|Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity||LGBTQ-Ally Youth Training Forums||To engage school communities in eliminating all forms of discrimination that youth face, each forum is a one-day event that addresses topics such as homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, bullying, violence and discrimination in schools.During the forums, students participate in workshops on the following topics: Conflict Resolution & Transformative Justice, Communal Art Project, Advocacy, Event Planning, Disability & the Arts, Faith & Spirituality, Newcomer Issues, Relationship Game, Gender Play. Participating students and staff are invited to attend the Dare to Stand Out: The Gender and Sexuality Alliance Forum, a week-long training in May of each year. Participating teachers are invited to attend a professional learning conference in April of each year.|
|Chaboyer, Karen||Residential Schools & Seven Fires||As 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. She integrates the Seven Fires teachings into her talk. Her presentation cultivates students' knowledge of 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."
|Community Arts Guild||Scarborough: Transformations||Workshop explores personal history and ancestry, community history and stories of Scarborough through art making. Students use poetry, visual arts and/or performing arts techniques to reflect on local history and their personal and ancestral connections to it. Students also explore their sense of belonging by considering cultural and geographical roots, voices from the past and present, faded memories, and current realities. Facilitators assist students in taking those reflections of their ancestral past to create poetry, visual arts piece or an improv presentation. For those interested in a workshop series, students develop ideas further into a larger artwork using textile, visual art and/or craft a performance. |
|En'tyce Your Beauty - Naturally||Be-You-tiFul: Holistic Health & Wellness Series||Students learn practical tips and strategies on food choices at the grocery store, how to eat healthy on a budget, how to read food labels, how to distinguish which foods optimize health and decrease the risk of disease, as well as the dangers of toxic ingredients in personal care products. Topics include: Food, Water & The Body 101, Understanding those Food Labels, GMO's & The Dangers, Power in Drinking Your Greens, Loving Me Unconditionally (Part 1 & 2), How to Eat Healthy on Budget, Growing Food 101 Budget, Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care Products. Presentation educates students on healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices to increase students' self-esteem, physical and emotional well-being. |
|Epilepsy Toronto||Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry||Teaching Awareness Through Puppetry uses lively educational puppetry shows, with life size puppets, to teach students and staff about disabilities and differences. The performances include themes of social inclusion from the perspective of a variety of disabilities, medical conditions (i.e. epilepsy, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy), and mental health & well-being. Sessions are 15 minute performances with life-size puppets followed by Q&A debriefing discussion with students about what they saw and learned. Teachers receive materials with activities to use with their students in their classrooms to reinforce the learning.|
|Licensed To Learn Inc. (L2L)||L2L Peer to Peer Tutor Training and Certification||Selected elementary and secondary students are trained to help their peers improve their grades through fifteen weekly one-on-one peer tutoring. Student 'peer leaders' are granted certification after successful completion of the L2L training that includes topics such as goal setting, learning styles, multiple intelligences, good study habits, and ways to improve note taking and time management skills. An L2L Trainer is assigned to each participating school to train students and ensure that each participating student is successful.|
|Loyalist College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements||Early Childhood Studies Field Placements provide post-secondary students who are considering a career within early childhood education, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. These placements satisfy college course requirements for field placement students to collaborate with TDSB teaching staff to enhance their understanding of curriculum; to plan and implement activities for TDSB students; and to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents and families; and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early years' grades.|
|New Heights Climbing Academy Inc.||Aim High Archery||In this full day program, sessions are offered within Physical Education classes to introduce students to the sport of archery. Facilitators teach safety rules, fundamental archery form, bow & string grip, alignment, aiming and anchor point, release and follow through as well as rules and scoring. Using a variety of games and activities, students have the opportunity to practise and develop their technique by hitting various 2D and 3D targets. Resources are available to teachers prior to program delivery.|
