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We Create National Respect Labs

By October 1, 2014Research

At our labs we conduct field research and directly impact more than 7,000 youth and their influencers with Respect 360 to help middle and high school students improve their life and academic outcomes.

Silicon Valley

“I am…” videos from Tell Your Truth digital art projects:

Campbell Middle School

700 students, 70+ educators and staff, 500+ parents reached • 63% Latino

At this Respect Lab, we are implementing proven, and testing new innovations, to prevent the “school to prison pipeline” and improve school culture through The Respect Basics and empathetic connections between adults and students. We were able to establish this lab with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Kaiser Permanente. 

School Climate Goals 2015-2016:

  • Integrate Respect 360 throughout the campus, youth and influencer interactions and PBIS.
  • Students, teachers/staff and parents learn a common definition of respect and self-respect.
  • Students and school influencers practice The Respect Basics on a monthly basis, such as journaling in homeroom, monthly Respect Rallies, professional development,  and new programs designed by teachers and staff through Ri Innovation Grants.
  • Parents offered workshops and materials offered in both Spanish and English throughout the year to learn how to use Respect 360 tools.

Innovations. Ri invested more than $5,000.00 in CMS to encourage innovations to creatively integrate Respect 360 into student and teacher activities in new ways, such as:

  • STEAM. Tell Your Truth art projects and stop-motion videos in which students express who they really are and why they’re worth respecting. Others will create a mural on campus. The KDOG (campus broadcast network) team also creates videos about The Respect Basics.
  • Restorative practices. Creating talking sticks so students can use them to create more respect in their homerooms.
  • Discovery trips and PSA. Based on winning an essay contest about race relations, bullying—and respect, 5 students will travel to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and The Japanese American Museum in San Jose. After the trip, the students will create PSA about what they learned to educate the entire school. Other students on campus are taking trips around Silicon Valley that experience The Respect Basic: Know You’re Valuable.
  • Physical fitness and well-being. Incorporating The Respect Basics into a successful Crossfit class and new yoga offering on campus.
  • Brave spaces. Creating safe spaces in the library and tech lab to recharge in self-respecting ways.
  • Parent and teacher education. New parent course and professional development offerings that incorporate Respect 360.

Click to view students’ Know You’re Valuable mantras:

“Partnering with the Respect Institute has increased our students’ and teachers’ respect vocabulary and knowledge. Students are using Respect Basics such as Trust Your Gut, Follow Your Passions and Get Help to support their personal growth. Counselors, teachers, and students have had an opportunity to define why they matter and why they are valuable in a way that developed their own view of self-respect and their perspectives of their peers.”—April J. Mouton, Principal, CMS

New York

Videos about this lab:

Young Women’s Leadership Network

3,000+ students and 200+ educators and staff at network and affiliates, 250+ parents reached

History: 2012-present. Our first national Respect Lab was establish at a YWLN affiliate school, Young Women’s College Prep Charter School of Rochester (YWCP), which as founded in 2012, serving vulnerable girls in a city that has a high school graduation rate of only 43 percent. We co-created a daily advisory program and advisor training framework that was trauma-informed, built resiliency, and was nimble to meet the daily needs of girls. Ri has since expanded its National Respect Lab on the east coast to include all five of the ground-breaking YWLN network schools in New York City, starting with concentrated training and family engagement at TYWLS Queens.

Goals 2014-2016:

  • Advisory. Support YWLN in creating a lead advisor program, including professional development from Ri, and in fortifying advisory best practices and outcomes at all schools.
  • Respect Rallies. Amplify self-respect through targeted Respect Rallies at several schools.
  • Grade-level roadmap. Pilot the new Respect 360 new toolkit, eTraining, and 6th to 12th-grade roadmap for the toolkit, including bonus Respect Basic: Be of Service.
  • Resiliency best practices. Increase advisory best practices outreach to affiliates, and other girls schools, as speaker at annual National Coalition of Girls Schools conferences sponsored by YWLN.

Outcomes. When asked, “What is the purpose of advisory?” a majority YWCP students said that the purpose was to create a safe space to get support, learn about themselves and each other, and create more caring connections.

  • 72% reported “I trust my advisor.”
  • 76% said “I set boundaries with others to make sure I reach my life and academic goals.”
  • 73% said “I feel I am an important person who can positively impact our world.”

YWLN. After just one day of Respect 360 sessions:

  • 87% of the girls said “I trust the adults who led my respect session MORE after today.”
  • 91% said “I gained NEW TOOLS today to help me respect myself and reach my goals.”
  • 73% said “I trust the girls in my respect session MORE after today.”

“With this inventive and accessible curriculum, the Respect Institute has captured our core values and enabled our teachers to fulfill our mission of educating the whole girl and meeting the social/emotional needs of our students so that they can succeed in school and beyond. In 20 years of working with adolescent girls, I have never seen a toolkit that more perfectly fits our needs and speaks to our mission that this one!  It’s become the defining cultural piece of our Advisory program and an integral part of the way we educate our students.” —Laura Rebell Gross, Director of Girls’ Education, YWLN

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