Our Partners

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

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

TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Exploring Renewable Energy Workshops provide students with an in-depth exploration of various types of environmental issues such as renewable energy, climate change and energy conservation. These hands-on or online workshops involve the use of miniature models of renewable energy technology. The first component of these workshops includes an interactive presentation that introduces the topic with lots of thoughtful discussion between presenters and students. The second component involves either hands-on experiments with the technology or interactive Pear Deck slides aligned with experiments. Workshop titles include: Concentrate on Conservation; Capture the Wind; Plug in the Sun; Digest This!; and Climate Change and Renewables. Additional renewable energy workshops include Wind or Solar Design Challenge where essential building materials are provided for students to design, build, and test their devices.
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Green Collar CareersThese virtual or in-person workshops for secondary students provide an in-depth look into green careers that benefit people, the local environment and the planet. Facilitators help students identify how their skills and personal interests can align with careers in sustainability, renewable energy and environmental industries. During the workshop, participants will: compare their skills, interests and passions to 40 diverse fields; assess financial/social factors and educational requirements of various careers; learn how technology is changing the way we work and the future of jobs; discover how environmental policies have impacted careers in Canada; and broaden their understanding of post-secondary opportunities.
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Safety SparkWorkshop, delivered in-person or virtually, teaches electrical safety and how to use or interact with every day electrical objects to stay safe for students in Grades 4-7. The home electricity safety component examines real life safety issues with wall outlets, extension cords, power strips, and more. The community electricity safety component talks about power lines, transformers, contact voltage and other possible outdoor electrical safety hazards. The workshop closes with an emphasis on Emergency Preparedness, what to do during a power outage and how to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Presentation followed by question and answer period.
Karen ChaboyerResidential Schools & Seven FiresAs a Residential School Survivor, Karen Chaboyer speaks about her lived experience of nine years in a Residential School, its impact on her life, family and community. Available in-person or virtually. She integrates the Seven Fires teachings into her talk. Her presentation cultivates students' knowledge of Aboriginal/Indigenous History and the Residential Schools Era. An engaging, thought-provoking presentation that addresses in a meaningful way the Call to Action statement that "unresolved trauma from residential schools continues to impact individuals, families, communities and nations; and will do so until it is expressed, validated and released in healthy, creative way." Serving: Grades 5 - 12
METRACRespect in Action Youth Violence Prevention (ReAct)ReAct is a peer-education program in existence since 2001, for youth ages 13 -25, to build leadership skills and knowledge of healthy, equal, non-violent relationships. Program activities are informed by Popular Education, Facilitated Inquiry techniques; Human Rights Education, Cooperative Learning; and Feminist, Environmental studies. Facilitators work with students, to increase understanding of violence, while creating safe spaces for sharing experiences and inspiring peers to take action in addressing violence in their lives and communities. ReAct workshops and presentations cover topics related to: Healthy Equal Relationships, Anti-Black Racism, Cyber Violence, Consent, Intersectionality and Identity, Gender and Self-esteem. After-School programs on Healthy Relationships are offered for 1 to 2 years. All workshops, presentations and programs are tailored to meet the unique needs of each school/class. Serving: Grades 6-12, Staff
Strides Toronto Support ServicesRespect in Schools Everywhere (RISE)Grades 7 - 12 students in this Peer Leader training program, develop knowledge, skills and produce materials on bullying, cyber-bullying, mental health; and conflict resolution. Workshops enhance students' strategies to communicate more effectively, manage conflict and address bullying effectively as a both potentially a victim and as a bystander. Students also learn coping mechanisms to foster positive mental health, discuss the elements of self-care, and have the opportunity to create their own self-care kits. Students receive resources and tools to better advocate for themselves and others.
Rick Hansen FoundationRick Hansen Foundation Virtual PresentationsRick Hansen Ambassadors helps create meaningful dialogue about disability, accessibility and inclusion by providing free presentations. Trained speakers are a diverse group of people with mobility, vision and hearing disabilities that share their inspirational stories with students. Professional learning sessions are also available on building disability awareness, inclusion and citizenship skills in classrooms. Educators receive access to ready-made resources and practical activities they can take into the classrooms immediately. Resources support provincial educational priorities while meeting school communities' social responsibility and inclusion goals: see www.rickhansen.com/schools. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Rock Solid Productions Inc.Rocks and RingsThe program features a variety of drills, relays and team building activities that introduce students to the sport of curling with a focus on fun. Unique indoor floor curling equipment is provided and placed in the gym offering an off-ice experience and physical activity. Sessions include various drills, relays and team-building activities. It is an inclusive program that allows students of all ages and abilities to compete and play with each other. Serving: Grades 1-8
Jane Goodall Institute for WildlifeRoots and Shoots _ Professional Learning Professional Learning Sessions for staff include an overview and discussion on the Jane Goodall Institutes Roots & Shoots youth sustainability program and their focus on climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental inequity. Orienting staff in their ability to guide students of all ages through a 4-step program: STEP 1: Who or What Inspires You? STEP 2: Map Out Your Community STEP 3: Plan An Action Project STEP 4: Reflect on Your Achievements and Celebrate Your Impact! Examples of projects from across Canada will also be shared.
Roots of EmpathyRoots of Empathy Classrooms By bringing a real baby and parent into classrooms, in-person or through video-conferencing, these sessions raise the social/emotional competence of students through increasing students’ capacity for empathy. They give children the opportunity to observe the baby’s development and the interaction between baby and parent. The relationship between the parent and child is a template for positive, empathic human relationships aimed to shape how children deal with each other and to lay a foundational example for their future as parents and citizens. Schools designated by ROE as “ROE Centre of Excellence” host ROE guests and media to showcase the program, as requested. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff
Roseneath TheatreRoseneath Theatre Touring ProductionsProfessional theatre performances and tailor-made workshops, delivered virtually or in-person, support arts curriculum connections and social justice themes for young audiences. Roseneath Theatre produces 3-5 performances per year that feature a particular theme and focus, written by recognized playwrights from across Canada. A study guide comprises each performance, providing classroom activities, resources, as well as pre and post-show questions. Following each performance, a question and answer session with the cast explores current topics and issues to critically analyze the concepts brought forth, building connections that relate to well-being and our relationship with ourselves and with others. Productions for the current year can be found at www.roseneath.ca. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Toronto Inner City Rugby Association IncRugby Professional Learning and Skills DevelopmentThis enhanced physical education program provides rugby training, tournament participation, and curriculum resources to students and teachers. Accredited and experienced rugby program staff lead workshops to introduce and further enhance rugby skills. Rugby activities and games for understanding are based on the physical literacy ABC's of agility, balance, coordination and speed. Beginner students are introduced to the sport through a non-contact, safe game called Rookie Rugby. Advanced students or those that have a solid understanding of the fundamentals, further develop core rugby skills such as movement, passing and communication and sport specific training. Teachers receive curriculum resources that contain 8 modules that provide activities on how to implement the program beyond the workshop. Schools that have participated in workshops have the opportunity to attend an international rugby tournament at BMO Field or participate in a flag rugby tournament when available.
Lumenus Community ServicesSchool Focused Direct Access Workers (SFW)These specialized Lumenus staff work collaboratively with TDSB Professional Support Services to provide an accessible counselling service that takes place in the home, in school or in the community for youth with mental health issues. Lumenus staff works with the children/youth and their family/support people to support their optimal functioning and sense of belonging in the school and neighbourhood community, based on goals established within the child/youth’s treatment plan. Students and/or family members have direct access to these resources through established TDSB referral mechanisms; and can access services when on site in school/s. Lumenus staff are also available to consult with school staff, as needed. The School Focused Direct Access Workers may support the children/youth to connect with appropriate community resources and services; and support students during the instructional day to decrease barriers and stigma regarding accessing mental health supports. Serving: Referred students, Grades 7-12
Green Thumbs Growing KidsSchool Food Gardens for LearningGardens provide food growing and environmental education programs at select elementary schools. The fruits and vegetables produced are used in the schools’ nutrition programs and classroom cooking. Gardens are designed along ecological principles, incorporating trees, shrubs and perennials along with annual food plants. Curriculum links include science, social studies, language, math and art.
EvergreenSchool Ground Greening SupportEvergreen provides practical support and services to TDSB schools selected by TDSB Sustainability Office, as they work towards greening their school grounds. The program enhances school grounds as curriculum-connected and inclusive spaces for learning in the outdoors. It develops environmentally sound practices consistent with what students are learning in the classroom. Activities include, but are not limited to: School Grounds and Outdoor Learning Environments’ Design support collaborative development of design concepts. The program provides access for TDSB to a national network of design professionals, outdoor classroom educators and school ground greening experts.
FoodShare TorontoSchool Grown FoodShare Toronto’s School Grown program uses market gardens located at selected schools and on TDSB sites to enhance student’s learning about food systems, urban agriculture, and food justice. The program provides experiential learning opportunities, enhanced curriculum connections, career awareness and mentorship, and school food program enhancements for students at School Grown sites. Students are engaged in outdoor experiential learning in the market garden throughout the growing season, and teachers are supported in professional development and skill building opportunities through garden activities. More information on programming can be found at: https://foodshare.net/program/schoolgrown/
Green Communities AssociationSchool Traffic SafetyThe School Traffic Safety program provides assistance to select schools that are experiencing traffic congestion and traffic safety concerns on and around their school site. Select schools work with a facilitator who investigates and responds to traffic related concerns and provide traffic safety support. The program offers workable solutions to identified safety concerns and schools receive a comprehensive School Action Plan, Routes to School map and other strategies and tools to provide students and families with information about safe routes and active transportation options. The School Traffic Safety program applies a comprehensive approach to traffic safety management. By engaging a wide-range of stakeholders that include the school board, municipal transportation planners and engineers, public health, police, parents, students and school staff, workable solutions are found. The program supports TDSB’s Charter for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation and Implementation Plan.
EcoSpark Environmental OrganizationSchool Watch and Changing CurrentsIntegrated teacher training and student sessions actively engage in citizen science practices to understand and address climate change, water quality, pollination and bird monitoring, and land use planning. EcoSpark facilitators, through in-person or by video conferencing, lead hypothesis driven research and data collection workshops for students and teachers on their school grounds. Students learn to use scientific protocols to monitor and assess the health of local terrestrial and aquatic environments and then contribute their findings to relevant citizen science projects; shared with scientists around the world. These inquiry-based workshops explore water systems, insect, bird and plant dynamics, and taxonomic identification systems. Students learn to assess the environmental health of streams and school grounds and to analyze data and plan stewardship actions to increase local biodiversity and environmental health.
Mad Science of TorontoScience & Technology WorkshopsMad Science Curriculum Based Workshops introduce elementary students to the wonders of science through hands-on and interactive live experiments. These in-class workshops support students and teachers to explore science, technology, engineering and the environment and to make connections between science and the wonders of the world around them. Mad Science offers 26 different, exciting and interactive workshops that enhance the Science and Technology curriculum for elementary student. Their professionally trained presenters are excellent in creating experiences that encourage children to pursue the sciences throughout their secondary and post secondary studies. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Down to Earth EducationScience and Geography Alive!A variety of interactive presentations and unique artefact displays on topics related to the environment. Presentations promote empathy and respect for nature and people through enhancing cultural and environmental awareness. Using engaging visuals and diverse displays, students learn about interdependence and threats to ecosystems, by travelling through rainforests, exploring oceans, or deepening their understanding of endangered species. Presentations include the following: Oceans Alive! ; Swamps Alive! ; Coral Reefs & Tide Pools ; Forests Alive! ; The Buzz on Bees ; Water is Life! Serving: Grades 1 - 8
Scientists in SchoolScientists in SchoolFacilitated by experts in scientific and engineering fields, workshops provide an opportunity for elementary teachers' professional learning through collaborative delivery of these sessions immersed in inquiry based learning. Students peer into microscopes; test their powers of observation; design pneumatic models to solve a problem; explore insect adaptations; experiment with levers and build bridges to their futures. Scientists in School provides specialized materials and equipment to make each session a hands-on experience for every child; and provides comprehensive teacher resource packages to make each session and its extension activities a professional learning opportunity for staff. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8, Staff
Elisa BirnbaumSEE Change Magazine_History of Social Change WorkshopsThese distinctive workshops develop students' appreciation for Canada’s unique struggles for social justice and the rights and freedoms we enjoy, while sharpening their literacy and storytelling skills. Leveraging the History of Social Change Multimedia Project (digital stories and e-book documenting social movements and key players), sponsored by Heritage Canada, and other online sources, these workshops will demonstrate how our lives were transformed by social movements and their key players. The facilitator (a veteran journalist) will provide a lesson in journalism before leading the class through an interactive activity. By the end of the workshop, students have honed their literacy and verbal and written communication skills, developed their capacity for advocacy and gained a deeper grasp of social issues in Canadian history and their impact on present day. Serving: Grades 5 - 12
Una WrightSelf-Care for Caring AdultsCaring Adults are engaged in 'Empowered Well-Being' through this interactive workshop that provides practical, tips and tools that are easy to integrate into a busy life. It offers caring adults the opportunity to hear from Una Wright's personal experience the challenges related to mental health within her family. Una shares well-researched coping tools which enable her to maintain a strong spirit, positive mental health and overall well-being. Participants learn tools for keeping balance and coping with everyday stress; tips to increase personal well-being; and strategies to maintain mental clarity and inner peace during difficult life circumstances.
Education Arts CanadaSet the Stage for Learning_Musical AdventuresInteractive and participatory musical theatre productions for young audiences addressing various learning strands including math, science, literacy, drama, physical fitness and mental health. They are delivered through one hour musical adventures either in-person or via videoconferencing. Using stories, songs, music and movement, students engage actively with characters and make them part of the theatre experience - often so much fun, students don't realize they are learning at the same time. Comprehensive resource materials for educators turn the performance as a time of inspiration into an ongoing opportunity for discovery and growth. Specific productions are found at www.educationarts.ca Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8
Catholic Crosscultural ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
Centre for Immigrant&Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
CultureLink Settlement and Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
North York Community HouseSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
TNO - The Neighbourhood OrganizationSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families. Serving: Referred students, Grades 6-12, Parents/Caregivers
Live Lujo Inc.Sewing StudioLibraries, gyms or classrooms are transformed into creative maker space by an 'All Star' team. A Sewing Studio that disrupts stereotypes and biases about who can sew and who can express themselves artistically. Sessions focus on confidence, skill-building, mentorship, equity and most of all, inclusion. All students leave the studio with a feeling of accomplishment in having completed a design and sewing project. Instructors, who are male role models , provide an engaging introduction to frame the session within the context of "Confidence Building" when learning new skills and new creative ways to express themselves. Personal stories of overcoming barriers are shared. Each student is inspired and encouraged to make their own creative choices in materials and adornments for the project, at the " Creation Station ". Projects vary by age group; all intentionally contribute to students' sense of self-efficacy. Each student learns how to sew on a sewing machine.
Planned Parenthood of TorontoSexual Health, Healthy Relationships, and Anti-homophobia ProgrammingWorkshops and resource materials promote sexual health and healthy relationships, and support students in understanding and reducing homophobia. The goal is to provide youth with the information and skills they need to make informed choices for themselves. Facilitators deliver workshops on topics including: Building Healthier Relationships, Healthy Sexuality, Birth Control Options, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Readiness, and Safer Sex Negotiation. The Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH) program delivers peer-led anti-homophobia workshops that encourage youth to think critically about homophobia and heterosexism in their communities and the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer youth. Serving: Grades 6-12
Lance CumberbatchShake, Rattle and Roll to West African DrummingGrounded in Africentric perspectives, these workshops introduce the cultural and community significance of West African traditional drumming and music to elementary students. Black musician and artist, Lance Cumberbatch, shares with students the many sounds, rhythms of West African traditions as well as the history and culture of West Africa, its people and evolution of the music. Sessions provide an opportunity for students to express themselves through movement and participate in creative music-making. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Valerey Lavergne Sharing Indigenous Knowledge Virtually through Expressive ArtsAn Indigenous Expressive Arts Facilitator and Certified Life Coach creates innovative virtual workshops to teach students Indigenous knowledge and sacred teachings. Valerey uses a variety of art techniques, arts modalities and traditional teachings to enhance students' understanding of using their creativity for self-exploration and self-expression.
Across U-HubSHARP Student Leadership DevelopmentSHARP programming uses peer and adult mentors to engage secondary students in regular conversation and expressions of Self-awareness; Hope; Appreciation of cultures; Resilience and Peer networking (SHARP). Anti-Asian Racism and experiences of 'Asian hates' is addressed, along with community-building, self-efficacy, communication skills, and various other student leadership and peer support skills. Students develop their potential through self-exploring tools, examining their historical and cultural roots, discovering their strengths, making connections to their past and present selves, to visualize their future in practical ways. Bold personal goals are set through deepening their understanding of race, personality, ability and ethnicity. Within this self-exploration journey, they are not alone, but are accompanied with a group of peers and mentors. Serving: Grades 9 - 12, referred students of East Asian descent, Newcomers, ESL/ELL learners
Child Development InstituteShelter School Liaison ProgramThe School Liaison Program (SLP) is a trauma-informed, school-based program that supports children ages 4 to 16 who are experiencing homelessness and living in shelters. The SLP Worker works with children, caregivers and shelter and school staff to help children make a smooth transition to their new school. The SLP Worker meets with the child and their caregiver to orient them to the school and support safety planning, when necessary. They are also available at the school to support the child’s social-emotional development by providing social skills support and further individual support related to emotion regulation, self-compassion and the development of stress management strategies. Short-term follow-up services are available to children at their new school once they move out of the shelter. Cultural interpretation is provided as needed.
