|8653020 Canada Inc.||Hydroponics: Exploring Alternative Growing Methods||Workshops instill in children an appreciation and knowledge of hydroponically grown local food, in-person or by-videoconferencing. Hydroponics is an alternative growing method that uses a mineral solution in water to grow plants without the use of soil. From seed to harvest, facilitators show every step of the growing process with fun and interactive activities that engage students to use their hands and their minds. Workshops focus on understanding carbon footprints, reducing food waste, water conservation and how hydroponics is the most environmentally friendly alternative for growing food.|
|Brock McGillis||Be a Rock - Striding Towards Equality||Brock McGillis, the first openly gay professional hockey player, delivers a presentation, in-person or by video-conferencing, that educates students on the importance of their language, impacts of bullying as well as the importance of mental health while advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. The presentation not only shares Brock’s personal story but also educates students on the importance of their language, the impacts of bullying as well as the importance of mental health. Workshops allow Brock to work with students to look at ways to deal with struggles, discuss issues of conformity, masculinity, unconscious biases and employ healthy strategies and empower themselves through acceptance and love for a more inclusive community.|
|Canadian Roots Exchange||Histories of Colonization||In this workshop, secondary school students begin to learn about the histories of colonization as experienced by various Indigenous communities on this land. Facilitators connect things that have happened in ‘history’ to things that are going on now. Students learn about how systems, policies, and laws are connected to discrimination faced by people every day. To understand the modern issues that First Nations, Metis and Inuit face, students must know the history of violence and oppression that led their people to their
|Canadian Roots Exchange||Reconciliation 101||This interactive workshop develops participants' understanding of the history of Reconciliation, beginning with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and its 94 Calls to Action. Facilitators provide a brief presentation of what the TRC is and its implications on the relationships with Indigenous peoples and settlers. Students then engage in interactive activities and group discussions to further understand the many facets of reconciliation and its role in creating a more equitable future. Sessions are always co-facilitated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitators. Canadian Roots Exchange emphasize this shared model of leadership and experiential education in order to provide holistic approaches and diverse perspectives on issues that impact communities. In all activities, dialogue and cultural representation is necessary to fostering understanding and reconciliation.
|Chartered Professional Accountants||CPA Canada Financial Literacy Presentations||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; and, Budgeting and Savings. Presentations are available in both English and French.
|Child Development Institute||SNAP (Stop Now and Plan)||The interactive workshop series is offered in the classroom to help students improve their problem-solving skills and self-control. Topics include: fair play, handling group/peer pressure, anger management, making good choices and dealing with bullying. Elementary students gain new social skills and understand how to enhance their problem-solving and mood regulation skills. They are introduced to the 'stop now, and plan' method of dealing with these issues. |
|EcoSpark Environmental Organization||School Watch and Changing Currents||Integrated teacher training and student sessions actively engage in citizen science practices to understand and address climate change, water quality, pollination and bird monitoring, and land use planning. EcoSpark facilitators, through in-person or by video conferencing, lead hypothesis driven research and data collection workshops for students and teachers on their school grounds. Students learn to use scientific protocols to monitor and assess the health of local terrestrial and aquatic environments and then contribute their findings to relevant citizen science projects; shared with scientists around the world. These inquiry-based workshops explore water systems, insect, bird and plant dynamics, and taxonomic identification systems. Students learn to assess the environmental health of streams and school grounds and to analyze data and plan stewardship actions to increase local biodiversity and environmental health.|
|Exacto Systems Inc.||Proliteracy.ca: Financing a Post-Secondary Education||Workshop provides innovative ways to plan finances for a post-secondary education. Topics include introduction to fundamental financial concepts, personal loan versus student loans, grants and scholarships, and strategies to reduce debt and manage finances responsibly. Students will have an opportunity to explore their desired career path and see the cost estimates and funding options available using the website proliteracy.ca.
|Global Sunrise Productions Inc.||A Gen Z's Guide to Taking Civic Action ||Presented by the young filmmaker and founder of The Global Sunrise Project, Kasha Sequoia Slavner, this screening of the film, The Sunrise Storyteller, shares her experiences and travels and what it means to be a global citizen while discussing the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). The film is paired with an accompanying workshop, "A Gen-Z’s Guide to Creating Social Change". Students gain a greater understanding of the UN SDG's and how to take action on the issues they care about using the social change formula and action planning worksheets to create their own unique individual action plan. |
|Greenpeace Canada||Greenspeakers||Free presentations enhance student knowledge and motivation on critical environmental topics such as climate change/crisis, the Arctic, boreal and rain forests, biodiversity, plastics, economic development/environmental impact, and personal environmental awareness/engagement. Thought provoking and interactive, the presentations engage on both an intellectual and emotional level so that the students brainstorm ideas for practical, and actionable solutions.|
|Hong Fook Mental Health Association||Wraparound: Making Healthy Choices||Led by Hong Fook Youth Program Worker, the CHOICES program, serving Asian students from grades 7 – 12 helps youth to create new social connections and strengthen peer to peer relationships. Through games, group work and discussion, youths are able to develop strategies with a focus on different life skills, including communication, healthy relationships, stress management, wellness, decision-making, and goal-setting. The Youth Outreach Worker is available to provide individualized programs to meet the at-risk youth’s needs as well as be available for presentations with school communities to increase all students' understanding of mental health, available resources, and the local school community's engagement in issues of equity and social inclusion.
