beatboxing. These workshops challenge students to express themselves creatively by learning something new and perhaps stepping out of their comfort zone with their peers. |
|Just BGRAPHIC Inc.||Just BGraphic Arts||Using art as a means to engage students, these sessions infuse learning in themes of critical thinking and social awareness through a wide range of artistic disciplines; including visual arts, digital arts, performing arts and leadership. Students have the opportunity to dive into screen printing, music production, dance, public speaking, sound design, animation and vocals. Combining this with a culminating performance, project or activity diversifies the art experience; and encourages students to see themselves as more than artists, but also as innovators and creative leaders!|
|Aliyah Burey||Youth Empowerment Virtual Spoken Word||Using spoken word poetry, in virtual sessions Aliyah Burey speaks an uplifting and empowering message to youth through the narrative of her life experience. Students are exposed to diverse literary styles while increasing their enthusiasm towards literacy and building the tools for self-expression. Spoken word being an artistic expression to explore and reflect upon themes such as the intersectionalities of race culture and gender gives youth an understanding of diversity and ways to overcome challenges that they face. Schools can choose between spoken word performance and/or workshop.|
|PhiKids||Philosophy and Critical Thinking for Children||Using stories and short animations, a philosophy professor guides students to develop probing questions and practise critical thinking skills. These sessions for elementary students, delivered in-person or by video-conferencing, enhance global competencies and communication skills. Facilitator-led discussions help staff and students develop good questions and collaborative discourse. Through critical and thoughtful questioning, students actively practise problem-solving and inquiry-based learning through a variety of disciplines, contexts and real-world examples. PhiKids available for secondary courses specifically Philosophy HZB3M and HZT4U.|
|University of Toronto||UTSC Imani Academic Mentorship||UTSC 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.|
|McMichael Canadian Art Collection||V.O.I.C.E.S||V.O.I.C.E.S., Visual Outreach Initiative Creating Empowered Students, program provides student leadership and empowerment through art-based activities to select grade 5 students. These in-person or virtual sessions nurture students' self-esteem and leadership skills through exploration of Canadian Art from the McMichael collection. Five learning sessions provide a behind-the-scenes tour of an artist's studio, in-depth look into the creative process, conversations with professional artists, all animated by gallery shots, images of artwork and videos presenting artmaking demonstrations. The sixth session culminates in a showcase of individual artwork and celebration of students' achievements.
|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.|
|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.)
|Chartered Professional Accountants||CPA Canada Virtual Financial Literacy Presentations||Virtual Presentations engage school communities in discussion, case studies and interactive activities that deepen their understanding of financial literacy basic concepts and skills. The following topics are covered: Bartering; Needs and Wants; Goal Setting; Earning Income; Credit Cards and Bad Debt versus Good Debt; and, Budgeting and Savings. Presentations are available in both English and French.
|Canadian Parents for French - Ontario||Virtually Engaging Parents & Supporting FSL||Virtual programming supports are provided to students, parents, families and educators to enhance French as a second language (FSL) learning. Informative workshops, socio-cultural performances and events are available as scheduled. Programming is offered in French and English, with Bilingual facilitators. |
|Little Robot Friends Inc.||Virtual Coding & Crafting with Robots||Virtual workshops for students in grades 1-2 explore the relationship between code and electronics through hands-on play using ‘Cubby’ robots. Students gain fundamental understanding of basic electronics, how computers work, and how ‘coding’ gives them the tools to do amazing things. In these sessions, students interact with Cubby’s inputs and outputs and learn about sensing light, sound, movement, and more. Students make colours using LED lights, musical notes using Cubby’s speaker, and turn blinks and beeps into unique expressions for their robot’s personality. Students can even turn their robots into “Cubby Choir” and sing a short song together.
