Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming in 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.

Nexim International Development OrgSuubi (Hope) Music Dance and Cultural Exchange Performances This performing arts presentation from Uganda tours the world annually, and visits Toronto for a limited period of time each year. The Suubi (Hope) fusion dance troupe's performance is followed by a presentation on the history of Ugandan culture and various traditions of its many tribes. The performance fee contributes to the troupe's work in Uganda to increase access to a high school education for Ugandan students of limited means in a country with no public education system.
One Voice One Team Youth Leadership OrganizationSWOLE ProgramSWOLE stands for self-respect, work hard, overcome adversity, lead by example and excellence. Students learn these 5 principles of leadership to make positive changes in their lives. Interactive sessions enhance students’ skills in leadership, anti-bullying, peer mediation, and community building. Students also learn practical strategies on identifying and developing clear action plans to achieve their goals. Through a variety of activities that include self-reflection exercises, discussions, physical activities and mentor storytelling, students enhance leadership and life skills. Additional workshops may be scheduled to further enhance the learning.
Bloor Street Fitness and BoxingT.E.A.M. (Trainers Encouraging Activity and Movement)Enhanced physical education workshop provides a practical approach to the theory of movement in a variety of activities including dance fitness, group strength and conditioning and pilates and yoga for schools in LC4. Each workshop provides an introduction and brief history, terminology and movement component that utilizes basic to advanced skills development. Students enhance their understanding of kinesthetic awareness and biomechanics through drills, routines and sequences targeting specific muscle groups. Activities motivate students to become more active.
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; Online safety tips; Healthy intimate relationships and friendships; Warning signs of unhealthy and potentially abusive relationships' Where and how to get help.
Raging Asian Women Taiko DrummersTaiko Drumming Performances and WorkshopsIn this Taiko drumming performance presented by a performing arts ensemble made up of East and Southeast Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer people, audiences will experience both traditional and contemporary Taiko drumming pieces, learn the historical and creative contexts behind them, and enhance their understanding of Japanese culture and Asian history. Through each undeniably strong, yet nimble percussive sound that is generated from the orchestra of drums played in rhythm, students will witness both the strength of force that sound is capable of, and likewise find that same potential within themselves to be heard. Taiko drumming workshops that further enhance student learning are also available.
Connor Morand Ventures Inc. Take On The WorldAre your students worried about taking risks or feel uncertain about change? This motivational assembly inspires students to lead confidently and embrace change. Connor Morand shares personal stories on some of his life-changing moments while touring around the world and how music transformed his perspective and allow him to find the joy in the midst of the unknown. Using a unique blend of humour, high energy and music, this assembly also feature interactive games, storytelling, live music as well as audience participation.
Agincourt Community Services AssociationTaking Action to Achieve Growth & SuccessAn intensive anti-violence program engaging Scarborough youth and families that offers individualized interventions, resources and supports to students in grades 6-12 who live in Scarborough and who may be, or are currently, involved in gang activities.
Epilepsy TorontoTeaching Awareness Through PuppetryTeaching Awareness Through Puppetry uses lively educational puppetry shows, with life size puppets, to teach students and staff about disabilities and differences. The performances include themes of social inclusion from the perspective of a variety of disabilities, medical conditions (i.e. epilepsy, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy), and mental health & well-being. Sessions are 15 minute performances with life-size puppets followed by Q&A debriefing discussion with students about what they saw and learned. Teachers receive materials with activities to use with their students in their classrooms to reinforce the learning.
Team UnbreakableTeam UnbreakableSchools interested in establishing a running club to focus on mental health and stress-reduction techniques receiving professional learning sessions and support. Programming with students operates with designated school staff who have received professional learning, Team Unbreakable staff or volunteers, and parent volunteers (as per design of clubs by each local school). Additional resources are found online at at www.teamunbreakable.ca/forms/lessons.
TELUS Communications Inc.TELUS WiseCyber safety and security issues are discussed in four age / audience appropriate workshop options: * TELUS Wise footprint - is designed to help elementary school students learn how to be good digital citizens and keep their digital footprint clean. * TELUS Wise in control - engages middle school, and junior high students in a discussion about cyberbullying, identity theft, protecting and positively growing their online reputation and more. * TELUS Wise impact - engages middle school and junior high students in a conversation about cyberbullying, helping them explore and understand different options for safe and appropriate ways of intervening when they witness cruel behaviour online. * TELUS Wise happiness - engages teen students in a conversation about building and maintaining a healthy relationship with technology and offers tips on ensuring resiliency and well-being in our connected world.
