Upcoming Partners

These partners are currently signing new or renewed agreements to operate in schools during instructional time. They will be finalized soon!

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Astronomy in Action Inc.Portable PlanetariumAn astronomer guides students' exploration in astronomy and space science using an inflatable, portable dome combined with 4k digital projection system. Themes include: spaceflight, cultural constellations, solar system, stars and their properties, eclipses, aurorae, other galaxies, black holes, universe. The sessions are inquiry-based, participative and generates excitement about science and astronomy. Facilitators will work with teachers to enhance the student learning and address the curriculum for each specific grade. This is a full day booking where groups of x students have an opportunity to experience the planetarium. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12 Questions for partner: If the booking is a full day, how many sessions can you have per day? And how many people in dome at one time. Please ensure we have the requirements for their setup (room dimension, and other needs). Any other meaningful keywords we are missing?
Big Brothers Big Sisters of TorontoBBBST Mentoring ProgramsChildren and youth living in challenging circumstances face multiple barriers and may experience distress, depression, or not achieving their full potential for student success. These long-standing individual and/or group Mentoring Programs allow referred children and youth, to benefit from the power of mentoring while remaining in the safe and familiar environment of their own school. BBBST mentors provide weekly sessions that improve students’ connection to their school community, improved academic performance, improved attendance and higher educational attainment. BBBST Program Coordinator monitors each individualized match as well as group programming led by mentors. Serving: All Grades, students referred by TDSB PSS staff and/or students already on BBBST roster.
Black Health AllianceMental Health Literacy for Black CommunitiesBlack-identifying staff deliver culturally safe and responsive mental health literacy workshops to Black students. Sessions help to navigate anti-Black racism within systems and institutions, discuss racialized trauma and provide mental health and wellness strategies to Black, Caribbean & African Diaspora and Black 2SLGBTQI+ youth and their families. Workshops offered in English and French. Suitable: Grades 6-12; parents/caregivers
C-Flava Inc.Afro-Caribbean Dance Fit With FlavaDance sessions, fitness workshops, and performances, introduce students of all ages to traditional West-African and Caribbean dance steps infused with modernized choreography through a high-intensity workout routine. Students of all fitness levels celebrate freedom of expression and improve their cardiovascular endurance and core strength by moving to the sounds of afrobeats, soca, dancehall, and hip-hop, as well as more traditional rhythms and sounds from West-Africa and the Caribbean, experiencing first-hand the modernization of traditional dance as well as the diversity of movement that exists between cultures. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 12
CANVAS Arts Action Programs2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion and Consent WorkshopsInteractive, arts-based workshops on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, consent, and gender equity engage an anti-oppression framework to support students in creating safer, more inclusive communities. Four series are available: “Speak Out” enhances students’ understanding about LGBTQ2S+ identities, how to be an ally, and ways to challenge homophobic and transphobic bullying. “The C-Word” : prepares students for real-life social situations; equipped with tools to enact consent, develop consensual relationships, recognize sexual pressures, challenge social expectations, and support survivors of assault. “RelateABILITY” : for students with developmental disabilities, this series engages arts-based education and role play to educate on consent, communication, and creating safe, positive relationships. Serving: Grades 6-12; Professional Learning for staff
Chartered Professional AccountantsCPA Canada Financial Literacy PresentationsVirtual Presentations engage school communities in discussion, case studies and interactive activities that deepen their understanding of financial literacy basic concepts and skills. The following topics are covered: Bartering; Needs and Wants; Goal Setting; Earning Income; Credit Cards and Bad Debt versus Good Debt; Pet Shop; Budgeting & Expenses and Savings & Bank Accounts. Presentations are available in both English and French. Serving: Grades 4 - 12; Staff; Parents/Guardians
Common Compass Pro-Social ProgramsCommon CompassWorkshops and training promote belonging, inclusion, social-emotional well-being and positive mental health. They empower students to show empathy as they interact with their peers in their school and beyond. They seek to enhance students’ self identity and self esteem; strengthen connectedness and positive school climate; and, support assertive communication. It promotes social inclusion, and positive decision-making. Students learn strategies to manage their mental health and well-being, social emotional learning; understanding their emotions, developing coping skills, improving emotional expression and communication skills; and, developing leadership skills. Iidentity-affirming practices are utilized to support student needs. Professional Learning and Parent sessions available to provide further supports to the entire school community. Suitable: Kindergarten; Grades 1- 12; Professional Learning for staff; Parents/Caregivers
Community Music Schools of TorontoAlternative Music Enrichment @ Wandering SpiritAlternative music enrichment programming provides students at Kapapamahchakwew - Wandering Spirit School and staff in the Urban Indigenous Education Centre opportunities to further develop their musical skills as individuals, mentors and in ensembles; and, by participating in unique music theory sessions. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Staff
Festival Management CommitteeCarnival Arts and LiteratureThese workshops celebrate Caribbean culture and diversity by shining a light on Carnival history and Carnival arts to all students. Through hands-on sessions, students learn about the history, artistry and craftsmanship of costume-making and Mas costumes. Various professional artists share their expertise and their role in Carnival Arts from conception to implementation (including music making, costume design, construction, band leading). The program also highlights the contributions of individuals from the Caribbean community. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12
