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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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.
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.
Ashley SeamanY.A.Y Improv for Wellness & BelongingThis workshop in person or by video-conferencing uses improv to practice empathetic communication, collaboration and mindfulness for students to achieve a greater sense of belonging and joy. Students learn meaningful tools in interacting and communicating with others as well as being in a safe spaces to take creative risks, explore spontaneity and embrace the unexpected all while having fun. Through play, games and exercises, students collaboratively create character, story, comedy and joyful connection with their peers. Through a workshop series, schools may work toward building a showcase to perform in front of an audience.
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.
Canadian Roots ExchangeWampum and Treaty WorkshopsThe Wampum Knowledge Workshop teaches students about the historical importance of the Haudenosaunee (one of the Indigenous nations that are the original stewards of the City of Toronto) wampum and its relevance to First Nations culture; and, how wampum was used as a tool for negotiations in initial relationships between Indigenous peoples and European settlers. Afterwards students design their own wampum using templates provided, and share their significance with one another. In the Treaty Education Workshop, students learn what treaties are and how they are tied to the foundation of Canada; what territories have treaties and what areas that are still without (such as Ottawa). Students discuss Canada’s obligation to upholding the treaties which allowed for the creation of the country. Because the workshops will be led in Toronto, we will focus on the Dish With One Spoon treaty and Treaty 13A. Youth will be asked to create their own treaty as if they were negotiating with new settlers, and share them with their peers.
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.
Debbie Deer ProductionsTurn Up 10 Tour! 10 Steps to Living Your Best LifeAn inspirational presentation utilizing motivational speeches, musical performances, live DJ and video projections empowering students to achieve their goals and live their best lives, especially for African students. Sessions feature multi-media artist Debbie Deer, motivational speaker Ainsley Deer, performer Rosie Monday and DJ CallmePogi. Ten self-improvement learning tools are covered: self-awareness, shift your mindset for success, finding a mentor, visualization, facing your fears, practicing discipline, health and wellness, practicing an attitude of gratitude, dreaming big and never giving up. Follow-up workshops available. Suitable but not limited to Black History Month.
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.
SKETCHToolbox Initiative This free woodworking program is STEM inspired and designed to give students the confidence to explore, innovate and work with woodworking tools to complete woodworking projects. Led in person or through video-conferencing by women and non-binary facilitators, students work with a variety of woodworking tools and learn techniques in hand sanding, stain and finishing applications to build a variety of basic woodworking projects as well as an independent project of their own. Additionally, students gain a basic understanding of electronics and their critical thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The program may culminate in a project showcase to the school community. These skill-sharing workshops are an opportunity for youth to ask questions and get to know first-hand what it’s like working in various trades.
Total Man Development Inc.TMD EnvisionThis mentorship program provides empowering male influence to youth boys, in-person or by video-conferencing. The program focuses on masculinity, moral courage, communication/conflict resolution, resilience, leadership skills, vision and purpose. Professional athlete facilitators break down the barriers and gets to the root of some of the issues that affect youth. Through questions, discussion and interactive and physical activities, students make their own connections and strive for success. Program takes into account real life experience, theory and practice which provides an ongoing culture of learning and growth.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food SharksThe Food Mood ConnectionThis nutrition workshop helps students to understand how food plays a significant role in their mood and overall mental and physical health. Facilitator discusses the fundamentals of a healthy diet, foods that support well-being, and how media and marketing industries influence nutritional choices. Students learn to read and understand food labels and nutritional facts to ultimately gain knowledge to make informed, healthy food choices. Because the health & wellness industry is booming, growth trends and careers are also highlighted. SHSM certification is available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KickAss Careers LimitedSkilled Trade PathwaysTaking real-life practical experiences while dressing the part, Jammie McMillan brings the skilled trades to students by telling her personal career journey in skilled trades and technology. Jammie shares successes and failures along the way and provides information on the various pathways in skilled trades as well as the vast opportunities in career options in MITC (Mechanical, Industrial, Technology and Construction) sector. The presentation inspires students to chart their own path and challenge stereotypes in the industry and choose skilled trades as a viable, successful and rewarding career option.