Lorena Santin-AndradeTextile Art and DesignStudents experiment and explore with textile art and creative design in these highly engaging workshops which give a glimpse of the textile industry's multidisciplinary design process. Through sketching, marker illustration, photography, Photoshop, and sewing, students learn the textile process by creating their own designs to have digitally printed and sewn by them into sustainable and usable keepsake textile products. Facilitated by an artist in the textile, fashion, and design industries, these workshops ignite the creative sparks that give students a voice to express what cannot be said with words.
Marianne DerowThe Art of Healthy SingingProfessional voice artist mentor provides information about the music industry and imparts professional singing skills to students. Sessions enhance vocal and performance technique. Students learn how the mechanics of producing sound works, and the proper use and care of the voice to maximize one's sound. Through a variety of styles of music and repertoire, students enhance their understanding and practise of vocal music.
Daniel Consulting GroupThe BridgeThis workshop series is available for participants who racially identify as African, Black and Caribbean, to support personal, academic and career development through the use of a wide range of life-skills programming. The Bridge program centralizes the development of positive racial and academic identities which have been shown to enhance academic engagement and success. Workshop themes will include understanding racial identity; leadership development; networking; community engagement; academic and career planning. These supports and skills will help participants more concretely explore post-secondary decisions and long-term career planning.
Classical Ticketing and Production Inc.The Classical Theatre ProjectFour workshops, and various performances, are available. Workshops include: "Words, Words, (S)Words" - Students play with Shakespeare insults to gain command of the language, explore intent, connection to scene partners and projection. That work is then used to explore a scene or speech from a given Shakespeare play. "All The World's A Stage" - Students explore professional actors' tips and tricks to not only understand Shakespeare but to connect with the material. Scenes are explored in detail and performed at the end of the workshop. "Ready! Set! Act!" - Develop insight into the thematic universality of the Bard through creating and performing modernized versions of specific scenes, while learning the basics of performance and presentation, building self-confidence, promoting self-exploration and improving team work. "Stand & Deliver" - Specially crafted for ESL students, this workshop combines elements from all our workshops and focuses on developing the skills needed to speak in front of an audience with confidence. Performances Available: "Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged" - Three actors attempt to perform every single Shakespeare play in 85 minutes. This high-energy and hilarious production is designed to get students excited about Shakespeare and is perfect for all grades. Workshops are often added before or after the show. Subsidies could be available.
Project ASSISTThe Healing Tree Art ProjectThis workshop aims to promote the health and well-being of newcomers. Students are guided to communicate their feelings and experiences and particular challenges they may experience as a newcomer through drawing. Students will listen to the stories from their peers and find some common ground and understanding. The exercise will finish by asking students to reflect on their aspirations and goals to feel confident in a bright future. This workshop is guided by an english/arabic-speaking facilitator. Professional learning is available to staff on the topic of bridging cultural understanding, learning about newcomer viewpoint and strategies for working with the newcomer population.
PuppeteriaThe Know Me ProjectThis hands-on and interactive workshop addresses the value of diversity in society, the importance of tolerance, and the power of sharing and listening to one’s voice/story. A combination of sock puppets and shadow puppetry are used to deliver and reinforce key messages. Students make and use their own sock puppet and develop a sense of “who I am and who we are”.
Ian BrownThe Lighter Side Of Mental HealthStudent life can be stressful and demanding. With just the right amount of humour, this presentation encourages students to challenge the stigma around mental illness and creates an awareness of mental health through the dynamic use of comedy, interactive demonstrations and storytelling. Throughout the presentation students become aware of the skills necessary for increasing their resilience, managing stress and are equipped with the terminology to speak up about their mental health needs. Key professional and social resources for reaching out when in need are also discussed.
The Purple FigThe Little Fig Children's Writing WorkshopsThis English Literacy writing workshop incorporates individual and group activities to strengthen writing, language, and analytical skills. Some workshops use a narrative, The Hero’s Journey, as a guideline to teach students about story development and encourage them to express themselves to develop their very own story. Other workshops may use the structure of a first person essay narrative to tell the personal story of the student through memoir style writing. For the younger grades, the workshop will consist of creating a story collaboratively and then performing the story in a play-like presentation. During the process students will learn the art of storytelling by establishing the following: Who is the Hero? What does the Hero want? Why can't the hero get what he/she wants? The Facilitator will work with the teacher prior to the first session to establish relevant curriculum related readings and topics for this creative writing workshop.
The MessageThe Message Media Literacy ProgramThe program helps youth to tap into the power of mass media by enhancing their media literacy and critical thinking skills. Mass media affects the way we think, feel and act and when used responsibly, present unprecedented opportunities for connecting, sharing and learning. Through in-class workshops and assemblies, students examine media ownership, consumer choice, deciding between bias and opinion, “fake news,” racism, sexism and inequality, and substance use in popular culture. The goal of the program is to empower students to be responsible in the digital age.
