|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. |
|Aaron Alan Weiss||Gary's Global Heroes Battle Bullying Comic||This media literacy workshop introduces the use of a comic book as storytelling art form using messaging on bullying and diversity and inclusion issues. Facilitators help students to understand messages constructed through text and illustrations and how to analyze the different voices, perspectives, and messages. The comic characters show real life examples and stories of bullying and prejudice. Students develop literacy skills through reading, writing and creating their own illustrations as well as reinforce the strategies to combat bullying. |
|Alyssian Entertainment Corporation||Stomp the Floor: Metis Cultural Workshops||Stomp the Floor: Metis Music and Culture Workshops and Performances are offered in French and English. Elementary students learn the basics of Métis identity, culture and history through music with fiddle, songs, interactive activities, and storytelling. Topics include: Aboriginal fiddling across Canada, intro to Aboriginal People of Canada; fur trade and voyageur history, songs and artefacts (sash, beadwork, cuisine); Red River rebellion and Louis Riel history; Métis kitchen party: fiddle, Red River jigging, spoons and clogging; Voyageur Songs in English and French. Secondary students are introduced to Métis identity, culture, history and politics through music, art and dance and interactive discussions. Topics include the proper ways of approaching enculturation and collaboration with Indigenous cultures; Métis artistic characteristics, symbols, policies and leaders.|
|Brian Wright-McLeod||Songs & Visions of Turtle Island||As an Author, Artist and Instructor, Brian provides two arts-based, interactive presentations for students. One traces the history of Native / Indigenous music from first European contact to contemporary times profiling the diversity, breadth and artistic beauty of Native / Indigenous music from the Arctic Circle the Southwest US in all genres of traditional, flute, ceremonial, powwow and contemporary music and instruments. A second workshop assists students in the creation of graphic novels with artwork and storytelling that enhances reading and literacy. |
|Cyber Smart Canada Inc.||Cyber Smart Youth||Using our SMART model, sessions empower both kids and caring adults with a powerful digital mindset that will help them avoid almost any digital issue (both now and in the future). These interactive seminars includes what every student and their mentors needs to know to stay safe online. Cyber Safety has specially designed programs for students in grades 4 - 8 as well as for caring adults with students in elementary, middle, and secondary school communities.|
|East Metro Youth Services||Positive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)||PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. |
|Forever Yoga||Mindful Movement||Sessions led by a certified yoga therapist combine a science based exploration of the body, mind and the self with the system of yoga to support and enhance learning, health and personal responsibility. Mindful Movement serves to help children be physically fit, aware of self and others and develop confidence. Using pedagogy that has participants integrate movement and breath to strengthen, align and balance the body, focus the mind and soothe and recharge the nervous system. Students learn how to move gracefully, breathe smoothly and deeply and sustain their focus and concentration whilst developing strength, flexibility, balance, mental clarity and emotional stability.
|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.|
|Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre||Fields to Parks||This free program enhances ecological literacy through a park design project for select elementary schools in Learning Centre 2. Students learn design components of a public space as well as equitable, ecological and sustainable models to address community need. Students identify problems in their local park using a design-thinking process and facilitators guide students to take concrete steps to address the issues and work to a solution. Program entails exploring and documenting the space (photography and sketching), creating surveys for class participation, sketching a prototype of their impact project, and presentation of the impact project to the school community. To help schools build capacity following project completion, facilitators support teachers to expand or modify the program in the second year and have regular check-ins. Teacher resources and lesson plans are available.|
|Operation Springboard||Positive Experiences for Re-engaging in Academic and Life Skills (PERALS)||PERALS uses a 'resiliency model' that focuses on providing supports that help to re-engage youth who have faced complex challenges. The program offers program assessment, student assessment, student attendance criteria, academic and life skill supports. The program utilizes a collaborative referral/intake process that includes, when possible, the student and family, Caring and Safe Schools staff, partner agency staff, Academic and Life Skill development staff, staff from the sending school and other personnel as required on a case-by-case basis. |
|Rita Dagenais||Treaty Making in Canada||Treaties have been signed since 1701 and are still being negotiated today. Every treaty tells a story. The presentation focuses on WHY treaties were signed, with an emphasis on the perspectives of the indigenous signatories. These sessions provide a brief over-view of the history of treaty making, beginning with the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed during the Seven Years War. But I focus primarily on the land cession treaties whereby indigenous nations surrendered ownership (aboriginal title) of their lands to the Crown. The government wanted to acquire Indians lands to allow for the building of railways, resource development and settlement. I explore the issue of why indigenous people would sign these treaties. The only way to answer this question is to understand the circumstances faced by indigenous groups just prior to signing these treaties (disappearance of the buffalo, starvation, epidemics). Focus is on 2 treaties: Treaty 6 signed by the Cree in 1876 and Treaty 7 signed the following year by the Blackfoot.
|Roots of Empathy||Roots of Empathy Classrooms ||By bringing a real baby and parent into classrooms, the Roots of Empathy program aims to raise the social/emotional competence of students through increasing students’ capacity for empathy. It gives children the opportunity to observe the baby’s development and the interaction between baby and parent. The relationship between the parent and child is a template for positive, empathic human relationships aimed to shape how children deal with each other and to lay a foundational example for their future as parents and citizens.
