OPERATION RESPECT & WELCOMING SCHOOLS INITIATIVE
The Clark County Children's Mental Health Consortium, in collaboration with the Clark County School District and with support from the Public Education Foundation, has sponsored a poster contest for CCSD schools participating in the Operation Respect/Welcoming Schools Project. Winning posters will be announced on this website on May 5th and winners will be presented their awards at the CCSD School Board meeting scheduled for May 26th, 2016.
The winning posters from the 2016 contest can be seen below!
The Operation Respect/Welcoming Schools (OR/WS) Project in Clark County School District (CCSD) was initiated in the 2011-2012 school year. This project is a collaborative effort between the Human Rights Campaign Foundation: Welcoming Schools Project, which is a comprehensive program with LGBT-inclusive resources; Operation Respect, a non-profit established by Peter Yarrow of the iconic folk group, Peter, Paul, and Mary, which focuses on Social-Emotional Learning and Character Education; the CCSD Equity and Diversity Education (EDE) Department; and The Public Education Foundation (PEF). The project has grown in number from eleven K-12 schools in 2011-2012 to 39 in 2014-2015 (25 of these 39 schools are currently in their 2nd year of a 3-year implementation cycle).
Project goals are to reduce bullying and to create and maintain a school climate that respects and welcomesall students and families.
There are six (6) aspects of implementation at the sites.
Establishing School Leadership Teams
Providing Professional Development
Providing School-wide, Classroom, and Extra-curricular Activities
Implementing School-wide Policies
Ensuring that Informal/Hidden Curriculum Sends Appropriate Messages
All students deserve to feel that their school is a place where they can feel safe and secure and where they and their families are accepted and valued. Harmful stereotypes and prejudices must be dispelled to promote a climate that infuses a sense of belonging for all, encourages kindness and empathy, fosters respect, and honors diversity.