Founded in 1999 by Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, and Dr. Charlotte Frank, then Senior Vice President, Research and Development, McGraw-Hill Education, Operation Respect was first inspired by a private moment between father and daughter.
Operation Respect is a non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the social and emotional growth of children and youth to help them develop into compassionate, respectful, ethical, and civically engaged adults. Founded in 1999 by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Dr. Charlotte Frank, McGraw-Hill Education senior advisor, we disseminate our own classroom-based curriculum, the “Don’t Laugh at Me,” program, free of charge to schools worldwide. Operation Respect’s inspiring music, SEL curricula, multicultural videos and highly-regarded professional training provide adults with the tools they need to help children express their feelings constructively, resolve conflict peacefully, celebrate diversity, and engage with each other in a spirit of caring, compassion and cooperation.
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Leadership is making happen what you believe in. – Roland Barth Meet the people who make Operation Respect happen across the world.
The first theme of our Don’t Laugh at Me curriculum lessons is expressing feelings so we want to express one of ours – gratitude. We all realize that what really matters in the work we have committed to since 2000 are the gifts of caring and being cared about, loving and being loved, giving and being given to by those we hold dear.