The Dignity for All Students Act
The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) of the state of New York was enacted in 2010, and went into effect on July 1, 2012.
The objectives of Project Wisdom align closely with the goal of DASA:
- To build character by encouraging students to take responsibility for their choices and actions.
- To build confidence by empowering students to do and be their personal best.
- To build a strong sense of community on campus by encouraging students to honor the diversity that makes our country great.
- To foster a more caring school climate by encouraging respectful behaviors that decrease incidents of bullying, teasing, and other disruptive behaviors, and by encouraging acts of kindness.
- To encourage social-emotional learning such as self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, and relationship skills.
- To encourage reflection and critical thinking.
- To improve teacher morale.
"I enjoy the messages and activities. I use them in my classroom and have found that they work well in supporting and promoting the Dignity for All Students Act. Thank you!!"
Nicole, Middle School Teacher - NY
The content and processes of Project Wisdom can help schools fulfill the requirements
for "expanded instruction in civility, citizenship, and character education."
Project Wisdom is one of the oldest and most respected character education programs
in the nation. Our proven program is currently licensed in over 19,000 schools
nationwide. The centerpiece of the program is an online collection of thought-provoking
messages designed to be narrated daily over your PA or in-house television system.
Each day you can reach everyone on campus with a few Words of Wisdom that uplift
and encourage a more positive and effective school climate. These daily broadcast
messages (along with weekly and monthly themes and student journal pages) are
the foundation for your one-year subscription to the Project Wisdom Educator
Resource Site 2.0.
Key findings from our program evaluation include:
- Decreases incidents of student teasing and/or bullying.
- Decreases discipline referrals to the office.
- Affects the school climate in a positive way.
- Has a positive impact on teacher morale.
- Increases students’ self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
- Stimulates student conversation about character issues.*
*Data analysis and reporting conducted by Dr. Beth Manke, Associate Professor
in the Human Development Department at California State University, Long Beach,
and Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston. See the complete evaluation
Project Wisdom promotes positive interpersonal relationships in adult
staff and students through a three-part system:
- Whole school climate messages for broadcast.
- Online library of grade level specific or academic subject specific lesson plans for the classroom.
- Professional support through encouraging email messages which foster professionalism, promote ethical and caring leadership, and classroom management.
- Love of learning
- Golden Rule
- Human dignity and worth
- Human excellence
- Nonviolence, conflict resolution
- Positive attitude
- Positive work ethic
- Responsibility, individual and social
- Service to others
The following list represents a sample of topics selected from Project Wisdom materials which align with the goals of the DASA and foster a positive social climate in schools.
- Bad Language
- Black History Month: Diversity
- Brotherhood: Nonviolence
- Bullying: Golden Rule/Kindness
- Bullying (How to Stop): Respect/Responsibility/Caring
- Bullying (Not Cool): Kindness/Compassion/Fairness
- Bullying: Respect/Kindness
- Bullying (What's Happening): Responsibility/Respect
- Buddha's Birthday: Character
- Caring: Educators Care
- Caring: Empathy/Golden Rule
- Character: Reporting Crimes
- Charity: Kindness/Gratitude
- Choices: Choosing What's Right
- Choosing What's Right: Peace
- Choosing What's Right: Respecting Elders
- Chinese/Lunar New Year: Virtues/Choices
- Christmas: Peace
- Christmas: Self-esteem
- Citizenship: Nonviolence
- Citizenship (Finding the Dream): Positive work ethic/Service to others
- Citizenship (Head, Heart, and Hands): Self-responsibility/Citizenship
- Citizenship (Leading the Way): Responsibility/Citizenship
- Compassion: Love
- Compassion: Tolerance
- Conscience: Choices
- Conscience: Learning From Mistakes
- Contributing: Service
- Contributing: Tolerance
- Cooperation: Doing The Right Thing
- Courtesy: Kindness/Manners
- Courtesy: Manners
- Cyberbullying (CeWEBrities): Responsibility/Self-discipline
- Cyberbullying (Instant Mean): Respect/Responsibility
- Cybercitizenship: Respect/Responsibility/Honesty/Fairness/Citizenship
- Dealing With Anger
- Disabilities (Abilities and Disabilities): Respect/Caring
- Disabilities (Johnny the Bagger): Kindness/Responsibility/Respect
- Diversity: Tolerance
- Diversity: Uniqueness
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday: Tolerance
- Education: Dealing With Anger
- First Day Of School: Education
- First Week Of School: Education
- Friendship: Respect/Caring/Gratitude
- Generosity: Helping Others
- Genius: Brotherhood
- Golden Rule: Bullying/Teasing
- Goodness (Good for Goodness' Sake): Goodness/Caring/Respect
- Gossip: Choosing What's Right
- Gossip (Sticks and Stones): Human dignity/Respect/Caring
- Gratitude: Overcoming Greed
- Hanukkah: Dedication
- Hanukkah: Golden Rule
- Helping Hands: Service
- Helping Others: Caring For Others/Empathy
- Helping Others: Service
- Honesty: Cheating
- Honesty: Choosing What's Right
- Honoring Elders: Wisdom/Respect
- Human Rights Day: Safeguarding the Rights of Others - Fairness/Tolerance
- Influencing Others: Role Models
- Justice: Golden Rule/Choosing What's Right
- Kind Words
- Kindness (Simple Kindness): Respect/Tolerance
- Kakizome: Wisdom
- Kwanzaa: Self-reliance
- Leadership: Honesty/Peer Pressure
- Learning From Mistakes: Dealing With Anger
- Learning From Others: Respect
- Letting Go Of Hatred: Prejudging
- Listening: Judging Others
- Love: Caring/Overcoming Hatred
- Manners: Courtesy/Respect
- Martin Luther King's Birthday: Tolerance
- Might: Forgiveness/Friends
- Maulidi Al-nabi: Truthfulness
- Name Calling (Think Before You Speak): Kindness/Encouragement/Empathy
- Not Cool (bullying): Kindness/Compassion/Fairness
- Overcoming Loneliness: Friendship
- Overcoming Obstacles: Positive Attitude
- Peer Pressure: Moral Courage
- Positive Thinking
- Ramadan: Values
- Respect: Bullying/Teasing
- Respect: Cooperation
- Respect: Golden Rule/Kindness/Bullying
- Respect: Laughing At Others
- Respect: Teasing Others
- Respect: Caring/Brotherhood/Tolerance
- Role Models
- Self-discipline: Choices
- Self-responsibility: Learning From Mistakes
- Self-responsibility: Placing Blame
- Service: Productivity/Taking Action
- Simple Kindness: Antidote to bullying, teasing, violence
- Sticks and Stones: Harmful gossip - Caring/Human dignity
- Strength: Kindness
- Teaching: The Golden Rule/Influencing Others
- Tolerance: Choosing What's Right
- Tolerance: Golden Rule
- Uniqueness: Nonviolence
- Uniqueness: Originality
- United Nations Day: Peace
- Veterans Day: Patriotism
- Violence Prevention (Heroes of a Different Kind): Kindness/Compassion
- Violence Prevention (It Begins With You): Respect/Integrity
- Violence Prevention (Underneath the Anger): Respect/Responsibility
- Winter Holidays: Respect
- Wisdom: Choices
- Wisdom: Rules For Living
- Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement