|Virginia Barter||Indigenous Perspectives: Film and Interdisciplinary Arts ||Virginia Barter is a Toronto based Métis/Cree writer and filmmaker. Her presentations are interdisciplinary, covering a wide range of curriculum subjects. Students learn Métis history and culture through film, music and visual arts. Virginia shares stories about fur trade life, based on her own family history, and the Cree Culture of James Bay and the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Activities typically include hands-on displays, with “trade circle” role playing and interactive quizzes and maps. Contemporary themes of indigenous identity are explored through her TV series URBAN ABORIGINALand other film projects. Topics also include conservation, Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation.Film workshop options– Student produce “heritage moments” or digital stories. Visual art projects: Acrylic “dot” art painting replicating Métis floral beadwork. (NAC10 students examine the works and styles of today’s well-known Métis artists.)
|Tre-Lystikz Inc.||imPower 2day||Tré Armstrong, a celebrity, Canadian choreography, actor and dancer, leads interactive self-empowerment assemblies and dance workshops to share her story of channeling her survival from abuse and her passion for dance into a successful global career. In this three-part series, dance is the medium for engaging youth in action-oriented building of critical life skills. The first session provides students a new form of movement and prepares them for a performance for a school assembly. The second session is an assembly featuring both the student performance and a motivational talk from Tré Armstrong who shares her own story, the "power of Choice", and, a few tools, strategies, actions and affirmations that cultivate the life skills of self-awareness, self-confidence, self-efficacy: self-empowerment! Finally, session three is a follow-up visit by Tré Armstrong. Program is suitable for Black History Month. |
|Théâtre la Catapulte||Productions théâtrales en français||Touring Franco-ontarian production, performed by professional francophone artists from the Ottawa region and delivered in French. Students enhance French language skills while exploring current societal themes. Each production uses rich, inspirational materials to engage and provide a meaningful experience to youth audiences. Following the production, a question and answer session led by artists, provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the French arts industry and themes from the production.|
|Consulate General of Portugal_Camoes I.P||Portuguese Language, Arts & Culture ||To motivate students in the learning Portuguese and to provide an overview on the importance of Portuguese arts & culture in various places around the world where Portuguese is spoken, presentations for students; professional learning for staff; and, resources and language certification opportunities are provided. Delivered by Portuguese authors, language professors, diplomats, or government of Portugal V.I.P. guests; as scheduled, these presentations engage and motivate students in learning about Portuguese culture, and in developing skills in the speaking, reading and writing the Portuguese language. |
|Latin American Art Projects||Art of the Americas||Three sessions from local artists expose students to artistic techniques and cultural histories from Latin America and the Caribbean: 1.The Art of Papel Picado - Led by artist Jesus Mora, Papel Picado is a decorative craft made by cutting elaborate designs into sheets of tissue paper. Papel picado is considered a Mexican folk art and is commonly used to decorate during Día de los Muertos celebrations. 2. Latin American Contemporary Movement - With focus on identity and challenging stereotypes of Latin American dance and culture, choreographer Irma Villafuerte focuses on impulse, creative movement, and finding authentic ways of listening, creating and storytelling with one's body and Latin American music. 3. Latin American Drumming - Percussionist Rodrigo Chavez engages students in exporing the rhythms of Salsa, Bolero, Cha-cha-cha, Conga, Rumba, Bemebe (Cuba); Samba, Batucada, Olodum (Brazil); Merengue, Bachata (Dominican Republic; Cumbia (Colombia); Calypso, Soca (Trinidad); Parranda (Venezuela); Festejo and Lando (Peru).|
|Igho Diana||E.G.O. Spoken Word||This spoken word workshop explores elements of written and performance poetry as a creative practice. Students learn different writing techniques for self-reflection; the art of storytelling; and performance-based poetry as tools for building self-confidence and self-efficacy. |
|Sheridan 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.
|Hands on Exotics Inc.||Amazing Living World of Birds||This highly interactive presentation takes students on an avian tour around the world using a variety of species of birds. By being presented with multiple species of birds up close and personal, students hold, pet, feed and observe the birds' behaviours and traits. Trained facilitators guide students through the inquiry process to come to conclusions themselves about diet and habitat by examining the different beak shapes, toe formations, feathers, colours and size. In addition, students learn about native species of birds including every day good habits they can follow to be good neighbours to our wildlife, how to help with backyard conservation as well as discuss the consequences of being responsible agents to our natural resources. |
|Puppetmongers Theatre||Puppet Theatre||These performances and workshops bring puppet theatre to students as a medium to communicate stories, ideas and experiences. Professional artists introduce a diversity of puppetry traditions around the world, demonstrate puppet making techniques and/or perform stories that explore a variety of themes using different puppets and visual effects. Workshops enable students to construct their own puppet and work in small groups to plan and perform plays using their hand-made puppets for each other. Students explore this art from to broaden their perceptions of themselves and their world in a way that is non-threatening and inclusive. |
|Ilene Helen Grace Sova||Blank Canvases||The program offers students specialized visual arts workshops on the history of local Toronto artists alongside Artist Educators. The program uses the inspiration of local Toronto artists to engage students. Art workshop offerings include painting portraits, painting landscapes, collage, sculpture, environment focused projects, up-cycling projects, urban graffiti art, Black history art projects, arctic animals and multicultural mixed media projects. Afterwards, students are led through an art workshop inspired by the technique of the artist culminating in students creating their own unique art pieces.
