Safe Schools & Communities
The Expect Respect® Program engages school personnel, parents and community organizations in promoting healthy relationships, creating safe school and afterschool environments and responding effectively to incidents of violence and abuse.
Expect Respect works with schools to foster a safe and responsive school environment and assists with needs assessments, training and development of protocols to effectively respond to incidents and prevent bullying, sexual harassment and dating violence.
- Policy Planning Tool - assists school districts with the implementation of the Texas Teen Dating Violence Law. Click here to see a video developed by the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University that illustrates the requirements and components of TEC 37.0831
- Strengths and Needs Assessment - foundation for understanding school and community needs and developing a strategic plan.
- Manor Collaborative for Safe and Healthy Relationships - supports children and youth who have been exposed to violence and works with schools and community organizations to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating and sexual violence among teens. Expect Rexpect leads a partnership with Manor ISD, Strong Start, Con Mi MADRE, African American Youth Harvest Foundation, Travis County Sheriff''s Office, Travis County Office for Children's Services and the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Taskforce.
- Resources and Training for Administrators, Counselors, Faculty, Nurses, Law Enforcement and Parent Support Specialists on dating abuse, sexual harassment and bullying prevention. For examples, see www.austinisd.org/respectforall.
- Engagement of Coaches - promotes respectful and safe relationships on and off the field. Austin ISD Athletic Director, Leal Anderson, speaks to the role of coaches and athletes as leaders in violence prevention.
- Collaboration with Social and Emotional Learning and Student Support Services - promotes positive character and healthy relationships among students and student athletes. See also www.austinisd.org/academics/sel
- Parent and Youth Transition Initiative in collaboration with The Austin Project, AISD Learning Support Services and Parent Support Office - increases communication and school connectedness for families transitioning to middle school.
- Dating Abuse Screening and Response Protocol for Nurses and comprehensive training.
- Collaboration with the Austin ISD School Health Advisory Council - develops a coordinated approach to school health, including social emotional health and violence prevention.
- Curricula and other materials - see Resources for Educators
- Collaboration with the Travis County/City of Austin Work-based Learning Program to provide the Expect Respect Summer Youth Leadership Academy.
- Collaboration with Austin Healthy Adolescent Program, City of Austin Health and Human Services, to engage youth in advancing the health of their communites.
- Partnership with the Travis County Sheriff's Office to engage coaches and athletes as positive bystanders: Athlete the Positive Champion, Purple Ribbon Campaign.
- Partnerships with the ZACH Theatre to increase access to the arts for children and families exposed to violence.
- Participation in community coalitions to integrate healthy relationship promotion with other issues in teens' lives:
- Austin/Travis County Children's Mental Health Plan
- Healthy Youth Partnership
- Children and Youth Mental Health Planning Partnership
- Ready-by-21 and Ready-by-21 steering group to define priority indicators for child and youth wellbeing.
- Austin Family Violence Taskforce