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Why Harmony?

Sanford Harmony is a research-based, highly effective teaching strategy that strengthens classroom communities by helping each child understand and appreciate diversity in others.

By breaking down barriers, Sanford Harmony enables students to connect and collaborate at much deeper levels. Early adopters have indicated that children feel more comfortable and connected in their classrooms, leading to more harmonious interactions and improved academic achievement.

Sanford Harmony is underwritten by T. Denny Sanford through the Sanford Education Center and National University, and is currently used in thousands of classrooms across the U.S. The program:

Aligned with CASEL

Harmony strategies, lessons and activities align with CASEL SEL competencies. View our Alignment guides:
CASEL Alignment Guide
CASEL Alignment Guide with Common Core Standards

Created by Educators, Supported by Research

Sanford Harmony was researched and developed by educators at the Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University (ASU). Researchers sought to identify practical methods—discussions, stories, activities, and lessons—for teaching empathy and reducing conflicts in the classroom, while increasing student confidence, relationship skills, and academic excellence.

A Method that Works

In addition to the high number of educator testimonials on Sanford Harmony, preliminary results from a pre-post study conducted in 15 intervention classrooms showed measurable increases in achievement, empathy, and other positive student behaviors.

Martin, Fabes, Hanish, Baertner, Miller, Foster, and Updegraff (2014)