Future Design School Inc.Future Design Professional LearningThe program offers professional learning opportunities to TDSB educators and staff (teachers, administrators, board level staff, coaches, social workers, psychologists, etc.) providing them with mindset, tools and techniques for developing students' future ready skills and competencies. The program uses a blended learning model of both online and in ¬person delivery, or fully online through video conferencing. Sessions include: Introduction to Design Thinking; Hack your Curriculum; Assessment for Innovation; Planning Interdisciplinary Projects; Designing Inquiry and Assessment for Remote, Blended and Hybrid Learning. Programming can be customized to meet local and contextually specific needs. Suitable: Staff
George Brown CollegeBST, DSW, SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Jason AldersonMental Health First Aid for StaffFull day course on mental health first aid for staff offered in-person or virtually to increase wellness. Participants will be taught how to notice the changes and signs of a decline in mental well being; how to initiate a conversation and to listen and respond non-judgmentally to family members/friends/colleagues etc.; learn the professional and other supports that exist; to assist in a crisis situation; and to employ self-care when needed to ensure their own well-being. Suitable: Staff
Joanne WeitzmanLet it Go! Mindfulness ServicesAn early years and elementary students' focused workshop on mindfulness, resiliency and well-being. In person or through video-conferencing, workshops cover emotional and self-regulation skills, techniques to practice calm and relaxation, mindful movement, meditation and yoga poses. Sessions incorporate play-based activities, breathing and movement exercises and sensory exploration that are easy to learn for younger audiences. Serving: Kindergarten - Grade 6; Professional Learning Sessions for staff; parents/caregivers
John Howard Society of TorontoH.I.P.P (Helping Individuals Plan Positively) & CYP (Crossroads Youth Program)HIPP is a youth centered program for those aged 16 years and older whom are at risk of becoming engaged in pro-criminal behaviours. This program focuses on helping these young people build the skills to meet educational, employment and personal goals. HIPP strives to find proactive solutions to solve the problems of neighbourhood youth violence. A variety of workshops and opportunities are provided on topics including, but not limited to: personal development and goal setting; employment skills; interpersonal communications skills; anger management; problem-solving; masculinity, respect and violence; conflict mediation skills; self-awareness training; mental health/wellness; cultural competency; legal information and housing assistance. Serving: Grades 10 - 12, referred students in LC2
Kareative InterludeNu Narrative Literacy Empowerment ProgramThis virtual workshop series supports black and marginalized students to develop their voice, vision and representation by writing, illustrating and creating their own book. The process provides students the opportunity to gain confidence in writing, editing and speaking by sharing their voice, vision and narrative. Students not only enhance their literacy skills but well-being and connection to the community around them. Students are exposed to writing methods, illustration techniques and the overall publishing process. The workshop series culminates with each student authoring a softcover book. Suitable: Grades 3-8
La'ad Canada FoundationCARE ProjectCARE (Combatting Antisemitism through Research and Education) Project is a presentation on Jewish culture and how to identify and combat anti-semitism. Session focuses on these main areas: overview of Jewish culture and practice, misconceptions about Jews and Judaism; background on relevant cultural sensitivities and practices; identifying and dispelling commonly held beliefs which may or may not be anti-semitic. Staff connects this learning into the classroom and will receive practical classroom strategies. Mainly as a professional learning opportunity, sessions for students are also available. Suitable: Grades 6-12; staff
Lindsay KretschmerIndigenous Awareness and Inclusion Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer, as a Mohawk born and raised in Toronto, brings Indigenous awareness on key contemporary issues of our time as it relates largely to greater Indigenous inclusion. From these sessions, participants gain understanding of who they are and why they matter from both historic, contemporary and cultural contexts. Topics may include: Indigenous histories, community wellbeing, wampum, Indigenous storytelling, cultural safety and societal structures. Professional learning sessions may be customized for staff and parents/caregivers. Suitable: Grades 3-12; staff; parents/caregivers
Live DifferentLive Different School AssembliesMotivational assemblies and workshops with engaging mix of personal stories, videos, crowd participation, live music, and more. Delivered by young, dynamic team members that students find easy to relate to. Positive youth development programming with themes that change annually to best address school and student needs in relevant ways. Exists to empower young people and engage them in a lifestyle of compassion and service. Suitable: Grades 6-12
Natasha SaddlebackEmpowerment Speaking & Development In this motivational presentation, Natasha Saddleback, Indigenous speaker and coach, shares the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, overcoming life adversities and achieving one's goals. Natasha will share her story of being a young girl from the Indigenous community to becoming a strong representative in the professional fitness world. Natasha’s time with students will give them the tools and confidence they need to succeed and to make healthy life choices. Suitable: Grades 6-12
OT Fitness Educational Services Inc.OT Fitness ProgramsThis initiative includes fitness programming; agility challenges; teamwork competitions; 'Sports Days'; 'Fitness Nights'; relay and track activities for all students, and school communities. Students learn movement skills using specialized equipment. They build their knowledge and skills in fitness, agility, team competitions, relay and track challenges through fun and engaging activities. Serving: Kindergarten, Grades 1-12; parents/caregivers
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
Rod NettagogBluestonecloud Breaking The CycleThese workshops discuss core traditional values, teachings of ‘Grandfather Drum' and celebration of life through different Indigenous artforms. Through drum teachings, traditional drumming, dance and singing, hands-on activities, and self-reflection, Rod Nettagog helps students consider their place in society and develop an appreciation for Indigenous history and culture, including the seven sacred teachings. These workshops aim to restore knowledge of Anishinaabe cultural values, traditions and beliefs and to help participants reconnect to themselves, others, and the earth. Suitable: All grades; staff.