Earth Day CanadaThe OPAL ProjectThe OPAL Project provides selected elementary schools with a strategy to improve outdoor self-directed play for students. The program supports the social, emotional, physical and mental health benefits of outdoor play and nature connection. Earth Day Canada facilitators will work with a lead team at each school, including teachers, administrators, school staff, and parents to examine play activities and its benefits, develop a school mission statement about play and create an action plan to improve play provision. Schools will develop a play strategy and implementation plan. A culminating assembly celebrates the achievement of the whole school community and the project. An annual Play Symposium invites participating schools to share their experiences and develop peer mentoring relationships.
Canadian Mental Health Association CMHAThe Opening Doors Project Free workshops provide an overview of mental health and illness and examine on a deeper level mental health issues on racism, diversity and anti-racism, identities in the Canadian context, and the newcomer experience. Through popular theatre and storytelling, students discuss the struggles and challenges for those living with mental illnesses and learn to develop strategies for dealing with discrimination and self-care when dealing with stress. Workshop include: Building Bridges: Anti-Racism 101, Understanding Migration, Mental Health and Wellness 101, Stress and Self-Care in Context, Starting From the 'I': Reflecting On Our Identities; and Know Your Rights 101. The Opening Doors Project also has additional programs to support Syrian students.
TAIBU Community Health CentreThe PLUG ProjectThe project focuses on violence prevention and developing conflict mediation skills for student success especially for Black and/or marginalized students. Through workshops, students learn how to resolve conflict in a variety of scenarios, develop techniques that de-escalate a situation, work on anger management, and develop strategies for better communication. Parent workshops are available to better support their child.
The PotteryThe Pottery Clay WorkshopsIn these workshops, the facilitator works with clay sculpture and story development in an effort to allow students the chance to explore their own artistic nature and to tell their own stories. Students will learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project will be determined in consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections. The finished pieces re fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks.
Urban Rez Solutions Inc.The R.E.A.L. SchoolReality Education Applied Life Skills (R.E.A.L.) program provides students in grades 7 and 8 with life and social skills required to ensure measurable positive impact. Male role models and mentors facilitate pop culture-based activities and model successful life skills. The delivery method consists of interactive dialogue, role play, video, breakout sessions, guest speakers, team exercises, portfolio documentation and final presentation in a pop-up production model. Students learn the guiding principles of the 7 C's - conscious choice, change, curiosity, courage, challenge, commitment and communication to expose individuals to their own potential.
UNHCR, The UNHC for Refugees CanadaThe Refugee ExperienceThe Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also known as the UN Refugee Agency, offers two multi-sensory interactive presentations that promote, bring awareness and amplify the voices of refugees to the school community. These presentations provide students with authentic, real world learning to develop a deeper perspective and respect for humanity. Life Inside a Refugee Camp allows students to physically step inside a tent and glimpse into the lives of how families forced to flee their homes live their day-to-day lives; Life Inside a Refugee Camp – Virtual Reality provides students a virtual reality experience inside a refugee camp by watching a refugee girl named Sidra share her experience, life around her and message of hope. Interactive Experience is a computer-based application where students can follow the story of Luis, a child refugee, who has fled his country and students take a walk in his shoes as they help him in search of safety, security and the opportunity for something better.
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience ExperienceInteractive workshops empower students to develop character, confidence and communication skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Subsidies are available and professional development sessions can also be arranged for a program that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations."
The 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 teaches 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.
The Water Brothers TV SeriesThe Water Brothers Eco-AdventuresPresentation to educate, inspire and engage audiences about water-related environmental issues occurring on the planet today. Students will learn about environmental challenges in Canada and around the world, the root causes of these problems and their role in helping to overcome these challenges, and learn more about environmental stewardship. Topics include: climate change, access to clean water & sanitation, water infrastructure, renewable energy, biodiversity, invasive species, deforestation, drought, floods, illegal & overfishing, the water cycle, agriculture, plastic building up in our oceans and lake, water in space, earth sciences, sustainable fishing etc. Teacher resources and interactive learning portal are available for each of the topics can be found online at http://thewaterbrothers.ca.
Toronto Alliance for the Performing 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 theatre professionals, which includes a Q&A. Discussion topics to be covered: Why a career in Theatre? What is it like to Live and Work as an Artist? Presenters provide stories of first hand, real-world experiences in a performing artist's life: auditions; supplementary jobs; how to get an agent; differences between working on stage and working on film; professional standards and agencies such as unions; resources and tips for getting involved while a student; and, overcoming the stigma of the “starving artist”.