|Anthony Lue||Virtual Turning Tragedy into Triumph: The Story of a Para-athlete||Virtually, Anthony Lue, a para-athlete in cycling, speaks to students about resilience, maintaining a positive attitude and overcoming obstacles in the face of stark adversity. In 2009, an accident at a scrap metal yard left him paralyzed from the waist down. But though his body was broken, his incredible spirit remained intact and the will to live. Anthony shares the importance of overcoming challenges, goal setting through sports, teamwork, and seeing life in a new way despite a disability and striving to achieve mammoth goals in life. Virtual sessions only. |
|SKETCH||Virtual Toolbox Initiative ||Virtually, this free woodworking program is STEM inspired and designed to give students the confidence to explore, innovate and work with woodworking tools to complete woodworking projects. Led through video-conferencing by women and non-binary facilitators, students work with a variety of woodworking tools and learn techniques in hand sanding, stain and finishing applications to build a variety of basic woodworking projects as well as an independent project of their own. Additionally, students gain a basic understanding of electronics and their critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The program may culminate in a project showcase to the school community. These skill-sharing workshops are an opportunity for youth to ask questions and get to know first-hand what it’s like working in various trades.
|Lumenus Community Services||Whatever It Takes (WIT)||'Whatever It Takes' (WIT) provides service coordination and transitional support to children and youth who have mental health issues and have complex service needs. WIT provides many services such as interim intensive case management, facilitation of community planning, clinical consultation and one-on-one support within student’s treatment plan to transition into a classroom or maintain the student effectively in the classroom until a more appropriate school placement or day treatment placement can be arranged. WIT facilitates the collaboration of service providers to respond to children/youth with complex needs or to those whose needs exceed the ability and capacity of any one service provider or sector.
|Covenant House Toronto||Human Trafficking Prevention & Awareness ||While homeless youth are at high risk of being trafficked, unsuspecting young people, mostly girls, are being lured online, in malls and from schoolyards. Trafficking victims can come from any background and can be lured by predators posing as romantic partners or friends. This multimedia presentation introduces sex trafficking as a local issue, affecting our communities and our young people. It features a video dramatization of the real life experience of a young victim. Presentation is tailored with age-appropriate information, advice, and resource materials to increase protective factors through awareness, for grades 7 - 12.|
|Brent Nicholls and Sarah Nicholls||Find Your Magic||With a focus on kindness and building inclusive school communities, this presentation goes beyond the message of bullying prevention and empowers students to believe in themselves no matter what they may be facing. Throughout the presentation Brent and Sarah share personal stories about being bullied and outline the steps they took to overcome it and gain self confidence. Their four "Secrets of Magic" are shared: Anything is Possible, Believe in Yourself, You're Not Alone and Find Your Magic. The magic used to illustrate these points is extremely engaging for the students. Audiences can’t help but feel a connection with the message and students are left feeling empowered when they realize the positive impact they can have on others.|
|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 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”.|
|Crystal Dawn Melin||Green Thumbelina Earth Stewards||Workshop blends Indigenous and western concepts of ecology. It is guided by the Ohén:ten Karihwatéhkwen (Words Before All Others), a Haudenosaunee address that ‘gives thanks’ to all living elements. Workshops introduces one of the elements found in the Ohén:ten Karihwatéhkwen (ex. water, soil, plants, food, birds, animals, insects, trees) by introducing the element and its importance to all living things. A group activity is performed to demonstrate interconnectedness, followed by a discussion on local ecological challenges. A final activity allows learners to use creative and critical thinking to offer local based solutions to the challenges discussed.|
|Wen-Do Women's Self-Defence||Empowerment and Self-Defence||Workshop 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. |
|Nimi Atma||Recollect Your Roots||Workshop in which students reflect, recollect and describe their first memory from their roots/heritage/culture culminating in a video documentation serving as an affirmation of their identity and heritage. Led by a Tamil-Canadian author and filmmaker, students are encouraged to think critically about their heritage and how they wish to express their memory while guided in the storytelling/narrative process. The work documented in the video help students to understand the role early memories play in the construction of identity while giving them a greater sense of self and confidence in their voice. This workshop is particularly relevant for children of minorities whose voices are marginalized in the Canadian media landscape, as they will learn how to use media to preserve their heritage.|