Mosa McNeillySister Freedom's Black Arts Education ProjectsGrounded in Black diasporic art forms, aesthetic modes and design, these sessions, in-person or by video-conferencing, engage curriculum connections with visual art, social studies, mapping, coding, equity, diversity, history, social justice and wellness. Workshops include: Adinkra Project, Africa project, Black Stories Storybook Project, Black Women Artists Project, Black Hair Magic Project, Grandma Assiatou's Seed Pouch Project, Sankofa Project and Underground Railroad Quilt Godes Project. Through drawing, painting, collage, mixed media, assemblage, sculpture, writing poetry, students engage in self-reflective and cross-cultural dialogue. Also available as professional development, Black Ways of Knowing offers tools for developing and delivering culturally responsive curriculum that centers African, Black and Caribbean students and advocates for Black freedom and justice. Delivery available in English or French. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
KickAss Careers LimitedSkilled Trade PathwaysTaking real-life practical experiences while dressing the part, Jammie McMillan brings the skilled trades to students by telling her personal career journey in skilled trades and technology. Jammie shares successes and failures along the way and provides information on the various pathways in skilled trades as well as the vast opportunities in career options in MITC (Mechanical, Industrial, Technology and Construction) sector. The presentation inspires students to chart their own path and challenge stereotypes in the industry and choose skilled trades as a viable, successful and rewarding career option.
Job TalksSkilled Trade SecretsA dynamic assembly that opens the eyes to the secret world of skilled trade careers and how to get started. Jon Callegher, a millennial sociologist and college professor, showcases different areas of the skilled trades, shares the latest data on what motivates career choices, and reveals five major benefits to working in the skilled trades and construction industry. The assembly incorporates Job Talks’ high impact video interviews of passionate tradespeople and introduces the concept of "balanced intelligence" to help change mindsets toward the trades among students, educators and parents.
Skills Ontario Skilled Trades & TechnologiesThese virtual or in-person presentations raise awareness of skilled trades and technology careers. They also address stigmas that may be associated with choosing these pathways, and encourage students to explore their interests. Facilitators provide relevant information about various apprenticeships in general, current trends, and the benefits of various careers in skilled trades and technology. Students find out how to acquire preparatory skills, experiences and exposure to various skilled trades' pathways. A focus on increasing the number of young women and Indigenous Youth who enter skilled trades is emphasized through these sessions and additional experiential learning opportunities. Sessions are available in English and French.
MADD CanadaSmartWheelsStudents learn about the harmful risks associated with alcohol and drug use and impaired driving. Presentations are available in person on a mobile RV, in class, or via video conference; and can be delivered in French. They feature videos about the effects of alcohol and substance use such as cannabis. Students put on virtual reality goggles (in the RV or in class formats) and in the case of video conferencing, students view a virtual reality video to see how it looks and feels to drive while impaired. All presentations include students participating in multiple choice questions and in decision-making scenarios about impaired driving. These sessions not only increase awareness about the consequences of impaired driving, but also influence responsible decision-making and provide safety strategies. Serving: Grades 4-6
Child Development InstituteSNAP (Stop Now and Plan)The interactive workshop series is offered in the classroom to help students in grades 2 - 5 improve their problem-solving skills and self-control. Topics include: fair play, handling group/peer pressure, anger management, making good choices and dealing with bullying. Elementary students gain new social skills and understand how to enhance their problem-solving and mood regulation skills. They are introduced to the 'stop now, and plan' method of dealing with these issues.
Toronto High Park Football (Soccer) ClubSoccer 4 LifeDelivered by experienced coaches, this free soccer enhancement program teaches soccer and life skills that go beyond the soccer field for students in grades 6-8. Program may be delivered in-person or virtually. Using the 4-corner player development model (technical, psychological, physical and social), students not only practise the technical and physical aspects of the game but more importantly develop team and social skills. The content of the program includes the importance of teamwork, building confidence, patience, resilience and decisiveness, knowledge about cultural and historical aspects of the sport, effective communication, following rules in a game and life settings and being a physically active member of the community.
Square CircleSocial Circus Social Circus programming fosters life skills, confidence and resilience in grades 4 - 8 students through the learning and practice of circus and creative arts. Students learn a variety of circus arts including juggling, poi, floor balancing, clowning, dance, acting/improvisation.The program culminates in a show and tell - students talk and display their creative art.These workshops provide an alternative, non-competitive physical and artistic outlet for students, while team building and enhancing social skills. Workshops are comprised of physical social games, trust and relationship building, and creative exercises for students to develop individual creative expression.
Scott Ste MarieSocial Media & Mental HealthThis presentation educates students on the relationship between social media use and their psychological, emotional and social emotional well-being. Students gain a deeper understanding of the impact social media use has on their emotional well-being and how to use it safely. Mental health speaker, Scott Ste Marie, shares his honest experience being a YouTuber (reaching over 30 million people worldwide), showing students the reality behind these platforms and inviting them to think critically about how they treat others online and what content they consume. Students are immediately engaged as Scott shows background analytics to his own videos and how he personally has to manage his own online engagement and prioritizes what is truly important offline. Serving: Grades 4-12, Parents/caregivers
Brian Wright-McLeodSongs & Visions of Turtle IslandAs an Author, Artist and Instructor, Brian provides two arts-based, interactive virtual presentations for students. One traces the history of Native / Indigenous music from first European contact to contemporary times profiling the diversity, breadth and artistic beauty of Native / Indigenous music from the Arctic Circle the Southwest US in all genres of traditional, flute, ceremonial, powwow and contemporary music and instruments. A second workshop assists students in the creation of graphic novels with artwork and storytelling that enhances reading and literacy. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Soul Drums Ltd.Soul P.O.P. Percussion Optimizes Potential (P.O.P.) enhances music and life skills through drumming. Sessions include drum circles in small or large class formats and offered in person or virtually. This hands-on workshop provides students an opportunity to enhance their drumming skills with an emphasis on communication, team building, positive risk taking and leadership skills. Activities include musical games, song chants and performing music using a variety of percussion instruments. Professional learning opportunities are available to staff who wish to enhance skills as a drum circle facilitator. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
South Riverdale CHCSouth Riverdale Health Clinic_CALCThe health clinic provides quality clinical and social programs and services to adult students at City Adult Learning Centre. In consultation with staff and students, low-threshold access to clinical and care coordination is available, and engages students and community partners in the development of appropriate programming with the vision to improve the lives of students facing barriers to their physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being. Core services being provided to CALC include: A weekly drop in clinic led by a Nurse Practitioner (1 day), case management by a Client Care Coordinator (2.5 days), and annual flu clinics and TB screening. Group sessions which are delivered alongside CALC staff include: Sexual health in collaboration with Biology classes, strategies in self-care such as how to eat healthy on a budget, positive parenting, and housing support in partnership with housing/settlement workers.
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioSparking the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Canadian YouthThese free programs are led by Indigenous individuals from the business community to mentor, support and inspire youth to develop the skills they need to achieve their educational and career goals. Workshop delivery includes real world examples from the volunteers' life, educational and work experiences that will be relatable to FNMI (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) learners while enhancing students' critical thinking and decision making skills. Various programs are offered including financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship for grades 4-8 students.
B.O.L.T. Charitable FoundationSpeak Outs: Careers in ConstructionPresentation on the vast and diverse career opportunities available in the construction industry featuring industry guest speakers who share their personal experiences for students in Grades 7-12. Designed to inspire a new generation of tradespeople and industry professionals, these presentations create awareness about the industry including industry overview and future outlook, various career options and their compensation, examples of technical and essential skills required, and training and employment pathways to employment. Guest speakers include union members and skilled trades, such as plumbers, electricians, sheet metal workers, and general labourers, as well as other professionals, such as architects, project managers, engineers, and safety specialists.
Music For Every ChildSpecial Needs Music Therapy ProgramIn-person music therapy sessions help students in DD/ISP classes to build their communication, listening and social skills through music-making at select schools. Guided by a certified music therapist, students have an opportunity to experiment with percussion instruments, participate in group drum circles and call and response exercises, pass rhythms to peers and participate in drum solos. Each activity is conducted by the facilitator to build a sense of success and achievement from the previous week and encourage students to freely express themselves through music. Sessions also enhance connections with peers and builds on teamwork.
Timothy HollandSpectacle CérébralDelivered in French to FSL and French immersion students, this entertaining assembly touches on key themes such as resiliency, confidence, and growth mindset. Using circus arts and comedy ventriloquism, Tim Holland shows the accessibility of brain science and neuroplasticity and how our brains change as they learn. The assembly highlights how having a different mindset can help students’ resiliency and to see failure as a feedback rather than a limitation for skill mastery. Follow-up workshops use juggling arts to apply a growth mindset to a novel learning opportunity. Suitable for elementary grades.
University of TorontoSpeech-Language Pathology (SLP) Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for post-secondary students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within Speech-Language Pathology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Speech-Language Pathologist. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
Rapier Wit Inc.Stage Combat Training Stage combat workshops use fight choreography to bring the text alive in drama, theatre and English studies. Workshops provide students an overview of safety considerations, physical acting training that embodies dramatic intention, and storytelling though the illusion of unarmed violence. Through partner work, students have an opportunity to practise the exercises and work on short scenes. Schools may choose to tailor the workshop to a specific text or school production.
ClarityofthoughtPublishing.limitedStand Up Man : Building Men of Good CharacterWorkshops 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. Serving: Grades 9 - 12
Child Development InstituteStart Right Social Skills Start Right Social Skills is a prevention program for children in kindergarten who are having difficulty adjusting to the everyday requirements of regular classrooms. Sessions focus on coaching, empowering and supporting children to learn, practice and model appropriate social skills through small group interaction. Group Activities include child role plays; puppet role plays; crafts; puppet shows; social skill games; activity books/journals; stories and reading. Skills emphasized in the program are; attention and focus building; listening to others; following directions; responding to peers and adults; expressing ideas, feelings and needs; problem-solving.
Starts With Me Inc.State of MindStudents are engaged to learn about the stigmas associated with mental health, to understand the warning signs of deteriorating mental health in themselves and others and what a pathway for recovery, resilience and well-being looks like for people seeking support. The presentation is presented through a lived-experience story from one who is living with a mental illness or has personal experience in the world of mental health. Following the presentation, students are encouraged to create a piece of content such as art, music, poetry, video, photography and/or video game in response to the session. Schools can choose to participate in the State of Mind Festival each spring; can choose to submit their creation for display at the offsite festival. Serving: Grades 7-12
Northstarr Entertainment Inc.Stay Driven Motivational assemblies and/or classroom workshops from Rapper Duane "D.O." Gibson combine hip hop performances with life lessons. Presentation themes include: Canadian Black History - D.O. presents about Black History through a Canadian perspective talking about Viola Desmond and black history in Nova Scotia as well as the Underground railroad and Josiah Henson in Chatham, Ontario ; HOLLA – Help, Outlet, Lead, Leave, Assert. D.O. discusses several strategies to combat bullying focusing on building self-esteem, standing up to bullies and finding an outlet. In The Zone - D.O. will bond with students as he shares his personal stories through freestyle rap. The program focuses on the personal power gained through reading, creative writing and speech. And, M.A.D. Skills (Media And Decisions) - D.O. will teach your students to make positive choices when it comes to the media. The program focuses on making informed decisions on music and TV choices as well as presenting strategies to combat cyber bullying. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Up4 The ChallengeSTEM Design ExperienceLed by professional women in science and engineering, these workshops use STEM for social impact through human-centred design. Students use a hands-on, Design Thinking process to imagine and prototype solutions to real-world issues in their communities while enhancing their appreciation of how STEM supports social outcomes. Schools can choose from a panel discussion, half-day session or a workshop series where facilitators work with students, while providing professional learning to teachers, to develop a solution to a community-based problem. By focusing on diversity, creativity, and experiential learning with community organizations/community members, the program enables youth to design more innovative and sustainable solutions to complex challenges. Professional learning opportunities available. Serving: Grades 7-12, Staff
Genius Camp Inc.STEM Workshops - Discover The Genius WithinThrough 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.
Techzenik Robotics & Information SystemsSTEMatize SchoolsStudents solve real world problems through automating a small Robot and programming it to perform simple tasks. All workshops provide access to new technologies and STEM kits to create, design, program, build and operate a Robot. Students learn effective programming techniques and language, utilize mathematical, problem solving and logical skills to create and code applications. Older students use advanced sensors and program blocks to accomplish complex and detailed tasks and sequences. Topics include: Robotics - LEGO We-Do 1 & 2, Mindstorms EV3 Beginners & Advanced, Electronics and Computer Engineering - Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Build Your Own Computer; Programming and Designing with Python, Programming with Java, Build Your Own App using Android Studio, Creative Technology - Adobe Photoshop, 2D Animation, 3D Animation. Professional learning sessions are also available. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Stem Lab Robotics Inc.STEM-based Professional LearningProfessional Learning workshops for staff to enhance their learning and inclusion of robotics, coding and technology in the classroom in-person or by video-conferencing. Participants learn how to incorporate meaningful technology in STEM classrooms, strategies to develop students' critical thinking, problem-solving skills and inquiry-based learning and teaching tools. Participants build a model, project or artifact related to a STEM topic and learn how to program it and discuss ways how inquiry-based investigation can be applied.
STEPS InitiativeSTEPS.StudioSustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Spaces (STEPS) Initiative provides art workshops to engage school communities in designs for collaborative art installations. Facilitators help students explore public space and urban design issues facing their communities and issues of social and environmental impact. Students learn real-world design considerations, how public spaces can be improved upon and environmentally sound solutions. Using a variety of art mediums and techniques, students design a public artwork that serves function, aesthetics and celebrates the community. Workshops and art designs highlight students' lived experiences, local culture/histories, as well as the social and environmental issues identified by school communities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Stolen From Africa/Volé D'AfriqueStolen From Africa Interactive assembly and arts-based workshops that promote social justice and builds cross cultural understanding for racialized and marginalized students. Facilitators discuss themes of Black Diaspora history, identity, relationships, resilience and self-advocacy. Students explore self-identity, reflect on impact on their community, and share their stories with peers through working on an arts, music, digital/social media projects. Professional learning is available for staff to explore barriers and challenges that Black and diverse youth face and share strategies on how to teach culturally-responsive lessons to engage diverse learners. Workshops are also offered in French. Serving: Grades 4 - 12
Itah SaduStories For Our Time Highly theatrical and always inspirational, Itah Sadu uses oral tradition and storytelling to share contemporary and traditional stories and folklore from across the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Stories convey history, relationships with the world, social justice themes, give meaning to complex issues and conversations, and is a simple form of individual and group engagement in these in-person or by video-conferencing sessions. Facilitator introduces Canadian and international Black and Caribbean game changers while engaging students in call and response, question and answer, and movement. The art form of storytelling speaks to language arts, student voice, communication, inclusion and identity and culture.
The Multicultural Theatre Space Inc.Stories of JusticeIssues of integration and communication with peers give voice to newcomers, marginalized and racialized youth in these workshops facilitated by multicultural artists. Students receive inspiration from culturally diverse role models who provide an opportunity to hear critical conversations with a multicultural lens. Schools can choose from a workshop series for students to create a short theatre production reflective of their lives or participate in talkbacks with professionals in the theatre industry.
Noam MarkusStorytelling Through Mime and Physical TheatreWorkshops develop group trust, listening and performance skills in the areas of mime and physical theatre for all students. Sessions use a variety of physical skills and movement as the primary method of storytelling. Students build coordination, body movement, observation, focus, listening and presentation skills. Sessions for younger students utilize simple mime skills, basic improvisation skills and general body coordination. More advanced sessions use more complex techniques such as Graphic Mime, Character Mask, Commedia dell'Arte, Theatrical Clown work and hand shadow puppets. Workshop series enable students to develop storylines and presentation skills for a performance to the class/school. Serving: Grades 1-12
Storyvalues Inc.Storyvalues Interactive A variety of virtual and in-person sessions provide school communities with opportunities to explore themes of holidays, seasons, heritages and traditions. Interactive storytelling and drama enhance students’ cultural awareness, communication, creative and literacy skills. Interactive dramatization along with student participation and small group discussions allow students to explore further salient themes. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Agincourt Community Services AssociationStudent Leadership & Youth Empowerment (SLYE)This peer to peer (P2P) leadership program helps those students facing social and economic barriers to build essential leadership qualities and agency to positively engage in the community. Using role playing, discussion and question & answer, students enhance pro-social, conflict management, problem solving and decision-making skills. This program provides a youth voice and enables students to put the skills to practise by leading their school community to implement a community Roadshow.
Studio 180 TheatreStudio 180 IN CLASS The program uses drama to create a brave space for effective dialogue and self-discovery. Workshops delivered in person or via video-conferencing, offer in-depth, immersive experiences that mine the unique power of the theatre to humanize social and political issues and cultivate open dialogues and artistic expression. Artist educators work with students to encourage them to think critically, explore multiple viewpoints, promote empathy and inspire creativity through proposition exercises, hot seating and improvisation. Workshops may be based on Studio 180’s current production, works in development, or may be theme-based and explore topics including identity, community, family and personal responsibility. Serving: Grades 9-12
Success Beyond Limits Success Beyond Limits School Year ProgramSuccess Beyond Limits School Year Program works with students at Westview Centennial Secondary School to facilitate Mentorships and peer-to-peer support opportunities through scheduled sessions and drop-in activities. It provides students with community, social and career connections to events, organizations, conferences and other projects beyond school to support their personal and academic development in the community. It engages all grades, with a particular emphasis on encouraging participation from Grade 9 & 10 students. Grade 10 students who continue as participants to gradually assume mentoring roles as they progress into Grade 11 & 12. Specific student leadership sessions are designed to train students for peer-to-peer mentoring roles. Homework help, food and recreational activities are also scheduled outside of the instructional day.
Success Beyond Limits Success Beyond Limits Summer Credit Support Supports and activities that include youth-to-youth peer mentorship engage grade 8 students who are enrolled in a Continuing Education summer course that nurtures a successful transition into secondary school. For students in Learning Centre 2, these curriculum enhancement activities inspire and assist them to improve their educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and provide support to expand their individual paths to success.
Suitcase Theatre Suitcase Dramatic Arts Workshops A menu of workshops is available to choose from, including: All the World is a Stage is an engaging and interactive workshop that gives students the opportunity to explore the vibrant history of live theatre. Students will learn about the importance of collaboration as they work with their peers to create short adaptations of classical fairy tales and fables.“Improv your Acting” is a lively and humour-filled workshop that invites students to think on their feet as they are introduced to the world of improvisation. This exhilarating workshop encourages teamwork and peer support as they work together to create scenarios that invite fast creative thinking and a quick all mixed with a good dose of humour.“Confidence Creates Character” offers students a safe space to express themselves. Students will explore strategies to approach difficult social settings by developing skills to alleviate anxiety, deal with peer pressure and handle bullying. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 8, Select Students 9-12
Suitcase Theatre Suitcase Theatre PerformancesThese musicals and plays inspire and promote positive self-awareness through storytelling, singing, the visual arts and drama. Characters in the plays and the characterization workshops create positive role modelling; encourage self-confidence, kindness and compassion; promote building healthy relationships, resilience and collaboration. They help students understand narrative structure, enhance character development in drama and enrich their vocabulary in the creative development process. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-5
The Wynford Group Inc.Supporting Global Competency & Build Character, Build SuccessThis three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes and global competencies through comprehensive on-line programming. First, a ‘recess planning and/or leadership lunch session’ to facilitate & develop student leadership by brainstorming games/activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools. Programming available in-person and through video-conferencing. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-6, Staff
One Voice One Team Youth Leadership OrganizationSWOLE ProgramPrograms empower students to develop leadership skills through their passions and becoming positive agents in their community. Themes covered are leadership, self-esteem, resiliency, peer mediation, relationship building and giving back. Students also learn practical strategies on identifying and developing clear action plans to achieve their goals. A variety of programs, in-person or virtual, are offered to suit the student audience include: S.W.O.L.E. (self-respect, work hard, overcome adversity, lead by example and excellence), Man Up, Dymond Girls, Leaders of Our Time for Black secondary students, Get Yo' Life, and History Makers. Assembly or workshop, students develop their leadership skills through a variety of activities that include self-reflection exercises, discussion, physical activities and mentor storytelling. Serving: Grades 4-12
Victim Services TorontoT.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World Teens Ending Abusive Relationships (T.E.A.R.™) workshop equips youth with the tools, knowledge and resources to navigate the digital world and make informed healthy relationship choices both online and in person. T.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World’s goal is to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives and their community. Topics include: Intimate partner violence; Cyberviolence including: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber sexual harassment, sextortion, luring; Online rights; Dating rights; Consent; Creating a positive digital footprint; Digital leadership; Digital citizenship; Online safety tips; Healthy intimate relationships and friendships; Warning signs of unhealthy and potentially abusive relationships'; Where and how to get help.
Raging Asian Women Taiko DrummersTaiko Drumming Performances and WorkshopsWorkshops and Performances are presented by a professional ensemble of East and Southeast Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer people. School communities will experience both traditional and contemporary Taiko drumming pieces; learn the historical and creative contexts behind them; and, enhance their understanding of Japanese culture and Asian history. Sessions deepen school communities' understanding of Asian Heritage through Taiko drumming. Through each undeniably strong, yet nimble percussive sound that is generated from the orchestra of drums played in rhythm, students of all ages will witness both the strength of force that sound is capable of, and likewise find that same potential within themselves to be heard.
Epilepsy TorontoTeaching Awareness Through PuppetryTeaching Awareness through Puppetry is an educational awareness program that uses engaging, life size puppets to teach students about understanding differences in themselves and others. Workshop topics include: Friendship Strategies (how to be a good friend and inclusion), Celebrating Differences (understanding differences and different abilities) and Mental Wellness (identifying feelings and emotions and tools for self care). Each workshop includes a puppet performance and an inquiry based Q&A discussion where students talk and share what they learned and saw. Teachers receive follow up activities to use in their classrooms, to reinforce student learning. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 6
Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada Inc.Team Up Against ConcussionsTrained 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?
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. Serving: Grades 3-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
Divine MvitaThe Art of BecomingThis one-hour presentation highlights the importance of the authentic self and channelling one’s unique gifts to contribute to the world. Born in Africa, Divine Mvita, shares her story of success by voiding the opinions and expectations of society and thriving through finding her unique self and embracing who she is. Presentation provides useful resources, tips and tools in the art of becoming the best version of self. Students hear the importance of who they are, being able to identify their passions and highlight the tools they already have to offer to the world. Serving: Grades 6-12
Marianne DerowThe Art of Healthy SingingProfessional voice artist mentor provides information about the music industry and imparts professional singing skills to students. In-person or virtual 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. Serving: Grades 9-12
Ukuu CentreThe Bridge _ VirtualThis virtual workshop series is available for participants who racially identify as African, Black and Caribbean, to support their personal, academic and career development through the use of a wide range of life-skills programming. The programming centralizes the development of positive racial and academic identities which have been shown to enhance academic engagement and success. Workshop themes will include understanding racial identity; leadership development; networking; community engagement; academic and career planning. These supports and skills will help participants more concretely explore post-secondary decisions and long-term career planning.
Dentsu Aegis Network Canada IncThe CodeThe program through in-person workshops or by video-conferencing equips students with the skills to thrive in the digital economy and gives students a glimpse into career opportunities and the media industry. Students receive an overview of marketing, digital marketing, advertising, and how it's used as well as the key components to building a successful campaign. Students learn practical skills in design think, idea generation, pitch design and live pitch delivery to a professional team. Students also hear from professionals and their career journey. SHSM certification is available.
Food SharksThe Food Mood ConnectionThis nutrition workshop helps students to understand how food plays a significant role in their mood and overall mental and physical health. Facilitator discusses the fundamentals of a healthy diet, foods that support well-being, and how media and marketing industries influence nutritional choices. Students learn to read and understand food labels and nutritional facts to ultimately gain knowledge to make informed, healthy food choices. Because the health & wellness industry is booming, growth trends and careers are also highlighted. SHSM certification is available.
Tricia BentleyThe Little Fig Children's Writing Virtual WorkshopsThis English Literacy virtual writing workshop incorporates individual and group activities to strengthen writing, language, and analytical skills. Some workshops use a narrative, The Hero’s Journey, as a guideline to teach students about story development and encourage them to express themselves to develop their very own story. Other workshops may use the structure of a first person essay narrative to tell the personal story of the student through memoir style writing. For the younger grades, sessions consist of creating a story collaboratively and then performing the story in a play-like presentation. During the process students will learn the art of storytelling by establishing the following: Who is the Hero? What does the Hero want? Why can't the hero get what he/she wants? The Facilitator will work with the teacher prior to the first session to establish relevant curriculum related readings and topics for this creative writing workshop.
