A record 38 schools received Respect for All School Awards for implementing programs during the 2012-2013 academic year that address bullying and embrace diversity, the New York City Department of Education announced on Friday.
“Our students and staff come from all different parts of the world and Respect For All initiatives celebrate the richness of our cultural diversity,” Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement. "I want to congratulate our 38 winning schools—the most ever—for creating and participating in programs that embrace differences in others."
They were also joined by Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan; Councilmember Costa Constantinides; Randi Herman, vice president of the Council of Supervisors and Administrators; Janella Hinds, vice president of high schools for the United Federation of Teachers; I.S. 141 Assistant Principal Vanessa Williams; and community partners.
Launched by the Department of Education and the City Council during the 2007-2008 academic year, Respect For All is an initiative that schools participate in throughout the academic year to teach students about and provide solutions to issues such as bullying, diversity and creating an inclusive environment in the classroom.
At the Steinway School, for example, students received a lesson on the different types of bullying, how victims can report bullying and what disciplinary actions should be taken if a student engages in bullying, according to the Department of Education press release. Students at the Cypress Hills Community School also participated in Project C.A.R.E. — Communication, Accountability, Respect and Effort — an initiative created by parents, students and staff to bring about a more positive academic culture and support for Respect For All.
Here is the full list of the winning schools:
Jonas Bronck Academy
Brooklyn International HS
I.S. 98 Bay Academy
P.S. 372 The Children’s School
NYC Lab School
Bard High School
Flushing International High School
The Children’s School Scholars Academy
Hillcrest High School
I.S. 141 The Steinway
I.S. 227 Louis Armstrong
SI School of Civic Leadership