A neighbourhood infant and parent visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. A trained ROE instructor coaches students to observe the baby's development and to label the baby's feelings. Although it is Roots of Empathy’s responsibility to recruit ROE classroom program instructors and families/babies, ROE always welcomes school-based decisions for the selection of ROE instructors and local families with babies who want to become involved in the program. School/s designated by ROE as 'ROE Centres of Excellence' host ROE guests and media to showcase the program, as requested.|
|Sean Mauricette||L.I.F.T. - Laying Important Foundations Together||Sean Mauricette raps, beat-boxes and speaks in this interactive motivational presentation on bullying, peer pressure, leadership, respect and the importance of laying a foundation in education. Students learn to set goals, the importance of education, respect self and reach for their personal best. The presentation focuses on leadership, education, steering clear of peer pressure and negative influences, creating and seizing opportunities, redefining success and the importance of trying. A question & answer and musical performance that involve student participation will follow each talk. |
|Seedling Stories||Hands in the Garden||This food and garden program allows students to get their hands dirty while gardening, growing food, and learning about the natural environment and sustainability. Students learn and explore plant life cycles, biodiversity, composting, garden creatures, measuring and mapping garden beds, people involved in the food system, harvesting and creating simple snacks, and writing poems and creating skits about the garden. Through this hands-on program, students apply concepts they have learned in class in practical and direct ways. With a variety of workshops to choose from, this program is suitable for early years and elementary students and is offered in both French and English. Many of the workshops offered by this program do not require schools to have a garden and are available throughout the school year. Curriculum resources are available to support teachers.|
|Seneca College||Immigrant & Refugee Studies SSW Field Placements ||This program provides field placement opportunities for Seneca College Students in the Immigration & Refugee Studies Social Service Work program. 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 TDSB sites. Field placement students collaborate with TDSB staff to enhance their understanding; to plan and implement activities; and to foster positive relationships with TDSB communities: students, staff and parents. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience.
|StopGap Foundation||Accessibility & Inclusion: Building Awareness||This presentation raises awareness about physical disability, accessibility and inclusion. Luke Anderson shares how one moment in time changes his life forever and how he finds himself living in a world not well designed for someone in a wheelchair. He explains his personal experiences, challenges he faces and how he overcomes. Students learn about barriers that people with disabilities may face, the importance of a barrier-free and inclusive community, as well as empowering language when referring to people with disabilities. Resources are available for teachers to implement beyond the presentation.
|The Wynford Group Inc.||Build Character, Build Success||This three-part programming builds more inclusive school communities through deepening students’ understanding of character attributes. First, a ‘recess planning session’ for student leaders and a staff designate to brainstorm games and activities that all students can participate in safely and where no one is left out. Second, these planning sessions lead to the collaborative facilitation by student leaders, staff designate and the Wynford Group of an all-inclusive recess event with the entire elementary school. Third, a follow-up debriefing session and ongoing support for similar events led only by TDSB students and staff, is provided to schools. |
|Toronto Community Housing Corporation||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. 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. There may be a culminating event with the Senior "pen pals" and students, after the determined number of letters have been exchanged through the post during the year.|
|University of Toronto||Concussion Care||This program offers specialized medical and allied health care of concussions to a select number of referred secondary school students. Coordinator presents program criteria and overview, pathway for support and program activities.
The cornerstone of the management of concussion is the early intervention and gradual progression of stimulation or stressors that may, if over-exposed, disrupt natural recovery and cause relapse or exacerbation of symptoms. Historically, this aspect of care has focused on gradual progression of physical activity (return-to-play), but in recent years, the application of these principles in learning environments (return-to-learn) has received increasing attention. Academic student life is comprised of subtle and complex stressors and the interaction of this environment and how stressors impact the student recovering from a concussion are poorly understood.
|University of Toronto||MSW Field Placements||MSW students acquire field education experience in social work services with TDSB staff mentors; working with TDSB students, schools and families. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary MSW students who are considering a career in Social Work, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Social Worker. These placements satisfy post-secondary course requirements for field placement experience. |
|University of Toronto||Professional Learning on Math Anxiety: Relationships Between Emotion and Cognition ||This seminar helps teachers develop an understanding of the presentation of math anxiety and to help students who experience intense emotions during mathematics. Graduate post-secondary students from University of Toronto lead a half day presentation on 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 reduce teachers’ anxiety in mathematics. Teachers learn strategies and learning tools to use in the classroom to decrease students’ anxiety and benefit students’ performance in mathematics. Follow-up with staff occurs to review the impact of practice and how staff continue to support students.|
|Valerey Lavergne ||Sharing Indigenous Knowledge through Expressive Arts||An Indigenous Expressive Arts Facilitator and Certified Life Coach creates innovative 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. |
|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.)
|Vujade Entertainment Inc.||Creature Shop||This 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 to participate in a challenge in stacking a pyramid of wooden blocks. After the workshop, students keep their own creations. |
|Vujade Entertainment Inc.||Puppets Cool! Toons! ||Three choices are available in these Media Arts, Creative Design, Animation and Tech workshops using Puppetry design, creation and story-telling. Students learn in a creative, multimedia production process. Culminating activity includes students producing original film and other story-telling media using the puppets (and characters) they create. For secondary students, a more comprehensive look at mechanical puppetry and animation is explored; how it works with technology and STEM concepts, and the intricacies of these media arts. Details can be found at www.puppets-cool.com
|York University||Community Outreach Nursing Engagement (CORNER)||CORNER is an offering of the York University School of Nursing through which schools can request presentations on various Health Promotion topics. Presentations are designed for student, staff and/or parent audiences. They are prepared and presented in schools by York University Nursing Students with York University Faculty oversight. To select topic/s and schedule a session, TDSB staff are asked to visit www.yorku/CORNER http://nursing.info.yorku.ca/corner/. The School of Nursing Clinical Course faculty supervise York University students, and attend presentations. THE CORNER placement model is a program-based approach to community nursing praxis. |