Our Partners

These organizations have educational programming partnership agreements to provide programming during instructional time, in-person or remotely. 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.

Tre-Lystikz Inc.imPower 2dayTré Armstrong, a celebrity, Black Canadian choreographer, actor and dancer, leads motivational, interactive dance and choreography workshops. Dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. In this session, students explore new forms of movement to express themselves and their story. As an inspirational speaker, Tre shares her own story, the power of choice, and, dance as a medium to cultivate self-awareness, self-confidence and self-empowerment! Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Exploring Renewable Energy Workshops provide students with an in-depth exploration of various types of environmental issues such as renewable energy, climate change and energy conservation. These hands-on or online workshops involve the use of miniature models of renewable energy technology. The first component of these workshops includes an interactive presentation that introduces the topic with lots of thoughtful discussion between presenters and students. The second component involves either hands-on experiments with the technology or interactive Pear Deck slides aligned with experiments. Workshop titles include: Concentrate on Conservation; Capture the Wind; Plug in the Sun; Digest This!; and Climate Change and Renewables. Additional renewable energy workshops include Wind or Solar Design Challenge where essential building materials are provided for students to design, build, and test their devices. Suitable: Grades 4-12
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Green Collar CareersThese virtual or in-person workshops for secondary students provide an in-depth look into green careers that benefit people, the local environment and the planet. Facilitators help students identify how their skills and personal interests can align with careers in sustainability, renewable energy and environmental industries. During the workshop, participants will: compare their skills, interests and passions to 40 diverse fields; assess financial/social factors and educational requirements of various careers; learn how technology is changing the way we work and the future of jobs; discover how environmental policies have impacted careers in Canada; and broaden their understanding of post-secondary opportunities.
TREC Charitable FoundationRelay Education: Safety SparkWorkshop, delivered in-person or virtually, teaches electrical safety and how to use or interact with every day electrical objects to stay safe for students in Grades 4-7. The home electricity safety component examines real life safety issues with wall outlets, extension cords, power strips, and more. The community electricity safety component talks about power lines, transformers, contact voltage and other possible outdoor electrical safety hazards. The workshop closes with an emphasis on Emergency Preparedness, what to do during a power outage and how to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Presentation followed by question and answer period.
Trevor BrownProfessional Learning Mathematics Seminars Teachers enhance and further develop their knowledge and skills in mathematics. An experienced facilitator, Trevor Brown, provides effective teaching strategies, sound pedagogy and practical classroom strategies to promote student success in math. Teachers learn how to design effective lesson plans and assessments.
Tricia BentleyThe Little Fig Children's Writing Virtual WorkshopsThis English Literacy virtual writing workshop incorporates individual and group activities to strengthen writing, language, and analytical skills. Some workshops use a narrative, The Hero’s Journey, as a guideline to teach students about story development and encourage them to express themselves to develop their very own story. Other workshops may use the structure of a first person essay narrative to tell the personal story of the student through memoir style writing. For the younger grades, sessions consist of creating a story collaboratively and then performing the story in a play-like presentation. During the process students will learn the art of storytelling by establishing the following: Who is the Hero? What does the Hero want? Why can't the hero get what he/she wants? The Facilitator will work with the teacher prior to the first session to establish relevant curriculum related readings and topics for this creative writing workshop. Suitable: Grades 1-8
Trinity Theatre TorontoCreating Communities We WantReferred students become peer leaders in conflict mediation techniques through workshops that engage them in a variety of art and drama-based activities. Trained student peer leaders facilitate workshops, talking circles and presentations with other students in their school, improving both their communication and conflict resolution skills alongside the development of their leadership capabilities. Handling Conflict peer mediation training through the arts, sessions refine students' skills in understanding emotions like anger through active listening and empathy, as well as open and closed questioning. Sessions for staff include resource: Making Connections, a substance abuse toolkit for students. Serving: Grades 7 - 12.
