|4th & 1 Event Services||Love Music Initiative||This is a multi-disciplinary and alternative education program that uses Hip Hop culture, contemporary music and popular culture as a tool for students to learn about civic engagement, history and student engagement. Poetry, dj'ing, drumming and dance are used to inspire and engage students. Music and dance, informed by socio-political and popular historical events and figures, create a rich learning environment with content that connects to the youth’s experiences. Guiding core principals focus on “Awakening the Mind” and “Navigating the Spheres of Life” to further engage young people. Black History Month sessions are available. |
|Abilities Centre Foundation||Abilities 360||A range of skills is needed for youth to successfully transition into independent living and paid employment: self-efficacy, soft skills, self-regulation & confidence are a few of the critical resiliency & life skills that youth can gain through work but are often missing for youth with disabilities (YwD). Using Therapeutic Recreation (TR), AC staff will work with YwD in school, youth leaders/mentors from mainstream classes & Special Education teachers to augment, enhance and enrich students' resliency, skills and preparedness for workplace opportunities.
|Canadian Mothercraft Society||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.|
|Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS)||CTYS Connections||These group-based mental health programs utilize evidence informed approaches such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and art based activities to increase resiliency and wellness in the students. Two groups are specifically offered: the first being Connect to Chill (C2C). This group aims to increase affect regulation skills, manage stress and anxiety and build healthy connections with peers, family and community. The second group is an evidence based anger management program called Peaceful Alternative To Tough Situations (PATTS). Participants in this group develop nonviolent conflict resolution skills; increase affect regulation, and strengthen relationships to others.|
|George Brown College||Career Development Practitioner Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in the Career Development Practitioner programs at George Brown College. 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 plan and implement activities for students; and to foster positive relationships with students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|High Resolves||Creating Global Citizens and Leaders||Four peak experiences exploring Identity & Purpose, Just Society, Social Progress and Better Self are available to strengthen the development of global competencies. The participatory design of the peak experiences enables the decisions of the participants to drive the learning and provides the space for them to transform how they think about the world, locally and globally. Specific themes of collective identity, independent thinking, social justice, social advocacy, collective action, inclusive leadership, personal impact and effective collaboration are examined across three spheres of action: friends and family, community and bigger world. Through a series of immersive and interactive activities, students are pushed to think through how society influences how we understand and categorize ourselves and others and how this impacts our interactions, particularly with those who are different from us. Students are challenged to think critically about what kind of world they want, what in our current world, both locally and globally, needs to be addressed and the role they need to play in creating a more inclusive and equitable society. Students develop a reflective capacity, becoming more aware and present to the impact of their choices, and learn to work effectively with others in creating positive change. Each module is mapped to the goals of Ontario’s Ministry of Education curriculum and Citizenship Education Framework.|
|Inna Gertsberg||Draw Me A Monster ||This visual arts workshop focuses on developing students' creativity through drawing imaginary characters based on their classmates’ descriptions. This workshop utilizes individual, pair/group work, discussion and sharing of experiences and culminates in a presentation to the class. Presentation of favourite monsters in pop culture eases fears of monsters. Students work in pairs to identify the main characteristics of a monster and draw interpretation of each other's descriptions. The workshop culminates in each author reading the description while the illustrator reveals the drawing to the class. Art is then presented to each author; everyone makes art and receives art.|
|Kerry Gage||Musical Theatre Talk & Choreographer||Professional musical theatre performing artist and choreographer mentors secondary students in LC4 to provide information on the theatre industry and theatre expectations they can anticipate in the professional field of the performing arts. Students engage in developing new techniques including drama and choreography, styles of movement, dance and performance skills in large ensembles. |
|Laura Beglin||Creativity, Confidence, Artistry Through Dance||In these dance workshops, students build leadership skills as they create their own choreography and creative composition. Each session typically concentrates on one dance style or tradition, providing instruction in technique and dance history. Styles available include jazz, ballet, hip hop, disco, modern, musical theatre, country line dance, Western-style folk dance, and creative movement. With elementary students the instructor focuses on body and spatial awareness, form and style, and physical conditioning. With secondary students the instructor places greater emphasis on proper dance technique and history. All workshops seek to provide new and diverse perspectives to teachers and students in the classroom.|
|Lucy Rupert (Blue Ceiling Dance)||Imaginative Body||This dance workshop delves deeper into contemporary dance art form and explores imagination and the body’s movements to enhance students’ creativity and interpretation skills. Facilitator leads students through a series of improvised movements, exercises and tasks to expand the imagination and inspire a new range of movement and expression. Students learn to work with what is accessible within their own bodies, find their personal movement vocabularies, be able to communicate imagery and sensation. Students work individually and in small groups or pairs to construct short movement scores or dances which will be shared with the class. Professional development is available to teachers.|
|Mindfulness Everyday||Mindfulness Everyday||These evidence-based sessions, utilizing mindfulness-based stress reduction practices and current research, are customized to enhance positive mental and physical well-being, cultivate compassionate action and resilience, and provide stress reduction training and life skills for students, staff, and parents in school communities. Programs available include: The Mindful Edge (Stress Management and Life Strategies for Teens), Mindful Parenting Programs, Professional Learning Sessions, and Mindfulness Workshops for Students K-12. SMARTeducation (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) for Educators, and SHSM –Health and Wellness Certificate Program are specialized sessions that are also available. |
|Mindfulness Without Borders Canada Inc.||Mindfulness Ambassador Program (MAP)||This program offers student participants a forum to meet face to face and learn about constructive ways for addressing personal, social and community challenges. Essentially, the MAP establishes a common language based on sharing, modeling and practicing core principles and strategies that help strengthen their well-being, think critically and act with thoughtfulness and compassion. As young people begin to recognize their ability to become ambassadors for positive social change they not only become more selfless but also more compassionate, empathetic and inclusive of the diversity that surrounds them. From self-awareness self-management and social awareness activities to secular mindfulness practices, our interactive programs for young people boost soft skill development and address the challenges and opportunities that they face outside school walls. |
|Nara Women's University SS, Japan||School to School Reciprocal Exchange||School to School reciprocal exchanges deepen students and staff international understanding of culture, language and education systems. Learning resources are also shared between educators from both schools.