Young People's TheatreTheatre Education Activities in SchoolsYPT offers a wide selection of educational programming in schools including Pre- and Post-Show Workshops, Specialized Workshops and Residencies. These are all designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of a particular theme or arts practice, enhance their theatre-going experience, and provide them the opportunity to actively engage in creative drama. Pre- and Post-Show Workshops guide students through a series of drama exercises as a way to more deeply explore themes associated with a YPT production. Specialized Workshops and Residencies allow students to explore a specific theme or area of interest such as – but not limited to – acting, dance, stage combat, clowning, puppetry, design, prop building, playwriting or stage carpentry. YPT engages professional facilitators of the highest quality who have extensive experience working with young people using a diversity of artistic approaches. Subsidies can be made available. www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
Thinking ForwardThinking Forward Leadership ProgramThinking Forward offers character development and leadership training for students, primarily in Model Schools, to help children and youth strengthen their interpersonal and leadership skills, and to challenge them to address social needs. Thinking Forward provides inclusive and equitable learning opportunities that use the arts and leadership development as a platform to help students develop and improve their well-being. Students participate in hands-on, art activities that highlight themes of belonging, diversity, anti-bullying, teamwork, and community. A variety of methods, resources and activities are used including painting, role-playing, designing and building, illustrating, and art exhibits to showcase student work. The program is customizable to suit the needs and schedule of the school and students.
Justice(retired) Lloyd Michael BudzinskiTips in Teaching LawProfessional Learning Sessions are provided in an 'open discussion' format with law and civics teachers, at schools or central sites, as scheduled, to better understand how our Justice System is administered and works. Rather than a mere set of rules, it reflects social interests and values which are important to understand in a multi-cultural society. The rules are only part of the story. What we forget is The Conventions or traditions established by the parties in the Justice System that are not taught in schools are as critical in understanding the rules as the rules themselves. Teachers who understand or have a feeling for this – “Jurisprudence” -- are better equipped to teach the Law.
SKETCH Working ArtsToolbox Initiative 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 by women identifying 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 electonics and their critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The program may culminate in a project showcase to the school community.
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.
Kiwanis Music Festival Association ofGTAToronto Kiwanis FestivalToronto Kiwanis Festival provides students with enhanced learning and performance opportunities in music, dance and speech arts in competitive and non-competitive setting. Several schools' host the Festival annually during instructional time throughout two weeks in February - March.
Transit BricksToronto Transit TalesCovering 150 years of Toronto public transportation history, from horse-drawn to motorized transportation, local historian provides interactive presentation that includes models of historic vehicles from 1849 - 2014. Students gain a historic understanding and modern appreciation for the important role of public transit in history and current affairs.
Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Tour for HumanityPresentations educate students about human rights and social justice issues through the lens of historical events in Canada and around the world; including the Holocaust, genocide, and world heroes. These innovative, award-winning sessions occur in a 30-seat, wheelchair accessible, mobile human rights education center housed in an RV, designed to bring programming directly to schools across Ontario. They incorporate multimedia and surround sound that provides students with a rich and interactive learning experience, further engaging their interest and involvement. (Each T4H session is approximately 45 to 60 minutes in length. The mobile classroom can accommodate one class of 30 students at a time, allowing for six classes or 180 students over the span of a typical school day.)
Little Red TheatreTouring Theatre for ChildrenThe Little Red Theatre produces dramatic performances using an eclectic mix of puppets, original musical scores and songs, dance and audio and visual technology. Students may participate in the actual performance or participate in the question and answer at the end. Productions are inspired by current issues, books that children love or problems that are relevant to children. Three theatre presentations are offered each school year in English, French or Bilingual. Study guides are available to further the learning before and after the presentation.
Rebecca BairdTraditional Indigenous Art PracticesWorkshops 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.
North York General HospitalTransitional Aged Youth Substance AbuseThe Transitional Aged Youth Substance Abuse Program offers specialized outpatient support services to youth and young adults who are concerned about the impact of substance use (and/or concurrent disorders) in their lives. Assessment, support and/or referral to appropriate services are available to young people and their families. Students are referred to this program because of suspected or known substance use and are encouraged to focus on how they can effectively deal with problems and issues that arise in their lives in a safe manner. Program activities include helping the school identify high-risk students; group activities based on the school’s identified needs; training for school staff, education and support for parents; and referrals to appropriate community services, if necessary, as well as other substance abuse services. Group programming focuses on building specific skills that enhance students' self-esteem and address a variety of problems (e.g. anger, anxiety, communication, family issues).
