Building Healthy Relationships One Classroom at a Time
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What is Harmony? Imagine a classroom where students are empowered to: communicate, cooperate, connect, embrace diversity, and resolve conflict. Welcome to Sanford Harmony—a social-emotional teaching program that cultivates strong classroom relationships between all students.
The goal of Harmony is to incorporate specialized teaching strategies into classroom activities—from preschool through sixth grade—in an effort to reduce bullying, and help develop the youth of today into tolerant, compassionate, and caring adults for the future.
Harmony can be easily incorporated into lesson plans in as little as five minutes a day, and is aligned with Common Core state standard, national, and district learning initiatives.
Please explore all that Sanford Harmony has to offer, and spend less time managing troublesome behavior, and more time teaching!
Entrepreneur and philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford, has always had a passion for inspiring others to create positive change in the world. As he looked around at a society rife with domestic abuse, divorce, bullying, and interpersonal conflict, he dreamed of changing the world by improving relationships among adults, through a teaching and learning plan created for young children.
A Vision is Born
His vision resulted in Sanford Harmony—a series of innovative relationship-building teaching strategies designed to strengthen understanding and communication between children. The goal of Harmony is to create inclusive classroom communities, where teaching takes priority over resolving personality conflicts or issues among students. Students are taught meaningful and productive ways to interact and express themselves, which are irreplaceable skills that will last a lifetime.
Vision Becomes Reality
Launched in 2008 by the educators at the Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University, Sanford Harmony is now being implemented in thousands of classrooms throughout the U.S., with very promising results. Harmony provides teachers with a set of tools to develop stronger social connections among students, and foster positive peer relationships that will enable students to thrive at school, at home, and as they grow into adulthood.
National University was selected in 2014 to disseminate Sanford Harmony in elementary schools throughout the United States.
There is a wealth of research on the importance of understanding the emotional needs of children in the school setting. A few handpicked selections are below. Check back often for updates and links to new research.
The Importance of Social-Emotional Learning
Today’s schoolchildren confront an increasingly fraught testing environment, a lower tolerance for physical acting out, and the pervasive threat of violence. (President Obama last year characterized school shootings as “becoming the norm.”) Poverty and income inequality, too, create onerous emotional conditions.
How Unintentional but Insidious Bias Can Be the Most Harmful
“Microaggressions really are reflections of world views of inclusion, exclusion, superiority, inferiority, and they come out in ways that are outside the level of conscious awareness of an individual.”
– Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Teachers College, Columbia University
Under Stress, Students in New York Schools Find Calm in Meditation
By Elizabeth A. Harris
In schools in New York City and in pockets around the country, the use of inward-looking practices like mindfulness and meditation are starting to grow. Though evidence is thin on how well they might work in the classroom, proponents say they can help students focus and cope with stress.
Throughout the country, teachers are resisting the testing paradigm by putting those person-to-person bonds first. In a New York City high school classroom of newly arrived immigrant students, one educator is using simple mindfulness and social-emotional practices to relate to her students as human beings—profoundly transforming her work as a teacher and, at the same time, deepening her students’ learning.
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)