Turk Event Consulting Inc. Lacrosse - History, Culture and Skills Virtual PresentationsLacrosse themed virtual presentations introduce students to Indigenous history and culture of lacrosse, and introduces students to the basic skills of the game. Presentations co-led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors focus on the cultural and spiritual significance of the game; show different sticks and equipment used; the positions played in the game; demonstrations; and, basic skills. During in-person sessions, students may participate in a 15 minute game where they are divided into clans/ teams. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 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. Suitable: Grades 9-12; adult learners
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.
Unison Health and Community ServicesPathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected TDSB Learning Networks to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school. Serving: Select students, Grades 9-12
Unity CharityUNITY Charity Hip Hop Artists In SchoolsThese high-energy, interactive, performance-based and motivational assemblies, workshops and/or programs are led by professional artist-educators, who perform and share their personal stories of how the Arts can be a positive outlet for change and improve our mental health. Artforms include: Hip-Hop Dance, Beatbox, Break-Dancing, Spoken Word Poetry, Graffiti, Best Production, MC/Rap and Beatboxing. These sessions challenge students to express themselves creatively by learning something new and perhaps stepping out of their comfort zone with their peers while enhancing skills for success. Offerings include Unity Day, Unity Week and Engage Program. Serving: Grades 7-12
Unity Health Toronto Pediatric Health Initiative ClinicClinics in elementary and secondary schools address the issue of students in inner city communities who come to school with undiagnosed and untreated health concerns that prevent them from learning. Its objective is to provide students with access to a medical clinic, on site, in schools. Medical practitioners, (including but not exclusive to: nurse practitioners, physicians, pediatricians, community health workers) consult with students (and, if elementary school age, with their families) on a variety of medical, behavioural and developmental and school-related concerns. Services may include, and are not limited to: 1. Medical - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, health counselling and referrals to other medical specialists, or dietician. 2. Behavioural and Developmental - providing diagnoses, prescribing medications, related mental health counselling, referrals to specialist and/or community agencies. 3. Clinical services will be provided on a referral basis from parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues Clinic practitioners are also available to meet with designated School Support Teams in schools, when needed, as mutually scheduled. Administration of clinic appointments is facilitated by clinic staff.
University Health NetworkWhole School Approach to Eating Disorder PreventionEngaging and age appropriate, risk factor-focused presentations are offered to students (Kindergarten to Grade 12) on body image, media literacy, conversations around food, and self-esteem. Professional learning capacity-building, interactive workshops for staff focus on spotting the signs, supporting an affected student, addressing body-based bullying, and embedding conversations into existing curriculum. Parent panels for the school community are also offered that create a space for parents to share their concerns about this topic while empowering them with resources to support their children’s well-being around eating, physical activity, and body image. Programming in-person or virtual through video-conferencing is an evidence-informed approach to eating disorder prevention available for all schools.
University of AlbertaHREC Education’s Genocide Denial and Cover-up: The Holodomor in the 20th CenturyHREC Education of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC) offers a presentation on the Holodomor which engages students in a case study of the genocidal famine in Ukraine from 1932-1933. Students learn how to identify the steps from which genocides have evolved, and how human rights abuses can progress from bullying and discrimination, to victimization and dehumanization. Through collective discussion on its history, students provide suggestions and strategies that could be used in our present day to curb human rights abuse and the types of governments that permit and participate in these abuses. Professional learning is also available.
University of CalgaryMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of GuelphMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoExperiential Learning Design ProgramDelivered by graduate students, this program provides students in Grades 11-12 an opportunity to enhance their understanding of design thinking and architectural design. In these in-person or virtual sessions, students learn what is design, design technology, design principles and practices as well as the larger context in terms of community design and public spaces. Students have an opportunity to create a design project, collaborate with peers to give and receive feedback and to work towards a final project. In addition, guest speakers including faculty, industry and community partners, share real-life design projects showcasing design in practice and their journey on how they got there. Program is suitable for under-represented populations including Black students. Program may be suitable for SHSM.