|Justice(retired) Lloyd Michael Budzinski||Tips in Teaching Law||Professional Learning Sessions are provided in an 'open discussion' format with law and civics teachers, at schools or central sites, as scheduled, to better understand how our Justice System is administered and works. Rather than a mere set of rules, it reflects social interests and values which are important to understand in a multi-cultural society. The rules are only part of the story. What we forget is The Conventions or traditions established by the parties in the Justice System that are not taught in schools are as critical in understanding the rules as the rules themselves. Teachers who understand or have a feeling for this – “Jurisprudence” -- are better equipped to teach the Law. |
|Toronto Community Benefits Network||Career Opportunities for Youth||Presentation encourages, supports and mentors students in under-represented populations to learn how to progress along the apprenticeship pathway and ultimately gain employment in the construction/trades. Students receive labour market information, gain tools and supports to navigate and complete an apprenticeship program, learn about construction projects and employment opportunities and connect with a broader network of trades professionals and mentors. Students also learn about specialized pre-apprenticeship and mentorship programs for women in trades, racialized youth, newcomers and indigenous people. |
|Patrick DeCoste||Metis Mapping, Visual Art Workshop||Métis Mapping is a cross-curricular activity infusing visual arts with Indigenous perspectives, social studies, geography, and history, while building cross-cultural community awareness with reflection on individual identity. Using paint on canvas and other mediums, students will engage the questions: Where have you been? Where are you now? Where are you going?|
|James Mandarino||Courage to Dream||Jay Mandarino shares his life story of overcoming obstacles, achieving success, and giving back to the community in this free inspirational assembly. Students hear a positive message to not let any obstacles stop them from achieving their dreams. Jay Mandarino talks about business and entrepreneurship, confidence and self-esteem and how to live with a learning disability such as dyslexia and ADHD and the life challenges these diagnoses often present. His message empowers students to strive for success in the face of adversity. Presentation is followed by a question and answer period.|
|Dwayne Morgan||Amplifying Student Voice||In 1993, Dwayne Morgan found his voice, and has used it to carve out a life filled with unique experiences. In this motivational assembly, he shares the blueprint for creating a life built around our passions, based in love for self and others. Fused with spoken word poetry, Morgan weaves an inspirational and attainable story. Morgan's workshops help to develop creative writing skills, spoken word performance, and the introduction of poetry slams. |
|Full Circle-Art Therapy Centre||Artful Wellbeing (Art Therapy) Workshops||Art Therapy sessions help youth externalize and organize their thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to articulate. The guided creative process, as well as the end product, can be used to enhance youth’s emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive, and physical well-being. Art Therapy sessions address a wide range of benefits for youth. They enhance communication and self-expression, self-discovery, and problem solving. They also encourage development of healthy coping strategies in working through specific issues, such as depression & anxiety, addictions, grief/loss, or trauma.|
|Theola Ross||Indigenous Arts and Social Transformation||An Indigenous Cree Arts Facilitator provides workshops to provide students with knowledge of the intersections between Indigenous lived experience and practice and the uses of art. Diverse mediums of art-production and performance such as dance, film, and storytelling are explored. Students learn how art has been used to advance the causes of social transformation and resistance to marginalization, exploitation and injustices framed within an anti-racism, anti-colonial and decolonizing lens. |
|Corona 360||Earth and Space Science Planetarium||A portable, inflatable planetarium provides an immersive 360° learning experience for students. An emphasis is placed on astronomy and earth sciences including such topics as planets, stars, galaxies, the universe, geology, geography, weather, climate change and spacecraft exploration into the solar system. The planetarium utilizes the latest high technology to accurately map the universe, simulate 3D models and demonstrate learning concepts into the full-dome theatre environment. Professional learning may be available for staff.|
|Green Kids Inc.||Wild Wild Wilderness||A free touring production that demonstrates the connections between habitat, wildlife, and human activity for a select number of schools. Students learn to make positive choices towards protecting our environment and how to celebrate the outdoors. The play is a dynamic and whacky story of one kid's accidental effect on a nearby forest and its creatures, performed by a single actor/storyteller accompanied by armfuls of adorable puppets. Follow-up workshop, using interactive drama, offers students an opportunity to explore the elements and issues from the story with their bodies and imagination.|
|Frank Technologies Inc.||Fahd Speaks: Student Leadership Development||A former at-risk child turned leader, Fahd Alhattab, inspires students to make a positive impact in their school and community. With a series of humorous and engaging assemblies, Fahd coaches fundamental leadership principles, explains how to overcome and learn from challenges, and share applicable tools and lessons to take action and increase community impact. In workshops, students delve deeper into the topics of 5 levels of student leadership and influence, dysfunctions of teams, leading with emotional intelligence and effective communication. |