There is no cost to teachers, schools, districts, or participating universities. Harmony is primarily funded by philanthropist and donor T. Denny Sanford, with support from National University.
While it is advantageous to use Harmony strategies and activities school-wide, you may also wish to implement by grade levels.
You can implement Harmony methods in as little as 5 to 15 minutes a day. Your Sanford Harmony Ambassador can help you develop strategies for integrating Harmony into your schedule and your current classroom curriculum.
Harmony is designed to build healthy relationships among students by having them engage in activities that promote understanding and respect. With these effective practices, bullying can ultimately be prevented.
Yes! An Ambassador can guide you through the best way to implement Harmony at any time during the school year.
Consult your school district for further information.
Teacher binders provide communication letters and tips to share Sanford Harmony goals with families of students. Thus far, parents have been thrilled that Harmony focuses on building supportive and respectful relationships and helps to prevent teasing, bullying, and disruptive classroom behavior.
There are several avenues to training. Some teachers get started using the Harmony “How-To” book, while others prefer the online video modules. In addition, many schools opt for face-to-face training with Harmony Ambassadors, who are also experienced educators.
Contact Sanford Harmony today. An Ambassador will guide you through the process of providing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to be signed by your administrator or district office. Then, simply indicate the number of kits you’ll need for each grade level, and materials will be ordered.
Yes! Many schools and organizations have chosen Sanford Harmony for after-school programs, as it’s a fun and engaging way to build teamwork, friendships, and positive communication outside of the regular school day.
The Meet Up and Buddy Up strategies, lessons, and activities are wonderful for building inclusive classroom relationships, and can be adapted for use with all students.
No. While the ideal situation would be to start at pre-k or kindergarten, Harmony is designed so that students can quickly grasp the concepts and benefit from the lessons and activities at every grade level.
Blackboard can be used as a professional development tool with modules to support teachers implementing Buddy Up and Meet Up. The tool allows Harmony Ambassadors to host live chats through Collaborate, share upcoming training and webinar information, establish work groups based on geography or grade levels, and include current research articles, conference updates, and mentors highlighted with their mentees.
Harmony aligns with Head Start Performance Standards by providing an environment of acceptance and inclusion that celebrates strengths and differences, and encourages self-control and respect for the feelings and rights of others through stories, play, discussions, and a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and lessons. Sanford Harmony has been implemented in many Head Start classrooms across the country. Please contact a Sanford Ambassador for Harmony Head Start Schools.
Teachers and administrators applaud Harmony as an excellent entry to restorative practices, as both share the common goal of supporting the safety, well-being, and success of all students by developing, building, and maintaining healthy relationships, promoting inclusion, fostering school connection, and building social-emotional competencies. Harmony activities and lessons are designed to promote trust, develop empathy, identify and regulate emotions, and demonstrate care and concern for others.