University of TorontoKinesiology Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide Kinesiology field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Kinesiology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Physical Education teacher. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoLanguage Teaching (LT) Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Language Teaching (LT) field within the Master of Education (MEd) degree in Language and Literacies Education (LLE). Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career in their specialized area, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to assist students in developing fundamental learning skills; and to provide a collaborative presence in ESL environments. This placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoMasters of Information Field PlacementsThis Field Placement program provide post-secondary Field Placement students with hands-on experience to supplement their theoretical knowledge, and to help them develop professional competencies. Field Placement students participating in the practicum will have completed, or will be in the process of completing a Master of Information (MI) degree. TDSB staff may submit a project aligned with TDSB strategic goals, and secure 45 hours or 105 hours of unpaid project help from an MI student. Field Placement students, in turn, receive post-secondary course credit. Field Placement students' areas of focus within the Faculty’s Master of Information degree: Archives and Records Management; Critical Information Policy Studies; Culture & Technology; Human Centered Data Science; Information Systems and Design; Knowledge Management and Information Management; Library and Information Science; User Experience Design.
University of TorontoMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoMath and Learning Anxiety: Relationships Between Emotion and Cognition These professional learning sessions develop educators' understanding of math anxiety and strategies to assist students who experience intense emotions during mathematics. Presentations make connections between the new strand within elementary (and soon, secondary) math curriculum on Social Emotional Learning Skills. Sessions also highlight an equity lens: the learning anxiety with which students may come to school that is reflective of increased stress levels associated with gender, race, sense of self-efficacy, and other intersectionalities. Educators gain insight into the causes of math anxiety; how to improve performance in mathematics specifically in students who are vulnerable to experiencing intense emotions and anxiety; and, strategies to address and reduce their own anxiety as teachers of mathematics. Suitable: Staff
University of TorontoMEd Guidance & Counselling Field PlacementsField placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career in Guidance & Counselling, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Guidance Counsellor.
University of TorontoMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
University of TorontoOccupational Therapy OT Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for University of Toronto students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide University of Toronto students who are considering a career within Occupational Therapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist (OT) Clinical Supervisor. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoPhysiotherapy Field PlacementsField placements with the TDSB OT/PT Department provide University of Toronto students who are training for a career in Physiotherapy, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist (OT/PT) Clinical Supervisors. The number of placements available in the TDSB is determined annually. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoRadical Music DialoguesThis series of seven music education workshops immerses secondary students in culturally relevant and culturally responsive music classes, in-person or virtual delivery. By incorporating an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens, the socio-emotional awareness of students are prioritized. The series focuses on exploring cultural awareness and connections, developing deeper understanding of music as a 'socio-cultural practice', understanding social inequality when one genre of music is valued over another, understanding music and social movements, and sharing musical roots. Sessions provide engagement in music-making through exploring a variety of personal traditions and an opportunity for each student to present, perform and share the traditions of the music they value.
University of TorontoSpeech-Language Pathology (SLP) Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for post-secondary students. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within Speech-Language Pathology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Speech-Language Pathologist. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of TorontoTransplant and Organ Donation Presentation Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school science, health & Physical Education, and Civics classes to educate students about the science, the success, civic engagement and medical careers in the field of organ and tissue transplantation; and, the importance of organ and tissue donation. Suitable: Grades 9-12
University of TorontoTrash Team: Waste Free Tomorrow A team of university students deliver a series of four workshops to increase science and waste literacy in grade 5 students, while fostering curiosity in our natural world through STEM based activities. Delivery in -person or virtually, students participate in inquiry-based learning while working on activities and focus on tangible solutions in waste reduction. Lessons and topics include: 1) life-cycle of plastic 2) watersheds and their relationship to litter 3) impacts of plastic on the ecosystems 4) solutions to plastic pollution. Students also have an opportunity to engage with scientists in the field, learn about current research in plastic pollution and career options available in STEM.
University of TorontoUTSC Imani Academic MentorshipUTSC mentors offer academic and mentoring support (social-emotional, identity, cognitive) to African Canadian youth at selected middle and high schools in East Scarborough. UTSC mentors build confidence in TDSB student mentees with a focus on supporting post-secondary access to college or university. UTSC mentors provide homework help, one-one mentoring at selected elementary and secondary schools. The program’s goal is to support Black Student Success by supporting the needs of a student population that historically has been under-represented at post-secondary education institutions.