Rita DagenaisTreaty Making in CanadaTreaties 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.
Warren Hoselton (Professor Pricklethorn)Trees PleaseAn interactive presentation that puts tree preservation, protection and awareness into practice. This presentation uses fun and engaging demonstrations, discussion and role-playing to explain the importance of trees in our day-to-day lives and long-term environmental needs. Students learn how and why trees make us feel better and live healthier lives, five simple ways to assist the survival and preservation of urban trees and the role and career of an arborist.
Hockey CanadaTry HockeyThis program offers an opportunity for students to try hockey, removing barriers to participation, so students enhance team building, confidence, physical health and well-being. Certified coaches deliver the program in the school gymnasium followed by an on-ice event. Students will participate actively and engage in a variety of movement competencies, and demonstrate an understanding of the value of regular physical activity in their daily lives. With follow-up communication, coaches provide further support to maximize sustainability and teacher resources are made available including access to Hockey Canada’s academic lesson plans and 10 week floorball lesson plan.
Anthony LueTurning Tragedy into Triumph: The Story of a Para-athleteAnthony 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.
Ian KetekuUncover Your Hidden VoiceFacilitated by a National Slam Champion and World Poetry Slam Champion, these workshops introduce students to the spoken word form and encourage them to engage with language in new, personal, and imaginative ways. Writing skills and tools for creative expression are enhanced through the exploration of metaphor and simile, and seeing how these are successfully applied by spoken word artists through video performances. Workshops culminate with students performing their own unique spoken word pieces to the entire class.
Unity CharityUNITY DayUNITY Day starts with a high-energy, interactive, performance-based and motivational school assembly led by five professional artist educators, who perform and share their personal stories of how the Arts can be a positive outlet for change and stress management in our lives. Following the morning assembly, four afternoon class-size workshops in Hip-Hop, Break-Dancing, Spoken Word poetry, and Beatboxing are available. These workshops challenge students to express themselves creatively by learning something new, and perhaps stepping out of their comfort zone with their peers. Schools can also schedule a series of workshops first, followed by a culminating assembly.
York UniversityUnity in DiversityIn these immersive arts workshops, students will deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills around themes of identity, community and multiculturalism to produce an art project or initiative. Artist facilitators (Asian Canadian artist facilitators?) will develop students’ literary and artistic tools to explore and develop content in expressing their vision around a theme. Workshops may include literary writing, music composition, visual art and photography/videography. Students will create an artistic work at the end of the workshop and facilitators will collect and create a collaborative piece of art (if applicable). Workshops are also suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
Emil SherUnpacking the Holocaust: A Playwright's JourneyThis multimedia presentation weaves still images and video footage from the acclaimed stage production of Hana's Suitcase, which chronicles the short life of a girl killed in Auschwitz. What are the challenges, the choices, the considerations when history is honoured and dramatized on stage? How far into the darkness of the Holocaust do you go when children are in the audience? How can sets, costumes, masks, slides and silence give voice to an unspeakable tragedy? These are some of the questions that are explored by playwright Emil Sher in a presentation that is capped by a discussion where students are tasked with making a moral choice about who to shelter in wartime. Students also learn about the creative process in transforming history into a stage play and the connections between art and history.
UPLAYUPLAY Songwriting WorkshopsThe program seeks to enhance students’ creative writing and literacy skills. Students are guided through the stages of writing, performing, recording and packaging their very own dynamic song. Working as a class, students are divided into groups to write and sing the vocals and to use technology to simulate real instruments. The class then designs an album cover and receives an electronic copy of its original song.
Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreUsing 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.
Angela TuroneVocal Jazz Talk and PerformanceProfessional jazz performing artist mentors students and provides information on the professional jazz industry. Suited for those students with jazz choral experience, artist mentor further enhances understanding of jazz repertoire, technique and performance skills. Students explore concepts of jazz harmony and improvisation to deepen their understanding of repertoire, jazz genre and style. In addition, students practise advance jazz songs and repertoire to develop choral skills in an ensemble.
York UniversityWabaan _ Indigenous Initial Teacher Education Wabaan is an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) word meaning it is tomorrow. It signifies commitment to a holistic program of teaching and learning that acknowledges the impacts of colonialism, and draws on the wisdom of ancestral teachings and contemporary leaders to put Indigenous futures into Indigenous hands. Rooted in Indigenous Thought, Wabaan will provide traditional and contemporary teachings from Indigenous Elders, educators, and community leaders. Responding to the urgent and long-­standing need for a teacher education program that centers Indigenous worldviews, knowledges and pedagogies, York will work with TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre, teachers and students to support the development of a program that will educate a new generation of teachers prepared to address the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, families and communities.
