Upcoming Partners

These partners are currently signing new or renewed agreements to operate in schools during instructional time. They will be finalized soon!

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Little Robot Friends Inc.Coding & Crafting with RobotsWorkshops for students in grades 1-2 explore the relationship between code and electronics through hands-on play using ‘Cubby’ robots. Students gain fundamental understanding of basic electronics, how computers work, and how ‘coding’ gives them the tools to do amazing things. In these sessions, students interact with Cubby’s inputs and outputs and learn about sensing light, sound, movement, and more. Students make colours using LED lights, musical notes using Cubby’s speaker, and turn blinks and beeps into unique expressions for their robot’s personality. Students can even turn their robots into “Cubby Choir” and sing a short song together.
Divon Academy Inc.Preparing Students for SuccessWorkshops for students and teachers to enhance student well-being, personal development and career preparedness which ultimately prepare students for long term professional success in-person or by video-conferencing. Topics include: 1) Challenges and Opportunities in an Age of Disruption 2) Setting 'Stretch Goals' and Developing Purpose 3) Stress Management, Peak Performance 4) Developing Winning Habits 5) Mindset Mastery 6) EQ and Interpersonal Skills 7) The Power of Your Story: Learning to Stand Out and Command Attention 8) Defining Success and Tips for the Journey. Through the program, students will not only learn about these skills and understand why they are important, but will also work on developing them through daily habits, practices, and exercises. All workshops combine interactive presentations with group and individual exercises, team building activities and engage students using multiple sensory streams. Professional learning is available on the above topics.
National Council of Canadian MuslimsA Teachable Moment on IslamophobiaWorkshops for students and staff on the identification and prevention of Islamophobia in classrooms and school communities, in-person or by video-conferencing. Workshops build mutual understanding, racial and cultural sensitivity and challenge forms of xenophobia. Three workshops are offered to students: "Bystander Intervention", and "Stereotypes and Diversity in the Media". Students are able to identify acts of discrimination and hate and learn strategies on how to respond. Staff professional learning include "A Teachable Moment on Islamophobia for Educators and Administrators" which provide practical tools and context through case study analysis to deconstruct scenarios and equip staff with necessary tools and understanding the impact on their students.
Brent Nicholls and Sarah NichollsFind Your MagicWith a focus on kindness and building inclusive school communities, this presentation goes beyond the message of bullying prevention and empowers students to believe in themselves no matter what they may be facing. Throughout the presentation Brent and Sarah share personal stories about being bullied and outline the steps they took to overcome it and gain self confidence. Their four "Secrets of Magic" are shared: Anything is Possible, Believe in Yourself, You're Not Alone and Find Your Magic. The magic used to illustrate these points is extremely engaging for the students. Audiences can’t help but feel a connection with the message and students are left feeling empowered when they realize the positive impact they can have on others.
University of TorontoUTSC Imani Academic MentorshipUTSC mentors offer academic and mentoring support (social-emotional, identity, cognitive) to African Canadian youth at selected middle and high schools in East Scarborough. UTSC mentors build confidence in TDSB student mentees with a focus on supporting post-secondary access to college or university. UTSC mentors provide homework help, one-one mentoring at selected elementary and secondary schools. The program’s goal is to support Black Student Success by supporting the needs of a student population that historically has been under-represented at post-secondary education institutions.
Just BGRAPHIC Inc.Just BGraphic ArtsUsing art as a means to engage students, these sessions infuse learning in themes of critical thinking and social awareness through a wide range of artistic disciplines; including visual arts, digital arts, performing arts and leadership. Students have the opportunity to dive into screen printing, music production, dance, public speaking, sound design, animation and vocals. Combining this with a culminating performance, project or activity diversifies the art experience; and encourages students to see themselves as more than artists, but also as innovators and creative leaders!
Youth Without ShelterOne Youth at a Time: Homelessness and Breaking the BarrierUniquely designed, age appropriate presentations for all grades are delivered to raise awareness and breakdown the myths and stereotypes associated with homeless youth. Students are introduced to the realities of youth homelessness; receive information on available community resources; and, are provided with information on the ways that students can provide support to an issue impacting their peers.