University of TorontoVirtual Academic Support Program in Select Secondary SchoolsTrained post-secondary student volunteers from the University of Toronto, OISE, provide academic supports virtually to select secondary schools, referred Grade 9 & 10 students/classes, as they prepare for meeting the Numeracy and Literacy standards required in those grade levels. TDSB Guidance or teaching staff monitor these remote, video-conferencing program sessions.
University of Toronto LibrariesLibrary Research Skills: Transition to Post-SecondaryFacilitated by university library staff, this presentation provides Grade 12 students information and resources related to academic libraries as they transition to post-secondary studies. Students encounter authentic assignment scenarios often found at the first-year level, understand the common concerns and questions when beginning college or university, and learn about the library services and supports that are available to them at post-secondary institutions. Students learn key terminology used in academic research, as well as quick tips on where to search and how to evaluate sources. The session ends with a question and answer period.
University of WaterlooCEMC Math and Computer Science WorkshopsFacilitators from the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) meet in person or virtually with students to develop their problem-solving skills and highlight the importance of mathematics and computer science in the real world. Topics include special math topics, real world applications and careers. Students discuss how mathematics is used to solve real-world problems and the various professions that utilize it. In addition, presenter provides insight into the careers and education pathways associated with the diverse careers.
University of Western OntarioMasters and Post-Degree Diploma in Foods and Nutrition Field PlacementsThese programs provide field placement opportunities for Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition students and Post-degree Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training students from Brescia University College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Brescia students who are considering a career in Foods and Nutrition, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a designated TDSB Nutrition Services Supervisor. These placements satisfy course and program requirements for field placement experience, as well as requirements of the Canadian Dietetic Education Regulatory body, the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).
University of Western OntarioMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
University of Western OntarioMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
University of WindsorMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
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
Urban Rez Solutions Inc.Prep in Your Step Programming provides empowering social emotional intelligence skills, personal development, and invigorating financial literacy and entrepreneurship discussion for grades 7-12 students who are living high risk lifestyles. Students learn problem solving skills via the 5A's (assessment, awareness, acceptance, action and accountability) and navigational principles through the 7 C's (conscious choice, change, curiosity, courage, challenge, commitment and communication). Highlighting resiliency and excellence within a culturally competent framework, Black male facilitators with lived experience lead sessions that assist referred students to learn actionable steps to take toward attainable career goals, newfound prosocial behaviours and interpersonal skills. Sessions include pop culture-based activities, interactive dialogue, role plays, videos, guest speakers, writing and team-building exercises.
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. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Veritus Pictures Inc.Youth Filmmakers AcademyWorkshops in-person or through video-conferencing provide authentic expression of student voice through filmmaking. This team-based approach provides students with skills, technique and tips on a variety of filmmaking elements including camera work, audio recording, video production, and editing. For schools looking for a more in depth exploration of filmmaking, James Buffin offers a five day program to take students from concept to completion for documentary or dramatic projects. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
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. Suitable: Grades 7 - 12 students; and parents/caregivers
Virginia BarterIndigenous Perspectives: Film and Interdisciplinary Arts Virginia Barter is a Toronto based Métis/Cree writer and filmmaker. Her presentations are interdisciplinary, covering a wide range of curriculum subjects. Students learn Métis history and culture through film, music and visual arts. Virginia shares stories about fur trade life, based on her own family history, and the Cree Culture of James Bay and the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Activities typically include hands-on displays, with “trade circle” role playing and interactive quizzes and maps. Contemporary themes of indigenous identity are explored through her TV series URBAN ABORIGINAL and other film projects. Topics also include conservation, Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation. Film workshop options– Student produce “heritage moments” or digital stories. Visual art projects: Acrylic “dot” art painting replicating Métis floral beadwork. (NAC10 students examine the works and styles of today’s well-known Métis artists.) Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 12; staff
