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 - January 2021
Expect Respect Character Trait: Citizenship
Focus for January: Day of Service
Teach students how to be good digital citizens. Use the document below to review with the students.
Invite an elected official, Police Officer, Firefighter, or Veteran to speak to the students, either in person or virtual. These individuals can share their personal stories and discuss being a good citizen.
Teen Summit (Grades 6-12)
Select representatives from each grade level to lead a school-wide discussion around various social issues of their choice. The issues can be school level, local, state, or national. The students will not only discuss the issues but think of possible solutions for addressing the issues.
Create a student council if your school does not have one already. Allow students to be a part of the decision-making process at your school. This will give the students a voice and help to make them better students and citizens.
Day of Service
Organize a School-wide Day of Service. This could be done on MLK Day or another day during the month. Connect with a local non-profit organization to partner with for this day.
EXPECT RESPECT CHARACTER TRAIT: Citizenship
FOCUS FOR January: Day of Service
Model Being a Good Citizen
As a parent, you must remember that your children are always watching you. In order to help your child become a responsible citizen, parents should model the behaviors they hope to see in their children. Some of the behaviors you can model is being kind to others and helping others. It is critical to remember that everything you do as a parent is under the watchful eyes of your children, so be a great example.
Shared Decision Making
Democratic ideals can be on display in your home every single day. Not all family decisions are negotiable, but single out those that can be. Encourage kids to have a say in decisions such as movies, family games, or other collaborative activities. Also, model responsible civic behavior by taking children with you to the polls on voting day and talk about the importance of voting in every election.
Day of Service
Choose a day in the month to give back to the community. Plan a day of service for your family to work together in serving others. You can do things such as, volunteer at a local food bank, choose a neighbor to help in some way, or join a community clean-up project to join in.
Teach civics by analyzing age-appropriate current events and leading a discussion on how to approach the news. It promotes the idea of keeping your child connected to the world and spreading the importance of remaining aware of the important issues that drive the current events in the world. By being exposed to the news, your child will grow up connected to society so that he or she can feel confident and driven to contribute