Centre for Immigrant&Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
CultureLink Settlement and Community ServicesSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
North York Community HouseSettlement Education Partnership Toronto SEPTSEPT offers settlement services to newly arrived families and secondary school students in schools’ satellite and reception centres. Settlement Workers deliver individual/family services, or group programs that help participants understand and successfully transition into the education system; and accelerate the settlement process. SEPT also delivers two programs in the summer for newly arrived students and families, some of whom are enrolled in TDSB summer school courses. These programs include: Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW) program for secondary students; and, Welcome Information for Newcomer (WIN) program for middle school students and families.
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.
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.
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 .)
Canadian Roots ExchangeReconciliation 101This interactive workshop develops participants' understanding of the history of Reconciliation, beginning with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and its 94 Calls to Action. Facilitators provide a brief presentation of what the TRC is and its implications on the relationships with Indigenous peoples and settlers. Students then engage in interactive activities and group discussions to further understand the many facets of reconciliation and its role in creating a more equitable future. Sessions are always co-facilitated by Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitators. Canadian Roots Exchange emphasize this shared model of leadership and experiential education in order to provide holistic approaches and diverse perspectives on issues that impact communities. In all activities, dialogue and cultural representation is necessary to fostering understanding and reconciliation.
Nimi AtmaRecollect Your RootsWorkshop in which students reflect, recollect and describe their first memory from their roots/heritage/culture culminating in a video documentation serving as an affirmation of their identity and heritage. Led by a Tamil-Canadian author and filmmaker, students are encouraged to think critically about their heritage and how they wish to express their memory while guided in the storytelling/narrative process. The work documented in the video help students to understand the role early memories play in the construction of identity while giving them a greater sense of self and confidence in their voice. This workshop is particularly relevant for children of minorities whose voices are marginalized in the Canadian media landscape, as they will learn how to use media to preserve their heritage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strides Toronto Support ServicesPartners for Success The program is designed to promote the healthy development of students and prevent the escalation of mental health difficulties in referred children. The objective is to contribute to the positive mental health of identified students, and to support the development of student’s social, emotional and resiliency skills. Mental health and well-being prevention and intervention activities are designed in consultation with the local Professional Support Services Staff, Principal, and teacher. Professional learning and parent council presentations and workshops on topics relevant to the school community are also available for staff teams, and parents.
Literal ChangeOrton-Gillingham Professional LearningIn this professional learning session in person or by video-conferencing, staff are exposed to the multi-sensory and direct teaching strategies found within the Orton-Gillingham remedial literacy approach. Half or full day interactive workshop introduces Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches, terminology, learning exceptionalities and targeted teaching strategies that address phonological awareness, syllabication, morphology, spelling and writing. Facilitators provide teaching examples and assessment tools to help teachers identify gaps in knowledge and translate the results into teaching objectives and lesson plans. Literacy Specialist course offers a more in-depth understanding of Orton-Gillingham based-learning approaches which includes research, terminology, assessment, organization of learning and application for learners.
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 .
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.
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.
The Mosaic InstituteNext GenerationThis program equips high school students with the tools to become leaders for a more just world. The interdisciplinary, culturally relevant and empathy-based curriculum enables students to practise self-awareness by exploring their identities and biases, navigate uncomfortable conversations, resolve conflicts by finding common ground, and engage as changemakers in their local communities. The following themes are covered in-person or via video-conferencing: peace and conflict, identity and privilege, prejudice and discrimination, trauma and self-care, and social action. This program incorporates experience from Canadian schools with regard to exclusion and resolving conflict in the classroom to advance The Mosaic Institute's mission for bringing people together.
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.
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”.
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.
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 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.
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 .
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!
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.
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.
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.
Canadian Roots ExchangeHistories of ColonizationIn this workshop, secondary school students begin to learn about the histories of colonization as experienced by various Indigenous communities on this land. Facilitators connect things that have happened in ‘history’ to things that are going on now. Students learn about how systems, policies, and laws are connected to discrimination faced by people every day. To understand the modern issues that First Nations, Metis and Inuit face, students must know the history of violence and oppression that led their people to their current realities.
Strides Toronto Support ServicesHelping Hands at School"Helping Hands" activities are designed to support students who have been identified as homeless, to reduce the negative effects of homelessness on emotional well-being and academic performance, and enabling students to function more effectively and positively in the school environment. Activities may include supports that focus on social skill development, self-esteem, anger management and building resilience, for classes, select groups, and/or individual students. Strategies, activities are designed and implemented in consultation with local school Principal, Social Worker, and teacher.
Health CanadaHealthy Home and Environment: Steps to Improve Your Health These engaging presentations for secondary students and staff discuss environmental health risks and prevention strategies. Participants engage with Health Canada staff in learning about various topics related to human health and the environment; for example, the effects of radon, different chemicals and air quality on human health. Participants explore potential health risk while deepening their understanding of various strategies for reducing risks. The presentations will also raise awareness of Health Canada and its resources on environmental health.
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.
Shira WolchGrey Matters WorkshopsGrey Matters brings the concept of an inclusive classroom to life by helping students to understand disability and neurological diversity. By understanding what makes everyone different, and destigmatizing disability, inclusion is built. The four part workshop shares how the brain works, how some disabled brains work differently, why disability is not a bad word, visible and invisible disabilities and what students can do to be more inclusive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forests Ontario Forestry in the Classroom Presentations connect students with their environment and potential futures in forestry either in-person or by video-conferencing. Student enquiry is at the focus of the presentations that cover the following themes: tree identification and urban forests, tree biology, invasive species, forest management and forest careers. Facilitators bring the outdoors into the classroom through powerpoint presentations, samples and images to illustrate important concepts. Career presentations provide an opportunity to learn about the education and diverse career pathways from seek forecasting and management to research on the long-term effects of climate change.
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.
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.
Engineers of TomorrowEngineer-in-Residence (EIR) A real life engineer is matched with a classroom for the whole school year. The goal of the program is to bring the engineering experience into the classroom. Engineer facilitators share personal stories and experiences, facilitate hands-on STEM activities, share information about engineering professions and pathways to get there. Engineers and teachers work to customize and map the program which enhances, math, science and experiential learning activities. Requests for engineers to support SHSM and ICE training may be available.
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.
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.
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.
Chartered Professional AccountantsCPA Canada Financial Literacy PresentationsPresentations engage students in discussion, case studies and interactive activities that deepen their understanding of financial literacy basic concepts and skills. The following topics are covered: Bartering; Needs and Wants; Goal Setting; Earning Income; Credit Cards and Bad Debt versus Good Debt; and, Budgeting and Savings. Presentations are available in both English and French.
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.
Bad Subject Youth OrganizationConsent & Media LiteracyFree consent and healthy relationship workshop for students and teachers to build a culture of consent where youth are empowered with the skills they need to form healthy and respectful relationships. Workshops delivered by trained facilitators engage youth through discussion, skill-building exercises and activities using scenarios to understand outcomes. Two workshops are available: “Consent In Real Life” where students explore boundaries, non-verbal communication, rejection, sex, building healthy relationships, social dynamics and media and “Digital Generation” challenges the victim-blaming narrative and encourages media-literacy skills, consensual use of social media and critical thinking. Professional learning is available to staff.
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.
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.
Alpha Coding Inc.Coding, Computer Science and RoboticsCore learning in these in-person or by video-conferencing workshops focus on computational and logical thinking, problem solving as well as design thinking. For younger students (grades 1 & 2), students explore visual block-based coding such as Scratch Junior or Scratch coding, as well as Minecraft. For grades 3+, students learn text-based coding and more abstract concepts such as Python, JavaScript, Java, Arduino robotics, App Inventor, and Minecraft. These workshops offer a variety of real-world challenges to help students develop a deeper understanding of the world of computer science and computer programming using online tools and open source tools. Students become familiar with the syntax of popular programming languages used in the software industry and become experienced in designing algorithms. Facilitators share how technology and programming language is used in different sectors/careers.
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.
Humber 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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