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Creature ShopThis hands-on workshop teaches students motion picture special effect techniques to create their own animatronic creation. Students handle and explore the simple machines that give the illusion that puppets are alive including mechanical pulleys, push-pull rods, gears and gear chains. Students learn different kinds of special effects, comparing computer generated effects to floor effects. Students build their own animatronic creation. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. Sessions delivered in-person only. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 8
Vujade Entertainment Inc.Puppets Cool! Toons! Two choices are available in these Media Arts; Creative Design and Animation workshops intended to develop Puppetry and Classical Animation skills. Students learn in a creative, hands-on production process. Culminating activities include students creating their own puppets and/or learning how to create animated cartoons. Details can be found at www.puppets-cool.com. Suitable: Grades 1-12
Wadoka Academy Inc.MILDIntegrated programming for students with disabilities to enhance their well-being through physical activity and learning based on the martial arts. Through creating an ‘integrated learning environment’ students with Special needs are able to digest information with ease and learn challenging ‘moves’ from both their peers and the Sensei who individuates the teaching and learning in performances of “moves”. As research demonstrates, this physical activity develops students’ self- awareness (“Know” your self); taking responsibility for their actions (“Own” your self); and, whether verbally or non-verbally, communicate their feelings about the experience (“Project” your self). In addition to the other benefits, “… evidence has also shown that physical activity [involving children with disabilities] has a direct influence in self-determination”.
Wali ShahBe True to Your VoiceMuslim South Asian poet, Wali Shah, shows students how powerful the art of spoken word can be and how it can be a tool for self-expression and well-being. He uses his personal narrative to speak on diversity, racism and barriers and how through spoken word poetry he’s found ways to cope. Motivational assembly/performance engages students through different musical and poetic messages interspersed with storytelling. Workshops for Grades 6-12 students provides writing and orality as mediums of self-expression and allows students to experiment with art form to express their ideas and feelings to create a polished creative writing piece. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Warren Hoselton Professor Pricklethorn Trees PleaseAn interactive presentation in person or via video-conferencing puts tree preservation, protection and awareness into practice. This presentation uses fun and engaging demonstrations, discussion and role-playing to explain the importance of trees in our day-to-day lives and long-term environmental needs. Students learn how and why trees make us feel better and live healthier lives, five simple ways to assist the survival and preservation of urban trees and the role and career of an arborist. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 6
WeeFestival of Arts and CultureTheatre and Culture for Early YearsLed by professional artists, performances and workshops engage early years students in theatre, dance, music, movement/dance, visual arts in a storytelling form. Delivered in-person or virtually, sessions explore a range of themes including friendship, the environment, loss and change, overcoming fears, embracing difference/different abilities and cultural diversity. Workshops include "Kindergarten Drama Workshops", an active and creative movement workout; "Firefly Story Theatre Project", a drama and storytelling project, over a series of sessions, that collects and dramatizes students' original stories. Theatre performances for assemblies are available and changes each year; some productions are offered in French.
Wen-Do Women's Self-DefenceEmpowerment and Self-DefenceWorkshop focuses on safety and empowerment, preparing students to defend themselves both mentally and physically, and giving them the confidence to deal with the range of types of aggression they are most likely to encounter in real life for girls or those who identify as girls. Through a feminist, anti-oppression lens, workshops cover the fundamentals of women's self-defense verbally and with the body, importance of using our voice, the element of surprise and awareness and avoidance. Some techniques may be alternated for those with physical limitations or disabilities. In addition, discussions occur about healthy relationships, healthy body image and strategies for safety.
West African Cultural ExchangeAfrican Traditional Music (Drumming, Dancing and Singing)Master Drummer Fred Kwasi Dunyo leads workshops that are designed to fully immerse students in African culture through music, rhythm, song and dance. Step-by-step instructions provide opportunity to progressively advance students' musical skills while fostering team building and self-confidence. Five instruments are featured: kpanlogo drums, gankogui (bell), axatse (shaker), fritsiwa (finger bell), tokei (bell). Facilitator brings instruments for full classroom participation (if required). Workshop series provides an opportunity for students to showcase their learning to the school community. Professional learning is also available. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 3 classroom visits.