New Heights Climbing Academy Inc.Wall and Rope ClimbingThese sessions are offered within Phys Ed classes to introduce students to rock and rope climbing, using a portable rock-climbing wall and rope structure. Facilitators teach safety, harness use, top ropes, drop swing, prusik knots and ropes, with carefully monitored hands-on practise on the climbing wall and rope structure. Students transition towards more independent, competent skill sets each session for four sessions over a four day period, with the focus remaining on each student reaching their personal best on the climbing and rope equipment. Resources are available to teachers prior to program delivery, as teacher presence and active participation is a requirement.
Canadian Roots ExchangeWampum Knowledge and Treaty Education WorkshopsWampum Knowledge Workshop teaches students about the historical importance of the Haudenosaunee (one of the Indigenous nations that are the original stewards of the City of Toronto) wampum and its relevance to First Nations culture; and, how wampum was used as a tool for negotiations in initial relationships between Indigenous peoples and European settlers. Afterwards students design their own wampum using templates provided, and share their significance with one another. Treaty Education Workshop: Students learn what treaties are and how they are tied to the foundation of Canada; what territories have treaties and what areas that are still without (such as Ottawa). Students discuss Canada’s obligation to upholding the treaties which allowed for the creation of the country. Because the workshops will be led in Toronto, we will focus on the Dish With One Spoon treaty and Treaty 13A. Youth will be asked to create their own treaty as if they were negotiating with new settlers, and share them with their peers.
Toronto Search and Rescue-Marine (T-SAR)Water and Boating Safety PresentationStudents in Grades 2 and 6 learn water and boating safety essentials: different types of life jackets and boats, essential equipment, emergency preparedness and trip planning. Powerpoint presentation incorporates visual aids and videos, takeaway workbooks and the opportunity to try on real life jackets.
Henry AgassiWe are more Alike than We are DifferentHenry Agassi's motivational speech aims on improving students' self-esteem and self-confidence through sharing his life story as a newcomer from Nigeria. Sharing his stories of overcoming obstacles inspires students' sense of belonging and self-efficacy. They are encouraged to resist peer pressure and become committed to denouncing discrimination through increasing anti-bullying strategies in their school communities. Henry inspires students to move away from believing any stigma that they may have experienced to believe in themselves and make positive choices; to take responsibility for the self-discipline that leads to health and well-being. Practical tools are provided for students to celebrate diversity and promote social inclusion in their school through encouraging peer unity and friendship. (African heritage)
From Far & WideWe Are The NorthThis musical theatre performance within a newcomer story-line touches on the themes of respect, inclusion, diversity and collaboration. This performance uses original songs, drama and music to describe the story of newcomer and how the student overcomes struggles and challenges. Characters will provide positive role modelling, encourage self-confidence and self-worth, and show how students can reach out for help and work together to resolve conflicts. Professional songwriters perform original songs that students can sing along to. A follow-up parent presentation is available.
WE CharityWE SchoolsWE Schools programming includes free presentations for student and staff audiences facilitated by motivational speakers with in-depth knowledge of a variety of global issues. Professional learning sessions focus on creating student leadership and ‘service-learning’ opportunities. Through these presentations, students and educators gain an understanding of the root causes of social justice issues such as hunger, poverty, and access to education. They are also encouraged to explore, plan and implement at least one local and one global action, and celebrate its’ positive social impact! All sessions include curriculum and resource materials through a WE Schools Kit.
Ryerson UniversityWe Will ReadIn this long standing partnership program with the TDSB, Early Childhood Studies Field Placement students work one-on-one with grade one students to improve literacy skills. The focus of the program is to provide reading partners for children with disabilities or with additional support needs. Participating schools have four days of programming for eleven weeks between January and April. Each post-secondary field placement student is at the school for two days per week, with a minimum of two students placed at the same school to provide the four days of literacy programming under the supervision of grade one classroom educators.
Griffin CentreWhatever 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.
Green Kids Inc.Wild Wild WildernessA free touring production that demonstrates the connections between habitat, wildlife, and human activity for a select number of schools. Students learn to make positive choices towards protecting our environment and how to celebrate the outdoors. The play is a dynamic and whacky story of one kid's accidental effect on a nearby forest and its creatures, performed by a single actor/storyteller accompanied by armfuls of adorable puppets. Follow-up workshop, using interactive drama, offers students an opportunity to explore the elements and issues from the story with their bodies and imagination.
