Overview

  • On September 27, 2019, our District launched the “Expect Respect” campaign in every school. This action was supported through The Expect Respect resolution approved by the DPSCD Board of Education during the September 2019  board meeting as a call to action for the District to foster positive relationships.

    Superintendent Vitti noted at that time, “The Expect Respect campaign expands our Strategic Plan focus on Transforming Culture and the Whole Child. As we improve our curriculum, expand the arts, and fully staff schools we cannot ignore that one of our most important functions is to develop active citizens who love and respect one another. The goal of the campaign is to create positive climate and culture in all schools. The expectation is that we treat each other with kindness, understanding, and respect one another’s differences. This campaign is designed to proactively and strategically build character and to emphasize the District’s stance on anti-bullying. Children and employees cannot reach their potential if they are mistreated.”

    As we launch for the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to focus on 10 character-traits for students to deeply study each month utilizing the Overcoming Obstacles and Pacers National Bullying Prevention Center curriculum, taught by DPSCD’s guidance counselors and school social workers. Students will be involved in formal lessons about communication, decision making, and goal setting. The Office of Culture and Climate will also assist schools in schoolwide activities that involve the face to face and online communities.  In addition Expect Respect Home Connections activities will be shared with parents to encourage their continued involvement. 

    In addition, “Expect Respect” encompasses student safety through OK2SAY, a confidential reporting tool. Students are encouraged to anonymously report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at students, school employees, and schools. The 24/7 portal can be accessed via phone call, text or email, and at www.ok2say.com.

    The “Expect Respect” campaign will reduce day to day negative interactions students have with each other and staff while improving the perception of safety within schools. Students, parents, teachers and community partners are encouraged to take the pledge to give respect, “expect respect,” and to report instances of students being treated unkindly. For more information and to download the pledge card or view Home Connection activities, parents may visit www.detroitk12.org. 

Expect Respect - November 2020

  • Expect Respect Character Trait: KINDNESS

    Focus for November: WORLD KINDNESS DAY

    Celebrate World Kindness Day

     November 13, 2020

    The purpose of World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Learn more about World Kindness Days and ways you can get involved by visiting this website:

    https://nationaltoday.com/world-kindness-day/

    Creating a Culture of Kindness

    Remind students that being kind does not require grand gestures. Create a culture of kindness by making a theme for each day of the week: on Mondays, students communicate with an elderly person. On Tuesdays, they are tasked with helping their parents in some way. On Wednesdays, they find a ‘random act of kindness to perform, and on Thursdays, they focus on self-care by doing something that makes them feel good about themselves. On Fridays, students can share some of the kind things that was done throughout the week. Throughout the month, students document and reflect on their actions in gratitude diaries.

    Kindness Counts

    Getting kids involved in bettering the world around them helps develop both perspective and empathy—and the knowledge that we can all help change the world for the better. The month, families can make cards for local nursing homes and hospitals, assemble blessing bags for homeless shelters, and donate items like winter coats for families in need.

    What Kindness Means to Me?

    Video Montage 

    Create a schoolwide video with quotes from various individuals responding to the prompt: What Kindness Means to Me?

     

    EXPECT RESPECT CHARACTER TRAIT: KINDNESS

    FOCUS FOR NOVEMBER: KINDNESS

    Home Connection

    Kindness Quotes

    Start your child’s day off with positivity. Share a quote of the day with your child each morning that focuses on kindness. Here are some examples of kindness quotes:

    “It’s nice to be important, but it is MORE important to be nice.”

    “If you can be anything, be kind.”

    “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

    “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

    Kindness Challenge

    As a family, focus on being more kind to each other and recognize when kindness is being displayed. Record all kind acts that happen throughout the month within your household. Challenge your child to do at least one kind thing each day and you do the same. At the end of each week, recap all of the kind acts that were done by each family member.

    Taking Care of the Earth

    Being kind to the earth is key. Teach your child ways to recycle, reuse, and reduce in order to do their part in taking care of the earth. Some ideas: start recycling your trash, reuse grocery store bags, jars, and containers instead of throwing them away, reduce the amount of water that your household uses by taking shorter showers and cutting the water off while brushing your teeth.

    World Kindness Day

    November 13, 2020

    The purpose of World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Learn more about World Kindness Days and ways you can get involved by visiting this website:

    https://nationaltoday.com/world-kindness-day/