The Message LLCThe Message Media Literacy ProgramThe program helps youth tap into the power of mass media by enhancing their media literacy and critical thinking skills. Mass media affects the way we think, feel and act and when used responsibly, present unprecedented opportunities for connecting, sharing and learning. Through in-school and video-conferencing sessions students examine hip-hop & music messages, anti-Black racism, social media etiquette, media ownership, “fake news,” sexism, consumerism, and substance use in popular culture. The goal of the program is to empower students to be responsible adults.
The Learning Enrichment FoundationThe MINA Project: Inspiring FuturesProgram helps racialized, underserved students in Grades 6-12 bridge the gap between education and employment by gaining experience, building a network and developing skills required in the workplace. In-person or virtual sessions led by under-represented (BIPOC) industry professionals inspire students to make connections between education and employment and to see careers without limits. Program includes career panel where speakers share their career stories and workshops to develop soft skills and employability skills. Students receive mentorship from industry professionals and learn new career opportunities.
North Star ProductionsThe Ontario Planetarium Mobile Star Dome A knowledgeable guide leads presentations in a mobile planetarium that is set-up for a day at interested schools. Based on their experiences, presenters discuss earth and space science. Several presentations are offered to bring the cosmos to life through 3-D graphics and thundering surround sound. Serving: Grades 1-12
Canadian Mental Health Association CMHAThe Opening Doors Project Workshops are interactive and experiential and provide an understanding of mental health, managing stress, racism and anti-discrimination, intersectional identities in the Canadian context, and the newcomer experience. Through group activities and storytelling, students discuss self-care tools for coping with stress, the stigma and challenges for those living with mental illness and learn to develop strategies for challenging discrimination in their lives. Topics 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’s Syrian and Newcomer Youth Mentorship Initiative, provides additional youth mentorship and case management support to newcomer students, primarily Arabic-speaking and Somali students. Serving: Grades 7-12
Paul Stewart The Pottery Clay WorkshopsThese workshops engage students with the creation of clay sculpture and story development. Students explore their own artistic nature and telling their own stories through art. They learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project is determined in partner consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections, and with the students themselves to ensure connection to their interests. The finished pieces are fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks of the workshop. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience ExperienceInteractive workshops in-person and through video-conferencing empower students by developing character, confidence communication and other essential soft skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare's language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Professional learning sessions are also available for this programming that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations." Serving: Grades 4-12
The K Group Inc.The Steelpan Experience: From Skin to Steel and BeyondThis program challenges students to develop an understanding of steelpan, its history and the present cultural and social contributions of steelpan pioneers to communities locally and throughout the world. Led by Afro-Caribbean (Black) musician, Joy Lapps-Lewis, and guests, this program is delivered in the form of virtual or in-person presentations, workshops and performances. Hands-on workshops focus on how to play, care for and store instruments. Students develop mallet technique and learn grooves while creating and sharing their musical ideas. Performances explore history and development of the steelpan into a modern day approach to steelpan centered beat-making and production. Facilitators share their experiences as musicians and professionals. Sessions can be modified for classes who do not have access to conventional steelpan (steel drum) instruments. Professional learning for teachers may be available.
The Umbrella Effect Inc.The Umbrella ProjectSimilar to an umbrella protecting us from the rain, a collection of well-being skills can protect us from times of calm and stress. This workshop, delivered in-person or through video-conferencing, enhances a collection of skills that form emotional well-being: empathy, gratitude, self-compassion, purpose, resiliency and developing a growth mindset. Through lessons, videos, group discussion, personal reflection and observation of the world around them, students learn real life applications of each skill and gain deeper insight into why these skills are essential. Workshops may be offered in French and parent presentations are available. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
WeeFestival of Arts and CultureTheatre and Culture for Early YearsLed by professional artists, performances and workshops engage early years students in theatre, dance, music, movement/dance, visual arts in a storytelling form. Delivered in-person or virtually, sessions explore a range of themes including friendship, the environment, loss and change, overcoming fears, embracing difference/different abilities and cultural diversity. Workshops include "Kindergarten Drama Workshops", an active and creative movement workout; "Firefly Story Theatre Project", a drama and storytelling project, over a series of sessions, that collects and dramatizes students' original stories. Theatre performances for assemblies are available and changes each year; some productions are offered in French.
Toronto Alliance for the Performing ArtsTheatre CareersWorking in the Performing Arts is a viable career option! This presentation and interactive discussion informs students of opportunities available to them within the Toronto-area performing arts industry. Various potential career paths are described by a theatre professional, which includes a Q&A. Discussion topics to be covered: Why a career in Theatre? What is it like to Live and Work as an Artist - including a conversation about current pandemic conditions. Presenter provides stories of first hand, real-world experiences in a performing artist's life: auditions; supplementary jobs; how to get an agent; differences between working on stage and working on film; professional standards and agencies such as unions; resources and tips for getting involved while a student; and, overcoming the stigma of the “starving artist”. Serving: Grades 9-12
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.
MapleLeafTheatreforSocial ResponsibilityTheatre Workshops and Performances 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. 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. Serving: Grades 5-12
Therapeutic Paws of CanadaTherapeutic DogsPet Therapy sessions, with small groups of select students referred by TDSB Professional Support Services, reduce students’ stress and anxiety by providing physical and emotional support in school communities that have experienced a traumatic event or crisis. Trained therapy dogs are accompanied by their certified handlers who guide each interaction.
Tools for All TeensTools for All TeensTools for All Teens is a self-empowerment program which provides teens with wellness activities and tools such as yoga, mindfulness meditation and journaling to assist them in calming their minds and bodies. These tools enable youth to better manage stress and enhance their mental health and well-being. Mindfulness activities are used to support students’ engagement and improve learning and success, while teaching important life skills in self-awareness. Sessions can also be provided for staff teams, and for parents, as scheduled. Serving: Grades 7-12, Staff, Parents/Caregivers
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