|OWLware Ltd.||Accessibility Now||This experiential learning in film production brings the studio experience into the classroom where students are mentored by industry experts to produce a television segment for the program, “Accessibility Now”. Students discuss accessibility issues that are relevant to them, identify disability awareness topics to highlight and, using professional studio equipment, create a short video from pre-production to completion. Students learn various digital disciplines consisting of studio production, hosting, digital editing, podcast development, producing a show and promotion via social media channels. In addition, students learn accessibility issues and compliance solutions. Professional host speaks to the group about daily living with a disability barrier through life experiences, career planning and industry experience.
SHSM certification is available.|
|SCHC||Pediatric Health Initiative Clinic||Clinics 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.
The initiative provides the services of a pediatric clinic in the school. Medical practitioners, including but 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:
b) Gift of Sight and Sound Program
c) School Support Team in selected feeder schools
d) Discretionary appointments through the in-school support team.
3) For secondary students, self-referral
Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues at the time of booking appointments; and in collaboration with the clinic’s Advisory Committee. |
|Suitcase Theatre||Suitcase Dramatic Arts Workshops ||A menu of workshops is available to choose from, including: All the World is a Stage is an engaging and interactive workshop that gives students the opportunity to explore the vibrant history of live theatre. Students will learn about the importance of collaboration as they work with their peers to create short adaptations of classical fairy tales and fables.“Improv your Acting” is a lively and humour-filled workshop that invites students to think on their feet as they are introduced to the world of improvisation. This exhilarating workshop encourages teamwork and peer support as they work together to create scenarios that invite fast creative thinking and a quick all mixed with a good dose of humour.“Confidence Creates Character” offers students a safe space to express themselves. Students will explore strategies to approach difficult social settings by developing skills to alleviate anxiety, deal with peer pressure and handle bullying.|
|Taylor Sutherland||Chekhov Theatre||Anton Chekhov's writing revolutionized the world of theatre. He wrote stories that championed the everyday man living a common life, characters who suffer defeats both great and small, at once comic and tragic. This workshop teaches acting techniques rooted in the work of Stanislavsky and Mikhail Chekhov. Students explore one of Chekhov's plays and build scene work using character analysis, improvisation, etudes, ensemble development and choral chant culminating in a presentation at the end of the workshop series.|
|Virginia Barter||Indigenous 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 ABORIGINALand 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.)
|West End Phoenix||West End Phoenix Project||This english literacy workshop series provides a guided exploration of the creative writing, design and technical process for publishing a newspaper. Writers/journalists will guide students in the creative process and deepen critical analytical skills on media literacy. The workshop also delves into the aspects that go into creating a paper such as publishing, editorial and layout and how editorial and visual decisions affect the readers’ experience. Workshop series allows students the opportunity to work with professional writers to work on individual writing and graphic design exercises to create a newspaper spread. Professional learning opportunities are available and may be scheduled by the English/Literacy Department.
Student assignments may be selected and published in The West End Phoenix, a published cultural broadsheet devoted to the local communities of Toronto’s West End.
|Wushu Project Inc.||Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance||This high-energy and culturally rich dance workshop explores effective team building and communication through Chinese dragon dance and performance. Students learn how to physically manipulate the different segments of the dragon, dragon techniques, drills and dance movement to bring the dragon costume to life. Once the dance routines are learned, students create choreography which culminates in a performance to the school community. Lion dance presentation is also available for Asian History and Chinese Heritage Months and Chinese New Year celebrations.|
|Young People's Theatre||Theatre Education Activities in Schools||YPT offers a wide selection of educational programming in schools including Pre- and Post-Show Workshops, Specialized Workshops and Residencies. These are all designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of a particular theme or arts practice, enhance their theatre-going experience, and provide them the opportunity to actively engage in creative drama. Pre- and Post-Show Workshops guide students through a series of drama exercises as a way to more deeply explore themes associated with a YPT production. Specialized Workshops and Residencies allow students to explore a specific theme or area of interest such as – but not limited to – acting, dance, stage combat, clowning, puppetry, design, prop building, playwriting or stage carpentry. YPT engages professional facilitators of the highest quality who have extensive experience working with young people using a diversity of artistic approaches. Subsidies can be made available. www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca|
|Youth Fusion ||ICT Gaming Design||Through Youth Fusion sessions with post-secondary mentors and industry specialists, secondary students develop real-world employable skills in a variety of ICT sectors. Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) learning is enhanced through learning how to design and its practical applications. students form teams and go through the entire process of developing, testing and marketing a video game. They receive training in numerous disciplines such as graphic design, level design, coding, and software development from industry
leaders, contributing to a rich learning experience for all participants. This program is tailor-made for young people, who in addition to being exposed to careers options in the video game industry, also learn soft skills like teamwork and creative problem solving.|