Sam Ashaolu (Beyond the Court)Beyond The CourtSam Ashaolu shares, in these 1-hour presentations, his remarkable story of overcoming adversity to remind students to push through adversity, build strong character, and believe in themselves. Sam describes challenge after challenge including experiencing poverty, gun violence, and losing scholarships as well as his many successes along the way including full scholarships, professional sport, earning degrees, and the belief in himself that helped him overcome the odds. Suitable: Grades 6-12.
Sam Demma Enterprises Inc.Empty Your BackpackMotivational keynote assembly to increase student well-being, hope and kindness and equip students with tools to being the process of defining who they are and want to become. Everyone has a giant invisible backpack strapped to their shoulders. In these backpacks, students carry the thoughts and opinions that other people place on them that may negatively impact them. Message encourages students to openly talk about their feelings and emotions and equips them with wellness tools. Suitable: Grades 9-12
South Riverdale Community Health CentrePediatric 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.
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.
Swim OntarioPools to SchoolsA free virtual presentation by Elite para swimmers introduce students to the sport of para swimming. Swimmers who have represented Canada at international competitions (Para Pan Am Games, Paralympic Games, World Championships) share lessons of perseverance and resilience with students. Students have the opportunity ask questions and expand their understanding of sport, disability, hard work and pursuing one's dreams. Presentation and materials may also be delivered in French. Suitable: Grades 3-12
Toronto Metropolitan UniversityMHSc and PMDip Dietetics Field PlacementsThis MOU serves to provide field placement opportunities for graduate students in MHSc and PMDip Dietetics. Field placements within TDSB sites provide graduate students who are considering a career in Nutrition, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Nutrition Services staff person in TDSB schools and sites. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
TruDYNASTY Carnival Dolls Ltd.Carnival Costume MakingDemonstrations and workshops offer students an opportunity to learn Carnival costume making from Black artist/designer Thea Jackson. Sessions start with the history of Caribbean Carnival, how costumes are developed and showcases present day costume designs from around the world. Workshops offer a hands-on opportunity for each student to create their own costume piece (tiara) and to keep their creation. Students get a glimpse of behind-the-scenes work, learn how costumes are made and hear from a professional designer about how the Arts and Culture can be a viable career. Suitable: Grades 9-12
University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health: Outreach and Access ProgramThe program addresses the representation gap in public health leadership and the health system by providing mentorship, access to networks and further support to Gr. 10-12 students from underserved communities. Delivered by faculty members and current students, the program aims to raise awareness of non-clinical, less known, but highly influential careers in healthcare. Students learn fundamental disciplines and themes of public health, hear from diverse professionals and receive life skills training for their post-secondary pathway. Suitable: Grades 10-12
University of Toronto Transplant and Organ Donation PresentationPresentations 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
Untangled DigitalThe BE AN ALL-STAR School AssemblyPresented by Q-Mack, this high energy anti-bullying presentation outlines seven character traits that attribute to student success in and out of the classroom. What does it take to become an "All-Star" student? Attitude, Leadership, Love, Self-control, Teamwork, Accountable and Respect. This presentation includes an exciting combination of freestyle basketball, tricks, balancing, juggling, and magic to ensure the message sticks. Session brings together themes of inclusiveness, responsibility, empathy, kindness and perseverance. Suitable: Kindergarten, Grades 1-8
Vanessa Dion FletcherIndigenous Arts-Based Learning Vanessa Dion Fletcher uses oral history, storytelling, beads, drawing, collage, and found objects in her workshops to engage students in making meaningful artworks. Vanessa shares the history, traditions and cultures of beading while sharing some more contemporary expressions of this Indigenous tradition. In these hands-on workshops, students stitch, practise beading, share their work and celebrate the artistry and individual expression. Suitable: Gr. 9-12
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.
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