JVS TorontoNewcomer Youth Connection for SuccessTwo sessions help newcomer students to learn about Canadian labour market and various jobs and careers. Labour Market Trends helps students understand the labour market better and future trends in order to better choose a pathway in post-secondary education, a career and beyond. Presentation includes interactive components for students to learn best resources for approaching jobs in the market followed by question and answer. Speed Mentoring Workshop provides an opportunity for students to meet with professionals from a variety of fields to find out about each professional's career. Each interaction will be 15 minutes, after which point students move to the next professional who provides information on background, post-secondary journey and day-to-day job routines. Small group discussions may occur for a particular field.
Toronto Wildlife CentreCo-existing with Wildlife Through discussions and activities designed to encourage critical thinking and broaden student learning, our grade-based programs explore a variety of curriculum connections. Facilitators discuss myths and truths surrounding urban wildlife, raise awareness of the urban ecosystem and promote understanding and compassion towards wildlife. The one-hour long program examines environmental issues that affect wildlife and provides action-based solutions to empower students to take action to help. Students learn about sick, injured and orphaned wild patients at our centre, and will have the opportunity to meet a wild ambassador – options include a species-at-risk snapping turtle, groundhog, pigeon, or garter snake.
Kareative InterludeNu Narrative Literacy Empowerment ProgramThis 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.
George Brown CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Seneca CollegeBehavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field PlacementsThis program provides field placement opportunities for post-secondary students in the Behavioural Sciences, Developmental Support Worker and Social Services Worker programs, with TDSB Special Education staff and educator teams. Field placements within TDSB sites provide post-secondary students who are considering a career with youth, including youth with special needs, an opportunity to gain direct experience in understanding the learning strategies employed in classrooms. Field placement students collaborate with the TDSB staff to facilitate TDSB students' developmental skills for everyday life; support the promotion and maintenance of health and well-being in classrooms; and, provide resources to assist TDSB students to successfully transition after high school.
Believe Initiative PresentationsBelieve InitiativeThis program engages and inspires students to adopt a mindset of resiliency, self belief and learning through challenges in order to be successful. Believe initiative founder Sarah Wells, an Olympic hurdler, is no stranger to overcoming obstacles as she shares stories of her success in her sport in the Olympic Games and how she dealt with heartbreaking defeat and unforeseen challenges. This equipped Sarah with the knowledge and tools on how to build and foster resilience. Schools may choose from just a keynote or the full program which includes keynote and follow-up workshops on various leadership traits culminating in an interdisciplinary project where students apply their learning to develop and implement their own belief passion project.
Steve Chapelle Communications Inc.Information Privacy and Security in Social Media CultureThis presentation offers training to students, staff and parents on how to minimize internet risks and explore six core subjects: cyber bullying, cyber safety, digital literacy, storage of personal information, inappropriate messages, and identity protection. Students will learn to minimize and maintain their privacy in the online world.
Ryerson UniversityMHSc and PMDip Dietetics Field PlacementsThis 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.
University of TorontoMasters of Information Field PlacementsThis Field Placement program provide post-secondary Field Placement students with hands-on experience to supplement their theoretical knowledge, and to help them develop professional competencies. Field Placement students participating in the practicum will have completed, or will be in the process of completing a Master of Information (MI) degree. TDSB staff may submit a project aligned with TDSB strategic goals, and secure 45 hours or 105 hours of unpaid project help from an MI student. Field Placement students, in turn, receive post-secondary course credit. Field Placement students' areas of focus within the Faculty’s Master of Information degree: Archives and Records Management; Critical Information Policy Studies; Culture & Technology; Human Centered Data Science; Information Systems and Design; Knowledge Management and Information Management; Library and Information Science; User Experience Design.
Archi[kid] Inc.Play, Explore, DESIGNThese workshops use architecture, math, geometry to build on the design process and develop conceptual ideas into 3D models. Fundamental tools such as patterns, growth, geometric shapes and measurements are used to make connections to real-life examples. Students are exposed to different materials, large scale models, sketching and writing to incorporate a full sensory experience. For elementary grades, students become familiar with the basic concepts and characteristics of shapes, how to explore and play with them to create something new. More advanced students are engaged in experimentation using observation, questioning, creativity and more importantly design thinking. Facilitators will also share jobs and careers using math literacy and design. Workshops are also delivered in French.
Paul Stewart The Pottery Clay WorkshopsThese workshops engage students with the creation of clay sculpture and story development. Students explore their own artistic nature and telling their own stories through art. They learn how to plan, design and create clay pieces. The theme and focus of each art project is determined in partner consultation with classroom teachers to ensure curriculum connections, and with the students themselves to ensure connection to their interests. The finished pieces are fired and delivered back to schools within three weeks of the workshop.
David PowellGamelan MusicThese hands-on workshops for select schools introduce students and teachers to rich percussion music traditions of Java, Indonesia. The word gamelan comes from the Javanese word ‘gamel’ which means hammer. Workshops bring together the intricate, interlocking parts played by the underlying gong patterns, the melodic matallophones, the decorating instruments, and driving/leading drums. David Powell guides teachers on pedagogy and teaching strategies to successfully incorporate these instruments in the musical learning. These workshops are an enhancement to TDSB Community Music Program for those schools that wish to further enhance their learning beyond the three classroom visits.
CIMAPlay Cricket PathwayThese cricket sessions engage participants in a modified version of the game. Each student receives an opportunity to bat, bowl and field. Through modified rules, students enhance movement skills, hand-eye coordination and team play while participating in drills, activities and games. Professional learning sessions are available for staff. Facilitators are volunteers or members of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Canada Inc. who have certification in community level cricket coaching.
Studio 180 TheatreStudio 180 IN CLASS The program uses drama to create a brave space for effective dialogue and self-discovery. In-class workshops offer in-depth, immersive experiences that mine the unique power of the theatre to humanize social and political issues and cultivate open dialogues and artistic expression. Artist educators work with students to encourage them to think critically, explore multiple viewpoints, promote empathy and inspire creativity through proposition exercises, hot seating and improvisation. Workshops may be based on Studio 180’s current production, works in development, or may be theme-based and explore topics including identity, community, family and personal responsibility.
Dentsu Aegis Network Canada IncThe CodeThe program through in-person workshops or by video-conferencing equips students with the skills to thrive in the digital economy and gives students a glimpse into career opportunities and the media industry. Students receive an overview of marketing, digital marketing, advertising, and how it's used as well as the key components to building a successful campaign. Students learn practical skills in design think, idea generation, pitch design and live pitch delivery to a professional team. Students also hear from professionals and their career journey. SHSM certification is avilable.
Canadian Film in the Schools REEL CANADAThe program showcases films made by Canadian filmmakers, including Indigenous filmmakers. Films are shown with engaging Q & A discussions following the screenings that have students engage with local filmmakers, representatives from local film festivals, subject matter experts, TV personalities, and screenwriters. The post-screening discussion enhances students' critical thinking and analytical skills on the issues raised through the films (such as stereotypes, cultural differences, racism, and Canadian history .)
Future Design School Inc.Future Design Professional LearningThe program offers professional learning opportunities to TDSB educators and staff (teachers, administrators, board level staff, coaches, social workers, psychologists, etc.) providing them with mindset, tools and techniques for developing students' future ready skills and competencies. The program uses a blended learning model of both online and in ¬person delivery, or fully online through video conferencing. Sessions include: Introduction to Design Thinking; Hack your Curriculum; Assessment for Innovation; Planning Interdisciplinary Projects; Designing Inquiry and Assessment for Remote, Blended and Hybrid Learning. Programming can be customized to meet local and contextually specific needs.
The Message LLCThe Message Media Literacy ProgramThe 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.
Zya BrownThink 2wiceThe program facilitates workshops and motivational speaking topics that aim to prevent youth violence, gang involvement and criminal activity. Guest speakers with lived experience of gang involvement and the criminal justice system engage youth to take up positive leadership roles in their schools and communities and to create violence free schools, communities, and lives. Using creative arts such as dance, spoken word and drama, the program seeks to help youth find their life’s purpose.
Think Don't Shoot Inc.It Starts WithinThe entertaining and engaging presentation shares real life experiences through which students are exposed to strategies for managing the psychological, physiological and sociological effects of violence and bullying. Through story and interactive dialogue, students witness how to become community leaders; how to communicate effectively; how to take ownership of their decisions; and, to control their emotions in order to improve their emotional intelligence and resiliency.
