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Respect For All Week


February 13-17, 2017
is Respect For All (RFA) Week in all NYC public schools. During this week, schools have the opportunity to highlight and build upon ongoing diversity programs and curriculum-based instruction. Schools also have the opportunity to embark upon new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and engage students in meaningful lessons and/or other activities that focus on preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation and/or bullying. 

RFA Week Suggested Daily Themes

Following are RFA Week suggested daily themes from the NYC DOE Office of Safety and Youth Development. Your school is encouraged to promote acceptance and understanding through theme-based lessons and activities.

Day 1: Bullying 101

What is bullying? What is cyberbullying? 

Day 2: How to Be an Ally
What can you do if you have been a victim or you know someone who has? 

Day 3: Religion. Race. Respect
Confronting anti-Muslim and anti-Arab bias.  Have discussions on race and intersectionality: 

  • Overcoming Obstacles Respect Activity Book
  • Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
  • Tanenbaum - Combating Religious Prejudice 
  • South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association (SALGA)
  • A Conversation About Race - New York Times article
  • Day 4: Pride
    Understanding sexual orientation (LGB) and gender identity/expression (transgender and gender non-conforming).

    Day 5: No One Eats Alone
    Your school is also encouraged to celebrate National No One Eats Alone Day on February 17, a nationwide lunchtime event during which students are encouraged to connect and engage with their peers in order to combat social isolation