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Expect Respect

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) launched the “Expect Respect” campaign in every school, through the District’s revised Student Code of Conduct, in time to raise awareness around National Bullying Prevention Month. 

“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,” said Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, DPSCD. “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.”

Through this initiative, 10 character-traits are selected 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 “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, please visit

students stand near an Expect Respect sign