|The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival||Pathways to Fringe Theatre||Workshop 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.|
|Purple Carrots Drama Studio Inc.||Purple Playspace||Workshop uses drama as a tool to promote social, self-awareness and empathy skills to all students including those who are neurodiverse. There are two workshop streams: Green and Orange. The Green stream, only for in person workshops, are suitable for students with lower levels of comprehension, verbal expression and group problem solving skills to improve their confidence, teamwork, conflict resolution skills and ability to make and keep friends. The Orange stream, delivered in-person or virtually, are for those students able to participate in more complex improvisation and problem-solving scenarios to explore feelings, friendships and engage in group problem-solving scenarios.|
|TREC Charitable Foundation||Relay Education: Safety Spark||Workshop, 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.|
|Orfe||Eco-Art Program||Workshops and mural projects deliver eco-art education through the learning of experiential, experimental, and hands-on techniques. Students learn the process of recycling materials to be repurposed and used to complete theme-based art projects. Tasked to create both 2D and 3D works of art, students will further enhance their resourcefulness, perseverance, and critical thinking skills, and also learn and improve their understanding of concepts like social and environmental responsibility, sustainability, as well as environmental awareness through their engagement in a creative approach to social change.Creating eco-friendly projects in the classroom by using recycled materials|
|Planned Parenthood of Toronto||Sexual Health, Healthy Relationships, and Anti-homophobia Programming||Workshops and resource materials promote sexual health and healthy relationships, and support students in understanding and reducing homophobia. The goal is to provide youth with the information and skills they need to make informed choices for themselves. Facilitators deliver workshops on topics including: Building Healthier Relationships, Healthy Sexuality, Birth Control Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Readiness, and Safer Sex Negotiation. The Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH) program delivers peer-led anti-homophobia workshops that encourage youth to think critically about homophobia and heterosexism in their communities and the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer youth.|
|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. |
|Naomi Chorney||Art-To-Go||Workshops are offered in visual arts and dance by a French and bilingual multi-disciplinary artist. Visual arts workshops offered are printmaking, relief printmaking, relief painting and paper making. Students are guided through a design project, technique and process to create an individual art piece. Dance workshops include hop hop, dance fusion and creative movement and storytelling. Engaging students in the instructional portion, workshops bring out students’ creativity through choreography with an opportunity to showcase their routine to their peers. |
|Young Yogis Toronto||Breathe-Stretch-Rest-Repeat||Workshops bring yoga, mindfulness and meditation to staff and students, following a pattern proven to yield powerful results, both mentally and physically, in a wide range of students with varying abilities and needs. Each class begins with a body-smart safety check, followed by a mini-meditation, active practice and ends with a closing relaxation / guided meditation. A play-based approach is used for Primary and Junior students. Middle and Senior school students enjoy classes focusing on positive visualization using a variety of mindful themes. These curated accessible programs are inclusive and very effective in helping students learn positive coping mechanisms, for our fast-paced world, in a safe, noncompetitive and nurturing environment. We have experience with both MID and DD students. These adaptive programs are very effective in meeting their unique needs and abilities one breath at a time. |
|ClarityofthoughtPublishing.limited||Stand Up Man : Building Men of Good Character||Workshops creating safe spaces for small groups of young men to have dialogue on what it means to be a man, are particularly powerful in engaging youth in the transitional years when becoming young men. Facilitated discussion and creative activities that include writing, drawing, storytelling, and spoken word promote positive development, mental health and well being for boys and young men. Topics include self acceptance, self esteem, self efficacy, self love and self awareness; and, content related to mental health, emotional health and physical health; as well as addressing issues of social inclusion, diversity, identity, empathy and healthy relationships. the workshop series includes unique a materials and engaging discussion related to self care activities; assuming personal responsibility and ego management. |
|Exacto Systems Inc.||Proliteracy.ca: Financing a Post-Secondary Education||Workshops delivered in person or through video-conferencing, provide innovative ways to plan finances for a post-secondary education. Topics include introduction to fundamental financial concepts, personal loan versus student loans, grants and scholarships, and strategies to reduce debt and manage finances responsibly. Students will have an opportunity to explore their desired career path and see the cost estimates and funding options available using the website proliteracy.ca.