White RibbonPromoting Equality, Healthy Masculinities, and Gender and Social Justice As a thought leader in equal gender norms, healthy masculinities and gender and social justice, White Ribbon provides age-appropriate sessions (in-person/online) to students in elementary and secondary schools. Topics include but not limited to: the prevention of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, sexual violence, harassment, bullying and online abuse; promoting allyship with women and girls and solidarity with marginalized youth populations including BIPOC, LGBTQI2S+ folks; unpacking the "Bro-Culture"; and mental health promotion. Suitable: Grades 7-12
Wilfrid Laurier UniversityMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
Women's Brain Health InitiativeBrainablePresentation demonstrates the types of lifestyle choices which enable life-long healthy brain activity for students in Grades 5-8. Information promotes healthy lifestyle factors that contribute to strong brain health such as physical exercise, food, mental activity, managing stress, social interactions and ongoing learning. Presentation also touches on substance abuse, brain injuries and brain-aging diseases and its affect on the brain. Presentation is offered in English and French.
Writers Collective of CanadaCreative Writing Professional LearningExperiential writing workshops introduce educators to proven methods that will equip them with strategies to enhance student self-regulation, expression, confidence and wellbeing, especially with vulnerable communities. Staff learn new techniques to inspire first draft expressive writing and create an engaged community of young independent writers by encouraging voice and a strong sense of identity. Facilitators provide steps on how to create a brave space to encourage students to share perspectives and stories, solutions to common roadblocks and techniques on how to tap into students’ creativity and initiative. They also provide coaching on how to form respectful collaborative peer circles for deep listening and supportive feedback.
Wushu Project Inc.Chinese Dragon and Lion DanceThese traditional and culturally rich dances are often performed during special Asian celebrations such as the Lunar New Year, to bring good luck and fortune. As a Lion Dance performance in school communities, or as a Dragon Dance workshop series for students, this high energy and dynamic partnership program combines the art of gymnastic and synchronized movement along with martial arts agility. It sparks students' curiosity and interest to learn more about the Asian culture. Both the performance by professional artists, and the workshop series in which students bring the dragon costume to life, include an educational presentation about the lion and dragon dances’ cultural heritage. Suitable: All students; school communities
Y2 EntrepreneurshipCreating a Sustainable Business ModelFacilitated by business and not-for-profit leaders, this workshop series helps students from Grades 9-12 develop an entrepreneurial mindset and to understand key components of a sustainable business model/solution. Sessions are delivered in-person or virtually. Themes include financial forecasting, key customer segments, unique value propositions, and key activities and resources required to offer their solution. Students also identify key revenue and operational cost drivers as they build a financial forecast for their business model. Engaging and interactive, program may be customized to meet the unique needs of different classes including creating solutions to bring to the market. Teacher resources are available post-workshop.