U Can Do It !Woodworking DIYThis hands-on workshop provides students basic building principles while constructing a woodworking project. Students develop their co-ordination, use easy-to-follow plans, practise with hand tools to complete projects such as windmills, paddle boats, tower cranes mechanical butterflies, motion machines and robotic arms. Facilitator provides all equipment, materials and designs and teaches safety rules on proper use of tools (sandpaper, child-sized hammer and nails). Instructions are taught in a step-by-step fashion for early years and elementary students. Workshop is age appropriate and is also offered in French.
Djennie LaguerreWords in Movement: Dance, Theater, StorytellingAn interactive dance and storytelling workshop to enable students to create their own story. The storytelling workshop uses drama, music, song, dance, word games to enhance students’ communication skills and theatre skills. The dance workshop uses Afro-Caribbean beats and music to enable the students to not only learn about francophone Afro-Caribbean culture but also learn to create a brand new choreography. The workshops series culminates in a class performance. Workshop is offered in English or French.
Mixed Company TheatreWorkshops for Social ChangeForum Theatre pedagogy allows students to participate and change the outcome of problems and learn to promote positive change. It is a pedagogy recognized by UNESCO, and Mixed Company Theatre provides interactive productions and workshops using this method to address such issues as bullying, inclusion, mental health awareness, sexual consent, homophobia and transphobia. In these sessions, students practise creative problem-solving techniques and develop positive strategies to respond to issues that affect them. All learning resources utilized are available online atwww.mixedcompanytheatre.com/education/teacher-resources.
Canadian Youth of East AfricaYEA ElevateCareer mentorship workshops at Kipling CI for students of East African and Black descent in grades 9 and 10 pair them with young black professionals from diverse professions for informal networking sessions. Students are introduced to mentors matching their areas of interest, who then provide support and connect them to academic and career resources that pave a path forward for them into the next school year and further on into post-secondary education. Students learn more about the industry they're interested in from a professional in the field who is knowledgeable, driven, and most importantly - relatable. Parents of the participating students attend workshops that provide key information, such as what the school year looks like, the benefits of attending parent-teacher meetings, and how to talk to their children about future goals and supporting their education.
New Leaf FoundationYoga and Mindfulness-based Life Skills ProgramNew Leaf Foundation is a charitable organization supporting the mental, emotional and physical health of youth in marginalized communities. Yoga-inspired movement and mindfulness-based activities are offered in order to address chronic stress, cultivate self-awareness, as well as build resilience and pro-social skills. The program prioritizes making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible, inclusive and engaging for young people of all abilities and backgrounds. Professional education sessions are also available for staff teams.
Natalia Riajskikh (Mindful Bodies)Yoga, Mindfulness & WellnessStaff and students learn self-regulation, focus and stress-resiliency skills in order to reduce stress and boost mindfulness. Weekly sessions or workshops teach movement and mindfulness techniques, the latest research in the field of neuroscience, mindfulness and psychology, as well as providing tools and effective strategies to reduce stress. Available to all students and professional development workshops can be arranged.
RighteoussunYoga: Restoring Body and MindThe workshop consists of mindful activities that will reduce stress and aid to balance the body and mind. Activities include yoga, meditation, mindfulness exercises and journaling to increase positive well-being and develop a healthy physical and mental life. Students will journal their activities to track their own progress as well as use this as a mindfulness activity to pay attention to their thoughts that arise in the present moment. For younger students, the workshop uses play, stories and teamwork. For older students, focus will be on poses that improves physical balance and awareness of connection to their bodies. Professional learning workshops are also available.
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.
Story PlanetYoung Writers ProjectYoung 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.
Green Hope FoundationYouth Education through Environmental EducationStudents are made aware of real world issues regarding sustainable development in these free assembly/workshops that blend art, music, dance, drama, and science while creating and achieving sustainability goals. Students learn about and discuss the impacts of climate change and ways to mitigate it, the importance of clean energy moving forward into the future, the need for biodiversity conservation, and ways we can adopt a model of sustainable consumption of earth's resources. Classroom learning is also complemented with outdoor local activities such as waste cleanups and waste segregation in order to demonstrate to students how to put 'words into action', learning that transcends classroom walls and school yards.
Veritus Pictures Inc.Youth Filmmakers AcademyWorkshops 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.