|Dance to Live||Hispanic Dance & Culture / Danza y Cultura Hispana||Workshops enhance the learning of Spanish language and culture by providing opportunities for engagement in Latin and Spanish dance and music. In-person or virtual sessions offer students a chance to learn and practice Spanish language, communication skills, cultural exploration as well as physical movement and literacy. Dance forms introduced include Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha, Cumbia and Flamenco. Elementary students are introduced to Latin rhythms, clapping and dance movements culminating in a short dance choreography. Secondary students enhance their listening and communication skills with peers while learning more complicated dance steps and routines facilitated either in Spanish, English, or French. Fitness dance programs are available. |
|Toronto Public Library ||Elementary Science Sessions||Workshops 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'.|
|National Council of Canadian Muslims||A Teachable Moment on Islamophobia||Workshops for students and staff on the identification and prevention of Islamophobia in classrooms and school communities. Workshops build mutual understanding, racial and cultural sensitivity and challenge forms of xenophobia. Three workshops are offered to students: "Bystander Intervention", and "Stereotypes and Diversity in the Media". Students are able to identify acts of discrimination and hate and learn strategies on how to respond. Staff professional learning include "A Teachable Moment on Islamophobia for Educators and Administrators" which provide practical tools and context through case study analysis to deconstruct scenarios and equip staff with necessary tools and understanding the impact on their students.|
|Divon Academy Inc.||Preparing Students for Success||Workshops for students and teachers to enhance student well-being, personal development and career preparedness which ultimately prepare students for long term professional success in-person or by video-conferencing. Topics include: 1) Challenges and Opportunities in an Age of Disruption 2) Setting 'Stretch Goals' and Developing Purpose 3) Stress Management, Peak Performance 4) Developing Winning Habits 5) Mindset Mastery 6) EQ and Interpersonal Skills 7) The Power of Your Story: Learning to Stand Out and Command Attention 8) Defining Success and Tips for the Journey. Through the program, students will not only learn about these skills and understand why they are important, but will also work on developing them through daily habits, practices, and exercises. All workshops combine interactive presentations with group and individual exercises, team building activities and engage students using multiple sensory streams. Professional learning is available on the above topics. |
|Behaviour Matters Inc.||Cool Tools||Workshops help students develop social skills alongside other aspects of social development, such as emotional regulation, healthy self esteem, leadership, and confidence. Facilitators share skills and strategies that include positive body language, active listening, cooperation, problem solving, positive coping/self-talk, assertive communication, and developing a growth mindset. Sessions include cooperative activities and games, role-playing, discussions, expressive art activities and the use of "The Empathy Toy" and resources. Workshops for parents are also available and focus on how to raise a socially-successful child through positive parenting, defeating defiance, coping with anxiety as a family, and teaching emotional regulation skills to their child.|
|Little Souls||Inside Out: Yoga and Emotional Regulation||Workshops help students recognize and learn self-regulation tools to assist in working through their emotions in a constructive manner. In-person or virtual lessons incorporate breath work, movement and a quiet moment at the end. They further encourage teamwork by learning to read each others' body languages and through partner poses when it is safe to do so. The yoga classes incorporate all methods of learning to cater to the different learning styles: visual, auditory, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary. Each class is structured with a storyline which draws attention and receptivity; content can be easily recalled and integrated in life.|
|Veritus Pictures Inc.||Youth Filmmakers Academy||Workshops 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. |
|Nutritower||Hydroponics: Exploring Alternative Growing Methods||Workshops instill in children an appreciation and knowledge of hydroponically grown local food, in-person or by-videoconferencing. Hydroponics is an alternative growing method that uses a mineral solution in water to grow plants without the use of soil. From seed to harvest, facilitators show every step of the growing process with fun and interactive activities that engage students to use their hands and their minds. Workshops focus on understanding carbon footprints, reducing food waste, water conservation and how hydroponics is the most environmentally friendly alternative for growing food.|
|Wordswell Association 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.|
|The Youth Empowerment Program||Youth Skills for Life||Workshops 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.