Isaac AkrongAfrican Dance Ensemble (ADE): Dance, Drumming, Music, and StoriesThe cultural history, meaning and context of African music and dance comes alive in these presentations and workshops to the school community. The group performs a number of pieces from their repertoire which spans the continent of Africa, specialization in West Africa. The performance incorporates rich and vibrant costumes, beads, masks, and instruments such as a variety of types of drums, xylophone, shaker, bell and flute. Workshop series and residencies are available for those classes that wish to develop and perform a polished performance piece. All instruments are provided and facilitator demonstrates the song, rhythm and dance so each student has the opportunity to participate in playing, dancing and singing.
Victim Services TorontoT.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World Teens Ending Abusive Relationships (T.E.A.R.™) workshop equips youth with the tools, knowledge and resources to navigate the digital world and make informed healthy relationship choices both online and in person. T.E.A.R.™ in a Digital World’s goal is to empower youth to create positive change in their own lives and their community. Topics include: Intimate partner violence; Cyberviolence including: cyberbullying, cyberstalking, cyber sexual harassment, sextortion, luring; Online rights; Dating rights; Consent; Creating a positive digital footprint; Digital leadership; Digital citizenship; Online safety tips; Healthy intimate relationships and friendships; Warning signs of unhealthy and potentially abusive relationships'; Where and how to get help.
Ian SpeaksThe Lighter Side Of Mental HealthStudent life can be stressful and demanding. With just the right amount of humour, this presentation encourages students to challenge the stigma around mental illness and creates an awareness of mental health through the dynamic use of comedy, interactive demonstrations and storytelling. Throughout the presentation students become aware of the skills necessary for increasing their resilience, managing stress and are equipped with the terminology to speak up about their mental health needs. Key professional and social resources for reaching out when in need are also discussed.
SAFE InternationalPersonal Safety Training Strategies to avoid violence that address the physical, psychological and emotional elements of self-defense are learned by grades 7 - 12 students through these workshops. Students learn and practice the skills and knowledge of the "3 R’s": Recognize, React, and Respond. The first and foremost skill is "R, Recognize". It means that recognizing potentially dangerous situations is always the first and most important step and tool in self-defense. While no one skill is guaranteed to protect students from harm, these workshops are designed to provide tips, skills and knowledge that can dramatically increase their abilities to stay safe.
Rapier Wit Inc.Stage Combat Training Stage combat workshops use fight choreography to bring the text alive in drama, theatre and English studies. Workshops provide students an overview of safety considerations, physical acting training that embodies dramatic intention, and storytelling though the illusion of unarmed violence. Through partner work, students have an opportunity to practise the exercises and work on short scenes. Schools may choose to tailor the workshop to a specific text or school production.
Square CircleSocial 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.
CORPUS Dance ProjectsCORPUS PerformancesSignature productions combine choreography with comedy and abstract movement with a narrative line is presented to students in-person or by video-conferencing. Each story looks at different approaches to movement, choreography, story-telling and comedy and honours students’ imagination and intelligence. For 2020, two productions are offered: Les Moutons and Camping Royale. Les Moutons, non-verbal live installation, recreates a typical urban setting and showcases sheep behaviour. Camping Royale is a satire on colonialism and the privileged class that combines dance with object theatre. Performance references well-known fairy-tales and involves audience interaction. Performances are also delivered in French.
Judy ReynoldsMeet the Self: Mindfulness in SchoolsSessions for early years and primary students include a fun, interactive lesson with a loveable, excitable puppet, who faces common challenges. As they help their puppet friend, the class learns valuable mindfulness strategies they can use everyday. For junior and intermediate students, there is an emphasis on emotional resilience, dealing with anxiety and stress, and cultivating self-worth in an attempt to lesson the dependance on external validation (especially from social media). All students will come away with a mindful toolkit that includes: breathing exercises, focus training, sensory awareness, kinaesthetic exercises, meditation, easy yoga postures, and self-regulation strategies.
University of GuelphMasters School Psychology Field PlacementsSchool Psychology field placement opportunities are provided for graduate students in Clinical Psychology. Field placements within TDSB sites provide university students who are considering a career within Clinical Psychology, an opportunity to learn by working alongside a supervising TDSB Psychologist Staff. These placements satisfy course requirements for field placement experience.
