CURRICULUM ENHANCEMENT Programs that provide additional opportunities in specific subject areas to enrich curricular outcomes, increase relevancy and student participation
Ontario Arts Council - 3 Artist in Residence Programs
EngageARTS provides professional learning for elementary teachers with a dual focus on literacy and the arts. It involves co-teaching with artists and demonstration classrooms for 48 visiting teachers.
Arts and the Early Years is a collaboration between the Music department and Early Years to build arts-infusion capacity of JK-Grade 1 teachers to encourage thinking and emotional expression in young children.
Across Experiences Arts Co-op: Dance, Theatre, Media and Film cultivates cross-cultural connections between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students. Students create original Theatre, Dance and Media Arts work which they tour through gr 7/8 classes and perform at YPT. Aboriginal worldviews and perspectives are embedded within the program. Visiting artists and Elders provide ongoing support to the program.
OCAD University mentors
Through tutoring/mentoring activities provided by volunteer OCAD students in collaboration with the classroom teacher, TDSB students receive support and encouragement for their visual arts activities. OCAD University recruits and trains the volunteer tutors and mentors. The pilot program enriches the visual arts curriculum at Clinton St Jr PS.
No.9: Contemporary Art & the Environment
-Imagining My Sustainable City
This interdisciplinary program enhances ecological literacy through an architecture and urban design project for grade 7 classes at 16 schools. Students document the way components of their community function (transportation, waste and water management, building types, green spaces, energy use etc.) and develop ecologically sustainable models to address these issues in their community. A Public Exhibition of Student Models will be held at Metro Hall.
We Are One Jazz Project
Three hundred Grade 3-6 students from 7 schools in ER19 & 20 are invited to join the weekly jazz choir rehearsals led by professional music educators. The student choir joins the We Are One Jazz Project's adult choir, big band, string section and world-renowned guest soloists for a public performance at the project's conclusion. Dr. Barry Harris, will conduct three of the congregated choir rehearsals. Students develop self-confidence, concentration, improvisation and memory skills, personal enjoyment of and a life-long appreciation for the arts.
Toronto Centre for the Arts and SOCAN- Canadian Songwriting Program
Students will be engaged in songwriting, creative self-expression activities and in performance opportunities through workshops facilitated by well-known Canadian songwriters. They will learn about the legacy and impact of Canadian songwriters on Canadian culture and beyond, thus raising the awareness of Canadian songwriting achievement. Schools across TDSB may apply.
School Yard Greening Projects
The Partnership promotes the TDSB Go Green Climate Change Action Plan by providing expertise and services for EcoTeams in more than 400 certified EcoSchools as they work towards transforming their school yards into vibrant spaces where students learn to live more sustainably. Since its inception eleven years ago, the partnership has been indispensable in the ongoing development and implementation of the program.