|New Heights Climbing Academy Inc.||Wall and Rope Climbing||These sessions are offered within Phys Ed classes to introduce students to rock and rope climbing, using a portable rock-climbing wall and rope structure. Facilitators teach safety, harness use, top ropes, drop swing, prusik knots and ropes, with carefully monitored hands-on practise on the climbing wall and rope structure. Students transition towards more independent, competent skill sets each session for four sessions over a four day period, with the focus remaining on each student reaching their personal best on the climbing and rope equipment. Resources are available to teachers prior to program delivery, as teacher presence and active participation is a requirement.|
|Punthambekar, Samyuktha Sharath ||Indian Classical Dance Bharathanatyam and Indian Folk Dance||This enrichment dance program teaches Indian Dance, Bharathanatyam. Students learn the history, theory, movement, music and dance techniques associated with this 12th century Indian Art Form. Students practice movement based passages, expressions called Abhinaya and basic rhythm concepts. Workshop series is available to expand on dance techniques and merges Bharathanatyam with contemporary movements which culminates in a choreographed dance piece performed by the class.|
|Success Beyond Limits||Success Beyond Limits School Year Program||Success 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. |
|Toronto Community Housing||Seniors Pen Pal Program||Each year, up to one hundred elementary students from four schools can engage in the Seniors Pen Pal writing program to improve their English Literacy and writing skills. Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) facilitates the pen pal matches with seniors who would benefit from this intergenerational, literacy program. TCHC staff visit interested classrooms to provide an overview on letter writing and provide paper, envelopes and postage; and with the teacher, plan how many letters will be exchanged over what period of time during the school year. They return for a culminating event with the Senior "pen pals" after the determined number of letters have been exchanged through the post during the year. |
|University Health Network||Body Pride||Interactive presentations for school communities that foster an environment to support students in developing positive body image and self-esteem. For student audiences, "Body Image, Media Literacy, and Self-Esteem," empowers young people to critically navigate messages and imagery from the media. Teacher and parent presentations assist with understanding the warning signs and symptoms of eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation, and resources for addressing these issues. Available presentations are “Addressing and Preventing Body-Based Bullying” and “Eating Disorders: What to Look for and How to Help”. Post-secondary students and NEDIC staff will facilitate all presentations. |
|University of Toronto||MEd Guidance & Counselling Field Placements||Field 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. |
|UPower Inc.||Healthy Resilient Minds Matter||This concert-style assembly features original songs, stories, song-writing, life mapping and painting to reinforce the message of respect and resiliency and mental well-being. Motivational speaker Sara Westbrook shares her “Choice Making Formula” to teach students how to learn to think and act beyond their emotions so they can make character-based choices rather than emotion-based choices. Students develop strategies for positive self-talk and encouragement to build confidence and interpersonal skills. List of available assemblies include: A Healthy Resilient Mind Matters, Superheroes For Respect, Character End Result, Bounce Back Families Upower Concert, 3 Habits of Resilient Families (parents only). Follow-up workshops on a range of topics are also available to further develop building respect, confidence and resiliency. |
|Voice of Purpose||On the Horizon - Spoken Word Poetry for Personal Development||This interactive arts workshop uses creating and performing spoken word poetry to help students explore and unpack their personal identities and purpose within the context of culture, society, and historical legacy. Students gain a deeper understanding of themselves and how their personal experiences connect to larger social issues. Students develop spoken word, creative writing, non-verbal communication techniques and critical analysis process through the creative writing, visual representation and performing of spoken word poems.
This workshop utilizes the Purpose Driven Education (PDE) model, an educational framework, methodology and practice to help learners identify, align with, and develop skills to pursue their True Inner Purpose.
|York University||Wabaan _ Indigenous Initial Teacher Education ||Wabaan is an Anishinabe (Ojibwa) word meaning it is tomorrow. It signifies commitment to a holistic program of teaching and learning that acknowledges the impacts of colonialism, and draws on the wisdom of ancestral teachings and contemporary leaders to put Indigenous futures into Indigenous hands. Rooted in Indigenous Thought, Wabaan will provide traditional and contemporary teachings from Indigenous Elders, educators, and community leaders. Responding to the urgent and long-standing need for a teacher education program that centers Indigenous worldviews, knowledges and pedagogies, York will work with TDSB Aboriginal Education Centre, teachers and students to support the development of a program that will educate a new generation of teachers prepared to address the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit students, families and communities. |