|IndigenEd||IndigenEd||Led by Veronica Johnny, in-person or video-conferencing assemblies and workshops focus on personal healing and growth to help participants tune into their intuition and artistic gifts. As a healer and Two-Spirit musician, Veronica Johnny shares traditional teachings and drum songs on solo hand drum for students to have a better understanding of Indigenous teachings, music and perspectives. Workshops delve deeper into traditional Indigenous percussive techniques, origin of songs, protocols, leading songs and cultural context while providing a safe space for expression and music-making.|
|Kareative Interlude||Nu Narrative Literacy Empowerment Program||This 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. |
|Kick Start Arts Society||Kick Start Arts Workshops||The workshops engage students to create multi-disciplinary arts projects and initiatives. Skilled artist-educators bring the arts to life and work with students to deepen their critical thinking, literacy, creative and collaborative skills and build a stronger sense of community. Workshops are crafted to nurture the development of The Arts expectations found in the curriculum, while creating an opportunity for fun and meaningful arts immersion. Professional learning sessions available for staff interested in arts-based learning.|
|Leslie Kachena McCue||Indigenous Dance Workshops||Leslie McCue shares Indigenous cultural dance styles via a demonstration or interactive workshop, in-person or by video-conferencing. A demonstration provides an overview of the significant dance styles within the Powwow trail, steps, outfits. In the workshops, a variety of social dances are covered including: the round dance, intertribal straight step, crow-hop, double beat, two-step. Students take the time to learn the social dance steps, participate in partner social dancing or just build upon steps to learn a dance art form. Students receive a deeper understanding of the connections between the dances, the earth and living entities, Indigenous pedagogy and gain confidence in taking part in Indigenous social dancing. Professional learning is available for teachers. |
|Love & Guidance Project||Children's Yoga||Culturally relevant stories from the African diaspora are shared alongside yoga, reflective practice, music and movement activities in these in-person or video-conferencing workshops. Program strives to create an environment that facilitates the development of children’s interest while catering to physical, emotional, and cognitive milestones especially through effective play and literacy experiences. Themed yoga will lend from safe adaptive yoga practices and incorporate themes from books and resources. |
|Nimi Atma||Recollect Your Roots||Workshop in which students reflect, recollect and describe their first memory from their roots/heritage/culture culminating in a video documentation serving as an affirmation of their identity and heritage. Led by a Tamil-Canadian author and filmmaker, students are encouraged to think critically about their heritage and how they wish to express their memory while guided in the storytelling/narrative process. The work documented in the video help students to understand the role early memories play in the construction of identity while giving them a greater sense of self and confidence in their voice. This workshop is particularly relevant for children of minorities whose voices are marginalized in the Canadian media landscape, as they will learn how to use media to preserve their heritage.|
|Plan International Canada Inc.||Gender Equality Workshops ||Students develop their understanding of barriers young people around the world, especially girls, face in accessing their rights, and learn about programs and initiatives that break down these barriers. Issues are examined in non-binary, inclusive frameworks. Gender inequality unfortunately remains prevalent around the world- despite the many strides that have been made. The Speakers Bureau is a network of young people from around Canada who attend monthly workshops, to develop public speaking skills and gain a deeper understanding of how gender equality intersects with global issues. |
|Real Talk Learning Experiences||Black History - A Canadian Perspective||Sessions delivered in person or through video-conferencing focus on the experiences of African people in Canada to share the rarely discussed history of the African diaspora in Canada. Presentations, altered by grade level, covers a number of interesting topics, including the success of African interpreters working with early Europeans, interactions of Black Canadians in community building, the escape of African people from the southern United States and their experiences in Canada.|
|Real Talk Learning Experiences||Content is King||Having a sound understanding of how social media works, both on the front-end and the back-end, allows young people and parents/guardians to employ best practices and make good decisions about utilizing the medium. The Digital Age has affected the way many industries do business. The marketing industry has changed from outbound methods that cast a broad net to an undefined target audience, to inbound tactics to attract a desired customer to products and services. Content marketing by way of videos, written content and podcasts, in conjunction with social media marketing and search engine marketing has become a standard in contemporary marketing. Topics in these student and parent workshops include - Content is King, Media Literacy & Technology, Let's Take a Selfie: Social Media and You.|
|Roots of Empathy||Roots of Empathy Classrooms ||By bringing a real baby and parent into classrooms, in person or via video-conferencing, sessions raise the social/emotional competence of students through increasing students’ capacity for empathy. They give 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. Schools designated by ROE as “ROE Centre of Excellence” host ROE guests and media to showcase the program, as requested.|
|Ryerson University||MHSc and PMDip Dietetics Field Placements||This 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.|
|The Message LLC||The Message Media Literacy Program||The program helps youth tap into the power of mass media by enhancing their media literacy and critical thinking skills. Mass media affects the way we think, feel and act and when used responsibly, present unprecedented opportunities for connecting, sharing and learning. Through in-school and video-conferencing sessions students examine hip-hop & music messages, anti-Black racism, social media etiquette, media ownership, “fake news,” sexism, consumerism, and substance use in popular culture. The goal of the program is to empower students to be responsible adults.|
|TNO - The Neighbourhood Organization||Settlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPT||SEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.|
|Total Man Development Inc.||TMD Envision||This mentorship program provides empowering male influence to youth boys, in-person or by video-conferencing. The program focuses on masculinity, moral courage, communication/conflict resolution, resilience, leadership skills, vision and purpose. Professional athlete facilitators break down the barriers and gets to the root of some of the issues that affect youth. Through questions, discussion and interactive and physical activities, students make their own connections and strive for success. Program takes into account real life experience, theory and practice which provides an ongoing culture of learning and growth. |
|Tricia Bentley||The Little Fig Children's Writing Workshops||This English Literacy 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, the workshop will 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.|