Sistema Toronto’s Teaching Artist Professional Development sessions ensures Sistema Toronto teachers have the additional skills needed to work with vulnerable communities. These mandatory paid professional development sessions are offered throughout the year and are part of Sistema’s curriculum development. Sessions focus on social and emotional learning and related teaching needs.
Funding from the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation has enabled Sistema Toronto to expand these sessions by providing additional supports through teacher PD by funding the sessions and enabling Sistema Toronto to invite outside experts and facilitators in child and youth mental health, music education and social learning.
These sessions are especially important as Sistema Toronto’s program has returned full-time to the classroom in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The social and emotional impact of the pandemic continues to be seen in students, and for many, has delayed their social development. Professional development sessions provide added support and education for our teachers, to ensure that students have their social, emotional and mental health needs met.
Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation.