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Sanford Programs-National University System Brings Together Experts and Educators for Social Emotional Learning Forum

December 3, 2018

Thought leaders from school districts, education advocacy groups and youth organizations recently gathered in San Diego for the Sanford Harmony Forum on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to discuss how educators can incorporate social emotional learning approaches to improve school culture, reduce student trauma and address equity in education. The Nov. 2 event forum featured speakers […]

March is Reading Month! Top 10 Books with SEL Themes

March 12, 2018

March is National Reading Month and the perfect time to share books that encourage students to become caring and considerate citizens. Stories help students learn about other’s challenges and triumphs and to reflect on their own experiences.  These social-emotional stories encourage empathy, problem solving and perseverance: Pedro’s Big Goal by Fran Manushkin Pedro dreams of playing goalie for the […]

How Sanford Harmony Helps Us Think With Our Hearts

February 14, 2018

Thinking with our hearts is a message conveyed throughout our Harmony Program and is a perfect theme as we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Harmony Pre-K and Kindergarten storybooks explore the concept of thinking with your heart through our lovable character Z and the treehouse friends. In the Unit 5 storybook: “Have a Good Day,” Z learns […]

New School Year Marks Expansion of Sanford Harmony program in one of the Country’s Largest School Districts

October 12, 2017

L.A. Unified is supporting the social emotional learning development of the District’s earliest school learners   Los Angeles, Calif. –  Oct. 9, 2017 – One of the country’s largest school districts, Los Angeles Unified School District, is expanding a research-based social emotional learning program, Sanford Harmony, this 2017-2018 school year following its initial introduction to the […]

How Harmony Can Help Students Cope with the Trauma of Hurricane Harvey & Irma

September 11, 2017

As floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey and Irma recede, the recent chaos and emotional upheaval of the past few weeks will start to have an especially negative impact on our students. As our children return to school, they may exhibit a variety of emotions: fear, anxiety, shock, denial, depression, aggression, and dissociative behavior. Teachers will play […]

New SEL Tools to Check Out This Summer

July 31, 2017

Sanford Harmony is introducing its Online Professional Learning Library, which includes a number of online tools and resources to enhance the Harmony experience. Teachers and staff are able to access training, helpful SEL modules, support materials, and even the Harmony toolkit while on the go. Here are all the exciting new features that can be […]

Activities to Beat Summer Boredom Blues (and Keep Learning)

June 9, 2017

Two words can help prevent learning loss this summer: enrichment and involvement. Academic delay that occurs over the summer is one of the greatest problems confronting teachers each fall. In fact, when children return to school, they may have experienced such learning loss during the summer, that they need to spend several weeks catching up […]

Fun Ways to Make Saying Goodbye Easier for Students

May 31, 2017

The end of the day and the end of the semester aren’t always easy on young students—they may miss their friends and teachers, and the fun and structure of school. Make saying goodbye a happy occasion, so they carry that positivity with them long after they leave. Here are some tips to make saying goodbye […]

Tips for Talking to Parents About a Difficult Student

May 19, 2017

The best thing about young students is that they all have their own unique personalities. While some are well-behaved, eager pleasers in class, some can tend to be more disruptive, unruly, and…not as well-behaved. There comes a point when you must address certain behavioral issues with the student’s parents, so together, you can come up […]

Top Tips for Getting Students to Love Learning

May 2, 2017

There’s probably nothing more gratifying, as a teacher, than seeing students develop a love of learning. When young students display an eagerness to understand, and desire to know more, we know that we’ve done our jobs. Some kids have a natural inclination to learn, and others may have a more lackadaisical approach to school. So, […]