|Aisling Discoveries ChildandFamilyCentre||Helping Hands at School||"Helping Hands" activities are designed to support students who have been identified as homeless, to reduce the negative effects of homelessness on emotional well-being and academic performance, and enabling students to function more effectively and positively in the school environment. Activities may include supports that focus on social skill development, self-esteem, anger management and building resilience, for classes, select groups, and/or individual students. Based on "Friends for Life" strategies, activities are designed and implemented in consultation with local school Principal, Social Worker, and teacher.
|United States Consulate General Toronto||Speakers Bureau ||"What is it like to be a Diplomat?", “U.S.-Canada Relations” and other topics of interest are covered in these career talks, presentations, performances and speaking engagements by American diplomats and special guests from a variety of sectors. The program offers unique opportunities for elementary and secondary school students to engage with American diplomats, professors, authors, performers, and speakers who will share their expertise on a variety of issues including American history, the U.S. State Department, Consulate duties, diplomacy, arts, culture, science and technology. The primary goal of the program is to supplement and enhance curriculum for students, with some special guests sharing their expertise on various curriculum areas. |
|Shiamak Davar International Inc.||Bollywood Dance ||A highly entertaining and expressive style of dance amalgamates the influences of Indian folk, Bhangra dance and modern contemporary dance forms that emphasizes story telling. By learning and exploring choreographed and improvised movements and gestures using different body parts (head, neck, eyes, hands and feet), students develop spatial awareness, technical dance skills, stage performance and understanding of the elements of the dances and its cultural and historical significance. In groups, students create their own Bollywood dance routine and story. Suitable for Hindu, Sikh and Asian Heritage Months.|
|Unstoppable Tracy||Unstoppable You||As a bestselling Author, award-winning Leader, Speaker, Humanitarian, and decorated Athlete, Unstoppable Tracy provides tools tied to the Ontario Learning Outcomes for Resilience and Determination, for audiences to affect positive change and acceptance to everyone around them. Tracy's verve for life and ability to overcome obstacles are immediately apparent in these keynote presentations, sharing her story of commitment and perseverance, courage, and positivity, and that challenges misconceptions. Unstoppable Tracy provides a unique and inclusive perspective on diversity as a person who was born with a disability, as a 4-way amputee. With humour and motivation, Unstoppable Tracy inspires all audiences to set goals and persevere through adversity, doing whatever it takes in order to achieve success.|
|Adventure Place||Community-based Treatment and Support Services||Community-based Treatment and Support Services offers a continuum of support to select students and their families and care providers. Program provides strategies to address difficulties in social, emotional, behavioural, communication, cognitive, learning and/or developmental domains of functioning. Program includes observation and assessment in the home; support and training for parents, teachers and other school staff as needed; and individual student program plan for the classroom and at home, service coordination, and transition support and/or treatment into classroom setting. Adventure Place staff will work in collaboration with TDSB staff, including representatives from the school’s Professional Support Services team, in order to facilitate a coordinated service for the referred student. |
|X Movement Inc.||Connected Movement||Connected Movement provides workshops and events that integrate physical, emotional, social and environmental literacy. These include: ‘Aussie X’ through Aussie Rules footy, cricket and netball, students experience Australian culture and core values; ‘X Dance’ explores music and cultures from around the world and students discover dance in an energizing and inspiring way; ‘X Fusion’ blends movement skills from yoga, pilates and gymnastics through a circus-like experience; and ‘X Power’ explores blocking movements, personal space for safety, core strengths and basic fundamental movements.
|DramaWay||Inclusive Arts Programming ||Creative arts workshops incorporate arts-based mediums and performance-based activities for students to enhance their social and life skills. Through theatre activities, drama games and skits/performances, students not only develop their artistic skills but also self-confidence, teamwork and communication skills. A variety of mediums may be chosen including theatre, film, dance, visual art and singing. Facilitators support students in exploring their voice and self-expression in a variety of both verbal and non verbal, ambulatory or non-ambulatory techniques. These workshops may be suitable for Special Education students.|
|TELUS Communications Inc.||TELUS Wise||Cyber safety and security issues are discussed in four age / audience appropriate workshop options:
* TELUS Wise footprint - is designed to help elementary school students learn how to be good digital citizens and keep their digital footprint clean.
* TELUS Wise in control - engages middle school, and junior high students in a discussion about cyberbullying, identity theft, protecting and positively growing their online reputation and more.
* TELUS Wise impact - engages middle school and junior high students in a conversation about cyberbullying, helping them explore and understand different options for safe and appropriate ways of intervening when they witness cruel behaviour online.