Logics Group Inc.Logics Academy Robotics, Coding, Aerospace & STEM workshops bring Curriculum to Life with 21st Century Technology in-person or by video-conferencing. They inspire students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 to apply enriched and expanded thinking to the Ministry of Education’s Science, Technology, Math, Language & Art curricula. Students participate in hands-on, 2-hour workshops that are a fun and engaging way to apply STEM principals in experiential methodology with Robotics & Coding. Students are challenged to work in groups to collaborate, problem solve and think creatively. Logics certified instructors bring everything required for these innovative workshops and teachers can continue to use the techniques by accessing lesson plans online at www.logicsacademy.com/SITC or through bookings@logicsacademy.com .
St. Stephen's Community HouseGame Changers - Restorative Justice Conflict MediationRestorative Justice and Conflict Mediation sessions are provided with small groups of referred students. The program also works with Youth Peer Mediators in training and supporting their school communities. Peer to peer and/or youth to adult conflicts are discussed through a proactive problem-solving process. Sessions foster leadership and pro-social skills, shared accountability, and builds individual and school capacity to manage conflicts with mediation.
Ontario Tennis AssociationProgressive Schools TennisProgressive Schools Tennis provides professional learning sessions, and in-class workshops that introduce students and staff to “Progressive Floor Tennis”, using a small mobile net, sponge balls and graduated length junior racquets with follow up visits by tennis coaches.
Junior Achievement of Central OntarioFinancial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship ProgramsProgramming inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable, financial decisions; to be innovative in generating business ideas and starting their own companies; and, to discover career possibilities and pathways. Led by JACO trained volunteers from the business community, workshops include More than Money; Be Entrepreneurial Junior ; Dollars with Sense; Economics for Success, Personal Finance and several others.
Tim FrancomFundamentals in PercussionProfessional percussionist provides mentorship, music industry knowledge and specialized percussion skills to students. Musician shares knowledge of percussion instruments and performance practises aiding in skill development, proper technique, sound production and music literacy. Sessions can be offered as workshops, clinics and/or coaching for large and small group ensembles ie. band/orchestra percussion section.
Stem Lab Robotics Inc.STEM-based Professional LearningProfessional Learning workshops for staff to enhance their learning and inclusion of robotics, coding and technology in the classroom in-person or by video-conferencing. Participants learn how to incorporate meaningful technology in STEM classrooms, strategies to develop students' critical thinking, problem-solving skills and inquiry-based learning and teaching tools. Participants build a model, project or artifact related to a STEM topic and learn how to program it and discuss ways how inquiry-based investigation can be applied.
Covenant House TorontoYouth Homelessness Awareness and Prevention Presentations raise awareness about youth homelessness and prevention; youth leadership and social responsibility on the issue; resources and community supports. Two presentations are available for student audiences: "Before You Run" covers a broad range of issues and circumstances that lead youth to the street. It discusses how the experiences of family breakdown, abuse, mental health, bullying, drugs, exploitation and stress can act as contributing factors to youth homelessness. "Reality Check" de-glamourizes street life and discusses the struggle homeless youth face; how they’re driven to steal, sell drugs or worse. Presentations also have students participate in an activity that highlights the hardship youth face while trying to live independently, without family support, education or career; and what their school community can do to engage with community supports.
University of TorontoTransplant and Organ Donation Presentation Presentations by medical professionals and transplant recipients are available for secondary school science, health & Physical Education, and Civics classes to educate students about the science, the success, civic engagement and medical careers in the field of organ and tissue transplantation; and, the importance of organ and tissue donation.
One Piece a DayPlastic Pollution and Litter Cleanup EducationPresentation on the problem of litter and single-use plastics and the effects it has on the environment and what students can do to make a change. Students learn about the problem of plastics around the world and in the Great Pacific garbage patch, the root causes of these problems, the effects it has on water infrastructure and biodiversity, and their role in being part of the solution. Facilitators discuss local actions and the different ways students can reduce plastics including picking up one piece of trash a day.