Covenant HouseYouth Homelessness Awareness and Prevention Presentations raise awareness about youth homelessness and prevention; youth leadership and social responsibility on the issue; resources and community supports. Two presentations are available for student audiences grades 7 - 12: "Before You Run" - covers a broad range of issues that youth face. Explains how the circumstances that lead young people to the street are as varied as the youth themselves. Discusses how the experiences of family breakdown, abuse, mental health, bullying, drugs, exploitation/online luring, and stress can act as contributing factors to youth homelessness. "Reality Check" - deglamourizes street life and discusses the struggle homeless youth face; how they’re driven to steal, sell drugs or worse, targeted by predators and often trading their dignity to survive. Students also participate in an activity that highlights the hardship young people face while trying to live independently, without family support, education or career. Includes a video featuring Covenant House youth describing the challenges they faced on the street and what they’ve done to overcome them. Students are encouraged to be future leaders, to volunteer in their communities, to give back, and pay it forward. We also provide local resources where youth can get help or get involved.
LAMP Youth Life-Skills Development‘Healthy Living’ sessions provide health promotion information, activities and events that build knowledge, resilience and coping skills. A wide range of topics are available including: Anti-Bullying and Cyber Bullying, Mental Health and Wellness, Resilience and Coping Skills, Nutrition and Healthy Eating, Leadership and Teamwork, Anger Management, Excessive Social Media use, Healthy Relationships and Anti-Oppression training. Specific content includes: Anti-Oppression: Promoting tolerance, inclusion, diversity and equity. Students engage in safe spaces' discussion to understand what oppression is and how it makes people feel; and, by identifying each their own privilege in a celebration of diversity. Bullying and Bystanders: What is bullying? How to recognize it? What do bullies look like? And, what do bystanders contribute? Cyberbullying and the Internet: Bullies are using tech tools to threaten, stalk, ridicule, humiliate, taunt, and spread rumours. Students examine examples of Cyber Bullying, tips on prevention and on where to go for help. Leadership and Teamwork: Student will develop leadership skills while practicing effective team-building through event planning. Healthy Relationships: This workshop focuses on identifying characteristics of healthy relationships and signs of abusive relationships. It includes discussion on conflict, and anger management.
Griffin CentreYouth Outreach Workers (YOW) This program provides outreach and support for referred youth who are identified as having a dual diagnosis or developmental disability, and who identify as LGBTQ. It connects these youth with community resources to meet their immediate needs (such as employment, health, housing, recreation). Youth Outreach Workers are also available for presentations in secondary schools to increase all students' understanding of mental health and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion.
YMCA of Greater TorontoYouth Substance Use Free presentation on substance use and its effects to school community. Substances covered are alcohol, cannabis, opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA/ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, hallucinogens. Presentation addresses what the products are, their categories, physical and mental impacts, short and long term impacts and strategies for harm reduction. Facilitators address the causes of use and indicators that people may be using substances and ways to get help. A question and answer will follow each presentation.
Right To Play CanadaYouth to YouthYouth to Youth (Y2Y) is a program for youth leadership within Toronto’s inner-city. It empowers youth to take the lead by harnessing the power of play to improve educational, health and employment outcomes for themselves and other youth in their community. Programming includes: *Capacity Building - Y2Y trains and supports educators and youth workers to provide leadership opportunities and training to youth that is designed to develop skills, enhance confidence, and inspire youth to engage with their communities. *Youth Voice - By creating a platform for youth leadership and youth voice, Y2Y supports youth who may be hard to reach or disengaged to re-connect and become role models in their schools and local communities. *Outcome Based Play and Physical Activity – Using Right To Play’s methodology, Youth Leaders design and lead free play-based programs for younger children in their schools and communities. These activities are designed to be outcome based and educational, building toward more happier, healthier and more inclusive environments.
Youth Wellness NetworkYouth Wellness LeadersProgramming in a school begins with an assembly, and then follows-up with workshop sessions for selected student leaders or classes. Students’ mental health and well-being is enhanced through learning and sharing in a six module training that includes deepening students' understanding of mindfulness, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, conscious choice making, leadership, taking action: goal-setting. Each session focuses on developing daily practices and strategies that can boost self-esteem and confidence as well-being leaders.With sessions on How to Become Your Own Best Friend, and The Power of Your Choice, student wellness leaders gain knowledge and skills on how to create and sustain a culture of wellness in their school. Professional learning presentations, and parent workshops are also available for staff teams or parent councils.
The Royal Conservatory of MusicYouthBeatA music creation program designed to inject the inspiration and communicative power of music into classroom practise for select schools. Program explores five design principles including proximity, space, alignment, repetition and contrast using new technology platform, Youthbeat app. The app provides a simplified set of tools that allow students to advance consistently with their learning and explore various elements of music and the different tools to change, record and overdub the music. Using a consistent framework, students learn to successfully create their own music and style culminating in creation of an original song or short piece. Professional guest musicians bring diverse musical and cultural backgrounds to enhance the learning. Professional learning is available.
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