Chancellor Fariña and City Council Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm Congratulate Record 55 ‘Respect For All’ Schools

  • Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 Updated: Mon Apr 23, 2018

Respect for All is an initiative that schools engage in throughout the school year and its goal is to combat bullying as well as harassment

NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña and City Council Education Committee Chair Daniel Dromm today congratulated students and staff at a record 55 schools for the outstanding programs they have created to combat bullying, discrimination and harassment. They have been named Respect for All Schools as part of the Department of Education’s Respect for All initiative, which helps schools foster inclusive learning environments.
The 55 schools were named Respect for All Schools for implementing programs during the 2013-14 school year that teach students the importance of respecting others. The Department of Education and the City Council created the award as part of the City’s efforts to combat bullying and harassment. The awardees were announced at PS 380 John Wayne Elementary in Brooklyn, one of the winning schools.
“We have one of the most diverse student populations in the world and it is vitally important that we help students celebrate and embrace that diversity,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “These 55 schools are a wonderful example of what we can achieve when we focus on promoting inclusion and respect for people of all backgrounds. I want to congratulate all the award recipients, and I want to thank our elected officials and our partners for their continued support for this important initiative.”
“This is such a well-deserved honor for these schools, whose students and faculty have worked hard on developing ways to further improve their school environments,” said Interim Acting Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose. “The Respect for All initiative furthers our vital goal of ensuring that all of our students learn to celebrate the rich diversity we enjoy.”
“We must create safe spaces where students can thrive, grow to their full potential and follow their dreams, without worrying about bullying,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “I thank Chancellor Fariña for her continued commitment to the Respect for All Campaign. I also want to thank Council Member Dromm for his tremendous leadership on this issue and the New York City Department of Education for spearheading this important effort to ensure that we put an end to bullying, giving all NYC students the chance to learn and grow in a safe environment.”
Respect for All is an initiative that schools engage in throughout the school year and its goal is to combat bullying as well as harassment based on ethnicity, color, national origin, race, religion, citizenship or immigration status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, weight, and disability. To support schools in this work, the DOE’s Office of Safety and Youth Development has made many resources available to principals and school staff members through the online Respect For All Library, which includes sample lesson plans and connections to community organizations that offer programs and free curricular resources. The DOE also provides full-day professional training in age-appropriate curriculum modules, access to the webinar “Step In, Speak Up” to help support LGBT students, and other professional development opportunities.
The initiative is supported by the City Council, United Federation of Teachers, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, and a number of community-based organizations.
“Bullying should not be a part of any student's day,” said City Council Education Committee Chairperson Daniel Dromm. “The Respect for All curriculum encourages discussions and lessons centered around diversity. Only when students feel safe can they thrive. I applaud all the award winners for participating in the 2015 Respect for All campaign and for their dedication to teaching tolerance, acceptance and for celebrating the diversity that makes New York City the great place that it is.”
The winning schools implemented many different kinds of programs that celebrated diversity and promoted respect among students.
At PS 380, cluster teachers conduct a series of lessons focused on character traits including responsibility, respect, caring and good citizenship. Based on these lessons, students design friendship bags, conduct a school-wide project of “filling buckets” with good deeds, and attend assemblies on respect and anti-bullying behavior. 
IS 228 in Brooklyn hosted its first annual Leadership Summit on Bullying Prevention this past school year, during which participants took part in a series of workshops on how to create a safe and supportive school.  Another new initiative was Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP), which paired a group of six diverse students with a teacher facilitator once a week to foster positive relationships between students.
At Staten Island Tech High School, another Respect for All winner, an Assistant District Attorney addressed the entire student body regarding internet safety and cyberbullying. The school has also created a special RFA “button” on its school website that allows confidential online reporting of instances of bullying behavior and bias.
“At PS 380, we believe that by focusing on respect for others and emphasizing that we are all one community, we are helping our students become well-rounded and responsible citizens,” said Elsa Nuñez, principal of PS 380. “I am so proud of our students and staff for their work in earning this honor and I want to congratulate all our fellow recipients.”
“The Respect for All anti-bullying initiative is working in our schools. Our dedicated school leaders, motivated students and caring families are teaching our children that bullying is unacceptable behavior,” said Ernest Logan, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators. “From Manhattan’s Harvey Milk High School to PS 139 in Rego Park, today’s winners show that tolerance makes for a richer life experience both in and outside of school. I am proud of how our school leaders and staff, students and communities have taken steps to end bullying. Today is a great day.”
“The Respect for All initiative teaches children not only the importance of tolerance as a concept, but what it looks like in practice and how they can apply principles of respect, acceptance and fairness in their own lives,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “Our students learn that they can make a difference – by standing up for someone who is being bullied and by celebrating individuality and what makes us all different. The UFT and its own Be Brave Against Bullying campaign are proud supporters of the Respect for All initiative.”
“The deep work of promoting a positive school climate and Respect for All truly deserves this recognition,” said Mark Weiss, Director of Education, Operation Respect. “Operation Respect congratulates the wonderful schools that are receiving the award, and we are grateful for the partnership, years of hard work, and the collaboration and passion that this success reflects. These schools are extraordinary models and an inspiration for all of us to continue to walk this road together.”
“Morningside Center is proud to be a partner in the NYC Department of Education’s Respect for All Program,” said Tom Roderick, Executive Director of the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. “The negative behaviors kids experience because of differences can plague them for a lifetime. Through Respect for All, students and educators learn to celebrate differences and counter discrimination in all of its forms.”
“The Anti-Defamation League is proud to continue our partnership with the New York City Department of Education’s Respect for All Initiative,” said Evan Bernstein, New York Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League. “We applaud the Department’s efforts to create a safe and supportive classroom environment that welcomes all students. ADL looks forward to continued work on the RFA initiative, and collaboration with the various recognized schools in order to help establish a culture of inclusion and respect that will make it easier for students to succeed.”
For more information about the DOE’s Respect for All initiative, please visit the Respect for All website
List of the winning schools:
PS 157 Grove Hill
PS 69 Journey Prep School
PS 11 Highbridge
PS 86 Kingsbridge Heights
PS 396
PS 57 Crescent
Brooklyn International High School
PS 110 The Monitor
PS 120 Carlos Tapia
PS 380 John Wayne Elementary
PS 372 The Children's School
PS 249 The Caton
PS 89 Cypress Hills
PS 273 Wortman
PS 69 Vincent D. Grippo School
Ralph A. Fabrizio School
JHS 259 William Mckinley
PS 503 The School of Discovery
PS 97 The Highlawn
IS 98 Bay Academy
PS 226 Alfred De B. Mason
IS 228 David A. Boody
PS 119 Amersfort
PS 222 Katherine R. Snyder
PS K053
University Neighborhood High School
PS 41 Greenwich Village
PS 212 Midtown West
PS 59 Beekman Hill International
Harvey Milk High School
Paula Hedbavny School
PS M226
PS/IS 113 Anthony J. Pranzo
PS 199 Maurice A. Fitzgerald
Bard High School Early College Queens
PS 24 Andrew Jackson
PS 154 Queens
PS 31 Bayside
PS 162 John Golden
PS 186 Castlewood
PS 66 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
PS 97 Forest Park
PS 254 The Rosa Parks School
Scholars' Academy
PS 121 Queens
PS 139 Rego Park
PS 95 Eastwood
PS 176 Cambria Heights
PS 195 William Haberle
PS 69 Jackson Heights
PS 152 Gwendoline N. Alleyne School
PS Q255
PS 20 Port Richmond
PS 29 Bardwell
Staten Island Technical High School 
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