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2021 Expect Respect – October

Social emotional learning is defined as the “process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” (CASEL, 2017).   

Detroit Public Schools Community District launched the Expect Respect Initiative to focus on social emotional learning on Sept. 27, 2019. And we continue to use this as an opportunity to practice our core values and strengthen key character traits that will yield growth. Through a focused approach to social emotional learning and character development, students will become more proficient in their understanding of and interactions with others, improving their ability to relate to their peers. These acts of awareness, regulation and monitoring will contribute to an overall positive school climate and culture. In addition, the adults in schools will continue to cultivate a nurturing environment that fosters learning and exploratory environments, modeling how students deserve to be treated. In each month, there is an opportunity to grow and learn how to be better, expect better and deliver better through character development.   

We will kick off Expect Respect learning in October with the character trait: Respect. Take the pledge today.   

Pledge Cards 
Please download a pledge card below, print, sign it and turn it into your school to recognize your commitment to Expect Respect! 

Students will: 

  1. Focus on a monthly character trait.
  2. Complete a school-wide activity.
  3. Recognize national/international awareness months.

 Staff will: 

  1. Ensure the character trait is taught at the beginning of the month and ensure follow up activities occur to demonstrate mastery.
  2. Allow students time to participate in and complete the school-wide activities.
  3. Recognize national/international awareness months.  

 Families/Parents/Stakeholders will: 

  1. Focus on the monthly character trait in home settings.
  2. Attend the Parent Academy session(s) to engage in activities around the character trait.
  3. Assist students as they learn about and recognize the national/international awareness months.