* TELUS Wise happiness - engages teen students in a conversation about building and maintaining a healthy relationship with technology and offers tips on ensuring resiliency and well-being in our connected world.|
|Timothy Holland||Spectacle Cérébral||Delivered in French to FSL and French immersion students, this entertaining assembly touches on key themes such as resiliency, confidence, and growth mindset. Using circus arts and comedy ventriloquism, Tim Holland shows the accessibility of brain science and neuroplasticity and how our brains change as they learn. The assembly highlights how having a different mindset can help students’ resiliency and to see failure as a feedback rather than a limitation for skill mastery. Follow-up workshops use juggling arts to apply a growth mindset to a novel learning opportunity. |
|Centennial College||Early Childhood Studies Field Placement||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; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|Ryerson University||Early Childhood Studies Field Placement||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; to foster positive relationships with children, staff, parents, and families, and to provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition through the early grades.|
|The Learning Partnership Canada||Entrepreneurial Adventure ||Entrepreneurial Adventure turns ideas into reality by bringing together teachers and business partners to mentor students and help them create their own ventures. Students, as well as their teachers and volunteers from the business community, become truly entrepreneurial, thinking creatively, exploring possibilities, experimenting, communicating, collaborating, and realizing their dreams of showcasing an entrepreneurial idea.|
|Ontario Justice Education Network||OJEN Courtrooms and Classrooms ||Focused on citizenship and justice education, this program creates dialogues for students and teachers on legal issues and the provincial justice system. Through avenues that provide access to justice sector facilities and participation in debates about justice system reforms, students can engage in simulated court hearings, career modeling and mentorship opportunities, plenary sessions, and workshops that stimulate discussion and promote informed, purposeful, and active citizenship. Professional learning sessions for teachers are also available through a lecture series as well as interactive sessions with OJEN staff and other legal professionals in the justice sector, such as shadowing a judge.|
|Bad Subject Youth Organization||Consent & Media Literacy||Free consent and healthy relationship workshop for students and teachers to build a culture of consent where youth are empowered with the skills they need to form healthy and respectful relationships. Workshops delivered by trained facilitators engage youth through discussion, skill-building exercises and activities using scenarios to understand outcomes. Two workshops are available: “Consent In Real Life” where students explore boundaries, non-verbal communication, rejection, sex, building healthy relationships, social dynamics and media and “Digital Generation” challenges the victim-blaming narrative and encourages media-literacy skills, consensual use of social media and critical thinking. Professional learning is available to staff. |
|Canada’s National Ballet School||NBS Sharing Dance Kids||Free dance workshops foster student's artistic engagement, well-being and self-confidence through their learning and honing of fundamental movement skills. Instructed by professional ballet instructors, students explore the elements of dance including body, space, time, energy and relationships and learn an array of dance steps. Collaborating with peers, students create a movement of sequences which communicate thoughts, ideas and emotions. Emphasizing individual creativity and personal reflection, students are encouraged to look inward into their own personal experiences and draw from them a choreography that is all their own to develop their own movement vocabulary.|
|Canadian Mental Health Association CMHA||The Opening Doors Project ||Free workshops provide an overview of mental health and illness and examine on a deeper level mental health issues on racism, diversity and anti-racism, identities in the Canadian context, and the newcomer experience. Through popular theatre and storytelling, students discuss the struggles and challenges for those living with mental illnesses and learn to develop strategies for dealing with discrimination and self-care when dealing with stress.
Workshop include: Building Bridges: Anti-Racism 101, Understanding Migration, Mental Health and Wellness 101, Stress and Self-Care in Context, Starting From the 'I': Reflecting On Our Identities; and Know Your Rights 101.
The Opening Doors Project also has additional programs to support Syrian students. |
|Alpha Rhythm Roots||African Musical Journey||Guinean and African music, dance, traditions and culture are explored in these African drum circle and dance sessions. Presentations discuss the Guinean percussion orchestra, manufacturing and origins of instruments and history alongside live demonstrations of the instruments played. Performances bring history alive through full traditional outfits, drumming and dancing to the entire school. Workshops provide students the opportunity to participate in collective drumming and dance that develop teamwork, memorization, hand coordination and creativity. Students learn a full orchestra rhythm and/or choreographed dance routine. All sessions are available in English and French and professional learning may be available to staff. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.|
|Just Aissi||Gumboots Workshops||Introduce students to a unique and engaging dance where the body becomes a musical instrument through the use of rubber boots. The gumboots dance originated in South Africa and was developed by miners using rhythm and dance in concert with percussive stomping to communicate and express ideas as well as themselves. Students learn the history and cultural development of the style, learn basic steps and choreography, and have the opportunity to collaborate in the creation of a routine. Workshops are offered in both French and English.|
|The Multicultural Theatre Space Inc.||Stories of Justice||Issues of integration and communication with peers give voice to newcomers, marginalized and racialized youth in these workshops facilitated by multicultural artists. Students receive inspiration from culturally diverse role models who provide an opportunity to hear critical conversations with a multicultural lens. Schools can choose from a workshop series for students to create a short theatre production reflective of their lives or participate in talkbacks with professionals in the theatre industry. |
|Charles Hong||Korean Drumming, Dance and Music||Korean drumming and dance program led by a Dora Award-winning composer, Charles Hong. Playing different Korean drums, students are introduced to drumming technique, rhythm, and teamwork and ensemble skills. Students enhance their performance while gaining a rich knowledge of Korean history, music and culture. Exploration of traditional dance choreography as well as compositional activities may take place in workshop series. Professional development available to staff. Suitable for Asian Heritage Month.
These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the 9 week classroom visits.|
|Northstarr Entertainment Inc.||Stay Driven ||Motivational assemblies and/or classroom workshops from Rapper Duane "D.O." Gibson combine hip hop performances with life lessons. Presentation themes include: Canadian Black History - D.O. presents about Black History through a Canadian perspective talking about Viola Desmond and black history in Nova Scotia as well as the Underground railroad and Josiah Henson in Chatham, Ontario ; HOLLA – Help, Outlet, Lead, Leave, Assert. D.O. discusses several strategies to combat bullying focusing on building self-esteem, standing up to bullies and finding an outlet. In The Zone - D.O. will bond with students as he shares his personal stories through freestyle rap. The program focuses on the personal power gained through reading, creative writing and speech. And, M.A.D. Skills (Media And Decisions) - D.O. will teach your students to make positive choices when it comes to the media. The program focuses on making informed decisions on music and TV choices as well as presenting strategies to combat cyber bullying.
|Fashion Takes Action ||My Clothes My World||My Clothes My World is a practical workshop that highlights the social and environmental impacts in the apparel industry. Students learn the life cycle and supply chain of the apparel industry, environmental impacts, positive and negative impact on human interactions and their communities while learning to debate and create sustainable solutions to problems. At the end of the workshop, students engage in a practical exercise to deconstruct and reconstruct an old t-shirt into a bag. |
|Archer Pechawis||Indigenous Digital Culture||New-media workshops intersect and weave traditional indigenous culture with digital technology for students to further explore the possibilities that are contained therein. The workshop combines artist/student dialogue on Canadian Indigenous and Colonial history and politics, with hands-on activities such as storyboarding, video and audio sampling, recording, and editing to produce a video project incorporating the topics explored. Professional learning is also available.|
|The Learning Partnership Canada||Investigate! Invent! Innovate!||Often called I-cubed, students and staff engaged with practitioners in the fields of science, engineering, math and technology provides resources, workshops and presentations for students, and professional learning sessions for teachers, to develop students’ mathematical understanding, global competencies such as problem-solving skills, and related scientific and technological skills. The culminating event for grades 7 – 8 is the “Invention Convention”, a showcase for students to exhibit the inventions they have created. |
|Stella's Place||Peer Support||Peer support training program to increase awareness of mental health issues and wellness at Winston Churchill CI. Students learn peer support skills, increase their understanding of mental health and increase their capacity to manage stress and engage in self-care. Program utilizes presentations, discussion, creative exploration and skills practice opportunities, and exercises to enhance the learning. Program culminates in students brainstorming, developing and implementing a health and wellness project that impacts a large number of their peers in a meaningful way.|
|Live Your Legacy Academy Inc. ||Live Your Legacy||Shaun Boothe is an award winning hip hop artist, TEDx speaker and creator of ‘The Unauthorized Biography Series’: a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs – Repackaging History, including Black History, through Hip Hop; capturing the legacy of influential iconic figures in documentary-style music videos. His highly entertaining Live Your Legacy assemblies use his bio videos to embark on a performance / motivational speaking journey that raises issues of identity, diversity, equity, character, media, life skills, and the importance of living a legacy. Themes raised include leadership, success strategies, overcoming fears and challenges, transitioning, the power of acknowledgement, and redefining masculinity. The aim is to present an experience that works on many levels and, most importantly, does not exclude the growing group of disengaged youth in the school system today.
|Square Circle||Social 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. |
|Community Builders ||Friends and Allies Youth Leadership||Sparking courage, building skills and fostering caring, Community Builders develops youth leadership through symposia and workshops on social inclusion, conflict resolution, and peer support listening with elementary school students. Participants learn concepts of community circle, anti-oppression, ally-ship and conflict resolution, to promote a positive school environment and create a community response to bullying and exclusion. They explore issues including racism, sexism and other oppressions. Following the symposia, leadership teams are supported as they prepare to deliver programs ranging from Friends and Allies Assemblies to action-research initiatives. Professional learning sessions, cross-generational dialogues and parent workshops are also provided.|
|Explorum Inc.||EXPLORation Workshops||Stimulate student's interest in the sciences with educational experiments that enrich their understanding of the curriculum. With a variety of workshops that range from the study of chromatography, electrical circuits, water filtration, to building an articulated hand or a hydroelectric station, students engage with both natural and scientific phenomenon using critical thinking and inquiry-based learning objectives. Workshops are also available in French. Visit www.explorum.ca for the full list of available science workshops.|
|Green Hope Foundation||Youth Education through Environmental Education||Students are made aware of real world issues regarding sustainable development in these free assembly/workshops that blend art, music, dance, drama, and science while creating and achieving sustainability goals. Students learn about and discuss the impacts of climate change and ways to mitigate it, the importance of clean energy moving forward into the future, the need for biodiversity conservation, and ways we can adopt a model of sustainable consumption of earth's resources. Classroom learning is also complemented with outdoor local activities such as waste cleanups and waste segregation in order to demonstrate to students how to put 'words into action', learning that transcends classroom walls and school yards.|
|Trinity Theatre Toronto||Creating Communities We Want||Students become peer leaders and mentors through workshops that engage them in a variety of art and drama-based activities. Trained student peer leaders facilitate workshops, talking circles and presentations with other students in their school, improving both their communication and conflict resolution skills alongside the development of their leadership capabilities. Peer to Peer workshops prepare students to become peer leaders while addressing issues such as stress management, healthy relationships, bullying, discrimination, substance use, etc. Handling Conflict peer mediation training workshops refine student's skills in understanding emotions like anger through active listening and empathy, as well as open and closed questioning. Schools can also add workshops for students as well as parents and staff to address conflicts, encourage community engagement and volunteerism, and also request Making Connections, a substance abuse toolkit for teachers that engages underserved students in developing healthy attitudes and resistance strategies.|
|ICTC||Digital DASH||Students participate in exploratory learning activities to enhance digital competencies that will open pathways towards digital careers. Activities recreate authentic scenarios to engage students to practise their critical thinking in order to solve a problem while thinking of the consequences of the solution. A variety of workshops provide knowledge on the areas of information and communications technology (ICT), cyber arts, and business skills. Students also have an opportunity to meet industry experts, gain practical industry knowledge and learn about current and emerging STEM careers and pathways in ICT. Professional learning is available. |
|Aisling Discoveries ChildandFamilyCentre||Partners for Success ||The program is designed to promote the healthy development of students and prevent the escalation of mental health difficulties in referred children. The objective is to contribute to the positive mental health of identified students, and to support the development of student’s social, emotional and resiliency skills. Mental health and well-being prevention and intervention activities are designed in consultation with the local Professional Support Services Staff, Principal, and teacher. Professional learning and parent council presentations and workshops on topics relevant to the school community are also available for staff teams, and parents. |
|Humber College||Early Career Pathways in Technology||The program offers inquiry-based and hands-on STEAM workshops for the school community at Gracedale Public School. Audiences are introduced to DASH robots, LEGO Mindstorms and new technologies. Students, teachers and parents have an opportunity to fully explore and innovate using the robotics technologies and learn career pathways in skilled trades of technology.|
|Drums Et Al||African Drumming, Dance, and Storytelling||The themes of leadership, character development and connection with those around us are explored in these interactive African drumming, dance and storytelling presentation and workshops. African philosophy – Ubuntu – an understanding of ourselves in relation with the world are underpinned in the presentations which are brought to life using songs, music, chants, drumming and story-telling. Workshops provide opportunities for students to further enhance the following skills: hand-drumming technique, West-African dance fundamentals, listening, reflecting and responding, and creating and performing. Presentations are suitable for Black History Month and professional development in drumming may be available. |
|The Toronto Jewish Film Foundation||FilmMatters||These free workshops use screenings of contemporary Jewish films to engage students in discussing their historical context, and the study of important social issues like diversity, racial and cultural sensitivity, citizenship, and social action. Guest speakers with experience, background, and/or expertise on issues raised in the films may be present to help spark class discussion and critical thinking on these issues as they relate to current social and political climate. A current list of available films and study guides can be found at www.j-flix.com/filmmatters.|
|Sickkids Centre for Community Mental Health||Mental Health Supports||These mental health workshops focus on enhancing children’s social skills and supporting their emotional needs. Programs are delivered by SickKids CCMH professional staff, guided by research, built on participants’ strengths that help students develop coping skills and strategies. Activities include discussion, role-playing, stories, art work, and others adapted to the needs and skills of the classroom. Workshops include: PEERS Program (Grades 2-8); You Matter: Supporting Mental Health (Grades 5-8); Friends & Feelings Program (Grades 1-2); and Peer Mediation Training. Professional learning may also be available. |
|University of Western Ontario||Masters and Post-Degree Diploma in Foods and Nutrition Field Placements||These programs provide field placement opportunities for Master of Science in Foods and Nutrition students and Post-degree Diploma in Dietetic Education and Practical Training students from Brescia University College. Field placements within TDSB sites provide Brescia students who are considering a career in Foods and Nutrition, the opportunity to learn by working alongside a designated TDSB Nutrition Services Supervisor. These placements satisfy course and program requirements for field placement experience, as well as requirements of the Canadian Dietetic Education Regulatory body, the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice (PDEP).|
|University of Toronto||Community Academic Mentorship Program ||This free program matches University of Toronto student volunteers with TDSB students to provide academic support and mentorship opportunities at select secondary schools. Through one-on-one support, post-secondary mentors build relationships with students and help to provide academic support in mathematics, science, and English. Mentors also provide information on post-secondary life, goals and pathways. The program aims to support TDSB students in the areas of student well-being and achievement especially for those students that come from communities that are underrepresented at post-secondary institutions. |
|SKETCH Working Arts||Toolbox Initiative ||This free woodworking program is STEM inspired and designed to give students the confidence to explore, innovate and work with woodworking tools to complete woodworking projects. Led by women identifying facilitators, students work with a variety of woodworking tools and learn techniques in hand sanding, stain and finishing applications to build a variety of basic woodworking projects as well as an independent project of their own. Additionally, students gain a basic understanding of electonics and their critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The program may culminate in a project showcase to the school community.
|University of Toronto||Masters of Teaching In-Residence Program||This in-residence program embeds one cohort of OISE Primary-Junior Master of Teaching students, dedicated to Environmentally Sustainable Education (ESE), in Ryerson Community School as a TDSB Eco-School. OISE faculty have use of a classroom space at the school in order to provide classes to their Master of Teaching students. Master of Teaching students in this cohort undertake some of their own class work, and some of their practicum experience at the school, in order to learn alongside the experienced EcoSchools Associate Teachers supporting the work that they do. As part of their in-residence practicum, Master of Teaching students will be invited to share their lesson plans related to ESE; and suitable plans will be posted on the TDSB EcoSchools website.|
|Seneca College||Child and Youth Care (CYC) Field Placements||This program provides field placement opportunities for students in Child and Youth Care post-secondary programs. 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.
Child and Youth Care field placement students may support TDSB students at any of the following activities: workshops; presentations; life skills development projects, campaigns and/or resources development.
|The Learning Partnership Canada||Coding Quest||This STEM based program for elementary students exposes them to the fundamentals of coding and gamification while developing global competencies such as computational thinking. TLP staff and volunteers in computer science, provide professional learning and in school supports for the delivery of this program. The culminating event is an "Archade" that showcases games the students have created while providing 'unplugged' activities as well. For grades 1 - 3 the program is entitled "Coding Trek" , for grades 4 - 6 the program is entitled "Coding Quest"|
|Wordswell Assoc. for Community Learning||Illumine Media Project||Workshops offer an opportunity for student inquiry into the processes and messages embedded in a variety of media. Through facilitated discussions, students analyze the implications of the time in history we’re living in within the broader context of a conversation about their own identity and sense of purpose. Media content created by youth for youth in Toronto neighbourhoods explore themes that include hope, individual and collective growth, community progress, co-operation and competition, service to our communities and choosing our life’s path. Students delve further in the production process and have the opportunity to complete their own digital stories when engaged in a workshop series. Students participate in critical discussions relating to commonly held assumptions about youth and community both through lived experience and representations in narrative media.|