About Respect for All

Respect for All

Each student and staff member brings to the New York City public school community the richness of our City’s cultural diversity and the desire for respect.

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The NYC DOE is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, citizen-ship/immigration status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or weight.

The NYC DOE launched the citywide Respect For All program in 2007 to build the capacity of staff and students to actively promote a community of inclusion in each of our schools. 

The seeds of Respect For All (RFA) were sown in the aftermath of 9/11, when the NYC DOE began a concerted citywide effort to promote respect for diversity and combat harassment, discrimination and bullying. This initiative provided professional development for K-12 school staff, as well as direct services to students. The goal of this work is to ensure that every NYC school provides a learning environment where all children feel safe, valued and respected,

Mouse over the timeline below to learn more about the NYC DOE’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all students in our City have the opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive environment.

    2013-2014

    2007-2008

    2008-2009

    2009-2010

    2010-2011

    2011-2012

    2012-2013

      • Mouse over the timeline above to learn more about the NYC DOE’s ongoing efforts to ensure that all students in our City have the opportunity to learn in a safe and supportive environment.

    • 2007-08:
      • In collaboration with community partners, the NYC DOE creates and begins implementation of two-day training institutes for teams of staff members in schools serving grades 6-12. 
      • The RFA webpage provides school staff with access to curriculum and other instructional resources, professional development opportunities, training materials, information on targeted initiatives and current research.
    • 2008-2009:
      • Chancellor’s Regulation A-832 is promulgated, requiring all schools to identify at least one staff member to serve as the school’s trained Respect For All liaison and to create an annual RFA plan outlining the proactive initiatives and programs the school will implement throughout the school year to prevent and address bullying and bias based behavior.
      • Two-day training institutes continue for RFA liaisons in schools serving grades 6 and above.
      • RFA posters and brochures are disseminated to schools citywide.
      • Lesson plans for middle and high school students linking RFA to the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities within the NYC DOE Discipline Code are created, in collaboration with community partners.
    • 2009-2010:
      • NYC DOE Quality Review rubric is updated to include RFA criteria for assessing school culture.
      • The NYC DOE creates and begins implementation of training institutes for RFA liaisons in schools serving grades K-5, in collaboration with community partners.
      • Full-day professional development is offered to high school classroom teachers to assist them in implementing age-appropriate curriculum to address bias-related behavior and bullying.
    • 2010-11:
      • Full-day professional development is offered to elementary and middle school classroom teachers to assist them in implementing age-appropriate curriculum to address bias-related behavior and bullying.
      • Annual Respect For All Week launches, offering schools an opportunity to showcase their ongoing work to promote interpersonal and intergroup respect, and to embark upon new or expanded programs for the spring semester.
      • The NYC DOE begins a series of Citywide full-day conferences on Promoting Respect for Diversity/ Preventing Hate Crime in collaboration with the New York State Division of Human Rights, the NYC Police Department Hate Crimes Task Force, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College.  
    • 2011-12:
      • Citywide full-day conferences continue on Promoting Respect for Diversity/Preventing Hate Crime.  
      • Full-day professional development on bullying and cyberbullying, specifically designed for counselors in middle and high schools, is implemented.
      • The annual Respect For All Award is created to recognize schools for their work to foster positive interpersonal and intergroup relations, and presented during RFA Week to schools that have done exemplary work to promote Respect For All.
    • 2012-13:
      • Full-day workshops focused on using curriculum to prevent and address cyberbullying are implemented for classroom teachers at middle and high schools.
      • Staff training materials and a guidance document Implementing Respect For All: A Guide to Promoting Safe and Inclusive School Environments for All Students and Compliance with the Dignity Act disseminated to all schools.
    • 2013-14
      • As of September 2013, over 4,700 RFA liaisons and parent coordinators have completed the two-day RFA liaison training institute.
      • The NYC DOE launches new trainings related to Respect For All for school staff in fall 2013:
        • “Fostering Respect for All: Empowering Students to Move From Bystanders to Allies,” new K-5 and 6-12 curriculum modules developed in collaboration with community partners.
        • A new training offered by the Office of Equal Opportunity for school staff on the DOE’s Chancellor’s Regulations related to Respect For All.
      • Respect For All library further advances work to promote positive and respectful interpersonal and intergroup relations. Full day professional development is offered to K-12 teachers and counselors to assist them in implementing an age-appropriate curriculum module Fostering Respect For All: Empowering Students to Move from Bystanders to Allies.


    Respect For All Brochures

    Respect for All Poster

    NYC DOE Policy Documents that Support Respect For All