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.
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.
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.