Therapeutic Paws of CanadaTherapeutic DogsPet Therapy sessions, with small groups of select students referred by TDSB Professional Support Services, reduce students’ stress and anxiety by providing physical and emotional support in school communities that have experienced a traumatic event or crisis. Trained therapy dogs are accompanied by their certified handlers who guide each interaction.
HBKRDear Everybody: It's Time to End Disability StigmaOne hour interactive presentation for students focused on promoting awareness of disability stigma and enhancing social inclusion in-person or by video-conferencing. Delivered by young adult facilitators with lived experience with disability, the presentation content includes disability education, sharing of real stories of lived experience with disability, facilitated conversation and sharing about inclusion and barriers, games, and other class activities that promote deeper understanding of disability. This presentation is part of the hospital's mission to drive social change for children and youth with disabilities. Additional professional learning workshops are available for staff.
Humber CollegeHumber Nursing Field Placements Nursing Field Placements and their Faculty Advisors collaborate with TDSB Educator Teams (kindergarten to grade two), to develop learning activities that enhance the Early Years curriculum and the interested elementary schools' health promotion project or school-wide activities. A member of the faculty from Humber School of Health Sciences is available in the school to supervise the nursing field placement students.
Maurice GordonA Positive Narrative of African/Black Canadian HistoryMusical presentation assembly, in-person or by video-conferencing, that educates, celebrates and presents the achievements of Black/African Canadians who have contributed to making Canada for what it is today. Musician Maurice Gordon takes you on a journey of history from early 1600’s to present day highlighting individuals that made a difference in their respective fields. Maurice entertains with original, relevant and contemporary songs that weaves words, music and singing while also involving student participation. Finally, as a Jamaican Canadian, Maurice touches on the Jamaican connection to Canadian history.
Roméo Dallaire, LGen (Ret) Inc.eHost General Roméo DallaireLive, real-time video-call between Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire and students to delve deeper into the history of 20th century mass atrocities in particular the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda (Africa). The lessons learned by General Dallaire have brought imperative international attention and action to issues too-often ignored: the atrocities of the Rwandan genocide, the struggle he and other military veterans face with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the use of child soldiers. Students experience first-hand the depth of passion and conviction that the General brings to the subject and hear answers to their questions about how this could happen, and more importantly, how we can prevent it from happening again. Following the presentation, a class discussion and question and answer period occurs with the General.
IndigenEdIndigenEdLed 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.
Pinecone Project Inc.Design and LeadershipInterdisciplinary design challenges for students builds skills in problem solving and creativity. Students engage in an exploration of available tools, information and other resources to address the problem at hand with the help of facilitators who guide the design implementation, decision-making and solution. As well, students think about the importance of considering others while designing solutions, and how their personal strengths can be used to solve everyday problems both now and in the future. Workshops to choose from are: Toy Works, Universal Design Challenge, Arctic Beavers, Let’s Get Moving, Classroom Theme Park, Animal Crossing, Green Cities, Values in Design, We all Scream…, Pet Prosthetics, Sustainable Action Planning.
Shakespearience Performing ArtsThe Shakespearience ExperienceInteractive workshops in-person and through video-conferencing empower students by developing character, confidence communication and other essential soft skills through creatively and collaboratively overcoming the challenges they often associate with Shakespeare's language. Students are assisted by some of Canada’s most celebrated and talented professional actors. These professionals demonstrate in a unique and innovative way how an artist’s approach to the texts, combined with a little persistence, imagination and hard work, can unlock and demystify material many young people find so difficult. Professional learning sessions are also available for this programming that has been hailed as "outstanding," "epic," "transforming," "engaging" and "something that exceeded all of my expectations."
Health SheroThriving Through AdversityInteractive workshop empowers staff to thrive through stress and find peace in the midst of chaos using an eight strategy process. Participants discuss the true meaning of stress, how it can affect their daily lives and uncover hidden challenges that could be sabotaging their mental health and personal goals. The facilitator provides eight concrete self-care strategies in order to thrive through adversity in one's daily lives. Participants receive coping tools and tips to increase personal well-being.
BAM Children's Entertainment Inc.Opening Young Minds with Aunty B & Friends TheatreInteractive storytelling through life-size puppets and live characters create conversations on inclusion, diversity, Black History, self acceptance and equality. Through our interactive theatrical journey, we offer tools and strategies that allow your students to reflect, improve and celebrate differences. Performances detailed at www.auntyb.ca .
Indigenous Sport & Wellness OntarioIndigenous Wellness through Sport Interactive presentations (in-person or by video-conferencing), with an emphasis on culture, truth and acknowledgement, providing opportunities to celebrate the athletic achievements, cultural traditions and knowledge of Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island (North America). The presentations (tailored uniquely for each age range) include information about traditional Indigenous sports such as lacrosse, archery and canoe/kayak; Indigenous athletes throughout history such as Tom Longboat and the Firth sisters; the North American Indigenous Games and insights from athletes; the Wellness Warrior movement; and the Team 88 campaign which utilizes Call to Action #88 from the TRC to inspire dialogue and action on reconciliation through something as universal as sport.
Wadoka Academy Inc.MILDIntegrated programming for students with disabilities to enhance their well-being through physical activity and learning based on the martial arts. Through creating an ‘integrated learning environment’ students with Special needs are able to digest information with ease and learn challenging ‘moves’ from both their peers and the Sensei who individuates the teaching and learning in performances of “moves”. As research demonstrates, this physical activity develops students’ self- awareness (“Know” your self); taking responsibility for their actions (“Own” your self); and, whether verbally or non-verbally, communicate their feelings about the experience (“Project” your self). In addition to the other benefits, “… evidence has also shown that physical activity [involving children with disabilities] has a direct influence in self-determination”.
HELM Technologies Inc.Understanding STEM, Startups & TechnologyIn this hands-on interactive workshop by video-conferencing or in-person, Dr. Elize Shirdel walks students through the mechanics of how technology works, evolution of app-based technology and artificial intelligence. Students walk away with an understanding of components of the consumer technology stack - apps, databases, APIs, front end development, back end development and user interfaces and experience. Activities and information use examples taken from technology that students use in their daily lives. Students gain an overview of skills and careers in technology industry and support. Elize also shares her personal journey as a woman in the tech industry and how to be successful.
John Howard Society of TorontoH.I.P.P (Helping Individuals Plan Positively)HIPP is a youth centered program for those aged 16 years and older whom are at risk of becoming engaged in pro-criminal behaviours. This program focuses on helping these young people build the skills to meet educational, employment and personal goals. HIPP strives to find proactive solutions to solve the problems of neighbourhood youth violence. A variety of workshops and opportunities are provided on topics including, but not limited to: personal development and goal setting; employment skills; interpersonal communications skills; anger management; problem-solving; masculinity, respect and violence; conflict mediation skills; self-awareness training; mental health/wellness; cultural competency; legal information and housing assistance.
Strides Toronto Support ServicesRespect in Schools Everywhere (RISE)Grades 7 - 12 students in this Peer Leader training program, develop knowledge, skills and produce materials on bullying, cyber-bullying, mental health; and conflict resolution. Workshops enhance students' strategies to communicate more effectively, manage conflict and address bullying effectively as a both potentially a victim and as a bystander. Students also learn coping mechanisms to foster positive mental health, discuss the elements of self-care, and have the opportunity to create their own self-care kits. Students receive resources and tools to better advocate for themselves and others.
EvergreenEvergreen at Your SchoolEvergreen staff provide elementary students with school-based, nature focused workshops that provide sensory, play-based experiential learning in ecological education. Students explore their local environment and the concepts of human impact on the environment, ecology, and sustainability. Sessions: Kindergarten: Urban Animal Adventures; Gr. 1: The Living City; Gr. 2: Water, Water Everywhere; Gr. 3: Earth Shelters; Gr. 4: Geology Rocks; Gr. 5: The Energy Around Us; Gr. 6: Web of Life.
EvergreenSchool Ground Greening SupportEvergreen provides practical support and services to TDSB schools as they work towards greening their school grounds. The program enhances school grounds as curriculum-connected and inclusive spaces for learning in the outdoors. It develops environmentally sound practices consistent with what students are learning in the classroom. Activities include, but are not limited to: School Grounds and Outdoor Learning Environments’ Design support collaborative development of design concepts.The program provides access for TDSB to a national network of design professionals, outdoor classroom educators and school ground greening experts.
