|Maurice Gordon||A Positive Narrative of African/Black Canadian History||Musical presentation assembly 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.
|National Council of Canadian Muslims||A Teachable Moment on Islamophobia||Workshops for students and staff on the identification and prevention of Islamophobia in classrooms and school communities. 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.|
|Isaac Akrong||African Dance Education (ADE): Dance, Drumming, Music, and Stories||The 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. |
|George Brown College||Behavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field Placements||This 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 College||Behavioural Sciences DSW SSW Field Placements||This 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. |
|Brave Education Inc||BRAVE||Brave Education provides in the moment communication skills. Students learn to identify and diffuse situations that are happening to them and peers through kind and assertive communication. Brave goes class by class with curriculum tiered for each grade, engaging students in relatable discussion. Through conversations with schools, Brave is mindful of communities, demographics, current classroom dynamics, and lived experiences. |
|Toronto Wildlife Centre||Co-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.|
|Taking IT Global||Connected North||Educators, 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 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.|
|Roméo Dallaire, LGen (Ret) Inc.||eHost General Roméo Dallaire||Live, 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. |
|Junior Achievement of Central Ontario||Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship Programs||Programming 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 Francom||Fundamentals in Percussion||Professional 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.
|St. Stephen's Community House||Game Changers - Restorative Justice Conflict Mediation||Restorative 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. |
|David Powell||Gamelan Music||These 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.
|John Howard Society of Toronto||H.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. |
|Humber College||Humber 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.|
|IndigenEd||IndigenEd||Led by Veronica Johnny, 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.|
|Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario||Indigenous Wellness through Sport ||Interactive presentations, 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.
|Steve Chapelle Communications Inc.||Information Privacy and Security in Social Media Culture||This 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. |
|Just BGRAPHIC Inc.||Just BGraphic Arts||Using 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!|
|Logics Group Inc.||Logics Academy ||Robotics, Coding, Aerospace & STEM workshops bring Curriculum to Life with 21st Century Technology. 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 email@example.com .
|Wadoka Academy Inc.||MILD||Integrated 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”. |
|Kareative Interlude||Nu Narrative Literacy Empowerment Program||This workshop series supports black and marginalized students to develop their voice, vision and representation by writing, illustrating and creating their own book. The process provides students the opportunity to gain confidence in writing, editing and speaking by sharing their voice, vision and narrative. Students not only enhance their literacy skills but well-being and connection to the community around them. Students are exposed to writing methods, illustration techniques and the overall publishing process. The workshop series culminates with each student authoring a softcover book. |
|BAM Children's Entertainment Inc.||Opening Young Minds with Aunty B & Friends Theatre||Interactive 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 . |
|Parachute Leaders in Injury Prevention||Parachute Brain Waves||Injury Prevention focused neuroscience presentations enhance students' understanding about different parts of the brain; basic neuroscience vocabulary; and, how and why it's important to protect their brain and spinal cord. Classrooms are turned into laboratories, where students conduct science experiments involving the five senses that tie into lessons on neuroanatomy and the fragility of this amazing system. Students study the lobes of the brain and learn that the brain has the same consistency as gelatin and is protected by a skull that is only as thick as a pencil. They learn simple strategies to prevent injury.
|SAFE International||Personal 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. |
|One Piece a Day||Plastic Pollution and Litter Cleanup Education||Presentation 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. |
|Archi[kid] Inc.||Play, Explore, DESIGN||These 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.
|Divon Academy Inc.||Preparing Students for Success||Workshops for students and teachers to enhance student well-being, personal development and career preparedness which ultimately prepare students for long term professional success. 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. |
|Evergreen||School Ground Greening Support||Evergreen 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.|
|Live Lujo Inc.||Sewing Studio||Libraries, gyms or classrooms are transformed into creative maker space by an 'All Star' team. A Sewing Studio that disrupts stereotypes and biases about who can sew and who can express themselves artistically. Sessions focus on confidence, skill-building, mentorship, equity and most of all, inclusion. All students leave the studio with a feeling of accomplishment in having completed a design and sewing project. Instructors, who are male role models , provide an engaging introduction to frame the session within the context of "Confidence Building" when learning new skills and new creative ways to express themselves. Personal stories of overcoming barriers are shared. Each student is inspired and encouraged to make their own creative choices in materials and adornments for the project, at the " Creation Station ". Projects vary by age group; all intentionally contribute to students' sense of self-efficacy. Each student learns how to sew on a sewing machine. |
|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. |
|Stem Lab Robotics Inc.||STEM-based Professional Learning||Professional Learning workshops for staff to enhance their learning and inclusion of robotics, coding and technology in the classroom. 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. |
|Studio 180 Theatre||Studio 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.|
|Victim Services Toronto||T.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.
|Dentsu Aegis Network Canada Inc||The Code||The program 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.|
|North Star Productions||The 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. |
|Therapeutic Paws of Canada||Therapeutic Dogs||Pet 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. |
|Health Shero||Thriving Through Adversity||Interactive 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.|
|HELM Technologies Inc.||Understanding STEM, Startups & Technology||In this hands-on interactive workshop, 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. |
|Special Compass||What Happens Next||An inclusive presentation 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. |
|Inspiration Republic||YOU, Me, US||African Canadian history presentation 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.|