YMCA of Greater TorontoNewcomer Youth Leadership DevelopmentWorkshops provide newcomer students with information and tools to help students build essential leadership skills and ways to have a sense of belonging in the community. Topics focus on leadership skills, communication, community engagement, post-secondary schools/careers and youth issues. Developed in consultation with newcomer youth, these sessions are interactive and relevant for youth in a newcomer friendly approach. Workshops ensure students with varying levels of English comprehension can actively participate work on their communication skills. Suitable: Grades 8-12
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. Suitable: Grades 9-12; staff; parents/caregivers
York UniversityAboriginal People, Identity and Education This advanced credit experience includes both university and secondary school courses that provide students with the opportunity to learn from Aboriginal authors, filmmakers, and artists who are telling their own stories. What does it mean to be an Aboriginal/Indigenous person in Canada? What does it mean to be an Aboriginal person living in an urban environment like Toronto? The dual course includes reading books, watching films, and going to art galleries. Students investigate and develop their own responses to questions of identity and Aboriginality. They explore Aboriginal perspectives of "identify", "history", "literature", and "traditions"; and, allows them to develop their own understanding of Aboriginal worldviews. Students register with TDSB Continuing Education for either (NDA3M) Current Aboriginal Issues in Canada or (NDW4M) Issues of Indigenous Peoples in a Global Context. Delivered in person or virtually. Suitable: Grades 11-12
York UniversityBringing STEM to Life The teaching and learning of STEM concepts through real-world scenarios or innovative processes provide the focus for the workshops for secondary students and the professional learning sessions provided for staff. Computer Scientists, Engineers and other professionals from STEM sector industries are also available to provide insightful information on post-secondary education and career pathways. Led by faculty staff or industry partners, all sessions can be delivered virtually through video-conferencing or in-person. Workshop content includes engineering design, computational thinking and coding, design thinking, creativity, and innovation in STEM, making connections to the curriculum and providing real-world examples that connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Additional learning opportunities may be available including professional learning, conferences, experiential learning opportunities; teachers expand their networks and students have practical work experience.
York UniversityMaking Science Fun!Workshops are designed to excite students about STEM and ignite a genuine passion for learning. Students work in teams through guided projects and experiments to gain an understanding of STEM concepts. A variety of elementary and secondary school workshops are offered: Bacteria Biology, CSI: Classroom Scene Investigation, Careers in Interdisciplinary Medicine, and more! Customized workshops are also available. Instructors share related scientific research taking place at the university and discuss real-world applications of topics, making the learning relevant to students. Suitable: Grades 3-12
York UniversityMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
York UniversityMSW Field PlacementsField education provides students with supervised opportunity to apply knowledge gained through their academic studies in a practice setting. Students are assigned to community-based agencies and service providers for a set period of days with a focus on learning goals, ethical practice and demonstrating social work competencies in the process of developing a professional identity. Students are required to complete 450 hours in a field education practicum per year of study. Alongside placement, students are required to complete the co-requisite Integrative Seminar for Field Education. This course links classroom education with field education by way of readings, invited speakers, and discussions.”
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. 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. Suitable: Grades 1-12
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 virtually or in person. 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 Urban Indigenous 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 (FNMI) students, families and communities.
York University, Osgoode Hall Law SchoolRaising the Black BarProgramming is designed for Black secondary students to increase understanding and access to legal education and pathways to various careers in law. Sessions are facilitated by Osgoode Hall Law School administrators, Osgoode's Black Law Students' Association, and Black Osgoode alumni. Facilitators will share their knowledge of the barriers to accessing legal education and the legal profession and how these can be overcome as well as the following topics: how to apply to law school; how to be successful in law school; how to identify legal academic area(s) of interest; networking in a professional environment. Targeted sessions on diverse legal career opportunities will also be offered. Students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive and experiential learning and may include mock trials and tours of courts and law firms/organizations. Finally, students will be connected with Black law student mentors. Suitable: 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. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Young Yogis TorontoBreathe-Stretch-Rest-RepeatWorkshops bring yoga, mindfulness and meditation to staff and students, following a pattern proven to yield powerful results, both mentally and physically, in a wide range of students with varying abilities and needs. Each class begins with a body-smart safety check, followed by a mini-meditation, active practice and ends with a closing relaxation / guided meditation. A play-based approach is used for Primary and Junior students. Middle and Senior school students enjoy classes focusing on positive visualization using a variety of mindful themes. These curated accessible programs are inclusive and very effective in helping students learn positive coping mechanisms, for our fast-paced world, in a safe, noncompetitive and nurturing environment. We have experience with both MID and DD students. These adaptive programs are very effective in meeting their unique needs and abilities one breath at a time. Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Youth Centre for Sports DevelopmentMLSE LaunchPad: Fuel for FunThis program delivers interactive physical and food literacy activities for students in Grade 5 to discover the value of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Sessions are delivered in person or virtually and each week comprises of a physical activity and hands-on cooking exercise. Students enhance their understanding and comfort in food skills while improving life skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, nutritional knowledge and self-care. Facilitators provide encouragement to students to try new things and make connections in and outside the classroom. Additional weekly challenges are available for classroom teachers to further students' learning and dive deeper into key themes.
Youth Centre for Sports DevelopmentMLSE Launchpad: Sport and STEMInteractive sessions combine physical literacy with STEM concepts through sport, for grades 7 and 8. Delivered in person or virtually, this program is designed to increase confidence and ease with STEM ideas, encourage kinesthetic learning, and build critical thinking and teamwork skills. Students participate in hands-on and on-court "Sport for Development" activities, while seeing how STEM concepts connect to real life sport situations. Themes include: mathematics/hockey, science/soccer, engineering/basketball, technology/football. Additional weekly challenges are available to classroom teachers to further students' learning and dive deeper into key themes.
Youth Culture Inc.Career Development EssentialsProgram provides opportunity for secondary students to learn about various industries and career paths and the skills necessary to further their careers and goals. Students gain exposure to new career opportunities, industry networking sessions, and skills development in these in-person or virtual sessions. Workshops include: Ace the Interview; Resume Writing; Adapting to Working Remotely; LInkedIn Strategies for Youth; Talking to Industry. As well, students have an opportunity to meet with professionals in the following industries: Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics, STEM Careers, Business and Finance and Future Technology. Program suitable for marginalized and underserved students.
Youth Stars FoundationJouer En SantéHighly active and engaging sessions provide an enrichment experience in French by bringing French facilitators to schools in-person. They guide students through a special event of sport play and physical activity. Students learn French through fitness drills, skills, hip hop cardio-training circuit, sports games, obstacle courses and team building challenges; as well as activities that inspire nutrition and healthy living habits. Music is a backdrop, furthering student engagement in fitness activities, language comprehension and the immersion for a day experience. Programming is fun, active and engaging way for students to learn and practise French! Suitable: Kindergarten - Grade 12
Youth Stars FoundationPrésentations anti-harcèlement ou cyber-harcèlement/Anti-bullying or Cyberbullying French TourThese two presentations delivered in French raise awareness and educate students on how to identify and respond to bullying or cyberbullying. In these virtual interactive presentations, Malik Shaheed, uses multimedia, songs and dance and audience participation, to engage students in understanding how to deal with bullying. Sessions provide information on the signs of bullying/cyberbullying, understanding the types of bullying actions, when and how to speak up and take action. Cyberbullying presentation also provides SMART tips on how to stay safe online. Serving: Grades 3-8
Youth Without ShelterOne Youth at a Time: Homelessness and Breaking the BarrierUniquely designed, age appropriate presentations for all grades are delivered to raise awareness and breakdown the myths and stereotypes associated with homeless youth. Students are introduced to the realities of youth homelessness; receive information on available community resources; and, are provided with information on the ways that students can provide support to an issue impacting their peers. Suitable: Grades 4-12
YouthLinkPathways to EducationPathways to Education promotes student achievement by supporting secondary school students in selected TDSB Learning Networks to graduate, through mentoring; academic supports; financial supports (bus fare); opportunities for social and community engagement; and, career/post secondary awareness. These integrated supports also offer students financial support through a scholarship toward the cost of applications and tuition for post-secondary education. Pathways Staff and Program Facilitators work with each registered Pathways student. Pathways Staff liaise with local schools to support each student’s needs and achievements. If those students move to different schools, the staff assigned to that student follows that student. This may result in the more than one Pathways delivery agency serving the same school. Serving: Select students, Grades 9-12
YouthSpeak Performance CharityYouthSpeak PresentationsTrained youth speakers share their personal stories, experiences of struggle and their journey toward improved wellness. The stories are real, engaging, inspirational and relatable. Presentations build empathy and inclusion, deliver messages of perseverance and encourage students to use their voice and ask for help when needed. 'Stepping Up to Leadership' workshops are available to follow-up from assemblies. They highlight the four pillars to developing youth leadership: honesty, inclusivity, drive and compassion. Suitable: Grades 5-12
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