About Us



Operation Respect is a non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming schools, camps and other youth-serving organizations into safer, more respectful, bully-free environments for children and youth. Founded in 1999 by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Dr. Charlotte Frank, Senior Advisor at McGraw-Hill Education, Operation Respect disseminates its own classroom based curriculum, the "Don't Laugh at Me," Program, free of charge to thousands of schools in the United States and internationally. Operation Respect's inspiring music, social-emotional learning curricula, multi-cultural 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.

The Don't Laugh at Me (DLAM) programs, one for grades 2-5, another for grades 6-8 and a third for summer camps and after-school programs are based on the well-tested, highly regarded conflict resolution curricula developed by the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) of Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR). Thanks to the generosity of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Operation Respect disseminates the DLAM programs free of charge. More than 180,000 copies of the program have been distributed to educators since Operation Respect's inception.

Operation Respect also offers assembly programs and professional development workshops designed to provide educators with the tools for effective implementation. To date, over 45,000 educators have participated in workshops throughout the United States and in Israel, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Japan and Jordan. Please visit Educators Avenue to learn more about these opportunities.

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