Schools

Programs for Students and Educators

Harmony Movement’s interactive and innovative school programs confront prejudice in our society; teach the value of embracing and respecting differences; and help build a positive school climate. Diversity education programs and workshops can be customized depending on your school’s needs. Harmony Movement will also create one or multi-day conferences or off-site retreats to address specific topics and meet the needs of your school, board, organization or community.

Student Programs

Harmony Movement’s interactive and innovative school programs confront prejudice in our society; teach the value of embracing and respecting differences; and help build a positive school climate. Diversity education programs and workshops can be customized depending on your school’s needs. Harmony Movement will also create one or multi-day conferences or off-site retreats to address specific topics and meet the needs of your school, board, organization or community.

Social Changemakers Leadership Program (SCLP)

Designed for grades 7-12, this two-day interactive program for up to 30 students engages participants through games, multi-media activities, and group discussions to introduce them to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion while developing their abilities to take leadership for social change.   Participants will increase their awareness of prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination and bullying; explore concepts of power and privilege; reflect on the role of the media in our society; and take leadership for safer and more inclusive schools and communities. Participants will have gained the tools to create an action plan for change or to initiate a project to share their new knowledge and skills within their school community.

Race and Racism – Igniting Student Voice

This exciting new program offering empowers students to become advocates for social change in the context of race and racism. In a one-day conference for up to 120 students or a two-day leadership program for up to 30 students, participants will critically explore identity, advocacy and allyship skill building, sharing and respecting lived experiences, deconstructing discrimination, and building skills for transformative conversations.  

Social Changemakers Leadership Conference / Retreat (SCC)

Designed for up to 120 students in grades 7-12, Harmony Movement will custom-design a one-day or multi-day equity leadership conference/retreat that provides a broad overview of equity and inclusion topics, or that focuses on a specific theme. Through plenary and breakout sessions as well as games and activities, students will gain a deeper awareness of equity-related issues while developing their abilities to take leadership for social change. The conference/retreat can be designed for a single school, for a board hosting multiple schools, or a region hosting multiple boards. It can be combined with programming for educators, parents/caregivers or community members.

Diversity Workshop

Designed for up to 30 participants, these half-day workshops cover a variety of equity-related topics for students in grades 4-12.  Workshops are tailored to meet the specific needs of your school, including such topics as: Equity 101, Safe and Accepting Schools, Behind the Bullying, Gender Stereotypes, Media & Me, Equity Thru History, Challenging Homophobia and Heterosexism, Spoken Word for Social Change, Beyond Borders, Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds, Environmental Justice, Positive Spaces, as well as topics specific to African and Asian Heritage months.     

School Assembly / Keynote Presentation

This one-hour inspirational student assembly or keynote presentation addresses student leadership and social change by exploring all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion.  Through the use of media, popular music and other elements of youth culture, students are engaged in activities aimed at embracing social differences in our society. Harmony Movement can tailor the assembly or presentation to meet the specific needs of your school.

Whole School Approach

A whole-school approach helps create long-term impact for a safe, equitable and inclusive school environment. Harmony Movement will provide consultation and strategic planning for school administration to develop a multi-semester program that is sustainable, engaging and transformative. The approach will bring together many or all of the components from our programs and conferences, with emphasis on the aspects of student leadership, peer-mentorship, and program legacy. It can also be combined with appropriate levels of equity training for administrators, educators and staff.

SHSM Non-Profit Training

Designed for students enrolled in the SHSM Non-Profit program, these sessions focused on professional practice are specifically catered to fulfill either the compulsory ‘Ethical Considerations’ training requirement or the ‘Equity and Inclusion’ elective training option. Participants must complete an assessment of learning at the end of the program and successful participants will receive a certificate of completion.           

Action Planning

This half-day program is designed to support students in creating and implementing sustainable initiatives for safer and more inclusive schools.   A Harmony Movement facilitator will work with a group of students to formulate a concrete action plan and implementation strategy to set their initiative into motion.  This includes identifying issues to be addressed, resources required and available, steps involved in taking action, and distribution of tasks and responsibilities.  The half-day action planning program is followed by up to eight hours of consultation and implementation support via Skype.

Professional Development for Educators

Harmony Movement’s professional development educator training aims at addressing the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion for all in school environments across Ontario. Workshops are designed for teachers, equity officers, administrators and board personnel, including support staff.

Keys to Transformative Dialogue
Responding to the current social and political context affecting schools and communities across the country, we have launched our newest program for educators and administrators -  Keys to Transformative Dialogue. This program equips participants to immediately and effectively engage with students, colleagues, parents and community members in courageous conversations, addressing inequity and discrimination. Participants will receive hands-on tools to apply in their daily interactions at work. 

Educator's Equity Workshop
A full-day workshop that engages up to 30 educators in exploring strategies to create safe, equitable and inclusive learning environments. Through experiential learning activities and guided self-reflection, educators will examine professional practices through an equity lens; learn more about how inequity manifests at systemic and individual levels; develop a greater understanding of the impact of bias and stereotypes on students and ourselves; as well as address existing gaps in achievement and opportunity between groups of students. Each participant will receive a copy of Harmony Movement’s Educator’s Equity Workbook.

Professional Development Workshop
Our professional development workshops cover a variety of equity-related topics. We can tailor these workshops to meet the specific needs of your organization or school. In these workshops, up to 30 participants learn the importance of challenging our own assumptions about others and creating environments in which all feel respected, reflected, understood and welcomed. Topics addressed include understanding the diversity of our classrooms and communities; challenging prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination in the workplace; addressing homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the classroom; shifting conversations from anti-bullying to pro-equity; as well as global citizenship education.

Equity Presentation / Keynote Presentation
A presentation of up to 2.5 hours for school administrators or educators on how to create a sustainable, safe, equitable and inclusive school environment. Participants will learn about the basic principles of equity and inclusion, self-awareness and the concept of an “equity lens”; how equity contributes to student success, as well as ways to develop strategies and an action plan in their schools and school boards. Each participant will receive a copy of Harmony Movement’s Educator’s Equity Companion Guide.

Consultation in Equity and Inclusion Education
Drawing upon the Equity and Inclusive Education: Going Deeper document, Harmony Movement offers customized consulting services to schools and school boards to support them in planning, implementing and assessing equity and inclusive education initiatives related to such areas as strategic planning, policy development, professional development, safe school initiatives, student success, and parent/caregiver engagement. These initiatives will support administrators and educators to identify areas of success and improvement in implementing the province’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy and the Safe and Accepting Schools Act.

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