Taking IT GlobalConnected NorthEducators, staff and students at the TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre are supported in the use of collaborative technology and in-person visits from Connected North lead staff, Waukomaun Pawis, or designate. Through collaborative project based learning, unique content and connections are developed for schools in the north and in the south to access cultural exchange opportunities and curriculum enhancement. Urban Indigenous students and staff connect through visiting partners and online video-conferencing with Indigenous school communities in remote locations, providing them access to expertise that might otherwise have been very difficult to acquire.
Humber CollegeEarly Childhood Studies Field PlacementsEarly 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.
Jennilee AustriaFilipino TalksCross-cultural workshop sheds light on unique challenges that Filipinos face in Canadian schools and society. Led by Filipino-Canadian community leader Jennilee Austria, workshops include: "Family Separation and Reunification" promotes healing after reunification, "Role Models Talk Show" introduces students to their choice of Filipino-Canadian professions, and "Community Supports Talk Show" provides information on how to end isolation by encouraging community involvement, with an emphasis on introducing students to local Filipino-Canadian frontline workers. Staff professional learning is available and introduces staff to strategies to reach the Filipino community that have proven to be successful.
Flemingdon Health Centre, HATPPediatric Health Initiative ClinicClinics 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 not 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 parents/guardians; TDSB Professional Support Services; local Principals from schools surrounding school in which clinic site is hosted. Services are customized and implemented as required based on presenting issues at the time of booking appointments; and in collaboration with local schools and the clinic’s Advisory Committee.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of TorontoBBBST Mentoring ProgramsChildren and youth living in challenging circumstances face multiple barriers and may experience distress, depression, or not achieving their full potential for student success. These long-standing individual and/or group Mentoring Programs allow referred children and youth, to benefit from the power of mentoring while remaining in the safe and familiar environment of their own school. BBST mentors provide weekly sessions that improve students’ connection to their school community, improved academic performance, improved attendance and higher educational attainment. BBBST Program Coordinator monitors each individualized match as well as group programming led by mentors.
Una WrightSelf-Care for Caring AdultsCaring Adults are engaged in 'Empowered Well-Being' through this interactive workshop that provides practical, tips and tools that are easy to integrate into a busy life. It offers caring adults the opportunity to hear from Una Wright's personal experience the challenges related to mental health within her family. Una shares well-researched coping tools which enable her to maintain a strong spirit, positive mental health and overall well-being. Participants learn tools for keeping balance and coping with everyday stress; tips to increase personal well-being; and strategies to maintain mental clarity and inner peace during difficult life circumstances.
Brock McGillisBe a Rock - Striding Towards EqualityBrock 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.
Special CompassWhat Happens NextAn inclusive presentation, in-person or by video-conferencing, for the school community to help meet the needs and challenges of exceptional students and prepare them to achieve success. Presentation addresses demystifying learning disabilities and providing successful learning strategies that include goal setting, study skills, advocacy skills, stress management etc. Focus also includes creating a healthy and successful transition into post-secondary education. The parent-centered presentation helps parents understand how to support their child with any exceptionality, understanding IEPs, and what to expect as their child transitions to higher grades.
Regent Park School of MusicAlternative Music Enrichment @ Wandering SpiritAlternative music enrichment programming provides students at Kapapamahchakwew - Wandering Spirit School and staff in the Urban Indigenous Education Centre opportunities to further develop their musical skills as individuals, mentors and in ensembles; and, by participating in unique music theory sessions.
Inspiration RepublicYOU, Me, USAfrican Canadian history presentation, in-person or by video-conferencing, takes a look at historical African Canadian figures who have made substantial contributions in the black community and Canadian culture, while facing racism and oppression. Presentation explores the setbacks and challenges of Harry Jerome, Viola Desmond, Elijah McCoy but also to showcase their resiliency, innovative spirit and problem-solving skills while inspiring students to see themselves as problem-solvers and innovators. Using media, real life stories and an interactive game show, the presentation highlights the history beyond the colour barrier. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
North Star ProductionsThe Ontario Planetarium Mobile Star Dome A knowledgeable guide leads presentations in a mobile planetarium that is set-up for a day at interested schools. Based on their experiences, presenters discuss earth and space science. Several presentations are offered to bring the cosmos to life through 3-D graphics and thundering surround sound.
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