|Rebecca Baird||Traditional Indigenous Art Practices||Workshops provide a hands-on experience that result in a tangible, memorable takeaway using a variety of Indigenous materials and art forms. Sample works include individual artwork using porcupine quills on birch bark, two-row wampum bracelets created using traditional Indigenous materials, beaded rosettes, individual cloth banners containing Indigenous teachings, or creation of a lasting on-site mural depicting Indigenous visual storytelling. Facilitator, Rebecca Baird, engages students in meaningful dialogue, citing the visual and material symbolism involved, including traditional Indigenous environmental teachings and relationships of cross-generational connections between the individual and community. Such teachings create a rewarding learning experience of Indigenous cultural values that reaches out and impacts meaningfully upon the community at large.
|Mining Matters||Geoscience Workshops||Workshops provide hands-on activities to elementary schools to stimulate interest in Earth sciences and the role rocks, metals, minerals and mining play in everyday life. Students work collaboratively to identify properties of Earth materials while engaging in discussions to better understand where and how these resources form. Students actively develop critical thinking skills and apply inductive/deductive reasoning to identify the variety of samples that include local and regional samples that are sourced in Ontario. Workshops can be chosen from the following list: Career Bingo, Making Sense of Igneous Rocks, Making Sense of Metamorphic Rocks, Making Sense of Sedimentary Rocks, Mystery Minerals, Rocks, Rock Detective, Rocks and Fossils of Ontario, Tools of the Trade, What Ontario Mines, What's Where? Why There? Why Care? and What's Yours is Mined! Professional learning is available to teachers to bring Earth science alive to students. Workshops are offered in French. |
|Kids Code Jeunesse||Code and Create||Workshops provide hands-on learning, centred around computational thinking and block-based coding, delivered in-person or through video-conferencing. With a variety of workshop topics to choose from, including Scratch, micro:bit and Artificial Intelligence, sessions lay the foundation for participants to continue building digital skills for creative learning. Coding content is scoped to curriculum and grade from elementary to high school and is delivered in French or English. KCJ supports social and emotional learning (SEL) and autism-inclusivity. Professional learning sessions get educators excited about code, computational thinking, artificial intelligence, and digital citizenship. Educators learn key concepts and practices and leave with valuable resources and lesson plans to take into the classroom.|
|TREC Charitable Foundation||Relay 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.|
|Imagine Yoga and Wellness Inc.||Accessible & Adaptable Yoga||Workshops, in person or virtual delivery, use yoga and mindfulness activities for students to build on body awareness, self-regulation and mobility, especially for diverse learners with exceptionalities. Students learn and practise techniques to help with movement, breathing, well-being and connection between the mind and body. Activities and exercises are adapted to be inclusive including exceptional individuals (special needs) and are based on the needs of the students (no matter shape, size, ability and strength) ensuring practise is safe for every participant. Program is suitable for Intensive Support Programs (ISPs).|
|Abrigo Centre||Healthy Relationships||Workshops, in-person or by video-conferencing, promote healthy relationships and help students to make informed choices toward a sense of well-being. They emphasize the importance of cultivating self-care and safe and meaningful relationships in students' lives. Topics include: healthy relationships, friendship relationships, boundaries, consent, intimate partner relationships, bullying, and conflict resolution. Workshops utilize videos, small group activities, scenarios and discussion to inform the learning.|
|Story Planet||Young Writers Project||Young Writers Project provides students the opportunity to develop their skills in creative expression and literacy through story making across a variety of different media which include writing, illustration, painting, poetry, spoken word, and digital media.
Students cultivate story-making skills through digital (web-based tools) and non-digital (publications). Students develop characters, setting, and central narrative, while writers and artists lend their extensive talents to provide students with inspiration. At the end of each workshop, participants produce a tangible evidence of their creativity in the form of a painting, sculpture, illustrated book, digital story, or film. Staff professional learning and observation opportunities may also be available.
|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. |